Cats skipper, Suns star to face off in AFL

Gold Coast rookie Matt Rowell is set to measure himself against Geelong superstar Joel Selwood.
Gold Coast rookie Matt Rowell is set to measure himself against Geelong superstar Joel Selwood.

Boom Gold Coast youngster Matt Rowell has already drawn comparisons with Geelong star Joel Selwood and now it seems fans will be able to compare the pair side-by-side.

The Suns will take the momentum of a three-game winning streak into Saturday's AFL clash with the Cats as they attempt to secure their first-ever victory at GMHBA Stadium.

Cats coach Chris Scott has floated the prospect of tagging the Rowell in just his fifth AFL game, such has been his influence.

But Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew has a plan of his own for the 19-year-old star.

"I'm sure at some point Matt will line up next to Joel and have a bit of interaction and that's good for the game," Dew said.

"It will be a great moment for him and something to learn from.

"Rowelly is a sponge, he loves to play on the best and test himself.

"It's going to be a really good battle in the midfield."

It will be a big occasion for Geelong, with Selwood to play his 300th AFL match and Gary Ablett his 350th, with 110 of those coming during a seven-season stint with the Suns.

The seventh-placed Cats will be looking to notch consecutive wins for the first time this season following last week's narrow win over Melbourne.

"We've just got to play the right footy at the right time," Selwood said.

"We've seen this year that it's up for grabs ... everyone's just having their day.

"We've just got to play some better footy than what we've been playing.

"We'll find our touch.

"The Suns are 3-1 and we should treat them like that ... they're a good side.

"They'll come down here hungry."

Geelong added Harry Taylor and Quinton Narkle for the clash to replace injured pair Tom Stewart and Tom Atkins.

Gold Coast stuck with the same line-up that defeated Fremantle last week.

Australian Associated Press