Esava impresses on return

By Cobram Courier

Cobram product Esava Ratugolea returned to Geelong's line-up in round 17 of AFL action and impressed in the contest against Richmond.

The former Yarroweyah footballer booted two majors late in the loss to the Tigers on Friday night, but also amassed 15 disposals and seven marks in his 11th match of the season.

Ratugolea managed five hitouts and a pair of tackles as well to showcase his ability to impact the clash for the Cats wherever the team needs him to.

“It looks a lot better when that last kick inside 50 is marked,” Geelong coach Chris Scott said of his side's ball movement in the final term.

“Ratugolea looked really good, he looked dangerous in there.

“I think he's a young player who's improving all the time and you see signs there that make you think he could be a really, really top line AFL player. I think we saw them again tonight.”

With a finals series looming, Ratugolea will be keen to continue to impress and lock down a spot in the starting side.

● Katamatite's Tom Clurey could be on a collision course to facing Ratugolea's Geelong in the first week of the finals, with Port Adelaide remaining firmly on top of the table.

Clurey had seven touches as the Power demolished Essendon in the wet on Saturday.