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 twitter.com/thecattery 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 twitter.com/thecattery 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 twitter.com/thecattery 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 twitter.com/thecattery 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 twitter.com/thecattery 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 HAVE BETTER OF POWER, DESPITE LAST QUARTER FADE OUT
Ben Jensen 10 August 2013

GEELONG accounted for Port Adelaide by twenty-five points this afternoon at Simonds Stadium, though they led by 63 points early in the final term. Angus Monfries finished with seven goals, three of them in a sequence of six unanswered Power goals as they pegged the Cats' lead back in the final quarter. The Cats were without Mitch Duncan for most of the match, Duncan leaving the field concussed in the opening minutes. Skipper Joel Selwood finished with four goals, an equal career high. With Sydney losing to Collingwood this evening Geelong held second spot on the ladder, needing to win the last three games including one against the Swans to be certain of a Victorian final first up. In other news club great Russell 'Hooker' Renfrey turns 90 tomorrow.

GEELONG: 6.4, 12.7, 18.9, 20.9 (129) DEFEATED
PORT ADELAIDE: 1.3, 4.4, 10.5, 16.8 (104)

GOALS
GEELONG: Selwood 4, Taylor 3, Podsiadly 2, Christensen 2, Motlop 2, Bartel, Hawkins, Varcoe, Guthrie, Caddy, Kelly, Walker
PORT ADELAIDE: Monfries 7, Schulz 2, Boak, Hartlett, Ebert, Lobbe, Colquhoun, Wingard, Moore

BEST
GEELONG: Selwood, Motlop, Christensen, Taylor, Johnson, Mackie
PORT ADELAIDE: Lobbe, Boak, Monfries, Cornes

INJURIES
GEELONG
: Mitch Duncan (concussion)
PORT ADELAIDE: Nil

CHANGES
GEELONG
:
Nil PORT ADELAIDE: Nil

UMPIRES:

FIELD: Brett Rosebury (8) Heath Ryan (14) Shane McInerney (30) EM: Stuart Wenn (22)
BOUNDARY: Gerard Large John Morris Adam Coote Matthew Tomkins
GOAL: Adam Wojcik Mark Canning EM: Daniel Wilson

CROWD: 24,784 at Simonds Stadium, Geelong

PRE-MATCH TIP: "Cats by 57 points"

AFL 2013 ROUND 20; GEELONG V PORT ADELAIDE; MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 8 August 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GEELONG CATS V PORT ADELAIDE ANOTHER WEEK another five changes for Geelong, who host Port Adelaide at home on Saturday afternoon. The Cats got slaughtered in the ruck by North Melbourne and have reacted by dropping Trent West and bringing in Josh Walker who comes off the Rookie list due to the long term injury of Dawson Simpson. Also dropped are the two Hunts Travis and Josh, Mark Blicavs and Billie Smedts. This leaves the ruck duties to Nathan Vardy and Walker with the outside possibility of James Podsiadly or Tom Hawkins also playing a role, we say outside given the injury problems those two have, the latter with a chronic back complaint.

Joining Walker on the inclusions are Podsiadly, Allen Christensen, Jared Rivers and Jesse Stringer. Ken Hinkley has made just the one change bringing back Nathan Blee for injury Daniel Stewart. In their earlier match this season the Cats bounced back after the loss to the Magpies with a 48 point win over Port, Hawkins and Podsiadly booting ten goals between them. In the VFL Geelong travels to Williamstown on Sunday, the match part of Asian Community Football Day put on by the VFL and Williamstown. MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
PORT ADELAIDE
IN: Podsiadly, Christensen, Rivers, Stringer, Walker
OUT:
T. Hunt, J. Hunt, Smedts, West, Blicavs
IN: Blee
OUT: Stewart (wrist)

CATS CONTINUE WINNING FORM, KEEP TOP SPOT ON LADDER
Ben Jensen 6 August 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GEELONG had a thumping win on the weekend, belting the second-placed Casey Scorpions on their home turf by 66 points after trailing by three points at quarter time. Meanwhile in the AFL the Cats lost to Chris Scott's brother Brad's Kangaroos side at Etihad Stadium on Friday night.

GEELONG 4.0, 10.3, 16.8, 19.11 (125) DEFEATED
CASEY 4.3, 4.4, 7.8, 8.11 (59)

GOALS
GEELONG: S. Kersten 5, J. Murdoch 2, J. Walker 2, B. Hartman 2, P. Chapman , A. Christensen , J. Thurlow , J. Hollmer , L. Howe , R. Bathie , M. Corrigan , J. Stringer
CASEY: J. Best 2, J. Hogan 2, N. Page , D. Nicholson , N. Jetta , J. Magner

BEST
GEELONG: J. Murdoch, S. Kersten, J. Walker, J. Stringer, J. Bews, M. Brown
CASEY: D. Nicholson, J. Magner, J. Strauss, S. Blease, J. Tynan, L. Hill

GROUND: Casey Fields

 

NORTH MELBOURNE 4.3, 10.3, 12.5, 15.6 (96) DEFEATED
GEELONG 3.1, 7.2, 11.3, 13.8 (86)

GOALS
NORTH MELBOURNE:
Wells 4, Bastinac 3, Adams 2, Hansen, Mullett, Jacobs, Ziebell, Petrie, Thomas
GEELONG: Motlop 3, Vardy 2, Duncan 2, Stokes, Hawkins, Varcoe, Johnson, Smedts, Taylor

BEST
NORTH MELBOURNE: Harvey, Wells, Mullett, Ziebell, Adams, Bastinac
GEELONG: Johnson, Kelly, Motlop, Selwood, Enright, Duncan

INJURIES
NORTH MELBOURNE: Nil
GEELONG:
Nil

SUBS
NORTH MELBOURNE
: Brad McKenzie replaced Ben Jacobs in the 4th Quarter
GEELONG:
Billie Smedts replaced Trent West in the 3rd quarter

UMPIRES:

FIELD: Stephen McBurney (3) Jef Dalgleish (7) Matt Stevic (9) EM: Matthew Leppard (11)
BOUNDARY: Tim Morrison Chris Esler Adam Coote Shane Thiele
GOAL: David Dixon Luke Walker EM: Chris Appleton

CROWD: 33,584 at Etihad Stadium

PRE-MATCH TIP: " Cats by 37 points"

AFL 2013 ROUND 19; NORTH MELBOURNE V GEELONG; MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 1 August 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery NORTH MELBOURNE KANGAROOS V GEELONG CATS FOUR CHANGES for the Cats, Premiership trio Jimmy Bartel, Trent West and Josh Hunt back into the side along with gun recruit Mark Blicavs. The suspended James Podsiadly and injured Dawson Simpson miss out, with Mitch Brown and George Horlin-Smith sent back to the VFL.

GEELONG
NORTH MELBOURNE
IN: J. Hunt, West, Bartel, Blicavs
OUT:
Podsiadly (suspension), Brown, Simpson (knee), Horlin-Smith
IN: Jacobs, L. Delaney
OUT: Grima (back), Swallow (Achilles)
B: Guthrie, Lonergan, Enright
HB: J Hunt, Taylor, Corey
C: Mackie, Selwood, Duncan
HF: Stokes, Vardy, Bartel
F: Motlop, Hawkins, Varcoe
FOLL: West, Caddy, Johnson
INT: Blicavs, Hunt, Kelly, Smedts
EMER: Brown, Horlin-Smith, Walker
B: Hansen, Thompson, C. Delaney
HB: Mullett, L. Delaney, Hine
C: Wells, Gibson, Atley
HF: Thomas, Petrie, Bastinac
F: Black, Tarrant, Harvey
FOLL: Goldstein, Cunnington, Ziebell
INT: McKenzie, Adams, Macmillan, Jacobs
EMER: Greenwood, Wright, Daw

CATS POUND SAINTS IN HUNDRED POINT WIN
Ben Jensen 27 July 2013

GEELONG thrashed St Kilda by a lazy 101 points at Simonds Stadium tonight, after which both teams united on the ground in a tribute to injured former Geelong VFL player Casey Tutungi. The Cats opened the scoring in the match, but soon found themselves down by two goals, the Saints booting the next three. Scores were level at four goals one behind apiece at quarter time, but from then on it was all Geelong. The Cats went on to kick some fifteen unanswered goals after the Saints' only goal of the second quarter, their last of the match.

Tom Hawkins overcame a sore back to boot five goals while James Podsiadly kicked two and took two absolute screamers of marks, certain to be mark of the round contenders. Steven Motlop had a top match, bettered only by skipper Joel Selwood. Mitchell Brown had a good match down back, in one of his only games of the season.

St Kilda are obviously in a fairly dire place right now, and have gone very much under the radar whereas sides like the Demons and Bulldogs come more under the microscope. The Cats can take a fair bit out of the win but the opposition was very lackluster, so not too much. Dawson Simpson hurt his knee in the first half, appearing to suffer a dislocated knee but hopefully nothing more serious, but it is still likely to keep him out for the rest of the season. Nathan Vardy ably coped with ruck duties after, and should retain his spot next week.

Friday night the Cats play North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium, the Kangaroos belting the Demons this afternoon and keen to go one better than round two when they were arguably robbed of a win. Jimmy Bartel is due to return from suspension, with Allen Christensen also due to return from a hamstring injury. MATCH REPORT

GEELONG: 4.1, 12.5, 16.9, 21.11 (137) DEFEATED
ST KILDA: 4.1, 5.1, 5.5, 5.6 (36)

GOALS
GEELONG: Hawkins 5, Motlop 4, Selwood 3, Podsiadly 2, Varcoe 2, Johnson 2, Vardy, Mackie, Kelly
ST KILDA: Riewoldt 2, Lee 2, Montagna

BEST
GEELONG: Motlop, Selwood, Hawkins, Duncan, Mackie, Podsiadly
ST KILDA: Steven, Montagna, Jones, Dal Santo, Newnes, Dempster

INJURIES
GEELONG
: Dawson Simpson (dislocated left knee)
ST KILDA: Nick Riewoldt (leg), James Gwilt (knee)

CHANGES
GEELONG
:
Nil ST KILDA: Nil

UMPIRES:

FIELD: Scott Hay, Scott Jeffrey, Andrew Mitchell EM: David Harris
BOUNDARY: Tim Morrison, Christopher Gordon, Drew 'Killer' Kowalski, Graham Bergroth
GOAL: Steve Williams, Chris Appleton EM: Michael 'Face' Palm

CROWD: TBC at Simonds Stadium, Geelong

PRE-MATCH TIP: "Cats by 41 points"

AFL 2013 ROUND 18; GEELONG V ST KILDA; MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 25 July 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GEELONG CATS V ST KILDA SAINTS JIMMY BARTEL will miss Saturday night's match against St Kilda at Simonds Stadium, among five changes for the Cats. Also missing are Josh Hunt (shin) and Jesse Stringer (knee) through injury while Mark Blicavs has been rested and Jordan Murdoch sent back to the VFL. Returning is Steve Johnson from suspension, Taylor Hunt, Nathan Vardy, Mitch Brown and George Horlin-Smith. The Saints have made two changes. None of the four players involved we'd ever heard of, so we had to Google to find their Christian names. Jarryn Geary and Arryn Sippos come into the side for Trent Dennis-Lane and Jordan Stanley, the latter not even having his own Wikipedia page. Not sure if there's any kind of trophy up for grabs, but make sure you tune in for Finey's Final Siren on SEN 1116 that evening whatever you do. MATCH PREVIEW

GEELONG
ST KILDA
IN: Johnson, T.Hunt, Vardy, Brown, Horlin-Smith
OUT:
J.Hunt (shin), Bartel (suspension), Stringer (knee), Murdoch, Blicavs (rested)
IN: Geary, Siposs
OUT: Dennis-Lane, Stanley
B: Guthrie, Lonergan, Enright
HB: Brown, Taylor, Corey
C: Mackie, Selwood, Duncan
HF: Stokes, Podsiadly, Smedts
F: Motlop, Hawkins, Varcoe
FOLL: Simpson, Kelly, Johnson
INT: Caddy, Horlin-Smith, Hunt, Vardy
EMER: West, Murdoch, Schroder
B: Simpkin, Gwilt, Dempster
HB: Geary, Roberton, Newnes
C: Ray, Hayes, Jones
HF: Dal Santo, Riewoldt, Montagna
F: Milne, Lee, Saunders
FOLL: McEvoy, Armitage, Steven
INT: Hickey, Siposs, Webster, Curren
EMER: Ross, Stanley, Dunnell

CATS LOSE THIRD GAME OF SEASON TO CROWS
Ben Jensen 21 July 2013

FOUR WEEKS after the dramatic loss to Brisbane at the Gabba, Geelong let a thirty point lead over Adelaide slip today losing by two points after having two chances to win the match in the final minute, scoring behinds each time. After Sydney beat West Coast in the final match of the rounds the Cats dropped down to third on the ladder, the Swans moving ahead on percentage.

ADELAIDE 3.5, 4.8, 9.8, 14.10 (94) DEFEATED
GEELONG 4.0, 9.2, 12.4, 14.8 (92)

GOALS
ADELAIDE:
Wright 4, Lynch 3, Vince 2, Otten 2, Jenkins, Crouch, van Berlo
GEELONG: Selwood 3, Caddy 3, Motlop 2, Kelly 2, Hawkins 2, Lonergan, Blicavs

BEST
ADELAIDE: Douglas, Henderson, Crouch, Wright, Vince, Sloane, Lynch, van Berlo
GEELONG: Corey, Selwood, Caddy, Bartel, Simpson, Duncan

CHANGES
ADELAIDE: Nil
GEELONG: Taylor Hunt (ankle) replaced in selected side by Jesse Stringer

INJURIES
ADELAIDE: Thompson (groin)
GEELONG:
Nil

SUBS
ADELAIDE
: Mitch Grigg, replaced Scott Thompson in the 3rd quarter
GEELONG:
Jordan Murdoch, replaced Travis Varcoe in the 4th quarter

UMPIRES:

FIELD: Luke Farmer (4) Jef Dalgleish (7) Mathew Nicholls (15)EM: Sam Hay (20)
BOUNDARY: Darren Wilson Jonathan Creasey Matthew KonetschkaMark Hill
GOAL: Steven Axon Matthew Norton EM: Mathew Wilson

CROWD: 28,603 at AAMI Stadium

PRE-MATCH TIP: " Cats by 28 points"

AFL 2013 ROUND 17; ADELAIDE V GEELONG; MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 20 July 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery ADELAIDE CROWS V GEELONG CATS BRENTON SANDERSON's Adelaide Crows play host to Geelong's Cats tomorrow afternoon. The Crows will have to do it without key player Patrick Dangerfield who misses with a shoulder complaint that left him only able to use one arm last week, and has left out Matthew Jaensch. The two Coreys return for the Cats, not Feltman and Haim but Joel and Corey. Big Cat Nathan Vardy also comes into the side. Left out are the suspended Steve Johnson and omitted George Horlin-Smith and Jesse Stringer. MATCH PREVIEW INCL TV INFO

GEELONG
ADELAIDE
IN: Corey, Enright, Stokes
OUT:
Johnson (suspended), Horlin-Smith, Stringer
IN: Tambling, Grigg
OUT: Dangerfield (AC joint sprain), Jaensch
B: Guthrie, Lonergan, J. Hunt
HB: T. Hunt, Taylor, Enright
C: Duncan, Selwood, Corey
HF: Stokes, Podsiadly, Smedts
F: Motlop, Hawkins, Varcoe
FOLL: Simpson, Kelly, Bartel
INT: Blicavs, Caddy, Mackie, Murdoch
EMER: Horlin-Smith, Vardy, Stringer
B: Brown, Rutten, Otten
HB: Laird, Talia, Smith
C: Mackay, Thompson, Sloane
HF: Crouch, Jenkins, Vince
F: Wright, Lynch, Porplyzia
FOLL: Jacobs, van Berlo, Douglas
INT: Tambling, Lyons, Grigg, Henderson
EMER: Thompson, Kerridge, Callinan

CATS TOWELL UP DEMONS ON A VERY WET DAY
Ben Jensen 13 July 2013

GEELONG ran out to a fairly predictable eleven goal win over the Demons on an extremely wet day at Simonds Stadium today in skipper Joel Selwood's 150th game. 23,172 attended but at least thirty per cent, those not under cover, left at half time, yours truly accepted as the heavens really opened up. The rain fell from mid morning and didn't relent, in fact got heavier as the game went on, amazing what 8mm of rain can do. Steve Johnson, who got three votes against the Dees in 2012, will contend with skipper Selwood for the three votes today with a lazy 38 possessions and one goal from the midfield. MATCH REPORT

GEELONG 4.5, 7.10, 11.12, 13.20 (98) DEFEATED
MELBOURNE 1.2, 2.4, 3.5, 4.6 (30)

GOALS
GEELONG: Podsiadly 2, Caddy 2, Horlin-Smith 2, Hawkins 2, Johnson, Smedts, Stringer, Duncan, Motlop

MELBOURNE: Byrnes 2, Howe, Dawes

THE CATTERY'S BEST
GEELONG: Johnson, Selwood, Caddy, Simpson, Kelly, Duncan

MELBOURNE: Jones & Jones

INJURIES
GEELONG: TBC

MELBOURNE: TBC

CHANGES
GEELONG
:
Matthew Stokes (groin) replaced in selected side by George Horlin-Smith

SUBS
GEELONG
: Cameron Guthrie, replaced Andrew Mackie in the third quarter
FREMANTLE:
Sam Blease, replaced Jack Fitzgerald

UMPIRES:

FIELD: Heath Ryan (14) Brendan Hosking (16) Stuart Wenn (22) EM: David Harris (24)
BOUNDARY: Christopher Gordon Chris Esler Ian Burrows Matthew Tomkins
GOAL: Jason Venkataya Adam Wojcik EM: Luke Walker

CROWD: 23,172 at Simonds Stadium

PRE-MATCH TIP: "Cats by 63 points"

AFL 2013 ROUND 16; GEELONG V MELBOURNE; MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 11 July 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GEELONG CATS V MELBOURNE DEMONS THREE CHANGES for the Cats, all big names - Steve Johnson, Billie Smedts and Travis Varcoe in for Joel Corey (concussed), Allen Christensen (hamstring) and Corey Enright (foot or 'managed'). Still no room for Trent West who remains in the VFL while Dawson Simpson makes the most of his time in the main squad, playing a rare third consecutive game. Just the one change for Melbourne, coming in North Ringwood's own Sam Blease in for David Rodan. MATCH PREVIEW INCL TV INFO

GEELONG
MELBOURNE
IN: Varcoe, Johnson, Smedts
OUT:
Corey (concussion), Christensen (hamstring), Enright (foot)
IN: Blease
OUT: Rodan
B: Guthrie, Taylor, J Hunt
HB: Varcoe, Lonergan, Mackie
C: T Hunt, Selwood, Duncan
HF: Stokes, Podsiadly, Smedts
F: Caddy, Hawkins, Motlop
FOLL: Simpson, Kelly, Bartel
INT: Johnson, Murdoch, Stringer, Blicavs
EMER: Brown, West, Horlin-Smith
B: Dunn, Garland, Terlich
HB: McDonald, Frawley, Clisby
C: Toumpas, Trengove, Grimes
HF: Blease, Watts, Jones
F: Fitzpatrick, Dawes, Howe
FOLL: Gawn, Sylvia, Jones
INT: Byrnes, Nicholson, Kent, Davey
EMER: McKenzie, Rodan, Pedersen

CATS OVERCOME HAWKS AND UMPIRING BLUNDERS
Ben Jensen 6 July 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery AFL 2013 ROUND 15; GEELONG CATS V HAWTHORN HAWKS GEELONG defeated Hawthorn by ten points in front of 85,197, their second win over the Hawks this season and eleventh in a row since the 2008 grand final. Cats coach Chris Scott would have been fuming for many reasons had they lost the match, in fact he was fuming anyway; his players missing so many shots at goal in the second half and with a few puzzling umpiring decisions. The standout was a supposed interchange infringement against Josh Hunt in the final quarter that gifted David Hale his second goal and brought the margin down to just 9 point, following a miraculous goal from Jack Gunston seconds earlier. After the match AFL spokesperson Patrick Keane confirmed the decision was wrong. Earlier in the day the VFL side defeated North Ballarat, Travis Varcoe making a successful comeback from injury. Tonight Jesse Stringer and Cyril Rioli started as substitutes. AFL & VFL MATCH REPORTS

 

Keane tweeted the following shortly after the final siren: "AFL review of interchange free kick against Geelong Cats in last quarter v Hawthorn was that decision was an error and Cats did not breach. Interchange video was reviewed post-game and free kick wrongly paid against Geelong, after error by steward." It's a rule that was brought in after Sydney had an extra man on the field for some time in a match a few years ago if memory serves us correctly, with the resulting system if you can call it that inevitably leading to a few such gimme goals being awarded each season, but until now they've all been actual breaches of the rules not a monumental stuffup by an anonymous official sitting on the bench. Former Hawthorn official and now AFL General Manager of Football Mark Evans entered the Geelong rooms after the match to personally apologise.

Five minutes from the end Joel Corey received a heavy knock from Hawthorn's Sam Mitchell and the game was stopped for around five minutes as Corey was assessed and stretchered from the ground as a precautionary measure. A mild mellee broke out after Andrew Mackie began to approach the Hawthorn huddle, Brian Lake having none of it and soon James Podsiadly was in to back up Mackie and on it went for a minute or so. Fortunately Corey was fine, joining his teammates in the huddle singing the song after the match.

Earlier Geelong opened the match with a five goal to two opening term, however from then on goals were few and far between. The Cats seemed in control but just couldn't convert. Indeed the only Hawthorn goal of the second quarter came from a James Kelly slipup, and Joel Selwood converting a free kick at the twenty-one minute mark for a head-high tackle. Mitchell had earlier given Taylor Hunt a touchup to the back of the head, earning a spay from Mackie at half time.

The Hawks kicked the only goal of the third term with the Cats managing seven behinds, many of them quite gettable including a shot from Taylor Hunt after the siren which he missed. Fortunately they came out like the proverbial bull after the final break, Jordan Murdoch booting two goals within five minutes and Jesse Stringer contributing another in between Murdoch's two, the margin blowing out to thirty-odd points. Naturally Geelong fans, myself included, went nuts believing the game over, how wrong we were.

Lance Franklin who was not having a good game snapped a goal to start their run. Next minute Paul Puopolo bobbed up for a mark 25m out which he duly converted. From then on it got messy, Jack Gunston booting a miraculous goal from 35m out virtually in the third row he was that tight to the line, only he knows if he was centering or genuinely having a shot. Margin back to 15 points where it stood when the three quarter time siren rang. Then came the interchange infringement that wasn't, the margin now into single figures and Hawthorn fans and players alike smelling blood.

Former Geelong player Jonathan Simpkin was next to upset things, snapping a goal from 30m out. Fortunately the Cats got their act together, not before Mitch Duncan missed a very getable shot after Selwood handpassed to him in a pocket. It was left for new boy Josh Caddy and once again Murdoch to seal the victory, Caddy's snap from 40m out a good one while Murdoch bobbed up just at the right time once more for his third and the final goal of the match. Not long after that Corey went down, after the restart commentators talked up the Hawks needing three goals, they got one through Shane Savage but that was that, the Cats by ten points.

GEELONG 5.2, 6.8, 6.15, 11.16 (82) DEFEATED
HAWTHORN 2.4, 3.8, 4.11, 10.12 (72)

GOALS
GEELONG: Murdoch 3, Motlop, Caddy, Hunt, Kelly, Blicavs, Podsiadly, Selwood, Stringer

HAWTHORN: Roughead 2, Hale 2, Breust, Franklin, Gunston, Puopolo, Savage, Simpkin

BEST
GEELONG: Selwood, Duncan, Kelly, Murdoch, Caddy, Lonergan, Mackie
HAWTHORN: Mitchell, Stratton, Roughead, Gunston, Duryea

INJURIES
GEELONG: Joel Corey (TBC - appeared to be concussed)
HAWTHORN: TBC

SUBS
GEELONG
: Jesse Stringer, replaced Dawson Simpson in the third quarter
HAWTHORN:
Cyril Rioli, replaced Max Bailey in the third quarter

UMPIRES:

FIELD: Matt Stevic (9) Justin Schmitt (17) Shane McInerney (30) EM: Brendan Hosking (16)
BOUNDARY: Adam Coote Ian Burrows Matthew Jenkinson John Morris
GOAL: Adam Wojcik Jason Venkataya EM: Michael Hammond

CROWD: 85,197 at the MCG

PRE-MATCH TIP: "Cats by 3 points"

CATS LOOKING TO CONTINUE HAWKIWOBBLES OVER HAWKS
Ben Jensen 6 July 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery AFL 2013 ROUND 15; GEELONG CATS V HAWTHORN HAWKS GEELONG takes an unchanged lineup into their clash with Hawthorn at the MCG tonight as they seek to make it eleven wins in a row over the Hawks since the 2008 Grand Final in what is dubbed the 'Kennett Curse'. Since that time the Cats have had the wood over the Hawks including round one of this season and the 2011 Qualifying Final on their way to the 2011 Premiership.

Since former Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett made his infamously arrogant remarks on the AFL's Offsiders program on the eve of the 2009 season (in which the Cats won the Premiership of course) Hawthorn has not won a single game over Geelong despite coming close. The closest they came was round 19 in 2012 when they led by four points when the siren sounded. Famously Tom Hawkins won the match off his own boot, slamming home the goal from outside fifty to the joy of his teammates, Geelong fans and pretty much everybody who voted Kennett out in 1998.

Although one of the more anticipated matches of each season now the game won't be telecast on free to air TV in South Australia or Western Australia, those states telecasting the Crows and the Eagles instead, similarly no radio coverage in either state. So spare a thought for those Geelong fans without Foxtel.

The Cats are still missing Paul Chapman and Travis Varcoe through injury and Steve Johnson to suspension but fortunately Varcoe returns to the VFL this morning along with Trent West. Varcoe was taken off the long term injury list today, as a consequence Josh Walker goes back to the Rookie list. Jared Rivers and Josh Cowan also come back from injury via the VFL this Saturday morning at Simonds Stadium.

The Hawks have made three changes recalling Cyril Rioli who has been out with a long term hamstring injury, ruckman Max Bailey and zippy forward Paul Puopolo. The Cats hope to continue the 'Hawkiwobbles' for at least another match and hopefully for the rest of the season. MATCH PREVIEW INCLUDING TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
HAWTHORN
NO CHANGE IN: Cyril Rioli, Max Bailey, Paul Puopolo
OUT: Luke Shiels (ankle), Xavier Ellis (calf), Jonathan Ceglar (hip)

AFL 2013 ROUND 15; GEELONG V HAWTHORN; MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 4 July 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GEELONG CATS V HAWTHORN HAWKS GEELONG takes an unchanged lineup into their clash with Hawthorn at the MCG on Saturday night as they seek to make it eleven wins in a row. The Cats are still missing Paul Chapman, Trent West and Travis Varcoe through injury and Steve Johnson to suspension but fortunately Varcoe returns to the VFL this Saturday morning. Varcoe was taken off the long term injury list today, as a consequence Josh Walker goes back to the Rookie list. Jared Rivers and Josh Cowan also come back from injury via the VFL this Saturday morning at Simonds Stadium.

The Hawks have made three changes recalling Cyril Rioli who has been out with a long term hamstring injury, ruckman Max Bailey and zippy forward Paul Puopolo. The Cats hope to continue the 'Hawkiwobbles' for at least another match and hopefully for the rest of the season. MATCH PREVIEW

GEELONG
HAWTHORN
NO CHANGE IN: Cyril Rioli, Max Bailey, Paul Puopolo
OUT: Luke Shiels (ankle), Xavier Ellis (calf), Jonathan Ceglar (hip)
B: Guthrie, Lonergan, Enright
HB: Corey, Taylor, T Hunt
C: Mackie, Selwood, Duncan
HF: Stokes, Podsiadly, Blicavs
F: Caddy, Hawkins, Motlop
FOLL: Simpson, Christensen, Bartel
INT: J Hunt, Murdoch, Stringer, Kelly
EMER: Smedts, Varcoe, Vardy
B: Stratton, Lake, Whitecross
HB: Mitchell, Gibson, Burgoyne
C: Smith, Hodge, Hill
HF: Gunston, Franklin, Breust
F: Savage, Roughead, Rioli
FOLL: Bailey, Sewell, Lewis
INT: Duryea, Hale, Puopolo, Simpkin
EMER: Cheney, Langford, Guerra

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CATS BACK ON TRACK WITH EASY WIN OVER DOCKERS
Ben Jensen 30 June 2013

GEELONG thumped Fremantle in their second home game under lights at Simonds Stadium last night despite some inaccurate kicking. The game was alive at half time with the Cats just eleven points ahead of the Dockers but the Cats (all but ) blew the Dockers away, booting two goals nine behinds to no score, the Dockers having just the one inside fifty which was rebounded out straight away. This proved too much to come back from, the Cats finishing off well with a four goal three final quarter to win by forty-one points. Next week the Cats host the Hawks at the MCG in a repeat of the round one clash. Geelong will be hoping the 'Hawkiwobbles' otherwise known as the Kennett Curse continues for an eleventh game. MATCH REPORT AND VFL RESULT

GEELONG 3.4, 5.7, 7.16, 11.19 (85) DEFEATED
FREMANTLE 0.2, 4.2, 4.2, 7.2 (44)

GOALS
GEELONG: Corey 2, Motlop 2, Hawkins 2, Simpson, Bartel, Murdoch, Podsiadly, Hunt

FREMANTLE: Walters 3, Mayne, Taberner, Mzungu, Sheridan

BEST
GEELONG: Taylor, Christensen, Bartel, Stokes, Mackie, Duncan, Corey
FREMANTLE: Crowley, Mzungu, Walters, McPharlin, Fyfe

INJURIES
GEELONG: Josh Hunt (ill); (not reported - Matthew Stokes copped a nasty ball in the same region)
FREMANTLE: Paul Duffield (calf)

CHANGES
FREMANTLE:
Lee Spurr (ill); replaced in selected side by Viv Michie

SUBS
GEELONG
: Jordan Murdoch, replaced Josh Hunt in the third quarter
FREMANTLE:
Viv Michie; replaced Paul Duffield (2nd Quarter)

UMPIRES:

FIELD: Shane Stewart (10) Mathew Nicholls (15) Simon Meredith (21) EM: David Harris (24)
BOUNDARY: Mitchell Lefevre Drew Kowalski Gerard Large Robert Haala
GOAL: Luke Walker Adam Wojcik EM: Michael Hammond

CROWD: 26,743 at Simonds Stadium

PRE-MATCH TIP: "Cats by 37 points"

AFL 2013 ROUND 13; GEELONG V FREMANTLE; MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 27 June 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GEELONG CATS V FREMANTLE DOCKERS GEELONG has recalled Josh Caddy in place of suspended Steve Johnson (who KROCK declared 'injured') for Saturday night's home game against Fremantle. The Dockers lost Michael Barlow with a jaw injury while David Mundy will also miss. Coming into the Dockers side is Tom Sheridan. MATCH PREVIEW

GEELONG
FREMANTLE
IN: Josh Caddy
OUT: Steve Johnson (suspended)
IN: Tom Sheridan
OUT: Michael Barlow (jaw)
B: Guthrie, Taylor, Enright
HB: Corey, Lonergan, T.Hunt
C: Mackie, Selwood, Duncan
HF: Stokes, Podsiadly, Blicavs
F: Caddy, Hawkins, Motlop
FOLL: Simpson, Christensen, Bartel
INT: J.Hunt, Kelly, Murdoch, Stringer
EMER: Smedts, Thurlow, Vardy
B: Dawson, McPharlin, Spurr
HB: C.Pearce, Johnson, Ibbotson
C: Duffield, Crowley, Mzungu
HF: Fyfe, Mayne, Hill
F: Ballantyne, Taberner, Walters
FOLL: Clarke, de Boer, Suban
INT: Crozier, D.Pearce, Sheridan, Hannath
EMER: Sutcliffe, Smith, Michie

CATS STUNNED BY LIONS COMEBACK
Ben Jensen 24 June 2013

CHRIS SCOTT has been on about it for weeks but his side escaped without dropping a match, but yesterday evening at the Gabba the Brisbane Lions, who trailed by some 52 points at one stage, outscored the Cats by eight goals to one in the final term to win by five points with Ashley McGrath kicking the winning goal after the siren in his 200th match. Veteran McGrath had a great all round game, booting two goals early in the match before taking the mark just inside fifty right as the siren sounded. Geelong had led the match at every change, though the Lions did get the early advanced before the Cats booted the final three of the term to lead by thirteen points at the first break.

Like many Geelong fans, coach Chris Scott was not impressed, describing his feeling as "restrained fury" at the mandatory post match presser. "I was extremely disappointed," he said. "I would describe the mood at the moment as restrained fury"; me too Scotty. At least he's starting to know what brother Brad feels like. "Clearly I'm emotional, we're emotional, we're disappointed, but we're 10 (wins) and two (losses), and we'll move on after we've reviewed it thoroughly, because we're certainly not going to sweep this one under the carpet" summed it up.

Scott of course played some 215 games for the Bears/Lions, including the memorable comeback game in round 16 1995 when the Bears trailed the Hawks by 51 points at three quarter time having kicked just five goals for the match, and ended up winning by seven points kicking nine goals in the final quarter. Match info: Footywire

To cap off the misery, Steve Johnson is almost certain to miss two weeks, cited by the AFL Match Review Panel for rough conduct following a bump on Lion Pearce Hanley.

BRISBANE 3.2, 5.4, 7.8, 15.13 (103) DEFEATED
GEELONG 5.3, 9.7, 13.10, 14.14 (98)

GOALS
BRISBANE:
Moloney 3, McGrath 3, Rich 2, Lisle, Patfull, Brown, Zorko, Adcock, Hanley, Rich
GEELONG: Hawkins 3, Christensen 2, Motlop 2, Johnson 2, Mackie, Guthrie, Murdoch, Blicavs, Podsiadly

BEST
BRISBANE: Black, Leuenberger, Moloney, Yeo, McGrath
GEELONG: Motlop, Blicavs, Johnson, Hawkins, Enright, Bartel

CHANGES
BRISBANE: Nil
GEELONG:
Nil

INJURIES
BRISBANE: Taylor Hunt (collarbone)
GEELONG:
Billie Smedts (ankle)

SUBS
BRISBANE: Ryan Harwood replaced Sam Mayes
GEELONG:
Jesse Stringer replaced Jordan Murdoch.

UMPIRES:

FIELD: Chris Donlon (1) Jordan Bannister (5) Stuart Wenn (22) EM: Matthew Leppard (11)
BOUNDARY: Aaron Deckys Nick Wade Nick Liparota Mark Hill
GOAL: Troy Mavroudis Tristan Symes EM: Shaun Apted

CROWD: 24,164 at GABBA

PRE-MATCH TIP: "Cats by 23 points"

AFL 2013 ROUND 13; BRISBANE V GEELONG; MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 22 June 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery BRISBANE LIONS V GEELONG CATS NATHAN VARDY is out of the side to play Brisbane at the Gabba tomorrow evening, replaced by Dawson Simpson on Saturday morning. Also out is Trent West, so it will be Simpson and the returning Mark Blicavs in the ruck. Geelong's injury list is getting a bit of a worry with the likes of Paul Chapman and Travis Varcoe still listed as indefinite and big men Vardy and West missing with back complaints. Jared Rivers continues to struggle with a knee injury while Josh Caddy is back fit, albeit in the VFL.

The two Taylors, Harry and Hunt, are also back along with Steven Motlop. Missing along with Vardy and West are Mitchell Brown, Billie Smedts and Jackson Thurlow. The Lions have made three changes, bringing back former Cat Brent Moloney, Daniel Merrett and Jonathan Brown who is back from suspension. MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
BRISBANE
IN: Taylor, Hunt, Blicavs, Motlop, Simpson
OUT: Vardy (back), West (back), Brown, Smedts, Thurlow
IN: Moloney, Merrett, Brown
OUT: McKeever, Bewick, Raines

AFL 2013 ROUND 13; BRISBANE V GEELONG; MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 20 June 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery BRISBANE LIONS V GEELONG CATS FIVE CATS have been named as inclusions for their Sunday twilight clash with the Lions at the Gabba. The two Taylors, Harry and Hunt are back along with Mark Blicavs, Josh Caddy and Steve Motlop. Missing so far are Trent West with a back complain and Mitchell Brown. Three are to be trimmed from the extended interchange tomorrow evening. The Lions have made just the one omission with Neil McKeever given the heave ho, with four others name as inclusions including Daniel Merrett.

GEELONG
BRISBANE
IN: Taylor, Hunt, Blicavs, Motlop, Caddy
OUT: West (back), Brown
IN: Moloney, Polkinghorne, Merrett, Brown
OUT: McKeever
B: Enright, Lonergan, Guthrie
HB: Corey, Taylor, J Hunt
C: Mackie, Selwood, Kelly
HF: Blicavs, Podsiadly, Christensen
F: Duncan, Hawkins, Motlop
FOLL: Vardy, Johnson, Bartel
INT (FROM): Caddy, Stokes, T Hunt, Murdoch, Stringer, Smedts, Thurlow
B: Adcock, Merrett, Clarke
HB: Rich, Patfull, Staker
C: Mayes, Redden, Golby
HF: Rockliff, Lisle, Zorko
F: McGrath, Brown, Lester
FOLL: Leuenberger, Black, Hanley
INT (FROM): Polkinghorne, Raines, Bewick, Moloney, Harwood, Docherty, Yeo

CATS TAKEN BY SURPRISE BY GIANTS
Ben Jensen 8 June 2013

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY stunned Geelong in this afternoon's match at Škoda Stadium, kicking the first five goals of the match before the Cats eventually shook them off with an eight goal to one final quarter, not dissimilar from the match with Gold Coast the week before. The 59 point win puts the Cats top of the ladder, one win ahead of Hawthorn who have the week off with the bye. Earlier in the day it was announced Harry Taylor had agreed terms with the Cats and will sign up soon for a deal set to take him to the end of his career.

The Giants took three minutes to kick the first goal of the match and just kept on going, they had four by the time the Cats scored a behind at the ten minute mark. The tiny crowd was stunned, most of them wearing blue and white. Steve Johnson and Matthew Stokes kicked Geelong's only goals for the quarter.

GWS weren't going to leave it there by any means, after the Cats kicked the first two of the second quarter going more or less goal for goal with the Cats who held a slender lead at half and three quarter time. In the final quarter the Cats finally swatted away the Giants. It also saw a sickening head clash between Allen Christensen and Steve Johnson. Fortunately both walked off the ground assisted by trainers but if it weren't for the bye next round would be unlikely to play next week.

James Podsiadly enjoyed his return from a knee complaint with five goals, and Jordan Murdoch having his best return in front of goal yet with three. In total the Cats had fifteen goal kickers, the Giants nine, Jeremy Cameron top scoring with four. Mitch Duncan started as sub after having a hot few weeks, coming on late in the third quarter in place of Nathan Vardy who didn't trouble the goal scorers in his second game back from a long term layoff.

Cats coach Chris Scott was fuming pretty much the entire match and afterwards, pointing out that although they're ten wins for just the one loss, it was more good luck than good management having played so poorly at times during most games.

GEELONG 2.3, 10.7, 16.8, 24.13 (157) DEFEATED
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 5.3, 9.5, 14.8, 15.8 (98)

GOALS
GEELONG: Podsiadly 5, Murdoch 3, Selwood 2, Hawkins 2, Hunt 2, Johnson, Mackie, Bartel, Stokes, Christensen, Corey, West, Duncan, Stringer, Kelly

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY : Cameron 4, Palmer 3, Scully 2, Ward, Reid, Plowman, Treloar, Shiel, Tomlinson

BEST
GEELONG: Podsiadly, Selwood, Johnson
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY: Treloar, Cameron, Ward

INJURIES
GEELONG: Steve Johnson (concussion), Allen Christensen (concussion)
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY: Matera (left ankle)

SUBS
GEELONG
: Mitch Duncan, for Nathan Vardy - late in 3rd quarter
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY:
Lachie Whitfield, for Stephen Coniglio - Three quarter time

UMPIRES:

FIELD: Justin Schmitt (17) Troy Pannell (28) Andrew Mitchell (31) EM: Brendan Hosking (16)
BOUNDARY: Michael Saunders Luke Roberts Robert Taylor Scott Gordon
GOAL: James Savage Dale Puren EM: Sergio Villagra

CROWD: 7,809 at Škoda Stadium

PRE-MATCH TIP: "Cats by 81 points"

AFL 2013 ROUND 11; GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY V GEELONG; MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 6 June 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GWS GIANTS V GEELONG CATS FIVE CHANGES to the Geelong side to face the Kevin Sheedy-led GWS Giants at Škoda Stadium this Saturday afternoon in the first of the 'bye' rounds for this season. Just six games are on this weekend with the Lions, Blues, Hawks, Tigers, Power and the Bulldogs having the week off. Harry Taylor and Mark Blicavs have been rested or 'managed' while Steven Motlop and George Burbury miss with injury. Jordan Schroder has been omitted. Returning are Billie Smedts, Jackson Thurlow, Jordan Murdoch (fresh from the News Corp AGM in Sydney), James Podsiadly from injury while Jesse Stringer returns after nearly a year-long absence.

MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
GWS
IN: Smedts, Thurlow, Murdoch, Stringer, Podsiadly
OUT: Taylor (rested), Blicavs (rested), Motlop (knee), Burbury (quad), Schroder (omitted)
IN: Brogan, Gilham, Plowman, Ugle
OUT: Wilson (calf), O'hAilpin (omitted), Corr (omitted), Buntine (omitted)

NIGHT FOOTBALL COMES TO SIMONDS STADIUM; GEELONG V GOLD COAST
Mark Heenan 3 June 2013

THE ELECTRIC BUZZ of night football came to Geelong for the first time at Simonds Stadium on Saturday June 1 in a historic match for the region. Two years after the Gold Coast and Geelong christened the opening of Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast in what was described as a great advertisement for the AFL in Queensland, the round 10 fixture in 2013 under the bright lights at Simonds Stadium was the hottest ticket in town.

As a spectator and a Gold Coast resident in 2011, the match at Metricon Stadium between both sides will be etched in my memory for some time for pure excitement and compelling football. There are plenty similarities between Geelong and the Gold Coast Suns; The AFL’s two only regional teams in the competition, both teams are based on the confines of the coast, both teams play their home games at their own stand alone venue. FULL STORY

CATS PUSHED BY SUNS IN FIRST MATCH UNDER LIGHTS
Ben Jensen 2 June 2013

GEELONG fans were given an almighty fright last night as the Gary Ablett-led Gold Coast side pushed the Cats for three quarters before the Cats pulled away with a nine goals to one final quarter to win by 52 points. The Cats led by just under three goals early in the second half but five unanswered goals from the Suns including two from Campbell Brown gave them a two goal lead.

Geelong snatched back a one point lead before the Gold Coast leveled the scores just before the three quarter time siren. Jimmy Bartel set the scene for the final term with a crafty snap one minute in, his side booting four in a row. The run was only stopped by one of the better goals seen at this ground yet, Ablett gathering the ball just in front of our vantage point right on the boundary facing the ground, and off literally no steps booted the ball to his left with perfect accuracy, the crowd mostly applauding the efforts.

Nathan Vardy's comeback game was great to watch his first goal a highlight as the near-2m tall forward picked the ball up from his bootlaces, evaded one or two tacklers before slamming the goal home confidently from about 30m out with a damp ball. Mitch Duncan was the pick of the best on ground for the Cats by many punters on Twitter, for ours slightly eclipsed by Bartel who unlike most of the season down back spent most of the game up forward. Ablett was certainly the pick of the Suns' players and probably best afield but he was by no means alone, the Suns showing plenty of class and would leave most walking away expecting them to play finals footy within a season or two.

30,082 people packed into the expanded stadium, the largest crowd at the ground and first over 30,000 since the bumper 32,808 against Essendon in 1993. The Cats face the other 'expansion' team Greater Western Sydney at Skoda Stadium next Saturday afternoon in the first of the split rounds for the season with only six matches taking place. Earlier in the day the VFL side had a win over Essendon at Windy Hill, taking their record to six and two giving them second spot on the ladder behind Casey Scorpions.

GEELONG 3.2, 6.6, 9.10, 18.15 (123) DEFEATED
GOLD COAST 3.2, 4.8, 9.10, 10.11 (71)

GOALS
GEELONG: Vardy 4, Bartel 3, Motlop 2, Hawkins 2, Guthrie 2, Blicavs, Burbury, Duncan, J Hunt, West

GOLD COAST: Brown 3, Ablett 2, Lynch, Rischitelli, Harbrow, O'Meara, Russell

BEST
GEELONG: Bartel, Vardy, Duncan, Stokes, Kelly, Taylor, Lonergan
GOLD COAST: Ablett, Thompson, Brown, Prestia, Stanley, O'Meara

INJURIES
GEELONG: No reports
GOLD COAST: Matera (left ankle)

SUBS
GEELONG
: Allen Christensen, replaced Mitch Brown in the third quarter
GOLD COAST:
Kyal Horseley replaced injured Brandon Matera in the third quarter

UMPIRES:

FIELD: Gary Fila (12) Heath Ryan (14) Shane McInerney (30) EM: Jason Armstrong (26)
BOUNDARY: Tim Morrison Shane Jones Drew Kowalski John Morris
GOAL: David Dixon Stephen Williams EM: Daniel Wilson

CROWD: 30,082 at Simonds Stadium

PRE-MATCH TIP: "Cats by 53 points"

 

VFL ROUND 8

GEELONG 5.7, 9.12, 11.15, 18.17 (125) DEFEATED
ESSENDON 2.4, 5.6, 9.9, 13.10 (88)

GOALS
GEELONG: J. Barham 3, J. Walker 3, R. Condy 2, J. Stringer 2, S. Kersten 2, M. Herbison , J. Bews , A. Banjanin , B. Raidme , B. Smedts , B. Hartman
ESSENDON: C. Dell''Olio 4, T. Colyer 2, J. Daniher 2, M. Bate 2, Z. O''Brien , H. Hunter , N. O''Brien

BEST
GEELONG: M. Corrigan, D. Simpson, B. Smedts, J. Barham, J. Stringer, C. Eardley
ESSENDON: B. Duscher, T. Pears, Z. O''Brien, C. Dell''Olio, K. Hardingham, D. Van Unen

GROUND: Windy Hill, Essendon

 

AFL 2013 ROUND 10; GEELONG V GOLD COAST; MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 30 May 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GEELONG CATS V GOLD COAST SUNS THE CATS play their first home game at Geelong under lights this Saturday night. Returning for the occasion is triple-Premiership player James Kelly and promising ruckman/forward Nathan Vardy replacing the rested Jackson Thurlow and injured James Podsiadly. Gary Ablett finally returns home for his first match since turning his back on the Cats at the end of 2010. Gary will lead first gamers Tom Nicholls, Timmy Sumner into action, the 201cm tall Nichols set to start in the ruck with Sumner likely to start on the bench.

It is sure to be an absolutely freezing night so you'd better rug up if you're heading down, and get in early even if you've reserve seats. There remain tickets for sale however, a final release opening up at 9am on Friday via Ticketmaster. General admission tickets will go on sale at 5PM Saturday of he game. Finally Saturday also sees some nostalgia, with the VFL side playing Essendon at Windy Hill at 1PM.

MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
GOLD COAST
IN: James Kelly, Nathan Vardy
OUT: James Podsiadly (knee, 'not a bad one'), Jackson Thurlow (omitted)
IN: Michael Rischitelli, Kyal Horsley, Joel Wilkinson, Tom Nicholls, Timmy Sumner
OUT: Jared Brennan (knee), Jesse Lonergan (hamstring), Greg Broughton, Steven May, Jack Hutchins (all omitted)

CATS CRUISE TO EASY VICTORY OVER POWER
Ben Jensen 25 May 2013

GEELONG easily accounted for Port Adelaide by 48 points at AAMI Stadium tonight. Big forwards Tom Hawkins and James Podsiadly had a feast kicking six and four goals respectively while Steve Johnson was all but hospitalised with leather poisoning.

 

GEELONG 7.1, 10.4, 15.6, 18.8 (116) ) DEFEATED
PORT ADELAIDE 0.4, 3.6, 4.10, 9.14 (68)

GOALS
GEELONG: Hawkins 6, Podsiadly 4, Motlop 2, Schroder 2, Johnson, Bartel, Burbury, Thurlow

PORT ADELAIDE: Schulz 3, Thomas 2, Mitchell 2, Redden, Monfries

BEST
GEELONG: Johnson, Hawkins, Bartel, Motlop, Taylor, Stokes, Motlop, Christensen, Podsiadly, Blicavs
PORT ADELAIDE: Boak, Wingard, Schulz, Gray, Monfries

INJURIES
GEELONG: Joel Selwood (elbow), Allen Christensen (knock to head)
PORT ADELAIDE:
Nil

SUBS
GEELONG
: Josh Hunt, replaced injured Joel Selwood in the fourth quarter
PORT ADELAIDE:
Matt Broadbent replaced Andrew Moore in the third quarter

UMPIRES:

FIELD: Craig Fleer (2) Jeff Dalgleish (7) Jacob Mollison (32) EM: Leigh Haussen (42)
BOUNDARY: Mark Hill Matthew Konetschka Chris Bull Jonathan Creasey
GOAL: Steven Axon Daniel Hoskin EM: Mathew Wilson

CROWD: 21,309 at AAMI Stadium

PRE-MATCH TIP: "Cats by 43 points"

AFL 2013 ROUND 9; PORT ADELAIDE V GEELONG; MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 23 May 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery PORT ADELAIDE POWER V GEELONG CATS STEVE JOHNSON returns from a calf injury that kept him out of last Saturday night's match against Collingwood. The Cats have replaced one George with another, Burbury in for Horlin-Smith who misses with general soreness. Also out is Jordan Schroder who goes back to the VFL side. The Power have made four changes after their third loss on the trot last weekend.

MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
PORT ADELAIDE
IN: Steve Johnson, George Burbury
OUT: Jordan Schroder, George Horlin-Smith (soreness)
IN: Colquhoun, Heath, Logan, Thomas
OUT: Cassisi (hamstring), Neade (rested), Stevenson, Stewart (omitted)

CATS SUFFER FIRST LOSS OF SEASON AT HANDS OF MAGPIES
Ben Jensen 18 May 2013

GEELONG lost to Collingwood at the MCG tonight. That is all.

COLLINGWOOD 5.7, 9.9, 11.10, 15.12 (102) DEFEATED
GEELONG 3.1, 5.7, 13.11, 14.12 (96)

GOALS
COLLINGWOOD:
Dwyer 3, Elliott 3, Krakouer 3, Pendlebury 2, Sidebottom, Lynch, Cloke, Seedsman
GEELONG: Hawkins 4, Bartel 2, Christensen 2, Motlop 2, Podsiadly 2, West, Mackie

BEST
COLLINGWOOD: Pendlebury, O'Brien, Cloke, Sidebottom, Elliott, Dwyer
GEELONG: Stokes, Hawkins, Mackie, Motlop, Bartel,Corey, Enright

CHANGES
COLLINGWOOD: Nil
GEELONG:
Steve Johnson (calf injury) replaced in selected side by Josh Caddy

INJURIES
COLLINGWOOD: Taylor Hunt (collarbone)
GEELONG:
Billie Smedts (ankle)

SUBS
COLLINGWOOD
: Ben Kennedy replaced Jarrod Witts at three quarter time
GEELONG:
Josh Hunt replaced injured Billie Smedts in the second quarter

UMPIRES:

FIELD: Ray Chamberlain (18) Shane McInerney (30) Jacob Mollison (32) EM:Jordan Bannister (5)
BOUNDARY: Mark Foster Shane Jones John Morris Matthew Tomkins
GOAL: Adam Wojcik Chris Appleton EM: Chelsea Roffey

CROWD: 66,768 at MCG

PRE-MATCH TIP: "Cats by 13 points"

AFL 2013 ROUND 8; COLLINGWOOD V GEELONG; MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 16 May 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES V GEELONG CATS JOSH HUNT is back for Geelong in his first AFL game of the season Saturday night at the MCG, taking the place of injured Taylor Hunt who has a fractured shoulder. Also in for the Cats is veteran Joel Corey, who steps in for the suspended James Kelly. Four changes for the Magpies, Luke Ball returning for his first match in a season from a knee reconstruction. Missing for the Pies are suspended Heath Shaw, injured duo Dale Thomas and Martin Clarke while Caolan Mooney was dropped. In the VFL the two sides face off earlier in the day at Victoria Park.

James Kelly was suspended for two matches for rough conduct against Bomber Brendan Goddard. Youngsters Jordan Schroder and Jackson Thurlow retain their spots in the side. The Pies would have hoped to have Alex Fasolo back this week but his suspension from a VFL match put paid to that. While the Cats are missing Paul Chapman, Travis Varcoe and Taylor Hunt from their best 22 the Pies are faring much worse injury wise with no less than ten players unavailable due to injury.

MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
COLLINGWOOD
IN: Joel Corey, Josh Hunt
OUT: James Kelly (suspension), Taylor Hunt (shoulder)
IN: Luke Ball, Jordan Russell, Jarrod Witts, Marley Williams
OUT: Heath Shaw (suspended), Dale Thomas (ankle), Martin Clarke (illness), Caolan Mooney (omitted)

GEELONG and Collingwood games are always a cracker, even if one side wins by nearly 100 points. Last season the Wobblers got the better of the Cats. I remember the night well as that week I was getting the only bathroom renovated. Wife and month old baby relocated to Geelong for the week while I toughed it out without a shower - had to use the gym instead. Rocked up (read full match details) just before the bounce to watch with the younger brother who got the train from Geelong, in the knowledge the bloke doing the reno for me, who equally only just made it in time, was there in the Members supporting the unwashed. He wasn't too gleeful about it though, like John Harms on the night, reckons the Pies were just lucky the Cats started off so poorly or they'd have probably gotten done at the death.

2011 was a much better season for the Cats of course, beating the Magpies not twice but THREE times. First up winning by three points in round 8, before absolutely belting the Wobblers by a lazy 96 points on a Saturday night. And who could forget the biggest win of all, the Cats winning their third premiership in three seasons by 38 points in the grand final.

 

CATS MARCH ON AFTER DEFEATING BOMBERS
Ben Jensen 10 May 2013

GEELONG defeated Essendon by 28 points at Etihad Stadium tonight to remain the only undefeated team in the league after seven rounds. An absolute bumper crowd of 53,014 packed out Etihad Stadium for the occasion, the top of the table clash easily overshadowing the grand final replay between Sydney and Hawthorn.

Steve Johnson was Geelong's best, audaciously using the ball at times in his 36 possessions, among them not one scoring shot. Matthew Stokes was just behind if not arguably ahead of him in one of his best seasons yet, booting three goals. Steve Motlop could or should have kicked about five goals but finished with one, plus 28 odd touches. The Bombers had plenty of contributers and finished with more scoring shots than the Cats, David Zaharakis their best.

Key backmen Tom Lonergan and Harry Taylor must be front runners for the All Aussie side by now with another strong display, aided by consummate professionals Corey Enright and Jimmy Bartel. Skipper Joel Selwood had under 20 touches but was highly clinical in his use of the pill, and kicked one goal. Mark Blicavs kicked the opening goal of the match, finishing with two, and is really starting to stamp his authority on the game. Certainly he has held his position in the side and may just be ahead of Trent West in the scheme of things who hasn't exactly had a bad season himself.

Jackson Thurlow acquainted himself well as did Jordan Schroder in his second game, booting his first goal. A bad week if your name was Josh, all three emergencies for the Cats in Hunt, Caddy and Walker being named Josh. Another huge match for Geelong next weekend, Collingwood on Saturday night at the MCG in an away fixture.

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GEELONG 2.2, 7.7, 13.9, 17.11 (113) DEFEATED
ESSENDON 2.5, 6.9, 7.18, 11.19 (85)

GOALS
GEELONG: Stokes 3, Blicavs 2, Hawkins 2, Lonergan 2, Smedts 2, Motlop, Schroder, Bartel, Christensen, Duncan, Selwood

ESSENDON: Myers 2, Gumbleton 2, Davey, Hocking, Bellchambers, Crameri, Goddard, Hibberd, Hurley

BEST
GEELONG: Stokes, Motlop, Johnson, Duncan, Taylor, Lonergan, Kelly, Enright
ESSENDON: Zaharakis, Watson, Hibberd, Goddard

INJURIES
GEELONG: Taylor Hunt (collarbone)
ESSENDON:
Nil

SUBS
GEELONG
: Jordan Schroder, replaced injured Taylor Hunt in the first quarter
ESSENDON:
Nathan Lovett-Murray replaced Alwyn Davey in the third quarter

UMPIRES:

FIELD: Brett Rosebury (8) Matt Stevic (9) Heath Ryan (14) EM: Tristan Burgess (13)
BOUNDARY: Robert Haala Mark Foster Ian Burrows Gerard Large
GOAL: Adam Wojcik Chris Appleton EM: Michael Hammond

CROWD: 53,014 at Etihad Stadium

PRE-MATCH TIP: "Cats by 3 points"

AFL 2013 ROUND 7; GEELONG V ESSENDON; MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 9 May 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GEELONG CATS V ESSENDON BOMBERS ONLY ONE side will remain undefeated, barring a draw anyway, after tomorrow night's top of the table clash between the Cats and the Bombers. The match is all but sold out, even club members such as ourselves having to shell extra just to come in and stand. BIG changes for the Cats, Joel Corey out with a knee injury and Jordan Murdoch omitted, with Jackson Thurlow to make his AFL debut and Jordan Schroder named for his second career game. Incredibly the Bombers have made six changes, four of them unforced. Last season the Cats belted the Bombers by 67 points, little chance of that this time. No confirmation yet from either club if an informal 'Dean Robinson Cup' will be presented after the match.

MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
ESSENDON
IN: Jackson Thurlow, Jordan Schroder
OUT: Joel Corey (Knee) , Jordan Murdoch (Omitted)
NEW: Jackson Thurlow (Launceston)
IN: Nathan Lovett-Murray, Dustin Fletcher, Michael Hurley, Jake Carlisle, Dyson Heppell, Jason Winderlich
OUT: Jackson Merrett (Omitted) , Tayte Pears (Omitted) , Courtenay Dempsey (Ankle) , David Hille (Omitted) , Brent Stanton (Groin) , Leroy Jetta (Omitted)

CATS TESTED EARLY BUT RUN OUT EASY WINNERS OVER TIGERS
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. The third term saw the Cats kick six goals to three to lead by 30 points at the final break. The final winning margin was 44 points, fitting with Corey Enright playing his 250th game tonight.

Steve Johnson is our pick for BOG in his 200th game, but he was by no means alone with Allen Christensen, Matthew Stokes, Jimmy Bartel not far behind. Enright deserves a special mention, amazingly played his 250th game tonight and didn't let his fans down with a great game down back and late in the final quarter booted an amazing goal from the boundary line 40m out to huge cheers.

GEELONG 3.3, 9.3, 15.7, 20.11 (131) DEFEATED
RICHMOND 4.1, 8.4, 11.7, 13.9 (87)

GOALS
GEELONG: Christensen 3, Bartel 2, Duncan 2, Hawkins 2, Smedts 2, Stokes 2, Blicavs, Enright, Johnson, Murdoch, Selwood, West

RICHMOND: King 4, Riewoldt 3, Martin 2, Ellis, Knights, Grigg, McGuane

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

INJURIES
GEELONG: Nil reported
RICHMOND:
Ty Vickery (concussion)

SUBS
GEELONG
: George Horlin-Smith, replaced Jordan Murdoch in the third quarter
RICHMOND:
Matt White replaced injured Ty Vickery in the second quarter

UMPIRES:

FIELD: Chris Donlon (1), Mathew Nicholls (15), Chris Kamolins (19) EM: Heath Ryan (14)
BOUNDARY: Mark Foster, Matthew Tomkins, Gerard Large, Drew Kowalski
GOAL: Chris Appleton, Jason Venkataya EM: Adam Wojcik

CROWD: 55,625 at Melbourne Cricket Ground

PRE-MATCH TIP: "Cats by 39 points"

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

AFL 2013 ROUND 6; RICHMOND V GEELONG; MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 2 May 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery RICHMOND TIGERS V GEELONG CATS PAUL CHAPMAN AND TOM HAWKINS make welcome returns to the side to face Richmond at the MCG this Saturday night. Out are injured Jared Rivers and Josh Caddy who copped a knee injury and concussion respectively in last Saturday night's win over the Bulldogs. Handy inclusions for the Cats. The Tigers have made three changes, just the one of them forced in little known Brad Helbig. Robbie Nahas and Jake Batchelor were dropped. Returning is Jake 'Pushup' King, Troy Chaplin and Steven Morris.

MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
RICHMOND
IN: Chapman, Hawkins
OUT: Rivers (knee), Caddy (concussion)
IN: Jake King , Troy Chaplin, Steven Morris
OUT: Robin Nahas (Omitted), Brad Helbig (Hamstring), Jake Batchelor (Omitted)

CATS TESTED BY BULLDOGS BUT HANG ON
Ben Jensen 27 April 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GEELONG defeated the Western Bulldogs by 21 points at Etihad Stadium after being held goalless in the final term while the Bulldogs kicked three goals. The Cats lead by 46 points at three quarter time and seemed to be cruising to a ten goal win. Harry Taylor added three more for the quarter for a total of five after starting up forward. Steven Motlop three goals while at the other end Liam Jones booted four goals and Jake Stringer three.

Recruits Josh Caddy and Jared Rivers took no further part in the match in the first half, Rivers incurring a knee injury and subbed of for Taylor Hunt, Caddy a more precautionary move after receiving a knock to the head. Skipper Joel Selwood briefly left the field during the third quarter after a whack to the guts by opposite number Matthew Boyd.

 

GEELONG: 5.5, 10.9, 15.12, 15.15 (107)
WESTERN BULLDOGS: 3.1, 6.3, 10.6, 13.8 (86)

GOALS
GEELONG: Taylor 5, Motlop 3, Selwood 2, Johnson, Christensen, Kelly, Podsiadly, Smedts
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Jones 4, Stringer 3, Cooney 2, Smith 2, Dahlhaus, Roughead

BEST
GEELONG: Taylor, Motlop, Johnson, Selwood, Mackie, Enright, Bartel
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Jones, Morris, Stringer, Minson, Boyd, Cross, Liberatore

CHANGES
GEELONG: Tom Hawkins replaced in selected side by Cameron Guthrie
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Nil

INJURIES
GEELONG: Rivers (knee), Caddy (concussion)
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Nil

SUBS
GEELONG
: Taylor Hunt, replaced injured Jared Rivers at quarter time
WESTERN BULLDOGS:
Jackson Macrae replaced Patrick Veszpremi in the third quarter

UMPIRES:

FIELD: Sam Hay (20) Robert Findlay (23) Leigh Fisher (33) EM: Brett Rosebury (8)
BOUNDARY: Michael Marantelli Shane Thiele Chris Roberts Justin Bennison
GOAL: Jason Venkataya Michael Hammond EM: Adam Wojcik

CROWD: 26,153 at Ethiad Stadium, Melbourne Docklands

PRE-MATCH TIP: "Cats by 42 points"

 

BULLDOGS V CATS; THREE QUARTER TIME SCORE
GEELONG lead the Western Bulldogs by 46 at three quarter time. Harry Taylor added three more this quarter for a total of five after starting up forward. Steven Motlop has three goals as does Liam Jones at the other end for the Bulldogs. Recruits Josh Caddy and Jared Rivers have not taken any part in the game since the first half, Rivers incurring a knee injury and subbed of for Taylor Hunt, Caddy a more precautionary move after receiving a knock to the head. Skipper Joel Selwood briefly left the field during the third quarter after a whack to the guts by opposite number Matthew Boyd.

GEELONG: 5.5, 10.9, 15.12 (102)
WESTERN BULLDOGS: 3.1, 6.3, 10.6 (66)

GOALS
GEELONG: Taylor 4, Motlop 3, Selwood 2, Johnson, Christensen, Kelly, Podsiadly, Smedts
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Jones 3, Smith 2, Stringer 2, Dahlhaus, Cooney

 

BULLDOGS V CATS; HALF TIME SCORE
GEELONG overcome a slow start to lead the Western Bulldogs by thirty points at half time in their clash at Etihad Stadium this evening. Harry Taylor, who started as a forward, leads the goal kicking effort with two, Liam Jones dominating at the other end with three.

GEELONG: 5.5, 10.9 (69)
WESTERN BULLDOGS: 3.1, 6.3 (39)

GOALS
GEELONG: Taylor 2, Motlop 2, Selwood 2, Johnson, Kelly, Podsiadly, Smedts
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Jones 3, Stringer, Dahlhaus, Cooney

AFL 2013 ROUND 5; WESTERN BULLDOGS V GEELONG; MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 26 April 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery WESTERN BULLDOGS V GEELONG CATS JAMES KELLY is set to return for the Cats in tomorrow night's match against the Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium. Paul Chapman makes way for Kelly with a shoulder injury. The Bulldogs have made three changes, two of them compulsary. In the VFL the Cats play Frankston on S

unday down at Frankston. Nathan Vardy is set to make his long awaited return from a chronic shoulder injury. In other news George Horlin-Smith is the AFL's Rising Star for Round 4, on the back of his performances against Carlton and the Sydney Swans.

 

GEELONG
WESTERN BULLDOGS
IN: James Kelly
OUT: Paul Chapman (hamstring)
IN: Mark Austin, Patrick Veszpremi, Clay Smith
OUT: Daniel Giansiracusa (shoulder), Ryan Griffen (shoulder), Ayce Cordy (omitted)

MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

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."

CATS SIMPLY TOO GOOD FOR SWANS AT SCG
Ben Jensen 20 April 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GEELONG put paid to any suggestions they're no good at the SCG last night, which started out as a shoot out with a fifteen goal opening quarter, an arm wrestle in the second, while after half time the Cats blew the Swans away with a seven goal to one third term. The lead blew out to just under 40 points in the final quarter before the Swans pegged a few back when it was all over, the final winning margin 21 points.

If you've nothing else to do, get down to Simonds Stadium to watch Dan Menzel and Josh Hunt continue their comebacks, Menzel from his second knee reconstruction. The Bendigo Bank Cats play the Box Hill Hawks. Hawthorn recruit Brian Lake is set to play for the Box Hill side, overlooked for their match against Fremantle in Launceston today. Alternatively you can watch it on ABC TV today. As reported in the match preview, Geelong's ruckman stocks are that low the hierarchy has recruited Sandy Robinson from down Port Fairy way, the big man formerly playing footy at Newtown & Chilwell. FULL MATCH REPORT

GEELONG: 7.2, 9.4, 16.7, 19.10 (124) DEFEATED
SYDNEY: 8.1, 10.3, 11.3, 16.7 (103)

GOALS
GEELONG: Motlop 3, Hawkins 3, Taylor 2, Chapman 2, Stokes 2, Horlin-Smith, Podsiadly, Smedts, Johnson, Selwood, T Hunt, Christensen
SYDNEY: McVeigh 3, Goodes 2, Bolton 2, Hannebery 2, Malceski 2, Reid, Roberts-Thomson, Pyke, McGlynn, Kennedy

BEST
GEELONG: Selwood, Taylor, Hawkins, Motlop, Corey, T Hunt
SYDNEY: Hannebery, Bolton, Pyke, O'Keefe, Malceski, Goodes

CHANGES
GEELONG
: Nil SYDNEY:
Nil

INJURIES
GEELONG
: Nil reports
SYDNEY:
Lewis Roberts-Thomson (right knee, likely to miss a few weeks at least)

SUBS
GEELONG
: Josh Caddy; replaced Billie Smedts at three quarter time
SYDNEY:
Mitch Morton; replaced injured Lewis Roberts-Thomson in second quarter

UMPIRES:

FIELD: Chris Donlon (1) Matt Stevic (9) Shane Stewart (10) EM: Andrew Mitchell (31)
BOUNDARY: Robert Taylor Luke Roberts Michael Saunders Chris Simms
GOAL: Sergio Villagra James Savage EM: Dale Puren

CROWD: 31,060 at SCG, Sydney

PRE-MATCH TIP: "Cats by 2 points"

AFL 2013 ROUND 4; SYDNEY V GEELONG; MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 18 April 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery SYDNEY SWANS V GEELONG CATS TWO CHANGES for the Cats' side to play the Swans at the SCG tomorrow evening. Jared Rivers and George Horlin-Smith return, Rivers from injury and the Hyphen after a spell in the Twos. The Swans also made two changes, Mitch Morton and Dane Rampe inclusions for omitted pair Craig Bird and Andrejs Everitt. While Jordan Murdoch was dropped for the Cats, Travis Varcoe is out with a shoulder injury likely to see him miss up to three months of footy.

Sydney has had as good a start to a season for a reigning premier as you'd hope for. Opening matches against newbies GWS and Gold Coast then a tester against the Kangaroos in Hobart. An injury list you can count on one hand minus a thumb, and a recruit adding muscle to muscle, Kurt Tippett, to return mid season. Geelong has more trouble injury wise.

It isn't all bad news however, last week the injury list had some fourteen listed; it's dropped to seven this week and two of those should play. Dan Menzel's comeback in the VFL last week met expectations, he may play a full game this week. Unfortunately Josh Walker has suffered another setback, first missing the second ruck spot to Mark Blicavs now he's out with a shoulder injury, though fortunately not as bad as Varcoe's. Josh Hunt continues in the VFL, not yet able to force his way back into the side.

Meanwhile in the VFL the ruckman stocks are that low the hierarchy has recruited Sandy Robinson from down Port Fairy way, the big man formerly playing footy at Newtown & Chilwell. The Bendigo Bank Cats play Box Hill at home on Saturday, to be televised on ABC.

 

GEELONG
SYDNEY
IN: Jared Rivers, George Horlin-Smith
OUT: Travis Varcoe (shoulder), H.M. Murdoch (omitted)
IN: Mitch Morton, Dane Rampe
OUT: Craig Bird, Andrejs Everitt (both omitted)

MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

CATS BEAT BLUES IN YET ANOTHER HEART STOPPER
Ben Jensen 13 April 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GEELONG defeated Carlton by 16 points in front of a bumper 43,241 crowd at Etihad Stadium tonight to go three and nil for the season, with the win and luckless Blues the opposite. In fact new coach Michael Malthouse now has four losses from his past six games as coach - THREE of those coming courtesy of the Cats. The win came at a cost however with Travis Varcoe likely to be out for anyone up to 12 weeks if he has to have surgery on an injured shoulder, suffered in the first quarter. The Blues also lost a key player early, Matthew Kreuzer incurring a suspected broken thumb. The match was interrupted in the final quarter due to a streaker who appeared to be naked, holding up play for a minute or so. He wore a blue and white garment that from our perch couldn't distinguish as a Carlton or Geelong scarf. SCORES

Geelong led at every change but with four minutes to play in the opening quarter trailed four goals to one. Four goals later they led by eight points at quarter time. Carlton again started better in the second quarter but could not sustain it for long, the Cats soon jumping to an 18 point lead. But the Blues weren't giving up, nudging in front after three in a row only for Geelong to go on another four goal streak to lead by 19 at half time.

The buffer hovered around the 20 point mark during the third term before the Cats finished the quarter strongly with three unanswered goals to take the biggest lead of the match, 33 points, into the final break. One more goal would have sealed it, but the Blues were having none of it, booting four unanswered goals, one about every five minutes to cut the lead back to just 11 points. Finally the Cats got back into gear, the steadier and sealer coming from Steven Motlop, coolly receiving the ball just outside fifty before threading it through to pretty much put it beyond doubt.

Not the result Blues fans are looking for but there were some positive signs for those following the bearded team, Dylan Buckley, son of club legend Jim kicking a goal with his first kick in the opening seconds of the second quarter, coming on as sub for Kreuzer. Second gamer Sam Rowe kicked two first half goals, and Brock McLean who copped a lot from Blues fans in 2012 really stood tall.

Taylor Hunt delivered the best game we've seen from him yet, bagging three goals including two in the opener quarter. Geelong's other Taylor, Harry, equally delivered, surprisingly finding himself down forward quite often with two goals himself. Allen Christensen, Matthew Stokes and Steven Motlop were outstanding, the Cats wouldn't have won without their efforts. Tom Hawkins who equal top scored with Hunt on three goals had a decent match, he was double teamed for most of the match but still managed to hold the ball up and more often than not get it out to a teammate.

Andrew Mackie and Steve Johnson pulled up sore after some knocks but according to coach Chris Scott should be all right for next week's match against Sydney at the SCG. Jimmy Bartel, playing down back again with Corey Enright, got a fair bit of the ball and was Mr Clutch when he needed to be. He did find himself mismatched at times on the likes of Shaun Hampson and gave away a few free kicks resulting in shots at goal. For the Blues in addition to our pick McLean it was usual suspects Bryce Gibbs, Chris Judd, Andrew Walker and to a lesser extent Marc Murphy who kept them in the match.

GEELONG: 5.5, 12.6, 17.7, 18.11 (119) DEFEATED
CARLTON: 4.3, 9.5, 11.10, 15.13 (103)

GOALS
GEELONG: Hunt 3, Hawkins 3, Christensen 2, Taylor 2, Smedts 2, Motlop 2, Podsiadly, West, Stokes, Selwood
CARLTON: Rowe 2, Yarran 2, Lucas 2, Scotland, McLean, Buckley, Garlett, McLean, Judd, Murphy, Hampson, Armfield

BEST
GEELONG: Taylor, Hunt, Stokes, Motlop, Christensen, Bartel, Hawkins
CARLTON: Walker, Gibbs, Judd, Robinson, Jamison, Rowe, McLean

CHANGES
GEELONG
: Nil CARLTON:
Nil

INJURIES
GEELONG
: Travis Varcoe (shoulder)
CARLTON: Matthew Kreuzer (thumb)

UMPIRES:

FIELD: Kenny Dalgleish, Matthew Nicholls, Shane McInerney
BOUNDARY: Mitchell Lefevre, Tim Morrison, Justin Bennison, Matthew Tomkins
GOAL: David Dixon, Luke Walker EM: Matthew Wilson

CROWD: 43,241 at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne Docklands

PRE-MATCH TIP: "Cats by 23 points"

AFL 2013 ROUND 3; GEELONG V CARLTON; MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 11 April 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GEELONG CATS V CARLTON BLUES STEVE JOHNSON is an inclusion for the Cats this week along with Jordan Murdoch, while James Kelly and Mitchell Brown miss due to injury and omission. Kelly, who only returned last week, will miss with a calf injury. Johnson returns from a suspension and minor surgery while Murdoch has recovered from a hand complaint suffered in the round one win over the Hawks.

Josh Hunt and Dan Menzel have been named in the VFL side to play Williamstown at home on Sunday. Last season the Cats beat the Blues by 12 points on a Friday night at Etihad. They will be hoping to do the same and go to a three-nil opening for the season. The Blues on the other hand have had just that, losing both opening matches, to Richmond in round one and Collingwood last weekend.

GEELONG
CARLTON
IN: Steve Johnson, Jordan Murdoch
OUT: Jared Rivers (knee), Jordan Murdoch (hand)
IN: Aaron Joseph, Shaun Hampson, Dylan Buckley, Heath Scotland
OUT: Jeremy Laidler, Levi Casboult, Tom Bell, Josh Bootsma

MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

CATS JUST GET OVER KANGAROOS IN ANOTHER NAIL BITER
Ben Jensen 7 April 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GEELONG beat North Melbourne by just four points today with the last kick of the day, after looking as though they had lost it. Down by seven goals at one stage, the Cats fought back hard in the third and fourth quarters, hitting the lead some ten minutes into the final term before the Kangaroos snatched it back 18 minutes in thanks to a controversial 50m penalty. But it was a free kick and 50m penalty for the Cats that gave them the win, Jimmy Bartel earning a free with just 25 seconds left on the clock, the 50m penalty making a certainty of it. Allen Christensen and Tom Hawkins shared goal kicking honours for the Cats with three apiece, while for the Roos Lindsay Thomas was a dead-eye-dick with five, Drew Petrie with four.

FULL MATCH REPORT

GEELONG: 4.0, 6.4, 13.8, 16.16 (112) DEFEATED
NORTH MELBOURNE: 7.1, 12.3, 15.5, 17.6 (108)

GOALS
GEELONG: Christensen 3, Hawkins 3, Chapman 2, Motlop 2, Selwood, Podsiadly, Lonergan, Duncan, Caddy, Bartel
NORTH MELBOURNE: Thomas 5, Petrie 4, Tarrant 2, Bastinac, Mullett, Atley, Anthony, Adams, Wells

BEST
GEELONG: Selwood, Christensen, Enright, Chapman, Kelly
NORTH MELBOURNE: Swallow, Bastinac, Grima, Thomas, Petrie, Ziebell

CHANGES
GEELONG
: Nil NORTH MELBOURNE:
Nil

INJURIES
GEELONG
: Nil
NORTH MELBOURNE: Andrew Swallow (left quadricep)

UMPIRES:

FIELD: Matt Stevic, Robert Findlay, Matthew Nichols EM: Jacob Mollison
BOUNDARY: Mitchell Lefevre, Drew 'Killer' Kowalski, Justin Bennison, Christopher Gordon
GOAL: Michael Hammond, Jason Venkataya EM: Chelsea Roffey

CROWD: 34,152 at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne Docklands

PRE-MATCH TIP: "Cats by 27 points"

AFL 2013 ROUND 2; GEELONG V NORTH MELBOURNE; MATCH PREVIEW, FINAL TEAMS
Ben Jensen 5 April 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GEELONG CATS V NORTH MELBOURNE GEELONG PREMIERSHIP DUO James Kelly and Joel Corey return to the side to face North Melbourne on Sunday at Etihad Stadium, along with Mitch Brown. Making way are injured pair Jordan Murdoch and Jared Rivers while George Horlin-Smith has been omitted. MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

The Kangaroos made just one change to last week's side that lost to Collingwood, Scott McMahon a welcome inclusion from injury in the back line, taking the spot of Sam Wright who is out with a knee injury suffered in the loss against Collingwood on Sunday. Majak Daw again misses out on an AFL match, confirmed as an emergency.

Last season the Kangas had the better of the Cats by 17 points in a game the Cats never looked like winning. Geelong outscored North seven goals to four in the final term but it was too late, even with nine goals between James Podsiadly and Tom Hawkins.

Matt Stevic and Matthew Nichols are field umpires again this week after officiating in Monday's win over Hawthorn, Robert Findlay the change from last week. The popular Chelsea Roffey finds herself named as emergency goal umpire this week, but fans should note she is umpiring the Saints-Tigers game tonight.

 

GEELONG
NORTH MELBOURNE
IN: Joel Corey, James Kelly, Mitch Brown, Jesse Stringer, Jackson Thurlow
OUT: Jared Rivers (knee), Jordan Murdoch (hand)
NEW
:
Jackson Thurlow (Launceston)
IN: S.McMahon, L.Greenwood, M.Daw, T.Hine
OUT: S.Wright (Knee)
NEW
:
Majak Daw (Werribee), Taylor Hine (Gold Coast),

MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

ROUND 1 HIGHLIGHTS
4 April 2013

FORMER GEELONG star now Gold Coast skipper Gary Ablett features in much of this six minute clip from the Youtube account of 'thewalkindude00'.

 

GEELONG DEFEATS HAWTHORN AS HAWKIWOBBLES CONTINUE
Ben Jensen 1 April 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery HAWTHORN HAWKS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG notched up a tenth win in a row over Hawthorn in front of 76,300 at the MCG, coming from five goals down in the second quarter to win by seven points, coincidentally the exact winning margin we tipped.

FULL MATCH REPORT

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GEELONG: 1.5, 5.7, 10.12, 13.15 (93) DEFEATED
HAWTHORN: 4.3, 8.9, 10.10, 12.14 (86)

GOALS
GEELONG: Hawkins 2, Smedts 2, Podsiadly 2, Duncan 2, Chapman, Varcoe, Selwood, Mackie, Christensen
HAWTHORN: Franklin 2, Breust 2, Savage 2, Lewis, Guerra, Hale, Rioli, Smith, Roughead

BEST
GEELONG: Selwood, Chapman, Stokes, Lonergan, Mackie, Taylor, Motlop
HAWTHORN: Mitchell, Sewell, Birchall, Puopolo, Gibson, Schoenmakers

CHANGES
GEELONG
: Nil
HAWTHORN:
Brian Lake replaced in selected side by Max Bailey

INJURIES
GEELONG
: Christensen (cut eye), Rivers (right knee), Murdoch (right thumb)
HAWTHORN: Breust (hip), Hill (hamstring)

UMPIRES:

FIELD: Matt Stevic, Shane Stewart, Matthew Nichols EM: Ben Ryan
BOUNDARY: Christopher Gordon, Mitchell Lefevre, John Morris Shane Thiele
GOAL: Luke Walker, Adam Wojcik EM: Jason Venkataya

CROWD: 76,300 at MCG, Melbourne

AFL 2013 ROUND 1; HAWTHORN V GEELONG; MATCH PREVIEW; FINAL TEAMS
Ben Jensen 1 April 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery HAWTHORN HAWKS V GEELONG CATS MARK BLICAVS will make his debut for Geelong in their Easter Monday clash with Hawthorn at the MCG. Joining him pulling on a Cats jumper for the first time are Josh Caddy and Jared Rivers from the Gold Coast and Melbourne. For the Hawks former Bulldog Brian Lake has been named as has debutant Jed Anderson. In the VFL yesterday the Cats unfurled the 2012 premiership flag at Torquay and had a win over Williamstown. Joel Corey, named an emergency for this game, played a full game while another emergency for this game, Josh Walker, picked up an injury. MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

Monday sees two great sides continue their rivalry at the MCG, the Cats seeking to win their tenth straight game over the Hawks, who hope to make the most of Lance 'Buddy' Franklin while still at the club. Of the last nine wins by the Cats seven have been less than ten points. The last such match in round 19 last season saw the Cats in front by some 51 points early in the second quarter, the Hawks going on the snatch the lead back, Geelong only winning the match thanks to a Tom Hawkins goal after the siren 52 metres from goal.

Missing for the Cats are suspended triple-premiership duo Steve Johnson and James Kelly, while Josh Hunt is out with injury. Trent West has been named on the bench and is now confirmed to play, Blicavs named as first ruck. Blicavs's is an incredible debut, after spending most of his adult life pursuing an international athletics career. Former Dee Jared Rivers is named in a back pocket, while Gold Coast recruit Josh Caddy is on the bench.

Hawks skipper Luke Hodge is missing as is Michael Osborne, the Hawks naming backman Josh Gibson, recruit Brian Lake and the excitement machine Cyril Rioli. Former Bulldog and former Harris Lake may yet have to wait another week to debut with his new club, being under a cloud with a calf injury, but our word is he'll play. Also new for the Hawks are Jed Anderson from WA club Peel Thunder while former Cat Jonathan Simpkin sits this one out as an emergency.

GEELONG
HAWTHORN
NEW: Josh Caddy (Gold Coast), Mark Blicavs (IAAF circuit), Jared Rivers (Melbourne) NEW: Brian Lake (Footscray), Jed Anderson (Peel Thunder)

MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

VFL CATS OPEN SEASON WITH A WIN
Ben Jensen 1 April 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GEELONG V WILLIAMSTOWN VFL Geelong's VFL side unfurled their 2012 premiership flag and had the perfect start to their premiership defence at Torquay yesterday.

GEELONG 1.6.12 5.10.40 9.15.69 12.16 (88) DEFEATED
WILLIAMSTOWN 2.5.17 4.8.32 6.10.46 11.14 (80)

GOALS
GEELONG: J. Schroder 2, B. Raidme 2, J. Hamling 2, J. Hollmer 2, D. Gleeson , J. Thurlow , D. Measures , J. Corey
WILLIAMSTOWN: J. Redpath 2, J. Sherman 2, P. Veszpremi , B. Prismall , L. Williams , C. Nastasi , J. Stringer , M. Austin , W. Wheeler

BEST
GEELONG: M. Brown, J. Corey, A. Banjanin, B. Raidme, J. Schroder, J. Thurlow
WILLIAMSTOWN: W. Wheeler, M. Talia, L. Markovic, B. Jolley, J. MacRae, J. McNamara

CROWD: Unknown at Spring Creek Reserve, Torquay

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AFL 2013 ROUND 1; HAWTHORN V GEELONG; MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 28 March 2013

By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery HAWTHORN HAWKS V GEELONG CATS EASTER MONDAY sees two great sides continue their rivalry at the MCG, the Cats seeking to win their tenth straight game over the Hawks, who hope to make the most of Lance 'Buddy' Franklin while still at the club. Of the last nine wins by the Cats seven have been less than ten points. The last such match in round 19 last season saw the Cats in front by some 51 points early in the second quarter, the Hawks going on the snatch the lead back, Geelong only winning the match thanks to a Tom Hawkins goal after the siren 52 metres from goal. MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

Missing for the Cats are suspended triple-premiership duo Steve Johnson and James Kelly, while Josh Hunt is out with injury. Trent West has been named on the bench but is unlikely to play, Josh Walker penciled in to take his place. Mark Blicavs, named as first ruck, is set to make his incredible debut, after spending most of his adult life pursuing an international athletics career. Former Dee Jared Rivers is named in a back pocket, while Gold Coast recruit Josh Caddy is on the bench.

Hawks skipper Luke Hodge is missing as is Michael Osborne, the Hawks naming backman Josh Gibson, recruit Brian Lake and the excitement machine Cyril Rioli. Former Bulldog and former Harris Lake may yet have to wait another week to debut with his new club, being under a cloud with a calf injury. Also new for the Hawks are Jed Anderson from WA club Peel Thunder and former Cat Jonathan Simpkin.

Joining West and Caddy on the seven man bench are Mathew Stokes, Allen Christensen, George Horlin-Smith, Josh Walker and Jesse Stringer.

GEELONG
HAWTHORN
NEW: Josh Caddy (Gold Coast), Mark Blicavs (IAAF circuit), Jared Rivers (Melbourne) NEW: Brian Lake (Footscray), Jed Anderson (Peel Thunder), Jonathan Simpkin (Geelong)

MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

2013 TEAM LIST FINALISED
Ben Jensen 13 March 2013

GEELONG'S LIST for 2013 has been finalised with the VFL listed players now being confirmed. Notable departures from last season are retiring premiership duo David Wojinski and Matthew Scarlett, Shannon Byrnes who has gone to Melbourne while Orren Stephenson, Tom Gillies and Simon Hogan also left the club. Seasoned recruits Hamish McIntosh and Jared Rivers will slot in nicely while two season player Josh Caddy joins from the Gold Coast.

Several players have upgraded their numbers including Nathan Vardy, Josh Walker, Ryan Bathie and Mark Biclavs - hopefully not too many fans will have to unpick numbers on guernseys following those moves.

Led by Troy Selwood and Dom Gleeson the Bendigo Bank Cats will be out to defend their VFL premiership with a mixture of old and new. Jonathan Simpkin is the only Rookie listed player from last season to go. VFL only players departing include Ben Johnson, Andrew McLean, Darcy Holden, Casey Tutungi, Jack Shannahan and Tom Williams. Sign-ons are Piers Flanagan, Jai Sheenan, Daniel Measures, Zak Sherman, Ryley Hall, Tom Gribble and Dane McFarlane. LINK - TEAM LIST

CATS BEAT ROOS IN FINAL NAB CUP GAME
Ben Jensen 11 March 2013

GEELONG denied North Melbourne a lucrative spot in the NAB Cup grand final, holding off the Kangaroos by two goals in terribly challenging conditions at Simonds Stadium with a largely unknown list. Playing in 37 degree heat the quarters were shortened and the AFL decided to scrap the trial 80 interchange cap for the match. Paul Chapman was the star for the Cats, dominating the final quarter with three good goals.

This Friday Geelong host Collingwood at home for the first time since the 1990s. Entry is free for all club and AFL members, with general admin setting you back $5.

GEELONG: 0.3.6, 0.8.6, 0.10.8, 0.14.12 (96) DEFEATED
NORTH MELBOURNE: 0.3.2, 0.6.2, 0.10.8, 0.12.12 (84)

GOALS
GEELONG: Hawkins 3, Chapman 3, Motlop 2, Murdoch 2, Walker 2, Selwood, Varcoee
NORTH MELBOURNE: Thomas 3, Petrie, Daw, Adams, Black, Swallow, Bastinac, Harper, Hansen, Ziebell

BEST
GEELONG: Chapman, Kelly, Selwood, Johnson, Hawkins, Murdoch
NORTH MELBOURNE: Swallow, Thomas, Jacobs, Wells, Currie

UMPIRES: Rosebury, Ryan, Harris (That's Ryan AND Harris, not Ryan Harris the ersttwhile Australian cricketer)

CROWD: Unknown at Simonds Stadium, Geelong

 

CATS THUMPS CROWS
Ben Jensen 2 March 2013

GEELONG made easy work of an Adelaide side today, defeating the Crows by 43 points at Simonds Stadium. Shane Kersten made the most of his time in the middle with three goals - all of the nine pointers, while Billie Smedts, 'Howling Mad' Murdoch, Mitch Duncan and Jimmy Bartel all kicked two.

GEELONG: 2.5.6, 2.9.8, 2.13.11, 2.16.12 (126) DEFEATED
ADELAIDE: 0.2.0, 0.5.4, 0.6.4, 1.8.6 (63)

GOALS
GEELONG: Supergoals: Kersten 3, Smedts 2, Goals: Murdoch 2, Duncan 2, Bartel 2, Mackie, Kelly, Blicavs, Horlin-Smith
ADELAIDE: Supergoals: Kerridge Goals: Dangerfield 3, van Berlo, Douglas, Porplyzia, Douglas, Martin

BEST
GEELONG: Bartel, Taylor, Kelly, Smedts, Podsiadly, Rivers
ADELAIDE: Dangerfield, Douglas, van Berlo

UMPIRES: Foot, McInerney, Bowen

CROWD: Unknown at Simonds Stadium, Geelong

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.

NAB CUP OPENER COSTLY FOR CATS
Ben Jensen 18 February 2013

UPDATED 20/2/13 GEELONG won one and lost another half-match in the opening week of the NAB Cup but it came at a cost with Steve Johnson to miss the season proper opener against Hawthorn after being pleading guilty for striking Fremantle's Hayden Ballantyne. The Cats trailed for most of their first game against the Eagles, winning courtesy of a clever supergoal from skipper Joel Selwood, and lost to the Dockers in the second by three goals. West Coast then smashed Fremantle in the third game, with each side having one win for the day.

The Cats will also lose Mathew Stokes for a short while though he should be back by round one, the dual Premiership player limping off with an ankle injury in the first match. The confusing format of the NAB Cup sees Geelong remain in the comp, with full-length matches against the Adelaide Crows and North Melbourne coming up at Simonds Stadium on March 2 and 9.

GAME 1

GEELONG: 0.2.0, 1.6.4 (49) DEFEATED
WEST COAST: 0.3.0, 1.6.2 (47)

GOALS
GEELONG: Super: Selwood; 'Normal': Podsiadly 2, Caddy, Stokes, Walker, Varcoe
WEST COAST: Super: Dalziell; 'Normal': Darling 3, LeCras, Hams, McInnes

BEST
GEELONG: Horlin-Smith, Christensen, Selwood, Podsiadly
WEST COAST: Masten, Darling, Shuey, Sinclair

GAME 2

FREMANTLE: 0.4.2, 0.7.6 (48) DEFEATED
GEELONG: 0.2.4, 0.4.6 (30)

GOALS
FREMANTLE: Walters 2, C. Pearce, Crozier, Mayne, Silvagni, Mzungu
GEELONG: Selwood 2, Brown 2

BEST
FREMANTLE: Barlow, Walters, C. Pearce
GEELONG: Selwood, Brown, Duncan

UMPIRES: 'Kenny' Dalgleish, Stewart, Talbot

CROWD: 21,935 at Patersons Stadium (Subiaco, Perth)

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 4

GEELONG V WEST COAST

SATURDAY 12 APRIL 2014 19:40 AEST

SIMONDS STADIUM

MATCH REPORT

MATCH DETAILS AND TEAM LISTS

VFL ROUND 2

CASEY V GEELONG

SUNDAY 13 APRIL 2014 14:00 AEST

CASEY FIELDS

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ANDREW MACKIE BACK IN 2004

ANDREW MACKIE BACK IN 2004

 

JIMMY BARTEL PLAYS HIS 250TH AFL GAME

JIMMY BARTEL PLAYS HIS 250TH AFL GAME

JOEL SELWOOD WITH HIS SECOND CARJI GREEVES MEDAL

JOEL SELWOOD WITH HIS SECOND CARJI GREEVES MEDAL

HAWTHORN 2013 AFL PREMIERSHIP DVD

 

PAUL CHAPMAN

PAUL CHAPMAN

JAMES PODSIADLY

JAMES PODSIADLY

JOSH HUNT

JOSH HUNT

PAUL CHAPMAN

PAUL CHAPMAN

 

STEVEN MOTLOP TOOK THIS FOURTH QUARTER SCREAMER

STEVEN MOTLOP TOOK THIS FOURTH QUARTER SCREAMER

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

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

PHOTO COURTESY SHANNON BYRNES

 

BEST ON GROUND STEVE JOHNSON ROUND 7 2013

BEST ON GROUND STEVE JOHNSON

PHOTO COURTESY twitter.com/WLudbey/

AFL GEELONG CARLTON STREAKER IN ROUND 3 2013

STREAKER IN ROUND 3

VFL CATS OPEN SEASON WITH A WIN

2013 AFL FIXTURE

2013 TEAM LIST

2012 FOOTY ALMANAC

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ZAIDEE'S RAINBOW FOUNDATION - BUY ZAIDEE LACES

VFL GRAND FINAL

PORT MELBOURNE V GEELONG

SUNDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2012 14:15 AEST

ETIHAD STADIUM

TEAM LISTS

VFL PAGE

SKIPPER TROY SELWOOD AND COACH MATTHEW KNIGHTS WITH THE 2012 VFL PREMIERSHIP CUP

SKIPPER TROY SELWOOD AND COACH MATTHEW KNIGHTS WITH THE 2012 VFL PREMIERSHIP CUP

SCARLETT DEPARTS AFL

PHOTO COURTESY ABC.NET.AU

 

GEELONG'S NEWEST FAN OSCAR JENSEN ARRIVED INTO THE WORLD DURING THE 2012 SEASON BREAK; FITTINGLY JUST AFTER GEELONG V CARLTON

   

 

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