CATS BACK IN THE HUNT WITH DOMINANT WIN OVER MAGPIES
Ben Jensen 22 May 2015

AFL ROUND 8 2015: GEELONG CATS V CARLTON BLUES GEELONG were not really challenged by Carlton tonight, winning by seventy-seven points and keeping their perfect record against the Blues at Etihad Stadium intact. A six goal to two opening term followed by five goal to three second had the match pretty much over by half time, the struggling Blues not able to pull off an upset as coach Michael Malthouse found himself yet again under siege though it's hard to see how his side would ever be able to challenge the Cats let alone their opponents Sydney next Friday night. The Cats had twelve separate goal kickers, Jordan Murdoch leading with four while Mitch Clark and Josh Caddy had three apiece. Shane Kersten booted two and played a great all round game, while Tom Hawkins managed just the one. The Cats play West Coast at Subiaco next Sunday afternoon, a tough away game with the Eagles second on the ladder having lost just two matches to date, the Cats well down the ladder in tenth position with a 50/50 win/loss record.

GEELONG: 6.1, 11.5, 18.6, 22.8 (140) DEFEATED
CARLTON: 2.4, 5.7, 8.8, 9.9 (63)

GOALS
GEELONG: Murdoch 4, Caddy 3, Clark 3, Selwood 2, Kersten 2, Hawkins, Guthrie, Johnson, Gregson, Lang, Kelly, Lonergan, Stanley
CARLTON: Menzel 4, Thomas 2, Yarran, Tutt, Armfield

BEST
GEELONG: Murdoch, Caddy, Guthrie, Thurlow, Blicavs, Stokes, Kelly
CARLTON: Simpson, Curnow, Armfield, Menzel

SUBSTITUTES
GEELONG: Andrew Mackie, replaced Darcy Lang the third quarter
CARLTON: Dylan Buckley, Bryce Gibbs replaced in the third quarter

INJURIES
GEELONG: Nil reported
CARLTON: Andrew Carrazzo (calf) replaced in selected side by Robbie Warnock, Gibbs (back)

UMPIRES:

FIELD: Dalgleish, Stevic, Mollison EM: Hay
BOUNDARY: Cusack, Morris, Thiele, Moore
GOAL: Palm, Williams EM: Craig

REPORTS: Harry Taylor (Geelong) reported for striking Travis Cloke (Collingwood) in the third quarter

CROWD: 32,032 at Ethiad Stadium, Melbourne Docklands

AFL 2015 ROUND 8: GEELONG V CARLTON MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 21 May 2015

AFL ROUND 8 2015: GEELONG CATS V CARLTON BLUES THREE PREMIERSHIP players back for the Cats to face the Blues, James Kelly, Andrew Mackie and Tom Hawkins returning from injury. Missing is Mitch Duncan whose had a good few weeks but suffered a fractured foot against the Swans last weekend; and is set to miss up to three months of football. Dropped are Josh Walker and Sam Blease, who played just a quarter last week in his first game for Geelong since crossing from Melbourne.

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
CARLTON

IN: James Kelly, Andrew Mackie, Tom Hawkins
OUT
: Mitch Duncan (foot), Josh Walker, Sam Blease

IN: Dylan Buckley, Kade Simpson, Liam Jones, Patrick Cripps
OUT: Matthew Dick, Matthew Watson, Kristian Jaksch, David Ellard

B: Jared Rivers, Tom Lonergan, Jed Bews
HB: James Kelly, Corey Enright, Harry Taylor
C: Andrew Mackie, Joel Selwood, Mathew Stokes
HF: Steven Motlop, Mitch Clark, Jordan Murdoch
F: Cory Gregson, Tom Hawkins, Darcy Lang
FOLL: Rhys Stanley, Steve Johnson, Josh Caddy
INT: Mark Blicavs, Cameron Guthrie, Shane Kersten, Jackson Thurlow
EMER: Sam Blease, Jake Kolodjashnij, Josh Walker
B: Dylan Buckley, Sam Rowe, Simon White
HB: Zach Tuohy, Chris Yarran, Ed Curnow
C: Dale Thomas, Chris Judd, Kade Simpson
HF: Dennis Armfield, Bryce Gibbs, Jason Tutt
F: Troy Menzel, Liam Jones, Patrick Cripps
FOLL: Cameron Wood, Andrew Carrazzo, Marc Murphy
INT: Cameron Wood, Andrew Carrazzo, Marc Murphy
EMER: David Ellard, Nick Graham, Robert Warnock

AFL 2015 ROUND 7: SYDNEY V GEELONG MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 15 May 2015

AFL ROUND 7 2015: SYDNEY SWANS V GEELONG CATS SAM BLEASE will make his debut for the Cats tomorrow night against the Swans at ANZ Stadium. The Cats are hoping for their fourth win of the season on the Swans' home turf after belting Collingwood last Friday night at the MCG.

Expedia Australia

GEELONG
SYDNEY

IN: Sam Blease, Mathew Stokes
OUT
: Josh Cowan (Hamstring), Nakia Cockatoo
NEW
: Sam Blease (Melbourne)

 

B: Jackson Thurlow, Tom Lonergan, Jed Bews
HB: Corey Enright, Jared Rivers, Harry Taylor
C: Mitch Duncan, Joel Selwood, Jordan Murdoch
HF: Steven Motlop, Tom Hawkins, Josh Caddy
F: Cory Gregson, Mitch Clark, Shane Kersten
FOLL: Rhys Stanley, Steve Johnson, Cameron Guthrie
INT: Sam Blease, Mark Blicavs, Darcy Lang, Mathew Stokes
EMER: Nakia Cockatoo, George Horlin-Smith, Josh Walker

IN: Dean Towers
OUT: Isaac Heeney (knee)

 

B: Rhyce Shaw, Ted Richards, Nick Smith
HB: Sam Reid, Heath Grundy, Dane Rampe
C: Dan Hannebery, Josh P. Kennedy, Lewis Jetta
HF: Luke Parker, Lance Franklin, Jarrad McVeigh
F: Gary Rohan, Kurt Tippett, Adam Goodes
FOLL: Mike Pyke, Tom Mitchell, Kieren Jack
INT: Jake Lloyd, Jeremy Laidler, Ben McGlynn, Dean Towers
EMER: Harry Cunningham, Brandon Jack, Sam Naismith

CATS BACK IN THE HUNT WITH DOMINANT WIN OVER MAGPIES
Ben Jensen 9 May 2015

AFL ROUND 6 2015: COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES V GEELONG CATS GEELONG burst out of the blocks against Collingwood last night, challenged by the Magpies in the final quarter and a bit but ultimate a seven goal to one first quarter and eleven to two first half made it a bridge too far. The lead was cut down to 23 points 14 minutes into the last quarter, causing the television commentators into meltdown, but a burst of three goals by Nakia Cockatoo, Steve Motlop and Cory Gregson smashed any hopes the Magpies had of winning.

Technically it wasn't an end to end lead, the Magpies scoring a rushed behind in the first minute but in the next ten minutes the Cats slammed home five goals - two to the very impressive Gregson and singles to Motlop, Darcy Lang and Steve Johnson who is back in form. Unfortunately the game was over far too early for Josh Cowan, in his first game since 2011 he pulled a hamstring and will likely miss another six or seven games. He was replaced by the sub Cockatoo in the first quarter. Rhys Stanley, who we keep banging on about is a great recruit but it's true, and Tom Hawkins bagged goals before the Magpies finally saluted, Dane Swan bobbing up for one. The lead was 34 points at the first break.

The Cats certainly didn't show any mercy in the second quarter kicking the other way, Motlop, skipper Joel Selwood and Mitch Clark (two) extending the lead before Collingwood skipper Scott Pendlebury kicked his side's solitary goal for the quarter and second for the half. The half-time score a lazy 52 points.

Jordan 'Murda' Murdoch blew the lead out to just under ten goals but from there the Magpies had the better of the quarter. The Geelong backmen led by Tom Lonergan in game number one fifty had kept the Magpies extremely quiet but goals to Jack Crisp, Swan, Jesse White giving them a glimmer of hope and respectability heading into the final quarter, the three quarter time lead cut back to 35 points.

Cloke and White as noted got the commentators and crowd excited with the first two goals, the Magpies still requiring another four goals to snatch an unlikely lead. But with Selwood stepping up a gear and Motlop and Gregson combining well, the goal from Cockatoo sparked a three goal burst that snuffed out the Magpies' chances.

Mitch Duncan who was great last week but pretty quiet all season again had a dominant game, coach Chris Scott admitting after the game that he'd been played out of position down back the first few rounds. 38 possessions are not to be sneezed at; his highest ever according to the stats gurus. Duncan and some others including Johnson, Corey Enright and Josh Caddy had been written off by many (possibly by us too) after the first four rounds but repaid the selectors' faith on the night.

For us Mark Blicavs was up there with the best in game 51; in the ruck at times if he lost the hitout he'd rove the ball then seconds later somehow be on the wing taking a mark. Selwood who sported an awfully enlarged right hand was great and increasingly copped knocks to the abdomen; Duncan, Motlop, Lonergan and Harry Taylor in our best. Younger backmen Jed Bews and Jackson Thurlow were great.

The ruck duo of Stanley and Blicavs seems to work best for the Cats, if these two remain fit we wouldn't expect to see Dawson Simpson or Hamish McIntosh to get too many more games this season. Johnson was good all over the ground but we'd like to see him spend more time as a forward. Shane Kersten didn't do an awful lot, and may be under pressure for his spot by Josh Walker should he do any good in the VFL match in Bendigo against the Magpies today.

Mitch Clark had a pretty good night, though appeared upset after the game and was consoled by coach Scott in the rooms. Hawkins had a pretty dominant first half but did fade.

Amazing what a difference a week makes in footy. With that the Cats are three and three; the same situation as after round six 2007. Next Saturday night the Cats travel to play the Swans at ANZ Stadium, a tough road trip but one they'll go into with confidence after accounting for a side that had only lost one match until last night.

Expedia Australia

GEELONG: 7.1, 11.4, 12.8, 15.10 (100) DEFEATED
COLLINGWOOD: 1.3, 2.6, 6.9, 8.11 (59)

GOALS
GEELONG: Motlop 3, Gregson 3, Clark 2, Lang, Johnson, Stanley, Hawkins, Selwood, Murdoch, Cockatoo
COLLINGWOOD: Swan 2, Cloke 2, White 2, Pendlebury, Crisp

BEST
GEELONG: Duncan, Blicavs, Hawkins, Taylor, Caddy, Motlop, Lonergan, Selwood
COLLINGWOOD: Brown, Pendlebury, Oxley, Swan, Grundy, Langdon

SUBSTITUTES
GEELONG: Nakia Cockatoo, replaced Josh Cowan in the first quarter
COLLINGWOOD: Tim Broomhead, replaced Sam Dwyer at half time

INJURIES
GEELONG: Josh Cowan (right hamstring)
COLLINGWOOD: Sam Dwyer (leg)

UMPIRES:

FIELD: 3 - Leigh Fisher, 7 - Jeff Dalgleish, 9 - Matt Stevic EM: 1 - Chris Donlon
BOUNDARY: Ian Burrows, Jason Moore, Christopher Gordon, Damien Cusack
GOAL: Adam Wojcik, Daniel Wilson EM: Stephen Williams

REPORTS: Harry Taylor (Geelong) reported for striking Travis Cloke (Collingwood) in the third quarter

CROWD: 52,152 MCG, Melbourne

 

AFL 2015 ROUND 6: COLLINGWOOD V GEELONG MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 7 May 2015

AFL ROUND 6 2015: COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES V GEELONG CATS GEELONG has made four changes from the side that beat Richmond last Saturday, ahead of Friday night's game against Collingwood at the MCG. Just one change is compulsory, James Kelly missing after suffering a ruptured testicle on the weekend. Dropped are big men Josh Walker and Dawson Simpson along with George Horlin-Smith who is really struggling to get many games in a row before being sent back to the VFL.

Coming back though are two tall recruits in Mitch Clark and Rhys Stanley, Nakia Cockatoo and Josh Cowan. It is Cowan's first game since making his debut in 2011, during which he played three games. He returns to quite a different side to when he last played, the Cats struggling and the Magpies on top of their game.

The Magpies have made three changes, losing two to injury (Jackson Ramsay and Paul Seedsman) while dropping Corey Gault. Their ins are Tony Armstrong, Tim Broomhead and Jarrod Witts.

Walker has found it tough to break into the side and even harder to hold his spot; he appears to have missed out to Shane Kersten who did enough last week to retain his place in the side. The just about weekly ruck rotation also continues, Simpson back to the VFL leaving ruck duties to Mark Blicavs and Stanley.

Of newer players Jackson Thurlow and Jed Bews have pretty much secured their spots in the backline along with veterans Corey Enright, Harry Taylor and Tom Lonergan - the latter playing his 150th game this week after two AFL premierships, a VFL best on ground in a premiership and memorably losing a kidney late in season 2006. Cory Gregson doesn't look like being dropped but may be rested at some point, Darcy Lang another new player delivering the goods.

The game starts at 7:50PM at the MCG on Friday night, the weather is set to be bitterly cold so we'd recommend bringing every scrap of clothing you own and wearing three pairs of socks.

The same two sides meet in the VFL, Geelong's home game this time but up in Bendigo early on Saturday evening.

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
COLLINGWOOD

IN: Mitch Clark, Nakia Cockatoo, Josh Cowan, Rhys Stanley
OUT: Dawson Simpson, Josh Walker, James Kelly (groin), George Horlin-Smith

IN: Jarrod Witts, Tony Armstrong, Tim Broomhead
OUT: Corey Gault, Paul Seedsman (glute), Jackson Ramsay (shin)

CATS UNCONVINCING IN WIN OVER TIGERS
Ben Jensen 2 May 2015

AFL ROUND 5 2015: RICHMOND TIGERS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG led all day but in the end had an unconvincing win over Richmond at the MCG today, the Tigers outscoring the Cats by five goals to three in the final quarter. An OK crowd of 45,000 turned up, not bad considering Richmond had a relatively disappointing start to the season - as had the Cats! The weather was perfect, though it ended up a low scoring day.

We saw a return to form by Mitch Duncan and Jared Rivers, while Tom Hawkins had a good day our with a bag of three goals. The match came at a cost, veteran midfielder James Kelly suffering a ruptured testicle. Next up is Collingwood at the MCG on Friday night, an away game.

Check out the weekly match review from Daniel and Tyson.

 

GEELONG: 2.2, 7.4, 9.9, 12.13 (85) DEFEATED
RICHMOND: 0.5, 2.6, 6.8, 11.10 (76)

GOALS
GEELONG: Hawkins 3, Duncan 2, Walker 2, Blicavs, Johnson, Kersten, Lang, Motlop
RICHMOND: Riewoldt 3, Astbury, Cotchin, Edwards, C.Ellis, Grigg, Houli, Miles, Vickery

BEST
GEELONG: Duncan, Rivers, Hawkins, Taylor, Walker, Motlop
RICHMOND: Cotchin, Houli, Grigg, Rance, Riewoldt, Maric

SUBSTITUTES
GEELONG: George Horlin-Smith replaced James Kelly in the third quarter
RICHMOND: Sam Lloyd replaced Ben Lennon in the third quarter

INJURIES
GEELONG: Bartel (knee), Stokes (ankle), Lonergan (head)
RICHMOND: Nil reported

UMPIRES: Foot, Meredith, Mollison

CROWD: 45,228 MCG, Melbourne

AFL 2015 ROUND 5: RICHMOND V GEELONG MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 1 May 2015

AFL ROUND 5 2015: RICHMOND TIGERS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG has made THREE CHANGES to the side that lost to North Melbourne last week ahead of tomorrow's clash with Richmond at the MCG. Dual premiership backman Tom Lonergan returns after missing a week following a nasty knock to the head in the win over the Suns, along with Shane Kersten in his first game of the season and ruckman Dawson Simpson.

Missing will be Rhys Stanley (soreness) who has been a real boon for the Cats since joining from St Kilda, Mitch Clark with a foot complaint and Nakia Cockatoo has been omitted. Richmond has made five changes, three of them compulsory. Coming into the side is the experienced Chris Newman, Ty Vickery, Troy Chaplin, Corey Ellis and Ben Lennon.

The game starts at 1:45 at the MCG on Saturday, the weather is set to be nice and dry in the high teens, nice if you're on the sunny side of the ground but rug up if in the shade.

In other news around the club Brad Hartman, 20, has mutually agreed to part ways with the club, after spending at least the last six weeks near his home town of Murray Bridge in South Australia. Hartman played five games last season showing some promise, but has had issues with life as a professional footballer off the field.

FULL TEAM LISTS

Expedia Australia

GEELONG
RICHMOND

IN: Tom Lonergan, Shane Kersten, Dawson Simpson
OUT: Rhys Stanley (Soreness), Nakia Cockatoo, Mitch Clark (foot)

IN: Troy Chaplin, Ty Vickery, Corey Ellis, Chris Newman, Ben Lennon
OUT: Nathan Gordon (quad), Nathan Drummond (knee), Matt Arnot, Ben Griffiths (calf), Matt McDonough
NEW
: Corey Ellis

CATS' SEASON GETS NO BETTER
Ben Jensen 29 April 2015

AFL ROUND 42015: GEELONG CATS V NORTH MELBOURNE KANGAROOS Apologies for the late posting; it's been a busy week and frankly we didn't think anyone would mind too much! The game started off OK with the Cats leading by 19 points at the first change, looked like a good day was ahead. Unfortunately the Cats didn't score a goal in the second quarter and trailed by four points at half time. The Kangaroos just had the better of the Cats in the third term edging ahead but in the last quarter booted five goals to three finishing off the Cats' hopes of a comeback.

The Cats play Richmond in an away fixture at the MCG on Saturday afternoon, going in as underdogs, the first time surely in a decade against the Tigers. Check out the match review video that follows for some therapy.

Expedia Australia

KANGAROOS: 1.2, 5.4, 7.7, 12.11 (83) DEFEATED
GEELONG: 4.3, 4.6, 6.8, 9.13 (67)

GOALS
KANGAROOS: Waite 3, Nahas 3, Brown 2, Petrie, Bastinac, Dumont, Goldstein
GEELONG: Clark 3, Johnson 2, Hawkins, Caddy, Duncan, Guthrie

BEST
KANGAROOS: Cunnington, Waite, Tarrant, Wright, Goldstein, Thompson, Swallow
GEELONG: Bews, Rivers, Guthrie, Gregson, Selwood

INJURIES
KANGAROOS: Nil reported
GEELONG: Nil reported

SUBSTITUTES
KANGAROOS: Trent Dumont replaced Kayne Turner in the third quarter
GEELONG: Steve Johnson replaced Josh Walker in the third quarter

CHANGES
KANGAROOS: NIL
GEELONG: NIL

UMPIRES

Fisher, Mollison, Nicholls

TIP: Cats by 57 points (we think this was a carry-over from the Gold Coast game!)

CROWD: 23,452 at Simonds Stadium, Geelong

 

AFL 2015 ROUND 4: GEELONG V NORTH MELBOURNE MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 23 April 2015

AFL ROUND 4 2015: GEELONG CATS V NORTH MELBOURNE KANGAROOS TWO compulsory changes for the Cats who face North Melbourne on Sunday. Jimmy Bartel copped a nasty injury to the knee early in the Gold Coast game after his opponent ducked his head and used it as a battering ram; Tom Lonergan the other casualty, who copped a very nasty accidental knee to the head just before three quarter time in the same match.

Coming into the side are Jared Rivers, Tom Hawkins who of course lost his mother last weekend and may yet miss, George Horlin-Smith from the VFL, Billie Smedts from suspension; and last but not least we may see the AFL debut of Jake Kolodjashnij. The Kangaroos have not made any changes just bringing in the minimum three to their squad of twenty-five. Final sides will be named on Friday evening.

We keep banging on about it but the game starts at the shocking time of 3:20PM on Sunday; very ordinary for members based in Melbourne, Western District or other parts of the state. No doubt there'll be an enormous amount of tickets left so if you want to go, get down there.

Geelong has to be underdogs going into the match having lost their first two games and barely getting over the line against Gold Coast. North aren't exactly flying themselves with just the one win but had a close one against Port last Saturday night. We think the Cats will get the job done; the third quarter was an absolute cracker last weekend, if it wasn't for being down to one on the bench we'd have continued giving the Suns a dustup.

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
NORTH MELBOURNE

IN: Jared Rivers, Tom Hawkins, George Horlin-Smith, Jake Kolodjashnij, Billie Smedts
OUT: Tom Lonergan (concussion), Jimmy Bartel (knee)
NEW
: Jake Kolodjashnij

IN: Brad McKenzie, Trent Dumont, Jamie Macmillan
OUT: N/A
NEW
: Trent Dumont

 

WOUNDED CATS IN GUTSY WIN OVER SUNS
Ben Jensen 19 April 2015

AFL ROUND 3 2015: GEELONG CATS V GOLD COAST SUNS GEELONG defeated Gold Coast by nine points in a gutsy effort after they were down to just one on the bench in the final quarter after losing Jimmy Bartel, Matthew Stokes and finally Tom Lonergan to injury. The Gold Coast led by two goals and had an extra seven scoring shots by the main break but the Cats came out possessed after half time, outscoring the Suns by six goals to one. The Cats' first win gets them somewhat back on track, with a tough match next week against the Kangaroos.

Lonergan copped a knee to the head just 7 seconds before three quarter time, while Bartel received a nasty knock by a Suns player's head to his thigh early in the first quarter. Stokes hurt an ankle and didn't play after half time but played a role on the bench coaching rookie players Cory Gregson, Nakia Cockatoo and Darcy Lang when they spent time on the bench.

With Lonergan, who is reportedly fine, was carried off seconds before the three quarter time siren the Cats were up by just under three goals. They held the Suns off for the early part of the final term but it wasn't long before the Gold Coast pegged the lead right back. Gutsy goals from Steve Motlop and finally Mark Blicavs who kicked a goal from just over 45m out on a decent angle with less than a minute to go sealed it.

Josh Walker booted four goals and certainly must have cemented his spot in the side going forward, pretty much keeping the Cats in the match in the first half. Joel Selwood however showed why he's again a Brownlow chance and such a highly respected skipper, easily the Cats' best in the first half and also solid in the second. Blicavs did more than just kick the final goal, had a great game. Veterans James Kelly and Corey Enright were great down back while fellow triple-premiership star Steve Johnson was fairly poor. Newbie Cory Gregson continued to win new fans, another great pick by the Cats.

Walker came into the side as a change in place of Tom Hawkins; it was not officially reported however it is understood his mother Jennifer (Jennie) has passed away. Our condolences to Tom, father John and family. Like husband Jack, Jennie has Geelong blood, father Fred Le Deux playing for the club in the 1950s.

Next week is another game at home, against North Melbourne, again starting at 3:20PM.

GEELONG: 5.3, 7.6, 13.8, 16.9 (105) DEFEATED
GOLD COAST: 6.5, 8.12, 9.15, 13.18 (96)

GOALS
GEELONG: J Walker 4, C Gregson 2, J Caddy 2, S Motlop 2, D Lang, J Selwood, J Thurlow, M Blicavs, M Clark, S Johnson
GOLD COAST: J Martin 3, T Lynch 3, B Matera 2, A Hall, J Garlett, M Rischitelli, S Day, T Miller

BEST
GEELONG: Selwood, Kelly, Enright, Walker, Blicavs, Gregson
GOLD COAST: Rischitelli, McKenzie Lynch, Bennell, Prestia

SUBSTITUTES
GEELONG: Nakia Cockatoo replaced Jimmy Bartel in the first quarter
GOLD COAST: Matt Shaw replaced Daniel Gorringe in the third quarter

INJURIES
GEELONG: Bartel (knee), Stokes (ankle), Lonergan (head)
GOLD COAST: Nil reported

UMPIRES: Jordan Bannister, Shane McInerney, Andrew Stephens

CROWD: 20,813 Simonds Stadium, Geelong

 

AFL 2015 ROUND 3: GEELONG V GOLD COAST MATCH PREVIEW - FINAL TEAMS
Ben Jensen 17 April 2015

AFL ROUND 3 2015: GEELONG CATS V GOLD COAST SUNS FOUR CHANGES have been made to the side to face Gold Coast on Sunday, from the side that lost to Fremantle last weekend. Out are injured Andrew Mackie, suspended Billie Smedts along with Dawson Simpson and George Horlin-Smith who were both dropped. Coming in are Jimmy Bartel from injury, Steven Motlop from club suspension, Jordan Murdoch and Jackson Thurlow.

Many fans will be disappointed with Josh Walker being named an emergency, having been calling for Walker to get his go after performing well in the finals last season and in recent VFL matches. Ruck duties appear set to be taken by new recruit Rhys Stanley with support from Mark Blicavs. For the Gold Coast, or the Gold Cuns as Gerard Healy famously referred to them as, will be without skipper Gary Ablett whose immediate and also long term playing future is in question. The Suns have five changes, four due to injury and one suspension. Final teams will be named Friday evening.

The game starts at the pretty inconvenient time of 3:20PM on Sunday; not quite as bad as last year's infamous Thursday night game in Geelong but still pretty inconvenient for members based in Melbourne, Western District or other parts of the state. We understand plenty of tickets remain available so if you can make it, get yourself a ticket.

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
GOLD COAST

IN: Bartel, Motlop, Murdoch, Thurlow
OUT
: Simpson, Horlin-Smith, Smedts (suspension), Mackie (quad)

IN: McKenzie, Hall, Matera, Gorringe, Shaw
OUT
: Harbrow (shoulder), Hallahan (ribs), Ablett (shoulder), Sexton (suspension), Broughton (Achilles)

 

 

AFL 2015 ROUND 3: GEELONG V GOLD COAST MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 16 April 2015

AFL ROUND 3 2015: GEELONG CATS V GOLD COAST SUNS AT LEAST THREE CHANGES have been made to the side that lost to Fremantle last weekend. Out are injured Andrew Mackie, suspended Billie Smedts and Dawson Simpson who was dropped. Coming in are Jimmy Bartel from injury, Steven Motlop from club suspension, Jared Rivers who was a late change through injury against the Dockers, Josh Walker and Cameron Thurlow.

Many fans have been calling for John Walker to get his go after performing well in the finals last season and in recent VFL matches. Ruck duties appear set to be taken by new recruit Rhys Stanley with support from Mark Blicavs. For the Gold Coast, or the Gold Cuns as Gerard Healy famously referred to them as, will be without skipper Gary Ablett whose immediate and also long term playing future is in question. The Suns have made at least five changes, with five outs and seven inclusions. Final teams will be named Friday evening.

The game starts at the pretty inconvenient time of 3:20PM on Sunday; not quite as bad as last year's infamous Thursday night game in Geelong but still pretty inconvenient for members based in Melbourne, Western District or other parts of the state. We understand plenty of tickets remain available so if you can make it, get yourself a ticket.

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
GOLD COAST

IN: Bartel, Motlop, Murdoch, Rivers, Thurlow, Walker
OUT
: Simpson, Smedts (suspension), Mackie (quad)

IN: McKenzie, Hall, Matera, Gorringe, Schade, Nicholls, Shaw, Lonergan
OUT
: Harbrow (shoulder), Hallahan (ribs), Ablett (shoulder), Sexton (suspension), Broughton (Achilles)

 

CATS TOUCHED UP AT HOME BY DOCKERS
Ben Jensen 16 April 2015

GEELONG CATS V FREMANTLE DOCKERS ON SUNDAY Geelong kept up with Fremantle for about a half of footy but was belted thereafter, a seven goal to two third quarter finishing off the Cats' hopes of picking up their first win for the season. Nathan 'Nat' Fyfe was the star of the day, along with David Mundy and Michael Barlow. Fyfe, who we hadn't watched play too many times before, was really impressive, his goal in the second quarter where he somehow got past four Cats to boot a long goal the highlight.

The only other green shoots for the Cats was the first match of Rhys Stanley since crossing from St Kilda. Coming in as a late change for Jared Rivers the versatile Stanley competed well all day, spending time taking ruck duties from Dawson Simpson and kicking two goals. Fellow talls Tom Hawkins and Mitch Clark also kicked two apiece. Cory Gregson in his game also gave plenty. Finally there was much fanfare about food pricing at the likes of the MCG and Etihad Stadium pre-season. We're pleased to report the wonderful 'Wun Hung Lo' behind the Players Stand sells very tasty and relatively healthy steamed dim sims and dumplings; get on it! Jimmy Bartel is set to be named tonight to play the Gold Coast on Sunday.

FREMANTLE: 3.3, 7.8, 14.9, 15.14 (104) DEFEATED
GEELONG: 2.2, 6.2, 8.4, 9.6 (60)

GOALS
FREMANTLE: Fyfe 3, Barlow 3, Hill 2, Pavlich 2, Mayne, Walters, Taberner, Pearce, Ballantyne
GEELONG: Stanley 2, Hawkins 2, Clark 2, Duncan, Guthrie, Horlin-Smith

BEST
FREMANTLE: Mundy, Barlow, Fyfe, Hill, Sandilands, Johnson, Pavlich, Duffield
GEELONG: Selwood, Taylor, Caddy, Kelly, Enright

INJURIES
FREMANTLE: Zac Clarke (knee)
GEELONG: Harry Taylor (head)

SUBSTITUTES
FREMANTLE: Matt De Boer replaced Matt Taberner in the fourth quarter
GEELONG: Nakia Cockatoo replaced Dawson Simpson in the third quarter

CHANGES
FREMANTLE: NIL
GEELONG: Jared Rivers replaced in the selected side by Rhys Stanley.

UMPIRES

Findlay, Rosebury, Ryan

TIP: Cats by 22 points

CROWD: 23,723 at Simonds Stadium, Geelong

AFL 2015 ROUND 2: GEELONG V FREMANTLE - FINAL TEAMS
Ben Jensen 10 April 2015

AFL ROUND 2 2015: GEELONG CATS V FREMANTLE DOCKERS Steven Motlop has been left out of the side to play Fremantle on Sunday after reportedly enjoying up to four beers on Friday night with a sibling of none other than Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge. Jimmy Bartel, earlier named in the 25 man squad, will miss after copping a nasty knock resulting in concussion in the final seconds of Monday's loss to Hawthorn.

Coming into the side is Andrew Mackie who missed last week with injury, and George Horlin-Smith. Early inclusions into the squad but now named emergency are Jordan Murdoch and newly listed Rhys Stanley. Stanley was recruited from St Kilda where he played 58 games from 2010. The Dockers made just the one change to their side that defeated Port Adelaide at home last Sunday night, bringing in Tendai Mzungu for Tom Sheridan.

Over 4,000 seats remained as of Thursday evening, at all price points. The game starts at 1:10PM, a time that as Melbourne-based suits us quite well. Link to Ticketmaster.

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
FREMANTLE

IN: Mackie, Horlin-Smith
OUT
: Motlop, Bartel

IN: Mzungu
OUT
: Sheridan

AFL 2015 ROUND 2: GEELONG V FREMANTLE MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 9 April 2015

AFL ROUND 2 2015: GEELONG CATS V FREMANTLE DOCKERS Steven Motlop has been left out of the side to play Fremantle on Sunday after reportedly enjoying up to four beers on Friday night with a sibling of none other than Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge. Jimmy Bartel who received a nasty knock resulting in concussion in the final seconds of Monday's loss to Hawthorn has been named though it remains to be seen if he plays.

Coming into the side is Andrew Mackie who missed last week with injury, George Horlin-Smith, Jordan Murdoch, and recruit Rhys Stanley. Stanley was recruited from St Kilda where he played 58 games from 2010. The Dockers haven't made any changes to their side that defeated Port Adelaide at home last Sunday night, naming three inclusions. Each side will trim three players on Friday evening.

Over 4,000 seats remained as of earlier this evening, at all price points. The game starts at 1:10PM, a time that as Melbourne-based suits us quite well. Link to Ticketmaster.

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
FREMANTLE

IN: Mackie, Horlin-Smith, Murdoch, Stanley
OUT
: Motlop
NEW: Rhys Stanley (St Kilda)

IN: Mzungu, Crozier, Taberner
OUT
: -

TYSON AND DANIEL'S MATCH REVIEW
Ben Jensen 8 April 2015
CHECK OUT the weekly match review by Tyson and Daniel, Geelong fans and budding sports writers. Unfortunately their first for the season is of the loss against the Hawks; hopefully will be reviewing a win in a couple days' time.

CATS SMASHED BY HAWKS
Ben Jensen 6 April 2015

HAWTHORN HAWKS V GEELONG CATS WELL, what can you say about that game? The game started off pretty one-side with the Hawks slamming home a couple goals before the Cats got out of first gear, but they ended the quarter in front. Mitch Clark kicked two goals and fellow big forward Tom Hawkins one, and the Cats looked in with a chance. But it wasn't to be, the Hawks just about putting it beyond reach by half time and certainly by midway into the third quarter.

Geelong kicked just the one goal in each of the second and third terms but saw six and seven goals against; absolutely belted all over the ground. The cause wasn't helped with ruckman Dawson Simpson had to be taken off with a shoulder issue but the game was well lost by then.

Luke Bruest continued his good form against the Cats with give goals, likewise Paul Puopolo had three. Mitch Clark booted three in his first outing with the Cats and Hawkins two. The others to play their first game for the Cats and in the AFL were Cory Gregson who started as sub and Nakia Cockatoo; neither was prominent.

Jimmy Bartel had quite a lot of the ball but didn't always hit the target; he has to be in doubt for Sunday's match at home against Fremantle after copping a pretty sickening blow in the final seconds of the match. He was tackled and slammed into the ground face first, likely unintentional but no less damaging. He was helped from the field by two Geelong staff, but appeared groggy.

The Hawks will surely find themselves unbackable favourites after this, not that we're into betting; the Cats likely to blow out into decent double figures and possibly worth a shot! Looks like it may be a long season but then again last year Sydney lost to GWS in round one and ended up topping the ladder so don't panic just yet.

HAWTHORN: 3.3, 9.7, 16.13, 17.21 (123)DEFEATED
GEELONG: 4.3, 5.3, 6.6, 8.13 (61)

GOALS
HAWTHORN: Breust 5, Puopolo 3, Roughead 3, McEvoy 2, Mitchell, Rioli, Gunston, Anderson
GEELONG: Clark 3, Hawkins 2, Motlop, Caddy, Bews

BEST
HAWTHORN: Lewis, Mitchell, Burgoyne, Lake, Gibson, Puopolo, Ceglar, Breust
GEELONG: Motlop, Bartel, Johnson

INJURIES
HAWTHORN: Luke Shiels (hamstring)
GEELONG: Jimmy Bartel (concussion)

SUBSTITUTES
HAWTHORN: Jed Anderson, replaced Liam Shiels in the first quarter
GEELONG: Cory Gregson, replaced Dawson Simpson in the final quarter

CHANGES
HAWTHORN: NIL
GEELONG: Andrew Mackie (quad tightness) replaced in the selected side by Billie Smedts.

UMPIRES

Matt Stevic, Sam Hay, Troy Pannell

TIP: Cats by 2 points

CROWD: 73,584 at Melbourne Cricket Ground

AFL 2015 ROUND 1 EASTER MONDAY: HAWTHORN V GEELONG - FINAL TEAMS
Ben Jensen 4 April 2015

AFL ROUND 1 2015: HAWTHORN HAWKS V GEELONG CATS AFL and the rivalry between Geelong and Hawthorn continues this weekend, the two sides clashing on Easter Monday at the MCG in an away fixture for the Cats. This year the Hawks certainly go in favourites after winning back to back flags, the Cats still finishing top four but struggling to perform in finals the last couple seasons.

Exciting new players to make their debut for the Cats are Mitch Clark, Nakia Cockatoo and Corey Gregson. Clark of course coming via the Dees and having had a spell on the sidelines while 18 year old Cockatoo is new to the AFL altogether having just been drafted. Clark has been a dominant force up forward in tandem with champion forward Tom Hawkins and together could prove a handful for Hawk key backmen Brian Lake, Josh Gibson and their new recruit James Frawley.

South Australian Gregson was drafted with pick 47 in last year's draft, much to the joy of her mother who is a lifelong Geelong fan. The forward's debut was confirmed on Saturday when he was named on the interchange. Missing out are three emergencies George Horlin-Smith, Billie Smedts and Jordan Murdoch.

The big decision was who to name in the ruck; the answer came on Thursday with Mark Blicavs named first ruck and Dawson Simpson on the interchange. Hamish McIntosh wasn't named in the squad at all.

Back to back reigning premiers the Hawks are missing Grant Birchall and Matt Spangher but otherwise at full strength. James Frawley is named at full back for his Hawks debut. Birchall and Spangher have been listed on the injury list but earlier this week pronounced fit to play by Hawthorn footy boss Chris Fagan.

Tickets are still available but you'd want to get in fast. Geelong's VFL doesn't kick off its season until Friday 17 April when it takes on the Werribee Tigers.

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
HAWTHORN

NEW: Mitch Clark, Nakia Cockatoo, Cory Gregson

NEW: James Frawley

AFL 2015 ROUND 1 EASTER MONDAY: HAWTHORN V GEELONG - TEAMS AND MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 3 April 2015

AFL ROUND 1 2015: HAWTHORN HAWKS V GEELONG CATS AFL and the rivalry between Geelong and Hawthorn continues this weekend, the two sides clashing on Easter Monday at the MCG in an away fixture for the Cats. This year the Hawks certainly go in favourites after winning back to back flags, the Cats still finishing top four but struggling to perform in finals the last couple seasons.

Exciting new players set to make their debut for the Cats are Mitch Clark, Nakia Cockatoo and Corey Gregson. Clark of course coming via the Dees and having had a spell on the sidelines while 18 year old Cockatoo is new to the AFL altogether having just been drafted. Clark has been a dominant force up forward in tandem with champion forward Tom Hawkins and together could prove a handful for Hawk key backmen Brian Lake, Josh Gibson and their new recruit James Frawley.

South Australian Gregson was drafted with pick 47 in last year's draft, much to the joy of her mother who is a lifelong Geelong fan. The forward is named on the seven man interchange so may yet sit out the match.

The big decision was who to name in the ruck; the answer came last night with Mark Blicavs named first ruck and Dawson Simpson on the interchange. Hamish McIntosh wasn't named in the side.

Back to back reigning premiers the Hawks are missing Grant Birchall and Matt Spangher but otherwise at full strength. James Frawley is named at full back for his Hawks debut. Birchall and Spangher have been listed on the injury list but earlier this week pronounced fit to play by Hawthorn footy boss Chris Fagan.

Tickets are still available but you'd want to get in fast. 25-man sides will be named on Thursday with final 22 to be confirmed on Saturday. Geelong's VFL doesn't kick off its season until Friday 17 April when it takes on the Werribee Tigers.

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
HAWTHORN

NEW: Mitch Clark, Nakia Cockatoo, Cory Gregson

NEW: James Frawley

 

CATS SEASON TO KICK OFF AGAINST HAWKS ON EASTER MONDAY
Ben Jensen 1 April 2015

AFL ROUND 1 2015: HAWTHORN HAWKS V GEELONG CATS AFL and the rivalry between Geelong and Hawthorn continues this weekend, the two sides clashing on Easter Monday at the MCG in an away fixture for the Cats. This year the Hawks certainly go in favourites after winning back to back flags, the Cats still finishing top four but struggling to perform in finals the last couple seasons.

Exciting new players set to make their debut for the Cats are Mitch Clark and Nakia Cockatoo. Clark of course coming via the Dees and having had a spell on the sidelines while 18 year old Cockatoo is new to the AFL altogether having just been drafted. Clark has been a dominant force up forward in tandem with champion forward Tom Hawkins and together could prove a handful for Hawk key backmen Brian Lake, Josh Gibson and their new recruit James Frawley.

Tickets are still available but you'd want to get in fast. 25-man sides will be named on Thursday with final 22 to be confirmed on Saturday. Geelong's VFL doesn't kick off its season until Friday 17 April when it takes on the Werribee Tigers.

NAKIA COCKATOO JOINS MITCH CLARK SHOW
Ben Jensen 12 March 2015

AFL NAB CHALLENGE 2015: GEELONG CATS V ADELAIDE CROWS GEELONG defeated Adelaide by nineteen points at Simonds Stadium this evening. The highlight was six goals from new recruit Mitch Clark including three in the first quarter, along with Nakia Cockatoo, who in the famous number five jumper booted two in the last quarter putting the icing on the cake.

A blend of youth and experience may see the Cats contend for the Premiership, certainly top five but whether they can be in the top two (where you need to be to win) remains to be seen. The Crows looked quite good themselves, with more scoring shots than the Cats though horribly inaccurate.

The crowd wasn't huge, certainly nowhere near as big as the A-League match between Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory back in January, but you can be certain a lot more food outlets were open than that day.

In other news around the club, Dan Menzel whose long awaited comeback from four knee reconstructions is imminent, suffered a setback with a hamstring complaint that should keep him out by around three weeks; but likely to come back soon after according to coach Chris Scott.

 

GEELONG: 0.4.1, 0.8.1, 0.10.4, 1.12.6, (87) DEFEATED
ADELAIDE: 0.1.4, 0.2.8, 0.6.11, 0.9.14 (68)

GOALS
GEELONG: Clark 6, Cockatoo 2 (1 supergoal), Smedts, Caddy, Motlop, Horlin-Smith, Hawkins
ADELAIDE: Dangerfield 2, Crouch, Laird, Lynch, Ellis-Yolmen, Sloane, Betts

BEST
GEELONG: Clark, Taylor, Duncan, Mackie, Caddy
ADELAIDE: Crouch, Dangerfield, Ellis-Yolman, B.Smith

INJURIES
GEELONG: Murdoch (cut head)
ADELAIDE:

UMPIRES: Andrew Stephens, David Harris, Shaun Ryan, Shane McInerney

CROWD: 8,091 Simonds Stadium, Geelong

MITCH CLARK EXCITES IN NAB CHALLENGE LOSS TO SUNS
Ben Jensen 2 March 2015

AFL NAB CHALLENGE 2015: GOLD COAST SUNS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG lost to Gold Coast yesterday in Townsville but that wouldn't have worried club officials or fans too much, such was the success of the twin towers up forward in Tom Hawkins and new recruit Mitch Clark. Clark, playing his first game for the Cats and first AFL game of any kind in several years, kicked two goals in the final quarter as the Cats made a late surge, finding themselves in front with just minutes to go after trailing for much of the day. Hawkins was on fire early on kicking two in the first quarter but quiet thereafter.

Former Geelong midfielder Gary Ablett watched his current and former teammates from the sidelines, sitting out for another week or two following shoulder surgery he had in the second half of last season. The Geelong engine room was powered by Steve Motlop, Matthew Stokes and Jimmy Bartel, skipper Joel Selwood not playing.

In total six new Cats played, including Irishman Padraig Lucey who looked like he was playing in a sauna. Nakia Cockatoo and Cory Gregson were good, Dean Gore had a red hot go while Michael Luxford and Jake Kolodjashnij notched up their first game without getting too involved or much game time. It was also new Suns coach Rodney Eade's first game in charge after taking over from Guy McKenna.

GOLD COAST: 0.3.3, 0.5.9, 0.6.16, 0.10.19 (79) DEFEATED
GEELONG: 0.3.2, 0.3.3, 0.6.6, 1.9.8 (71)

GOALS
GOLD COAST: Garlett 2, Rischitelli 2, Matera, Hall, Miller, Kolodjashnij, Smith, Lynch
GEELONG: Clark 2, Hawkins 2, Lang 2, Guthrie, Gregson, Stokes

BEST
GOLD COAST: Rischitelli, Hallahan, Smith, Bennell, Saad
GEELONG: Stokes, Bartel, Taylor, Motlop, Kelly

INJURIES
GOLD COAST: Henry Schade (ankle)
GEELONG: Nil reported

UMPIRES: Nicholls, Ryan, Hosking, Wallace

CROWD: 4,431 at Townsville

CATS SNARE ROOKIES
Ben Jensen 3 December 2014

In today's Rookie Draft the Cats picked up two new players and officially placed international rookie, Irishman Padraig Lucey, onto the Category B list.

Another South Aussie to go with those picked up in the main draft, Tom Read, was drafted with pick 16. The 200cm prospect reportedly is a good mark and has a good feel for the game. Pick 32 saw Cameron Delaney get a fresh start at AFL, the former North Melbourne listed player originally from Geelong keen to return. having started out at the Geelong Falcons.

WELLS SAYS

Tom Read: “"He's a project player, very much a developing player who will take a while. He's got good athleticism, he's a very good mark and he's got a smart footy brain."

Cameron Delaney: “We understand that he's got to overcome some injuries, but if he does he will fit in well for us. We think Cam's a very versatile player and he's shown already that he can play at AFL level.”

FOUR NEW CATS IN 2014 AFL NATIONAL DRAFT
Ben Jensen 27 November 2014

THE CATS picked up four new players in the AFL National Draft at the Gold Coast today. Nakia Cockatoo was snared with pick 10 from the NT Thunder, the 18 year old midfielder set to make his debut in 2015. At 186cm and a decent 86kg for his age Cockatoo has shown he knows where the goals are. He is cousins with former Bomber star Che Cockatoo-Collins and Melbourne players Donald and David.

Having traded picks 14 and 35 in order to get pick 10 (and 47), it was pick 47 the Cats next got to use. With this Corey Gregson, whose mother is a lifelong Cats supporter, packed his bags from the South Australian country town of Port Willunga for the relative big smoke of Geelong. Rated as a small forward Gregson last year lived in Morphettville with family and played for Glenelg, including at senior level in addition to the under-18s.

With picks 55 and 59 the Cats got another South Australian in Dean Gore and Gippslander Jordan Cunico, both midfielders. Gore played for Sturt and Cunico for the Gippsland Power, original club Traralgon.

WELLS SAYS

Nakia Cockatoo: “Nakia has done so well in the AIS academy, very highly respected by the coaches who had dealings with him. We would have liked to see him play a little bit more but we saw enough as he was playing in NEAFL last year or in the under-18 championships in 2013. (His combine results) didn’t hurt him, it didn’t boost him a fair bit, we always had him rated very, very highly."

"If he hadn’t been able to play those games, if he hadn’t been able to test, we would have still been very, very keen to get Nakia to our club. We take the injuries into account, but we’re very confident that he’s fine to go, he’s been training since the middle of the year. We would have been happy to pick a tall player as well if it had have been the way but as it was rated we thought Nakia was the player for us.”

Corey Gregson: "Cory is a small midfielder/forward, runs and carries the ball really well, great skills, had some experience with Glenelg in the seniors this year and he just brings something different".

Dean Gore: “(he) was also a good midfield player for South Australia this year, who won the under-18 championships, Dean’s a big strong player, has also tasted senior footy at Sturt. He can play half-back and inside mid, so he’s a versatile player and he’s earned his spot through those good solid performances in particular.

Jordan Cunico: “(he) played for Vic Country this year and also the Gippsland Power. Jordan’s a very talented player, he’s a good long kick, he’s got a lot of skill, versatile player, so he probably complemented the three other inside mid players that we’d already drafted. By the way, those inside mid players have also got the ability to run well.”

2015 AFL DRAW RELEASED; ONLY ONE HOME NIGHT GAME FOR GEELONG
Ben Jensen 3 October 2014

GEELONG will open their 2015 campaign against modern-day rivals Hawthorn at the MCG on Monday April 6, the season starting later due to the 2015 Cricket World Cup. The good news is the Cats have eight home games at Simonds Stadium with the other three in Melbourne. The bad news according to some is only one of these will be at night to make use of the million dollar investment made. Mind you in season 2014 one of these night games was on a Thursday which effectively ruled attendance out for many Melbourne and country based seat holders.

LINK TO FULL DRAW

 

TRADING PLACES; NEW CATS AND OLD CATS
Ben Jensen 3 October 2014

SAM BLEASE is the latest to join Geelong, the former Demon signed as a delisted free agent after Melbourne deemed him surplus to requirements. This comes following the acquisition of Mitch Clark, also from Melbourne, and Rhys Stanley from the Saints during trade week.

Leaving of course were indigenous Premiership players Allen Christensen, to Brisbane, and Travis Varcoe, to Collingwood. Varcoe helped get Clark to the Cats while pick 21 received from the Lions for Christensen was later traded to the Saints for Stanley.

Some good news for delisted Cats, battler Taylor Hunt picked up by Richmond and Joel Hambling who didn't manage an AFL game with Geelong in three seasons has been signed up by the Bulldogs.

Former Cats looking for new homes include Jesse Stringer, Jordan Schroder and George Burbury. With the delisted player window closing on Saturday, their only hope is via the forthcoming drafts- national, pre-season and rookie. The Cats take pick 10 into the National Draft, to be held in the Gold Coast on November 27.

JOEL SELWOOD WINS 2014 CARJI GREEVES MEDAL
Ben Jensen 4 October 2014

GEELONG BEST AND FAIREST, AFL JOEL SELWOOD has won back to back best and fairests, winning his third Carji Greeves medal by ten votes from second placed Tom Hawkins. Hawkins led for much of the night, after round 18 Hawkins led from Jimmy Bartel and Cam Guthrie, Selwood way down in seventh spot. But a superb end to the season saw Selwood take home the medal from Hawkins, Mitch Duncan just ahead of Corey Enright and Harry Taylor in third sport.

Jared Rivers finished his second season with the Cats in sixth spot, half a vote ahead of Bartel. For the second year running Mathew Stokes took home the Community Champion award, Selwood the Coach's Award, Cam Guthrie the best young player while Jordan Schroder won the VFL B&F. Guthrie also had a top ten finish in eighth spot. Schroder will be leaving the club, having been delisted a week ago.

 

TOP TEN

1: Joel Selwood – 304
2: Tom Hawkins – 294
3: Mitch Duncan 289.5
4: Corey Enright – 288.5
5: Harry Taylor – 287
6: Jared Rivers – 285.5
7: Jimmy Bartel – 285
8: Cameron Guthrie – 278.5
9: James Kelly – 278
10: Tom Lonergan – 268.5

OTHER AWARDS

Coach's Award: Joel Selwood
Community Champion: Mathew Stokes
Tom Harley award (best clubman): Corey Enright
Best Young Player: Cameron Guthrie
VFL Best and Fairest: Jordan Schroder

CATS SWING THE AXE WITH EYE ON DRAFT AND TRADE WEEK; EXTEND CONTRACTS
Ben Jensen 29 September 2014

AFL TRADE WEEK 2014 IN THE AFTERMATH of the 'straight sets' exit from the 2014 final series, the Cats have moved to make some list changes, upgrading Mark Blicavs to the senior list and in his place on the 'category B' rookie list signing up Padraig Lucey from Ireland and the Foxtel series 'The Recruit'. Receiving contract extensions are youngsters James Toohey and Josh Cowan, Toohey a rookie yet to play a game while Cowan has three AFL games under his belt.

Departing Kardinia Park are Jesse Stringer, Jordan Schroder, George Burbury and Jackson Sheringham who all featured in AFL games this season, rookie listed and un-capped Nick Bourke also receiving his marching orders. There will likely be more changes on the playing department in coming days and weeks.

Trade Week officially starts Friday 3 October, closing Monday 13 October; shorter than in previous seasons due to the sheer lack of activity until the last 30 seconds (we exaggerate by about 5 minutes). Geelong has admitted publicly it is chasing disgruntled Melbourne backman James Frawley and rumored to be the favoured destination by troubled Dee forward Mitch Clark. The AFL National Draft will be held on Thursday 27 November; the Cats to have picks 13, 33 and 52. LINK: 2014 GEELONG LIST

CATS LEAD LIONS AT HALF TIME
Ben Jensen 30 March 2014

AFL 2014 ROUND 2 BRISBANE LIONS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG leads Brisbane at half time despite being outplayed for much of the half, three goals in barely sixty seconds by Hawkins, Hunt and Varcoe towards half time giving the Cats the lead.

There's been plenty of rain at the Gabba, the conditions quite slippery and tough for player and fan alike. Steve Johnson has nearly 20 touches already, Hawkins two goals and for the Lions Dayne Sorko has been quite dangerous, though has only kicked the one goal.

GEELONG: 1.4, 5.7 (37) AT HALF TIME LEAD
BRISBANE: 0.3, 4.4 (28)

GOALS
GEELONG: Hawkins 2, Duncan, Hunt, Varcoe,
BRISBANE: Mayes 2, Sorko, Green

CATS BACK ON TOP FOLLOWING PREMIERSHIP QUARTER
Ben Jensen 20 September 2013

AFL FINALS 2013 HAWTHORN HAWKS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG lead Hawthorn by twenty points at the final change after a seven goal to three third quarter. The Hawks kicked the first goal of the quarter but from then on the Cats dominated, and had a little luck. Two miraculous goals in the last two minutes were what may prove to have broken the Hawks' back, but plenty of footy to play yet. The first saw Travis Varcoe dish off a handpass quicker than the cameras could record to Steven Motlop who goals from an all but impossible angle. A minute or so later Harry Taylor slotted one from the opposite pocket on a very tight angle across his body. Josh Caddy was subbed on for Josh Hunt pretty much coinciding with the Cats' revival, as White came on for the Hawks' Max Bailey.

GEELONG 4.0, 7.4 (46), 14.6 (90) LEAD
HAWTHORN 3.5, 7.8 (50), 10.10 (70)

GOALS
GEELONG: Johnson 4, Motlop 2, Hawkins, Bartel, Christensen, Guthrie, Murdoch, Selwood, Taylor, Vardy
HAWTHORN: Gunston 3, Hale 2, Burgoyne 2, Bruest, Guerra, Hill

HAWKS BY FOUR AT HALF TIME
Ben Jensen 20 September 2013

HAWTHORN lead Geelong by four points at half time of what's been a cracking Preliminary Final. The Cats held a seventeen point advantage midway through the quarter but three goals and three behinds from the Hawks gave them the advantage at the main break. Steve Johnson has three goals for the Cats, while Norman Gunston has three for the Hawks.

HAWTHORN: 3.5, 7.8 (50) LEAD
GEELONG: 4.0, 7.4 (46)

GOALS
HAWTHORN: Gunston 3, Hale, Burgoyne, Guerra, Hill
GEELONG: Johnson 3, Hawkins, Christensen, Motlop, Vardy

 

PAUL CHAPMAN TO MISS PRELIMINARY FINAL AGAINST HAWKS
Ben Jensen 18 September 2013

GEELONG VETERAN PAUL CHAPMAN will miss Friday night's Preliminary Final against Hawthorn after accepting a one match ban handed down by the AFL Match Review Panel. On Monday the MRP passed judgement on Chapmans bump on Port Adelaide's Robbie Gray, deeming it reckless conduct, low impact and high contact - totally up 225 demerit points and a two game suspension. With a 25 per cent discount that reduces to a one match ban with 68.75 carry over points. FULL STORY

FOUR GEELONG PLAYERS IN AFL ALL AUSTRALIAN SIDE
Ben Jensen 18 September 2013

By Ben Jensen FOUR GEELONG players have made the 2013 AFL All Australian side, led by Joel Selwood who was named skipper. Corey Enright made his fifth All Aussie side named in a back pocket after a great season, likewise Harry Taylor was rewarded for his performances, named at centre half back. Andrew Mackie made it through on the bench to round out the selections. FULL STORY

CATS INTO VFL GRAND FINAL
Ben Jensen 16 September 2013

GEELONG'S VFL SIDE powered into the Grand Final with a thumping win over Bulldogs affiliated Williamstown on Saturday at North Port Oval. Josh Walker and Shane Kersten again starred up forward with five and four goals apiece. The Grand Final will be played at Etihad Stadium next Sunday against Hawthorn affiliated Box Hill Hawks. Box Hill defeated Werribee by 52 points yesterday to setup a weekend of Cats-Hawks action, the match Box Hill's first appearance in a grand final since 2005. The Cats are the reigning VFL premiers having won the competition last season against perennial contender Port Melbourne. VFL INFO

GEELONG 6.4-40 12.7, 18.11, 24.16 (160) DEFEATED
WILLIAMSTOWN 4.2, 4.5, 8.9, 11.12 (78)

GOALS
GEELONG: J. Walker 5, S. Kersten 4, J. Murdoch 3, B. Hartman 2, R. Bathie 2, B. Smedts 2, J. Schroder , J. Barham , L. Howe , T. Selwood , T. West , G. Burbury
WILLIAMSTOWN: F. Roberts 2, J. Johnstone 2, A. Anastasio 2, J. Tutt 2, D. Pearce , C. Wood , C. Lockwood

BEST
GEELONG: G. Horlin-Smith, J. Murdoch, M. Brown, C. Eardley, J. Walker, M. Sully
WILLIAMSTOWN: W. Wheeler, B. Jolley, J. Johnstone, L. Markovic, A. Anastasio, J. McNamara

GROUND: North Port Oval

CATS UNDER PRESSURE BUT IN FRONT AT HALF TIME
Ben Jensen 4 May 2013

GEELONG started tonight's match off fairly well but found themselves behind at quarter time and trailing by over 20 points in the second quarter before finishing off the quarter strongly to lead the Tigers at half time by five points. Steve Johnson is our best so far, with Allen Christensen, Matthew Stokes, Jimmy Bartel not far behind.

GEELONG 3.3, 9.3 (57) LEAD
RICHMOND 4.1, 8.4 (52)

GOALS
GEELONG: Bartel 2, Stokes 2, Christensen, Duncan, Murdoch, Smedts, West
RICHMOND: King 2, Martin 2, Riewoldt 2, Ellis, Knights

BEST
GEELONG: Johnson, Christensen, Stokes, Corey, Duncan, Bartel
RICHMOND: We can't comment

GROUND: Melbourne Cricket Ground

VFL SIDE CONTINUES THEIR WINNING RUN
Ben Jensen 4 May 2013

THE VFL CATS continue to dominate, winning their fifth game out of five today against the Werribee Tigers at Simonds Stadium. An entertaining day for fans who got there for the game, starting at 11am, with both Nathan Vardy and George Burbury booting six goals, and Shane Kersten four. Josh Caddy was left out of the AFL side after suffering concussion but bobbed up for two goals.

 

GEELONG 3.5, 9.10, 13.12 21.14 (140) DEFEATED
WERRIBEE 4.3, 7.7, 10.10, 12.13 (85)

GOALS
GEELONG: N. Vardy 6, G. Burbury 6, S. Kersten 4, J. Caddy 2, D. McFarlane 2, J. Schroder
WERRIBEE: B. Warren 2, S. Clouston 2, R. Castello , T. McGenniss , S. Sherlock , A. Maric , M. Wood , L. Greenwood , J. Gysberts , B. Speight

BEST
GEELONG: G. Burbury, J. Schroder, J. Thurlow, N. Vardy, P. Flanagan, D. Gleeson
WERRIBEE: J. Moore, B. Ross, L. Greenwood, D. Fort, S. Sherlock, T. McGenniss

GROUND: Simonds Stadium, Geelong

DANIEL MENZEL TO HAVE A FOURTH KNEE RECONSTRUCTION
Ben Jensen 23 April 2013

By Ben Jensen Geelong has confirmed that Daniel Menzel's knee injury suffered on Saturday in the win over Box Hill in the VFL will require a knee reconstruction. Menzel, 21, has already had three reconstructions, the latest being the radical LARS technique on the left knee in 2012. On the day the club played down the immediate speculation he had suffered a major injury, but by Monday it was clear bad news was on the way.

Menzel first required a knee reconstruction in 2011, suffering an ACL injury on the right knee in the qualifying final win over the Hawks. He then tore the ACL in his left knee in a VFL match last June. Following this second reconstruction the left knee gave away again in training last December, Menzel under advice from club medicos choosing the LARS option.

The club and wider AFL community have rallied around Menzel, the Twittosphere lighting up with messages of support. Menzel himself spoke briefly with waiting media before walking into the clinic and receiving the bad news. "Shattered that I've possibly done the same thing again. When you put in so much work and so much effort, it's hard to believe it could happen again. We'll have the scans to see how we go, but there's not a lot of hope there, so we'll wait and see."

SIMPSON ON LONG TERM INJURY LIST
Ben Jensen 24 February 2013

TOWERING RUCKMAN Dawson Simpson has had a back injury flare up again, the disc in his lower back to keep him out for at least the first eight rounds of the season. The Cats reacted accordingly, adding him to the long term injury list, allowing them up upgrade a Rookie-listed player if desired.

BEST LATE CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER - THE FOOTY ALMANAC
Ben Jensen January 2013

The Footy Almanac is a game by game account of every AFL match of the season. Over 100 writers tell the story of their day at the footy. They are passionate fans. The result is a wonderful collection of footy writing: funny, insightful, one-eyed. We didn't get around to writing for the Almanac this year, but hopefully we will in 2013 as it's likely to be another Geelong Premiership being an odd year and all that.

CATS STAY OUT OF PRE SEASON AND ROOKIE DRAFTS; STEPHENSON HEADS FOR RICHMOND
Ben Jensen 11 December 2012

GEELONG stayed out of both the Pre Season and Rookie drafts today, with the only notable news being Orren Stephenson found himself another home at Richmond, again as a Rookie.

DECEMBER
Ben Jensen 2 December 2012

AS THE CATS have gone about rebuilding the club via some crafty free agent signings during the off season we've been having a well earned break, or more accurately focusing on the day job. With a bit of luck we'll have written up a few summaries of the comings and goings at the club before too long. Good news is Brian Cook will be at the club in 2013 after rejecting overtures from the Kangaroos, and that Gary Ablett apparently has left open the possibility of a return home should the Suns not make finals by 2015.

DECEMBER
Ben Jensen 2 December 2012

AS THE CATS have gone about rebuilding the club via some crafty free agent signings during the off season we've been having a well earned break, or more accurately focusing on the day job. With a bit of luck we'll have written up a few summaries of the comings and goings at the club before too long. Good news is Brian Cook will be at the club in 2013 after rejecting overtures from the Kangaroos, and that Gary Ablett apparently has left open the possibility of a return home should the Suns not make finals by 2015.

 

AFL 2015 ROUND 8

GEELONG CATS v CARLTON BLUES

FRIDAY 22 MAY 2015 19:50 AEST

ETIHAD STADIUM

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VFL 2015 ROUND 6

GEELONG V PORT MELBOURNE

SATURDAY 23 MAY 2015 12:12 AEST

SIMONDS STADIUM

IT WAS A DOUBLY BAD NIGHT FOR COLLINGWOOD CHEER SQUAD TSAR JOFFA; THE MELBOURNE VICTORY HUMPING THE MELBOURNE HEART/CITY AT ETIHAD STADIUM

IT WAS A DOUBLY BAD NIGHT FOR COLLINGWOOD CHEER SQUAD TSAR JOFFA; THE MELBOURNE VICTORY HUMPING THE MELBOURNE HEART/CITY AT ETIHAD STADIUM

 

THE HIGHLIGHT OF ROUND 2 [CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE]

THE HIGHLIGHT OF ROUND 2 [CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE]

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SKIPPER JOEL SELWOOD WON HIS THIRD CLUB BEST AND FAIREST [PHOTO COURTESY @GEELONGCATS]

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JIMMY BARTEL PLAYS HIS 250TH AFL GAME

JIMMY BARTEL PLAYS HIS 250TH AFL GAME

 

JEFF KENNETT CHECKS FOR TEXTS FOLLOWING GEELONG'S AFTER THE SIREN WIN IN ROUND 19 2012

JEFF KENNETT CHECKS FOR TEXTS FOLLOWING GEELONG'S AFTER THE SIREN WIN IN ROUND 19 2012

PHOTO COURTESY SHANNON BYRNES

 

 

2012 FOOTY ALMANAC

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VFL GRAND FINAL

PORT MELBOURNE V GEELONG

SUNDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2012 14:15 AEST

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