True blue Cats earn last match

Tim McGrath yesterday announced his retirement from the AFL after racking up 219 senior matches for Geelong. But the popular 31-year-old, pictured relaxing with his 13-month-old daughter Paris, is keen to keep playing in the VFL.  
Wednesday, August 21

WOULDN'T it be great to see Geelong play Tim McGrath and David Mensch in what would be their last senior game for the club this Saturday against Brisbane.

Sound ridiculous? Maybe not.

The two have been great players for the club over the years and they deserve a proper send-off.

With Bluey announcing yesterday that he will retire at the end of the season, this would be his last dance.

Looking at the match in realistic terms - Geelong is probably not going to win.

And let's face it. The selectors could do worse than throw Menschy and Bluey into the side - they've been great in the reserves and their enthusiasm would give an added boost to the senior line-up.

The seniors look flat and are in a rut.

Despite what people from within the club say, the players do look leg weary.

Matthew Scarlett looks tired and has struggled the last couple of weeks with cramps.

He has had a huge year and I believe deserves All-Australian status, but the burden of carrying the backline looks like it has caught up with him.

Mark Thompson probably needs to take some chances to have any hope of beating Brisbane, and bringing back Bluey and Menschy might be just the trick.

The senior players have had a hard month.

They are fronting for their third game inside 13 days and are coming off a trip to Western Australia.

Why not rest a couple of guys who have just dropped off?

Give Bluey and Menschy the send-off they deserve and who knows, it might just bring another 5000 people to the game and create the atmosphere that would give the boys a much-needed lift.

It is only one match we're talking about. Given the situation the club finds itself in, it needs to try something different to break out of its rut.

Win or lose on Saturday, revert back to your best side for what is shaping as the make or break tilt at the finals against Hawthorn the following week.

The Hawthorn game is on a Friday night, meaning the Cats face four games in 19 days.

That's a huge ask at any stage of the season - let alone when the batteries are low at the end of the year.

I don't know of too many more popular blokes at the club than Bluey, who is having his testimonial dinner on August 31.

He was recruited from North Melbourne and made the most of his second life to become one of the mainstays of the backline through the 1990s.

Although he is not as agile as he once was, his leadership skills have gone a long way to explaining why the VFL side is on top of the ladder.

Menschy, the man who always seemed to have the words ``much-maligned'' before his name, has truly been a great servant of the Geelong Football club.

He has been the second or third string forward throughout his career.

Menschy has copped a bit of stick from a Geelong crowd which craved someone to light up the goalsquare like Gary Ablett once did.

I'm sure Menschy and Bluey would love nothing more than having one last crack in the seniors and the Geelong fans would welcome the opportunity to give them a memorable send-off, win or lose.