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Buti's Call: Everyone is now chasing Tim Kelly, on and off the field

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If Geelong is to avoid the ignominy of being the first minor premiers to go out in straight sets since North Melbourne in 1983, their highly acclaimed midfield outfit will need to return to their best to tame a powerful West Coast midfield unit in the do-or-die semi-final on Friday night at the MCG.

Reliable Mitch Duncan is highly unlikely to recover in time from medial ligament damage to his knee in the second quarter of the Cats' 10-point loss to Collingwood last Friday night.

Tim Kelly signed an initial two-year draftee deal with the Cats but wants to return home for family reasons.Credit:AAP

Courageous and inspirational captain Joe Selwood continues to give his all for the Geelong cause but he is struggling to have the same impact on the game as he did in previous years.

Gary Ablett, who is spending more and more time up-forward than in the middle, is far from his best right now. He can still show flashes of brilliance but they are far and few between.

Patrick Dangerfield is at the top of his game, willing his teammates towards a premiership that has so far proven elusive for the 2016 Brownlow medallist.

Dangerfield led the way for the Cats in their defeat to Collingwood with 32 possessions and a goal.

Not far behind was Tim Kelly who, after a slow start last Friday night, worked his way into the game to finish with 28 touches and a goal.

Kelly is a silky smooth player, a one touch player who can kick accurately on both sides of the body.

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