CATS PUSHED TO BRINK BY GIANTS
Ben Jensen 19 July 2014

AFL 2014 ROUND 18 GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY GIANTS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG unconvincingly beat the GWS Giants tonight at the Giants' Spotless Stadium. We missed the first quarter due to parental duties and perhaps it was just as well, the Cats limped to a one point lead at the first change, spraying their shots at goal wide of the mark.

In the second quarter the Cats found themselves behind for a while as the Giants really put in the hard yards and the Cats often let the game pass them by; the Giants may well have gone further ahead had they kicked better and made the most of their inside fifties. But the Cats did hang on with a lead at half time of four behinds. Ratings for SBS and One with their Tour de France and German Formula One Grand Prix likely experienced a spike by now if they hadn't already.

Geelong threatened to really blow out the lead in the second half, the lead at the final break a bit over 20 points but could not quite put the Giants away. The final five minutes was quite intense in our household, as the Giants kicked five for the quarter including two late goals and a behind the make the margin one straight kick and continuing what may as well have been branded 'upset round' following the wins by the Blues and Saints earlier. But it was Steve Johnson who snatched a 'handy point' with around 40 seconds of play left that sealed the win.

The game was watched by an absolutely pitiful crowd of less than 8,000, and that was even with hundreds of freebies given out by the AFL and the Giants for promotions. The egos at AFL House including former CEO Andrew Demetriou, new boss Gillon McLaughlin and current and former Board members have a lot to answer for pouring tens of millions of dollars with plenty more tens of millions to come. Money better spent reducing prices of club memberships or dare we say it supporting a team in Tasmania, an actual Aussie Rules Football supporting state.

Positives for the night? Realising the value of Mark Blicavs to the side; his marking particularly across the half-back / centre area of the ground was really missed tonight. Josh Caddy had a good game and needs to be in the side come finals time. Steve Johnson shows no signs of slowing down and stepping out of the midfield, motoring on all night. Oh and a small matter of cementing for the time being a spot in the top four, the Cats overtaking the Dockers who lost to the bottom of the ladder Saints earlier in the day, in itself a positive.

We are still none the wiser who Geelong's best ruckman is, neither Simpson or McIntosh being that convincing on the night. I like McIntosh but the old man more a Simpson fan. Shane Kersten didn't have a lot to work with on the night but is our pick as the next tall forward after Tom Hawkins, who bagged two on the night.

Contrary to our earlier report of there being no VFL action for the Cats this weekend, the 'Bendigo Bankers' play Sandringham at Trevor Barker Oval at 2PM on Sunday. The Cats now have a week off in this split round, next game is Saturday 2 August at Etihad Stadium against the up and down North Melbourne - a real danger game for the Cats at a venue that seems to suit the Kangaroos better.

GEELONG: 2.5, 4.10, 10.14, 13.16 (94) DEFEATED
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY: 2.4, 4.6, 7.9, 12.15 (87)

GOALS
GEELONG: Johnson 3, Hawkins 2, Caddy 2, Selwood, Murdoch, Duncan, Bartel, Guthrie, Simpson
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY: Patton 2, Boyd 2, Shiel 2, Palmer, Hunt, Kelly, Cameron, Hoskin-Elliott, Ward

BEST
GEELONG: Selwood, Caddy, Horlin-Smith, Johnson, Hawkins, Duncan
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY: Ward, Patton, Sheil, Hoskin-Elliott, Greene, Tomlinson

CHANGES
GEELONG: On Friday - Allen Christensen (illness) replaced by emergency Brad Hartman
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY: Nil

INJURIES
GEELONG: Nil
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY: Nil

SUBSTITUTES
GEELONG: Brad Hartman; replaced Dawson Simpson in the final quarter
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY: Josh Kelly; replaced Lachie Plowman in the third quarter

UMPIRES

FIELD: Sam Hay, Robert Findlay, Andrew Mitchell EM: Stuart Wenn
BOUNDARY: Michael Saunders, Christopher Gordon, Robert Taylor, Luke Roberts
GOAL: Rose O'Dea, James Savage EM: Dale Puren

TIP: Cats by 72 points

CROWD: 7,697 at Spotless Stadium, Sydney

AFL 2014 ROUND 18: GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY GIANTS V GEELONG CATS; TEAMS AND MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 19 July 2014

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY GIANTS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG's ruck merry go round continues, Dawson Simpson recalled to play the GWS Giants on Saturday night at the Sydney Olympic precinct's Spotless Stadium in place of the 'managed' Mark Blicavs. Also returning is Matthew Stokes in place of Brad Hartman. GWS has made four changes including bringing back Geelong dual premiership player Josh Hunt.

Yesterday, Geelong Football Club celebrated its 155th year, since a meeting was held on 18 July 1859 at the Victoria Hotel forming the club. Picture courtesy https://twitter.com/TheBlackCat1859.

GEELONG
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY
IN: Dawson Simpson, Mathew Stokes
OUT: Allen Christensen (illness), Mark Blicavs (managed)
IN: Tom Boyd, Jonathon Patton, Josh Hunt, Adam Treloar
OUT: Matt Buntine (calf), Lachlan Whitfield (shoulder), Jacob Townsend (omitted), Rory Lobb (knee)
B: Jared Rivers, Tom Lonergan, Andrew Mackie
HB: Cameron Guthrie, Harry Taylor, Mitch Duncan
C: Corey Enright, Jimmy Bartel, Steven Motlop
HF: Brad Hartman, Shane Kersten, George Horlin-Smith
F: Travis Varcoe, Tom Hawkins, Steve Johnson
FOLL: Hamish McIntosh, Josh Caddy, Joel Selwood
INT: James Kelly, Jordan Murdoch, Dawson Simpson, Mathew Stokes
EMER: Jed Bews, Billie Smedts, Mitch Brown
B: Adam Tomlinson, Phil Davis, Adam Kennedy
HB: Zac Williams, Lachie Plowman, Tim Mohr
C: Will Hoskin-Elliott, Rhys Palmer, Tomas Bugg
HF: Tom Boyd, Jonathon Patton, Devon Smith
F: Josh Hunt, Jeremy Cameron, Callan Ward
FOLL: Shane Mumford, Toby Greene, Tom Scully
INT: Adam Treloar, Jono O'Rourke, Dylan Shiel, Joshua Kelly
EMER: Tim Golds, Jacob Townsend, Mark Whiley

NO NONSENSE CATS BEAT DEMONS, BACK IN TOP FOUR
Ben Jensen 12 July 2014

AFL 2014 ROUND 17 MELBOURNE DEMONS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG brought home the four points with a 66 point win over Melbourne at a very chilly MCG yesterday, though game watchers were pretty much none the wiser on the form of either side after a very uneventful second half that saw just three goals scored by either side. Should Richmond hold off Port Adelaide tomorrow, the Cats will hold onto a spot in the top four for the first time since their defeat at the hands of Gold Coast a few weeks back.

This evening the VFL side were beaten by Richmond under lights at Simonds Stadium in a match that by all reports made the MCG match feel warm. The Cats led at the first three changes but the four point lead at three quarter time ended up being a four point defeat, the Tigers outscoring the Cats in the final term. In between the two games, Channel Seven and 3AW commentator Brian Taylor created controversy, referring to Harry Taylor as a 'big poofter' for the manner in which he left Simonds Stadium after his 150th game last week. 'BT' is set to face suspension from 3AW and possibly also Channel Seven.

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GEELONG: 3.7, 11.10, 12.13, 14.18 (102) DEFEATED
MELBOURNE: 0.2, 2.5, 4.6, 5.6 (36)

GOALS
GEELONG: Hawkins 3, Johnson 2, Kersten 2, Christensen, Motlop, Guthrie, Hartman, Duncan, McIntosh, Bartel
MELBOURNE: Howe 2, Pedersen, Kent, Vince

BEST
GEELONG: Selwood, Motlop, Johnson, McIntosh, Mackie, Kelly, Guthrie
MELBOURNE: Riley, Viney, Garland

CHANGES
GEELONG: Nil
MELBOURNE: Nil

INJURIES
GEELONG: Nil
MELBOURNE: Nil

SUBSTITUTES
GEELONG: George Horlin-Smith, replaced Cameron Guthrie after half-time
MELBOURNE: Dean Terlich, replaced Neville Jetta during the third quarter

UMPIRES

FIELD: Matt Stevic, Sam Hay, Jason Armstrong EM: Heath Ryan
BOUNDARY: Adam Coote, Drew Kowalski, Chris Roberts, Robert Haala
GOAL: Daniel Wilson, Mark Canning EM: Luke Walker

TIP: Cats by 52 points

CROWD: 36,385 at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

AFL 2014 ROUND 17: MELBOURNE DEMONS V GEELONG CATS; TEAMS AND MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 10 July 2014

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery MELBOURNE DEMONS V GEELONG CATS JUST ONE CHANGE to Geelong's side to play Melbourne in an away fixture at the MCG on Saturday afternoon, James Kelly returns after being a late withdrawal last week, back in place of the man who replaced him last week Jed Bews. With a win the Cats can move into the top four should one of Hawthorn, Port Adelaide or Sydney lose.

Josh Caddy will play his 50th match, in his second season at the Cats since leaving the Suns. Melbourne has recalled Neville Jetta, Aidan Riley and Luke Tapsctott. Out for the Dees are Dom Barry, Christian Salem and the aptly named Max Gawn.

 

GEELONG
MELBOURNE
IN: James Kelly
OUT: Jed Bews
IN: Neville Jetta, Aidan Riley, Luke Tapscott
OUT: Dom Barry, Max Gawn, Christian Salem
B: Corey Enright, Tom Lonergan, Andrew Mackie
HB: Cameron Guthrie, Harry Taylor, Jared Rivers
C: Jimmy Bartel, Joel Selwood, Travis Varcoe
HF: Allen Christensen, Shane Kersten, Jordan Murdoch
F: Steven Motlop, Tom Hawkins, Steve Johnson
FOLL: Hamish McIntosh, James Kelly, Josh Caddy
INT: Mark Blicavs, Mitch Duncan, Brad Hartman, George Horlin-Smith
EMER: Jed Bews, Dawson Simpson, Billie Smedts
B: Lynden Dunn, James Frawley, Colin Garland
HB: Jeremy Howe, Tom McDonald, Neville Jetta
C: Jack Grimes, Bernie Vince, Jordie McKenzie
HF: Matt Jones, Cameron Pedersen, Jack Watts
F: Rohan Bail, Chris Dawes, Jack Viney
FOLL: Mark Jamar, Dom Tyson, Nathan Jones
INT: Dean Terlich, Dean Kent, Aidan Riley, Luke Tapscott
EMER: Max Gawn, Christian Salem, Sam Blease

CATS GET JOB DONE OVER BULLDOGS, KEEP TOP FOUR HOPES ALIVE
Ben Jensen 6 July 2014

AFL 2014 ROUND 16 GEELONG CATS V WESTERN BULLDOGS GEELONG did just enough to get the four points over the Bulldogs at Simonds Stadium in tonight's twilight (or nightmare) fixture. Just under 25,000 souls braved the very cold and wet conditions, a few of them there early to see the Geelong side belted by Footscray in the VFL. Dawson Simpson, who was named first ruck in the AFL side, was dropped to the VFL, and along with James Kelly (soreness) were left out of the AFL side, replaced by Jew Bews and Brad Hartman. No standout goal kicker on the day, five players kicking two each: Tom Hawkins, Shane Kersten, Mitch Duncan for the Cats. The Cats' top four hopes remain alive, level on eleven wins from fifteen games with Port Adelaide, Hawthorn and Fremantle but down in fifth due to inferior percentage. Next week the Cats play Melbourne at the MCG in a rare Saturday afternoon fixture.

GEELONG: 3.3, 7.5, 9.8, 10.9 (69) DEFEATED
WESTERN BULLDOGS: 0.4, 3.6, 6.11, 7.14 (56)

GOALS
GEELONG: Duncan 2, Kersten 2, Hawkins 2, Bartel, Johnson, Christensen, Murdoch
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Crameri 2, Bontempelli 2, Dahlhaus, Griffen, Hunter

BEST
GEELONG: Johnson, Duncan, Taylor, Motlop, Bartel, Rivers
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Bontempelli, Liberatore, Griffen, Dahlhaus, Minson

CHANGES
GEELONG: Dawson Simpson (dropped to VFL) and James Kelly (soreness) replaced by Jed Bews and Brad Hartman
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Nil

INJURIES
GEELONG: Nil
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Nil

SUBSTITUTES
GEELONG: Brad Hartman, replaced George Horlin-Smith at three quarter time
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Jackson Macrae, replaced Mark Austin at half time

UMPIRES

FIELD: Chris Donlan, Brendan Hosking, Andrew Mitchell EM: Stuart Wenn
BOUNDARY: Ian Burrows, Shane Jones, Shane Thiele, Matthew Jenkinson
GOAL: Adam Wojcik, Chelsea Roffey EM: Michael 'Face' Palm

TIP: Cats by 17 points

CROWD: 24,766 at Simonds Stadium, Geelong

AFL 2014 ROUND 16; GEELONG V WESTERN BULLDOGS; FINAL TEAMS AND MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 5 July 2014

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GEELONG CATS V WESTERN BULLDOGS HARRY TAYLOR plays with 150th AFL match for Geelong against the Western Bulldogs on Sunday. Once more the changes are to do with ruckmen, Hamish McIntosh coming ino the side this week in place of Jed Bews. Dawson Simpson retains his spot on the side, the Cats again going in with the two specialist ruckmen plus utility Mark Blicavs.

The Bulldogs brought in three players, Ryan Griffen, Jordan Roughead and first gamer Jack Redpath; dropping Sam Darley, Fletcher Roberts and Liam Jones.

The match is being played in Geelong at the fairly unreasonable time of 4:40PM on Sunday afternoon; like the Thursday night Geelong game earlier in the season, thousands of seats held be reserved ticket holders are expected to go empty with Melbourne and Western District members likely to stay home. Earlier on Sunday the same two sides meet in the VFL. MATCH PREVIEW AND FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
WESTERN BULLDOGS
IN: Hamish McIntosh
OUT: Jed Bews
IN: Jordan Roughead, Jack Redpath, Ryan Griffen
OUT: Sam Darley, Fletcher Roberts
, Liam Jones
NEW: Jack Redpath

MOTLOP HELPS CATS BEAT BOMBERS IN THRILLER
Ben Jensen 28 June 2014

AFL 2014 ROUND 15 GEELONG CATS V ESSENDON BOMBERS GEELONG defeated Essendon by just nine points in an absolute thriller of a match at an extremely chilly Etihad Stadium last night. After dominating the Bombers in the first half and taking a 29 point lead into half time, the Cats were toweled up in the third quarter managing just two behinds while the Bombers booted five goals five; leading by four behinds at the final break.

It looked to go from bad to worse in the last quarter, the Bombers extending the lead a minute or so in; it didn't take long for the Cats to fire up however, Mitch Duncan sinking one from deep in a pocket to put the Cats back within a goal. Jordan Murdoch put the side in front after 12 minutes. The lead would flip flop another two times over the next seven minutes as first Bomber Zach Merrett then Cat Steven Motlop were cooler than cool under pressure.

Son of a gun Daniher Joe Daniher just about broke the hearts of Geelong fans booting a long goal at the 24 minute mark, the lead now four points the Bombers' way and time running out for another Cat escape. Three minutes later it was Motlop again, this time employing a banana kick on a slight angle 25 metres out to put the Cats back in front for what turned out to be the final time. The Cats should have had the sealer two minutes later, Josh Caddy's kick to the goal square bouncing awkwardly for Duncan who could only watch it bounce through for a behind reminiscent of Stephen Milne in the drawn 2010 Grand Final.

Almost a calamity the next play as Steve Johnson barely managed to rush the ball through, the difference still less than a goal. Travis Varcoe brilliantly shrugged a tackle and banged it inside fifty where Tom Hawkins, who already had two goals, was in space and able to paddle the ball closer to goal before slamming it through and promptly saluting the crowd, a fair number of them visiting fans who promptly gave him salutes of their own in a scene captured by Herald Sun photographer Wayne Ludbey.

As the siren rang Bomber fans who felt slightly hard done by at this stage, slammed seats and headed for the exits, some assisted by venue staff, others stunned remaining in their seats. Geelong fans counted their lucky stars and went home happy, plenty of Geelong scarves hanging out windows on the drive back to Geelong, Melbourne suburbs and some as far as the Western District.

Skipper Joel Selwood appeared inhibited early on but it didn't stop him from doing damage all over the ground, booting two goals in the second quarter and thereafter spending time all over the ground; even taking kick-out duties at one point. Tom Hawkins was brilliant, Shane Kersten capable in his second game though may yet find himself under pressure in coming weeks. Motlop as mentioned helped save the match, Allen Christensen into his comeback was all class while Murdoch and George Horlin-Smith should pick up votes in the club B&F.

For the Bombers Dyson Heppell was clearly their best, acting skipper Brendan Goddard not far behind. Dawson Simpson struggled like omst of his teammates in the third quarter but overall had the better of the ruck dual on the night.

Geelong has a reasonable run home now, facing the Bulldogs, Demons and Giants the next three weeks before taking on the Kangaroos in round 19. The Cats' VFL side plays Carlton affiliate the Northern Blues tomorrow afternoon at Preston City Oval.

 

GEELONG: 5.1, 8.4, 8.6, 13.11 (89) DEFEATED
ESSENDON: 1.3, 3.5, 8.10, 11.14 (80)

GOALS
GEELONG: Duncan 3, Selwood 3, Walker 3, Hawkins 3, Murdoch 2, Stringer, Bartel, Mackie, Stokes, Lang, Motlop
ESSENDON: Weller, Riewoldt, Shenton, Billings, Armitage

BEST
GEELONG: Selwood, Horlin-Smith, Hawkins, Murdoch, Bartel, Motlop, Duncan, Kelly
ESSENDON: Heppell, Goddard, Zaharakis, Fletcher, Colyer

INJURIES
GEELONG: Taylor (head), Selwood (thigh), Christensen (shin)
ESSENDON: Nil reports

SUBSTITUTES
GEELONG: Josh Caddy, replaced Shane Kersten the final quarter; also temporarily replaced Harry Taylor in third quarter
ESSENDON: Zach Merrett, replaced Kyle Hardingham in the third quarter

UMPIRES

Findlay, Kamolins, Rosebury

TIP: Cats by 17 points

CROWD: 43,732 at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne Docklands

AFL 2014 ROUND 15; GEELONG V ESSENDON; TEAMS AND MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 27 June 2014

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GEELONG CATS V ESSENDON BOMBERS GEELONG has made four changes to the side to face Essendon tonight at Etihad Stadium. Returning from injury is key defender Harry Taylor, George Horlin-Smith, Dawson Simpson and Jed Bews. In their now weekly exchange, Simpson is in for Hamish McIntosh. The others out are Matthew Stokes, like McIntosh with an ankle injury, and the omitted duo Billie Smedts and Josh Walker. The Bombers also made four changes with former Geelong great Paul Chapman a key inclusion. The Bombers are trying to put their drugs and supplements scandal behind them, and got over the Adelaide Crows last weekend while the Cats lost to Gold Coast.

GEELONG
ESSENDON
IN: Harry Taylor, Dawson Simpson, George Horlin-Smith, Jed Bews.
OUT:
Hamish McIntosh (Ankle), Billie Smedts (Omitted), Mathew Stokes (Ankle), Josh Walker (Omitted)
IN: Paul Chapman, Jake Carlisle, Kyle Hardingham, Jackson Merrett
OUT: Elliott Kavanagh (Omitted), Tom Bellchambers (Omitted), Mark Baguley (Back), Jason Winderlich (Suspension)
B: Corey Enright, Tom Lonergan, Andrew Mackie
HB: Cameron Guthrie, Harry Taylor, Jared Rivers
C: Steve Johnson, Joel Selwood, Allen Christensen
HF: Jimmy Bartel, Shane Kersten, Jordan Murdoch
F: Steven Motlop, Tom Hawkins, Travis Varcoe
FOLL: Dawson Simpson, George Horlin-Smith, James Kelly
INT: Jed Bews, Mark Blicavs, Josh Caddy, Mitch Duncan
EMER: Brad Hartman, Billie Smedts, Jesse Stringer

B: Courtenay Dempsey, Michael Hurley, Dustin Fletcher
HB: Michael Hibberd, Cale Hooker, David Myers
C: Dyson Heppell, Brendon Goddard, David Zaharakis
HF: Paul Chapman, Joe Daniher, Ben Howlett
F: Travis Colyer, Patrick Ambrose, Jake Carlisle
FOLL: Patrick Ryder, Heath Hocking, Brent Stanton
INT: Jake Melksham, Kyle Hardingham, Zach Merrett, Jackson Merrett
EMER: Tom Bellchambers, Elliott Kavanagh, Cory Dell'Olio

CATS DOWNED BY SUNS
Ben Jensen 29 May 2014

GEELONG was sunk by the Gold Coast tonight, losing to the Suns by forty points after leading for most of the first half and at half time. The Suns were boosted by six goals from Harley Bennell. The Suns overtook the Cats in the third quarter with four unanswered goals to finish off the quarter, taking a ten point lead into the final term. From then on it was a belting, Gold Coast quickly pushing the lead over 20 points, the Cats thereafter kicking a couple goals but the margin never dropping below 21 points. For the Cats Shane Kersten in his first game kicked two goals with his first two kicks, finishing with three. Tom Hawkins, Steven Motlop and Charlie also finished with three. Next Friday night Geelong plays Essendon, while Gold Coast travel to Launceston to take on reigning Premiers Hawthorn.

GOLD COAST: 3.2, 5.6, 10.11, 17.16 (118) DEFEATED
GEELONG: 5.1, 6.7, 9.7, 11.12 (78)

GOALS
GOLD COAST: Bennell 6, Dixon 3, Russell 2, O'Meara 2, Harbrow, Ablett, Lynch, Martin
GEELONG: Hawkins 3, Kersten 3, Motlop 3, Enright, Johnson

BEST
GOLD COAST: Bennell, Ablett, Prestia, Harbrow, Dixon, Swallow
GEELONG
: Selwood, Duncan, Motlop, Kelly, Guthrie

INJURIES
GOLD COAST
: Matera (groin)
GEELONG
: Stokes (ankle)

REPORTS: Nil

SUBSTITUTES
GOLD COAST
: Luke Russell; replaced Brandon Matera after half-time
GEELONG
: Josh Caddy; replaced Matthew Stokes (ankle) early in the second quarter

UMPIRES:

Findlay, Fisher, Kamolins

CROWD: 18,236 at Metricon Stadium

PRE-MATCH TIP: "Cats by 17 points"

AFL 2014 ROUND 14; GOLD COAST SUNS V GEELONG CATS; FINAL TEAMS AND MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 19 June 2014

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GOLD COAST SUNS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG has made six changes to the side to face the Gold Coast Suns from the side that thrashed St Kilda on Sunday. Shane Kersten gets his chance at long last to try his luck as a key forward in the AFL after dominating at times in the VFL over the past 18 months. Coming back from injury and suspension are Jared Rivers, Steve Johnson, Allen Christensen, Josh Caddy and Hamish McIntosh. Making way are the injured George Horlin-Smith (back), Jess Stringer, and last week's debutantes Darcy Lang and Brad Hartman. Harry Taylor misses with a knee complaint while big Dawson Simpson is the latest Cat to be 'managed'.

GEELONG
GOLD COAST
IN: Jared Rivers, Steve Johnson, Josh Caddy, Allen Christensen, Shane Kersten, Hamish McIntosh
OUT:
Jesse Stringer (omitted), Dawson Simpson (managed), Harry Taylor (knee), Brad Hartman (omitted), George Horlin-Smith (back), Darcy Lang (omitted)
NEW:
Shane Kersten
IN: Jack Martin.
OUT: Aaron Hall (omitted)
B: Corey Enright, Tom Lonergan, Andrew Mackie
HB: Cameron Guthrie, Jared Rivers, Mark Blicavs
C: Steve Johnson, Joel Selwood, Josh Caddy
HF: Jimmy Bartel, Josh Walker, Allen Christensen
F: Shane Kersten, Tom Hawkins, Mathew Stokes
FOLL: Hamish McIntosh, James Kelly, Mitch Duncan
INT: Steven Motlop, Jordan Murdoch, Billie Smedts, Travis Varcoe
EMER: Jed Bews, Brad Hartman, Jesse Stringer

B: Kade Kolodjashnij, Steven May, Greg Broughton
HB: Matt Shaw, Rory Thompson, Trent McKenzie
C: Jarrod Harbrow, Gary Ablett, Michael Rischitelli
HF: Danny Stanley, Tom Lynch, Harley Bennell
F: Charlie Dixon, Sam Day, Brandon Matera
FOLL: Zac Smith, Jaeger O'Meara, Dion Prestia
INT: Jack Martin, Alex Sexton, Luke Russell, David Swallow.Emg
EMER: Matthew Warnock, Jesse Lonergan, Sean Lemmens

 

GEELONG BELTS ST KILDA ON COLD, WINDY DAY
Ben Jensen 15 June 2014

AFL 2014 ROUND 13 GEELONG CATS V ST KILDA SAINTS ST KILDA scored the first goal of the match some 14 seconds in, however they were comprehensively thrashed by Geelong, the final margin creeping just under the hundred point mark thanks to a late goal by David Armitage. The Cats booted six goals in the first and second quarters to lead by sixty four points at the main break, already having three multiple goal kickers.

In the third quarter the Cats kicked just the four goals but held the Saints goalless, the lead at three-quarter time 90 points. The Saints got the final quarter off to a much better start pulling the margin back to under 80 points, but late in the game the Cats had the lead at 102 points following a four goals to two for the quarter; Armitage's goal from a set shot with 20 odd seconds left left the lead at 96 points, less than the 101 margin at the corresponding back from 2013.

Jared Rivers and Steve Johnson were late changes for the Cats with a knee and back complaint respectively, replaced by Jesse Stringer and Travis Varcoe. The Saints lost Terry Milera to illness, earning Clinton Jones a reprieve. Varcoe had by far the better game of the three changees on the day, not quite making the Cats' best but was very solid and should hold his place for next week, although there is a fair queue to come back with Allen Christensen set to put his fledgling KROCK career on hold to face the Gold Coast Suns next Saturday.

Best for the Cats were Matthew Stokes, Steven Motlop, Mitch Duncan and evergreen Jimmy Bartel. Dawson Simpson was great in the ruck but may yet have a setback, having his number taken for allegedly striking Jimmy Webster, and for a few seconds afterwards taking on all comers. St Kilda's Maverick Weller was earlier reported for rough conduct on Mark Blicavs. Tom Hawkins had another supreme game, cementing his growing reputation as the best key forward in the comp, bagging three goals - as did sidekick Josh Walker, who played with as much confidence as he has in his short career. Joining these two on three goals were Duncan and skipper Joel Selwood.

Debutante Darcy Lang kicked a goal on debut coming on as the substitute, Brad Hartman starting on the ground, playing a full game mainly in defence and aquainting himself very well at AFL level. Set to join Christensen coming back in next week are Johnson, Rivers, plus Hamish McIntosh. Jed Bews may press for selection again, having been 'managed' out this week with McIntosh but may find it tough to force his way back in.

 

GEELONG: 6.4, 12.7, 16.11, 20.13 (133) DEFEATED
ST KILDA: 1.2, 2.3, 2.5, 5.7 (37)

GOALS
GEELONG: Duncan 3, Selwood 3, Walker 3, Hawkins 3, Murdoch 2, Stringer, Bartel, Mackie, Stokes, Lang, Motlop
ST KILDA: Weller, Riewoldt, Shenton, Billings, Armitage

BEST
GEELONG: Bartel, Duncan, Stokes, Simpson, Motlop, Mackie, Hawkins
ST KILDA: Ross, Ray, Shenton, Hayes

INJURIES
GEELONG: Nil reports
ST KILDA: Nil reports - B
illy Longer received a knock to the head late in the game

CHANGES
GEELONG: Rivers (knee) and Johnson (back) replaced in selected side by Stringer and Varcoe
ST KILDA: Milera (ill) replaced in selected side by Jones

SUBSTITUTES
GEELONG: Darcy Lang, replaced George Horlin-Smith at half-time
ST KILDA: Clinton Jones, replaced Tom Lee in the second quarter

REPORTS
GEELONG: St Kilda's Maverick Weller reported in the third quarter for rough conduct against Geelong's Mark Blicavs
ST KILDA: Geelong's Dawson Simpson reported in the third quarter for striking St Kilda's Jimmy Webster

UMPIRES

Arstrong, Burgess, Farmer

TIP: Cats by 52 points

CROWD: 25,180 at Simonds Stadium, Geelong

AFL 2014 ROUND 13; GEELONG V ST KILDA; FINAL TEAMS AND MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 14 June 2014

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GEELONG CATS V ST KILDA SAINTS GEELONG has rested ruckman Hamish McIntosh and rookie backman Jed Bews and dropped Jess Stringer for Sunday's home clash against St Kilda. Coming in are McIntosh's replacement Dawson Simpson and first gamers Brad Hartman and Darcy Lang. Travis Varcoe and Taylor Hunt were originally named in the squad of 25 but like Stringer will play in the VFL on Saturday instead. The Saints have made two changes bringing in David Armitage and Jimmy Webster in place of omitted pair Same Dunnell and Clinton Jones.

 

GEELONG
ST KILDA
IN: Dawson Simpson, Brad Hartman, Darcy Lang
OUT: Hamish McIntosh (managed), Jed Bews (managed)
, Jesse Stringer (omitted)
NEW: Darcy Lang, Brad Hartman

IN: Jimmy Webster, David Armitage
OUT: Sam Dunnell, Clinton Jones (both dropped)
B: Jared Rivers, Tom Lonergan, Andrew Mackie
HB: Cameron Guthrie, Harry Taylor, Billie Smedts
C: George Horlin-Smith, Joel Selwood, Corey Enright
HF: Jimmy Bartel, Josh Walker, Steven Motlop
F: Jordan Murdoch, Tom Hawkins, Steve Johnson
FOLL: Dawson Simpson, James Kelly, Mitch Duncan
INT: Mark Blicavs, Brad Hartman, Darcy Lang, Mathew Stokes
EMER: Taylor Hunt, Jesse Stringer, Travis Varcoe

B: Sean Dempster, Luke Delaney, Cameron Shenton
HB: Brodie Murdoch, Josh Bruce, Jimmy Webster
C: Leigh Montagna, Maverick Weller, Jack Newnes
HF: Lenny Hayes, Nick Riewoldt, Terry Milera
F: Jack Billings, Tom Lee, David Armitage
FOLL: Billy Longer, Jack Steven, Luke Dunstan
INT: Sebastian Ross, Farren Ray, Tom Simpkin, Josh Saunders
EMER: Clinton Jones, James Gwilt, Sam Dunell

 

CATS IN NARROW ESCAPE OVER THE BLUES
Ben Jensen 6 June 2014

AFL 2014 ROUND 12 GEELONG CATS V CARLTON BLUES GEELONG narrowly defeated Carlton tonight, trailing by as much as 16 points after the Blues had kicked six unanswered goals from late in the third quarter. With about a minute left and the Blues leading by one point, Joel Selwood who to that point had an ordinary night, steadied and slotted a goal from 40-45m out from goal off his right boot. The last minute was agonizing, spending the final 30 odd seconds right in front of the Blues' goal as several stoppages saw the time eventually tick down to nothing, Blues players shattered at the final siren after leading for much of the night. Tom Hawkins kicked four goals, all in the second quarter that saw the Cats pull away with seven goals to three. Bryce Gibbs matched him with four goals, Dale Thomas and Matthew Stokes next best with three apiece.

 

GEELONG: 3.1, 10.6, 12.7, 16.11 (107) DEFEATED
CARLTON: 4.4, 7.5, 12.9, 15.12 (102)

GOALS
GEELONG: Hawkins 4, Stokes 3, Horlin-Smith 2, Murdoch 2, Bartel, Mackie, Motlop, Selwood, Walker
CARLTON: Gibbs 4, Thomas 3, Menzel 2, Casboult, Garlett, Yarran, McLean, Rowe, Warnock

BEST
GEELONG: TBC
CARLTON: TBC

INJURIES
GEELONG: Matthew Stokes (cut head)
CARLTON: TBC

CHANGES
GEELONG: Josh Walker, replaced Dawson Simpson
CARLTON: -

SUBSTITUTES
GEELONG: Jesse Stringer replaced Jed Bews at three quarter time
CARLTON: Simon White replaced Jarrad Waite in the final quarter

UMPIRES

Simon Meredith, Ben Ryan, Scott Jeffrey

TIP: Cats by 31 points

CROWD: 36,952 at Etihad Stadium, Docklands

AFL 2014 ROUND 12; GEELONG V CARLTON; TEAMS AND MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 5 June 2014

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GEELONG CATS V CARLTON BLUES GEELONG selectors have resisted the urge to really swing the axe at the selection table following last Thursday's 100 point capitulation to the Swans at the SCG. Just two changes have been made, premiership defenders Tom Lonergan and Corey Enright brought back from injury in place of omitted Jackson Sheringham and Travis Varcoe who is unavailable. The struggling Blues have made two changes of their own, Andrew Walker and Dennis Armfield in for injured David Ellard (calf) and Dylan Buckley who has been dropped. MATCH INFO

 

GEELONG
CARLTON
IN: Tom Lonergan, Corey Enright
OUT: Jackson Sheringham (omitted), Travis Varcoe (unavailable)

IN: Andrew Walker and Dennis Armfield
OUT: David Ellard (calf), Dylan Buckley (omitted)

B: Jared Rivers, Tom Lonergan, Andrew Mackie
HB: Corey Enright, Harry Taylor, Mark Blicavs
C: George Horlin-Smith, Joel Selwood, Mitch Duncan
HF: Steve Johnson, Hamish McIntosh, Jesse Stringer
F: Jordan Murdoch, Tom Hawkins, Jimmy Bartel
FOLL: Dawson Simpson, James Kelly, Cameron Guthrie
INT: Jed Bews, Steven Motlop, Billie Smedts, Mathew Stokes
EMER: Brad Hartman, Jackson Sheringham, Josh Walker
B: Andrejs Everitt, Michael Jamison, Simon White
HB: Chris Yarran, Sam Rowe, Zach Tuohy
C: Kade Simpson, Marc Murphy, Sam Docherty
HF: Jeff Garlett, Jarrad Waite, Troy Menzel
F: Levi Casboult, Lachie Henderson, Mitch Robinson
FOLL: Robert Warnock, Bryce Gibbs, Dale Thomas
INT: Dennis Armfield, Andrew Carrazzo, Brock McLean, Andrew Walker
EMER: Dylan Buckley, Jaryd Cachia, Nick Graham

 

CATS THRASHED BY SWANS IN SHOCKER AT SCG
Ben Jensen 29 May 2014

SYDNEY: 4.4, 8.9, 14.11, 22.16 (148) DEFEATED
GEELONG: 0.3, 1.3, 2.4, 5.8 (38)

GOALS
SYDNEY: Tippett 5, Franklin 4, Goodes 3, Jack, Derickx, Hannebery 2, Bird, Lloyd, McGlynn, Jetta
GEELONG: Hawkins 3, Simpson, Johnson

BEST
SYDNEY: Bird, Tippett, Malceski, Shaw, Goodes, Franklin, McGlynn, Richards, AFL Fixture
GEELONG
: Bartel, Horlin-Smith, Stokes, Johnson

INJURIES
SYDNEY: Rampe (knee)
GEELONG
: Mackie (back)

REPORTS: Nil

SUBSTITUTES
SYDNEY
: Harry Cunningham replaced Dane Rampe in the third quarter
GEELONG
: Jackson Sheringham replaced Andrew Mackie at three-quarter time

UMPIRES:

Fisher, Nicholls, Ryan

CROWD: 37,255 at SCG

PRE-MATCH TIP: "Cats by 5 points"

 

AFL 2014 ROUND 11; SYDNEY V GEELONG; TEAMS AND MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 28 May 2014

By Ben Jensen SYDNEY SWANS V GEELONG CATS STEVE JOHNSON and Billie Smedts will return for Geelong against Sydney at the SCG on Thursday night. No specialist backmen have been drawn into the side to replace injured duo Tom Lonergan and Corey Enright, instead expect to see Mark Blicavs down back, who deputised for Lonergan with some success in Friday night's win over the Kangaroos. Just the one change for Sydney, bringing in former Hawk Ben McGlynn for Brendon Jack.

MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

 

GEELONG
SYDNEY
IN: Steve Johnson, Billie Smedts
OUT: Tom Lonergan (concussion), Corey Enright (ankle)
IN: Ben McGlynn
OUT: Brandon Jack (omitted)
B: Andrew Mackie, Jared Rivers, Jed Bews
HB: Cameron Guthrie, Harry Taylor, Steve Johnson
C: Mark Blicavs, Joel Selwood, Mitch Duncan
HF: Travis Varcoe, Jordan Murdoch, Steven Motlop
F: Jesse Stringer, Tom Hawkins, Jimmy Bartel
FOLL: Hamish McIntosh, James Kelly, Mathew Stokes
INT: George Horlin-Smith, Jackson Sheringham, Billie Smedts, Dawson Simpson
EMER: Taylor Hunt, Brad Hartman, Darcy Lang
B: Dane Rampe, Ted Richards, Nick Smith
HB: Jeremy Laidler, Heath Grundy, Rhyce Shaw
C: Nick Malceski, Josh Kennedy, Kieren Jack
HF: Adam Goodes, Lance Franklin, Jarrad McVeigh
F: Ben McGlynn, Kurt Tippett, Harry Cunningham
FOLL: Tom Derickx, Dan Hannebery, Luke Parker
INT: Craig Bird, Lewis Jetta, Jake Lloyd, Sam Reid
EMER: Tom Mitchell, Lewis Roberts-Thomson, Dean Towers

CATS GET JOB DONE OVER THE KANGAROOS
Ben Jensen 23 May 2014

AFL 2014 ROUND 10 GEELONG CATS V NORTH MELBOURNE KANGAROOS JIMMY BARTEL and James Kelly wound back the clock tonight, leading the Cats in their 20 point win in Geelong over North Melbourne tonight. Tom Hawkins had a great night as the most dangerous forward on the ground, kicking four goals and setting up several others including one of Bartel's in the final quarter.

The Cats led for all of the night cancelling out the Kangaroos' opening goal kicked by Lindsay Thomas. The lead blew out to 41 points before half time, the margin cut to 35 points as the Kangaroos kicked the last goal of the half, as they also did in the first quarter when the cats kicked five goals to two. The third quarter saw the Roos outscore the Cats four goals to three to make the lead at the final change 30 points.

Bartel's two goals to begin the final quarter pushed the lead back out to 41 points, thereafter the Kangaroos went on a run, booting four goals in a row to cut the lead to as low as 16 points. It was an unlikely goal kicker to put the match pretty much beyond doubt, Marc Blicavs who came on in the second quarter to replace a concussed Tom Lonergan, snapping the goal through after accepting the pass from Hawkins.

Bad news for the Kangaroos, Joel Tippett suffering a nasty injury just before half time, damaging a pectoral muscle in a tackle. He was replaced by Ryan Bastinac after half time. Lonergan copped a couple knocks to the head, the Cats doctors taking him off for testing while Blicavs came onto the field during the assessment. After the substitute was confirmed, Blicavs played very well down back, keeping big Kangaroo Majak Daw quiet for the time he manned him.

Jared Rivers continues to impress us with his canny ability to punch the ball to advantage, and also pulling down strong marks. Harry Taylor had an OK game but did struggle at times. Jackson Sheringham and Jesse Stringer certainly did enough to retain their spots in the side, as did Cameron Guthrie and Jordan Murdoch who showed great poise and speed to break through packs and get the ball forward quickly, Murdoch sneaking a couple goals.

The fade out can no doubt be partially attributed to last Saturday night's game against Fremantle in Perth while the Kangaroos did up their game and adopted a more direct style of play getting the ball down the middle to their big forwards with smalls ready to pounce at the spillage, much the same as the Cats had done in the first half. The Cats travel to Sydney to play the Swans on Thursday night, quite a tough test with another six day break while the Swans have the bye this round.

In the VFL tomorrow the Cats play Collingwood at Victoria Park.,Billie Smedts and Shane Kersten making their comebacks from injury

GEELONG: 5.5, 10.9, 13.14, 16.15 (111) DEFEATED
NORTH MELBOURNE: 2.2, 5.4, 9.8, 13.13 (91)

GOALS
GEELONG: Hawkins 4, Murdoch 2, Bartel 2, Selwood, Stringer, Duncan, Enright, Horlin-Smith, Duncan, Motlop, Blicavs
NORTH MELBOURNE: Thomas 3, Petrie 3, Bastinac 2, Nahas 2, Black, Ziebell, Daw

BEST
GEELONG: Bartel, Hawkins, Kelly, Rivers, Guthrie, Selwood, Stokes
NORTH MELBOURNE: Greenwood, Thomas, Ziebell, Nahas, Harvey

INJURIES
GEELONG: Tom Lonergan (concussion)
NORTH MELBOURNE: Joel Tippett (pectoral muscle)

SUBSTITUTES
GEELONG: Mark Blicavs, replaced Tom Lonergan in the second quarter
NORTH MELBOURNE: Ryan Bastinac, replaced Joel Tippett at half time

UMPIRES

Armstrong, Donlon, Stevic

TIP: Cats by 23 points

CROWD: 27,402 at Simonds Stadium, Geelong

AFL 2014 ROUND 10; GEELONG V NORTH MELBOURNE; TEAMS AND MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 22 May 2014

By Ben Jensen GEELONG CATS V NORTH MELBOURNE KANGAROOS GEELONG has made two changes to their side to play North Melbourne at Simonds Stadium on Friday night, bringing back Matthew Stokes from suspension and Jesse Stringer from the VFL in place of suspended Steve Johnson and omitted Taylor Hunt. The Roos have made just the one change, Michael Firrito coming in for Scott McMahon who has been dropped. The Cats lost to the Dockers last Saturday night in Perth while the Kangaroos easily accounted for the Lions.

Jed Bews retains his place in the side after playing his first game last week, Hunt the only one to pay the price for the Cats' second loss this season. In the VFL side Billie Smedts and Shane Kersten make welcome returns from injury, the forwards now a chance to play a role in the AFL side in the second half of the season and hopefully deep into September. Kersten had a knee injury while Smedts suffered a leg fracture. The VFL Cats play Collingwood at Victoria Park on Saturday.

MATCH PREVIEW

GEELONG
NORTH MELBOURNE
IN: Matthew Stokes, Jesse Stringer
OUT: Steve Johnson (suspended), Taylor Hunt
IN: Michael Firrito
OUT: Scott McMahon

CATS DOWNED BY DOCKERS AFTER FIRST QUARTER SHOCKER
Ben Jensen 18 May 2014

By Ben Jensen FREMANTLE DOCKERS V GEELONG CATS FREMANTLE celebrated skipper Matthew Pavlich's 300th game in style last night, defeating Geelong by 32 points at Subiaco Oval. The Cats fought back somewhat but the five goal opening quarter did too much damage, the margin getting within 20 points at one stage but every time Geelong got some momuntum they weren't able to capitalise.

Pavlich kicked three goals to make 601 in his 300 games including the opening goal of the match to bring the house down; Tom Hawkins also booting three after the ball barely got inside Geelong's 50 in the first quarter. Jed Bews made a capable debut down back under heavy traffic.

Anecdotally ratings of Seven and Fox Footy dropped off dramatically in the second quarter and rival stations Ten and ABC receiving significant spikes as Cats and neutral viewers switched channels; at the time of going to press we could not confirm these numbers but let's take it as gospel.

The match was marred with several bizarre incidents including the Dockers runner interfering with play drawing condemnation from most of the AFL world but applause by Dockers coach Ross Lyon. In the VFL more bad news, the Cats going down to Williamstown by 35 points earlier on Saturday.

FREMANTLE: 5.3, 7.11, 10.15, 13.18 (96) DEFEATED
GEELONG: 0.3, 3.5, 6.7, 9.10 (64)

GOALS
FREMANTLE: Pavlich 3, Ballantyne 3, Mzungu 2, Fyfe, Duffield, Barlow, Sheridan, Pearce
GEELONG: Hawkins 3, Varcoe 2, Horlin-Smith, Bartel, Murdoch, Motlop

BEST
FREMANTLE: Mundy, Hill, Barlow, Mzungu, Crowley, Fyfe
GEELONG
: Selwood, Horlin-Smith, Kelly, Guthrie, Mackie, Enright

INJURIES
FREMANTLE
: Nil
GEELONG
: Nil

REPORTS: Nil

SUBSTITUTES
FREMANTLE: Matt de Boer; replaced Alex Silvagni in the third quarter

GEELONG
: Jackson Sheringham; replaced Dawson Simpson in the third quarter

UMPIRES:

Chamberlain, Dalgleish, Donlon

CROWD: 38,565 at Subiaco Oval

PRE-MATCH TIP: "Cats by 3 points"

AFL 2014 ROUND 9; FREMANTLE V GEELONG; TEAMS AND MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 15 May 2014

By Ben Jensen FREMANTLE DOCKERS V GEELONG CATS JED BEWS is set to make his AFL debut for the Cats against the Dockers at Subiaco Oval on Saturday night. Bews, son of Geelong and Brisbane great Andrew, is in his third season on Geelong's list after being drafted under father-son rule in 2011.

Starting out at local club Leopold Jed soon made his mark at the Geelong Falcons, and has impressed at VFL level the past two and a half seasons. He will wear number 24, made famous in the 1980s by his old man's backline colleague Mark Bos who won back to back Carji Greeves Medals in 1987-88 before retiring following the 1989 season before turning 30.

Also coming back into the side is Andrew Mackie, who has had two matches off with a hamstring injury suffered in the round 5 win over Hawthorn. Missing out are George Burbury with a groin complaint and Matthew Stokes, who was suspended for striking Tiger Steven Morris in round 7.

For the Dockers Matthew Pavlich will play his 300th game, the Fremantle skipper also sitting on 598 goals so may crack the 600 mark if the forward gets his eye in. He made his AFL debut in 2000, the same season Mark Thompson took over as coach of the Cats.

In the VFL the Cats play Williamstown on Saturday afternoon at Burbank Oval.

FULL TEAM LISTINGS AND MATCH PREVIEW

GEELONG
FREMANTLE
IN: Andrew Mackie, Jed Bews
OUT: George Burbury (groin), Mathew Stokes (suspension)
IN: Zac Dawson, Tommy Sheridan
OUT: Clancee Pearce (omitted), Hayden Crozier (omitted)

 

CATS STRUGGLE PAST TIGERS
Ben Jensen 4 May 2014

AFL 2014 ROUND 7 GEELONG CATS V RICHMOND TIGERS GEELONG battled past Richmond at the MCG today, leading from start to finish but facing a serious challenge from the Tigers who were asleep for most of the first half but booted four late goals to put them back into contention. It was a shocking day which along with the 3PM kick off time resulted in a poor crowd of 34,377, most of them huddled under cover. Pre game and half-time entertainment consisted of people dressed up as Storm Troopers in a Star Wars theme for May the 4th; 'May the fourth be with you' and all that.

The Cats kicked three goals to just the one behind in the first quarter, the Tigers having a fair amount of the ball but falling down once it got to their 50m arc. Geelong kicked the first two goals of the second quarter building a handy lead, but at the 22nd minute mark the Tigers fired up, booting two in a row inside a minute. The Cats answered back two minutes later; the Tigers booting another brace in the four minutes following to cut the lead back to 17 points. A goal with a handful of seconds to go by Mitch Duncan put the Cats up by 23 points into the main break.

The third quarter belonged to the Tigers, doubling their goal score and outscoring the Cats four goals to one. Duncan kicked the Cats' only goal, Shane Edwards who came on as the substitute after half time booting two of them. The three quarter time margin stood at just seven behinds, the sides being equal on goals yet it still seemed to be in the Cats' control.

The arm wrestle continued until the final siren, Geelong again getting more inside fifties but scoring just the three goals and five behinds; Richmond much more accurate with four goals and one behind. The final goal was kicked as the siren rang, Sam Lloyd booting his third of the match from a set shot, the Cats finishing with one less goal than the Tigers but five points and some ten scoring shots ahead.

In the VFL at Punt Road Oval, the Tigers belted the Cats in an extremely wet game in front of a handful of fans who braved the conditions.

Geelong has the bye next week, their season resuming in round 9 against Fremantle in the West in a twilight fixture.

GEELONG: 3.3, 7.8, 8.10, 11.15 (81) DEFEATED
RICHMOND: 0.1, 4.3, 8.3, 12.4 (76)

GOALS
GEELONG: Duncan 2, Murdoch 2, Hunt 2, Bartel, Varcoe, McIntosh, Johnson, Selwood
RICHMOND: Lloyd 3, Edwards 2, Vickery 2, Riewoldt 2, Deledio, Martin, Cotchin

BEST
GEELONG: Taylor, Duncan, Enright, Bartel, Guthrie, Selwood, Murdoch
RICHMOND: Rance, Hampson, Conca, Vlastuin, Astbury, Deledio, Jackson

INJURIES
GEELONG: Nil reports - Joel Selwood and Hamish McIntosh with abbrasions to head
RICHMOND: Chris Newman (calf)

SUBSTITUTES
GEELONG: Mark Blicavs, replaced Dawson Simpson in the third quarter
RICHMOND: Shane Edwards, replaced Nathan Gordon at half time

UMPIRES

FIELD: Ryan, Jeffrey, McInerney EM: Foot
BOUNDARY: Lefevre, Haala, Morrison, Marantelli
GOAL: Wojcik, Hammond EM: Roffey

TIP: Cats by 9 points

CROWD: 34,377 at Melbourne Cricket Ground

AFL 2014 ROUND 7; GEELONG V RICHMOND; FINAL TEAMS AND MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 3 May 2014

By Ben Jensen GEELONG CATS V RICHMOND TIGERS GEELONG hosts Richmond in a home game at the MCG this Sunday afternoon, hoping to bounce back after their first loss for the season at the hands of Port Adelaide last week. The match is a 'Category B' game - translating as you can actually turn up and get in with your membership without being stung for extra by the AFL.

Steven Motlop, after two VFL games, will play his first AFL match of the season after recovering from a knee injury. Also coming back in is Dawson Simpson named on the bench while Jed Bews, son of local legends Andrew and Julie-Ann, will have to wait at least another week after being named an emergency.

Josh Walker has been dropped while Jackson Thurlow, initially named on the 7-man interchange is out an exclusion with a back complaint. Jordan Schroder has been added as an emergency.

The Tigers have swung the axe making four changes, all omissions, dropping Ricky Petterd, Dylan Grimes, Matthew Arnot and Ben Griffiths. Inclusions for the Mighty Tiges are Brett Deledio, Ty Vickery, Aaron Edwards and Alex Rance.

Geelong's official injury list is the longest it's been all season, some 13 names long, 14 if you add on Jackson Thurlow.

Allen Christensen is said to be close to resuming but is expected to come back via the VFL, where he's yet to make an apeparance. In the VFL the same two teams face off, the Tigers the home side, hosting the Cats at Punt Road Oval, also known as the Members' Equity Bank Centre.

GEELONG
RICHMOND
IN: Dawson Simpson, Steven Motlop
OUT: Jackson Thurlow (Back), Josh Walker
IN: Aaron Edwards, Alex Rance, Ty Vickery, Brett Deledio
OUT: Dylan Grimes, Matthew Arnot, Ben Griffiths, Ricky Petterd

FULL TEAM LISTINGS AND MATCH PREVIEW

 

AFL 2014 ROUND 7; GEELONG V RICHMOND; TEAMS AND MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 1 May 2014

By Ben Jensen GEELONG CATS V RICHMOND TIGERS GEELONG hosts Richmond in a home game at the MCG this Sunday afternoon, hoping to bounce back after their first loss for the season at the hands of Port Adelaide last week.

Geelong's official injury list is the longest it's been all season, some 13 names long. Allen Christensen is said to be close to resuming, while Steven Motlop made a successful return via the VFL a fortnight ago and has been named on the seven man bench for Sunday's game. Also coming in is Dawson Simpson who is named as first ruck and potential first timer Jed Bews, son of local legends Andrew and Julie-Ann.

The Tigers have swung the axe, dropping Dylan Grimes, Matthew Arnot and Ben Griffiths. Inclusions for the Mighty Tiges are Brett Deledio, Matt Thomas, Ty Vickery, Aaron Edwards, former Cat Orren Stephenson and Alex Rance.

In the VFL the same two teams face off, the Tigers the home side, hosting the Cats at Punt Road Oval, also known as the Members' Equity Bank Centre.

 

GEELONG
RICHMOND
IN: Jed Bews, Dawson Simpson, Steven Motlop
OUT: NIL
IN: Aaron Edwards, Orren Stephenson, Matt Thomas, Alex Rance, Ty Vickery, Brett Deledio
OUT: Dylan Grimes, Matthew Arnot, Ben Griffiths

FULL TEAM LISTINGS AND MATCH PREVIEW

 

CATS GIVEN A DUST UP BY POWER
Ben Jensen 27 April 2014

By Ben Jensen PORT ADELAIDE V GEELONG CATS GEELONG started off OK but ended up being pretty much belted by Port Adelaide from quarter time onwards, not kicking a goal in the second quarter to Port's four, and then outscored by eight goals to five in the second half.

PORT ADELAIDE: 4.2, 8.3, 13.6, 16.11 (107) DEFEATED
GEELONG: 4.4, 4.9, 6.10, 9.13 (67)

GOALS

PORT ADELAIDE: Wingard 3, White, Boak, R. Gray, Hartlett, Lobbe 2, Young, Schulz, S.Gray
GEELONG: Hawkins 3, Walker 2, Johnson, Horlin-Smith, Blicavs, Bartel

BEST

PORT ADELAIDE: Boak, Ebert, Lobbe, Cornes, R. Gray, Hartlett
GEELONG: Johnson, Duncan, Stokes, Kelly, Bartel, Guthrie

INJURIES

PORT ADELAIDE: NIL reported
GEELONG: NIL reported

SUBSTITUTES

PORT ADELAIDE: Jarman Impey, replaced Sam Gray at three-quarter time
GEELONG: Taylor Hunt, replaced Josh Walker in the second quarter

UMPIRES

FIELD: Fleer, Meredith, Mollison EM: Haussen
BOUNDARY: Wilson, Tee, Thomson, Creasey
GOAL: Hoskin, Wilson EM: Axon

CROWD: 47,007 at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

 

DAWSON SIMPSON OUT OF GEELONG SIDE, REPLACED BY JOSH WALKER
Ben Jensen 26 April 2014

By Ben Jensen PORT ADELAIDE V GEELONG CATS DAWSON SIMPSON is out of Geelong's side to play Port Adelaide; his place taken by emergency Josh Walker. Jesse Stringer has been added to the emergencies for the match. Simpson rolled an ankle at training on Friday.

MATCH PREVIEW

 

GEELONG
PORT ADELAIDE
IN: Jackson Thurlow, Josh Walker
OUT: Andrew Mackie (hamstring), Dawson Simpson (ankle)
IN: Jack Hombsch
OUT: Cam O'Shea (omitted)

 

 

 

AFL 2014 ROUND 6; PORT ADELAIDE V GEELONG; FINAL TEAMS AND MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 25 April 2014

By Ben Jensen PORT ADELAIDE V GEELONG CATS STEVEN MOTLOP's comeback will have to wait at least another week, after being earlier named in Geelong's 25 man squad he has been named an emergency. Geelong play Port Adelaide on Sunday evening, their first match at the renovated Adelaide Oval. As telegraphed Andrew Mackie will miss with a hamstring complaint, the first game he has missed due to injury for four seasons.

Coming in as Mackie's replacement is Jackson Thurlow. Along with Motlop, Josh Walker and Jordan Schroder are on the bench. Ken Hinkley's second placed Power has dropped Cam O'Shea in favour of Jack Hombosch.

MATCH PREVIEW

 

GEELONG
PORT ADELAIDE
IN: Jackson Thurlow
OUT: Andrew Mackie (hamstring)
IN: Jack Hombsch
OUT: Cam O'Shea (omitted)

 

 

 

 

AFL 2014 ROUND 6; PORT ADELAIDE V GEELONG; FINAL TEAMS AND MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 24 April 2014

By Ben Jensen PORT ADELAIDE V GEELONG CATS STEVEN MOTLOP has been named in Geelong's 25 man squad to play Port Adelaide on Sunday evening, their first match at the renovated Adelaide Oval. As telegraphed Andrew Mackie will miss with a hamstring complaint, the first game he has missed due to injury for four seasons.

Also coming into Geelong's side are Jackson Thurlow, Josh Walker and Jordan Schroder. Late comers to Monday's win over Hawthorn would have been forgiven for thinking Walker played in that match kicking a few last quarter goals, however it was Tom Hawkins wearing Walker's jumper. Ken Hinkley's Power has not made any omissions yet but has named potential debutante Benjamin Newton on their 7 man bench.

 

GEELONG
PORT ADELAIDE
IN: Jackson Thurlow, Jordan Schroder, Josh Walker, Steven Motlop
OUT: Andrew Mackie (hamstring)
IN: Jack Hombsch, Jake Neade, Benjamin Newton
OUT: NIL
NEW: Benjamin Newton

GEELONG SHOOT TO TOP OF AFL LADDER WITH WIN OVER HAWTHORN
Ben Jensen 21 April 2014

AFL 2014 ROUND 5 GEELONG CATS V HAWTHORN HAWKS 80,222 packed the MCG for the Easter Monday classic to see Geelong defeat Hawthorn by 19 points. While not quite the titanic match we've seen in the past it was certainly an arm wrestle, the Cats in front for most of the match but briefly losing it to the Hawks early in the final quarter before powering away thanks to goals from Tom Hawkins. Hawkins went on to bag five for the day cementing his position as arguably the best key forward in the game on 2014 form.

FULL MATCH REPORT

 

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GEELONG: 3.5, 6.9, 9.14, 15.16 (106) DEFEATED
HAWTHORN: 3.2, 5.9, 8.12, 12.15 (87)

GOALS
GEELONG: Hawkins 5, Johnson 3, Murdoch 2, Enright 2, Varcoe, Guthrie, McIntosh
HAWTHORN: Breust 3, Gunston 3, Hallahan, Rioli, Duryea, Hale, McEvoy, Smith

BEST
GEELONG: Johnson, Hawkins, McIntosh, Bartel, Duncan, Rivers, Selwood
HAWTHORN: Mitchell, Gunston, Breust, Birchall, Simpkin, Hill

INJURIES
GEELONG: Matthew Stokes (eye)
HAWTHORN: Nil reports

SUBSTITUTES
GEELONG: Jackson Sheringham (38), replaced Andrew Mackie at three quarter time
HAWTHORN: Mitch Hallahan (38), replaced Ben McEvoy at three quarter time

UMPIRES

FIELD: Chamberlain, Meredith, Ryan EM: McInerney
BOUNDARY: Morris, Esler, Tomkins, Jenkinson
GOAL: Roffey, Walker EM: Venkataya

TIP: Cats by 3 points

CROWD: 80,222 at Melbourne Cricket Ground

AFL 2014 ROUND 5; GEELONG V HAWTHORN; FINAL TEAMS AND MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 19 April 2014

By Ben Jensen GEELONG CATS V HAWTHORN HAWKS GEELONG has lost Josh Caddy with a broken foot for Easter Monday's clash with Hawthorn at the MCG. Caddy broke his foot at training on Thursday in what was apparently an 'innocuous' incident - football Tsar Neil Balme confirming the bad news that Caddy would be out for about eight weeks. 'Caddy Shack' has been one of Geelong's best this season, in his second year at the Cats after being recruited from Gold Coast.

Coming in for the Cats as Caddy's replacement is Jackson Sheringham. The Hawks have lost Matt Spangher and Luke Shiels to injury and dropped Jonathon Ceglar. Their replacements are Ben McEvoy, Mitch Hallahan, Ben Stratton, the underdone Brian Lake remaining as an emergency.

Umpires for the match are Razor Ray Chamberlain, Simon Meredith and Ben Ryan; in goal are Chelsea Roffey and Luke Walker.

In better news, Steven Motlop, who is yet to play a game this year having a knee injury, played in the VFL this evening against Box Hill in Geelong, the Cats trailing the Hawks 14.18 102 to 12.7 79 as we went to press.

On Thursday the Cats named an expanded interchange including the two Jacksons - Thurlow and Sheringham, Jordan Schroder and Josh Walker. Hawthorn's five inclusions were Ben McEvoy, Jed Anderson, Ben Stratton, Mitch Hallahan and Norm Smith Medallist Brian Lake.

What do you think? How are we going to go?

 

GEELONG
HAWTHORN
IN: Jackson Thurlow
OUT: Josh Caddy (Foot)
IN: Ben McEvoy, Mitch Hallahan, Ben Stratton
OUT: Matt Spangher (ankle), Liam Shiels (Shoulder), Jonathon Ceglar (Omitted)
NEW: Mitch Hallahan

MATCH PREVIEW AND FINAL TEAMS

 

 

 

AFL 2014 ROUND 5; GEELONG V HAWTHORN; INITIAL TEAMS AND MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 17 April 2014

By Ben Jensen GEELONG CATS V HAWTHORN HAWKS GEELONG has lost Josh Caddy with a broken foot for Easter Monday's clash with Hawthorn at the MCG. Caddy broke his foot at training today in what was apparently an 'innocuous' incident - football Tsar Neil Balme confirming the bad news that Caddy would be out for about eight weeks. 'Caddy Shack' has been one of Geelong's best this season, in his second year at the Cats after being recruited from Gold Coast.

Coming in for the Cats in an expanded interchange are the two Jacksons - Thurlow and Sheringham, Jordan Schroder and Josh Walker. The Hawks have lost Matt Spangher and Luke Shiels to injury; their five inclusions are Ben McEvoy, Jed Anderson, Ben Stratton, Mitch Hallahan and Norm Smith Medallist Brian Lake.

 

GEELONG
HAWTHORN
IN: Jackson Thurlow, Jordan Schroder, Jackson Sheringham, Josh Walker
OUT: Josh Caddy (Foot)
IN: Ben McEvoy, Mitch Hallahan, Jed Anderson, Ben Stratton, Brian Lake
OUT: Matt Spangher (ankle), Liam Shiels (Shoulder),
NEW: Mitch Hallahan

 

 

MATCH PREVIEW

GEELONG CATS EASILY ACCOUNT FOR WEST COAST EAGLES
Ben Jensen 12 April 2014

AFL 2014 ROUND 4 GEELONG CATS V WEST COAST EAGLES ON an evening that began with 'March On Geelong', Geelong comprehensively thrashed West Coast by 75 points. The Eagles had a crack early on but from quarter time were out-scored twelve goals to none, adding just another seven behinds as the Cats ran amok.

The Eagles made a change on the Saturday afternoon, midfielder Matt Rosa reported as being ill, his replacement Patrick McGinnity. Geelong's substitute for the match is Josh Caddy; with McGinnity West Coast's sub. The final interchanges are Matthew Stokes, George Horlin-Smith, Mark Blicavs for the Cats and Dom Sheed, Sam Butler, Scott Lycett for the Eagles.

FULL MATCH REPORT

After a reasonably competitive first quarter that saw the lively Eagles forwards match the Cats for goals, from then on it was a a procession, on the scoreboard at least. The Cats kicked the first goal through Joel Selwood before the Eagles' forwards fired up, matching the Cats goal for goal. Jamie Cripps and Elliot Yeo kicked two absolute beauties, Yeo's the pick of the pair. Geelong held a two point margin at quarter time.

The second quarter saw the Cats kick six unanswered goals, the Eagles' only score occurring deep into time on. Joel Selwood left the field at one stage due to a cut to his head, returning with a bandage to kick his second goal; Tom Hawkins bagged two for the term. Cats' lead at half time - 38 points.

The third term was an arm wrestle for the first 16 minutes before the Cats found the right side of the big sticks, finishing with three goals and four behinds to the Eagles' three behinds. It was that man Hawkins who broke the duck - we think he's up there as the most valuable forward in the league right now, clearly not in terms of salary but worth to his team.

The fourth quarter was a valedictory of sorts, Steve Johnson finally finding the goals and George Horlin-Smith kicking his third. The Eagles did not kick a goal but managed several behinds - leaving them with just four goals for the evening, all scored in the first quarter . Hawkins had a shot after the siren but could not convert; not that it mattered, the Cats victors by 75 points.

Steve Johnson had a good night in terms of possessions but had quite a few clangers and prior to the third term couldn't buy a goal. He did however create more than a few, including one he dished off to Hamish McIntosh rather than have a ping at goal himself.

What was enjoyable for Geelong fans was the likes of George Burbury, Cameron Guthrie and George Horlin-Smith playing so well and in the top six players. Even Travis Varcoe, in his seventh season, can be considered something of a newer playing having missed so many games prior to 2014 through injury.

Jordan Murdoch also accounted himself very well. Hamish McIntosh and Dawson Simpson continue to make the job of selectors difficult, while Mark Blicavs was solid enough but not spectacularly good he may not yet be squeezed out at some stage.

Premiership veterans Jimmy Bartel, James Kelly, Andrew Mackie, Corey Enright, Johnson and Tom Lonergan showed they're still a force to be reckoned with. Seasoned but not quite as experienced players Harry Taylor, Matthew Stokes and Selwood had good games.

As we heard from the commentators all night, the Weagles were fairly decimated through injury and suspension with five enforced changes, though they did also drop one other player, Callum Sinclair. Top of the ladder after three rounds, they had huge wins over the Western Bulldogs, Melbourne and St Kilda, none of whom are expected to challenge for a finals spot any time soon.

The march before the game was to do with the Cotton On Foundation, that began at Steampacket Gardens before heading up Yarra, Myers and Moorabool Streets on the way to the ground.

Next round Geelong play Hawthorn at the MCG on Easter Monday while West Coast play Port Adelaide . Under new coach Adam Simpson the Eagles are now three wins and one loss, and will look to hold on their top four position with a win over the Giants.

 

GEELONG: 4.3, 10.4, 13.8, 16.11 (107) DEFEATED
WEST COAST: 4.1, 4.2, 4.5, 4.8 (32)

GOALS
GEELONG: Hawkins 3, Horlin-Smith 3, Selwood 3, Bartel 2, Burbury, Johnson, McIntosh, Duncan, Varcoe
WEST COAST: Darling, Hill, Cripps, Kennedy

BEST
GEELONG: Selwood, Guthrie, Horli-Smith, Taylor, Stokes, Kelly, Duncan, Rivers, Enright
WEST COAST: Gaff, Priddis, Wellingham, Sheed

CHANGES
GEELONG: NIL
WEST COAST:
Matt Rosa (ill) replaced by Patrick McGinnity

INJURIES
GEELONG: Selwood (cut head), Mackie (hamstring)
WEST COAST: Naitanui (calf)

SUBSTITUTES
GEELONG: Josh Caddy replaced Andrew Mackie in the third quarter
WEST COAST:
Patrick McGinnity replaced Nic Naitanui in the third quarter

UMPIRES

FIELD: Luke Farmer, Brett Rosebury, Nick Foot EM: Troy Pannell
BOUNDARY: Robert Haala, Joshua Maher, Chris Morrison, Matthew Jenkinson
GOAL: Mark Canning, Adam Wojcik EM: Michael Palm

CROWD: 25,271 at Simonds Stadium, Geelong

AFL 2014 ROUND 4; GEELONG V WEST COAST; TEAMS AND MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 12 April 2014

By Ben Jensen GEELONG CATS V WEST COAST EAGLES UNDEFEATED GEELONG takes on top of the ladder West Coast this Saturday night at Simonds Stadium. The Cats belted the Eagles by 66 points last time these two sides met, last August at Subiaco.

Back for the Cats are Corey Enright and Taylor Hunt - Enright back from injury and Hunt suspension following the round 2 win over Brisbane at the Gabba. Out for the Cats are Mitchell Brown with an ankle injury and Jackson Sherringham who goes back to the VFL.

The Eagles have made FIVE changes, four of them forced by injury or suspension and one (Callum Sinclair) omitted. Significant outs are full back Darren Glass and midfield/forward Mark LeCras.

In the VFL the Cats take on Casey Scorpions after beating Bendigo Gold by 47 points at Bendigo's Queen Elizabeth Oval last week.

LATE CHANGE AND FINAL INTERCHANGE/SUBS The Eagles have lost another player to injury, midfielder Matt Rosa reported as being ill, his replacement Patrick McGinnity. Geelong's substitute for the match is Josh Caddy; with McGinnity West Coast's sub. The final interchanges are Mathew Stokes, George Horlin-Smith, Mark Blicavs for the Cats and Dom Sheed, Sam Butler, Scott Lycett for the Eagles.

TEAMS AND MATCH PREVIEW

GEELONG
WEST COAST
IN: Corey Enright, Taylor Hunt
OUT: Jackson Sheringham (Omitted), Mitch Brown (Ankle)
IN: Sharrod Wellingham, Sam Butler, Scott Lycett, Josh Hill, Dom Sheed
OUT: Mark LeCras (Arm), Darren Glass (Hip), Chris Masten (Hamstring), Luke Shuey (Suspension), Callum Sinclair (Omitted)

CATS DEFEAT MAGPIES IN THRILLER AT THE MCG
Ben Jensen 5 April 2014

AFL 2014 ROUND 3 COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES V GEELONG CATS THANKS TO TOM HAWKINS, GEELONG defeated Collingwood at the MCG tonight in front of a bumper crowd of 63,152 people in a solid contest between two sides with designs on the top four. The Cats made two changes before the first bounce, bringing in Jackson Sheringham and Dawson Simpson in place of Corey Enright (ankle) and Lincoln McCarthy. The Cats had the better of the Magpies in the opening quarter but didn't really capitalise, kicking just the three goals and five behinds to the Magpies' four behinds.

The second term however was a real contest, the Magpies certainly getting the better of the Cats with six goals to three, locking the scores up just before half time. Steve Johnson covered an awful lot of ground in the first half, not having an excessive amount of the ball but running up and down the ground.

In the third term Geelong was arguably the better side but a late Collingwood goal kept them in it, the lead 9 points. At one point it looked as though the Cats would really run away with it but the Magpie army willed their side back into it.

It was Collingwood who opened the goal scoring in the final term, the goal not coming until almost halfway through the quarter; the Cats to that point managed just two behinds in what was turning into the story of their night. Skipper Joel Selwood was cleaned up by Taylor Adams after disposing of the ball, no free kick paid but it will certainly be looked at by the AFL's Match Review Panel, whether he is cited or not is another matter.

Tom Hawkins answered back the Collingwood goal, all but blowing the crowd a kiss in a deadpan celebration for his second of the evening; he soon had his third as the quarter went over the halfway mark, this one a snap around his body from about 45m from goal, the celebration much more emphatic but determined.

Geelong fans had a palpitation or two after Jamie Elliot's goal for the Magpies, coming a minute or so after Jimmy Bartel also had a shot for goal but only managed a behind. It got worse, Elliot had his fifth a minute or so later, to make the margin just five points with three minutes and 21 seconds left on the clock, plenty of time for the Magpies to snatch the win.

But like all feel good movies where our hero prevails over the man in the black hat, so it had to tonight. The minute following Elliot's goal was epic; the ball in the Cats' half for most of it but in the area between the centre and the 50m arc, the ball hacking either way. Until the ball ended up via Mitch Duncan in the hands of Hawkins, one minute 21 seconds left on the clock. WOW. Hawkins split the middle for his fourth goal, Geelong fans going completely nuts, outnumbered two to one probably but not for long as Magpies fans streamed out with just 46 seconds left in the match.

The end a bit of an anti climax as a fairly soft holding the ball free kick went the Cats' way at the centre bounce; who professionally milked the clock to lock in the eleven point win.

Following the win, Geelong sits at three from three, pretty much equal with Hawthorn on top of the ladder with percentages more or less even. Collingwood with just the one win find themselves in the bottom half.

The Cats play at home next Saturday night against West Coast; Collingwood on Friday night against the Tigers at the MCG.

GEELONG: 3.5, 6.7, 9.12, 12.15 (87) DEFEATED
COLLINGWOOD: 0.4, 6.7, 8.9, 11.10 (76)

GOALS
GEELONG: Hawkins 4, Johnson, Murdoch, Guthrie, Horlin-Smith, Mackie, McIntosh, Stokes, Varcoe
COLLINGWOOD: Elliot 5, White 2, Goldsack, Sidebottom, Blair, Toovey

BEST
GEELONG: Selwood, Kelly, Lonergan, Hawkins, Guthrie, Stokes
COLLINGWOOD: Elliott, Beams, Sidebottom, Macaffer, Maxwell, Lumumba

CHANGES
GEELONG:
Jackson Sheringham and Dawson Simpson in for Corey Enright (ankle) and Lincoln McCarthy.
COLLINGWOOD: NIL

INJURIES
GEELONG: Varcoe (cut head)
COLLINGWOOD: Dwyer (lower leg)

SUBSTITUTES
GEELONG: Mark Blicavs replaced Mitch Brown in the third quarter
COLLINGWOOD: Taylor Adams replaced Sam Dwyer in the third quarter

UMPIRES

FIELD: Chris Donlon (1) Sam Hay (20) Shane McInerney (30) EM: Jordan Bannister (5)
BOUNDARY: Ian Burrows Michael Marantelli Christopher Gordon John Morr
GOAL: Stephen Williams Daniel Wilson EM: Michael Hammond

CROWD: 63,152 at the MCG, Melbourne

AFL 2014 ROUND 3; COLLINGWOOD V GEELONG; TEAMS AND MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 5 April 2014

By Ben Jensen COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES V GEELONG CATS TWO LATE CHANGES for the Cats' side to play the Magpies at the MCG tonight - Jackson Sheringham and Dawson Simpson replacing Corey Enright and Lincoln McCarthy. Enright has failed to recover from an ankle injury suffered last Sunday at the Gabba while McCarthy's absence is unknown. Mark Blicavs will start as sub for the Cats; Taylor Adams for the Magpies.

THE CATS chase their third win of the season against the Magpies tonight. The Cats have lost Taylor Hunt to suspension and chosen to omit Dawson Simpson, recalling Jared Rivers and George Burbury who both return from injury. The Magpies have brought in Alex Fasolo and Lachlan Keeffe in place of injured pair Nathan Brown and Ben Sinclair. Collingwood beat Geelong by six points the last time these two clubs clashed, in round 8 2013, the Cats' first loss of the season.

Umpiring tonight for their third game together on the trot are Chris Donlon, Sam Hay and Shane McInerney; the AFL is trialling a scheme where they've kept the same trio of field umpires together over the first three rounds. New AFL Umpires boss, former Richmond midfielder Wayne Campbell, spoke on metropolitan radio today explaining the move, which has reportedly worked well.

MATCH DETAILS AND TEAM LISTS

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GEELONG
COLLINGWOOD
IN: George Burbury, Jared Rivers
OUT: Taylor Hunt (Suspension), Dawson Simpson (Omitted)
IN: Alex Fasolo, Lachlan Keeffe
OUT: Nathan Brown (shoulder), Ben Sinclair (hamstring)

AFL 2014 ROUND 3; COLLINGWOOD V GEELONG; TEAMS AND MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 3 April 2014

By Ben Jensen COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES V GEELONG CATS THE CATS chase their third win of the season against the Magpies at the MCG this Saturday night. The Cats have lost Taylor Hunt to suspension and chosen to omit Dawson Simpson, recalling Jared Rivers and George Burbury who both return from injury. The Magpies have brought in Alex Fasolo and Lachlan Keeffe in place of injured pair Nathan Brown and Ben Sinclair. Collingwood beat Geelong by six points the last time these two clubs clashed, in round 8 2013, the Cats' first loss of the season.

MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
COLLINGWOOD
IN: George Burbury, Jared Rivers
OUT: Taylor Hunt (suspension), Dawson Simpson (omitted)
IN: Alex Fasolo, Lachlan Keeffe
OUT: Nathan Brown (shoulder), Ben Sinclair (hamstring)

HISTORY DOESN'T REPEAT AT GABBA FOR CATS
Ben Jensen 30 March 2014

AFL 2014 ROUND 2 BRISBANE LIONS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG defeated the Brisbane Lions by 25 points at the Gabba this afternoon in Andrew Mackie's 200th match. Steve Johnson, himself in his 13th season was clearly best on ground while last week's milestone man Jimmy Bartel wasn't too far behind in game number 251.

GEELONG led 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 was plenty of rain at the Gabba leading up to the game, the conditions quite slippery and tough for player and fan alike in the first half but drying out thereafter.

It was an equal spread of goal kickers for the Cats with five players booting two apiece; Tom Hawkins, Travis Varcoe, Bartel, George Horlin-Smith and Jordan Murdoch. The leading goal kicker for the day was Lion Daniel Mayes with four, next best for the Lions veteran Jonathan Brown with two.

Horlin-Smith came in as a late change for Jared Rivers, and started as sub. He came on in the second half for Corey Enright who suffered what may prove to be a nasty leg injury, having his legs taken out from under him.

Fortunately there was no come-back from the Lions like we saw in the corresponding fixture last season, the Lions then booting ten of the final eleven goals of the match to steal it at the death thanks to heroics from Ashley McGrath. FULL MATCH REPORT

 

GEELONG: 1.4, 5.7, 10.12, 13.15 (93) DEFEATED
BRISBANE: 0.3, 4.4, 7.6 10.8 (68)

GOALS
GEELONG: Hawkins 2, Varcoe 2, Bartel 2, Horlin-Smith 2, Murdoch 2, Duncan, Hunt, Selwood
BRISBANE: Mayes 4, Brown 2, Moloney, Zorko, Bewick, Green

BEST
GEELONG: Varcoe, Johnson, Stokes, Mackie, Selwood
BRISBANE: Hanley, Moloney, Zorko, Mayes, Redden,

INJURIES
GEELONG: Corey Enright (ankle)
BRISBANE: Nil reported

UMPIRES
FIELD: Dalgleish, Mitchell, Mollison EM: Stephens
BOUNDARY: Ward, Wade, Deckys, Creasy
GOAL: Symes, Apted EM: Whitehead

CROWD: 20,933 at the Gabba, Brisbane

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

AFL 2014 ROUND 2; BRISBANE V GEELONG; TEAMS AND MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 29 March 2014

By Ben Jensen BRISBANE LIONS V GEELONG CATS ANDREW MACKIE plays his 200th game this Sunday when Geelong plays Brisbane at the Gabba. Earlier today Josh Hunt played his 200th, with the Greater Western Sydney Giants in their narrow loss to St Kilda at Etihad Stadium.

Following their 38 point win over the Crows last Thursday night at Simonds Stadium, the Cats will be full of confidence while the Lions will take some confidence out of what was an eventual eight goal loss to Hawthorn in Launceston.

Mitch Brown, who had an excellent start to the season last week, was in some doubt with an ankle complaint and may yet face a fitness test but has had his place confirmed in the side. Other than that there are no fresh injury concerns; on Thursday the Cats brought in the minimum three players into their squad of 25, all three being named as emergencies: George Horlin-Smith, Jackson Sherringham and Josh Walker.

Lions midfielder Tom Rockliff will miss after accepting a one match penalty for rough conduct on former Hawks skipper Sam Mitchell, with Ryan Harwood to miss with a shoulder injury. Their two inclusions are Rohan Bewick and Jordan Lisle.

Mackie was one of the all time 'smokey' recruits, drafted by the Cats with the first pick of the 2002 despite not featuring in any South Australian representative sides. Then Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy complained "something fishy has been going on"; the Bombers and the Bulldogs also reportedly had their eye on the lad from Glenelg. He played in all three premierships, and made the 2013 All Australian side.

MATCH DETAILS AND TEAM LISTS

 

GEELONG
BRISBANE
IN: Nil
OUT: Nil

IN: J Lisle, R Bewick
OUT: J Rockliff (suspension), R Harwood (shoulder)

CATS SHAKE OFF CROWS UNDER LIGHTS AT GEELONG
Ben Jensen 20 March 2014

AFL 2014 ROUND 1 GEELONG CATS V ADELAIDE CROWS GEELONG defeated Adelaide by 38 points at Simonds Stadium on a balmy Thursday evening in Geelong in front of a crowd featuring a fair few empty seats. The first quarter was a fair old shoot out, six straight to the Cats who led by over 20 points at one stage before the Crows finished with a few in a row, to cut the deficit to three at quarter time. In the second quarter Geelong outscored Adelaide five goals to four, the Crows again with a late one to peg the half time lead back to the ten points. Crowd favourite Jimmy Bartel booted four for the Cats in a night that was at times almost all about him, in his 250th game since debuting in round 1 2012 alongside fellow Brownlow medallists Gary Ablett and Jobe Watson at the MCG. Mitchell Brown was next best for the Cats with three, Joel Selwood two. For the Crows Lewis Johnston booted three, Eddie Betts two in his first game, and former Geelong Falcon Patrick Dangerfield two.

Josh Caddy copped an accidental flying Joel Selwood boot stud into his head late in the first half, leaving he ground in the hands of trainers after a hell of a lot of blood had been spilled; he recovered well, returning in the second half after a clean up. Ruckmen Hamish McIntosh and Dawson Simpson both held out well with a goal each to their names, McIntosh in his first game for the Cats and first since season 2012, Simpson first since suffering an injury last August. Simpson came in as a late change in place of George Horlin-Smith; not exactly like for like. As a result Mark Blicavs was named substitute.

While the first half was a shoot out, the second was more of a good old fashioned defensive game that saw just three goals in the third quarter, the Crows pegging back Geelong's lead to less than a goal. The final term started tight with the Crows nosing ahead, but from then on it was all Geelong, eventually at least. The Cats slamming home six unanswered goals, putting the icing on the cake for Bartel's 250th and McIntosh's first game for the club.

GEELONG: 6.0, 11.3, 12.7, 18.11 (119) DEFEATED
ADELAIDE: 5.3, 9.5, 11.8, 12.9 (81)

GOALS
GEELONG: Bartel 4, Brown 3, Selwood 2, Johnson, Hawkins, Stokes, Caddy, Duncan, Enright, McIntosh, Murdoch, Simpson
ADELAIDE: Johnston 3, Betts 2, Dangerfield 2, McKernan, Grigg, Jacobs, Jaensch, Smith

BEST
GEELONG: Selwood, Johnson, Kelly, Bartel, Mackie, Stokes, Caddy
ADELAIDE: Wright, Kerridge, Mackay, Grigg, Jacobs, Talia

SUBSTITUTE
GEELONG
: Mark Blicavs; replaced Dawson Simpson in the third quarter
ADELAIDE: Jarryd Lyons; replaced Brad Crouch in the third quarter

INJURIES
GEELONG
: Caddy (cut head)
ADELAIDE: TBA

UMPIRES
Matthew Leppard, Matthew Stevic, Shane Stewart

CROWD: 23,622 at Simonds Stadium

CATS LEAD CROWS AT HALF TIME
Ben Jensen 20 March 2014

AFL 2014 ROUND 1 GEELONG CATS V ADELAIDE CROWS GEELONG leads Adelaide by just ten at half time, on a balmy evening in Geelong in front of a crowd featuring a fair few empty seats. The first quarter was a fair old shoot out, six straight to the Cats who led by over 20 points at one stage before the Crows finished with a few in a row, to cut the deficit to three at quarter time.

In the second quarter Geelong outscored Adelaide five goals to four, the Crows again with a late one to peg the half time lead back to the ten points. Crowd favourite Jimmy Bartel has three for the Cats while Eddie Betts and Lewis Johnson each have two for the Crows.

Josh Caddy copped an accidental flying Joel Selwood boot stud into his head late in the first half, leaving he ground in the hands of trainers after a hell of a lot of blood had been spilled; hopefully to return in the second half. Hamish McIntosh and Dawson Simpson are both holding out well and have a goal each to their names, McIntosh in his first game for the Cats and first since season 2012, Simpson first since suffering an injury last August.

GEELONG: 6.0, 11.3 (69) AT HALF TIME LEAD
ADELAIDE: 5.3, 9.5 (59)

GOALS
GEELONG: Bartel 3, Brown, Caddy, Duncan, Enright, Hawkins, McIntosh, Murdoch, Simpson
ADELAIDE: Betts 2, Johnson 2, McKernan, Dangerfield, Grigg, Jacobs, Smith

AFL 2014 ROUND 1; GEELONG V ADELAIDE; TEAMS AND MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 19 March 2014

By Ben Jensen GEELONG CATS V ADELAIDE CROWS GEELONG has named Hamish McIntosh for his first game for the Cats, edging out fellow ruckman Dawson Simpson. Jimmy Bartel will play his 250th match, with skipper Joel Selwood also named, having fully recovered from a hamstring injury he picked up in Alice Springs during the NAB Challenge. Lincoln McCarthy gets his chance as does Travis Varcoe who is looking to put an injury ravaged 2013 behind him. Eddie Betts makes his debut for Adelaide after coming over from Carlton.

GEELONG
ADELAIDE
NEW: Hamish McIntosh (Kangaroos) NEW: Eddie Betts (Carlton)
B: Andrew Mackie,Tom Lonergan, Taylor Hunt
HB
: Corey Enright, Jared Rivers, Cameron Guthrie
C: Jimmy Bartel, Josh Caddy, Mitch Duncan
HF: Jordan Murdoch, Harry Taylor, Joel Selwood
F: Mitch Brown, Tom Hawkins, Lincoln McCarthy
FOLL: Hamish McIntosh, Steve Johnson, Mathew Stokes
INT
: Travis Varcoe, Mark Blicavs, James Kelly, George Horlin-Smith

EMER:
Jackson Thurlow, Jackson Sheringham, Dawson Simpson
B: Sam Shaw, Ben Rutten, Luke Brown
HB: Mitch Grigg, Daniel Talia, Brodie Martin
C: Brodie Smith, Scott Thompson, David Mackay
HF: Matthew Wright, Shaun McKernan, Matthew Jaensch
F: Eddie Betts, James Podsiadly, Patrick Dangerfield
FOLL: Sam Jacobs, Rory Sloane, Jason Porplyzia
INT: Lewis Johnston, Jarryd Lyons, Brad Crouch, Sam Kerridge
EMER: Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Josh Jenkins, Matt Crouch

CATS' SEASON TO BEGIN THIS THURSDAY
Ben Jensen 16 March 2014

AFL 2014 ROUND 1 GEELONG CATS V ADELAIDE CROWS GEELONG hosts Adelaide at Simonds Stadium this Thursday night, yes, Thursday night, in the second week of the first round of the 2014 AFL season. For reasons we're yet to hear about the game is being played under lights midweek, which is sure to result in a much smaller crowd considering a large chunk if not the largest chunk of Geelong's membership is Melbourne-based and presumably many have to work the next day.

Skipper Joel Selwood and ruckman Hamish McIntosh are set to play while AFL hopeful Shane Kersten will unfortunately miss at least half the season with a knee issue. Selwood, just 25 with 160 games and three AFL premierships to his name, pulled up with a minor hamstring complaint in a practice game against Melbourne in Alice Springs. Already on the long term injury list are Nathan Vardy, Daniel Menzel and Allen Christensen.

Mark Blicavs, who despite playing almost every game in 2013 continues as a Rookie in 2014, has been elevated to the main list in place of Vardy. Christensen has a back complaint that may sideline him as long as round 14, Vardy a season-ending knee injury while Menzel is hopefully of resuming his stop-start career in a couple months. The other big name Cat missing is Steven Motlop, another victim to a knee injury with another four to five weeks on the sidelines.

Back to the timing of the game one only hopes the club gets a decent crowd and if not the AFL heeds the lesson and considers the paying membership not just the TV rights holders in future fixturing decisions. In other off-field news Geelong boss Brian Cook, hitherto not mentioned at all in dispatches when considering who may in be line to replace outgoing AFL chief Andrew Demetriou, was thrown up as an option by the Geelong Advertiser today. Cook all but downplayed his chances but confirmed he would 'consider' an offer should it be forthcoming. Cook has served the club with distinction since 1999.

CATS IN A NAIL BITER OVER MAGPIES IN NAB CHALLENGE SEASON OPENER
Ben Jensen 12 February 2014

AFL NAB CHALLENGE GEELONG CATS V COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES GEELONG just got over the line by two points over Collingwood at Simonds Stadium tonight, the lead changing between the two sides three times in the last two minutes of play. The Cats led for much of the match but it was the Magpies who led by nine points with 23 minutes gone in the match. Two goals by the Cats inside a minute put Geelong in front but it was a short-lived lead, Collingwood snatching it back through Jessie White two minutes later.

Josh Walker, in his first season on the senior list proper, kicked the winning goal, though Geelong fans had to watch as the ball flew into the Collingwood forward line just as the final siren rang out. Earlier Geelong's George Burbury was taken to hospital with a broken jaw following a sickening clash sliding head first into Maxwell sending blood pouring from his mouth; until that point Burbury was playing very well, coach Chris Scott after the match indicating he'd need surgery but didn't lose any teeth. Magpie youngster Nathan Freeman hopped from the field appearing to be suffering from a hamstring injury, the Magpies' pick 10 from 2013 National Draft in doubt to start the season proper.

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GEELONG: 0.5.3, 0.8.6, 0.16.8, 0.16.8 (104) DEFEATED
COLLINGWOOD: 0.3.5, 0.5.6, 1.8.10, 1.13.15 (102)

GOALS
GEELONG: Hawkins 4, Brown 2, Duncan 2, Schroder 2, Vardy, Burbury, Johnson, Walker, Kelly, Varcoe, Stokes
COLLINGWOOD: Beams 1 Supergoal; White 5, Kennedy 2, Sidebottom, Lynch, Cloke, Adams, Lumumba, Pendlebury, Elliott, Broomhead, Clarke, Grundy

BEST
GEELONG: TBA
COLLINGWOOD: TBA

INJURIES
GEELONG
: TBA
COLLINGWOOD: TBA

CROWD: TBA at Simonds Stadium

CATS TAKE ON MAGPIES AT HOME IN NAB CHALLENGE OPENER
Ben Jensen 12 February 2014

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GEELONG plays Collingwood in the AFL's first match of 2014 under lights tonight at Simmonds Stadium. The Cats have more or less a full strength squad, with only Joel Selwood on the sidelines of their top players. It's a new look Magpies side with Scott Pendlebury taking the captaincy from Nick Maxwell, while they are also without Dale Thomas and Heath Shaw. Dawson Simpson will play in the ruck, hoping to string a few games together and show some form to take the number one ruck mantle back he briefly occupied before injury late last season.

SQUADS
GEELONG
COLLINGWOOD
1. Mitch Brown, 2. Billie Smedts, 3. Jimmy Bartel, 4. Andrew Mackie, 5. Travis Varcoe, 6. Lincoln McCarthy, 7. Harry Taylor, 9. James Kelly, 12. Jesse Stringer, 13. Tom Lonergan, 15. Jordan Schroder, 16. Dawson Simpson, 19. Taylor Hunt, 20. Steven Johnson, 22. Mitch Duncan, 23. Josh Caddy, 25. Jared Rivers, 26. Tom Hawkins, 27. Mathew Stokes, 29. Cameron Guthrie, 30. Nathan Vardy, 31. George Burbury, 33. George Horlin-Smith, 34. Josh Walker, 35. Jarrod Jansen, 38. Jackson Sheringham, 44. Corey Enright, 45. Joel Hamling, 46. Mark Blicavs 1. Alex Fasolo, 3. Brent Macaffer, 4. Brodie Grundy, 5. Nick Maxwell
7. Ben Kennedy, 8. Heritier Lumumba, 9. Martin Clarke, 10. Scott Pendlebury, 12. Luke Ball, 13. Taylor Adams, 14. Clinton Young, 17. Dayne Beams, 18. Jesse White, 19. Jamie Elliott, 21. Quinten Lynch, 22. Steele Sidebottom, 23. Lachlan Keeffe, 25. Ben Hudson, 26. Marley Williams, 27. Tony Armstrong, 29. Tim Broomhead, 31. Jackson Ramsay, 32. Travis Cloke, 38. Peter Yagmoor, 39. Nathan Freeman, 41. Tom Langdon, 45. Jack Frost, 46. Jonathon Marsh, 48. Caolan Mooney

CATS GO EASY IN 2013 ROOKIE DRAFT
Ben Jensen 27 November 2013

THE CATS all but sat out today's AFL Rookie Draft, taking just the one new player, recruiting 19 year old James Toohey from the Oakleigh Chargers. The scholarly Toohey won the Chargers' best and fairest in 2013 as well as winning a Premier's award for his VCE studies.

GEELONG DRAW AFL SEASON 2014

THREE NEW CATS IN 2013 AFL NATIONAL DRAFT
Ben Jensen 21 November 2013

THE CATS picked up three new players and re-recruited two more in the AFL National Draft at the Gold Coast today. With the first pick, number 16, Geelong took local midfielder Darcy Lang who played with the Falcons this season. Next was Jarrad Jansen with pick 36 from East Fremantle, who is certain to have the nickname 'JJ'. Rounding out Geelong's draft was twin Jake Kolodjashnij with pick 41, his brother Kade going earlier to the Gold Coast who used pick five for the Launceston utility.

Josh Walker and George Burbury, both Rookies, were picked up with picks 54 and 63 respectively.

2014 AFL DRAW RELEASED; CATS OPEN SEASON AGAINST CROWS UNDER LIGHTS
Ben Jensen 2 November 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GEELONG host the Adelaide Crows on a Thursday night at Simonds Stadium in the second week of the opening round of season 2014. In a departure from last season when renovations at the ground saw the Cats play a handful of 'home' games all at Melbourne venues, the Cats have three games down at Geelong in the first ten rounds and play another two home games at the MCG in this time.

All up the Cats play seven home games at Simonds Stadium and two each at the MCG and Etihad Stadium. The first round fixture, on a Thursday night, is a little controversial being on a working night with more than half Geelong's members being Melbourne based you wonder at the logic. At least four of the seven home games are night fixtures with the final round match against the Lions another possibility.

The Melbourne home games are in round five against the Hawks at the Gee, Richmond in round seven also at the MCG; with Etihad games hosting Carlton on a Friday night in round twelve and Essendon in another Friday night fixture round fifteen. Travelling to Geelong during the season are the Crows, West Coast, North Melbourne, St Kilda, the Western Bulldogs, Fremantle and the Lions.

All up the Cats play five matches at the MCG, four at Etihad for a total of sixteen games in Victoria. They travel to Queensland and Sydney twice, Perth once to meet Freo and play their first game of fooy at the Adelaide Oval. In the run in to the finals the Cats play every match in August in Victoria, the road trip to Sydney to play the Giants in round 18 (July 19) their last trip interstate.

 

2014 AFL DRAW RELEASED; CATS OPEN SEASON AGAINST CROWS UNDER LIGHTS
Ben Jensen 2 November 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GEELONG host the Adelaide Crows on a Thursday night at Simonds Stadium in the second week of the opening round of season 2014. In a departure from last season when renovations at the ground saw the Cats play a handful of 'home' games all at Melbourne venues, the Cats have three games down at Geelong in the first ten rounds and play another two home games at the MCG in this time.

All up the Cats play seven home games at Simonds Stadium and two each at the MCG and Etihad Stadium. The first round fixture, on a Thursday night, is a little controversial being on a working night with more than half Geelong's members being Melbourne based you wonder at the logic. At least four of the seven home games are night fixtures with the final round match against the Lions another possibility.

The Melbourne home games are in round five against the Hawks at the Gee, Richmond in round seven also at the MCG; with Etihad games hosting Carlton on a Friday night in round twelve and Essendon in another Friday night fixture round fifteen. Travelling to Geelong during the season are the Crows, West Coast, North Melbourne, St Kilda, the Western Bulldogs, Fremantle and the Lions.

All up the Cats play five matches at the MCG, four at Etihad for a total of sixteen games in Victoria. They travel to Queensland and Sydney twice, Perth once to meet Freo and play their first game of fooy at the Adelaide Oval. In the run in to the finals the Cats play every match in August in Victoria, the road trip to Sydney to play the Giants in round 18 (July 19) their last trip interstate.

CHAPMAN, PODSIADLY FIND NEWS HOMES; COREY RETIRES
Ben Jensen 19 October 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery A LOT has happened down at Simonds Stadium since season end. Enacting plans for renewal of the side began in earnest the moment the siren rang out in the Preliminary Final loss against eventual premiers Hawthorn, with the likes of Paul Chapman, Josh Hunt and James Podsiadly let go to seek opportunities elsewhere. Later, Joel Corey, legendary clubman and champion, announced his own retirement.

Before yesterday's deadline for free agent moves it was announced Podsiadly had signed with Adelaide and Chapman with Essendon. Pods joins former Geelong champion and assistant coach Brenton Sanderson and dual Premiership winning backman Darren Milburn while Chapman will play under former Cats coach Mark Thompson. No news on Hunt just yet but it is reported he's set to join Greater Western Sydney and may link with Heath Shaw who is close to an official move from the magpies.

Joel Corey was drafted from East Perth by the Cats with pick number 8 in the 1999 National Draft. Debuting in 200 against the Saints in round 17 he played five games for the season, and from then on established himself firmly in the first 18 picked. Until 2010 he was remarkably resilient against injury, but a knee complaint that season forced him to miss ten games between rounds five and fourteen. But he went on to play most remaining matches that season and 21 games the following including the Premiership. He won the Carji Greeves medal as Geelong's best and fairest player in 2005 and 2008 and was also All Australian twice, in 2007 and 2008. He was not a prolific goalkicker, booting 79 goals in his 276 games but had a knack for long goals, often scoring nine pointers in the NAB Cup.

In other news around the club Trent West and Taylor Hunt are going nowhere, according to their manager. Anthony McConville rubbish claims the contracted duo were looking elsewhere for opportunity, although we would certainly not blame West if he did. The ruckman was nudged out of the side in the second half of the season, spending the remainder in the VFL.

The jungle drums have gone remarkably quiet the last week or so on Travis Varcoe. Two-time Premiership winning Varcoe has had a horror couple seasons with injury and lately form since the memorable 2011 Premiership, and was expected to head north. On October 8 Cats list management Tzar Stephen Wells said “There has been inquiries from other clubs but it's highly unlikely that Travis is going anywhere."

Also confirmed as remaining with the club are youngsters Shane Kersten and Joel Hamling, both yet to make their AFL debuts but certainly will next season, pending no injuries. In fact Kersten very nearly made a rare debut in a final as the Cats' brains trust tossed up whether or not to stick with Tom Hawkins or to try the unproven forward who had been a goal machine in the VFL. With Pods gone expect Kersten to line up in round one next season next to Hawkins.

Rookies Ryan Bathie and Cameron Eardley were released by the club; one may get picked up by another club in the forthcoming National and Rookie drafts.

 

JOEL SELWOOD WINS GEELONG BEST AND FAIREST
Ben Jensen 4 October 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery JOEL SELWOOD won the 2013 Geelong best and fairest award overnight, taking home his second Carji Greeves Medal. Coming second behind Selwood (323 votes) just twelve votes back was Harry Taylor (311) with fellow defender Andrew Mackie three further back on 308 votes. Steve Johnson who polled in the top four at the Brownlow was not in the top ten.

 

TOP TEN

1.Joel Selwood - 323
2. Harry Taylor - 311
3. Andrew Mackie - 308
4. Mathew Stokes - 307
5. Steven Motlop - 306
6. Corey Enright - 303
7. Jimmy Bartel - 298
8. Allen Christensen - 296
9. Mitch Duncan - 290
10. Tom Lonergan - 281

OTHER AWARDS

Coach's Award: Steven Motlop
Community Champion: Mathew Stokes
Best Young Player: Mark Blicavs
VFL Best and Fairest: Mark Corrigan

GEELONG CHAMPIONS CHAPMAN, PODSIADLY AND HUNT BOW OUT
Ben Jensen 3 October 2013

CATS PAUL CHAPMAN, James Podsiadly and Josh Hunt have played their last games for the Geelong Football Club. Hunt was let go a week or so back but today it was confirmed that Chapman and Podsiadly were going. Chapman was reportedly offered a one year deal on a 'ten game' basis, that is he would have to spend time in the VFL. He will seek offers from other clubs to play on in 2014 according to manager Liam Pickering.

Coach Chris Scott said there's no hard feelings, Chapman will be forever remembered at the club by fans and coaching staff alike. "Chappy will go down as a legend of this club. He has decided that he would like to extend his career and we wish him well. No doubt he will bring his passion whenever he plays against us, as he should. Regardless of where he goes from he, he will always be remembered as a Geelong icon. It has been a privilege to coach Chappy and I look forward to catching up with him in the years to come," he said. Chapman played 251 games and kicked 336 goals, was a two time All Australian, triple Premiership player and Carji Greeves medallist in 2006; and of course Norm Smith medallist in the 2009 Premiership win over St Kilda. Chapman turn 32 in November.

Hunt played in the 2007 and 2011 flags, had one of the best boots going around in the game. Like Chapman Hunt is 31 and began his career the year after Chapman in 2001. After 198 games Hunt is looking for opportunities elsewhere. Podsiadly's story is an amazing one, making his AFL debut at the age of 28, having originally been recruited to the club to play in the VFL side and work as a fitness coach. 32 year old Pods played 83 games after debuting in 2010, the highlight being the 2011 Premiership. In that match of course Pods was carried off early on with a match-ending shoulder injury but it didn't stop him celebrating. Tonight after eighteen rounds Pods say in fifth spot on the best and fairest, just 19 off then leader Corey Enright, so he was obviously appreciated by the match committee.

Each could have carried on but the club has elected to make a few tough decisions and bringing on the youth that this season made yet another VFL grand final and look for opportunities in the senior side; saying good-bye is not easy but each bows out with a premiership memory or two (or three) and mates for life.

CATS BOW OUT OF PREMIERSHIP RACE TO HAWKS
Ben Jensen 20 September 2013

AFL FINALS 2013 HAWTHORN HAWKS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG were defeated by Hawthorn tonight by the barest of margins, leading by twenty points at three quarter time but blowing that lead as the quarter went on. The final term was brutal. Luke Bruest kicked the opening goal a few minutes in before Josh Caddy steadied for the Cats with his first five minutes later. The Cats then coughed up a couple goals they shouldn't have. They very nearly found themselves behind with just six minutes to play as Luke Bruest found himself with a chance to put his side in front, but he somehow missed. Shaun Burgoyne didn't make the same mistake however the next play, the Hawks two points up with 05:33 on the clock. The Hawks went on to score two more behinds to make their lead four points with four minutes to go. FULL MATCH INFO

Travis Varcoe had the chance to draw the game with a shot at goal with just over thirty seconds to spare but wasn't able to steady up and slot it through instead only managing a behind, the margin five points. The Hawks perfected the kick out and in fact had a shot to extended the lead after the siren but played on instead, no further score registered.

GEELONG led 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.

HAWTHORN led Geelong by four points at half time. 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 had three goals for the Cats, while Norman Gunston had three for the Hawks.

Looking back at the match, if they dare, Geelong and fans won't be happy, especially with the goal given away to Hill halfway through the quarter, Bartel in the goalsquare put under pressure unncessarily and the ball ended up in the hands of Hill who made no mistake from close range.

 

HAWTHORN: 3.5, 7.8, 10.10, 14.18 (102)
GEELONG: 4.0, 7.4, 14.6, 15.7 (97)

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

BEST
HAWTHORN: Burgoyne, Mitchell, Gunston, Lake, Birchall, Gibson, Hale
GEELONG: Johnson, Lonergan, Guthrie, Taylor, Selwood, Motlop, Caddy

INJURIES
HAWTHORN
: Franklin (right elbow), Puopolo (right ankle), Guerra (corked hip, left shoulder), Whitecross (ACL)
GEELONG: TBA

SUBSTITUTES
HAWTHORN
: White, replaced Bailey third quarter
GEELONG: Caddy, replaced Hunt third quarter

CHANGES
HAWTHORN
: Nil GEELONG: Nil

UMPIRES:

FIELD: Dean Margetts (6) Brett Rosebury (8) Mathew Nicholls (15) EM: Troy Pannell (28)
BOUNDARY: John Morris Ian Burrows Michael Saunders Michael Marantelli
GOAL: Chris Appleton Luke Walker EM: Stephen Williams

CROWD: 85,569 at Melbourne Cricket Ground

PRE-MATCH TIP: "Cats by 2 points"

 

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

 

AFL 2013 1ST PRELIMINARY FINAL; HAWTHORN V GEELONG; MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 19 September 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery HAWTHORN HAWKS V GEELONG CATS CAN HAWTHORN finally beat the Kennett Curse? We will find out Friday night at the MCG in the first Preliminary Final. There has been two changes from either side, the Cats losing the suspended Paul Chapman and dropping Taylor Hunt, the Hawks recalling Lance Franklin from suspension and Cyril Rioli from injury. Josh Caddy returns right away from one week off with an ankle injury and Jordan Murdoch, who performed very well last time these sides met with three goals. Out for the Hawks are unlucky duo Matt Spangher and Jed Anderson.

On Sunday the Cats play the Box Hill Hawks at Etihad Stadium in the VFL Grand Final, chasing back to back flags under coach Matthew Knights and skipper Troy Selwood. Geelong beat Box Hill back in round three by just five points at Simonds Stadium. In the Preliminary Final the Cats had a thumping win over Williamstown, Josh Walker and Shane Kersten starring up forward with five and four goals apiece. Box Hill defeated Werribee by 52 points in their preliminary final. FULL TEAMS AND MATCH INFO

GEELONG
HAWTHORN
IN: Josh Caddy, Jordan Murdoch
OUT: Paul Chapman (suspension), Taylor Hunt
IN: Lance Franklin, Cyril Rioli
OUT: Matt Spangher, Jed Anderson

GEELONG GRAND FINAL BALLOT REGISTRATION DETAILS
Ben Jensen 18 September 2013

CATS MEMBERS have to register for the Grand Final ticket ballot on Thursday 19 September, should they wish to get a ticket. This includes those with Premiership and Social Club memberships who have a guaranteed entitlement to a ticket, should the Cats be good enough to get past the Hawks this Friday night at the MCG.

Registrations for Priority Group 1 (Premiership and Social Club members) is open between 8am and 11am Thursday 19 September, and Priority Group 2 (other members) between Noon and 9pm.

You'll need your membership barcode(s) and a credit card.

There are two ways to register:

  1. Phone - 1300 796 939
  2. Online - http://click.tmclient.ticketmaster.com/?qs=f31231e6cdd7df74c736c80e552d416e14dc6886ae98156172a2c2423476e0a4cbfba88a5c980998

Full details available here:

http://www.geelongcats.com.au/staticfile/AFL%20Tenant/GeelongCats/Club%20Promos/2013_Finals_DM-email.pdf.

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 twitter.com/thecattery 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 POWER PAST PORT INTO PRELIMINARY FINAL AGAINST HAWKS
Ben Jensen 13 September 2013

AFL FINALS GEELONG CATS V PORT ADELAIDE POWER GEELONG was tested to the max tonight but did get over the line against Port Adelaide at the MCG tonight to reach at Preliminary Final against Hawthorn next Friday night. The Cats came out after half time really fired up trailing by nearly four goals at the main break. Veterans Paul Chapman and Joel Corey led from the front to will their team past an impressive Power. A five goal to one third quarter got the Cats back into the match, taking a seven point lead into the final change. Kenny Hinkley's boys went down tonight but have certainly earned the respect of the entire AFL this season with their turnaround from last season and finals performance. MATCH REPORT

It was certainly not a night of accurate kicking, both sides missing some absolute shockers throughout the night. But there were plenty of courageous efforts from both sides, none less than Cats skipper Joel Selwood who had to leave the field twice with a bloodied eye and nose. His goal with five minutes remaining put the icing on the cake and the game beyond Port's reach with the margin 23 points and all but impossible to deny the Cats the Preliminary Final berth.

Even Justin Westhoff's miraculous third goal from the boundary line 45 metres out on the wrong side for a right footer left the Power without a hope, still 16 points behind; soon to be ten points with . Still, it was a nervous few minutes in the Geelong coaches box with Chris Scott even more animated than he had been in the first half.

Stevie Motlop kicked what was pretty much the third 'sealer' with 16 seconds on the clock from outside 50, snuffing out what was a far more closer game that Geelong fans would have liked but neutrals would have loved.

A crowd of just under 53,000 headed down to the MCG, plenty of them Port Adelaide supporters who made the trek over for the second week in a row. Certainly around Southbank there were plenty of the Power clad supporters from lunchtime onwards enjoying the finer things in life.

Tickets for the final against Hawthorn go on sale Monday 9am.

Tomorrow afternoon at Port Melbourne's North Port Oval the Cats' VFL side plays their Preliminary Final against Williamstown; tickets on sale at the gate.

GEELONG: 2.2, 3.6, 8.12, 13.18 (96) DEFEATED
PORT ADELAIDE: 3.2, 7.5, 8.5 12.8 (80)

GOALS
GEELONG: Chapman 4, Hawkins 2, Motlop 2, Bartel, Duncan, Corey, Christensen, Selwood
PORT ADELAIDE: Westhoff 3, Schulz 2, Logan, Broadbent, Ebert, Gray, Lobbe, Monfries, Harlett

BEST
GEELONG: Selwood, Chapman, Johnson, Corey, Motlop, Kelly
PORT ADELAIDE: Boak, Cornes, Moore, Westhoff, Monfries

INJURIES
GEELONG
: Jared Rivers (ankle); Joel Selwood (cuts to face)
PORT ADELAIDE: Nil reported

SUBSTITUTES
GEELONG
: Taylor Hunt; replaced Jared Rivers in the final quarter
PORT ADELAIDE: Aaron Young; replaced Sam Colquhoun at three quarter-time

CHANGES
GEELONG
: Nil PORT ADELAIDE: Nil

UMPIRES:

FIELD: Matt Stevic (9) Matt Stevic (9) Simon Meredith (21) Shane McInerney (30) EM: Troy Pannell (28)
BOUNDARY: Aaron Deckys Mark Foster John Morris Mitchell Lefevre
GOAL: Steven Axon Chris Appleton EM: Adam Wojcik

CROWD: 52,744 at Melbourne Cricket Ground

PRE-MATCH TIP: "Cats by 29 points"

AFL 2013 1ST SEMI FINAL; GEELONG V PORT ADELAIDE; MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 12 September 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GEELONG CATS V PORT ADELAIDE POWER GEELONG has made three changes for their semi final against Port Adelaide at the MCG on Friday night. Kenny Hinkley's boys on the other hand take a lineup unchanged following their win over Collingwood at the same venue last week. Corey Enright (injured and suspended), Josh Caddy (ankle) and Josh Walker make way for two Hunts - Taylor and Josh and Tom Hawkins who was a late withdrawal from last week's loss to the Dockers.

Enright, who hobbled off on Saturday with a nasty medial ligament tear in his knee is unlikely to play again this season. Enright was cited for striking Fremantle's Chris Mayne, and could have accepted 93.75 activation points and no suspension. But due to the season-ending injury the Cats decided to roll the dice and appeal; which was thrown out, Enright finishing with a week's suspension and 25 activation points carrying over into next season. A win of sorts.

Caddy along with Andrew Mackie picked up an ankle knock and will miss, with Mackie set to undergo a final check on his fitness tomorrow. Hawkins who has struggled with a back injury for months was pulled out of Saturday's side and replaced by Josh Walker. The Cats struggled up forward with James Podsiadly the only effective tall target, the return of Hawkins at the vast MCG should improve things this weekend and the rest of the finals series should the Cats make it.

Taylor Hunt was the other one to pull out of last weekend's side, replaced on the day by Cameron Guthrie. Josh Hunt has done what has been asked of him since being sent back to the VFL and adds some much needed experience to the backline with Enright out. Still no room in the side for Trent West, Chris Scott sticking with Mark Blicavs and Nathan Vardy. Look for Steven Motlop to step up this week after struggling against the Dockers, the speedster plays his 50th game. Jimmy Bartel plays his 23rd final, a club record bettering the 22 by Matthew Scarlett. MATCH PREVIEW

GEELONG
PORT ADELAIDE
IN: Josh Hunt, Taylor Hunt, Tom Hawkins
OUT: Josh Walker, Corey Enright (suspension), Josh Caddy (ankle)
Unchanged
B: Jared Rivers, Tom Lonergan, Josh Hunt
HB: Cam Guthrie, Andrew Mackie, Jimmy Bartel
C: Steve Johnson, Joel Selwood, Allen Christensen
HF: Mitch Duncan, Harry Taylor, Steven Motlop
F: James Podsiadly, Tom Hawkins, Travis Varcoe
FOLL: Nathan Vardy, James Kelly, Mathew Stokes
INT: Mark Blicavs, Paul Chapman, Joel Corey, Taylor Hunt
EMER: Jordan Murdoch, Jake Stringer, Trent West
B: Cameron O'Shea, Alipate Carlile, Tom Logan
HB: Matthew Broadbent, Jackson Trengove, Tom Jonas
C: Brad Ebert, Travis Boak, Kane Cornes
HF: Robbie Gray, Justin Westhoff, Dom Cassisi
F: Chad Wingard, Jay Schulz, Angus Monfries
FOLL: Matthew Lobbe, Hamish Hartlett, Oliver Wines
INT: Andrew Moore, Jasper Pittard, Sam Colquhoun, Aaron Young
EMER: Paul Stewart, Jake Neade, Jack Hombsch

FORTRESS BREACHED; DOCKERS DEFEAT CATS AND EARN HOME PRELIM FINAL
Ben Jensen 7 September 2013

AFL FINALS 2013 GEELONG CATS V FREMANTLE DOCKERS THE FREMANTLE DOCKERS defeated Geelong at Simonds Stadium today in something of an upset. The Dockers were as good as the Cats bad, playing much better and cleaner footy from the get go. Zac Dawson was reported for a whack on James Podsiadly before the opening bounce and awarded a free kick 40m out from goal from which he could only score a behind - which turned out to be an omen as the Cats booted four goals six in the opening term. The Dockers only managed two goals five, but from then on proceeded to outscore the Cats in every quarter. FULL REPORT

It was not a complete surprise for most who'd been there last week for the lucky escape against the Lions, though disappointing given the Cats usually respond after a 'wake up call' like that one. Good performers for the Cats included Jimmy Bartel and Joel Corey but on our score the likes of Joel Selwood, Travis Varcoe, James Kelly and Allen Christensen really struggled. The loss of Tom Hawkins before the bounce, celebrated by many, actually really hurt as James Podsiadly found himself the only effective marking target, Josh Walker having next to no influence on the game.

For the Dockers Michael Barlow booted three goals and certainly didn't surprise us given his performances this season, skipper Matthew Pavlich booted two and Stephen Hill the same. Hayden Ballantyne kicked just the one goal mercifully while fellow pest Ryan Crowley is likely to miss at least the preliminay and possibly the Grand Final after a whack on Steve Johnson in the first half, but certainly had the better of Matthew Stokes early on and stopped Johnson in his tracks. Crowley was moved onto Johnson after SJ's two first quarter goals.

The Dockers will play a home preliminay final at Subiaco Oval on Saturday 21 September, with the Hawks playing theirs at the MCG on the Friday. Geelong now plays the winner of Collingwood and Port Adelaide, likely this Friday night at the MCG. The Cats should regain Hawkins and Hunt but are likely to lose Corey Enright.

 

FREMANTLE: 2.5, 7.9, 10.12, 12.15 (87) DEFEATED
GEELONG: 4.6, 6.11, 9.13, 9.18 (72)

GOALS
FREMANTLE: Barlow 3, Pavlich 2, Hill 2, Walters, Ballantyne, Spurr, Sandilands, Mayne
GEELONG: Podsiadly 3, Johnson 2, Corey, Vardy, Motlop, Duncan

BEST
FREMANTLE: Barlow, Crowley, Spurr, Fyfe, Hill, Sandilands
GEELONG
: Bartel, Mackie, Stokes, Corey, Selwood, Podsiadly

INJURIES
FREMANTLE
: Suban (ankle)
GEELONG
: Enright (knee)

REPORTS: Zac Dawson (Fremantle) for striking James Podsiadly before the game starting

SUBSTITUTES
FREMANTLE: Tom Sheridan replaced Nick Suban (3rd Qtr) GEELONG: Paul Chapman replaced Corey Enright (Half-Time)

CHANGES
GEELONG
: Tom Hawkins and Taylor Hunt replaced by Josh Walker and Cameron Guthrie

UMPIRES:

FIELD: Matt Stevic (9) Troy Pannell (28) Shane McInerney (30) EM: Chris Kamolins (19)
BOUNDARY: Mitchell Lefevre Matthew Tomkins John Morris Gerard Large
GOAL: Stephen Williams Chris Appleton EM: Jason Venkataya

CROWD: 34,458 at Simonds Stadium, Geelong

PRE-MATCH TIP: "Cats by 32 points"

GEELONG FAN'S FACEBOOK POST ON GEELONG'S HOME FINAL
Ben Jensen 7 August 2013

GEELONG FAN REX BANNER wrote wrote this piece on an unofficial Geelong Football Club Facebook page earlier in the week, prompting an outpouring of comments from Cats fans with whom he struck a chord. Here it is:

 

As an ardent AFL and Geelong fan, I simply cannot believe the angst and disgust at Geelong hosting a final at home. From where I sit, albeit a biased position, it is a fair, right and, most importantly, a deserved result . Deserved, not just for the effort they have produced again this year, but more so when you take into consideration that Geelong has been one of the best, if not THE best, performed sporting teams in Australia over the last decade. To see people being so negative toward the achievement, as opposed to recognising the work done by the club to be able to secure it, is a blight on the game, and the industries that surround it.

In the early 2000's, this club was on its knees. The list wasn't strong. It was millions in debt with a dilapidated stadium, a losing mentality and a premiership drought that had no end in sight. Then came 2007. As Scott Gullen said in his book, only Geelong supporters truly knew how much that year meant.

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AFL 2013 2ND QUALIFYING FINAL; GEELONG V FREMANTLE; MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 5 September 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GEELONG CATS V FREMANTLE DOCKERS NATHAN VARDY is back into the Geelong side to play their historic home final against Fremantle on Saturday night, coming in to replace Trent West. Just the lazy ten changes for the Dockers following their loss to St Kilda at Etihad last weekend. Back in round 14 the Cats also played the Dockers following the Lions, only last time the Cats were coming off a shock loss. That very nearly happened last Saturday, Ryan Lester fluffing his shot at goal in the dying seconds. No VFL match for the Cats this week, they went straight through to the Preliminary Final on account of beating Casey last Friday night. MATCH DETAILS

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GEELONG
FREMANTLE
IN: Nathan Vardy
OUT:
Trent West
IN: David Mundy, Lee Spurr, Zac Dawson, Hayden Ballantyne, Nick Suban, Stephen Hill, Chris Mayne, Michael Walters, Zac Clarke, Nathan Fyfe
OUT: Clancee Pearce (achilles), Jack Hannath, Jesse Crichton, Josh Mellington, Alex Forster (back), Hayden Crozier, Matt Taberner, Josh Simpson, Craig Moller
B: Harry Taylor, Tom Lonergan, Corey Enright
HB: Jared Rivers, Andrew Mackie, Jimmy Bartel
C: Chris Johnson, Joel Corey, Allen Christensen
HF: Joel Selwood, James Podsiadly, Steven Motlop
F: Paul Chapman, Tom Hawkins, Josh Caddy
FOLL: Nathan Vardy, James Kelly, Mitch Duncan
INT: Mark Blicavs, Mathew Stokes, Taylor Hunt, Travis Varcoe
EMER: Cameron Guthrie, Jordan Murdoch, Josh Walker
B: Lee Spurr, Zac Dawson, Paul Duffield
HB: Nick Suban, Alex Silvagni, Tendai Mzungu
C: David Mundy, Michael Barlow, Stephen Hill
HF: Matthew De Boer, Chris Mayne, Danyle Pearce
F: Hayden Ballantyne, Matthew Pavlich, Michael Walters
FOLL: Aaron Sandilands, Nathan Fyfe, Ryan Crowley
IINT: Cameron Sutcliffe, Zac Clarke, Tom Sheridan, Lachie Neale
EMER: Luke McPharlin, Jack Hannath, Hayden Crozier

LUCKY ESCAPE FOR CATS; HISTORIC HOME FINAL CONFIRMED
Ben Jensen 31 August 2013

AFL 2013 ROUND 23 GEELONG CATS V BRISBANE LIONS GEELONG just managed to hang on against the Brisbane Lions today, winning by just one point securing second spot on the ladder and a historic home final that will be at Simonds Stadium next Saturday night against the Fremantle Dockers.

The Cats had struggled against the Lions most of the game but appeared to have pulled ahead after extending their three quarter time lead to 26 points minutes into the final term. But the Lions soon went up a gear and took advantage of the wind, booting three unanswered goals to move within a couple kicks of the lead. Twice the Cats kicked a goal to get the lead back into double figures but each time the Lions struck back immediately. With a minute to go Jordan Lisle booted the final goal of the match, setting off a tense minute with the Cats' lead now just two points. FULL MATCH REPORT

Much of that last minute was spent in the Lions' forward fifty, Paul Chapman fairly lucky not to have been adjudged hlding the ball right in front of goal. It was Chapman again who provided the final score, rushing a snap at goal from Ryan Lester that would have won the match. As the siren rang out the Lions' outside chance at a finals appearance disappeared but the Cats secured second spot on the ladder. If Ashley McGrath has any designs on retiring he should reconsider, once more he was the X factor in a Cats-Lions game. McGrath booted six goals and had a hand in many other goals

The win could come at a cost for the Cats, Mark Blicavs carried from he field with what looked like concussion late in the game, crashing to the deck after flying for a mark. For a change there were no obvious incidents likely to attract the AFL's Match Review Panel which is a positive. Joel Corey started as sub, coming on to replace Steven Motlop in the third quarter.

Geelong's first final will be against Fremantle at Simonds Stadium, AFL boss Andrew Demetriou confirming tonight what he'd made bleedingly obvious yesterday. Demetriou said he only expected 27,000 - 28,000 to front up to Etihad Stadium thus playing at the 34,000 capacity Simonds Stadium made sense. With the Cats finishing second and the recently upgrading stadium having a large enough capacity, it made too much sense he said.

GEELONG: 5.5, 7.11, 12.20, 15.22 (112) DEFEATED
BRISBANE: 3.3, 9.5, 11.6, 17.9 (111)

GOALS
GEELONG: Varcoe 2, Caddy 2, Chapman 2, Podsiadly, Johnson, Kelly, Hawkins, Bartel, Taylor, Christensen, Duncan, Selwood
BRISBANE: McGrath 6, Lisle 3, Lester 2, Zorko 2, Green 2, Bewick, Golby

BEST
GEELONG: Bartel, Stokes, Chapman, Selwood, Kelly, Rivers
BRISBANE: McGrath, Rockliff, Raines, Maguire, Patfull, Lisle, Yeo

INJURIES
GEELONG
: Mark Blicavs (head, possible concussion)
BRISBANE: Nil

REPORTS: NIL

SUBSTITUTES
GEELONG
: Joel Corey, replaced Steven Motlop in the third quarter BRISBANE: Josh Green, replaced Rohan Bewick at three quarter time

CHANGES
GEELONG
:
Cameron Guthrie replaced in selected side by Taylor Hunt

UMPIRES:

FIELD: Stephen McBurney (3) Heath Ryan (14) Chris Kamolins (19) EM: David Harris (24)
BOUNDARY: Mitchell Lefevre Robert Haala John Morris Michael Marantelli
GOAL: David Dixon Jason Venkataya EM: Darren Mills

CROWD: 27,467 at Simonds Stadium, Geelong

PRE-MATCH TIP: "Cats by 51 points"

CATS BELT CASEY IN FIRST VFL FINAL; DEBATE ON HOME AFL FINAL CONTINUES
Ben Jensen 31 August 2013

VFL FINALS 2013 GEELONG easily accounted for the Casey Scorpions in the first VFL qualifying final at Simonds Stadium last night. In the background a public debate is being held into whether the Cats should host a likely final against Fremantle at Kardinia Park next weekend. AFL boss Andrew Demetriou appears to have all but ticked off on the move much to the chagrin of Fremantle hierarchy and others from neutral clubs.

With four finals set to be played in Victoria over three days the MCG can only host two of those, and although Etihad will remain vacant the AFL appears to be flavoring hosting the lesser drawing of the four finals at Geelong. FULL STORY AND MATCH DETAILS

 

GEELONG 3.6, 7.11, 12.13, 14.16 (100) DEFEATED
CASEY 3.1, 6.2, 7.3, 8.3 (51)

GOALS
GEELONG: Kersten 4, Bathie 2, Barham 2, Walker 2, Stringer 2, Horlin-Smith, J Hunt
CASEY: Gillies 2, Petropoulos, Pedersen, Plummer, Corry, Couch, Page

BEST
GEELONG: Sheringham, Brown, Horlin-Smith, Corrigan, J Hunt, Banjanin
CASEY: Gent, Pedersen, Petropoulos, Plummer, Tynan, Riseley

CROWD: 6,000 at Simonds Stadium

AFL 2013 ROUND 23; GEELONG V BRISBANE; MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 29 August 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GEELONG CATS V BRISBANE LIONS TRENT WEST returns to the ruck for the final match of the home and away season against the Brisbane Lions at Simonds Stadium this Saturday afternoon in place of Nathan Vardy who has been rested or 'managed'. Brisbane memorably defeated Geelong back in June at the Gabba in a fantastic comeback. In the VFL the Bendigo Bank Cats plays Casey Scorpions in the first qualifying final at Simonds Stadium tomorrow night. Cats CEO Brian Cook is pushing the AFL for a genuine home final, eg at Geelong, should the first opponent be Fremantle. The Dockers are kicking up a fair old stink about this, so it isn't a certainty by any means. MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

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GEELONG
BRISBANE
IN: Trent West
OUT:
Nathan Vardy (managed)
IN: Jordan Lisle, Sam Michael, Brent Moloney
OUT: Daniel Merrett (Ankle), Sam Docherty (Omitted), Marco Paparone (Omitted)
B: Andrew Mackie, Tom Lonergan, Corey Enright
HB: Jared Rivers, Harry Taylor, Cameron Guthrie
C: Mathew Stokes, Joel Selwood, Allen Christensen
HF: Josh Caddy, James Podsiadly, Steven Motlop
F: Paul Chapman, Tom Hawkins, Steve Johnson
FOLL: Trent West, James Kelly, Joel Corey
INT: Mitch Duncan, Jimmy Bartel, Travis Varcoe, Mark Blicavs
EMER: Josh Hunt, Taylor Hunt, Josh Walker
B: Elliot Yeo, Joel Patfull, Mitch Golby
HB: Ryan Harwood, Matt Maguire, Jed Adcock
C: Sam Mayes, Tom Rockliff, Pearce Hanley
HF: Rohan Bewick, Brent Staker, Dayne Zorko
F: Ashley McGrath, Jordan Lisle, Ryan Lester
FOLL: Matthew Leuenberger, Jack Redden, Daniel Rich
INT: Andrew Raines, Josh Green, Sam Michael, Brent Moloney
EMER: Jesse O'Brien, Sam Docherty, Marco Paparone

CATS PURRING AFTER WIN OVER SWANS
Ben Jensen 24 August 2013

AFL 2013 ROUND 22 GEELONG CATS V SYDNEY SWANS GEELONG put on a show this evening at Simonds Stadium in a forty-four point win over the Sydney Swans, securing second spot and a likely opening final against Fremantle at the MCG. Although the match was a sell out with people brandishing Grand Final-like cardboard signs saying 'Tickets Wanted' the crowd was well short of capacity at 28,459, and were noticeably more vocal after the club's campaign to get more noise from the crowd. The twilight format got a big thumbs up from fans, allowing punters to make the most of the day then still be able to go out for dinner after the game, the Cats' 1000th game in Geelong. MATCH REPORT

The Cats ran out in a special jumper with 670 long term Geelong members' names on it making up the hoops. Nathan Vardy copped an accidental knock to the head early in the game, and while being assessed for concussion was replaced on the field by substitute Paul Chapman who played one of the best 14 minutes we've seen with nine possessions and two of the quarter's four goals. Each touch of Chapman's was greeted by huge cheers, this being his first game since round four, coincidentally the last game versus Sydney at the SCG.

Vardy was declared fit and Chapman put the sub vest back on, not to return until the final quarter. Geelong took a fourteen point lead into quarter time after kicking four goals to Sydney's two. Swans Premiership player Rhys Shaw was substituted midway through the term, and unfortunately following the match it was confirmed he had suffered an anterior cruciate ligament rupture of his knee and will face a lengthy stint on the sidelines.

The second term was a tough encounter for the Cats, who did dominate the play and had little to show for it, kicking just two goals to Sydney's one, plus five behinds. The lead at half time was 25 points. In the third the Cats kicked the first two goals in another arm wrestle, before the Swans booted the next two of the term to lead the lead at the 25 points.

It was the final quarter that really got the crowd alive, the Cats blowing any chance the Swans had out of the water early on with three goals to have the game all but sewn up by the fourteen minute mark. Sydney bagged a couple themselves - Mike Pyke booted his third, before Steven Motlop took an absolute screamer in front of our vantage point. Even better he went back and slotted the goal. It looked like that'd be it but with under a minute to play Steve Johnson slammed home his fourth goal off half a step from just outside fifty, making the final winning margin 44 points.

On Friday night at Bendigo the VFL side, the aptly named Bendigo Bank Cats, comprehensively thrashed the Bendigo Gold by 201 points, Shane Kersten and George Burbury booting six goals apiece. Next week the Cats play the Lions, again at home, on Saturday afternoon.

GEELONG: 4.4, 6.9, 8.12, 13.14 (92) DEFEATED
SYDNEY: 2.2, 3.2, 5.5, 7.6 (48)

GOALS
GEELONG: Johnson 4, Motlop 3, Selwood 2, Chapman, Vardy, Varcoe, Podsiadly
SYDNEY: Pyke 3, McGlynn 2, Tippett, Hannebery

BEST
GEELONG: Kelly, Stokes, Taylor, Johnson, Bartel, Guthrie, Duncan, Enright
SYDNEY: McVeigh, Richards, Jack, Kennedy, N Smith

INJURIES
GEELONG
: TBA
SYDNEY: Rhyce Shaw (knee - ACL), Hannebery (knee)

REPORTS: NIL

SUBSTITUTES
GEELONG
: Paul Chapman, replaced Tom Hawkins in the third quarter WEST COAST: Jed Lamb, replaced injured Rhys Shaw in the first quarter

CHANGES
GEELONG
:
Nil WEST COAST: Nil

UMPIRES:

FIELD: Brett Rosebury (8) Mathew Nicholls (15) Troy Pannell (28) EM: Robert Findlay (23)
BOUNDARY: Shane Jones Mark Foster Ian Burrows Matthew Tomkins
GOAL: Adam Wojcik Michael Hammond EM: Chelsea Rofey

CROWD: 28,459 at Simonds Stadium, Geelong

PRE-MATCH TIP: "Cats by 27 points"

AFL 2013 ROUND 22; GEELONG V SYDNEY; MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 24 August 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GEELONG CATS V SYDNEY SWANS PAUL CHAPMAN returns for his first match since round four after suffering from a hamstring injury that wouldn't go away. Chapman has played in the VFL the last three matches. Tom Hawkins returns after sitting out last week's trip to Perth. Making way are Jordan Murdoch and Josh Walker. Murdoch booted three goals in last night's VFL win in Bendigo while Walker sat the match out raising questions as to whether he'll play today as a late change. Tickets are running hot, with at least one well known Geelong fan seen convincing a ticket outlet in Collins Street to let him in before official opening yesterday to make sure he got the best available seat the moment the clock ticked over to 9am. MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
SYDNEY
IN: Paul Chapman, Tom Hawkins
OUT:
Jordan Murdoch (Omitted), Josh Walker (Omitted)
IN: Tom Mitchell
OUT: Jude Bolton (illness)
B: Andrew Mackie, Tom Lonergan, Corey Enright
HB: Jimmy Bartel, Jared Rivers, Cameron Guthrie
C: Steve Johnson, Joel Selwood, Allen Christensen
HF: Mathew Stokes, Harry Taylor, Paul Chapman
F: James Podsiadly, Tom Hawkins, Travis Varcoe
FOLL: Nathan Vardy, James Kelly, Mitch Duncan
INT: Joel Corey, Mark Blicavs, Josh Caddy, Steven Motlop
EMER: Jordan Murdoch, Josh Walker, George Horlin-Smith
B: Dane Rampe, Heath Grundy, Nick Smith
HB: Andrejs Everitt, Ted Richards, Nick Malceski
C: Jarrad McVeigh, Ryan O'Keefe, Gary Rohan
HF: Daniel Hannebery, Jesse White, Luke Parker
F: Rhyce Shaw, Kurt Tippett, Craig Bird
FOLL: Shane Mumford, Josh Kennedy, Kieren Jack
INT: Ben McGlynn, Tom Mitchell, Jed Lamb, Mike Pyke
EMER: Shane Biggs, Xavier Richards, Harry Cunningham

CATS SPANK EAGLES IN THE WEST
Ben Jensen 17 August 2013

GEELONG FLOGGED West Coast at Subiaco this evening. Another four goals, best on ground and surely three votes for Joel Selwood who followed his BOG against Port last week with a superb display again tonight. The Cats were well on top of the Eagles midway through the second quarter, finding themselves fifty six points up at half time. They extended the margin to seventy points at three quarter time before putting the cue in the rack to a certain degree in the last, kicking just the one goal to West Coast's two to finish sixty-six point winners. Best on ground to half time was probably Steven Motlop who was taken off and replaced with substitute Josh Caddy after developing hamstring soreness. Eagle ruckman Dean Cox was reported for striking Selwood in the third quarter in an off the ball incident.

GEELONG: 6.1, 11.5, 15.9, 16.11 (107) DEFEATED
WEST COAST: 2.1, 2.3, 4.5, 6.5 (41)

GOALS
GEELONG: Selwood 4, Motlop 2, Kelly 2, Stokes 2, Podsiadly 2, Vardy, Walker, Christensen, Murdoch
WEST COAST: Schofield, Dalziell, Hill, S. Selwood, Wellingham, Darling

BEST
GEELONG: Selwood, Bartel, Stokes, Johnson, Christensen, Motlop, Taylor
WEST COAST: S. Selwood, Wellingham, Priddis, Cox, Glass

INJURIES
GEELONG
: Motlop (hamstring tightness)
WEST COAST: Nil

REPORTS
WEST COAST
: Dean Cox for striking Joel Selwood in the third quarter

SUBSTITUTES
GEELONG
: Josh Caddy, replaced Steven Motlop after half time WEST COAST: Andrew Embley, replaced Luke Shuey in the third quarter

CHANGES
GEELONG
:
Nil WEST COAST: Nil

UMPIRES:

FIELD: Dean Margetts (6) Shane Stewart (10) Chris Kamolins (19) EM: Justin Orr (44)
BOUNDARY: Alan Zanich Callum Brown Brett Dalgleish Nathan Doig
GOAL: Dale Edwick Matthew Laycock EM: Brett Rogers

CROWD: 34,394 at Subiaco Oval, Perth

PRE-MATCH TIP: "Cats by 57 points"

AFL 2013 ROUND 21; WEST COAST V GEELONG; MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 15 August 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery WEST COAST V GEELONG CATS GEELONG has made two changes to the side to face West Coast at Subiaco on Saturday night, leaving behind Tom Hawkins and Jesse Stringer. Hawkins will get the week off to rest his chronically sore back while Stringer will play in the seconds. Mark Blicavs returns after just the one week in the VFL, along with Jordan Murdoch. Cats skipper Joel Selwood's brother Adam has announced his retirement at the end of the season, this Saturday being the final time we'll see three Selwoods on the field at once. MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
WEST COAST
IN: Jordan Murdoch , Mark Blicavs
OUT:
Tom Hawkins (Back), Jesse Stringer (Omitted)
IN: Shuey, Carter
OUT: Wilson (Omitted), LeCras (ribs)
B: Rivers, Lonergan, Enright
HB: Guthrie, Taylor, Bartel
C: Christensen, Selwood, Kelly
HF: Stokes, Blicavs, Johnson
F: Motlop, Podsiadly, Varcoe
FOLL: Vardy, Caddy, Duncan
INT: Corey, Mackie, Murdoch, Walker
EMER: Hunt, Schroder, Stringer
B: Brown, Glass, McGinnity
HB: Butler, Mackenzie, Smith
C: Gaff, Wellingham, Dalziell
HF: Cripps, Kennedy, Hill
F: Shuey, Lycett, Darling
FOLL: Cox, Selwood, Priddis
INT: Schofield, Sheppard, Masten, Carter
EMER: Hams, Embley, Rosa

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 twitter.com/thecattery 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.

THREE PICKS FOR CATS IN AFL NATIONAL DRAFT
Ben Jensen 22 November 2012

THE CATS made just the three picks today in the AFL National Draft today, one of them used to upgrade Rookie Jesse Stringer onto the main list. Geelong's other two picks were used to recruit budding defender Jackson Thurlow from Launceston and Sturt forward Bradley Hartman.

Legendary Geelong recruiting tsar Stephen Wells had this to say:

"Jackson was an All-Australian under-18 this year, he played with Tasmania, he also played with Launceston in the seniors. Jackson's a prolific ball-winner, plays all over the ground, a good mark, good size, he can really run well. He'll be a versatile player for us. He's not a key position but he's a good running tall and uses the ball well and makes good decisions."

"Brad's a young fella who had a good year with Sturt, played a few reserves games but mainly in the under-18s. Played mainly as a forward and in the midfield, a very good mark for his size. He'll get opportunities to play all over the ground. These guys, you try and teach them everything and he's a versatile player. They're both versatile players."

"Jesse had a good year, played some terrific senior football and we would hope that Jesse can take the next step now with a good strong pre-season and a promotion to the senior list. His decision-making and clever ball use is outstanding and not out of place at AFL level."

AFL 2014 ROUND 18

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