AFL 2017 ROUND 14: GEELONG CATS V FREMANTLE DOCKERS; MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 22 June 2017

AFL 2017 ROUND 14: GEELONG CATS V FREMANTLE DOCKERS TOM HAWKINS has been recalled as expected to the side to host Fremantle on Sunday at Simonds Stadium in a 1PM fixture. Making way so far is Nakia Cockatoo with a hamstring injury while fellow hamstrung Scott Selwood who also sat out the latter stages of last Thursday's loss to West Coast with the same injury has been named on a seven-man interchange. Others named as inclusions are Jordan Cunico, Mark Blicavs who we would expect to play if fit, and George Horlin-Smith who is usually the one dropped after a loss (either him or Darcy Lang!).

Fremantle have brought in serial pest Hayden Ballantyne who to be honest we assumed was delisted after 2015, Nick Suban among others, while Shane Kersten will play his 50th game. The Dockers have lost two players to injury and a third has been omitted. Wylie Buzza was named an emergency but not this week. The VFL side plays on Sunday away to North Ballarat while the VFL Women's side plays at home Sunday morning, hosting Melbourne Uni.

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GEELONG CATS
FREMANTLE DOCKERS

IN: Tom Hawkins, Mark Blicavs, Jordan Cunico, George Horlin-Smith
OUT: Nakia Cockatoo (hamstring)

IN: Hayden Ballantyne, Sean Darcy, Griffin Logue, Ethan Hughes, Nick Suban, Joshua Deluca
OUT: Cameron Sutcliffe (omitted), Jonathon Griffin (calf), Brady Grey (hamstring)

CATS HAVE UNHAPPY TRIP ACROSS THE NULLARBOR
Ben Jensen 17 June 2017

AFL 2017 ROUND 13: WEST COAST EAGLES V GEELONG CATS A SHOCKING first half in which Geelong kicked just two goals to West Coast' seven was too much to overcome, the Cats mounting something of a comeback in the second half but the Eagles hanging on by 13 points, a score that slightly flattered the Cats. The loss came at a cost on the injury front too with Nakia Cockatoo and Scott Selwood both suffering hamstring injuries, Cockatoo quite early in the game and Selwood in the second half. Next Sunday Geelong hosts Fremantle in a 1:10PM game, the second time the two sides have met after their round one clash which the Cats won. FULL DETAILS

 

AFL 2017 ROUND 13: WEST COAST EAGLES V GEELONG CATS; MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 14 June 2017

AFL 2017 ROUND 13: WEST COAST EAGLES V GEELONG CATS RHYS STANLEY has been recalled, as telegraphed by Coach Chris Scott yesterday, to replace suspended Tom Hawkins in the match against the West Coast Eagles at Perth's Domain Stadium Thursday night. Also recalled is Jed Bews who replaces Mark Blicavs who has been rested with soreness. Still to Wylie Buzza though he is named an emergency. Terrible news at the club today as Josh Cowan and Cory Gregson were both confirmed as almost certain to miss the remainder of the season. Cowan will miss 10-12 weeks with an achilles injury while Gregson has a much more serious stress fracture in a foot which isn't healing (we can very personally relate to that). This is the second Thursday night fixture the Cats have had, this time perhaps a more friendly time given it's interstate. The VFL side play on Saturday against Richmond at Punt Road Oval at 4:30PM while the women's team plays Sunday against the Victoria University 'Western Spurs'. FULL DETAILS

 

GEELONG CATS
WEST COAST EAGLES

IN: Rhys Stanley, Jed Bews
OUT: Mark Blicavs (soreness), Tom Hawkins (suspension)

IN: Thomas Cole, Tom Barrass
OUT: Sam Butler, Josh Hill

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CATS BELT CROWS, GO INTO SEASON BREAK ON A HIGH
Ben Jensen 2 June 2017

AFL 2017 ROUND 11: GEELONG CATS V ADELAIDE CROWS GEELONG dominated Adelaide tonight, the final winning margin of 22 points flattering the Crows, the Cats taking the foot off the pedal and the Crows outscoring the Cats by two goals in the final term. Tom Hawkins kicked two goals in his two hundredth game while game-leading goal-kickers were Patrick Dangerfield, Dan Menzel and Taylor Walker with three apiece. Joel Selwood was best afield for the Cats and took several big knocks but nothing that did damage besides a cut to the head- no concussion tests required. Brother Scott had another stand-out game and has all but cemented his spot in the side now. Dangerfield was very good early on and has certainly earned the week off, the Cats having a bye next weekend. Tom Stewart, recruited from the Cats VFL side and GFL club South Barwon had what we think is his career-best game to date. The defenders all played quite well ensuring dangerous Eddie Betts could not manage a goal and Walker's goals came relatively late in the game. Josh Jenkins was pretty much hopeless though along with Lynch kicked two.

The Cats looked more dominant from the get go but only led by nine points at quarter time. An entertaining six goal to two second quarter put Geelong in a really strong position at half-time, in front by 29 points. The lead crept to 34 by three quarter time and when the Cats kicked the first goal of the last quarter the lead was soon 42 points. The Cats would only score another two behinds from here on however and the Crows three goals four, the final margin was we said, not unlike in some of Geelong's losses this season, well and truly flattering the Crows. The crowd tonight was a much more healthy 30,468, easily exceeding the 24,909 last round and also higher than against the Bulldogs. While the Cats have next week off the Crows play the Saints at home on Friday night, the Saints having a bye this weekend. On Sunday the VFL and VFL Women's teams play, the former in Williamstown and the latter in Diamond Creek. FULL MATCH REPORT

 

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GEELONG: 3.6, 9.10, 12.13, 13.18 (96) DEFEATED
ADELAIDE: 2.3, 5.5, 7.9, 10.14 (74)

GOALS
GEELONG: Dangerfield 3, Menzel 3, Hawkins 2, Taylor 2, Motlop, Parsons, Selwood
ADELAIDE: Walker 3, Lynch 2, Jenkins 2, Betts, Cameron, Otten

BEST
GEELONG: J.Selwood, Henderson, S.Selwood, Smith, Dangerfield, Stewart, Tuohy
ADELAIDE: Lever, M.Crouch, Lynch, B.Crouch

CHANGES
GEELONG: Nil
ADELAIDE: Nil

INJURIES
GEELONG: J.Selwood (cut head, first quarter)
ADELAIDE: Lever (ankle, final quarter)

REPORTS: Nil

UMPIRES: FIELD: Kaolins, Meredith, Harris, Ryan
BOUNDARY: Thomson, Gordon, Bull, Marantelli
GOAL: Challen, Axon EM: Hoskin

CROWD: 30,468 at Simonds Stadium, Kardinia Park / Geelong

AFL 2017 ROUND 11: GEELONG CATS V ADELAIDE CROWS; MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 1 June 2017

AFL 2017 ROUND 11: GEELONG CATS V ADELAIDE CROWS TOM HAWKINS plays his two hundredth AFL game tomorrow night against the Crows at Simonds Stadium, in his eleventh season with the Cats. In selection news Jew (we nearly wrote Andrew) Bews is out with an ankle injury while Jordan Cunico goes back to the VFL. Welcomed back are Nakia Cockatoo and Tom Lonergan. Lonergan had the one week off 'managed' while Cockatoo had a hamstring injury. The Crows on the other hand have made no changes.

The match kicks off at 7:50PM, a lot better than last week's Thursday night 7:20PM start - a stupid move and not the first one by the AFL, who as we observed have more executives than there are Federal MPs in both houses of parliament but still come up with these ideas. Geelong was too good for Adelaide in the corresponding fixture at the Adelaide Oval last season, winning by 26 points in a bit of an upset at the time. The Cats' VFL side plays on Sunday against Williamstown while the VFL Women's side also plays on Sunday, at the same, time, at Diamond Creek. FULL MATCH INFO INCLUDING TEAM LISTS, VFL AND VFLW DETAILS

 

GEELONG CATS
ADELAIDE CROWS

IN: Tom Lonergan, Nakia Cockatoo
OUT: Jew Bews (ankle), Jordan Cunico

IN: -
OUT: -

 

Ben Jensen 25 May 2017

AFL 2017 ROUND 10: GEELONG CATS V PORT ADELAIDE POWER GEELONG well and truly had a great escape tonight, trailing by 4 points with just over a minute to go, rescued by a very sore Patrick Dangerfield who somehow kicked a goal from a pack of what seemed like dozens of players in the teeth of goal at the Gary Ablett Terrace end. The Cats had struggled to kick a goal in the final quarter as did the Power, the Cats took a five point lead into the final term but soon fell behind. Port Adelaide could easily have kicked another goal to seal the match a minute or so earlier but coughed it up, the Port player taking too long to take his shot form inside fifty, the Cats rebounding and eventually the ball finding Dangerfield who kicked his third for the night, Geelong's only multiple goal-kicker.

Being a school night the crowd at just under 25,000 was down on last Friday night's 30,000, but before the game fans were treated to a motorcade of players from the 2007 AFL Premiership side including the likes of Paul Chapman, Mark Thompson and Nathan Ablett; see a video and photo or two below. The weather was much colder than last Friday and being a school night this match report will be rather brief! Mitch Duncan was our pick as BOG, well equal with skipper Joel Selwood who took a hanger of a mark in the final quarter. Jordan Murdoch played a good game as did Jed Bews and more more Zach Tuohy. Dangerfield was good but was pretty sore in the final term and really had to muscle and will himself back into the contest, which he did superbly. Zac Smith in the ruck really had his work cut out against Paddy Ryder and friends while other Geelong talls Mark Blicavs and Harry Taylor had little influence on the game.

In the end the experience of the Cats won out, either side would have been deserving winners. The Cats were fortunate in the end though they really should have went into half time four or five goals up instead of eight points. The Power after their week off following the match in China head back to Adelaide licking their wounds. On Saturday the women's side plays Cranbourne down at Cranbourne while the VFL side has a week off with the split round. FULL MATCH REPORT

 

 

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GEELONG: 1.5, 6.8, 9.14, 11.15 (81) DEFEATED
PORT ADELAIDE: 3.1, 5.6, 9.9, 11.13 (79)

GOALS
GEELONG: Dangerfield 3, Tuohy, Hawkins, Menzel, Menegola, Motlop, S.Selwood, Parsons, Blicavs
PORT ADELAIDE: R.Gray 3, S.Gray, Young, Westhoff, Ah Chee, Dixon, Powell-Pepper, Ryder, Polec

BEST
GEELONG: J.Selwood, Duncan, Tuohy, Dangerfield, Menegola, Bews
PORT ADELAIDE: Polec, Wines, Ryder, Powell-Pepper, Westhoff

CHANGES
GEELONG: Nil
PORT ADELAIDE: Nil

INJURIES
GEELONG: Bews (thigh), Taylor (eye)
PORT ADELAIDE: Nil

REPORTS: Nil

UMPIRES: Kamolins, Schmitt, Mollison

CROWD: 24,909 at Simonds Stadium, Kardinia Park / Geelong

AFL 2017 ROUND 10: GEELONG CATS V PORT ADELAIDE POWER; MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 24 May 2017

AFL 2017 ROUND 10: GEELONG CATS V PORT ADELAIDE POWER JORDAN CUNICO of Gippsland has been named for the Cats as they take on Port Adelaide at Simonds Stadium tomorrow night. Cunico will make his AFL debut, while the Cats also recalled Cameron Guthrie and Darcy Lang. Missing will be the injured Nakia Cockatoo who did a hamstring in Friday night's win over the Bulldogs, managed Tom Lonergan, while Mark O'Connor is omitted and named an emergency. Port Adelaide who had the bye last week after playing the Gold Coast in China have made just one change, recalling Aaron Young at the expense of Chad Wingard (calf) who we didn't realise was still playing AFL. Midfielder Cunico, 21, was drafted by the Cats in 2014 and has had a couple rough years battling various injuries- knee complaint in 2015 and 2016. Named in the best in the last three VFL games he's forced the selectors' hand, earning his AFL debut.

The match kicks off at 7:20PM and will be preceeded by a lap of honour for most of the 2007 Premiership side, who memorably absolutely belted Port Adelaide at the MCG by a record score that unsurprisingly still stands. We expect the crowd to take a dive from the ~30,000 who attended last Friday night due to the scheduling which pretty much defies all logic. With the army of executives at the AFL (which likely out-numbers MPs in Australia) you'd think somebody would put their hand up and say "umm boss I don't think it's a good idea to schedule another Thursday night down at Geelong, it was the mother of all balls ups last time" - evidently not. The Cats' VFL side doesn't play again until 4 June as the VFL has a split round, while the undefeated Geelong Women's side plays Cranbourne Eagles at the Frenken Homes Oval. Teams for this match will be announced on Thursday evening. MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS, TV/RADIO INFO

 

GEELONG CATS
PORT ADELAIDE POWER

IN: Cameron Guthrie, Jordan Cunico, Darcy Lang
OUT: Tom Lonergan (Managed), Nakia Cockatoo (Hamstring), Mark O'Connor (Omitted)
NEW: Jordan Cunico

IN: Aaron Young
OUT: Chad Wingard (Calf)

FIRST GAME AT NEW LOOK STADIUM A HAPPY ONE FOR CATS, SNAP LOSING STREAK,
Ben Jensen 19 May 2017

AFL ROUND 9 2016: GEELONG CATS V WESTERN BULLDOGS GEELONG were well and truly tested by the Western Bulldogs tonight in their first match at the new-look Kardinia Park, trailing at quarter time and three quarter time but running out winners by 23 points. Many players had their best games of the season including Harry Taylor, Zac Smith and our favourite, Zach Tuohy. 30,275 packed into the ground with a new Brownlow Stand, many more than the 24,331 who attended last season. Geelong started off pretty well but the Bulldogs were that little bit better, outscoring the Cats 4.3 to 3.0 in the first quarter to lead by 9 points at the first break. The second quarter saw the Cats simply blow the Bulldogs away by holding the Dogs goalless, kicking five goals and five behinds. Harry Taylor who had only kicked two goals all season bagged three while Tuohy had a great quarter setting up several and kicking one himself from outside fifty. The streak looked to continue as the Cats booted the first goal of the third term but from then on the Dogs kicked six unanswered goals to lead by 9 points at three quarter time.

The final quarter started the best way it could for the Cats who got a goal from Joel Selwood who received a free kick in the centre square followed by a fifty metre penalty against Travis Cloke, putting the Cats within one kick. Brother Scott kicked his first for the Cats a few minutes later from a reasonably tough angle, the game looking Geelong's by now. Taylor and Dan Menzel added goals before the Bulldogs kicked two in succession, their only of the quarter, to trim the lead back to within two kicks. But the Cats didn't look back from there, Taylor kicking his fifth, Menzel his second and Dangerfield his fourth, the Cats 23 points in front when the final siren sounded. A stand out for the nigth was the tackle count for the Cats, 134 to the Bulldogs' 104. Other key stats differentials were: hitouts, Cats 60, Bulldogs 43; clearances Cats 46 Bulldogs 39; while most other stats were about even.

Best afield was certainly more or less a tie between Selwood and Dangerfield, for us Tuohy has to get a look in but most media and the club didn't name him in their best. Mitch Duncan continues his very good season and is developing into a real front-line player. Taylor and Smith who had each struggled this season really put in well while poor old Steve Motlop continues to cop it from Cats fans and seems to be lacking a bit of confidence. The VFL side play Footscray at Whitten Oval tomorrow afternoon while the women's side has a week off with no VFLW matches on. Finally a very happy birthday to a big fan of ours, young Anthony, who hopefully watched this match from his home in Dubai. FULL MATCH REPORT

 

GEELONG: 3.0, 8.5, 9.5, 16.8 (104) DEFEATED
WESTERN BULLDOGS: 4.3, 4.3, 10.8, 12.9 (81)

GOALS
GEELONG: Taylor 5, Dangerfield 4, Menzel 2, Blicavs, Tuohy, Hawkins, J.Selwood, S.Selwood
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Smith 2, Redpath 2, Wallis 2, Dickson 2, Boyd 2, Webb, Cloke

BEST
GEELONG: J.Selwood, Duncan, Dangerfield, S.Selwood, Stewart, Taylor
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Wallis, Daniel, Jong, Murphy, Macrae, Dale

CHANGES
GEELONG: Jordan Murdoch replaced Cam Guthrie (illness)
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Nil

INJURIES
GEELONG: Cockatoo (hamstring), Motlop (finger)
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Easton Wood (shoulder)

REPORTS: Nil

UMPIRES: Jeffery, McInerney, Williamson

CROWD: 30,275 at Simonds Stadium, Kardinia Park / Geelong

AFL 2017 ROUND 9: GEELONG CATS V WESTERN BULLDOGS; MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 18 May 2017

AFL 2017 ROUND 9: GEELONG CATS V WESTERN BULLDOGS GEELONG has made just two changes to the side that lost convincingly to Essendon last weekend, welcoming back Lachie Henderson from a fortnight out injured while Scott Selwood is named for his first game of the season. Left out are Rhys Stanley who has a knee injury and the omitted George Horlin-Smith. Friday night's game will be the first at the new look Simonds Stadium which was officially opened today. Reigning premier the Western Bulldogs have made five changes to the side that lost narrowly to West Coast in Perth last Friday night. This has more to do with the fact they left a lot of players at home for the fixture, recalled are Robert Murphy, Travis Cloke, Dale Morris, Mitch Wallis and Tory Dickson. The two sides meet the next day in the VFL at Whitten Oval Saturday afternoon (team lists below) while the VFL Women's side has a week off. FULL MATCH PREVIEW INCLUDING TEAM LISTS

 

GEELONG CATS
WESTERN BULLDOGS

IN: Lachie Henderson, Scott Selwood
OUT: Rhys Stanley (knee), George Horlin-Smith (omitted)

IN: Dale Morris, Robert Murphy, Travis Cloke, Mitch Wallis, Tory Dickson
OUT: Tom Liberatore (omitted), Zaine Cordy (omitted), Fletcher Roberts (omitted), Toby McLean (omitted), Matthew Boyd (shoulder)

 

CATS SLUMP TO THIRD LOSS IN A ROW, JAMES KELLY HAS A HAPPY 300TH GAME
Ben Jensen 13 May 2017

AFL 2017 ROUND 8: ESSENDON BOMBERS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG were well beaten for the third game in a row, this time by Essendon in James Kelly's 300th match in the still-unfamiliar Bombers colours. The Bombers led all game increasing their lead by a goal each quarter; they led by just under five goals at quarter time, just under six at half time and just under seven at three quarter time. The Cats kicked the first three goals of the final quarter and for a while looked like they may do what they did against the Kangaroos earlier in the season but a timely long goal from Joe Daniher put paid to that idea. The Bombers only managed three goals to the Cats' six in the final term but it was enough for a 17 point win. This leaves the Cats five wins and three losses, the losses coming the last three weeks. Next Friday the Cats host the reigning premiers Western Bulldogs in the opening match at Simonds Stadium after 18 months of construction work, and we expect to go in north of $2. Elsewhere today the VFL side lost to Essendon bat Windy Hill by 61 points while the VFLW side beat Seaford at Ocean Grove by 47 points. FULL MATCH DETAILS INCLUDING VFL & VFLW

 

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ESSENDON: 6.2, 9.4, 14.7, 17.8 (110) DEFEATED
GEELONG: 1.5, 3.8, 7.9, 13.15 (93)

GOALS
ESSENDON: Daniher 5, McDonald-Tipungwuti 3, Fantasia 3, Stewart 3, Green 2, Hooker
GEELONG: Hawkins 4, Dangerfield 2, Menzel 2, Motlop, Stewart, Horlin-Smith, Parsons, Smith

BEST
ESSENDON: Daniher, Zaharakis, Merrett, McDonald-Tipungwuti, Kelly, Hurley, Goddard
GEELONG: Dangerfield, Menegola, Hawkins, Guthrie

CHANGES
ESSENDON: Nil
GEELONG: Nil

INJURIES
ESSENDON:
Zaharakis
GEELONG: Stanley (knee)

REPORTS: Nil

UMPIRES: Fisher, McInerney, Schmitt

CROWD: 57,172 at MCG, Melbourne

AFL 2017 ROUND 8: ESSENDON BOMBERS V GEELONG CATS; MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 11 May 2017

AFL 2017 ROUND 8: ESSENDON BOMBERS V GEELONG CATS PLENTY OF NEWS TODAY, GEELONG SELECTORS have swung the proverbial axe ahead of this Saturday night's 'Powerco Country Game', when triple Geelong premiership player James Kelly will play his 300th game, for the Bombers. The Cats dropped four players and one to injury, while Rookie Mark O'Connor from County Kerry in Ireland is a shock inclusion, elevated off the Rookie list this afternoon. Lachie Henderson, who missed with injury last weekend as a late change, is out with a chest injury while Aaron Black, Jackson Thurlow, Jordan Murdoch and Darcy Lang have been omitted. Joining O'Connor as inclusions are defenders Tom Stewart and Jake Kolodjashnij, ruckman Zac Smith, and Sam Menegola. Kolodjashnij's return for his first game of the season is welcomed while Stewart, Smith and Menegola essentially had a week off - Smith somewhat of a surprise given he and Rhys Stanley who retained his position have alternated so far this season.

O'Connor was elevated from the Rookie List at the expense of Lincoln McCarthy who faces up to 8 weeks on the sidelines with a persistant groin injury for which he has now had surgery; today's announcement he was moving on to the long term injury list was expected. McCarthy played 19 games in 2016 after playing just 5 between 2012 & 2014, missing all of 2013. He played the first three rounds this season before picking up an injury against Melbourne, a game in which he kicked one goal and had 16 disposals. O'Connor joined the club this season and has played all four VFL games so far, clearly impressing enough to beat AFL-listed players to break into the side. He has been named at half forward, more or less Darcy Lang (or McCarthy)'s position.

Essendon has dropped three players including Brent Stanton, and named James Stewart for his Essendon debut, the former GWS player having played 18 games in the last four seasons. Jobe Watson is their other handy inclusion. These two sides meet in the VFL at Windy Hill Saturday afternoon (team lists below) while the VFL Women's side plays Seaford at Ocean Grove's Shell Reserve at 1PM- team lists are below. Check out our VFL and Geelong VFL Women's team micro-sites, which compliments the existing VFL micro-site.

 

GEELONG CATS
ESSENDON BOMBERS

IN: Tom Stewart, Jake Kolodjashnij, Sam Menegola, Mark O'Connor, Zac Smith
OUT: Lachie Henderson (Chest), Aaron Black (Omitted), Jackson Thurlow (Omitted), Darcy Lang (Omitted), Jordan Murdoch (Omitted)
NEW:
Mark O'Connor (County Kerry)

IN: James Stewart, Jobe Watson, Andrew McGrath
OUT: Brent Stanton (Omitted), Aaron Francis (Omitted), Martin Gleeson (Omitted)
NEW:
James Stewart

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CATS BEATEN BY SUNS ON GOLD COAST; VFL WOMEN'S SIDE WINS FIRST GAME
Ben Jensen 7 May 2017

AFL 2017 ROUND 7 GOLD COAST SUNS V GEELONG CATS GOLD COAST'S erstwhile skipper Gary Ablett Junior may be feeling homesick but he played on the winning side on Saturday night, the Suns winning by 25 points a final margin that like the week before against Collingwood, flattered the Cats. Geelong started off pretty well, conceding the first goal but soon after booting three straight but trailed at quarter time and for the rest of the match as it turned out. Three times the Cats piled on three unanswered goals but each time could only get to within 10 points, the Suns responding each time to push the lead out to a buffer of 20-ish points. The VFL side was also well beaten by Box Hill to the tune of 42 points in a match that kicked off at 11am and was delayed for ten minutes due to the siren becoming stuck; playing afterwards was the new VFL Women's team who in their match against Box Hill won by 56 points- poor old Box Hill only managing two behinds so have some work to do. Selectors 'dropped' three players this week but it later emerged at least some of them were really 'managed' and all traveled to the Gold Coast as emergencies. Tom Stewart actually took the field in place of Lachie Henderson who 'suffered a knock' to his chest in the warm-up. We'd expect some genuine omissions next week, some players deserving a run in the VFL, playing Essendon at Windy Hill at 12pm rather than the MCG that evening. FULL MATCH DETAILS INCLUDING VFL & VFLW

 

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GOLD COAST: 5.5, 9.9, 12.11, 18.16 (124) DEFEATED
GEELONG: 3.1, 7.3, 10.7, 15.9 (99)

GOALS
GOLD COAST: Lynch 3, Ah Chee 3, Matera 2, Sexton 2, Hall, Ablett, Barlow, Wright, Swallow, Lyons, Martin, Miller
GEELONG: Hawkins 3, Menegola 3, Black 2, Menzel 2, Selwood, Mackie, Motlop, Lang, Duncan

BEST
GOLD COAST: Harbrow, May, Ablett, Hall, Swallow, Lynch
GEELONG: Menegola, Tuohy, Duncan, Selwood, Dangerfield

CHANGES
GOLD COAST: Nil
GEELONG: Lachie Henderson (ribs) replaced in selected side by Sam Menegola

INJURIES
COLLINGWOOD:
Nil
GOLD COAST: Nil

REPORTS: Nil

UMPIRES: Haussen, Hay, Nicholls

CROWD: 13,648 at Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast (Carrara)

AFL 2017 ROUND 7: GOLD COAST SUNS V GEELONG CATS; MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 4 May 2017

AFL 2017 ROUND 7: GOLD COAST SUNS V GEELONG CATS WHILE THE WORLD WAITED FOR NEWS FROM BUCKINGHAM PALACE ON THE QUEEN AND PRINCE PHILIP, GEELONG's match committee have swung the proverbial axe, dropping (not managing) three players on top of losing round 3 AFL rising star nominee Brandan Partiff to injury. The loss to Collingwood has had supporters calling for blood of some kind although now that the likes of Tom Stewart and Sam Menegola have been dropped they're not so sure of that logic. Returning is hitman James Parsons who missed two weeks after giving Luke Hodge a fair old clip, Dan Menzel who had a week off, Jackson Thurlow, while Rhys Stanley is back for his first game since round 2 at the expense of Zac Smith. The 'Gold Cuns' as Gerard Healy refers to them have also made three optional and one endorced changes, losing Jesse Lonergan to injury and dropping three others. Twin brother of Jake Kolodjashnij, Kade, has been recalled along with David Swallow, Steven May and Brad Scheer.The VFL side play Casey Scorpions at home on Saturday at 11AM, entry free for members, the match on so early so the VFL women's side plays at 2PM- team lists are below. Today we launched our Geelong VFL Women's team micro-site, which compliments the existing VFL micro-site.

 

GEELONG CATS
GOLD COAST SUNS

IN: James Parsons, Daniel Menzel, Rhys Stanley, Jackson Thurlow
OUT:
Tom Stewart (omitted), Zac Smith (omitted), Sam Menegola (omitted), Brandan Parfitt (hamstring)

IN: Kade Kolodjashnij, Steven May, David Swallow, Brad Scheer
OUT: Jack Bowes (omitted), Brayden Fiorini (omitted), Jesse Lonergan (shoulder), Matt Shaw (omitted)
NEW:
Brad Scheer

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MAGPIES SMASH CATS THIRD YEAR IN A ROW; GEELONG VFL SIDE HAS A WIN
Ben Jensen 30 April 2017

AFL 2017 ROUND 6 GEELONG CATS V COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES GEELONG lost their first game of the season today against Collingwood, who have beaten the Cats the last few years and now won something like six of the past eight clashes. The Cats started well enough with a goal in the first minute to Nakia Cockatoo but the Magpies soon struck back, equaling the Cats' three goals for the term and took a four point lead into quarter time. The second quarter saw the Magpies step up a couple gears with the Cats stuck in neutral falling seventeen points behind at the main break. Collingwood's six goals to three the third quarter quarter all but ended it, the Cats facing a 35 point deficit just to level the scores, which was never on the cards. The winning margin was 29 points which just about flattered Geelong who were expected to deal with Collingwood if only due to the fact the Magpies played on ANZAC Day - just five days ago.

Instead it was the Magpies who stood up, erasing the memory of Tuesday's loss to Essendon and ruining the Cats' day on which they announced coach Chris Scott had been re-signed until 2019. Leaders Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood were well down, while Irishman Zach Tuohy was the best for the Cats. Jed Bews made the most of his first chance in the AFL all season, kicking a goal and named in the best players. Collingwood skipper Scott Pendlebury had an ordinary ANZAC Day game but was just about best on ground today. Geelong young gun Brandan Parfitt's day ended early with a nasty hamstring injury while former Cat Travis Varcoe suffered the same fate but would have felt happier beating his old side. The VFL side had a win at home yesterday, over Casey Demons by 46 points. Rhys Stanley kicked three goals and continues to press for selection, along with Tom Ruggles named in the best. Next Saturday night the Cats play Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium who they've beaten the last couple seasons but lost the last time they played on the Gold Coast.

 

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COLLINGWOOD: 3.5, 7.9, 13.12, 15.17 (107) DEFEATED
GEELONG: 3.1, 5.4, 8.7, 11.12 (78)

GOALS
COLLINGWOOD: Moore 2, Fasolo 2, Hoskin-Elliott, Pendlebury, Phillips, Cox, Crisp, Broomhead, Sidebottom, Maynard, Elliott, Treloar, Wells
GEELONG: Cockatoo 2, Taylor, Motlop, Hawkins, Bews, Parfitt, Lang, Dangerfield, Duncan, Blicavs

BEST
COLLINGWOOD: Adams, Pendlebury, Greenwood, Crisp, Sidebottom, Grundy, Dunn
GEELONG: Tuohy, Duncan, Mackie, Bews, Lonergan

CHANGES
COLLINGWOOD: Nil
GEELONG: Nil

INJURIES
COLLINGWOOD:
Varcoe (tight hamstring)
GEELONG: Parfitt (right hamstring)

REPORTS: Nil

UMPIRES: Fleer, Jeffery, Mollison

CROWD: 46,457 at MCG, Melbourne

 

VFL 2017 - ROUND 3

GEELONG 1.3, 4.6, 10.7, 14.8 (92) DEFEATED
CASEY DEMONS 2.1, 4.2, 7.5, 8.8 (56)

GOALS
GEELONG: R. Stanley 3, T. Atkins 2, J. Jones 2, W. Buzza 2, J. Henry, J. Cunico, D. Capiron, B. Reid, T. House
CASEY DEMONS: A. Scott 3, N. Gardiner, B. Kennedy, D. Kent, M. White, B. Fritsch

BEST
GEELONG: R. Stanley, B. Reid, J. Tsitas, T. Atkins, T. Ruggles, R. Gardner
CASEY DEMONS: E. J. Wagner, D. Kent, B. Hillard, M. Gent, J. Munro, J. Trengove

GROUND: Simonds Stadium, Geelong

 

AFL 2017 ROUND 6: GEELONG CATS V COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES; MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 28 April 2017

AFL 2017 ROUND 6: GEELONG CATS V COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES JED BEWS and Sam Menegola return to the Geelong line up to play Collingwood this Sunday afternoon at the MCG. They come in at the expense of Dan Menzel, who has been rested/managed, and Jackson Thurlow, omitted. Collingwood has also dropped a Jackson in Ramsay, managed Ben Reid and brought in Josh Smith and Lynden Dunn - the latter to play his first game for the Magpies since crossing from Melbourne in the pre-season. The round six figure is just under ten years after the Cats kicked the highest score of the century over Richmond. The Cats play a struggling Magpies side whose coach, poor old Nathan 'Bucks' Buckley, appears in all sorts of strife - at least from the outside, everything may well be fine and he has the full support of the Board, etc.

Geelong initially made just one change managing Dan Menzel with four brought in to the squad of 25 - usual suspects Rhys Stanley, Jed Bews, Tom Ruggles, and Sam Menegola returning from suspension. Bews must have had enough of being called into the side on the seven man interchange only to be named an emergency; Stanley too - Bews gets his chance now and will hopefully take the proverbial bull by the horns. Last year of course the Magpies gave the Cats a shock, winning by four goals, similar to how St Kilda and Carlton did - last week they erased that memory over the Saints so will be hoping to do the same against the Magpies. Josh Cowan (achilles soreness) remains on the injury list and was not named in the VFL nor AFL sides, and neither was Lincoln McCarthy (groin). The VFL side play Casey Scorpions at home on Saturday at 1PM, entry free for members.

 

GEELONG CATS
COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES

IN: Jed Bews, Sam Menegola
OUT:
Dan Menzel (managed), Jackson Thurlow (omitted)

IN: Josh Smith, Lynden Dunn
OUT: Ben Reid (managed), Jackson Ramsay (omitted)
NEW:
Lynden Dunn (Melbourne)

 

FULL MATCH DETAILS INCLUDING TEAMS, VFL, RADIO AND TV INFO

GEELONG CATS RUN OUT ON TOP OF ST KILDA SAINTS
Ben Jensen 23 April 2017

AFL 2017 ROUND 5: ST KILDA SAINTS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG were well and truly tested by St Kilda today but left the Saints for dead from midway in the final quarter, booting eight goals to one. It was certainly not a perfect game but once again the Cats had excellent first and last quarters, an improvement on past seasons. Joel Selwood played a hell of a game, our favourite effort being in the last quarter where he set up the sealer by knocking the ball from his opponent's hand in the centre-square, which resulted in a goal several seconds later. Patrick Dangerfield was just as good and we honestly can't split them for our best on ground. The VFL Cats didn't have as good luck yesterday easily defeated at home by Port Melbourne, going down by 52 points. FULL MATCH REPORT

 

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GEELONG: 6.1, 8.3, 11.8, 19.12 (126) DEFEATED
ST KILDA: 4.1, 8.5, 12.7, 13.10 (88)

GOALS
GEELONG: Menzel 2, Lang 2, Hawkins 2, Dangerfield 2, Cockatoo 2, Black 2, Horlin-Smith, Mackie, Guthrie, Taylor, Duncan, Selwood, Murdoch
ST KILDA: Minchington 3, Membrey 2, Steven, Riewoldt, Bruce, Acres, Ross, Weller, Dunstan, Newnes

BEST
GEELONG: Selwood, Dangerfield, Lang, Horlin-Smith, Tuohy, Blicavs
ST KILDA: Steven, Ross, Roberton, Minchington, Brown, Steele

INJURIES
GEELONG: TBC
ST KILDA: TBC

CHANGES
GEELONG: Nil
ST KILDA: Nil

REPORTS
GEELONG: Believe nil

ST KILDA: Believe nil

UMPIRES: Kenny Dalgleish, Jeffery, Ryan

CROWD: 33,884 at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne

AFL 2017 ROUND 5: ST KILDA SAINTS V GEELONG CATS; MATCH PREVIEW & FINAL TEAMS
Ben Jensen 21 April 2017

AFL 2017 ROUND 5: ST KILDA SAINTS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG has made three changes including bringing Aaron Black into the side to make his debut for the Cats. The Cats had to make at least two changes after James Parsons and Sam Menegola were both suspended for offences on Hawthorn's Luke Hodge in the Cats' belting of the Hawks at he MCG on Easter Monday. Tom Ruggles was the third man out, we figured he may struggle to get up following a huge (but fair) clash with Josh Gibson that left him concussed taking no further part in the match, but he's listed as omitted. Also recalled are George Horlin-Smith and Darcy Lang. Rhys Stanley and Jed Bews were left on the bench along with Ruggles. We didn't think Aaron Black would be named as there was no obvious hints with extra media and the likes but the former Kangaroo will line up in the forward line on Sunday.who is yet to play a match for the Cats. There has been little if no media around Black so we don't expect that he will play, the likes of Horlin-Smith, Bews and Stanley more of a chance to play. For the Saints Jack Steven (punctured lung) will return provided he passes a fitness test while David Armitage (groin) has been ruled out. Also recalled are Billy Longer and Darren Minchington with Tom Hickey (managed) and Jack Lonie (omitted)left out. Elsewhere Scott Selwood has been pronounced fit at least but should return in the VFL, who started their season off well with a win against Werribee on the weekend. The Cats of course received a fair old touch up from the Saints last season, symbolic of the season that saw such lows like losing to Carlton, Collingwood at times. Hopefully this season it'll be quite different, though the Saints are in better shape than last season! The VFL side hosts Port Melbourne at home on Saturday, free entry for members.

 

GEELONG CATS
ST KILDA SAINTS

IN: George Horlin-Smith, Aaron Black, Darcy Lang
OUT:
James Parsons (Suspension), Sam Menegola (Suspension), Tom Ruggles (Omitted)
NEW: Aaron Black

IN: Billy Longer, Jack Steven, Darren Minchington
OUT:
Jack Lonie (Omitted), Tom Hickey (Managed), David Armitage (Groin)

MATCH DETAILS AND FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG CATS BELT HAWTHORN HAWKS IN EASTER MONDAY MASSACRE
Ben Jensen 17 April 2017

AFL ROUND 4 2017, HAWTHORN HAWKS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG belted Hawthorn today at the MCG to the tune of 86 points. The Cats dominated the first half though 'only' led by 24 points at half time. The Cats ended the first quarter but with two goals and a costly seven behinds, and led by 7 points at quarter time with the Hawks two goals straight. The second quarter saw the Hawks themselves a bit inaccurate with just the six behinds, the Cats with three goals five. Each of Geelong's goals has come from a different player, Tom Hawkins opening the goal scoring five minutes into the game.

The Cats play St Kilda at Etihad Stadium next Sunday afternoon in an away fixture. In our opinion Mengola has a fair chance of getting off his charge but Parsons looks in the gun for a couple weeks, both will get some leniancy due to not being reported before. The VFL Cats also had a good win yesterday to start their season against Werribee with a 25 point win. FULL MATCH REPORT

 

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GEELONG: 2.7, 5.12, 9.14, 20.14 (134) DEFEATED
HAWTHORN: 2.0, 2.6, 4.10, 6.12 (48)

GOALS
GEELONG: Hawkins 4, Menzel 3, Motlop 3, Parsons 2, Duncan 2, Henderson, Murdoch, Thorlow, Stewart, Menegola, Cockatoo
HAWTHORN: Gunstan 2, Sicily 2, Puopolo, Smith

BEST
GEELONG: Duncan, Henderson, Selwood, Motlop, Menegola, Menzel
HAWTHORN: Sicily, Hodge, Mitchell, Smith, Brand

INJURIES
GEELONG: Dangerfield (corked hip), Ruggles (concussion)
HAWTHORN: Gibson (cut head)

CHANGES
GEELONG: Nil
HAWTHORN: Ty Vickery (back) replaced by James Sicily

REPORTS
GEELONG: Menegola for rough conduct on Hodge, Parsons for rough conduct on Hodge

HAWTHORN: Nil

UMPIRES: Donlon, Stephens, Chamberlain EM: Jeffery

CROWD: 62,360 at MCG, Melbourne

GEELONG CATS LEAD HAWTHORN HAWKS AT HALF TIME IN ROUND 4 EASTER MONDAY CLASH
Ben Jensen 17 April 2017

AFL ROUND 4 2017, HAWTHORN HAWKS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG are dominating Hawthorn though 'only' lead by 24 points at half time. The Cats dominated the first quarter but with two goals and a costly seven behinds, only lead by 7 points at quarter time with the Hawks two goals straight. The second quarter saw the Hawks themselves a bit inaccurate with just the six behinds, the Cats with three goals five. Each of Geelong's goals has come from a different player, Tom Hawkins opening the goal scoring five minutes into the game.

Harry Taylor has played up forward and while he's had his hands on it quite a bit (12 times) he has only the three behinds to his name. Usual suspect Patrick Dangerfield has had the ball 17 times while Steve Motlop leads the match tota tgl to date with Luke Hodge on 18. Sam Menegola is in good touch and the backline combination continues to grow in confidence with each game.

In the second half the Cats will want to push the lead out to 40 points as soon as they can to avoid a Hawks comeback which we've seen so often in recent years, though this is a fairly different side minus Sam Mitchell and Jordan Lewis. Hawkins will be looking to add to his goal tally as will Daniel Menzel.

 

AFL 2017 ROUND 4: HAWTHORN HAWKS V GEELONG CATS; MATCH PREVIEW & FINAL TEAMS
Ben Jensen 16 April 2017

AFL 2017 ROUND 4: HAWTHORN HAWKS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG plays Hawthorn at the MCG this Easter Monday, with the Hawks on the back foot having lost their opening three games in contrast to the Cats who are undefeated. The Cats have made just the one change, omitting Lincoln McCarthy at the expense of Nakia Cockatoo. The Hawks have made three changes from their side who were belted by Gold Coast last Sunday, dropping son of former Cat Geoff Miles, Teia, Brendan Whitecross, and lost Jaeger O'Meara to injury. In the initial squad of 25 the Cats omitted Lincoln McCarthy and recalled Rhys Stanley, Nakia Cockatoo, George Horlin-Smith and Josh Cowan. Stanley, Cowan and Horlin-Smith have been named on the field with Cockatoo on the bench. The decision to leave Stanley out appears to have answered the question as to who is the number one ruckman for the time being. Stanley was initially named at centre half forward with Harry Taylor at half back among some other interesting positons such as Josh Cowan and George Horlin-Smith named in the starting 18 but not making the final cut. In other news on the back of his first three games Geelong's Brandan Parfitt was named the AFL's Rising Star nominee for the round on Monday. We also recommend you check out the latest episode of Cats Cast, available on YouTube and Soundcloud.

GEELONG CATS
HAWTHORN HAWKS

IN: Nakia Cockatoo
OUT: Lincoln McCarthy (Omitted)

IN: Billy Hartung, Tim O'Brien, Blake Hardwick
OUT:
Teia Miles (omitted), Brendan Whitecross (omitted), Jaeger O'Meara (knee)

 

MATCH DETAILS

WHO IS GEELONG'S NUMBER ONE RUCKMAN?
Ben Jensen 14 April 2017

SINCE BRAD OTTENS retired following the 2011 AFL premiership there's been around ten ruckmen claim the mantle - and in round four 2017 we're still no more certain as to who it is - is it Rhys Stanley, Zac Smith, or even Mark Blicavs? In round one Smith sat out with Stanley favoured while Blicavs played a handy secondary role - one he didn't play too much in 2016 and looked all at sea at times, contrasting to his 2015 best and fairest season. Round two saw Smith once more on the sidelines but in round three Stanley was dropped in favour of Smith. Smith didn't have much to do after Max Gawn did a hamstring but did nothing wrong; for this Easter Monday's clash with the Hawks Stanley has been recalled, named at centre half forward with Smith in the ruck and Blicavs on the interchange. Obviously the sides named on a Thursday rarely if ever are what will line up for the first bounce but it is odd, particularly with Harry Taylor named as a backman again although at the press conference coach Chris Scott talked him up as a forward. READ FULL STORY

 

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AFL 2017 ROUND 4: HAWTHORN HAWKS V GEELONG CATS; MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 13 April 2017

AFL 2017 ROUND 4: HAWTHORN HAWKS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG plays Hawthorn at the MCG this Easter Monday, with the Hawks on the back foot having lost their opening three games in contrast to the Cats who are undefeated. The Hawks somehow lost to the Gold Coast on Sunday while the Cats beat the Demons who won their first two games. On the back of his first three games Geelong's Brandan Parfitt was named the AFL's Rising Star nominee for the round on Monday. The Hawks have not quite swung the axe, dropping just one player, son of former Cat Geoff Miles, Teia, and losing Jaeger O'Meara to injury. The Cats have omitted Lincoln McCarthy and recalled Rhys Stanley, Nakia Cockatoo, George Horlin-Smith and Josh Cowan into the squad of 25. Stanley, Cowan and Horlin-Smith have been named on the field with Cockatoo on the bench.

 

GEELONG CATS
HAWTHORN HAWKS

IN: Josh Cowan, George Horlin-Smith, Rhys Stanley, Nakia Cockatoo
OUT: Lincoln McCarthy (Omitted)

IN: Tim O'Brien, James Sicily, Blake Hardwick, Daniel Howe, Billy Hartung
OUT: Teia Miles (Omitted), Jaeger O'Meara (Knock to the Knee)

 

MATCH DETAILS

CATS STRUGGLE AGAINST BUT OVERCOME DEMONS, REMAIN UNDEFEATED
Ben Jensen 8 April 2017

AFL ROUND 3 2017, GEELONG CATS V MELBOURNE DEMONS GEELONG started off very well but struggled to hold off a determined Melbourne side who finally snatched the lead in the third quarter, but four goals in a row, the last two of the third term and first two of the last, were enough to shake the Demons off. The Cats conceded one goal to the Dees about five minutes into the final term but from then on absolutely belted them. A lot didn't work for the Cats such as having Harry Taylor up forward again but the absolute positives for the Cats were their good start (we often have a shocker and play catch-up football!), performance up forward by Dan Menzel and Tom Hawkins, Brandan Parfitt in his third game, and of course further commanding performances from Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood. And then there is the accuracy, of course if the Demons had of kicked better in the third quarter the Cats may have been 30 points behind but they didn't; the Cats were deadly accurate, twenty goals six behinds to the Demons' thirteen nineteen.

Lachie Henderson was taken off the field into the rooms for a concussion assessment in the third quarter but returned soon after - but copped another knock to the face in the final quarter so may be under a cloud for next week. Selwood was barroled into by Demon Tom McDonald after taking a mark on the wing with six minutes to go, the 50m penalty easing the pain somewhat but Selwood really took some deep beaths before slotting the goal, more or less the sealer, from just inside fifty well over a minute later. Dangerfield spent some time off the field having attention on the right side of his groin just after the Selwood incident but should be OK. FULL MATCH REPORT AND DETAILS

GEELONG: 5.2, 9.2, 14.2, 20.6 (126) DEFEATED
MELBOURNE: 2.4, 7.11, 12.17, 13.19 (97)

GOALS
GEELONG: Hawkins 5, Menzel 4, Dangerfield 3, Blicavs 2, Motlop 2, Smith, Selwood, McCarthy, Parfitt
MELBOURNE: Watts 2, Kent 2, Jetta, Hannan, Smith, Harnes, Neal-Bullen, Petracca, Garlett, Hunt, Garlett

BEST
GEELONG: J.Selwood, Dangerfield, Menzel, Hawkins, Blicavs, Ruggles, Parfitt
MELBOURNE: Jones, Hunt, Watts, Viney, Stretch, Neal-Bullen, Kent

INJURIES
GEELONG: J.Selwood (cut head), Hawkins (corked quad)
MELBOURNE: Gawn (right hamstring), Kent (cut head)

CHANGES
GEELONG: Nil
MELBOURNE: Nil

REPORTS
GEELONG: Nil
MELBOURNE: Nil

UMPIRES: Hosking, Mollison, Ryan

CROWD: 29,733 at Ethihad Stadium, Melbourne Docklands

 

YOUNG OSCAR POINTS OUT HIS FAVOURITE PLAYER, NUMBER 26 (TOM HAWKINS)

YOUNG OSCAR POINTS OUT HIS FAVOURITE PLAYER, NUMBER 26 (TOM HAWKINS)

AFL 2017 ROUND 3: GEELONG CATS V MELBOURNE DEMONS; MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 6 April 2017

AFL 2017 ROUND 3: GEELONG CATS V MELBOURNE DEMONS THE CATS have somewhat swung the axe at the selection table making four changes to the side that defeated North Melbourne at the last minute on Sunday. The question as to who is Geelong's #1 ruck remains open, Zac Smith who'd been left out of the first two games recalled at the expense of Rhys Stanley who is omitted. Darcy Lang was also omitted despite a handy game against North. Missing due to injury is last week's match-winner George Horlin-Smith who just can't take a trick, out with a thumb injury, while Josh Cowan has been 'managed'. Others recalled are the reasonably handy Cameron Guthrie, second-year cat Sam Menegola, and James Parsons who will play his first AFL game. The 189cm tall Parsons played VFL throughout 2016 and suffered a setback earlier this year with a broken foot. But the forward/midfield utility has shaken this off to make his AFL debut. Melbourne has lost two highly rated players to suspension after ugly incidents by Jesse Hogan and Jordan Lewis, each of whom were probably lucky to escape with the number of weeks they got. Recalled are Bernie Vince, Tim Smith and Dean Kent. The Dees also dropped Angus Brayshaw. Both sides come in undefeated, the match at Etihad Stadium on Saturday in the awkward timeslot of 4:35PM. FULL DETAILS INCLUDING TEAM LISTS

 

GEELONG CATS
MELBOURNE DEMONS

IN: Sam Menegola, James Parsons, Zac Smith, Cameron Guthrie
OUT: Rhys Stanley (Omitted), Josh Cowan (Managed), George Horlin-Smith (Hand), Darcy Lang (Omitted) Cockatoo (Hand
)
NEW: James Parsons

IN: Bernie Vince, Timothy Smith, Dean Kent
OUT: Angus Brayshaw (Omitted), Jesse Hogan (Suspension), Jordan Lewis (Suspension)

NEW: Timothy Smith

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CATS TRAIL NORTH ALL GAME, SNATCH VICTORY IN FINAL MINUTES
Ben Jensen 2 April 2017

AFL ROUND 2 2017, GEELONG CATS V NORTH MELBOURNE KANGAROOS GEELONG trailed North Melbourne all game but thanks to some late quarter brilliance by Joel Selwood, Patrick Dangerfield, Tom Hawkins and a few others (even Steven Motlop) managed to steal the game from the heartbroken Kangaroos. While you got the sense the Cats were about to snatch the lead back and it was only a matter of time, time was certainly running out by the time George Horlin-Smith found himself with a set shot thirty-odd metres out from goal courtesy of a free kick. The match had some fire in it. Patrick Dangerfield copped an elbow to his head region early on in the game from the Kangaroos' Scott Thompson which will attract the AFL's match review panel - it may come to nothing (see YouTube video further on). North's ruckman Braydon Preuss, called in as a late replacement for Todd Goldstein, barreled into the back of Jackson Thurlow in the second quarter- who looked terrible for 10 seconds but after getting a 50m penalty and kicking the goal he looked fine; Preuss was reported for rough conduct.

GEELONG: 2.1, 7.6, 12.7, 17.10 (112) DEFEATED
NORTH MELBOURNE: 6.2, 8.6, 16.8, 17.9 (111)

GOALS
GEELONG: Menzel 4, Hawkins 4, Horlin-Smith 2, Parfitt, Thurlow, Duncan, Dangerfield, Henderson, Blicavs, Lang
NORTH MELBOURNE: Brown 3, Higgins 2, Thomas 2 , Turner 2, McDonald, Daw, Dumont, Gibson, Macmillan, Garner, Simpkin, Williams

BEST
GEELONG: Dangerfield, Menzel, Selwood, Mackie, Tuohy
NORTH MELBOURNE: Higgins, Cunnington, Preuss, Tarrant, Brown, Dumont, Hawkins

INJURIES
GEELONG: Nil reports
NORTH MELBOURNE: Daw (knee)

CHANGES
GEELONG: Nil
NORTH MELBOURNE: Todd Goldstein (ankle) replaced in the selected side by Braydon Preuss

REPORTS
GEELONG: Nil
NORTH MELBOURNE: Braydon Preuss (North Melbourne) for rough conduct on Jackson Thurlow (Geelong) in the second quarter

UMPIRES: Hay, Stevic, Billy Pannell

CROWD: 30,917 at Ethihad Stadium, Melbourne Dockland

 

AFL 2017 ROUND 2: GEELONG CATS V NORTH MELBOURNE KANGAROOS; MATCH PREVIEW & FINAL TEAMS
Ben Jensen 31 March 2017

AFL 2017 ROUND 2: GEELONG CATS V NORTH MELBOURNE KANGAROOS NAKIA COCKATOO, fresh from kicking what would be a goal of the round contender, is out of Geelong's side to play North Melbourne in their first 'home' game of the season with an injured thumb. Cockatoo will have surgery on the thumb and miss up to a month. Replacing Cockatoo is Darcy Lang, while there is still no room for Sam Menegola, Jed Bews, and Zac Smith - the latter was a late withdrawal last week with *cough* a 'soreness' injury. North though have made the full four changes originally flagged, losing big forward Jarrad Waite with a shoulder injury but recalling even bigger Majak Daw, Aaron Mullett, Taylor Garner and Ben Cunnington. Three players were omitted - Declan Mountford, Mitchell Hibberd and Braydon Preuss. Kids get in free on Sunday, the game beginning at 1:10PM, with plenty of reserved seats and general entry tickets (level 3) available.

 

GEELONG CATS
NORTH MELBOURNE KANGAROOS

IN: Darcy Lang
OUT: Nakia Cockatoo (Hand)

IN: Ben Cunnington, Aaron Mullett, Taylor Garner, Majak Daw
OUT: Jarrad Waite (Shoulder), Braydon Preuss (Omitted), Declan Mountford (Omitted), Mitchell Hibberd (Omitted)

MATCH DETAILS INCLUDING TV, TEAMS, RADIO

 

PERFECT START FOR CATS, DANGERFIELD ON FIRE
Ben Jensen 26 March 2017

AFL ROUND 1 2017, FREMANTLE DOCKERS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG shrugged aside Fremantle on their home turf this afternoon/evening, beating the Dockers by 42 points at Domain Stadium in front of just under 35,000 fans. The match started at a bloody awful time for east-coast fans, 4:40PM local time which was 7:40PM Geelong time- the match finishing after 10PM. Before the first bounce Zac Smith was a late change, left out for team balance and replaced by Jackson Thurlow who many expected to play in the first place. It was not a bad move, while the Dockers do boast giant Aaron Sandilands they have an awful lot of smaller players to contend with. Rhys Stanley performed well enough in the ruck, supported by Mark Blicavs.

The Cats dominated from start to finish, giving the Dockers a pretty ordinary start to the season. Four Cats booted three goals each (Steve Motlop, Tom Hawkins, Patrick Dangerfield and Lincoln McCarthy) while the Dockers did not have one multiple-goalkicker. It was an all round strong performance though you really have to worry about the opposition, who seem to have brought season 2016's form in with them. Next week the Cats play the Kangaroos on the Sunday afternoon early game (1PM) at Etihad Stadium, a designated home game. FULL MATCH REPORT

GEELONG: 5.1, 11.3, 14.5, 18.7 (115) DEFEATED
FREMANTLE: 2.2, 4.6, 6.9, 10.13 (73)

GOALS
GEELONG: Motlop 3, Hawkins 3, Dangerfield 3, McCarthy 3, Menzel 2, Cockatoo, Murdoch, Touhy, Duncan
FREMANTLE: Suban, Walters, Blakley, S Hill, B Hill, Daisey Pearce, Neale, Fyfe, McCarthy, Langdon

BEST
GEELONG: Dangerfield, Duncan, Selwood, Hawkins, McCarthy, Henderson
FREMANTLE: S.Hill, Spurr, Fyfe, Mundy, Sandilands, Langdon

INJURIES
GEELONG: Zac Smith (soreness) replaced in selected side by Jackson Thurlow, Nakia Cockatoo (thumb)
FREMANTLE: Nil reports

UMPIRES: Kenny DalGleish, Meredith Cheese, Williamson, Adams

CROWD: 34,638 at Domain Stadium (Subiaco Oval), Perth

 

AFL 2017 ROUND 1: FREMANTLE DOCKERS V GEELONG CATS; MATCH PREVIEW & FINAL TEAMS
Ben Jensen 24 March 2017

AFL 2017 ROUND 1: FREMANTLE DOCKERS V GEELONG CATS While Cameron Guthrie will mix, THREE players will play their first games for the Cats in round one. Former Blue Zac Tuohy will join his old teammate Lachie Henderson in the backline while mature-age recruit Tom Stewart and young gun Brandan Parfitt are all but confirmed to make their AFL debuts. FREMANTLE host Geelong for their season 2017 round one clash at the ground formerly known as Subiaco Oval on a Sunday 'twilight' WA time fixture but it could still be in the high 20s; the game starts at 7:40 Victorian time. Notables missing for the Cats and Dockers will be Jimmy Bartel and Matthew Pavlich while both have bolstered their stocks in off-season trading. Sadly Corey Gregson has been added to the long-term injury list and won't play for some time now. The Cats have the right to elevate a rookie if they choose to do so.

In the firing line named as part of the seven-man interchange were veteran Andrew Mackie, Jordan Murdoch, Tom Ruggles and Sam Menegola; we expected Cam Guthrie, Jackson Thurlow and Dan Menzel to play. Guthrie was ruled out on Friday afternoon, replaced by Darcy Lang in the 25. The final side saw Andrew Mackie, Dan Menzel, Tom Ruggles and Jordan Murdoch make the cut with Lang, Sam Menegola and surprisingly Jackson Thurlow all left out.

 

GEELONG CATS
FREMANTLE DOCKERS

IN: N/A
OUT: N/A
NEW
:
Tom Stewart, Zach Tuohy, Brandan Parfitt

IN: N/A
OUT: N/A
NEW
:
Joel Hamling, Bradley Hill, Cam McCarthy, Shane Kersten

MATCH DETAILS INCLUDING TV, TEAMS, RADIO

 

CATS OVERCOME TERRIBLE START AND BOMBERS IN BENDIGO
Ben Jensen 12 March 2017

JLT COMMUNITY SERIES 2017: ESSENDON BOMBERS V GEELONG CATS THE CATS put in a shocker of a first half prompting at least one disgruntled Cat fan to call me early in the second half and 'hundreds' of angry tweets to defeat the Bombers in Bendigo. The Cats trailed by effectively seven goals at half time but wound the Bombers back in with one supergoal and eight 'normal' goals to Essendon's two goals in the third quarter to lead by seven points at the final change. The Cats stretched the margin in the final term to 22 points, a result that very much looked in doubt in the first half but when you consider Essendon fields a side who by and large missed 2016 through the drug-related suspension you'd expect them to fade away.

GEELONG: 0.2.4, 0.5.7, 1.13.10, 1.17.11 (122) DEFEATED
ESSENDON: 0.5.2, 2.9.5, 2.11.6, 2.12.10 (100)

GOALS
GEELONG: Hawkins 4, Menzel 3, Selwood 2, Cockatoo 2, Taylor, Murdoch, Horlin-Smith, Lang, Murdoch, McCarthy Supergoals: Mackie
ESSENDON: McDonald-Tipungwuti 4, McKernan 3 (including one supergoal), Stewart 2, Daniher 2, Langford, Ambrose Supergoals: McKernan, Merrett

BEST
GEELONG: Selwood, Dangerfield, Henderson, Mackie, Cockatoo, Hawkins
ESSENDON: McDonald-Tipungwuti, Watson, Merrett, McKernan, Heppell

INJURIES
GEELONG: Nil reported
ESSENDON: Leuenberger (hamstring), Laverde (ankle)

UMPIRES: Leeroy Fisher, Eleni Glouftsis, Justin 'Messer' Schmitt

CROWD: 8391 at Queen Elizabeth Oval, Bendigo

CATS OVERRAN AGAIN
Ben Jensen 5 March 2017

JLT COMMUNITY SERIES 2017: ADELAIDE CROWS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG played well every second quarter but it wasn't enough to get over the line against Adelaide at Richmond Oval, Adelaide on Sunday afternoon. Angering fans on Twitter the Cats the Cats struggled early before breaking even by quarter time and edging ahead at half-time. In the third quarter the Cats barely managed to score in the third quarter, the Crows booting five goals seven behinds to the Cats' solitary behind. While the Cats held the Crows scoreless in the final term they fell one goal short.

Lachie Henderson managed to get injured again, this time a shoulder injury after copping a hip complaint last game. But it was Nakia Cockatoo's collision with Crow Dean Gore that got all the attention, the young Cat facing suspension depending on the results of the AFL Match Review Panel. Next Sunday Geelong plays Essendon in Bendigo at Queen Elizabeth Oval.

ADELAIDE: 1.1.0, 1.4.0, 1.9.7, 1.9.7 (70) DEFEATED
GEELONG: 0.2.3, 1.4.8, 1.4.9, 1.7.13 (64)

GOALS
ADELAIDE: Atkins 3 (including 1 super goal), Walker 2, Cameron 2, Smith, T Menzel, Dear
GEELONG: D Menzel 2 (including 1 super goal), Stanley, Parfitt, Tuohy, Cockatoo, Lang, Horlin-Smith

BEST
ADELAIDE: Atkins, M Crouch, Hampton, Hartigan, Laird, Walker
GEELONG: Tuohy, Henderson, Horlin-Smith, Lang, Guthrie, Menegola

INJURIES
ADELAIDE: Dean Gore (head knock) in the fourth quarter after a collision with Nakia Cockatoo
GEELONG: Lincoln McCarthy (shoulder) in the second quarter

UMPIRES: Fleer, Haussen, Kamolins, Mitchell

CROWD: 3,800 at Richmond Oval, Adelaide (we are confused too)

HAWKS BEAT CATS WITH LAST KICK OF MATCH
Ben Jensen 17 February 2017

JLT COMMUNITY SERIES 2017: HAWTHORN HAWKS V GEELONG CATS HAWTHORN defeated Geelong with the last kick of the game from Kade Stewart, going better than Isaac Smith did in last season's qualifying final by kicking the goal to win the game with seconds left on the clock. The Hawks dominated the first half and a bit before the Cats booted nine goals in the third term to turn a 41 point deficit into a five point lead by three-quarter time. Patrick Dangerfield impressed withjout really getting out of second gear and was the Cats' best.

Recruits Zach Tuohy, Aaron Black and Zach Guthrie all impressed, Black booting four goals. Other new players for the Cats Jack Henry and Brandan Parfitt went OK too. For the Hawks Jarryd Roughead played his first game since recovering from cancer and first as new captain, while recruit from the Gold Coast Jaeger O'Meara played his first game in over two seasons. Key Cats Cam Guthrie and Lachie Henderson both left the field not to return in the first quarter with a rolled ankle and rib injury respectively.

 

HAWTHORN: 0.6.2, 0.11.3, 0.13.4, 0.15.8 (98) DEFEATED
GEELONG: 1.2.1, 1.3.1, 1.12.6, 1.13.7 (94)

GOALS
HAWTHORN: Rioli 3, Schoenmakers 2, Stewart 2, Langford 2, McEvoy, Roughead, Shiels, Burgoyne, Hartung, Smith
GEELONG: Black 4, Hawkins 2, Taylor, Motlop, Guthrie, Bews, Parfitt, Henry, Blicavs

BEST
HAWTHORN: Roughead, Rioli, Smith, Stewart, Burgoyne, Frawley
GEELONG: Dangerfield, Menegola, Tuohy, Black, Smith, Ruggles, Lang

INJURIES
HAWTHORN: Nil reported
GEELONG: Lachie Henderson (hip), Cam Guthrie (ankle),

UMPIRES: Deboy, Fleer, McInerney, O'Gorman

CROWD: 8,512 at Hobart (University of Tasmania Stadium)

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE CATTERY
Ben Jensen 3 January 2017

APOLOGIES for the lack of updates since the season ended, we've been a bit distracted of late. We will be updating quite belatedly on the 2017 fixture and the new recruits, delistings in early 2017. 2016 was an interesting season with the side having missed the finals in 2015 but recruiting Patrick Dangerfield in the off-season, it had potential. After an up and down season with a few big and bad losses the Cats finished second on the ladder, defeated Hawthorn in their first final but got smashed by Sydney in the preliminary. The season saw Dan Menzel, Sam Menegola and Lincoln McCarthy all cement their spots in the side after spending most of the last 4-5 seasons out injured. Dangerfield went on to win the Brownlow medal but club greats Corey Enright and Jimmy Bartel retired, the latter more or less pushed. Josh Caddy was offered as a trade along with draft picks for Brett Deledio, but despite Deledio going to GWS Caddy still ended up at the Tigers. The most experienced recruit to the club was Carlton's Zach Tuohy who carved up the Cats in 2016, and is looking forward to playing in the midfield as well as down back. Jackson Thurlow who did his knee in a pre-season game will return and will hopefully be a first-choice backmen taking over from Enright. In short 2017 holds promise but may be another up and down year, with the stadium's completion mid-season set to deliver a run of home games into the finals helping things. Go Cats!

GEELONG CHAMPION COREY ENRIGHT RETIRES AFTER 332 AFL GAMES
Ben Jensen 5 October 2016

GEELONG champion Corey Enright announced his retirement today with an email to Geelong members after 332 games with the club. After breaking the club record for games played and earning his sixth All Australian selection in 2016 Enright has nonetheless decide enough is enough and at the (relatively young!) age of 35. He broke the long standing record of 325 games, previously held by Ian Nankervis, in round 19 and went on to play another two finals and finishes on 332 games.

Enright was drafted in 1999 from the South Australian town of Kimba with the Cats' pick 47. He debuted in 2001 against St Kilda and soon established himself in the side. His first stand-out season coincided with the Cats' first Premiership since 1963, in 2007- when he was one of nine Cats to earn All Australian stripes. He would go on to play in all three premierships of that era and won the club best and fairest award (the Carji Greeves Medal)- in the 2009 and 2011 to boot. His All Australian selections were from 2008 to 2011 inclusive, 2013 and this season.

While the retirement is not a complete surprise by any means it will be felt by all Geelong fans and the players alike, he certainly seemed to have 'earned' the right to continue playing given the season he had, but nobody would deny him the right to step away from the (playing) game on his own terms. There is no word yet on other senior Cats such as Jimmy Bartel, who has an option to continue should he wish, or Andrew Mackie who is also believed to be contracted for 2017.

 

Corey Enright's email to Geelong members

I got drafted way back in 1999 and not in my most wildest dreams could I have imagined what was to follow. But after 17 of the most enjoyable years of my life, I’ve decided to hang up my boots.

Three of the key things that have enabled me to play 332 games for this magnificent club are my family and friends, my teammates (many of whom now fit firmly into that first group) and you, the members and supporters of the Cats.

There have many been highs and lows, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is the unwavering support from the people I have mentioned above.

The opportunity to play alongside some truly incredible players is something I have never taken for granted.

I look forward to telling my sons about what it was like standing next to Scarlo or what it meant to run out with Lingy, Jimmy, Gaz, Smithy, Sel or the dozens of other guys that have been a part of my journey with the Cats.

There is plenty that I will miss as I move into the next phase of my life; the sound of a packed Kardinia Park, singing the song arm-in-arm with the boys and, most of all, getting to wear the blue and white hoops and carrying everything they represent onto the field each weekend.

Once again, thank you for your support over the years.

PATRICK DANGERFIELD WINS 2016 BROWNLOW MEDAL
Ben Jensen 27 September 2016

AFL 2016 SECOND PRELIMINARY FINAL: GEELONG CATS V SYDNEY SWANS PATRICK DANGERFIELD last night won the 2016 Brownlow Medal polling 35 votes, the most votes ever under the modern voting system. Being the short-priced favourite heading into the night does not always end up in success, but last night it was different. Dangerfield polled 3 votes in the round one win over Hawthorn and was neck and neck with Sydney's Luke Parker for much of the count before pulling clear in round 17.

CATS THUMPED BY SWANS, SEASON OVER AND DOUBT OVER FUTURES OF ENRIGHT, BARTEL
Ben Jensen 23 September 2016

AFL 2016 SECOND PRELIMINARY FINAL: GEELONG CATS V SYDNEY SWANS GEELONG were absolutely belted by Sydney at the MCG tonight, the Swans outscoring the Cats seven goals to none in the first quarter and after kicking the first of the second quarter, the jig was up far too early in a match expected to be far closer. Too much was ultimately asked of too few, the Geelong midfield seemingly only comprising skipper Joel Selwood and Patrick Dangerfield who were both excellent but had little help. In every way the Swans were brilliant the Cats were just awful, nothing went their way whereas the Swans were excellent- kicking goals from almost every angle in that first term with the Cats only managing five behinds.

Unfortunately the game may come at quite a cost for the Swans with enigmatic young defender Aliir Aliir hobbling from the field before quarter time never to return with a knee injury. With Swans skipper Jarrad McVeigh waiting in the wings he may find himself missing out. Sydney have to wait until early tomorrow evening to see if they play fellow Sydney team GWS or the underdogs Western Bulldogs. The Cats will have to lick their wounds and figure out how it all went wrong- the scoreline tonight was almost identical to the round 16 match at Simonds Stadium though in that game the first quarter was fairly even and the Swans kicked free gradually, tonight the lead blew out to around ten goals, the Cats pegging it back slightly but not really gaining respectability. U.

Walking off the ground veteran defender and 2016 All Australian Corey Enright was visibly emotional and could have played his last game while Jimmy Bartel was also glassy-eyed and could join him in retirement. We may have also seen the last of Andrew Mackie, although younger than the other two appears to be at the end. Plenty of players had poor nights including Steve Motlop, Mackie, Lachie Henderson, Tom Hawkins, Josh Caddy, Mark Blicavs, and Mitch Duncan- though the latter made the best players.

It wasn't the night Geelong fans had hoped for, the 2016 Premiership dream wasn't to be; it was an even year so what did we expect? It had shades of the 2010 Preliminary Final loss to Collingwood about it, we of course bounced back the next year to win a flag in coach Chris Scott's first season. 2017 has promise the Cats just need to iron out why we have such poor starts to games, can't adapt when things don't go our way or develop a proper approach to going forward, not just bombing it in to the spare man every time.

SYDNEY: 7.2, 11.3, 14.4, 15.7 (97) DEFEATED
GEELONG: 0.5, 2.8, 7.10, 8.12 (60)

GOALS
SYDNEY: Papley 3, Parker 2, Tippett 2, Franklin 2, Rohan 2, McGlynn, Heeney, Richards, Naismith

GEELONG: Taylor 2, Hawkins, Bartel, Selwood, Caddy, Dangerfield, Stanley

BEST
SYDNEY: Heeney, Mitchell, Rampe, Hannebery, Franklin, Grundy, Papley
GEELONG: Dangerfield, Selwood, Bartel, Taylor, Duncan

CHANGES
SYDNEY: Nil
GEELONG: Nil

INJURIES
SYDNEY: Aliir (knee)

GEELONG: Taylor (hand)

REPORTS: Nil

UMPIRES

FIELD: Donlon, Jeffrey, Stevic

CROWD: 71,772 at MCG,

 

COREY ENRIGHT AFTER THE FINAL SIREN

AFL 2016 SECOND PRELIMINARY FINAL: GEELONG CATS V SYDNEY SWANS; MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 22 September 2016

AFL 2016 SECOND PRELIMINARY FINAL: GEELONG CATS V SYDNEY SWANS GEELONG has recalled Lachie Henderson and Jed Bews and had to leave out Dan Menzel through injury and omitted Tom Ruggles for the Preliminary Final with Sydney tomorrow night. Sydney in turn has made some big changes of their own, with skipper Jarrad McVeigh succumbing to a calf injury but big man Kurt Tippett has made it back from injury after being KO'd by former Cat Steve Johnson in the first final two weeks ago. The Swans also recalled Zak Jones and dropped Toby Nankervis. Funnily enough the media beat-up about will or will not Jimmy Bartel play turned out to be just that- who'd have thought?

TICKETS for the clash were selling fast but plenty remain available to the public. The Cats have had a week off while the Swans, after losing to GWS in their first final, defeated the Adelaide Crows quite easily on Saturday night but the physical encounter put a couple players in doubt namely Gary Rohan and McVeigh- Rohan has been named to play.

Geelong defender turned utility Henderson was always set to return but who to leave out was the bigger question- Ruggles was always spoken of as possibly making way for Bews but the loss of Menzel to injury was somewhat of a a surprise with Menzel not even featuring on the injury list. With Sydney not having an abundance of tall forwards recalling Bews at the expense of another defender was a sound option. Henderson has been named in a back pocket though that's no indication of where he'll end up tomorrow night.

GEELONG CATS
SYDNEY SWANS

IN: Lachie Henderson, Jed Bews
OUT
:
Daniel Menzel (groin), Tom Ruggles (omitted)

IN: Kurt Tippett, Zak Jones
OUT
:
Toby Nankervis (omitted), Jarrad McVeigh (calf)

MATCH PREVIEW, INFORMATION AND TEAM LISTS

AFL 2016 SECOND PRELIMINARY FINAL: GEELONG CATS V SYDNEY SWANS; MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 19 September 2016

AFL 2016 SECOND PRELIMINARY FINAL: GEELONG CATS V SYDNEY SWANS TICKETS for this Friday night's clash between Geelong and Sydney at the MCG are selling fast, by 5PM tonight just 21,100 remained on sale to the public. The Cats have had a week off while the Swans, after losing to GWS in their first final, defeated the Adelaide Crows quite easily on Saturday night but the physical encounter puts a couple players in doubt including Gary Rohan and Jarrad McVeigh.

Geelong defender turned utility Lachie Henderson would be a good chance to return though the tougher question is who would make way on his behalf; with the side in very good form the last two months the selectors have a difficult few days ahead but they will make a change or two. With Sydney not having an abundance of tall forwards we may see the likes of Jed Bews come back into the side, at the expense of a taller defender or a midfielder. Teams will be announced Thursday night.

MATCH PREVIEW, INFORMATION AND TEAM LISTS

2016 AFL GRAND FINAL TICKET REGISTRATION FOR GEELONG MEMBERS
Ben Jensen 14 September 2016

2016 AFL GRAND FINAL TICKET REGISTRATION: GEELONG CATS GEELONG members must register online tomorrow, Thursday 15 September for Grand Final tickets. Some membership grades have a 'guaranteed' entitlement (Priority Group 1) while other members must go into a ballot- Priority Groups 2 and 3. Registration for Grand Final tickets is required on Thursday 15 September- see the club website for details (follow this link). Best of luck- we have to win the preliminary final first against either Adelaide or Sydney but registration is essential.

You should visit http://www.geelongcats.com.au/finals for full information; key details are below but visit the website for full details. For a summary visit the FULL ARTICLE.

CATS HOLD OFF HAWKS, THROUGH TO PRELIMINARY FINAL
Ben Jensen 10 September 2016

AFL 2016 SECOND QUALIFYING FINAL: GEELONG CATS V HAWTHORN HAWKS GEELONG were in front by three points when the final siren rang last night but had to wait and see whether Isaac Smith could put the Hawks over the line- fortunately for the Cats he missed, with Geelong through to a 'home' Preliminary Final and the Hawks to play the Western Bulldogs in a semi final next weekend instead and facing a Sydney Preliminary Final should they make it that far.

The match was a classic, and five years since the same match (a qualifying final against Hawthorn) when Daniel Menzel first did his knee- the Cats won that match on their way to the 2011 Premiership and were determined to do the same today. Geelong had the upper hand in the first quarter but couldn't quite make it show on the scoreboard, taking a 7 point lead into quarter time. Steve Motlop opened the scoring for the Cats with a goal in general play in the goal square, the first of two for him on the night.

Joel Selwood kicked the first goal of the second quarter after a 50m penalty awarded to him after his opposite number Luke Hodge showed indiscipline; the two sides exchanged goals before the Hawks booted three in a row thanks to one from Shaun Burgoyne and a brace to Luke Breust. It could have been much worse for the Cats with the Hawks registering four behinds before the Cats scored another through the lively Josh Caddy. The half time margin was the same as quarter time only the Hawks were in front by seven points not the Cats. The Selwood brothers Joel and Scott had been great to this point along with Patrick Dangerfield, Cam Guthrie and Sam Menegola in the midfield and Tom Hawkins up forward- but the ruckmen Zac Smith and Rhys Stanley were quiet.

Geelong appeared to be in deep trouble when Ryan Schoenmakers kicked his second midway through to term to give the Hawks a 17 point lead, but three consecutive goals to the Cats gave them the lead. This all happened in five minutes, Menzel kicking the first, Lincoln McCarthy the second and Mark Blicavs the third- Blicavs having a good night and in form at just the right time. Breust put the Hawks back in front to huge cheers but the Cats weren't done for the quarter, Motlop taking a clever mark around 45m from goal and calmly slotting it through seconds before the final break, the Cats ahead by two points.

The final term was epic, Cyril Rioli who didn't get much of the ball inside fifty but only needs half a chance, opening the goal scoring and putting the Hawks ahead four minutes in- Cameron Guthrie snatching the lead back a couple minutes later. Burgoyne did likewise a minute after that, the Hawks refusing to go down. What followed was an arm-wrestle with a couple behinds either side before Josh Caddy kicked the winning goal- fifteen minutes after Burgoyne's goal, at the 22 minute mark.

Neither side would kick another goal though the Cats had plenty of inside fifties and kicked two behinds, the last one with around 30 seconds to go. The Hawks somehow managed to get the ball straight down the middle, even allowing for a Jordan Lewis miss-kick- Breust taking a mark outside fifty with Corey Enright on the mark. Enright managed to smother the kick, but Breust retook possession and found Isaac Smith 40m out on an easy angle but on the wrong side for a left footer. Smith gave a wry smile to a teammate before he had his shot, the ball immediately skewing wide registering only a behind- the Cats home by 2 points.

Like most Geelong supporters we had our moments during the match, blaming umpires, the AFL, coach Chris Scott, several players and an unseen force. But the players came good, the intensity after half-time and especially from the mid-point of the final quarter could not be questioned. Dangerfield and Joel Selwood were excellent, leading from the front. It is hard to see immediately who may make way for Lachie Henderson for the Preliminary Final but he is sure to come back. For this match Jed Bews missed out and may of been handy against the likes of Burgoyne, Rioli and Breust so cannot be discounted either.

It was a rough game, plenty of players left the field due to the blood rule including Luke Hodge, both Selwoods, Josh Cowan, Zac Smith, and a half dozen others. We don't expect any suspensions from the match but would not be surprised if there's a fine or two. Registration for Grand Final tickets is required on Thursday 15 September- see the club website for details (follow this link).

GEELONG:2.3, 5.5, 10.9, 12.13 (85) DEFEATED
HAWTHORN: 1.2, 6.6, 10.7, 12.11 (83)

GOALS
GEELONG: Caddy 2, McCarthy 2, Motlop 2, Hawkins 2, J.Selwood, Menzel, Guthrie, Blicavs
HAWTHORN: Breust 3, Rioli 2, Schoenmakers 2, Gunston 2, Burgoyne 2, Hill

BEST
GEELONG: J.Selwood, Dangerfield, Guthrie, Hawkins, McCarthy, Blicavs, Menegola
HAWTHORN: Lewis, Birchall, Gunston, Rioli, Breust, Hodge, Mitchell

CHANGES
GEELONG: Nil
HAWTHORN: Sicily (illness) replaced in selected side by Howe, Burton (calf)

INJURIES
GEELONG:
Sam Menegola (right ankle)
HAWTHORN: Burton (calf)

REPORTS: Nil

UMPIRES: Margetts, Meredith, Stevic

CROWD: 87,533 at MCG, Melbourne

AFL 2016 SECOND QUALIFYING FINAL: GEELONG CATS V HAWTHORN HAWKS; MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 8 September 2016

AFL 2016 SECOND QUALIFYING FINAL: GEELONG CATS V HAWTHORN HAWKS GEELONG has resisted the temptation to make too many changes to its side to take on Hawthorn this Friday night for a Preliminary Final berth. Lachie Henderson, Scott Selwood and Nakia Cockatoo were are potential recalls. But only Selwood came in, at the expense of the unlucky Jew Bews. Cockatoo and Shane Kersten are named as emergencies along with Bews while Henderson sits out, presumably a chance to come in the next match the Cats play. Hawthorn has recalled two Bens- Stratton and McEvoy, dropping Billy Hartung and Marc Pittonet.

The winner is through to a home (MCG) Preliminary Final while the loser will be off to an elimination final plus at best a Sydney based prelim final. The Cats head in slight favourites against their modern-day arch nemesis, with good form coming into the match plus having the Hawks' number earlier this year. But the week off may have given the Hawks time to regroup; but vice versa has given extra time for Menzel, Caddy and Selwood to recover from niggles, though it wasn't enough for Henderson.

FULL MATCH PREVIEW INCLUDING TEAM LISTS

GEELONG CATS
HAWTHORN HAWKS

IN: Scott Selwood
OUT
:
Jed Bews

IN: Ben McEvoy, Ben Stratton
OUT
:
Marc Pittonet, Billy Hartung

CATS FINISH HOME AND AWAY SEASON IN STYLE, SECURE SECOND SPOT
Ben Jensen 28 August 2016

AFL 2016 ROUND 23: GEELONG CATS V MELBOURNE DEMONS GEELONG secured second spot on the ladder after defeating Melbourne by 111 points at Simonds Stadium yesterday, the equation made very simple after West Coast beat Adelaide on Friday night- win and you'll secure second spot. The Cats did much more than that however with an eight goal to two opening quarter setting the scene for the day. Tom Hawkins booted four goals in the first term, Dan Menzel two and Jimmy Bartel one- Bartel kicking the first of the match. Melbourne didn't look as bad as their scoreboard looked, but by half-time it was certainly almost all over as the Cats outscored them three goals to one.

Paul Roos left the ground after the three-quarter time break, his last match as Demons coach, to a decent applause and standing ovation from the Geelong fans in the area of the opposition players' race. The third term again saw the Cats kick just three goals but the Demons didn't manage any; the margin a mammoth 72 points. Hawkins went on to bag six with two in the last quarter, Bartel three including the goal featuring in the video below, Menzel four, and one of the highlights for us was Sam Menegola kicking three.

The margin first his 100 points when Harry Taylor sunk a massive long bomb through the middle at the 24 minute mark, but Demon Jesse Hogan, who'd had a putrid day up until that point, pegged the margin back to double figures where it looked like it might stay. But goals to Josh Caddy, Bartel (see below) and a fourth from Menzel blew the margin out to the 111 Lord Nelson figure. Caddy is a real valuable member of the team and was missed for the month he was out.

Pleasingly it was a very good game from a lot of Cats, including Mark Blicavs and Mitch Duncan who'd been attracting some attention from outside the club for more subdued performances in recent months. Menegola, Menzel and Josh Cowan keep rewarding coach Chris Scott and the brains trust for having faith in them despite losing years to injuries; Lincoln McCarthy in the same bucket. Patrick Dangerfield was certainly the best on ground however and should really be a chance for a Brownlow Medal at his new club in a month's time. Joel Selwood was quite good on the day, while his brother Scott didn't play after being a change through injury on Friday. Jed Bews was good, he came in as a replacement for Scott Selwood and really took advantage of his chance.

Melbourne skipper Nathan Jones barreled into Tom Ruggles just before half time, Ruggles absolute poleaxed, and after vomiting at least twice was helped from the ground by two Cats staff, barely able to put one foot in front of the other. Video footage available here- Sportingnews. He thankfully returned after half time, for a while there it looked like he may not. Jake Kolodjashnij though did suffer a injury he could not return from, suffering a calf injury in the third and sitting out the final term as what the Cats deemed a precautionary measure.

With Geelong's finals opponent now confirmed as arch-rivals Hawthorn the Cats have peaked at the right time, Cats winning seven in a row now. While the Cats lost their last final against the Hawks the last time they played in a qualifying final, 2011, the Cats won easily though it was the day Dan Menzel injured his knee, an injury he didn't return from until 2015. The Hawks only just got over the Magpies today and had they lost that would have finished as low as sixth. Instead the stage is set for another classic match, but it won't be next weekend- the AFL declaring the first weekend in September a bye. The Cats will have the 'home' final at the Hawks' home ground the MCG where the Cats have won three of four matches this season including a comfortable win over the Hawks in round one.

In the VFL the Cats won their final home and away match over Port Melbourne, across the road from where this season's The Block is being filmed. Geelong won by 35 points with dropped Shane Kersten and Darcy Lang each kicking two goals. Forward/ruckman Mitch Clark did not play. The VFL Cats' final will be against Essendon at North Port Oval, 2:40PM, the game to be on Channel Seven live.

GEELONG: 8.2, 11.6, 14.10, 24.11 (155) DEFEATED
MELBOURNE: 2.0, 3.2, 3.6, 6.8 (44)

GOALS
GEELONG: Hawkins 6, Menzel 4, Menegola 3, Bartel 3, Motlop 2, Caddy 2, McCarthy, Selwood, Duncan, Taylor
MELBOURNE: Garlett 2, vandenBerg, Weideman, Brayshaw, Hogan

BEST
GEELONG: Dangerfield, Caddy, Hawkins, Guthrie, Selwood, Taylor, Menzel
MELBOURNE: Tyson, Petracca, Hunt, Salem

CHANGES
GEELONG: Nil
MELBOURNE: Nil

INJURIES
GEELONG:
Kolodjashnij (calf); Ruggles (not on official injury list but copped a terrible whack by Nathan Jones before half time)
MELBOURNE: Kent (corked thigh), replaced in selected side by Matt Jones

REPORTS: Nil

UMPIRES: Margetts, Mollison, Nicholls

CROWD: 24,413 at Simonds Stadium, Geelong

 

AFL 2017 - ROUND 13

WEST COAST EAGLES V GEELONG CATS

THURSDAY 15 JUNE 2017, 20:10 AEST

DOMAIN STADIUM

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VFL WOMEN'S 2017 - ROUND 6

VU GEELONG CATS V MELBOURNE UNI

SUNDAY 25 JUNE 2017, 10:45 AEST

SIMONDS STADIUM

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VFL 2017 - ROUND 10

NORTH BALLARAT V GEELONG CATS

SUNDAY 25 JUNE 2017, 14:00 AEST

EUREKA STADIUM

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