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Prespakis records career-high disposals in Cats' big win

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Geelong star Georgie Prespakis recorded a career-high 35 disposals in her team's 40-point win over Hawthorn last weekend.

The midfielder dominated in the Cats' 9.6 (60) to 3.2 (20) win over the Hawks at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday.

The 20-year-old Djadjawurrung woman was brilliant all afternoon, despite copping heavy attention from opposition midfielders throughout the game.

She also had by-far the highest amount of metres gained amassing 559m, which was almost double than anyone else on the ground.

Cats coach Daniel Lowther told media after the game that Prespakis continues to improve as a footballer.

"Georgie is going from strength to strength," Lowther said.

"She had a bit of a tag in the second half which she found a way to get through with a little bit of support from her teammates."

Prespakis had a fast start to the match and at one stage looked an outside chance to challenge North Melbourne player Ashleigh Riddell's record of 42 disposals – the most ever recorded in an AFLW match.

Georgie Prespakis has been in great form throughout the 2023 AFLW season. (Image: AFL)

However, Prespakis was rested up forward during the final quarter with coaches choosing the precautionary approach ahead of the Cats' elimination final this weekend.

"That was the coaching staff's decision, just off the back of last year hurting my ankle in the fourth quarter, so it was probably for the best," Prespakis said in a media conference during the week.

"We were looking at the bigger picture and a few of us were just rested to be as fresh as we can going into this week.

"Going into that last quarter I wouldn't have had any ideas how many disposals I was sitting on.

"I don't quite count them through the quarters so I'm really just looking forward to being able to play in the finals and play at 100% which is exciting."

Prespakis has established herself as one of the star players of the AFLW competition averaging over 25 disposals and seven tackles across the ten regular season games.

She had a team-first approach when asked about her terrific form in 2023.

"As a team and individually we're always looking to improve and I'm always trying to find areas of my game where I can get better," she said.

"Particularly the back end of this season all I've wanted to do is play four good quarters for my team."

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