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

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

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

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

 

Corey Enright's email to Geelong members

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PATRICK DANGERFIELD WINS 2016 BROWNLOW MEDAL
Ben Jensen 27 September 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHANGES
SYDNEY: Nil
GEELONG: Nil

INJURIES
SYDNEY: Aliir (knee)

GEELONG: Taylor (hand)

REPORTS: Nil

UMPIRES

FIELD: Donlon, Jeffrey, Stevic

CROWD: 71,772 at MCG,

 

COREY ENRIGHT AFTER THE FINAL SIREN

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

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

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

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

GEELONG CATS
SYDNEY SWANS

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

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

MATCH PREVIEW, INFORMATION AND TEAM LISTS

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

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

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

MATCH PREVIEW, INFORMATION AND TEAM LISTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REPORTS: Nil

UMPIRES: Margetts, Meredith, Stevic

CROWD: 87,533 at MCG, Melbourne

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

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

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

FULL MATCH PREVIEW INCLUDING TEAM LISTS

GEELONG CATS
HAWTHORN HAWKS

IN: Scott Selwood
OUT
:
Jed Bews

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHANGES
GEELONG: Nil
MELBOURNE: Nil

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

REPORTS: Nil

UMPIRES: Margetts, Mollison, Nicholls

CROWD: 24,413 at Simonds Stadium, Geelong

AFL 2016 ROUND 23: GEELONG CATS V MELBOURNE DEMONS; MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 25 August 2016

AFL 2016 ROUND 23: GEELONG CATS V MELBOURNE DEMONS GEELONG has made three changes to the side to play Melbourne at home in the final round of the season; giving the flick to Shane Kersten and Darcy Lang while losing Lachie Henderson to an unfortunately timed knee injury. Back are Jimmy Bartel, Dan Menzel and Josh Caddy. Melbourne has also made three changes, dropping three players.

GEELONG CATS
MELBOURNE DEMONS

IN: Jimmy Bartel, Josh Caddy, Daniel Menzel
OUT
:
Lachie Henderson (Knee), Shane Kersten, Darcy Lang

IN: Jeff Garlett, Christian Salem, James Harmes
OUT
: Clayton Oliver, Alex Neal-Bullen, Viv Michie

FULL MATCH INFO AND TEAM LISTINGS

CATS HOLD ONTO TOP FOUR SPOT WITH TEN GOAL WIN OVER LIONS
Ben Jensen 21 August 2016

AFL 2016 ROUND 22: BRISBANE LIONS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG held onto their top four spot with a ten goal win over Brisbane at the Gabba today, with the Lions putting up a fair bit of fight but unable to hold off the more experienced Cats. The Cats looked headed for a potential three-figure margin with a seven goal to one first quarter but Justin Leppitsch's boys played a good system and it began to click in the second term, the margin soon back inside twenty points, the Lions putting in a six goal to two quarter.

A ten goals eight behinds to three goals four behinds second half by Geelong put the result beyond any doubt. Steven Motlop finished with five goals straight including the final of the match and would have pleased the match committee, who fired a shot across the bow by naming him in the VFL line-up, although he was named on the field in the AFL side. The umpiring would have done thousands of Geelong fans and at least one coach (Chris Scott)'s heads in, ultimately it had no influence however.

Sam Menegola, who Tim McGrath in the pre-match on K-Rock didn't think was in Geelong's best 22, was our pick for best on ground and has really taken his chance at AFL level with both hands. Patrick Dangerfield could've had more than his two goals after also booting four behinds, and was our pick for second best. Evergreen Corey Enright deserves a vote too, a third quarter goal putting an exclamation point on his performance.

To guarantee a spot in the top four Geelong needs to beat Melbourne at home next Saturday afternoon, any margin will do. Win by an extraordinary margin and the Cats are a chance to take second spot; if the Crows lose to the Eagle at home (unlikely without Nic Natanui) a win by any margin should hand the Cats second spot. An inclusion next week should be Jimmy Bartel but who makes way for him is less clear- we would leave out Darcy Lang but it's difficult to predict the selections this season.

In the VFL the Bendigo Bank Cats had a close one over Casey, winning by eleven points with four less scoring shots. The Cats are in sixth spot with one week to go before finals. Their final game is against Port Melbourne at North Port Oval on Saturday, the same time as the AFL match.

GEELONG: 7.3, 9.7, 14.11, 19.15 (129) DEFEATED
BRISBANE LIONS: 1.3, 7.4, 8.5, 10.9 (69)

GOALS
GEELONG: Motlop 5, Dangerfield 2, Henderson 2, Hawkins 2, McCarthy 2, Blicavs, Duncan, Enright, Cowan, Kersten, Guthrie
BRISBANE LIONS: Rich 2, Bell 2, Walker, Taylor, Cutler, Robinson, Mathieson, Rockliff

BEST
GEELONG: Dangerfield, Menegola, Motlop, Enright, Guthrie, J.Selwood
BRISBANE LIONS: Rockliff, Cutler, Rich, Andrews, Mathieson, Martin

CHANGES
GEELONG: Nil
BRISBANE LIONS: Nil

INJURIES
GEELONG:
Nil
BRISBANE LIONS: Nil

REPORTS: Nil

UMPIRES: Findlay, Hosking, Wallace

CROWD: 20,477 at Gabba, Brisbane

AFL 2016 ROUND 22: BRISBANE LIONS V GEELONG CATS; MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 20 August 2016

AFL 2016 ROUND 22: BRISBANE LIONS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG travels to Brisbane to play the Lions at the Gabba on Sunday afternoon, and has made two changes for the clash the Cats should win comfortably. Andrew Mackie comes back after a week off 'managed' while Darcy Lang has been recalled after a VFL spell. Out are the 'managed' Jimmy Bartel while Josh Caddy has a calf injury- hopefully he's back soon as the Cats' performance, bad enough last weekend, really dropped off the month or so Caddy was out injured last time.

Former Cats Allen Christensen, Trent West and Jarrad Jansen won't be playing but Josh Walker is named at full forward. West, a 2011 Premiership player, retired mid-week; in this his third season at the Lions he has managed four games and decided to call it quits. Christensen won't play again this season with a collarbone injury while Jansen has been dropped. Nakia Cockatoo will miss once more with a knee injury, not named in the VFL squad while there has been a small wake-up call for Steve Motlop who while named in the AFL side has also been named in the VFL side in a forward pocket.

GEELONG CATS
BRISBANE LIONS

IN: Andrew Mackie, Darcy Lang
OUT
: Jimmy Bartel (Managed), Josh Caddy (Calf)

IN: Josh Clayton, Tom Bell, Jackson Paine
OUT
: Jarrad Jansen (Omitted), Michael Close (Knee), Archie Smith (Omitted)

FULL MATCH INFO AND TEAM LISTINGS

CATS GET OUT OF JAIL, TOP FOUR HOPES ALIVE
Ben Jensen 15 August 2016

AFL 2016 ROUND 21: RICHMOND TIGERS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG achieved something of a miracle yesterday, overcoming a 35-point three quarter time deficit having kicked just four goals to that point, booting six unanswered goals in the final quarter to pull off a two point win. As in in the corresponding fixture betweenthese two sides in 2014 the Cats kicked less goals than the Tigers but won anyway; the Tigers kicked the final goal of the match to setup a thrilling 40 seconds. The ball ended up inside Richmond's forward fifty but the Geelong defenders pounced to ensure a winning milestone match for Harry Taylor. Taylor, in his 200th game, booted the goal that put the Cats in front from a free kick in front of goal but unfamiliar territory for the Premiership winning defender.

While they won the match and broke into the top four courtesty of West Coast's last minute win over GWS Geelong's percentage actually took a tumble- it wasn't what the day was meant to be about but the Cats were lucly just to get the four points so can't complain about percentage. Next Sunday they face Brisbane in the same timeslot (3:20PM) at the Gabba, a more than winnable game but the round 23 match against the Demons at Simonds Stadium looms as a danger game. Indeed last season in Corey Enright's 300th match the Demons spoiled the party, plus they have the scalp of Hawthorn from last weekend. Lose either match and the Cats may struggle to hold the top four spot though GWS and West Coast have a tougher run home.

GEELONG: 2.2, 3.7, 4.13, 10.22 (82) DEFEATED
RICHMOND: 2.4, 7.4, 11.6, 12.6 (78)

GOALS
GEELONG: McCarthy 2, Menegola 2, Smith, J.Selwood, Caddy, Motlop, Taylor, Hawkins
RICHMOND: Lloyd 3, Rioli 2, Vickery 2, Edwards, Hampson, Lennon, Riewoldt, Grigg

BEST
GEELONG: J.Selwood, S.Selwood, Dangerfield, Guthrie, Menegola, McCarthy
RICHMOND: Rance, Martin, Lloyd, Houli, Grigg, Ellis, T.Hunt

CHANGES
GEELONG: Nil
RICHMOND: Nil

INJURIES
GEELONG: Cowan (cut head
RICHMOND: Hampson (cut head)

REPORTS: Nil

UMPIRES: Donlon, Hosking, O'Gorman

CROWD: 45,667 at MCG, Melbourne

AFL 2016 ROUND 21: RICHMOND TIGERS V GEELONG CATS; MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 12 August 2016

AFL 2016 ROUND 21: RICHMOND TIGERS V GEELONG CATS THE CATS have made four changes for this Sunday's match against the Tigers, their first of the season, at the MCG. Managed is Andrew Mackie while Dan Menzel is out with the groin injury he suffered in Sunday's win over Essendon. Omitted is Jed Bews replaced by fellow Leopold Lion Tom Ruggles and Nakia Cockatoo will miss with a knee injury.

Richmond has made just the two changes It is yet another weekend of milestones with both Harry Taylor and Jack Riewoldt to play their 200th AFL games. As mentioned these sides have not met yet this season, in fact they have not played since round 5 in 2015- such is the anomalies with the draw introduced by the AFL.

GEELONG CATS
RICHMOND TIGERS

IN: Jake Kolodjashnij, Lincoln McCarthy, Shane Kersten, Darcy Lang, Tom Ruggles
OUT
: Daniel Menzel (groin), Andrew Mackie (managed), Nakia Cockatoo (knee), Jed Bews

IN: Shane Edwards, Ben Lennon
OUT
: Ben Griffiths (groin), Adam Marcon

FULL MATCH INFO AND TEAM LISTINGS

CATS GET THE FOUR POINTS AGAINST THE BOMBERS
Ben Jensen 7 August 2016

AFL ROUND 20 2016: GEELONG CATS V ESSENDON BOMBERS WE expected it to be a dour affair and it was; in a pretty forgettable game of football the Cats defeated the hapless Bombers but in pretty pedestrian style with the depleted Bombers just wanting the season to end no doubt. The game was significant with Scott Selwood playing a handy first game for the club and Josh Caddy playing his first game in well over a month. Harry Taylor, named best on ground for the Cats, was absolutely cannoned into by Joe Daniher late in the game while standing a few metres in front of Tom Lonergan who suffered a similar ten years ago, but was fine after the game. Daniel Menzel missed more than half the game with hamstring tightness. A number of other Cats were left with question marks over whether they're in the best 22; Mitch Duncan and Mark Blicavs among them. But the Cats' hopes of a top four finish remain relatively healthy with current top four sides to play each other while the Cats' final three games are against Richmond, Brisbane and Melbourne.

 

GEELONG: 3.2, 7.4, 11.10, 15.10 (100) DEFEATED
ESSENDON: 0.3, 0.4, 3.4, 4.10 (34)

GOALS
GEELONG: Hawkins 3, Caddy 2, Cowan 2, Cockatoo 2, Dangerfield, Duncan, Guthrie, Menegola, Motlop, Stanley
ESSENDON: Daniher, Francis, Grimley, McKenna

BEST
GEELONG: Taylor, Enright, Dangerfield, Menegola, Cowan, Guthrie
ESSENDON: Gleeson, Kelly, Z.Merrett, Parish, McKenna

CHANGES
GEELONG: Nil
ESSENDON: Nil

INJURIES
GEELONG: Menzel (Groin tightness), Taylor (back)
ESSENDON: Goddard (groin)

REPORTS: Nil

UMPIRES: Fisher, Hosking, McInerney

CROWD: 29,254 at Ethiad Stadium, Melbourne Docklands

AFL 2016 ROUND 20: GEELONG CATS V ESSENDON BOMBERS; MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 5 August 2016

AFL 2016 ROUND 20: GEELONG CATS V ESSENDON BOMBERS GEELONG plays Essendon in what may well be a dour contest this Sunday afternoon, 3pm, at Etihad Stadium. Geelong struggled to shake off Essendon at their clash earlier this season but with the Bombers only having the one win all season if the Cats don't dish out an 80-90 point win over the Bombers questions will be asked. No word yet from either club as to whether there'll be some form of a cup for this clash, ala the Thompson Cup or even the Thompson-Knights-Robinson Cup.

Scott Selwood will make his long-awaited debut for the Cats after crossing from West Coast in the off-season; the Cats knew he would miss much of the start of the season with an ankle injury that required surgery last October. He is joined on the inclusion list by fellow recruit Lachie Henderson who missed two weeks with concussion and Josh Caddy- Caddy has been out with a knee injury since mid June and is a great in for the Cats. Left out of the side are injured Lincoln McCarthy with an adductor strain, the rested/managed Jake Kolodjashnij and the omitted Tom Ruggles.

The Cats' injury list is as short as it's been all season, with just two regular senior players on it now, McCarthy and Billie Smedts. Nathan Vardy who would like to be a regular AFL player has unfortunately made his way onto the list again with an ankle injury as reported last week with his playing future at the club under a cloud.

GEELONG CATS
ESSENDON BOMBERS

IN: Lachie Henderson, Scott Selwood, Josh Caddy
OUT
: Lincoln McCarthy (Adductor), Jake Kolodjashnij (Managed), Tom Ruggles (Omitted)

IN: Jackson Merrett, James Kelly, Mitch Brown, Sam Grimley
OUT
: Orazio Fantasia (Rested), Sam Michael (Omitted), Kyle Langford (Omitted), Will Hams (Omitted)

FULL MATCH INFO AND TEAM LISTINGS

CATS SHAKY BUT GET JOB DONE ONE MILESTONE NIGHT FOR BARTEL AND ENRIGHT
Ben Jensen 29 July 2016

AFL ROUND 19 2016: GEELONG CATS V WESTERN BULLDOGS GEELONG struggled at times but a dominant second half with big contributions from Rhys Stanley and Patrick Dangerfield got the job done in the record-breaking game for Corey Enright and 300th game for Jimmy Bartel. Stanley kicked a career high five goals while Dangerfield bagged three, on a night the Bulldogs, already depleted following last round, lost two players to injury before the night was through including Tom Liberatore. The Cats prevailed by twenty-five points, the last goal fittingly kicked by Bartel less than a minute before the final siren.

The Bulldogs got the jump from the word go and while the Cats did lead at every change the Bulldogs were in front for substantial periods of the first and second quarters. Geelong held the lead for the entire second half, the Bulldogs scoring four behinds in the third quarter before the Cats scored their first goal, the Bulldogs will go on to regret not converting at least one of these to give them back the lead which the Cats never surrendered.

Stanley deserves a best on ground with the five goals, Zac Smith was good in the ruck too. Dangerfield just kept on going, skipper Joel Selwood was down somewhat but like Dangerfield kept putting in the hard yards. Mark Blicavs was not very good and should come under serious scrutiny as to whether he retains his spot in the side based on form. Tom Hawkins had a confident game as spearhead, coming into form at the right time of the season. Dan Menzel played a more defensive game on instructions from the coaching staff while Mitch Duncan has improved on his last month. Sam Menegola in his second game was solid while not spectacular and may come under AFL match review panel scrutiny following a fair old whack on a Bulldog player whose name escapes us. Bartel was solid and Enright very good, both 'sharing' one vote on K-Rock.

GEELONG: 5.2, 9.2, 13.5, 16.7 (103) DEFEATED
WESTERN BULLDOGS: 5.1, 8.2, 8.8, 11.12 (78)

GOALS
GEELONG: Stanley 5, Dangerfield 3, Hawkins 3, Motlop 2, Menzel, Duncan, Bartel
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Dickson 3, Boyd 3, Dunkley, Stringer, Smith, Jong, Cordy

BEST
GEELONG: Dangerfield, Stanley, Enright, Smith, Mackie, Motlop, Ruggles
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Dahlhaus, Boyd, Daniel, Bontempelli, Johannisen

CHANGES
GEELONG: Nil
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Nil

INJURIES
GEELONG: Nil reported
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Tom Liberatore (ankle), Jordan Roughead (chest), Jackson Macrae (hamstring)

REPORTS: Nil

UMPIRES: Nicholls, Kamolins, Meredith

CROWD: 24,331 at Simonds Stadium, Kardinia Park / Geelong

AFL 2016 ROUND 19: GEELONG CATS V WESTERN BULLDOGS; MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 28 July 2016

AFL 2016 ROUND 19: GEELONG CATS V WESTERN BULLDOGS COREY ENRIGHT and Jimmy Bartel will be the focus of attention tomororw night at Simonds Stadium as Enright becomes the club games record holder and Jimmy Bartel plays his three hundredth game. Enright racked up 300 games last season and surpasses Ian Nankervis' 325 games tomorrow night to become the outright most-capped player at the club. Zac Smith is back in in place of the omitted Shane Kersten while the Bulldogs have had to make five forced changes, the most significant among them the broken leg of Mitch Wallis plus serious knee injury to Jack Redpath. No Josh Caddy or Lachie Henderson for the Cats yet, Henderson will rest following his concussion a fortnight ago while Caddy may come back via the VFL. These two sides met only six weeks ago, the Cats belting the Bulldogs to the tune of 57 points at Etihad Stadium.

Around ten years ago Mark Heenan undertook this interview with Jimmy Bartel writing a documentary - check it out.

GEELONG CATS
WESTERN BULLDOGS

IN: Zac Smith
OUT
: Shane Kersten

IN: Jed Adcock, Joel Hamling, Jake Stringer, Luke Dahlhaus, Zaine Cordy
OUT: Dale Morris (hamstring), Jack Redpath (knee), Matthew Boyd (achilles), Matthew Suckling (achilles), Mitch Wallis (leg)

FULL MATCH INFO AND TEAM LISTINGS

COREY ENRIGHT EQUALS IAN NANKERVIS RECORD IN WIN OVER ADELAIDE AT HOME
Ben Jensen 23 July 2016

AFL 2016 ROUND 18: GEELONG CATS V ADELAIDE CROWS COREY ENRIGHT is now the equal games record holder at Geelong, after playing his 325th game in tonight's win over the Adelaide Crows. Tom Hawkins and Dan Menzel booted four goals each while Crows spearhead Josh Jenkins got three. Enright amazingly should pick up best afield and shows no signs of slowing down. Next Friday night in another home fixture Enright will become the games record holder while Jimmy Bartel plays his 300th game.

GEELONG: 4.1, 5.6, 10.9, 12.13 (85) DEFEATED
ADELAIDE: 3.2, 5.5, 5.10, 7.13 (55)

GOALS
GEELONG: Hawkins 4, Menzel 4, Stanley, Guthrie, Cockatoo, McCarthy
ADELAIDE: Jenkins 3, Lynch 2, Bews, Douglas

BEST
GEELONG: Enright, Selwood, Bartel, Dangerfield, Menzel, Menegola, Hawkins, Lonergan
ADELAIDE: M Crouch, B Crouch, Laird, Thompson, Jenkins

CHANGES
GEELONG: Nil
ADELAIDE: Nil

INJURIES
GEELONG: Nil
ADELAIDE: Cameron (knee), Talia (hip), Walker (ankle)

REPORTS: Nil

UMPIRES: Bannister, Nicholls, Ryan

CROWD: 21,127 at Simonds Stadium, Kardinia Park/Geelong

CATS BACK WITH A WIN, DROP A LADDER POSITION
Ben Jensen 17 July 2016

AFL 2016 ROUND 17: FREMANTLE DOCKERS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG struggled early on but prevailed against Fremantle on Friday night but by the end of the round had actually dropped a ladder position, after GWS demolished Brisbane at the Gabba in the final match of the round. Trailing by 16 points at quarter time Geelong fought back hard in the second term, unlucky not to be ahead at half time and trailing by just 1 point. Just two goals (and four behinds) from the Cats were enough to lead in the final break after holding Fremantle to just the one behind.

The final quarter was a tough one with Docker David Mundy kicking the first goal at the thirteen minute mark. Goals to Zac Smith and Tom Hawkins, the latter who had a shocker of a night, almost steadied the ship but Cameron Sutcliffe's major in the 6th minute gave his side a sniff. The Cats held it out well though, leading by 11 points when the final siren rang- Jordan Murdoch extending the winning margin with an after the siren goal. He was properly concussed though with Coach Chris Scott eluding to the situation: "I can't shed too much more light on that other than to say it is serious and we hope he recovers quickly".

Patrick Dangerfield was clearly the best on ground with four crucial goals and twice giving Cats' staff and fans a fright when he landed heavily following a marking attempt. Lachie Henderson unfortunately went one better (or worse) in the third quarter, running back with the fight of the ball before colliding accidentally with Docker Chris Mayne who was running the other way- he was taken from the field on a stretcher giving the thumbs up on the way off.

In the VFL the Cats had a huge win, accounting for Werribee by 111 points. Darcy Lang responded to his dropped by kicking four goals and player in waiting Sam Menegola was named best afield.

GEELONG: 1.3, 6.7, 8.11, 11.12 (78) DEFEATED
FREMANTLE: 4.1, 7.2, 7.3, 9.7 (61)

GOALS
GEELONG: Dangerfield, Enright, Mackie, Selwood, Duncan, Motlop
FREMANTLE: Walters, Barlow, Taberner, Weller, Blakely, Pavlich, Ballantyne, Mundy, Sutcliffe

BEST
GEELONG: Dangerfield, Enright, Mackie, Selwood, Duncan, Motlop
FREMANTLE: Hill, Walters, Neale, Mundy, Blakely, Dawson

CHANGES
GEELONG: Nil
FREMANTLE: Nil

INJURIES
GEELONG: Henderson (concussion)
FREMANTLE: Barlow (AC joint), Ballantyne (cheekbone)

REPORTS: Nil

UMPIRES: Findlay, Margetts, Mitchell

CROWD: 31,042 at Domain Stadium, Subiaco/Perth

AFL 2016 ROUND 17: FREMANTLE DOCKERS V GEELONG CATS; MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 15 July 2016

AFL 2016 ROUND 17: FREMANTLE DOCKERS V GEELONG CATS THE GEELONG BRAINS TRUST has swung the axe after the loss last Friday night to the Sydney Swans. Travelling west to face the Fremantle Dockers the Cats will leave Jimmy Bartel, Mitch Clark and Darcy Lang at home. Clark only played his first AFL match in well over a year last weekend but made little impact and goes back to the VFL while Lang rightfully is also going back to the VFL. Bartel has been 'managed' as he closes in on 300 career games- he is still set to play the milestone game at home, and likely in the same match that Corey Enright breaks the Geelong record for games played.

Tonight Andrew Mackie plays his 250th game after making his AFL debut in 2003 and being drafted in 2002 with pick 7, a genuine 'roughy' at the time after Mackie did not play in the SA under 18 side that year. Kevin Sheedy, long known for attempting to find players otherwise unknown by the AFL Draft system, complained that "something fishy has been going on".

Coming into the side are Shane Kersten, who in our opinion never should have been dropped in the first place, Rhys Stanley who was also dropped last week, and Josh Cowan for his first game of the season. Thankfully Nakia Cockatoo retains his spot, he was one of the three inclusions last week who performed well. Cowan has had a rough trot with injury but made his comeback last season and looked good this pre-season and in VFL games. The Dockers who've had a fair old Frocker of a season made just the two changes to the side that was beaten by Melbourne last weekend.

Clark was in the news this week after word emerged of some on-field sledging from Clark to Box Hill Hawks player Teia Miles about the latter's sister- who happens to be Mitch Duncan's girlfriend; the pair of them of course are the children of former Geelong player and Barwon Heads identity Geoff Miles. Ugly stuff and hardly what happy teams are made of. The matter is supposedly closed although coach Chris Scott said he was not aware of it until the news broke on Monday, make of that what you will.

GEELONG CATS
FREMANTLE DOCKERS

IN: Shane Kersten, Rhys Stanley, Josh Cowan
OUT
: Jimmy Bartel (Managed), Mitch Clark (Omitted), Darcy Lang (Omitted)

IN: Tendai Mzungu, Michael Barlow
OUT:Langdon (Hamstring), Darcy Tucker (Omitted)

FULL MATCH INFO AND TEAM LISTINGS

CATS BELTED BY SWANS; KIEREN JACK CELEBRATES MILESTONE
Ben Jensen 11 July 2016

AFL 2016 ROUND 16: GEELONG CATS V SYDNEY SWANS WELL, that didn't turn out too good. Several days ago, five in fact, Geelong copped a belting at home at the hands of the Sydney Swans- it's taken a few days for us to bring outselves to tap out this match report- better do it when the blood's a bit colder they say! How the mighty have fallen; three weeks ago the Cats were on top of the ladder after knocking off top six sides GWS, North Melbourne and the Bulldogs in three weeks now after back-to-back losses to St Kilda and now Sydney the Cats are in sixth spot, equal on wins with four other sides and behind West Coast on percentage- the latter the bigger story, Geelong having led the league for most of the season on percentage. MATCH REPORT

Geelong won the toss but kicked to the 'Belmont Watchhouse' or Barwon River end, which this season has not been the scoring end. Sydney came out of the gates with captain Kieren Jack fittingly kicking the opening goal- the 'family feud' publicity in the lead up to his 200th game proving no issue as he finished with three goals for the night. Sydney kicked the first three goals of the match before the Cats steadied midway through the opening quarter. Sydney answered back almost immediately before the Cats held their own for the next ten minutes kicking two goals, trailing by five points at quarter time.

Geelong snatched the lead inside the first couple minutes of the second quarter but it was another six minutes before their second, jumping to a handy 11 point lead. But it was short-lived, and the Cats' final score for the quarter as the home fans and the home players watched the Swans bang home three unanswered goals for a fifteen point lead at the main break- not huge but the gulf in the two sides was ominous.

From there on it did not get any better. Geelong fans (like us) in the Hickey Stand were quite livid at times with very questionable umpiring calls- not sure if that would have made much difference however the Cats were so poor and the Swans the opposite. Sydney outscored Geelong four goals to two in the third and final quarters, finishing 38 points ahead when the final siren mercifully rang out. As mentioned the loss leaves the Cats in sixth position with seven matches to go in the home and away season- the first of them against Fremantle at Subiaco this Friday night.

You have to question some of the selection decisions leading up to this round- Shane Kersten who has not done a lot wrong and done plenty right over the past month was dropped along with Rhys Stanley, the inclusions being Mitch Clark and Nakia Cockatoo. Cockatoo had a terrific game by the way and if he does not hold his spot we'll be livid. The other ommitte was Cory Gregson who was replaced by Darcy Lang- Gregson's been pretty hopeless while Lang was lukewarm, we'd rather have retained Kersten who had a good game in the VFL kicking four goals.

Clark was in the news in the past 24 hours after news emerged of some on-field sledging from Clark to Box Hill Hawks player Teia Miles about the latter's sister- who happens to be Mitch Duncan's girlfriend; the pair of them of course are the children of former Geelong player and Barwon Heads identity Geoff Miles. Ugly stuff and hardly what happy teams are made of. The matter is supposedly closed although coach Chris Scott said he was not aware of it until the news broke yesterday, make of that what you will.

Barring injury Jimmy Bartel is set to play his 300th game in round 18 against Adelaide at home- the Cats will hope to be heading into that game off a win in the West. In the same game Corey Enright, should he travel to the West to play Fremantle, will become the club's equal highest games player- matching Ian Nankervis on 325 games.

SYDNEY: 4.2, 7.4, 11.7, 15.8 DEFEATED
GEELONG: 3.1, 5.1, 7.4, 9.6

GOALS
SYDNEY: Jack 3, Towers 2, Papley 2, Franklin, Mills, Jones, Hewett, Lloyd, Richards, Parker, Kennedy

GEELONG: Menzel 2, Hawkins 2, Cockatoo, Smith, Enright, Murdoch, Dangerfield

BEST
SYDNEY: Rampe, Parker, Hannebery, Mitchell, Jack, Aliir, Mills
GEELONG: Dangerfield, Mackie, Enright, Selwood, Menzel, Duncan

CHANGES
SYDNEY: Nil
GEELONG: Nil

INJURIES
SYDNEY: Nil

GEELONG: Nil

REPORTS: Nil

UMPIRES

FIELD: Brendan Hosking, Simon Meredith, Shane McInerney EM: Shane Stewart
BOUNDARY: John Morris, Mitchell Lefevre, Christopher Gordon, Josh Mather
GOAL: Adam Wojcik, David Dixon EM: Matthew Dervan

CROWD: 24,399 at Simonds Stadium, Kardinia Park, Geelong

 

KIEREN JACK PLAYED HIS 200TH GAME

KIEREN JACK PLAYED HIS 200TH GAME

AFL 2016 ROUND 16: GEELONG CATS V SYDNEY SWANS; MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 8 July 2016

AFL 2016 ROUND 16: GEELONG CATS V SYDNEY SWANS GEELONG return from their bye with a home match on a Friday night against Sydney tonight, welcoming back Mitch Clark who has been out of AFL-level footy for well over a year. Clark returns along with Darcy Lang and Nakia Cockatoo while making way are omitted trio Rhys Stanley, Cory Gregson and who we think is most unlucky given the match-winning roles he's played lately, Shane Kersten. Stanley has been pretty good too though not great and seems the secondary ruck option after Zac Smith; Clark taking his spot. Cockatoo has missed 6-7 weeks with a knee injury and seems to be replacing Kersten though there is a fair old height difference. Lang was dropped after round 12 and comes in for Gregson.

In important news for punters who park at the ground, there is no parking on the grass within the Kardinia Park precinct as a consequence of much-needed rain in the last week or so (you should see our building site!)- so best to get there a good 15 minutes earlier than you normally do. But for those with parking passes who normally park in the gravel or bitumen areas (ala Hooker Renfrey) you're OK they'll still let you in. You'd better rug up, the last few home games have been quite warm but tonight I expect it to be quite Antarctic-like and if you're in the open you may cop some rain.

Sydney made four changes, all of them voluntary, to their side that narrowly lost to the Western Bulldogs last weekend. In the news for all the wrong reasons this week was Kieren Jack with a family dispute somehow becoming news; we'll say no more. Last season the Cats had the better of the Swans in a game all eyes were on, again for non-footy reasons as Adam Goodes made his return after the booing controversy. Geelong won by 32 points in the end after a tight first three quarters. Tom Hawkins booted four goals that night and fresh from buying a new farm and the news he's going to become a dad would be excited to get back in front of his home crowd under lights.

In the VFL the Cats play Carlton affiliate Northern Blues on Saturday at IKON Park (e.g. Princess Park). The Blues are a game behind the seventh placed Cats in twelfth position so a win by the Cats gives them a handy buffer and would cement a place in the eight for now.

GEELONG CATS
SYDNEY SWANS

IN: Mitch Clark, Nakia Cockatoo, Darcy Lang
OUT
: Shane Kersten (Omitted), Rhys Stanley (Omitted), Cory Gregson (Omitted)

IN: Ted Richards, Aliir Aliir, Sam Naismith, Tom Papley
OUT: Ben McGlynn (Omitted), Isaac Heeney (Managed), Toby Nankervis (Omitted), Jeremy Laidler (Omitted)

FULL MATCH INFO AND TEAM LISTINGS

CATS DROP ANOTHER GAME TO TEAM OUTSIDE THE EIGHT
Ben Jensen 27 June 2016

AFL ROUND 14 2016: ST KILDA SAINTS V GEELONG CATS ST KILDA perhaps predictably dealt Geelong a blow heading into the bye by defeating the Cats by 3 points at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night. The Saints easily had the better of the Cats in the first half and had it not been for a few wayward shots, some not even registering scores, they may have been in front by more than their four goals at half time. MATCH REPORT

The Cats came out of the blocks in the second half kicking the first few goals and quickly bringing the margin back to within 10 points but the Saints finished the term well, finishing with four goals straight to the Cats' six goals nine to hold on to an eleven-point lead into the final quarter. Geelong soon hit the lead in the last though should have pushed the lead easily to 20 points but absolutely dreadful stuff-ups going forward saw the Cats leave the game alive. And the Saints took their chances, Jack Steven putting his side ahead with a brilliant volley from the goal square.

Saints Steven, Maverick Weller and Nick Riewoldt all had good nights on their home turf, the Cats' best included usual suspects Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood with Cameron Guthrie quite solid in his return after a week out. Tom Hawkins had a terrible first half but finished with three goals as did Lincoln McCarthy, McCarthy's goals all coming in the third quarter. Questions will be asked about a lot of others next selection night, certainly Steven Motlop would be under the microscope if Geelong fans were deciding. Mitch Clark is a very strong chance to return in round 16 against the Swans after commanding performances in the VFL. Who to leave out is the hard question with forwards Tom Hawkins and Shane Kersten, along with ruckmen Zac Smith and Rhys Stanley holding their own so far.

An interesting stat flashed up in the final seconds of the match: Geelong had won all fourteen final quarters this season despite now having lost four games, three of them to bottom-eight side. As Coach Chris Scott said, it's better to lose to lower sides than the top sides, not sure if we'd dismiss it like that but it does show the side badly needs the rest. The VFL side also has a bye this weekend, which combined may help local footy crowd numbers this week.

ST KILDA: 4.2, 8.6, 12.8, 14.9 (93) DEFEATED
GEELONG: 1.4, 4.6, 10.9, 13.12 (90)

GOALS
ST KILDA: Minchington 3, Wright 2, Newnes 2, Weller 2, McCartin, Bruce, Membrey, Gresham, Steven
GEELONG: McCarthy 3, Hawkins 3, Kersten, Lonergan, Dangerfield, Menzel, Murdoch, Blicavs, Motlop

BEST
ST KILDA: Steven, Ross, Riewoldt, Dunstan, Minchington, Gresham, Weller
GEELONG: Selwood, Dangerfield, Henderson, Blicavs, Taylor, Guthrie, McCarthy

CHANGES
ST KILDA: Nil
GEELONG: Nil

INJURIES
ST KILDA: Armitage (corked calf), Wright (shoulder)

GEELONG: McCarthy (ankle)

REPORTS: Nil

UMPIRES: FIELD: LUKE 'POLLY' FARMER, ROBERT FINDLAY, CRAIG FLEER, JACOB MOLLISON
BOUNDARY: IAN BURROWS, TIM LOUGOON, SHANE THIELE, JORDAN ANDREWS
GOAL: DAVID DIXON, LUKE 'SKY' WALKER EMERGENCY: STEVEN PIPERNO

CROWD: 28,745 at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne Docklands

AFL 2016 ROUND 14: ST KILDA SAINTS V GEELONG CATS; MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 23 June 2016

AFL ROUND 14 2016: ST KILDA SAINTS V GEELONG CATS CAMERON GUTHRIE, who may well be leading the Geelong best and fairest votes so far this season, is back to play the Saints on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium in place of Josh Caddy who as expected will miss a knee injury. St Kilda has brought back veteran forward Nick Riewoldt along with Paddy McCartin, the number one draft pick in 2014.

Caddy hurt the medial ligament in one of his knees in the big win over the Bulldogs on Saturday night, immediately leaving the ground and appearing on crutches. The injury fortunately requires no surgery but will see him miss up to 8 weeks, leaving him a task to break back into the AFL side when he does get back to full fitness, presumably in August.

Cats coach Chris Scott says Mitch Clark is very close to a recall to the AFL side after great performances in the VFL including the televised game against the Box Hill Hawks last Sunday. Nakia Cockatoo returns to the VFL this week, against Williamstown on Sunday, after a knee injury that last week was listed as a 4-6 week injury and even in Tuesday's injury report as 2-3 weeks.

Last year's matcfh with the Saints ended in a draw, the Saints actually unlucky having had far more shots at goal than the Cats with 14 goals 13 behinds to the Cats' 15 goals 7 behinds. One would expect this season to be quite different though of course the losses to the Magpies and the Blues a few weeks ago prove any side can beat another on a given day. Though you'd hope with so many Geelong playesr in good form of late the Cats should win comfortably, heading into their bye round.

GEELONG CATS
ST KILDA

IN: Cameron Guthrie
OUT
: Josh Caddy (knee)

IN: Nick Riewoldt, Paddy McCartin
OUT: Tom Lee (knee), Lewis Pierce

 

MATCH PREVIEW, INFORMATION AND TEAM LISTS

CATS BELT BULLDOGS ON HOME TURF, ROCKET TO TOP OF LADDER
Ben Jensen 18 June 2016

AFL ROUND 13 2016: WESTERN BULLDOGS V GEELONG CATS PATRICK DANGERFIELD and Dan Menzel had a night out at Etihad Stadium for the second Saturday night in a row, helping the Cats deliver a fair old belting to fellow top-four side the Western Bulldogs. Menzel, who it was feared would miss tonight's game after hurting an ankle last weekend on the Etihad synthetic turf, kicked four goals including two in the first quarter while Dangerfield had 37 possessions and kicked two goals including an incredible kick from the boundary line around 50m out. MATCH REPORT

GEELONG: 5.3, 10.3, 11.4, 16.4 (100) DEFEATED
WESTERN BULLDOGS: 0.5, 1.9, 5.12, 5.13 (43)

GOALS
GEELONG: Menzel 4, Hawkins 4, Selwood 2, Motlop 2, Dangerfield 2, Caddy, Murdoch
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Redpath, Wallis, Picken, Suckling, Jong

BEST
GEELONG: Dangerfield, Selwood, Henderson, Bartel, Enright, Motlop, Menzel
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Boyd, Suckling, Adams, Daniel, Macrae

CHANGES
GEELONG: Cameron Guthrie, illness out for Cory Gregson
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Nil

INJURIES
GEELONG: Caddy (ankle)
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Stringer (left hand)

REPORTS: TBC

UMPIRES: (4 umpires this week) Kenny Dalgleish, Jeff Farmer, Ken Rosebury, Lindy Chamberlain

CROWD: 41,725 at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne Docklands

AFL 2016 ROUND 13: WESTERN BULLDOGS V GEELONG CATS; MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 17 June 2016

AFL ROUND 13 2016: WESTERN BULLDOGS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG has made just the one change for the clash with fellow top-four side Western Bulldogs at Ethiad Stadium this Saturday night, bringing in Tom Hawkins from suspension at the expense of Darcy Lang. Lang may yet get a reprieve as the Cats sweat on the fitness of Dan Menzel who hurt an ankle on the dreaded Etihad artificial turf in last weekend's win over ladder leading Kangaroos. The Bulldogs have their own injury worries, losing Geelong raised Luke Dahlhaus to a knee injury that will see him miss a month or two, and omitting Joel Hamling. Returning are Lin Jong and Marcus Adams. FULL MATCH INFO INCLUDING TEAM LISTS

GEELONG CATS
WESTERN BULLDOGS

IN: Tom Hawkins
OUT
: Darcy Lang (omitted)

IN: Marcus Adams, Lin Jong
OUT: Joel Hamling (omitted), Luke Dahlhaus (knee)

DANGERFIELD AND MENZEL STAR AS CATS BEAT KANGAROOS AT ETIHAD
Ben Jensen 11 June 2016

AFL ROUND 12 2016: GEELONG CATS V NORTH MELBOURNE KANGAROOS GEELONG had a hiccup in the second quarter but in the end easily accounted for North Melbourne in front of a bumper crowd at Etihad Stadium tonight. Dan Menzel had a fair hand in the win, booting four goals and having a fifth disallowed, breaking the back of the Roos in the second half. Patrick Dangerfield amazingly had just under fifty possessions (48) and kicked two goals.

The Cats led at quarter time by four points and booted an early goal in the second but from there on the Cats struggled as the Kangaroos led by Boomer Harvey scored four unanswered goals. Harvey seemed to have the ball on a string at one stage while the Cats had several shots at goal the inaccuracy that has been an unfortunate hallmark of the last month of so of the season continued. The Roos though were hit harder than the Cats by injury with Andrew Swallow copping a big knock in the first quarter and was in a track suit by the second quarter. Ben Cunnington suffered a nasty quadricep injury and was also absent.

Jimmy Bartel got the ball rolling and the Cats out of their rut with a brilliant goal off half a step in the first minute and the Cats put the foot down from there. When the game was there to be won the Cats really stepped up, with Menzel and Shane Kersten dining out in front of goal that quarter as the Cats quickly jumped to a 20-something point lead. North Melbourne did manage three goals themselves including one after the siren by Mason Wood to reduce the Cats' lead to 15 points.

Only four goals were scored in the last quarter but three of them were by the Cats, the Kangaroos never really looking like making a proper comeback. Mitch Duncan got on the end of a brilliant chain of kicks and handballs to kick his only goal of the match in the third minute, Menzel his fourth eight minutes in, the game still in the balance but getting close to being over. Patrick Dangerfield's second goal five minutes later effectively ended the game with the Cats now leading the Roos by 34 points. The Cats weren't quite done yet though, Steven Motlop in his one hundredth game booting the ball from the air straight through the middle for his only goal of the game. Mason Wood kicked his second of the game late in the quarter to reduce the final margin to 31 points.

So, Chris Scott won the battle with his brother Brad, who has now lost two games in a row after winning the first ten. The Cats play the next three games at Etihad, two of them before the bye against the Western Bulldogs and St Kilda. The Bulldogs had a good win over Port Adelaide in Adelaide today while the Saints are capable of beating any side on their day. Menzel suffered an injury scare in the third quarter but returned to the field soon after his ankle was examined, Menz slipping after almost juggling a mark deep in the forward pocket. Tom Hawkins will return from his one match suspension.

GEELONG: 4.4, 5.9, 12.11, 15.15 (105) DEFEATED
NORTH MELBOURNE: 4.0, 8.1, 11.2, 12.2 (74)

GOALS
GEELONG: Menzel 4, Kersten 3, Bartel, Dangerfield 2, Caddy, Duncan, Lang, Motlop
NORTH MELBOURNE: Harvey 4, Ziebell, Wood, Petrie 2, Thomas, McDonald

BEST
GEELONG: Dangerfield, Enright, Selwood, Menzel, Taylor, Bartel
NORTH MELBOURNE: Wells, Ziebell, Tarrant, Harvey, Gibson

CHANGES
GEELONG: Nil
NORTH MELBOURNE: Nil

INJURIES
GEELONG: Menzel (ankle)
NORTH MELBOURNE: Atley (right ankle), Swallow (concussion), Cunnington (corked thigh)

REPORTS: TBC

UMPIRES: Donlon, Stephens, Stevic

CROWD: 44,045 at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne Docklands

 

 

DAN MENZEL'S FOURTH GOAL IN THE THIRD QUARTER

 

AFL 2016 ROUND 12: GEELONG CATS V NORTH MELBOURNE KANGAROOS; MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 9 June 2016

AFL ROUND 12 2016: GEELONG CATS V NORTH MELBOURNE KANGAROOS RHYS STANLEY is back into Geelong's side to face top of the ladder Kangaroos on Saturday night in a home fixture at Etihad Stadium. Stanley comes in to replace Tom Hawkins who was suspended for his strike on GWS's Phil Davis last weekend. North Melbourne has made two changes, dropping Majak Daw for Todd Goldstien and brought in Aaron Mullett to replace injured Sam Wright. Steve Motlop will play his one hundredth AFL game, since making his debut in 2010. FULL MATCH INFO

GEELONG CATS
NORTH MELBOURNE KANGAROOS

IN: Rhys Stanley
OUT
: Tom Hawkins (suspension)

IN: Aaron Mullett, Todd Goldstein
OUT: Majak Daw (Omitted), Sam Wright (Ankle)

CATS PASS THE TEST AGAINST GIANTS; MITCH CLARK COMEBACK ON TRACK
Ben Jensen 5 June 2016

AFL ROUND 11 2016: GEELONG CATS V GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY GIANTS GEELONG were challenged all game by Greater Western Sydney but the Cats had the better of the Giants with a superior second half, despite another week of pretty woeful goalkicking. The sides were equal on goals at the end but the Cats' additional ten behinds won out on the day. Giant Lachie Whitfield kicked a goal after the siren to peg the final margin back to 10 points.

It was an interesting game with Joel Selwood very quiet in the first half and Patrick Dangerfield unobtrusive though he had around 20 possessions by half-time. Cameron Guthrie was the Cats' best up until the main break. The second half though saw Selwood really step up a couple gears, and he went up another couple in the final term. Dangerfield and Guthrie continued their efforts while Dan Menzel and Tom Hawkins kicked clutch goals when it really counted.

Jimmy Bartel was again all class and without him in the back half the Cats may have found themselves a few goals down at half time. Harry Taylor absolutely blanked Giant Jeremy Cameron who'd been on fire in previous weeks kicking 22 goals from his seven games thus far. He ended up with nine touches and no goals for the day. Veterans Tom Lonergan, Corey Enright and Andrew Mackie did well down back though were eclipsed certainly by Lachie Henderson and to a lesser extent Jake Kolodjashnij.

Unlike round 2 when the Cats copped a hiding from the Giants including in the ruck, Zac Smith and Mark Blicavs held their own against Shane Mumford and Rory Lobb, Smith putting in one of his best performances yet in the blue and white hoops. Overall the Giants had more hitouts but it may no impact on the game. Interestingly Selwood, Dangerfield and Josh Caddy were each credited with a hitout, Smith in the contest but the umpire at one point was throwing up the ball quite low, the ruckmen getting their timing wrong.

The Cats still have plenty of work to do but winners are certainly grinners, they'll have to be more accurate in front of goal though if they are to win the battle of the Scott brothers next Saturday night. Geelong host the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium, the match starting at 7:25PM, to be broadcast on Channel Seven and Fox Footy.

In the VFL today Geelong may have lost to Sandringham at Simonds Stadium, but all eyes were on Mitch Clark who was playing his first match of the season after being kept out of footy for around a year with a very persistent calf injury. Sam Menegola did play in the AFL NAB Challenge but injured himself in the match against Collingwood, today was his first game of the season proper. For good measure Menegola was named in the best players

The little bloke and I headed down for a look in the second quarter, and saw all of Clark's goals. He was a class above the other players on the field, far too strong when going for an overhead mark on the lead or in a small pack. Nathan Vardy flew for a couple as well but struggled to hold on to the mark. Surely one of these two will be recalled into the AFL squad side or later, especially if Rhys Stanley misses more matches. VFL SCORES.


MITCH CLARK'S THIRD GOAL IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF THE VFL

GEELONG: 2.3, 6.7, 9.10, 14.14 (98) DEFEATED
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY: 4.2, 6.2, 10.2, 14.4 (88)

GOALS
GEELONG: Menzel 3, Guthrie 2, Kersten 2, Hawkins 2, Murdoch, Smith, McCarthy, Henderson, Selwood
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY: Greene 3, Whitfield 3, Scully 2, Johnson, Steele, Shiel, Patton, Ward, Hopper

BEST
GEELONG: Selwood, Smith, Henderson, Bartel, Guthrie, Dangerfield, Enright, Menzel
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY: Shiel, Scully, Williams, Ward, Whitfield, Davis

CHANGES
GEELONG: Nil
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY: Nil

INJURIES
GEELONG: Nil reports
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY: Nil reports

REPORTS: Nil

UMPIRES:

FIELD: Nicholls, Hay, Jeffery EMERGENCY: Brown
BOUNDARY: Tomkins, Marantelli, Tee, Jenkinson
GOAL: Wilson, Dixon EMERGENCY: Lai

CROWD: 22,007 at Simonds Stadium, Geelong

 

 

SANDRINGHAM: 5.0,7.5, 11.8, 15.11 (101) DEFEATED
GEELONG: 5.6, 9.8,12.9, 15.9 (99)

GOALS
SANDRINGHAM: TBC
GEELONG: House 5, Clark 3, Smedts, Gregson, Parsons, Williams, McLachlan, Edwards, Rees

BEST
SANDRINGHAM: TBC
GEELONG: House, Tsitas, Luxford, Menegola, McLachlan, Sexton

AFL 2016 ROUND 11: GEELONG CATS V GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY GIANTS; MATCH PREVIEW & FINAL TEAMS
Ben Jensen 3 June 2016

AFL ROUND 11 2016: GEELONG CATS V GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY GIANTS THE CATS have dropped three players from the side who lost to Carlton last weekend to face the Greater Western Sydney Giants who beat the Cats back in round 2. The list of exclusions does not include Tom Ruggles who allegedly did a Gary Sidebottom and missed the match against the Blues, initially arriving at the MCG according to the 3AW Rumour File. Billie Smedts, Jordan Murdoch and Cory Gregson were initially the omittees but with Rhys Stanley being withdrawn from the side on Friday, Murdoch gets another chance. Into the side are Lincoln McCarthy, Daniel Menzel and Ruggles. McCarthy is a good in, he has been in good form this season as has Dan Menzel who had a week off. GWS has made two changes, Phil Davis the big in. Big news in the VFL, with Mitch Clark and Sam Menegola returning from injury for their first games of the season. MATCH PREVIEW, TEAMS, TV & RADIO DETAILS

GEELONG
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY

IN: Daniel Menzel, Lincoln McCarthy, Tom Ruggles
OUT
: Billie Smedts (Omitted), Rhys Stanley (Foot), Cory Gregson (Omitted)

IN: Phil Davis, Matt Buntine
OUT: Adam Kennedy (Shoulder), Rhys Palmer (Toe)

 

CARLTON WELL AND TRULY GIVE GEELONG THE BLUES
Ben Jensen 29 May 2016

AFL ROUND 10 2016: CARLTON BLUES V GEELONG CATS CARLTON handed Geelong a shock loss at Etihad Stadium today, Brendon Bolton's boys leading for most of the first quarter and from the ninth minute of the second quarter did not surrender the lead. What made the win all the better was the Blues were down to just two on the interchange bench before half time, as skipper Marc Murphy and Liam Sumner suffered ankle injuries. The Cats made a very late change losing Tom Ruggles and recalling Jordan Murdoch, Ruggles not able to get over the effects of an eye infection. Social media such as the various Facebook groups dedicated to the Cats went into a fair old meltdown, the posts equally split between those complaining about Cat fans complaining and fans going fair off the scale with "Sack Chris Scott" type arguments.

The week's inclusions Billie Smedts and Jordan Murdoch didn't do too well while Josh Caddy played a bit of a shocker. Steve Motlop did not register a single tackle while even Joel Selwood and Patrick Dangerfield didn't do a hell of a lot. Cameron Guthrie and Jimmy Bartel were the Cats' best. Tom Hawkins and fellow forwards had dirty days with terrible accuracy, the scores were level at quarter time but the Cats had one less goal and six more behinds than the Blues who kicked four straight. This is the third week in a row Geelong has been atrocious in front of goal, one week they got away with it (against the Crows) but losses to struggling Carlton and Collingwood highlight there's a problem needing solving, quickly.

Carlton played extremely well, under new coach Bolton they are a totally different side than the one who looked years away from winning games such as these under Mick Malthouse. Dennis Armfield did a brilliant job kicking three goals but our pick and that of the K-Rock boys was Ed Curnow who completely took Selwood out of the game but still had just under touches himself. That's half the problem with Geelong at the moment, aside from goal kicking, there is no obvious defensive midfielder/tagger/stopper, call it what you like since Cameron Ling hung up the boots it's been sorely missed.

The road into the round 15 bye will be tough for the Cats who now stand at seven wins and three losses. First up at Simonds Stadium this Saturday in a twilight fixture is Greater Western Sydney who went down to Adelaide last night but had the Cats' better in round two. Next are three matches all at Etihad Stadium where the Cats haven't played well at it recent seasons against North Melbourne, the Western Bulldogs and finally St Kilda who can beat sides on their day. The Blues play an absolutely winnable match against Brisbane at Etihad. MATCH REPORT

CARLTON: 4.0, 10.4, 13.6, 16.8 (104)) DEFEATED
GEELONG: 3.6, 6.8, 9.11, 12.13 (85)

GOALS
CARLTON: Everitt 4, Armfield 3, Gibbs 2, Gorringe 2, Murphy, Curnow, Casboult, Walker, Lamb
GEELONG: Motlop 2, Gregson 2, Guthrie 2, Enright, Stanley, Bartel, Smedts, Smith, Hawkins

BEST
CARLTON: Gibbs, Docherty, Armfield, Curnow, Rowe, Cripps, Simpson
GEELONG: Guthrie, Dangerfield, Duncan, Bartel, Stanley, Henderson

CHANGES
CARLTON: Nil
GEELONG: Tom Ruggles, replaced by Jordan Murdoch due to an eye infection

INJURIES
CARLTON:
Murphy (ankle), Sumner (ankle), Weitering (knee), Armfield (leg)
GEELONG: Stanley (foot)

REPORTS: Nil

UMPIRES: Foot, McInerney, Billy Pannell

CROWD: 33,535 at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne Docklands

AFL 2016 ROUND 10: CARLTON BLUES V GEELONG CATS; MATCH PREVIEW & FINAL TEAMS
Ben Jensen 28 May 2016

AFL ROUND 10 2016: CARLTON BLUES V GEELONG CATS TALLS TOM LONERGAN AND JAKE KOLODJASHNIJ have been rushed back into the Geelong side to face Carlton on Sunday at Etihad Stadium after the loss to another old club of Mick Malthouse, Collingwood, last round. Lonergan as expected was a late withdrawal from the loss to the Magpies due to the after effects of concussion. He and Kolodjashnij were missed, the latter missing the last two weeks with a broken hand. Dan Menzel has been given a week off due to soreness. Billie Smedts has been rewarded with his form in the VFL after an early season shoulder injury. Getting the axe are Jed Bews and George Horlin-Smith in a week when there's no VFL match for the Cats.

The Blues have brought back two big blokes Matthew Kreuzer and Levi Casboultin a move that surprised many after expectations were they would miss much longer through injury. Dropped to make way for the pair are Daniel Gorringe and Liam Jones.The Cats beat the Blues by 77 points last time around. Under Brendan Bolton though the Blues have been a far more competitive outfit, although losing their first four matches winning the next four. Last weekend they were outclassed by ladder leader North Melbourne, a result the Cats would be keen to repeat this weekend.

GEELONG
CARLTON

IN: Tom Lonergan, Jake Kolodjashnij, Billie Smedts
OUT
: Daniel Menzel (Soreness), Jed Bews, George Horlin-Smith

IN: Levi Casboult, Matthew Kreuzer
OUT: Daniel Gorringe, Liam Jones

MATCH PREVIEW AND FINAL TEAMS

 

MAGPIES BLITZ CATS IN FIRST QUARTER TO HAND CATS SHOCK LOSS
Ben Jensen 22 May 2016

AFL ROUND 9 2016: COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES V GEELONG CATS WHILE MANY GEELONG observers including ourselves thought this a danger game not many would have tipped Collingwood to do the job on us. But fix us up Nathan Buckley's boys did, breaking the Cats' six game winning streak with a 24 point win. A seven goal to none first quarter by the Magpies was too much for the Cats to recover from, although winning the next three quarters it was too little, too late with the Magpies winning by 24 points, while kicking five additional goals. Briefly in the final term it appeared as though the Cats were about to run over the Magpies after booting the opening two to make four consecutive goals to make the margin just 9 points, but the Magpies then went on their own run, three unanswered goals putting the match beyond doubt.

While Collingwood certainly played a great team game, finally doing coach Nathan Buckley proud, the match stats told a pretty sorry tale of missed opportunity by Geelong. Costly misses of relatively simply shots for goal from the likes of Patrick Dangerfield and even Jimmy Bartel heaped the pressure on the Cats heading into half time, trailing by 32 points while having three goals and four behinds for the term to Collingwood's two straight goals. Despite wins by Greater Western Sydney and the Sydney Swans the Cats remain in second spot on the AFL ladder, ahead of GWS (just) and the Swans on percentage. In brighter news today the VFL side had another win down at Frankston by six goals squaring their le. The VFL Cats have a bye next week.

COLLINGWOOD: 7.5, 9.5, 11.7, 16.8 (104) DEFEATED
GEELONG: 0.3, 3.7, 6.10, 11.14 (80)

GOALS
COLLINGWOOD: Motlop 4, Kersten 3, Caddy, Duncan, Enright, Lang, Menzel, Stanley
GEELONG: Hawkins 4, Motlop, Menzel, Duncan, Lang, Caddy, Stanley, Smith

BEST
COLLINGWOOD: Sidebottom, Pendlebury, Howe, Treloar, Adams, Grundy, Greenwood
GEELONG: Bartel, Enright, Duncan, Lang, Blicavs, Caddy

CHANGES
COLLINGWOOD: Nil
GEELONG: Tom Lonergan, replaced by Tom Ruggles due to concussion

INJURIES
COLLINGWOOD:
Nil
GEELONG: Nil

REPORTS: Nil

UMPIRES: Dalgleish, Jeffery, Ryan

CROWD: 59,864 at MCG, Melbourne

VFL RESULTS

GEELONG: 7.4, 9.4, 14.6, 16.8 (104) DEFEATED
FRANKSTON: 1.0, 3.3, 7.7, 10.8 (68)

GOALS
GEELONG: B. Rees 3, P. Lucey 3, M. Luxford 2, S. Dobson, A. Hickey, J. Tsitas, N. Vardy, J. Murdoch, S. McLachlan, J. Cowan, W. Sexton
FRANKSTON: N. Gardiner 3, J. Pickess 2, J. Cass, A. Wilson, J. Newman, K. Gray, B. Wells

BEST
GEELONG: W. Sexton, J. Tsitas, B. Smedts, M. Luxford, B. Rees
FRANKSTON: C. Buchan, A. McInnes, J. Wilsen, B. Cavarra, J. Pongracic, J. Cass

VENUE: Frankston Oval, Frankston

 

COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES V GEELONG CATS MATCH PREVIEW - CATS BY 56 POINTS
Willem van Denderen 20 May 2016

AFL ROUND 9 2016: COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES V GEELONG CATS Geelong proved they are the real deal in defeating considerable opposition in Adelaide last week, and will be looking to hang onto second spot with a win against Collingwood. The Cats have won both times they have played at the MCG this year, and this will be the last time they do so until round 21. A win could see the Cats finish the week on top of the ladder, should North Melbourne lose against an in-form Carlton. Whilst this is unlikely Geelong should hold up their end of the bargain and be far too good for a Collingwood side which has endured an eventful first two months of 2016. The Magpies have been erratic this year, losing winnable games to St Kilda, Melbourne and Carlton. Pressure is also mounting on Nathan Buckley, and injuries and poor form have seen some players completely lose their way. Despite this they have mustered three wins, and enter round nine just a game outside the eight. Last week they held Brisbane scoreless for a quarter, and kicked an impressive 20 goals. So for all the negativity surrounding the Pies they are not to be underestimated, and an upset win could put them right back into the top eight mix. READ WILLEM'S FULL MATCH PREVIEW

AFL 2016 ROUND 9: COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES V GEELONG CATS; MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 20 May 2016

AFL ROUND 9 2016: COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES V GEELONG CATS GEORGE HORLIN-SMITH is back for his first game of the season, in place of Tom Ruggles who has been omitted. Collingwood has made just the one change with Premiership backman Ben Reid back replacing another Ben, injured Ben Sinclair; Magpie Steele Sidebottom is due to play his 150th match. While Ruggles lost out Jed Bews retains his spot after missing out to Ruggles over the first month or so of the season.

Last time these two sides met in a premiership season match in round 22 last year the Magpies gave the Cats a hiding, snuffing out their already slim mathematical finals hopes. You'd not expect that to happen this weekend then again last season was also a shock, so the Cats will be wary and not taking the struggling Nathan Buckley-led side lightly.

GEELONG
COLLINGWOOD

IN: George Horlin-Smith
OUT
: Tom Ruggles (Omitted)

IN: Ben Reid
OUT: Ben Sinclair (Concussion)

MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

 

DANGERFIELD RETURN TO ADELAIDE A HAPPY ONE, GEELONG TOO GOOD
Ben Jensen 13 May 2016

AFL ROUND 8 2016: ADELAIDE CROWS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG withstood a challenge from Adelaide in the third quarter and inaccurate goal kicking to run out winners by 26 points at Adelaide Oval tonight, in Patrick Dangerfield's first match against his old team. The Cats held the Crows goalless in the final term, booting four of their own in a short period midway through the quarter to put the game beyond doubt. Tom Lonergan missed most of the game through concussion, after copping a head knock five minutes into the game after being pushed into Tom Ruggles by Crow Taylor Walker. A huge crowd of 53,141 were at the Adelaide Oval, plenty of Cats fans though most would have been Crows who went home disappointed. The free kick count (26-14) certainly was something the locals would have been happy with though it didn't help them get closer than 26 points to a very inaccurate Geelong side in the end.

GEELONG: 3.8, 5.13, 9.17, 13.20 (98) DEFEATED
ADELAIDE: 2.1 5.1, 11.3, 11.6 (72)

GOALS
GEELONG: Motlop 4, Kersten 3, Caddy, Duncan, Enright, Lang, Menzel, Stanley
ADELAIDE: Betts 2, Jenkins 2, McGovern 2, Walker 2, Atkins, Cameron, Sloane

BEST
GEELONG: Guthrie, Motlop, Dangerfield, Bartel, Selwood, L. Henderson
ADELAIDE: Sloane, Cameron, Lynch, R. Henderson

CHANGES
GEELONG: Nil
ADELAIDE: Nil

INJURIES
GEELONG: Tom Lonergan (concussion, first quarter)
ADELAIDE: Nil reports

REPORTS: Nil

UMPIRES: Kamolins, Meredith, Stevic

CROWD: 53,141 at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

AFL 2016 ROUND 8: ADELAIDE CROWS V GEELONG CATS; MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 12 May 2016

AFL ROUND 8 2016: ADELAIDE CROWS V GEELONG CATS CHANNEL SEVEN will screen Friday night's clash between Geelong and Adelaide in HD; that's right folks, Patrick Dangerfield's return to play his former side has been deemed sufficiently a big enough deal we're finally getting back to screenings games in HD like Channel Ten used to in 2009. The outs for the Cats are injured duo Lincoln McCarthy (ankle) and Nakia Cockatoo (knee) while the Crows are to miss David Mackay who has been hamstrung. Back in the side for Geelong are Cory Gregson and Jed Bews, the latter being a defender not really a straight swap for the fowards Cockatoo and McCarthy but there may be a reshuffling of the backline.

GEELONG
ADELAIDE

IN: Jed Bews, Cory Gregson
OUT
: Lincoln McCarthy (Ankle), Nakia Cockatoo (Knee)

IN: Wayne Milera
OUT: David Mackay (Hamstring)

FULL MATCH DETAILS AND TEAM LISTS

CATS TOO GOOD FOR EAGLES
Ben Jensen 8 May 2016

AFL ROUND 7 2016: GEELONG CATS V WEST COAST EAGLES GEELONG was tested at times but defeated West Coast comfortably after a stunning final quarter, winning by 44 points. Trailing at the first break the Cats launched a blitz against the Eagles, outscoring them seven goals to one for the quarter to take a 35 point lead into the main break. The lead stretched to 51 points early in the second half and a serious belting looked on the cards, but the Eagles had other ideas, booting five unanswered goals to slash the lead to just three kicks. A late steadier by Josh Caddy got the match back under control, the Cats leading by 18 points at three-quarter time. The first four goals of the final term put the result beyond any doubt, the Eagles' three goals not enough to make the score more respectable.

In terms of the best players it was midfielders again who stood out along with Shane Kersten up forward who played a great game from start to finish and was rewarded with three goals. Best on ground should be between Joel Selwood and Steve Motlop. Patrick Dangerfield again was great though not quite as good as these two. Jimmy Bartel and Caddy had plenty of the ball and used it bell as always. Nic Naitanui was named the Eagles' best but Geelong ruckmen Zac Smith and Rhys Stanley certainly held their own, Stanley contributing one goal.

Down back Lachie Henderson is really starting to fit in. Tom Lonergan and Harry Taylor had hard days at the office with the dangerous Eagle forwards Josh Kennedy, Jack Darling and Mark Le Cras but would be happy enough with the result. Andrew Mackie contributed another one of his trademark long bomb goals in the final quarter bringing the house down. Dan Menzel didn't quite get as much of the ball as in previous weeks while fellow forward Lincoln McCarthy suffered a rolled ankle early on in the game and missed most of the match, and will probably miss next week's game in Adelaide. Menzel must be due a rest soon too having played five games in a row now.

Next game is Friday night against Adelaide at AAMI Stadium; Dangerfield's long awaited first game against his old side, though he played at the same venue against Port Adelaide a couple weekends ago. Adelaide is four and three this season winning all three home games so far so it will be quite the test. They lost by fifteen points to the Western Bulldogs on Saturday night and will want to retain their place in the eight.

In the VFL the Cats lost to Essendon at Windy Hill by 21 points.

GEELONG: 2.4, 9.7, 12.11, 18.15 (123) DEFEATED
WEST COAST: 3.1, 4.2, 9.5, 12.7 (79)

GOALS
GEELONG: Motlop 4, Hawkins 3, Kersten 3, Guthrie 2, Stanley, Bartel, Caddy, Cockatoo, Mackie, Menzel
WEST COAST: Kennedy 3, Darling 3, Lycett 2, Cripps, Hill, Le Cras, Jetta

BEST
GEELONG: Motlop, Dangerfield, Bartel, Selwood, Caddy, Kersten
WEST COAST: Naitanui, McGovern, Sheppard, Masten

CHANGES
GEELONG: Nil
WEST COAST: Nil

INJURIES
GEELONG: Nakia Cockatoo (calf), Lincoln McCarthy (ankle)
WEST COAST: Nil reports

REPORTS: Nil

UMPIRES: Dalgliesh, Jeffery, O'Gorman

CROWD: 25,429 at Simonds Stadium, Geelong

AFL 2016 ROUND 7: GEELONG CATS V WEST COAST EAGLES; MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 5 May 2016

AFL ROUND 7 2016: GEELONG CATS V WEST COAST EAGLES TOM RUGGLES comes back into the side at the expense of fellow Leopold Lion Jed Bews, one of three changes for the Cats. Also returning are Andrew Mackie and Rhys Stanley; making way are Nathan Vardy and an unlucky Jake Kolodjashnij. West Coast on the other hand have made just the one change with Sam Butler to miss with a groin complaint, Elliot Yeo the beneficiary. Word was that the Eagles would miss Jeremy 'Shooter' McGovern or Jack Darling through injury but both have been named in the side and similarly lukewarm Lewis Jetta has retained his place.

GEELONG
WEST COAST

IN: Andrew Mackie, Rhys Stanley, Tom Ruggles
OUT
: Nathan Vardy (Omitted), Jake Kolodjashnij (Omitted), Jed Bews (Omitted)

IN: Elliot Yeo
OUT: Sam Butler (Groin)

FULL MATCH DETAILS AND TEAM LISTS

CATS DELIVER ABLETT'S SUNS A HIDING
Ben Jensen 30 April 2016

AFL ROUND 6 2016: GEELONG CATS V GOLD COAST SUNS GEELONG gave Gary Ablett's Gold Coast Suns an absolute belting tonight at a balmy Simonds Stadium, running out winners by 120 points. Before the match Nathan Vardy was brought into the side in place of Rhys Stanley, after earlier being brought into the squad as an emergency in place of Cory Gregson. The other late change was Andrew Mackie whose spot was taken by Darcy Lang; Stanley and Mackie missed with the old 'general soreness'. The match was played in relatively warm conditions given it was the final day in April, t-shirts not out of place on the night. The crowd of 23,000 looked larger than that, packed into the remaining stands with the Brownlow and Jennings' stands being demolished. READ FULL STORY

Patrick Dangerfield copped a big knock early in the match even worse than the one from last week against Port Adelaide but after a few minutes spent gingerly languishing around the half-forward line fired back up for a best on ground performance, challenging Joel Selwood, Josh Caddy for the three Brownlow votes. Big forwards Tom Hawkins and Shane Kersten booted four goals each while smaller midfield-forwards Nakia Cockatoo and Steve Motlop helped themselves to three apiece. Harry Taylor played an excellent game down back as did Lachie Henderson, neither making the best but from our view would have made the top six or seven.

Dan Menzel continues to grow in confidence and is seriously on the verge of stepping into an elite category of player, combining well with teammates for 25 touches. The tall timber Zac Smith and Vardy were all right, Vardy missing an absolute sitter at one point but enjoying his first game of the season, as did Bews. Smith and Vardy did only have a combined 23 hitouts between them to the Suns Daniel Currie who had 34 himself.

Tom Lynch started off well for the Suns picking up a couple first quarter goals, both from free kicks that should please Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade who complained during the week Lynch was not getting 'enough protection'. Eade may well have been talking about his own charges who were reasonable up until midway through the second quarter but resembled training cones from that point onwards.

The percentage boost sees the Cats on 174.7%, easily the highest in the League right now; they hold second spot behind the undefeated Kangaroos and should remain on top of Sydney unless the Swans have an enormous win over the Lions on Sunday. The Bulldogs and Hawks both lost to the Kangaroos and GWS respectively leaving only the Cats and likely Swans on five wins.

Next Saturday afternoon at the unusual timeslot of 2:10PM the Cats host the West Coast Eagles here again at Simonds Stadium. The VFL side play Coburg at Simonds Stadium on Sunday, in what may be a very wet affair; entry is free for members.

GEELONG: 5.4, 11.8, 18.14, 25.18 (168) DEFEATED
GOLD COAST: 3.2, 5.3, 6.3, 7.6 (48)

GOALS
GEELONG: Hawkins 4, Kersten 4, Motlop 3, Cockatoo 3, Lang 2, Caddy 2, Dangerfield 2, Duncan, Menzel, Vardy, Smith, Selwood
GOLD COAST: Lynch 2, Sexton 2, Cameron, Harbrow, Lemmens

BEST
GEELONG: Dangerfield, Hawkins, Motlop, Guthrie, Selwood, Caddy, Duncan, Bartel
GOLD COAST: K Kolodjashnij, Prestia, Ablett, Sexton

CHANGES
GEELONG: Vardy and Lang in for Mackie and Stanley
GOLD COAST: Nil

INJURIES
GEELONG: McCarthy (head), Guthrie (hip)
GOLD COAST: McKenzie (left ankle), Day (back)

REPORTS: Nil

UMPIRES: Hay, Kamolins, Stevic

CROWD: 23,007 at Simonds Stadium, Geelong

GEELONG V GOLD COAST MATCH PREVIEW
Willem van Denderen 30 April 2016

AFL ROUND 6 2016: GEELONG CATS V GOLD COAST SUNS
Tonight Geelong play in front of their home supporters for the second time in 2016, this time hosting a depleted yet stoic Gold Coast side. Geelong comfortably saw off the Brisbane Lions at home in round three, but the clash against the other club from Queensland is expected to prove slightly more difficult. Both sides sit within the top eight, the Cats in fourth with four wins the Suns in seventh with three. Geelong were exceptional after quarter-time last week disposing of a Port Adelaide team which seemed to burn itself out before the first interval. They will be looking to exert the same ruthlessness which saw them kick fifteen goals to three in the final three quarters. The Suns can be expected to provide a more consistent, sustained effort than the Power, but without three of their premier midfielders may find Geelong overwhelming. FULL STORY

 

AFL 2016 ROUND 6: GEELONG CATS V GOLD COAST SUNS; MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 28 April 2016

AFL ROUND 6 2016: GEELONG CATS V GOLD COAST SUNS JED BEWS has been named for his first game of season, coming into the side along with Lachie Henderson who returns after a one week rest. This came at the expense of the dropped Cory Gregson and Tom Ruggles who has been given a rest after playing his first three AFL games. Gold Coast on the other hand have made four changes, two of them enforced and two omissions.

MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
GOLD COAST

IN: Lachie Henderson, Jed Bews
OUT
: Cory Gregson (Omitted), Tom Ruggles (Managed)

IN: Henry Schade, Ryan Davis, Dion Prestia, Mackenzie Willis
OUT: Adam Saad (Hip), Luke Russell (Omitted), Michael Rischitelli (Shoulder), Callum Ah Chee (Omitted)

 

CATS SHUT DOWN POWER
Ben Jensen 24 April 2016

AFL ROUND 5 2016: PORT ADELAIDE POWER V GEELONG CATS GEELONG were pushed in the first quarter but after some fireworks just after the quarter-time siren that is sure to attract AFL Match Review Panel attention if not sanctions put in a dominant display, a six goal to nil second term setting up the 48-point win. The win puts the Cats in fourth position on the ladder with four wins from five games with a healthy percentage of just under 150%. There were many contenders for best on ground, the official award on the night on ANZAC Day weekend going to skipper Joel Selwood. Patrick Dangerfield, Steve Motlop and Dan Menzel also put in great games from the midfield.

 

Dangerfield and Selwood were both superb and attracted plenty of physical attention from the Power players at times losing their cool. Port's Tom Jonas caused the melee when he torpedoed into Dangerfield's back in what was either a clumsy attempt at disguising his actions as a marking attempt or just stupidity after the quarter time siren rang. The melee continued for a minute and appeared to be finished when another player flattened Tom Ruggles sparking it all again. We don't expect any striking charges but would not be surprised if both clubs are handed fines. Selwood exchanged contact with Jackson Trengove in the second quarter, both will be under the microscope of the MRP.

Tom Hawkins put in a commanding performance though only kicked the one goal, taking a great tumbling grab on a lead in a forward pocket in the second half, sharing a grin with the crowd before calmly slotting it through with a left-foot banana kick. Shane Kersten kicked two good goals and should hold his spot while Lincoln McCarthy likewise appears to have secured his position in the side for the time being making it difficult for Nathan Vardy to force his way into the forward line from the VFL. Vardy will also not be pushing it uphill to unseat either of ruckmen Zac Smith or Rhys Stanley who finishing with 47 hitouts between them.

Mitch Duncan, Josh Caddy, Menzel and Motlop, a couple years younger than Selwood or Dangerfield all had good games and should they stay injury free will set the Cats up to go deep into September. Corey Enright who was rested last week was reading the ball as well as always as he chases down the club games record. Fellow veteran Jimmy Bartel started off slow but still finished with 20 disposals.

Next week the Cats play host Gary Ablett and his Gold Coast Suns on Saturday night at Simonds Stadium. Ken Hinkley's boys play the similarly disappointing Richmond at the MCG at the same time. Gold Coast started off with three wins but have lost their past two, both home games, against Brisbane and North Melbourne. The Cats would have to start strong favourites in this match.

GEELONG: 1.4, 7.5, 12.9, 16.11 (107) DEFEATED
PORT ADELAIDE: 5.4, 5.6, 7.9, 8.11 (59)

GOALS
GEELONG: Menzel 3, Dangerfield, McCarthy, Kersten 2, Selwood, Stanley, Guthrie, Hawkins, Motlop, Cockatoo, Caddy
PORT ADELAIDE: Dixon 3, Wines 2, Broadbent, Amon, Ebert

BEST
GEELONG: Selwood, Dangerfield, Menzel, Motlop, Stanley, Blicavs
PORT ADELAIDE: Boak, Wines, Byrne-Jones, Pittard

INJURIES
GEELONG: Nil
PORT ADELAIDE: Nil

REPORTS: Nil (but keep an eye on the MRP report on Monday)

UMPIRES: Dagleish, Kamolins, Hosking

CROWD: 44,937 at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

 

AFL 2016 ROUND 5: PORT ADELAIDE POWER V GEELONG CATS; MATCH PREVIEW & FINAL TEAMS
Ben Jensen 21 April 2016

AFL ROUND 5 2016: PORT ADELAIDE POWER V GEELONG CATS GEELONG has made three changes to the side that will play Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night. Jordan Murdoch and Darcy Lang have been dropped following the laboured win over Essendon while Lachie Henderson has been rested or 'managed' as they like to call it these days. Returning is club champion Cory Enright, young forward Lincoln McCarthy who the selectors said was rested last week, and Shane Kersten who was a late change last week with a calf injury. Port who have been under the pump after a slow start to the season have made two changes, bringing back in Paul Stewart and Cam O'Shea. The VFL side has another Friday night game, this time in Ballarat agaisnt North Ballarat.

MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
PORT ADELAIDE

IN: Corey Enright, Shane Kersten, Lincoln McCarthy
OUT
: Jordan Murdoch (Omitted), Lachie Henderson (Managed), Darcy Lang (Omitted)

IN: Cam O'Shea, Paul Stewart
OUT: Brendon Ah Chee (Omitted), Jared Polec (Omitted)

CATS UNCONVINCING WITH WIN OVER BOMBERS
Ben Jensen 16 April 2016

AFL ROUND 4 2016: ESSENDON BOMBERS V GEELONG CATS
GEELONG struggled to overcome a feisty Essendon side at the MCG today, finally shaking them off in the second half to win by thirty points. Leading by just two points at half-time the Cats managed to kick only a single goal in the third quarter but seven behinds, to the Bombers' one goal and one behind. They built on this slender eight point lead in the final term with three goals five behinds to blow the winning margin out to thirty points which many would say flattered the Cats. Next Saturday evening Geelong takes on a struggling Port Adelaide outfit at the Adelaide Oval while Essendon have the 'blockbuster' ANZAC Day clash at the MCG- we'd back in the Bombers but the Magpies, under fire after their start may just bounce back.

GEELONG: 2.2 5.4 6.5 6.6 (42) DEFEATED
ESSENDON: 2.3, 5.6, 6.13, 9.18 (72)

GOALS
GEELONG: Motlop 2, Caddy, Stanley, Gregson, Cockatoo, Bartel, Lang, Smith
ESSENDON: Zaharakis, Laverde, Merrett, Brown, Fantasia, Stokes

BEST
GEELONG: Duncan, Dangerfield, Selwood, Lonergan, Taylor, Motlop, Caddy
ESSENDON: Zaharakis, Merrett, Hartley, Cooney, McDonald-Tipungwuti

INJURIES
GEELONG: Nil reports on day
ESSENDON: Jayden Laverde (shoulder), Mitch Brown (nose)

CHANGES
GEELONG: Shane Kersten (calf) replaced in selected side by Jake Kolodjashnij
ESSENDON:Nil

UMPIRES: Hay, McInerney, Mitchell

CROWD: 42,723 at MCG, Melbourne

ESSENDON V GEELONG MATCH PREVIEW
Willem van Denderen 15 April 2016

AFL ROUND 4 2016: ESSENDON BOMBERS V GEELONG CATS
Geelong will travel to Melbourne for the second time in 2016 this Saturday to meet a still largely unknown Essendon side. Currently in fifth position with two wins and a loss, the Cats will be hoping to bank another four points against the unfancied Bombers and potentially enter the top four by the conclusion of the round. Even at this early phase of the season the Bombers have found themselves where many had predicted, at the foot of the ladder. Languishing in fifteenth, the Dons have struggled for any consistency so far in 2016, something expected given the exceptional circumstances of their season. Nevertheless John Worsfold's conglomerate side of rookies, old hands and top-ups will only benefit from more time together, and may cause the Cats a few issues come Saturday afternoon. KEEP READING

AFL 2016 ROUND 4: ESSENDON BOMBERS V GEELONG CATS; MATCH PREVIEW & FINAL TEAMS
Ben Jensen 14 April 2016

AFL ROUND 4 2016: ESSENDON BOMBERS V GEELONG CATS THREE CHANGES by the Cats and the Bombers for the 'inaugural Country Game' at the MCG this Saturday afternoon. Tom Ruggles as expected held onto his position with Tom Lonergan, Jordan Murdoch and Cory Gregson comin back into the side at the expense of Corey Enright ('managed') and the omitted young pair Lincoln McCarthy and Jake Kolodjashnij. Jed Bews along with this pair are named as emergencies. The Bombers have dropped three players including serial pest Ryan Crowley, bringing back Craig Bird, Conor McKenna and Jayden Laverde.

MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
ESSENDON

IN: Tom Lonergan, Cory Gregson, Jordan Murdoch
OUT
: Lincoln McCarthy (Omitted), Jake Kolodjashnij (Omitted), Corey Enright (Managed)

IN: Conor McKenna, Craig Bird, Jayden Laverde
OUT: Nick Kommer (Omitted), Ryan Crowley (Omitted), Jackson Merrett (Omitted)

 

CATS WIN AT HOME IN STYLE
Ben Jensen 10 April 2016

AFL ROUND 3 2016: GEELONG CATS V BRISBANE LIONS GEELONG defeated Brisbane by 69 points in this evening's twilight match, the first for backman Tom Ruggles who put in a very solid performance. Before the bounce Tom Lonergan was a late change with a calf complaint, replaced in the side by Nakia Cockatoo. Tom Hawkins booted four goals and missed a few more; Shane Kersten missed his first couple chances but ended up with three goals as did Patrick Dangerfield. There were several players performing well on the day and worthy of mention. Radio stations 3AW and K-Rock gave BOG to Joel Selwood; the Geelong station gave 3-2-1 to Selwood, Patrick Dangerfield and Corey Enright while 3AW 5-4-3-2-1 to Selwood, Enright, Mitch Duncan, Steve Motlop and Mitch Robinson.

Brisbane's Mitch Robinson played quite a good game but showed he's still the same player Carlton let go of; it started with an encounter with Cats skipper Joel Selwood in Geelong's forward pocket way off the ball with Selwood upended and Robinson mouthing off and taunting him. The two remained in close contact over the following few minutes, at one stage Robinson earning a free kick in his half-back line, while it reached its crescendo with Robinson throwing his body at Selwood at the Lions's half-forward line. A bit of push and shove just short of a melee followed, as the emergency umpire got involved, at least one umpire reporting Robinson for rough conduct. We didn't see the contact so can't comment, judging by the K-Rock commentators plus descriptions on 3AW later on he looks in strife.

Ruggles fit in really well down back, part of a quality lineup led by veterans Corey Enright and Harry Taylor, and newer Lachie Henderson, Jake Kolodjashnij and Cameron Guthrie. He had a crack from the word go and will surely hold his position in the side next week. At times Enright looked exposed for pace but only a couple times, the rest of the time he read the play brilliantly. As noted Kersten struggled to put the ball between the big sticks but in the last quarter bagged three goals, to the delight of his teammates.

Dan Menzel is a real 'find'; being out since the qualifying final of 2011 against Hawthorn, returning last season for a number of games, he missed at least 100 games of football while the likes of Mitch Duncan and Allen Christensen have gone on with their careers. He was great today though, a class act if the Cats do go deep into September this year he'll be as much a part of that as boon recruits Dangerfield, Zac Smith and Henderson.

The Lions had some decent players through the middle and up forward but struggled down back and weren't that effective in the ruck. Tom Bell was our pick ahead of Robinson, he and Pearce Hanley got a fair bit of it, Bell like Robinson and Geelong's Lachie Henderson finding a happier home after leaving Carlton. Former Cats Josh Walker and Allen Christensen were quite hopeless, Walker sadly being quite wayward when having set shots at goal.

A tightly packed crowd of 23,320 watched the game, a different look now with the Brownlow and Jennings stands/pavilions being demolished. The club managed the pre-game collection of members items well, a very short queue late we had a new cap; while adequate food outlets were open although queues at half-time were quite long behind the Gary Ablett Terrace possibly due to more people being up that end of the ground with the construction work.

Next week the Cats play the Bombers at the MCG on Saturday afternoon in an away fixture, the game being dubbed the 'Country Game' to honour farmers- how they'll do that and why we don't quite know but we'll be really impressed if an array of farm animals and perhaps a combined harvester or milk truck from the Western District makes its ways onto the field at some stage.

GEELONG: 6.2, 10.5, 12.14, 18.17 (125) DEFEATED
BRISBANE: 1.5, 3.9, 6.11, 7.14 (56)

GOALS
GEELONG: Hawkins 4, Dangerfield 3, Kersten 3, McCarthy 2, Motlop 2, Menzel, Blicavs, Duncan, Bartel
BRISBANE: Bell 2, Taylor, Bastinac, McStay, Martin, Green

BEST
GEELONG: Selwood, Dangerfield, Duncan, Enright, Motlop, Hawkins, Ruggles
BRISBANE: Bell, Robinson, Zorko, Hanley, Martin

INJURIES
GEELONG: Nil
BRISBANE: Nil

REPORTS: Mitch Robinson (Brisbane), for engaging in 'rough conduct' against Joel Selwood (Geelong)

UMPIRES: Findlay, Jeffery, Mollison (Same umpires as round one)

CROWD: 23,320 at Simonds Stadium, Geelong

 

 

AFL 2016 ROUND 3: GEELONG CATS V BRISBANE LIONS; MATCH PREVIEW & FINAL TEAMS
Ben Jensen 8 April 2016

AFL ROUND 3 2016: GEELONG CATS V BRISBANE LIONS TOM RUGGLES, plucked from GFL side Leopold two years and Drysdale before that has been named in a back pocket to make his AFL debut days after being elevated from the Rookie list onto the main list following the season ending injury to Jackson Thurlow. After the loss to the Giants on Sunday the selectors have made two changes, Cory Gregson omitted and Jordan Murdoch out with 'soreness'. Joining Ruggles is Dan Menzel for his first game of the season while George Horlin-Smith and Nakia Cockatoo have to wait another week for their chance. The Lions too have made just the one forced change with Mitch Robinson in for Tom Rockliff.

GEELONG
LIONS

IN: Tom Ruggles, Daniel Menzel
OUT
: Jordan Murdoch (soreness), Cory Gregson

IN: Mitch Robinson
OUT: Tom Rockliff (calf)

MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

 

GEELONG V BRISBANE MATCH PREVIEW
Willem van Denderen 8 April 2016

AFL ROUND 3 2016: GEELONG CATS V BRISBANE LIONS
The hype surrounding Geelong's round one domination of Hawthorn lasted barely six days into the 2016 season, dissipating at the hands of a confident GWS side last Sunday. Sitting sixth after two rounds in a competition in which the majority of the clubs have a win and a loss, the Cats will be desperate to add another victory and remain near the competitive end of the ladder. Brisbane are one of four sides yet to register a win this year, tough assignments against two of last years final four sides in West Coast and North Melbourne proving too much for Justin Leppitsch's men. Although they will yet again enter this clash as the underdogs, their ability to hit the scoreboard so far this season will give them confidence that they can kick a score capable of defeating the home side. READ FULL PREVIEW

CATS LOSE TO GIANTS
Ben Jensen 4 April 2016

AFL ROUND 2 2016: GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY GIANTS V GEELONG CATS THE CATS crashed back down to earth on Sunday, losing to the Giants at Canberra's Manuka Oval. While many pundits who watch Geelong thought it was a danger game for the Cats, the loss still comes as a surprise after the emphatic round one win against the Hawks at the MCG. While many pointed to the six day break verses the Giants' eight and other factors, Coach Chris Scott was having none of it, rankled his team had put in a sub-par performance, the efforts of the Giants led by ex-Cats Steve Johnson and Shane Mumford notwithstanding.

Mitch Duncan found himself poleaxed by Mumford in the third quarter, a quarter that saw the Giants boot eight goals to the Cats' three to take a commanding four goal lead into the final quarter- the margin at one stage stretched to around six goals before late goals from Josh Caddy and Cory Gregson spared blushes. Duncan would have to be in doubt to play on Sunday at home against the Lions though the seven day break gives him some chance. Whether or not the Cats' brains trust will take the risk when others such as George Horlin-Smith and Dan Menzel are waiting in the wings is another matter.

In other news, sadly legendary country footy and 1980s VFL umpire Greg Sidebottom has passed away on the weekend, after suffering an apparent heart attack while umpiring a match between Ardmona and Undera. We were fortunate to have Greg as a client in our day job and are very saddened by his passing. He was always the first to reach for the wallet to pay for the coffees or lunch and very fair in how he did business.

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY: 2.1, 8.4, 12.8, 13.11 (89) DEFEATED
GEELONG: 1.5, 5.7, 8.8, 11.10 (76)

GOALS
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY: Griffen 2, Smith 2, Johnson 2, Wilson, Coniglio, Shiel, Scully, Mumford, Hoskin-Elliott, Lobb
GEELONG: Hawkins 3, Blicavs 2, Stanley 2, Lang, McCarthy, Caddy, Gregson

BEST
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY: Griffen, Scully, Mumford, Johnson, Kelly, Greenel
GEELONG: Hawkins, Blicavs, Mackie, Enright, Guthrie, Lang

INJURIES
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY: Marchbank (ankle)
GEELONG: Duncan (concussion)

UMPIRES: Fleer, Mitchell, Stevic

CROWD: 13,656 at Manuka Oval, Canberra

 

AFL 2016 ROUND 2: GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY GIANTS V GEELONG CATS MATCH PREVIEW & FINAL TEAMS
Ben Jensen 1 April 2016

AFL ROUND 2 2016: GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY GIANTS V GEELONG CATS FRESH from their six goal Easter Monday defeat of Hawthorn Geelong heads to Canberra on Sunday to play Greater Western Sydney. The Giants had a narrow loss to the Demons on Saturday, blowing a handy lead, and will take an extra two days' break than the Cats into this match. The Cats are unchanged while the Giants have made three changes, all omissions.

On Thursday the Cats named the minimum three inclusions for the seven-man interchange; George Horlin-Smith, Dan Menzel and James Cowan. But these three will have to wait at least another week for their chance. During the week at training Nathan Vardy's season, already off to a shaky start after missing round one selection to Shane Kersten, hobbled off from training in a moon boot and is set to miss at least six weeks with a foot injury. The Giants are missing Jeremy Cameron and while the game is being talked up in some parts we reckon they'll struggle to win without the key position player. The Cats however have the deeper injury list; also on it are normal first team players Mitch Clark, Billie Smedts, plus recruit Scott Selwood and young Nakia Cockatoo.

BEWARE Victorians and some others around this great nation, daylight saving ends this Sunday morning with clocks being 'wound back' an hour at 3am; meaning the game is on at 1pm proper time which would have been 2pm the day before. Confused? Me too but I am pretty sure the kids will wake up an hour earlier which will be great on the Monday morning.

MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
GWS

IN: -
OUT
: -

IN: Will Hoskin-Elliott, Stephen Coniglio, Jonathon Patton
OUT:Adam Tomlinson (Omitted), Jack Steele (Omitted), James Stewart (Omitted)

 

GEELONG HONOURS PAUL COUCH, DEFEATS HAWTHORN ON EASTER MONDAY
Ben Jensen 28 March 2016

FOR THE FIRST TIME since the 2014 home and away season, Geelong defeated Hawthorn today by thirty points, a final score that somewhat masks what a tight game it was. The Cats led by the same margin at half time but a five goal to nil third quarter by the Hawks saw them take the lead. Geelong steadied though, dominating the last quarter to take the win.

Before the game a huge number seven jumper was unfurled and carried around the ground by former Geelong greats and family of Paul Couch, who died earlier this month. One of Couch's children tossed the coin, Joel Selwood winning the toss and kicking to the Punt Road End. New recruits Zac Smith and Patrick Dangerfield were immediately into the action, Smith turning in a great performance. Smith kicked three goals and played well in the ruck, a useful contribution given Tom Hawkins often struggled to get hold of the contested ball. Dangerfield missed a few shots at goal in the third quarter but made up for it with his overall contribution, having a staggering 44 possessions and setting up countless other goals.

Lincoln McCarthy had a handy first half with two goals and a hand in others, Josh Caddy also knew where the goals with three. Darcy Lang was the other with three goals from fourteen possessions. Mitch Duncan and Joel Selwood had 26 and 23 touches apiece, Selwood like Dangerfield having seven clearances. For the Hawks Paul Puopolo was too good to stop in the third quarter and along with Jack Gunston had three goals for the day. Sam Mitchell, who Troy Selwood before the game warned would be in need of a close tag, proved hard to catch and was the Hawks' best.

Next week the Cats play the Giants but only have to travel as far as Canberra, the Giants playing at Manuka Oval. Former Geelong premiership player Steve Johnson will be out to put in a good performance against his old side and help his new team to their first win for the season, the Giants having lost to Melbourne on Saturday. Injury reports aren't in yet but eyes will be on Tom Lonergan who appeared to pull up a bit sore in the leg at one point. Hawthorn skipper Luke Hodge is confirmed as being in trouble however with a broken arm. FULL STORY

GEELONG: 4.0, 11.1, 11.4, 18.8 (116) DEFEATED
HAWTHORN: 1.2, 5.7, 10.12, 12.14 (86)

GOALS
GEELONG: Smith 3, Caddy 3, Lang 3, McCarthy 2, Hawkins 2, Motlop, Blicavs, Guthrie, Murdoch
HAWTHORN: Puopolo 3, Gunston 3, Langford 2, Breust 2, Burgoyne, Hartung

BEST
GEELONG: Dangerfield, Blicavs, Guthrie, Caddy, Duncan, Lang, Selwood
HAWTHORN: Mitchell, Frawley, Puopolo, Lewis, Gibson, Burgoyne, Hartung

INJURIES
GEELONG: TBC
HAWTHORN: TBC- Luke Hodge broken arm

REPORTS: Nil

UMPIRES: Findlay, Jeffery, Mollison

CROWD: 74,218 at MCG

AFL 2016 ROUND 1 EASTER MONDAY: GEELONG V HAWTHORN MATCH PREVIEW & TEAMS
Ben Jensen 26 March 2016

AFL ROUND 1 2016: GEELONG CATS V HAWTHORN HAWKS Easter Monday kicks off a mini-new era for the Cats, the first of hopefully many games featuring a partnership of Joel Selwood and Patrick Dangerfield on the ball. The season seems to be kicking off earlier than last year; this same article last year was written on 4 April, this year we're tapping out the keyboard on 23 March so we're not just imagining it. This is the only match against Hawthorn this home and away season, a departure from recent years.

As expected Lachie Henderson, Zac Smith and a bloke named Patrick Dangerfield will make their Geelong debuts. As with round one last year a big decision was who to go with in the ruck. Besides Mitch Clark all rucks were fit, with Rhys Stanley and Zac Smith set to take centre-square duties. Nathan Vardy lost out to Shane Kersten for the final tall forward position, his chances hurt by the presence of Stanley and Smith; the Cats not needing another ruck option. Along with Vardy the others to miss out were Josh Cowan and Daniel Menzel.

Kersten and a few others has been given the task by coach Chris Scott of performing by taking some of the pressure to kick goals away from Tom Hawkins who's been a lone gun too often the last year or two. Unfortunately recruit Scott Selwood won't be taking part in the match, like brother Joel having missed most of the pre-season. There is yet to be an estimated return for Scott while Joel is expected to play.

Smith has been named in the ruck with Rhys Stanley at centre half forward and Nathan Vardy on the bench- with three to be omitted. Also on the bench is Jake Kolodjashnij who may miss out on a key defender role to Lachie Henderson. Shane Kersten is another on the bench set to miss with plenty of tall timber in the squad already, and having not necessarily taken advantage of his opportunities last season to replicate his VFL form in front of goal.

Twenty-five man squads were announced Thursday night with the three emergencies not having to be named until Saturday. For the Hawks Kaiden Brand and Blake Hardwick were named in the initial squad to play their first AFL games, but were named emergencies today. Brand has spent the last three seasons on the Hawks' list but having a wretched run with injury while Hardwick is a 19 year old after last November.

A big change this season is the sub being consigned to history; after coming in for the 2011 season the AFL has scrapped the rule in favour of strict limits on rotations. Just 90 rotations a match will be allowed, which will hopefully not be as big a farce as the new Formula One qualifying proved to be on Sunday's Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.

Triple reigning premiers Hawthorn will also be sporting a newish look lineup with several retirements from last season and a few injuries more recently. Gone is key defender Brian Lake along with handy ruckman-forward David Hale. Grant Birchall has had an ankle injury but has been deemed available while Taylor Duryea and Jordan Lewis are touch and go. Jarryd Roughead (knee; 8-12 weeks) and Liam Shiels (wrist, 3-6) will definitely miss.

Being a Geelong home game there's a fair few tickets available but best to get in before the weekend for the better seats.

MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
HAWTHORN

NEW: Lachie Henderson, Patrick Dangerfield, Zac Smith

NEW: -

 

 

AFL 2016 ROUND 1 EASTER MONDAY: GEELONG V HAWTHORN
Ben Jensen 23 March 2016

AFL ROUND 1 2016: GEELONG CATS V HAWTHORN HAWKS Easter Monday kicks off a mini-new era for the Cats, the first of hopefully many games featuring a partnership of Joel Selwood and Patrick Dangerfield on the ball. The season seems to be kicking off earlier than last year; this same article last year was written on 4 April, this year we're tapping out the keyboard on 23 March so we're not just imagining it. This is the only match against Hawthorn this home and away season, a departure from recent years.

Teams will be announced Thursday night but will be a squad of 25, the three emergencies not having to be named until Saturday. A big change this season is the sub being consigned to history; after coming in for the 2011 season the AFL has scrapped the rule in favour of strict limits on rotations. Just 90 rotations a match will be allowed, which will hopefully not be as big a farce as the new Formula One qualifying proved to be on Sunday's Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.

As with round one last year a big decision is who to go with in the ruck. Besides Mitch Clark all rucks are fit, with Rhys Stanley and Zac Smith set to take centre-square duties. Nathan Vardy completes the tall trio but should spend all of his time up forward, and along with a few others has been given the task by coach Brad Scott of performing by taking some of the pressure to kick goals away from Tom Hawkins who's been a lone gun too often the last year or two. Unfortunately recruit Scott Selwood won't be taking part in the match, like brother Joel having missed most of the pre-season. There is yet to be an estimated return for Scott while Joel is expected to play.

Triple reigning premiers Hawthorn will also be sporting a newish look lineup with several retirements from last season and a few injuries more recently. Gone is key defender Brian Lake along with handy ruckman-forward David Hale. Grant Birchall has had an ankle injury but has been deemed available while Taylor Duryea and Jordan Lewis are touch and go. Jarryd Roughead (knee; 8-12 weeks) and Liam Shiels (wrist, 3-6) will definitely miss.

Being a Geelong home game there's a fair few tickets available but best to get in before the weekend for the better seats.

MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM LISTS

PAUL COUCH LAID TO REST; FAREWELLED AT KARDINIA PARK
Ben Jensen 15 March 2016

PAUL COUCH who tragically passed away last weekend aged just 51 was given a farewell at Kardinia Park today by family, friends and just under a thousand community members. A huge Geelong jumper with his famous number 7 was placed in front of the dais, as family and friends gave eulogies to their great mate. Geraldine Couch and children Molly, Jessie, Tom and Joe spoke of Couch the husband, father and mate while fellow eighties/nineties midfield star Mark Bairstow shared some of the good times. "We had some great after matches, spent some wonderful times at Lord of the Isles; going over losses; going over wins; going over anything, we just sat there and drank beer." The service was followed by a lap of honour led by his family and joined by the fans clad in blue and white.

CATS DOCKED BY LATE SUPER GOALS; PUBLIC MEMORIAL FOR PAUL COUCH
Ben Jensen 14 March 2016

GEELONG led all day but a couple late super goals by Fremantle helped the home team win the NAB Challenge match at Subiaco on Saturday, the Dockers winning by 12 points. The loss is pretty likely to come at a bigger cost with Nakia Cockatoo widely tipped to be facing a stint on the sidelines after a sling tackle on veteran Docker defender Michael Johnson. Johnson was listed as having concussion, while Bartel received a 'head knock' and took no further part in the game but according to Cats medicos was not concussed and is available for round one.

Meanwhile all are welcome at Simonds Stadium on Tuesday at 2:10PM for a public memorial service to farewell Paul Couch following a private service held late last week. Entry will be from 1PM, via Gate 10 behind the Premiership Stand (map).

It was also confirmed during the week that Jackson Thurlow's season is over, suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his right knee last weekend against the Bombers in Shepparton. Thurlow has played 29 games since 2013, including 19 last season; 2016 was set to be another big year for the Tasmanian defender. He will be back though, at 21 having plenty of football ahead of him. Recruit Sam Menegola, who himself has had several major injuries in his fledgeling AFL career to date, has been confirmed as having suffered a posterior cruciate ligament injury in the opening NAB Challenge match against Collingwood and should return 'early in the season'.

FREMANTLE: 0.2.3, 0.5.6, 0.7.9, 2.9.11 (83) DEFEATED
GEELONG: 0.3.2, 0.7.6, 0.9.8, 0.10.11 (71)

GOALS
FREMANTLE: Supergoals: Danyle Pearce, Weller Goals: Ballantyne 2, Taberner 2, Mayne 2, Walters, Bennell, Neale
GEELONG: Supergoals: Nil Goals: McCarthy 3, Dangerfield 2, Gregson, Duncan, Guthrie, Vardy, Kersten

BEST
FREMANTLE: Neale, Bennell, Johnson, Barlow, Hill
GEELONG: Dangerfield, Taylor, Guthrie, McCarthy, Motlop

INJURIES
FREMANTLE: Johnson (concussion), Spurr (hamstring tightness)
GEELONG: Bartel (head knock)

REPORTS: Nakia Cockatoo for rough conduct on Michael Johnson in the fourth quarter

UMPIRES: Bannister, Dalgleish, Farmer, Schmitt

CROWD: 8,624 at Domain (Subiaco) Stadium, Perth

VALE PAUL COUCH
Ben Jensen 5 March 2016

GEELONG champion Paul Couch has passed away aged just 51 after suffering an apparent heart attack whilst riding a bike in Marengo near Apollo Bay earlier today. Couch will always be remembered for his trademark cheeky grin and raking left foot, with which he booted over 200 goals in 259 AFL/VFL games before retiring in 1997. Our sympathies go to Paul's family including wife Geraldine and children Jessie, Tom, Joe and Molly.

Couch put Boggy Creek on the map, and after being passed up by Fitzroy was taken on by the Cats, debuting in 1985 under coach Tom Hafey. He won the first of three club best and fairest the next season, and again in 1989 when he also memorably won the Brownlow Medal and the club made the grand final, losing to Hawthorn by just six points. He won his third Carji Greeves medal in 1995, the club again playing in that year's grand final.

As a kid he was fantastic to watch, the Brownlow win in 1989 really got us believing that the Cats could do something special, until that point in my life they'd been easybeats. We got so near yet so far over the following years but it was exciting footy to watch. The number 7 with the raking left foot teamed with Mark Bairstow, Garry Hocking gunned it in the middle, Couch being a genuine centreman, a position we don't really see any more at AFL and probably not at any level of Aussie rules football. Back to the Brownlow, he was the first Geelong player to win it in years and certainly in my lifetime, that night he and Buddha were both in the contest with Buddha memorably at home watching on TV. As a Brownlow medallist he'd be invited to every count since and we used to see him on TV arriving, often with his wife or a daughter.

His son Tom (pictured) played three games for Melbourne in 2012. Nephew Matt Maguire was also from the Colac region and played with St Kilda and Brisbane.

After retiring Couch had a number of vocations, at one stage selling cars and having a crack at the State seat of Polwarth in the 1999 election for the National party. Couch polled as respectable 17% of first preference votes but with Liberal candidate Terry Mulder also standing was never a realistic chance to win. More recently he was in the mobility aids business. FULL STORY

CATS BEAT BOMBERS AND THE HEAT IN SHEPPARTON
Ben Jensen 5 March 2016

NOT SURPRISINGLY, GEELONG defeated Essendon by 87 points this on afternoon's hot day in Shepparton, on the sad day that club champion Paul Couch passed away. Leading from start to finish the win was soured further after Jackson Thurlow stretchered off in the third quarter with what looked like a serious knee injury. The 21 year old had high hopes of nailing down a spot in the back six this season after showing promise in 2015 under the tutelage of Corey Enright.

The Bombers who as we know have a depleted squad due to the self-inflicted (or administered) supplements scandal only managed to kick three goals for the day while neither side registered a super goal. For the Cats Nathan Vardy was the leading goal-kicker with four, Tom Hawkins and Josh Caddy next best with two apiece. Down back Jake Kolodjashnij had a much more pleasant time than last week against the Magpies who kicked eleven goals in the third quarter, while the Bombers made plenty of forays forward it made easy pickings for the young defender; Tom Ruggles in his first game for the Cats also did well down back as did former Blue Lachie Henderson.

Patrick Dangerfield led the possessions count with 24, Mitch Duncan the only other on the ground to finish with more than 20. Tom Lonergan started the match but picked up a minor injury to an ankle in the second quarter that saw him leave the field. Cam Guthrie looks the goods again should he stay injury free, Nakia Cockatoo continues to gain confidence and the Zac Smith/Rhys Stanley ruck combination looks exciting.

For Essendon the reinforcement players to take the field included former Cat and Hawk Jonathan Simpkin and Mark Jamar, with decorated Geelong players Mathew Stokes and James Kelly not taking the field.

All in all not much you can take out of the day, except the sorrow of losing Paul Couch and the uncertainty of young Jackson Thurlow's immediate playing future.

GEELONG: 0.3.2, 0.10.3, 0.13.4, 0.17.9 (111) DEFEATED
ESSENDON: 0.0.1, 0.0.3, 0.1.4, 0.3.6 (24)

GOALS
GEELONG: Vardy 4, Hawkins 2, Caddy 2, Kersten, Stanley, Guthrie, Dangerfield, Lang, Smith, Gregson, Cockatoo
ESSENDON: Grimley, Long, Dempsey

BEST
GEELONG: Dangerfield, Duncan, Guthrie, Hawkins, Kolodjashnij, Vardy, Caddy, Ruggles
ESSENDON: McDonald-Tipungwuti, Cooney, Simpkin

INJURIES
GEELONG: Lonergan (ankle), Thurlow (right knee)
ESSENDON: Bird (corked quad), McKernan (right ankle), Laverde (left ankle)

REPORTS: Nil

CROWD: 5,488 at Deakin Reserve, Shepparton

 

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CATS GO DOWN AT HOME TO MAGPIES BUT HAPPY WITH DEBUTS
Ben Jensen 29 February 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY NEW YEAR, and happy season 2016 for Geelong fans. On Friday night the Cats hosted the Magpies at home but despite a good start, conceded eleven goals in the third quarter. While Geelong had a fair old crack in the final term it was too much to overcome, Collingwood winning by eight points, less than one super goal. The good news was the first games of Patrick Dangerfield and Zac Smith who were particularly successful, while Lachie Henderson and Sam Menegola had not as good nights; Menegola unfortunately appeared to suffer a knee injury and may face yet more time on the sidelines.

Alex Fasolo, like he did in round 22 last season, had a fair old night out against the Cats booting five goals. Likewise Dangerfield enjoyed himself, kicking three goals. Big men Nathan Vardy and Tom Hawkins kicked two apiece. Smith and Daniel Menzel kicked a super goal apiece, while no Magpies managed the feat. It was good to see the newbies get a hit out, and the perennially injured Menzel and Vardy get through unscathed but the worry is the third-quarter fadeout that was a feature of last season too.

Next Saturday the Cats travel to Shepparton to play the down but not quite out Bombers, Essendon of course missing a third of their squad due to the drug scandal and have drafted in reinforcements including club greats James Kelly and Mathew Stokes.

COLLINGWOOD: 0.3.1 0.6.3 0.17.5 0.21.5 (131) DEFEATED
GEELONG: 0.3.1 1.9.3 1.12.5 2.16.9 (123)

GOALS
COLLINGWOOD: Fasolo 5, Swan 3, Gault 3, Blair 2, Cox 2, Grundy 2, Macaffer, Greenwood, Sidebottom, Witts
GEELONG: Supergoals: Smith, Menzel; Goals: Dangerfield 3, Vardy 2, Hawkins 2, Duncan, McCarthy, Menegola, Cockatoo, Gregson, Menzel, Kersten, Murdoch, Stanley

BEST
COLLINGWOOD: Sidebottom, Cox, De Goey, Fasolo, Swan
GEELONG: Dangerfield, Duncan, Horlin-Smith, Cockatoo

INJURIES
COLLINGWOOD: Menegola (knee meniscus), Bews (shoulder)
GEELONG: Smith (ankle), Broomhead (arm)

UMPIRES: R. Chamberlain, D. Harris, A.Mitchell, S.Ryan

CROWD: around 20,000 at Simonds Stadium, Geelong

2016 AFL DRAW RELEASED; GOOD RESULT FOR GEELONG
Ben Jensen 31 October 2015

GEELONG has fared well with the release of the 2016 AFL draw or 'fixture' as we're now supposed to call it, with two Friday night games at Simonds Stadium among the highlights, with an overall eight games in Geelong with one home game at the MCG (v Hawthorn in round one) and two at Etihad Stadium against Essendon and North Melbourne.

The season opener against reigning triple-premiers Hawthorn will be a fair old test for the revamped Cats, on Easter Monday. The first game in Geelong is on the second Sunday in April, a twilight game hosting the Lions. At last four of the Simonds games are at night and two twilight, with the round 23 fixture to be determined based on whether or not the Cats or Dees are likely to feature in the finals.

Overall the Cats have sixteen games on free to air (Channel Seven & affiliates) and the remaining six on Foxtel, a surprisingly high-profile mix given the Cats' relatively poor form this season missing the finals. The AFL has scheduled a mouthwatering match-up with gun recruit Patrick Dangerfield's old side Adelaide on Friday May 13 at Simonds Stadium which is set to be packed and bring in high TV ratings.

Five interstate trips are required; two to Adelaide, one to Perth, Sydney and Brisbane. The Cats play GWS, Brisbane, Essendon, Western Bulldogs, Adelaide twice; with only one game against big-drawing Melbourne based sides Hawthorn, Richmond, Collingwood and Richmond.

LINK TO FULL DRAW

PATRICK DANGERFIELD, SCOTT SELWOOD SIGN WITH CATS
Ben Jensen 12 October 2015

TODAY the news was confirmed that Patrick Dangerfield and Scott Selwood would be joining the club from the Adelaide Crows and West Coast Eagles respectively. Both appeared to be certainties however the interesting part was always going to be what it was going to cost the Cats and what the Crows and Eagles were going to get in return.

Geelong gives up their first two picks in the forthcoming AFL National Draft, picks 9 and 28, for the 25 year old, and also receives Adelaide's pick 50 in return. Geelong could have opted to recruit Dangerfield as a restricted free agent but with the Crows indicating they would match any offer and the possibility other clubs may try to spoil the party, the Cats' recruiting Tsars led by Stephen Wells opted for certainty.

Selwood, also 25 and a Vice Captain of the Eagles, has arrived as an unrestricted free agent, the Eagles unlike the Crows opting not to match the Cats' offer. Unfortunately for the Eagles this has only resulted in a compensatory pick in the second round of the draft, currently pick 37, which hardly seems fair.

Dangerfield has played 154 AFL games since debuting in 2008. Selwood also debuted in 2008, and has played 135 games, struggling with a persistent ankle injury this year playing just the 13 games. Both have well-known connections to the Geelong area; Selwood of course being the younger brother of skipper Joel, and Dangerfield having grown up in Moggs Creek which is on the Great Ocean Road in between Aireys Inlet and Lorne.

RETIREMENTS DONE; RE-SIGNINGS CONTINUE WITH COREY ENRIGHT PLAYING ON
Ben Jensen 13 September 2015

AFL GEELONG COREY ENRIGHT is the latest veteran Cat to have his future confirmed, he will go around again in season 2016 as strongly suspected after the 309-game player was not among the other confirmed retirees ahead of the Cats' final game of the season against the Adelaide Crows last weekend. He joins fellow Premiership players who's futures were subject to speculation Jimmy Bartel, Andrew Mackie and Tom Lonergan who will all play on.

And for the more recent crop of Cats the good news is Steve Motlop, Mark Blicavs and Jake Kolodjashnij have all inked new contracts. Motlop was one under serious threat of going elsewhere and attracted attention from across the entire competition. Blicavs was little chance to even think of leaving while Kolodjashnij has cemented a spot in the AFL side in the last two month or so but could have been forgiven for wondering if there were greener pastures elsewhere as he spent the last two seasons mostly in the VFL with twin brother Jade already a regular with Gold Coast.

Going are Premiership players Steve Johnson, Mathew Stokes and James Kelly. Also leaving are Jared Rivers, Hamish McIntosh, Sam Blease. Johnson was told the Tuesday before the final game he would not be offered a contract extension in a meeting with coach Chris Scott and Geelong's list management team including Steve Hocking. He put forward an argument he was worth giving another season but the Cats were having none of it. It’s all pretty raw still at the moment" he told the Footy Show on Thursday night.

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GEELONG GREATS FAREWELLED IN PERFECT CIRCUMSTANCES
Ben Jensen 5 September 2015

AFL ROUND 23 2015: GEELONG CATS V ADELAIDE CROWS RETIRING Geelong premiership stars Steve Johnson, Mathew Stokes and James Kelly were farewelled in perfect fashion today, with the Cats defeating the Adelaide Crows by 39 points. Earlier the same day it was pretty much confirmed Steve Motlop would be around in 2016, while the fate of Corey Enright remains in the balance with rumours he's staying and going. It was a fun day out for Geelong fans in contrast to the last few weeks, with most players firing.

Mathew Stokes in his first game for a few weeks made it count, making the best players along with James Kelly who was similarly all over it. Johnson was reasonable and just about had a shot at goal with each kick he had no matter how far from goal. Importantly for the future Nathan Vardy had a great game, as did Joel Selwood and Cameron Guthrie. Old(er) timers Andrew Mackie and Corey Enright were also solid.

GEELONG: 5.6, 8.9, 11.11, 17.17 (119) DEFEATED
ADELAIDE: 1.3, 3.6, 9.12, 11.14 (80)

GOALS
GEELONG: Vardy 3, Walker 3, Hawkins 3, Johnson 2, Cowan, Selwood, Horlin-Smith, Guthrie, Mackie, Stokes
ADELAIDE: Betts 4, Lynch 2, Smith, Sloane, Walker, Thompson, Jenkins

BEST
GEELONG: Mackie, Selwood, Guthrie, Enright, Vardy, Kelly, Stokes
ADELAIDE: Betts, Jacobs, Henderson, Sloane, Dangerfield, Douglas, Laird

INJURIES
GEELONG: Nil reports
ADELAIDE: Brodie Smith (left ankle)

SUBSTITUTES
GEELONG: Josh Walker, replaced Daniel Menzel in the third quarter
ADELAIDE: Jarryd Lyons, replaced Brodie Smith in the first quarter

UMPIRES: Findlay, McInerney, Rosebury

REPORTS: Nil

CROWD: 26,128 at Simonds Stadium, Geelong

AFL 2015 ROUND 23: GEELONG CATS V ADELAIDE CROWS; MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 3 September 2015

AFL ROUND 23 2015: GEELONG CATS V ADELAIDE CROWS JAMES KELLY, Mathew Stokes and possibly Steve Johnson will play their final games with Geelong on Saturday. The retirements, from the Cats at least, of Stokes and Kelly were announced this week while both club and Johnson are silent on his future beyond this Saturday. The Adelaide Crows on the other hand are looking forward to finals, possibly a home one but that will be decided following this weekend.

The Crows take an unchanged side in while the Cats have made three changes, including bringing back Stokes, George Horlin-Smith and Josh Cowan. Making way are Jew Bews (omitted), Jordan Murdoch (finger) and Darcy Lang (achilles). Also retiring during the week was Sam Blease. The former Demon only played about one quarter of footy for the Cats and walks away from the game after suffering a nasty concussion back in July. The lingering after effects caused doctors to recommend he not play again. The Geelong Advertiser featured a good article about it here.

GEELONG
ADELAIDE

IN: Mathew Stokes, Josh Cowan, George Horlin-Smith
OUT: Jordan Murdoch (Finger), Jed Bews (Omitted), Darcy Lang (Achilles)

IN: -
OUT
: -

B: Jake Kolodjashnij, Tom Lonergan, Corey Enright
HB: Cameron Guthrie, Harry Taylor, Andrew Mackie
C: Steven Motlop, Joel Selwood, Nakia Cockatoo
HF: Cory Gregson, Nathan Vardy, Mathew Stokes
F: Daniel Menzel, Tom Hawkins, Steve Johnson
FOLL: Mark Blicavs, James Kelly, Jimmy Bartel
INT: Josh Cowan, George Horlin-Smith, Jackson Thurlow, Josh Walker
EMER: Jed Bews, Jordan Cunico, Shane Kersten
B: Jake Lever, Kyle Hartigan, Rory Laird
HB: Nathan Van Berlo, Daniel Talia, Ricky Henderson
C: Brodie Smith, Rory Sloane, Rory Atkins
HF: Charlie Cameron, Taylor Walker, Eddie Betts
F: Tom Lynch, Josh Jenkins, Matt Crouch
FOLL: Sam Jacobs, Patrick Dangerfield, Scott Thompson
INT: Luke Brown, Richard Douglas, Jarryd Lyons, Riley Knight
EMER: Mitch Grigg, Matthew Wright, Andy Otten

CATS' FINALS HOPES SNUFFED OUT BY INSIPID PERFORMANCE AGAINST MAGPIES; MENZEL MAKES PERFECT COMEBACK
Ben Jensen 30 August 2015

AFL ROUND 22 2015: GEELONG CATS V COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES DANIEL MENZEL made a perfect comeback after four years out of the game, kicking four goals and taking a good hanger of a mark. Unfortunately that was where the positives ended for the Cats, who let slip seven Magpie goals in the first quarter, the only goal coming courtesy of Menzel, setting the tone for the evening. The Cats only out-scored the Magpies in the third quarter, in the end being defeated by 48 points. Thus ending any hope of making the 2015 AFL final series, the first time the Cats will not play in the finals since the 2006 season. Next Saturday will be the last game with the Cats for at least a couple players but nobody outside the club is yet sure who, at least some of veterans Steve Johnson, James Kelly, Jimmy Bartel, Matthew Stokes won't go around next year. The match will be against Adelaide who made certain of their finals appearance with a comprehensive win over West Coast today.

COLLINGWOOD: 7.1, 11.5, 13.6, 17.8 (110) DEFEATED
GEELONG: 1.1, 3.3, 6.6, 9.8 (62)

GOALS
COLLINGWOOD: Fasolo 3, Moore 2, Sidebottom 2, Elliott 2, White 2, Adams, Swan, Varcoe, Maynard, Grundy, Greenwood
GEELONG: Menzel 4, Hawkins 2, Johnson, Lang, Motlop

BEST
COLLINGWOOD: Greenwood, Pendlebury, De Goey, Adams, Crisp, Moore, Grundy
GEELONG: Menzel, Blicavs, Mackie, Guthrie, Kolodjashnij

INJURIES
COLLINGWOOD: Dane Swan (right knee), Ben Sinclair (broken hand)
GEELONG: Nil reported

SUBSTITUTES
COLLINGWOOD: Jonathan Marsh, who replaced Dane Swan at half time
GEELONG: Jordan Murdoch, who replaced Josh Walker in the third quarter

CHANGES
COLLINGWOOD: Travis Cloke (hamstring soreness) replaced in selected side by Jesse White
GEELONG: Andrew Mackie (quad tightness) replaced in the selected side by Billie Smedts.

UMPIRES: Jeffrey, Mollison, Nicholls

TIP: Cats by 17 points

CROWD: 40,582 at Melbourne Cricket Ground

AFL 2015 ROUND 22: GEELONG CATS V COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES; MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 27 August 2015

AFL ROUND 22 2015: GEELONG CATS V COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES DANIEL MENZEL returns to AFL action tomorrow night after nearly four years out of the game with chronic knee injuries. Menzel suffered his first setback during the Qualifying Final win over Hawthorn at the MCG in 2011, resulting in him not only missing the Premiership but costing him the past four seasons.

Not yet 24, Menzel should have plenty of footy ahead of him. Also returning for the Cats is James Kelly who may be in the last fortnight of his AFL career. Missing are the injured Josh Caddy who has a knee complaint while George Horlin-Smith is omitted once again. Collingwood has also made two changes.

GEELONG
COLLINGWOOD

IN: James Kelly, Daniel Menzel
OUT: George Horlin-Smith (Omitted), Josh Caddy (Knee)

IN: Nathan J. Brown, Matthew Scharenberg
OUT
: Jack Frost (Omitted), Alan Toovey (Rested)

B: Corey Enright, Tom Lonergan, Jake Kolodjashnij
HB: Jackson Thurlow, Harry Taylor, Andrew Mackie
C: Steven Motlop, Joel Selwood, James Kelly
HF: Jordan Murdoch, Nathan Vardy, Darcy Lang
F: Daniel Menzel, Tom Hawkins, Steve Johnson
FOLL: Mark Blicavs, Cameron Guthrie, Jimmy Bartel
INT: Jed Bews, Nakia Cockatoo, Cory Gregson, Josh Walker
EMER: Billie Smedts, Mathew Stokes, George Horlin-Smith
B: Tom Langdon, Nathan J. Brown, Marley Williams
HB: Brayden Maynard, Jonathon Marsh, Ben Sinclair
C: Jack Crisp, Dane Swan, Steele Sidebottom
HF: Travis Varcoe, Ben Reid, Jamie Elliott
F: Alex Fasolo, Travis Cloke, Darcy Moore
FOLL: Brodie Grundy, Levi Greenwood, Scott Pendlebury
INT: Jarryd Blair, Matthew Scharenberg, Taylor Adams, Jordan De Goey
EMER: Ben Kennedy, Jesse White, Adam Oxley

IT'S A DRAW! GEELONG AND ST KILDA MATCH ENDS IN STALEMATE
Ben Jensen 23 August 2015

AFL ROUND 21 2015: GEELONG CATS V ST KILDA SAINTS GEELONG and St Kilda played out at draw at Etihad Stadium last night in front of a small crowd of 25,000. The Saints had the upper hand until just before half time, letting the Cats back into the game with a few late goals and repeating that pattern in the third quarter.

But in the last quarter the Saints out-scored the Cats three goals to two with the Cats only snatching back the lead with a couple minutes to go. With one point the different St Kilda's Shane Savage had a shot for goal but could only manage a behind which tied the scores with seconds to go.

The result makes it more difficult for Geelong to make the finals, the main scenario is relying upon Adelaide to lose at home to West Coast next weekend, and for the Cats to defeat Collingwood Friday night then beat Adelaide in the last round. Cat fans will rue the stuff-up by Steve Johnson in the first half, who thought he was going to casually stroll into a goal but found himself tackled by a Saints defender out of sight. Though he finished with four goals including a spectacular one minutes later the five points missed would have made a difference.

GEELONG: 5.1, 9.2, 13.4, 15.7 (97) DREW WITH
ST KILDA: 5.4, 8.7, 11.9, 14.13 (97)

GOALS
GEELONG: Johnson 4, Hawkins 3, Vardy 2, Mackie, Taylor, Gregson, Guthrie, Motlop
SYDNEY: Bruce 3, Minchington 3, Hickey 2, Gilbert 2, Membrey, Savage, Riewoldt, Newnes

BEST
GEELONG: Motlop, Johnson, Guthrie, Hawkins, Enright, Taylor
SYDNEY: Steven, Riewoldt, Gilbert, Newnes, Ross, Bruce, Minchington, Fisher

SUBSTITUTES
GEELONG: Nakia Cockatoo who replaced Josh Caddy (knee) at half-time
SYDNEY: Brodie Murdoch who replaced Josh Saunders in the third quarter

INJURIES
GEELONG: Josh Caddy (knee)
SYDNEY: NIL

UMPIRES: Farmer, Mollison, Wallace

CROWD: 25,245 at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne Docklands

AFL 2015 ROUND 21: ST KILDA SAINTS V GEELONG CATS MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 21 August 2015

AFL ROUND 21 2015: ST KILDA SAINTS V GEELONG CATS NATHAN VARDY has been named for his first game since 2013; incredibly the ruckman-forward has not featured in the AFL side for nearly two years, his return much anticipated and not quite expected this week. Joining him amoung three inclusison are defender Jed Bews who returns from a few weeks in the VFL and Tom Lonergan who missed a week. Out are James Kelly with an ankle injury, Jared Rivers with a knee but would've been out anyway, and Matthew Stokes who may have played his final game for the Cats.

The Saints have fell a long way since their Grand Final apperances of 2009 and 2010 but have improved this season, though you'd say will struggle against the Cats. With no fewer than seven changes to last weeks side there isn't a lot of stability to the side. The game will be played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night, to be screened on Channel Seven and Fox Footy.

TEAM SELECTION

GEELONG
ST KILDA

IN: Tom Lonergan, Jed Bews, Nathan Vardy
OUT: Jared Rivers (knee), Mathew Stokes (omitted), James Kelly (ankle)

IN: Shane Savage, Luke Dunstan, Tim Membrey, Jason Holmes, Farren Ray, Brodie Murdoch, Cameron Shenton
OUT
: Dylan Roberton (ankle), Sean Dempster (nose), Blake Acres (quad), David Armitage (shoulder), Billy Longer (shoulder), Nathan Wright (finger), Jack Sinclair (shoulder)

AFL ANNOUNCES MASSIVE TV AND INTERNET RIGHTS DEAL
Ben Jensen 18 August 2015

AFL TV RIGHTS DEAL AFL BOSS GILLON MCLAUCHLAN this evening along with Chairman Mike Fitzpatrick inked a multi-lateral media rights deal with News Corporation, Seven West Media and Telstra worth $2.508million. Heavyweights from each organisation were present including none other than News and 21st Century Fox Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch, Seven mogul Kerry Stokes and Telstra CEO Andy Penn; Murdoch's News CEO Robert Thompson rounded out the multi-millionaires' club.

The deal sees Seven obtain three games per week down from four while News' Fox Sports/Fox Footy gains a sixth game though it was pointed out that they can sub-contract this mid-Saturday afternoon (3:20PM) game to 'a free to air network' - odds are this will go to Channel Ten who will soon be just under 15% owned by the Telstra and News owned Foxtel.

The deal does not cater for any change to a Saturday afternoon Grand Final though Stokes cheekily outlined that he'd prefer to see a twilight fixture- while McLauchlan giggled "We did make the point that twilight games happen to get more ratings than day games do. And if one wants to be the most watched Grand Final in Australia it would seem sensible it might be at twilight. I hasten to say we have not put any conditions. The AFL control the schedule and we accept that."

Happily, Stokes also confirmed that all Seven games will be in high-definition (HD) from 2017 when the new deal kicks in, and hopefully earlier than that. "It's a matter under review. It's been a technical issue for the network, as you're aware, and we're reviewing it again this summer with the hope that we can find a way of bringing high definition to Melbourne". We don't want to give the man a hard time but it's hardly rocket science- from 2009 Channel Ten's ill-fated One HD channel simulcast the Grand Final and in fact most games until it was decided to pull AFL off the One channel, coinciding with the Murdoch/Packer/Rinehart takeover.

In addition to their 50% owned interest in Foxtel, which is separate to News' 100% owned Fox Sports but does profit from covering AFL, Telstra has the rights to the AFL app, streaming to phones and pads, plus the afl.com.au and club websites though the content for that is now produced primarily by AFL employees. It will also hold the IPTV rights, streaming to boxes like the T-Box and whatever device replaces it.

The Saturday afternoon game kicking off at approximately 2PM will permanently move to 3:20PM which is bound to upset some. Let's hope for Geelong the games on Saturday are at night or start in the earlier slot.

FULL STORY

CATS NOT UP TO SCRATCH AGAINST HAWKS
Ben Jensen 17 August 2015

AFL ROUND 20 2015: HAWTHORN HAWKS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG lost to Hawthorn by six goals on Saturday night. A seven goal to three opening term by the Hawks threatened to make the game a fizzer but the Cats fought back hard in the second and third quarters before fading away towards three-quarter time.

Cyril Rioli and Luke Hodge were deadly in front of goal and along with Cameron Guthrie put on a bit of a goal-kicking show. Steve Johnson in his 250th game put on a fair old show himself but will be disappointed at the result, the Cats not very efficient in front of goal compared to the more frugal Hawks. It wasn't good news for the VFL side either, again copping a big loss this week to Hawthorn affiliate Box Hill.

Making the finals is no certainty from here on, the Cats needing to win each game a win well, with their chief rival the Adelaide Crows giving the Bombers an absolute belting on Saturday precipitating the resignation of Essendon James Hird today. Should the Crows drop a home game against second-placed West Coast the equation is skewed more in the Cats' favour.

Next up is St Kilda on Saturday night in an away fixture at Etihad Stadium. Just don't expect to see Dan Menzel, coach Chris Scott making it clear he is not going to be rushed back. We do agree with Scott's assessment, not so much for fear of any recurrence of a knee injury but after years out of the game he'll need a while to get back up to the pace of the game.

HAWTHORN: 7.2, 9.4, 15.7, 19.7 (121) DEFEATED
GEELONG: 3.2, 6.7, 10.8, 12.13 (85)

GOALS
HAWTHORN: Rioli 6, Hodge 4, Breust 3, Roughead 2, Shiels, Gunston, Smith, Puopolo
GEELONG: Guthrie 3, Hawkins 2, Johnson 2, Selwood, Lang, Cockatoo, Lang, Walker

BEST
HAWTHORN: Rioli, Hodge, Mitchell, Shiels, Breust, Birchall, McEvoy, Puopolo
GEELONG: Guthrie, Selwood, Enright, Johnson, Hawkins, Lang

INJURIES
HAWTHORN: Nil reported
GEELONG: Tom Lonergan (illness) replaced in selected side by Jared Rivers, James Kelly (ankle)

SUBSTITUTES
HAWTHORN: Daniel Howe who replaced David Hale in the fourth quarter
GEELONG: Nakia Cockatoo who replaced James Kelly (ankle) in the third quarter

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

UMPIRES

Rosebury, Hosking, Meredith

TIP: Cats by 17 points

CROWD: 55,802 at Melbourne Cricket Ground

 

AFL 2015 ROUND 20: GEELONG CATS V HAWTHORN HAWKS MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 13 August 2015

AFL ROUND 20 2015: GEELONG CATS V HAWTHORN HAWKS STEVE JOHNSON will play a somewhat belated 250th AFL game this Saturday night against the Hawks at the MCG. After missing last week through suspension Johnson becomes just the 14th Cat to play 250 games, though the eighth since the recent Premiership era. Making way for Johnson is George Horlin-Smith who only came into the side last week after a long time in the VFL, and having started sub had limited time to impress.

The Hawks have made three changes, one of them forced, with talls Brian Lake and David Hale returning to make life difficult for Geelong along with Daniel Howe. In the VFL Daniel Menzel and Nathan Vardy continue their come-backs from injury. Hawthorn go in as heavy favourites with the Cats paying in the order of $4; a win will all but secure a finals berth for the Cats while the Hawks also need a win to maintain their chance of a top two finish.

TEAM SELECTION

GEELONG
HAWTHORN

IN: Steve Johnson
OUT: George Horlin-Smith (omitted)

IN: Brian Lake, David Hale, Daniel Howe
OUT
: Jonathon Ceglar (back soreness), Ryan Schoenmakers (omitted), Taylor Duryea (omitted)

CATS BEAT SWANS IN JOEL SELWOOD'S 200TH WITH SPOTLIGHT ON ADAM GOODES
Ben Jensen 8 August 2015

AFL ROUND 19 2015: GEELONG CATS V SYDNEY SWANS GEELONG made sure skipper Joel Selwood's 200th game was a happy one, defeating Sydney by 32 points despite being behind by as much as two goals in the first and second quarters. Prior to the game fireworks lit up the sky a few minutes before the bounce as the crowd of 27,910 streamed into the ground to see Selwood's milestone and the eyes of the wider AFL and political world were on Adam Goodes as he returned to the field following the 'booing' saga.

Goodes certainly had the goods early on the night kicking a first quarter goal, though his young opponent Jake Kolodjashnij in just his fifth game took the overall honours. He was greeted mostly positively by the crowd though a few faint jeers were heard at times. It was particularly pleasing to see how good Kolodjashnij and fellow young defenders such as Jackson Thurlow handled themselves.

The Cats started off pretty well but three goals in a row from the Swans saw them with a handy lead heading into quarter time. The opening goal was a classic from Andrew Mackie we've seen many times before, gathering the ball unmarked just outside fifty and slamming it home. Nobody loves a goal as much as Mackie, who gave his trademark high fives while giving a salute to the Brownlow stand as he made his way back to position.

A goal from Darcy Lang, his second for the quarter, pegged the lead at the first break down to just three points in favour of the Swans. Geelong had the lead after goals from Mitch Duncan and Tom Hawkins in the first seven minutes of the second term; the Swans the, had three unanswered goals of their own to take command. Hawkins and Lewis Jetta exchanged goals as the Swans took a handy 13 point lead into the main break.

The third quarter only saw three goals scored but they were all Geelong, the Swans scoring just the two behinds as the Cats also kicked five behinds, leading by eight points at three-quarter time but somewhat leaving the Swans off the leash and threatening a come-back. Goals were kicked by Mitch Duncan, Josh Caddy and crowd favourite Cory Gregson. All three had good nights, Duncan has clearly been a match-winner since returning from injury layoff and although Caddy had a few clanger kicks he like Selwood is so hard at the ball and hard to tackle. Gregson just keeps on keeping on.

At three quarter time there was an incident near us, possibly related but we honestly don't know - what we do know is there was a dispute of some kind with a number of people and a youngish bloke in a Kangaroos jumper. He was carrying a hand-written placard on canvas and eventually agreed to leave to diffuse the situation as a number of police and meaner than normal security guards looked on - who did a pretty good job in diffusing it all we must say. Refer the picture on right.

The Swans certainly didn't give up but they eventually succumbed to a fair avalanche of Geelong goals, kicking just the one final quarter goal at the eight minute mark as Dan Hannebery capitalised on a Geelong slip-up. Five goals by the Cats in the last made it a eight goal to one second half, a fair old belting in the end. Hawkins finished with four goals and Duncan, Lang and Caddy two apiece.

With a minute to go a chant of 'Gee-Long' went around the ground, loud enough to be heard at the ground and on TV. As the siren rang out Selwood was surrounded by his teammates as fireworks again lit up the sky. Incidentally Goodes equalled fellow Brownlow Medallist Bernie Quinlan on 366 career games tonight, a fine achievement. Goodes and the entire Sydney team received a great standing round of applause as they left the ground near where we sit; soon after Joel Selwood and Andrew Mackie made their way to our section and received an even bigger ovation, as they threw freebies into the crowd and embraced.

We've been geuinely spoilt since 2007 when Joel Selwood pulled on the boots after being recruited from Sandhurst via the Bendigo TAC Cup side. Three premierships and numerous other honours have happened along the way, with Selwood captaining the club since 2012. Next Saturday night Steve Johnson is due to play his 250th game as we play the Hawks in a home fixture at the MCG, after missing tonight's game through a silly suspension. The Cats were again miserly in defence, and hoping for another solid back half performance against the Hawks who are going for three premierships in a row.

GEELONG: 3.4, 6.4, 9.9, 14.11 (95) DEFEATED
SYDNEY: 4.1, 8.5, 8.7, 9.9 (63)

GOALS
GEELONG: Hawkins 4, Duncan 2, Lang 2, Caddy 2, Mackie, Gregson, Stokes, Motlop
SYDNEY: Jetta 2, B.Jack, Mitchell, Heeney, Goodes, Tippett, Parker, Hannebery

BEST
GEELONG: Selwood, Bartel, Enright, Motlop, Hawkins, Guthrie, Kolodjashnij
SYDNEY: Jetta, Grundy, Kennedy, Hannebery, Heeney

SUBSTITUTES
GEELONG: George Horlin-Smith who replaced Nakia Cockatoo in the fourth quarter.
SYDNEY: Zak Jones who replaced Toby Nankervis in the third quarter.

INJURIES
GEELONG: Ni reported
SYDNEY: Ben McGlynn (hamstring tightness) replaced in selected side by Zak Jones

UMPIRES:

Rosebury, Pannell, Mollison

REPORTS: Ted Richards (Sydney Swans) for engaging in rough conduct on Tom Hawkins (Geelong) in the third quarter

CROWD: 27,910 at Simonds Stadium, Geelong

AFL 2015 ROUND 19: GEELONG CATS V SYDNEY SWANS MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 8 August 2015

AFL ROUND 19 2015: GEELONG CATS V SYDNEY SWANS ADAM GOODES will return to the AFL field tonight against the Cats in Geelong; arriving with his team on Friday following weeks of controversy culminating in him sitting out last weekend's game after being booed relentlessly around the country, most recently at the hands of West Coast Eagles supporters.

The big event putting aside the Goodes sideshow is Cats skipper Joel Selwod's 200th match. Debuting in the break-through 2007 season Selwood has had one of the most successful first two hundred games ever, winning three premierships and three club best and fairests, plus other accolades such as the Rising Star award in 2007.

In a blow for the Swans key forward Lance Franklin is out. For the Cats Matthew Stokes finally returns to the side along with Corey Gregson and George Horlin-Smith. Missing is the suspended Steve Johnson who was due to play his 250th game, Billie Smedts (dropped) and Shane Kersten who was a late change on Friday due to injury.

Jew Bews remains in the VFL for a third week in a row while comebacks of Nathan Vardy and Dan Menzel also continue in the VFL, coach Chris Scott appearing to play down the chances of a Menzel return to the AFL in comments earlier this week.

TEAM SELECTION

GEELONG
SYDNEY

IN: Mathew Stokes, Cory Gregson, George Horlin-Smith
OUT: Shane Kersten (Toe), Billie Smedts (Omitted), Steve Johnson (Suspension)

IN: Adam Goodes
OUT
: Lance Franklin (back)

 

CATS EASILY DEFEAT LIONS, JOSH WALKER STEPS UP
Ben Jensen 1 August 2015

AFL ROUND 18 2015: GEELONG CATS V BRISBANE LIONS GEELONG easily accounted for the Brisbane Lions today. Pleasingly by three-quarter time Josh Walker had himself five goals, his career best. Steve Johnson was in good form too though he will come under scrutiny after an incident involving former Premiership teammate Allen Christensen.

GEELONG: 5.1, 7.4, 13.7, 17.11 (113) DEFEATED
BRISBANE: 2.1, 3.6, 5.7, 8.9 (57)

GOALS
GEELONG: Walker 5, Johnson 3, Hawkins 2, Selwood 2, Guthrie 2, Caddy, Motlop, Lang
BRISBANE: Adcock 4, Taylor 2, Freeman, Bewick

BEST
GEELONG: Guthrie, Motlop, Walker, Selwood, Caddy, Mackie, Johnson
BRISBANE: Martin, Adcock, Beams, Rockliff, Andrews

SUBSTITUTES
GEELONG: Nakia Cockatoo, who replaced Jackson Thurlow in the third quarter.
BRISBANE: Nick Robertson, who replaced Matthew Leuenberger at half time.

INJURIES
GEELONG: Ni reportedl
BRISBANE: Dayne Beams (shoulder), Matthew Leuenberger (knee)

UMPIRES:

Fisher, Ryan, Wallace

CROWD: 21,914 at Simonds Stadium, Geelong

AFL 2015 ROUND 18: GEELONG CATS V BRISBANE LIONS MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 30 July 2015

AFL ROUND 18 2015: GEELONG CATS V BRISBANE LIONS ONE CHANGE for the Cats, Nakia Cockatoo in for the rested or 'managed' Cory Gregson with Matthew Stokes and Jed Bews remaining on the sidelines. The Cats' injury list is down to just six now though the likes of Mitch Clark are still missing. Jared Rivers who is certain to retire in a few weeks returns via the VFL, joining Stokes and Bews.

The bottom of the ladder Lions made three changes, Dayne Beams and Pearce Hanley among three inclusions. Lara boy and 2011 Premiership player Allen Christensen will be running around for the Lions and not the Cats in his first return visit.

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
BRISBANE

IN: Nakia Cockatoo
OUT: Cory Gregson (Managed)

IN: Dayne Beams, Jonathan Freeman, Pearce Hanley
OUT
: Hugh Beasley (Omitted), James Aish (Hand), Brent Staker (Omitted)

CATS PREVAIL OVER GIANTS IN CANBERRA, BACK IN FINALS RACE
Ben Jensen 25 July 2015

AFL ROUND 17 2015: GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY GIANTS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG lead all day bar the first five minutes in a low scoring day to defeat Greater Western Sydney in Canberra today, to improve their season record to eight wins from fifteen games and put themselves just two points or a draw behind the Giants. The Cats maintain a poor percentage however at just 98.2%, behind the Giants who have 101.9 and Collingwood, who play the Bulldogs today and have 117.8%.

Still, the win was the third out of five games for the Cats and with two home games coming up against Brisbane and Sydney Chris Scott will have regained some confidence he shouldn't book an overseas holiday for the second week in September after all. The win was not the most convincing, particularly in the third quarter, but Geelong were in control for three quarters.

Tom Hawkins kicked five goals in a commanding performance in the key forward position while the other big forwards such as Shane Kersten, Josh Walker failed to fire, struggling to take a mark while the midfielders bombed the ball in fairly regularly only to see the GWS backmen take the mark. Steve Motlop followed up his good game against the Bulldogs last week with another solid performance, kicking two goals among 31 possessions. Joel Selwood was a welcome return and had lost no touch after his one week off due to suspension. Veterans James Kelly and Jimmy Bartel gave no indication they're spent forces while fellow veteran Steve Johnson was handy but not outstanding.

After almost going scoreless in the third quarter and conceding a soft goal Chris Scott really ripped into the side at three quarter time, lip readers deducing he was not happy about not punching the ball away - Josh Walker flinching noticeably as Scott demonstrated the defensive technique. Whatever he said worked as the Cats slammed on three goals to get to over double GWS' score before the Giants kicked a couple goals deep into time-on when the game was already over.

It will be interesting to see what happens next week against the Lions, if Matthew Stokes or Jed Bews who were both dropped for this game find their way back in. Billie Smedts who came into the side after solid VFL performances since returning from injury was hardly used, starting as substitute in a strange move. Dan Menzel continues his comeback but most pundits don't believe he'll be considered for at least another couple games as he gets his touch back.

Geelong's injury list is finally back into single figures after having as many as sixteen entries at one point with Nathan Vardy the latest to return via the VFL earlier today in a disappointing loss to the Essendon VFL side.

GEELONG: 3.6, 5.10, 6.10, 9.15 (69) DEFEATED
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY: 1.1, 2.3, 4.6, 6.6 (42)

GOALS
GEELONG: Hawkins 5, Motlop 2, Selwood, Duncan
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY: Greene, Tomlinson, Kelly, Downie, Lamb, Ward

BEST
GEELONG: Motlop, Hawkins, Caddy, Enright, Selwood, Lonergan
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY: Treloar, Coniglio, Williams, Haynes, Tomlinson, Shaw

SUBSTITUTES
GEELONG: Billie Smedts who replaced Josh Walker in the final quarter
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY: Jed Lamb who replaced Rhys Palmer in the first quarter

INJURIES
GEELONG: Nil
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY: Rhys Palmer (corked hamstring)

UMPIRES:

Donlon, Kamolins, Schmitt

CROWD: 14,667 at Startrack Oval, Canberra

AFL 2015 ROUND 17: GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY V GEELONG MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 24 July 2015

AFL ROUND 17 2015: GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY GIANTS V GEELONG CATS TWO CHANGES for the Cats, both Jed Bews and Matthew Stokes dropped, making way for skipper Joel Selwood and Billie Smedts. Stokes was substitute for last week's win over the Bulldogs, while Bews' time down back was uneventful; the omissions somewhat surprising. Selwood's return is a boon. Smedts has been out for over two months with a broken collarbone and should now get a few weeks to prove himself towards the end of a season that doesn't look like will extend into finals for the Cats.

This is a genuine eight point match with GWS seventh on the ladder six points ahead of the Cats in eleventh place; a win for the Cats pegs the difference town to a draw (two points). The bookies or at least the punters see the Giants as slight favourites, the Cats paying over $2 with most bookies. We tip the Cats to beat the Giants in Canberra by 20 points.

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY

IN: Joel Selwood, Billie Smedts
OUT: Mathew Stokes (Omitted), Jed Bews (Omitted)

IN: Joel Patfull, Jed Lamb
OUT
: Cam McCarthy (Omitted), Matt Buntine (Concussion)

B: Corey Enright, Tom Lonergan, Harry Taylor
HB: Cameron Guthrie, Jake Kolodjashnij, Andrew Mackie
C: Darcy Lang, Joel Selwood, Steven Motlop
HF: Mitch Duncan, Josh Walker, Jimmy Bartel
F: Jordan Murdoch, Tom Hawkins, Cory Gregson
FOLL: Mark Blicavs, Josh Caddy, Steve Johnson
INT: James Kelly, Shane Kersten, Billie Smedts, Jackson Thurlow
EMER: Jed Bews, Michael Luxford, Mathew Stokes
B: Curtly Hampton, Nick Haynes, Heath Shaw
HB: Joel Patfull, Aidan Corr, Tom Scully
C: Josh Kelly, Stephen Coniglio, Callan Ward
HF: Adam Tomlinson, Jeremy Cameron, Ryan Griffen
F: Jack Steele, Jed Lamb, Lachie Whitfield
FOLL: Rory Lobb, Adam Treloar, Toby Greene
INT: Rhys Palmer, Tom Downie, Devon Smith, Zac Williams
EMER: Nathan Wilson, Will Hoskin-Elliott, James Stewart

CATS WIN BATTLE OVER BULLDOGS
Ben Jensen 20 July 2015

AFL ROUND 16 2015: GEELONG CATS V WESTERN BULLDOGS ON A DAY that started off freezing cold but if you were in the sun was a great day, the Cats really struggled to defeat the Bulldogs on Saturday but led from start to finish. It was not the most spectacular display of the sport at times but a win's a win. Mitch Duncan played a solid game after missing two months with a broken foot, while the midfield had to cope without suspended skipper Joel Selwood.

The 25,000 who turned up witnessed a fine game by Josh Caddy and Josh Hawkins & Steve Motlop snag three goals apiece. Motlop got better as the day went on and pretty much won the game off his own boot in the final term. The Cats led by two straight goals at three quarter time after a four goal third quarter, but the Bulldogs wouldn't let go, out-scoring the Cats in the final quarter but Motlop's third goal proved crucial giving the Cats a 13 point buffer at the time. A goal by Tory Dickson gave the home fans a fright but the Cats hung on for a scoreless final six minutes.

Next Saturday same time it's the Cats v the Giants, Greater Western Sydney ranked four spots and two wins ahead of Geelong on the ladder but have only won two of their last five, with the Cats having won three of five. Dan Menzel is a chance to come back for his first game since the qualifying final win of 2011 on the way to the Premiership while skipper Selwood is a certainty to come back serving his one week suspension.

GEELONG: 3.4, 4.8, 8.10, 10.12 (72) DEFEATED
WESTERN BULLDOGS: 2.2, 3.4, 6.10, 9.10 (64)

GOALS
GEELONG: Hawkins 3, Motlop 3, Gregson, Walker, Caddy, Duncan
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Dickson 3, Wallis 2, Redpath, Dahlhaus, Grant, Stringer

BEST
GEELONG: Caddy, Murdoch, Duncan, Lonergan, Enright, Blicavs, Motlop
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Dahlhaus, Morris, Wallis, Wood, Johannisen

SUBSTITUTES
GEELONG: Mathew Stokes, who replaced Cory Gregson during the third quarter
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Lachie Hunter, who replaced Tom Campbell after three-quarter time

INJURIES
GEELONG: Nil
WESTERN BULLDOGS: Nil

UMPIRES:

Chamberlain, Donlon, Ryan

CROWD: 25,041 at Simonds Stadium, Geelong

AFL 2015 ROUND 16: GEELONG V WESTERN BULLDOGS MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 18 July 2015

AFL ROUND 16 2015: GEELONG CATS V WESTERN BULLDOGS GEELONG will be hoping to get their season back on some kind of track with a win over the Western Bulldogs at home today, after losing their last two matches to Melbourne and North Melbourne respectively. It won't be an easy task with the Bulldogs so far having a great season in coach Luke Beveridge's first year in charge, sitting in sixth spot on the ladder with nine wins compared to the Cats who relatively languish in eleventh spot with just the six wins. A pretty miserable day is on the cards, as we write the temperature is in the single-figures though we should not get too much rain today.

Geelong selectors haven't completely swung the axe making three changes, but have potentially put an end up the Dawson Simpson experiment, dropping him after just the one game back after weeks in the VFL side. Skipper Joel Selwood is suspended for the infamous 'chicken wing' tackle while Jared Rivers is another imposed change with a knee complaint.

The great news is Mitch Duncan returns after two months out with a broken foot, around a month earlier than first expected. Joining Duncan in the inclusions are forward Shane Kersten who had a one match spell in the twos, and Jake Kolodjashnij for his second game. The Bulldogs have actually made more changes, four, two of them forced despite having won four in a row now.

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
WESTERN SYDNEY

IN: Shane Kersten, Mitch Duncan, Jake Kolodjashnij
OUT: Dawson Simpson (Omitted), Joel Selwood (Suspension), Jared Rivers (Knee)

IN: Jordan Roughead, Tom Campbell, Stewart Crameri, Bailey Dale
OUT
: Michael Talia (Omitted), Fletcher Roberts (Ankle), Lachie Hunter (Omitted), Will Minson (Shoulder)

B: Jackson Thurlow, Tom Lonergan, Jed Bews
HB: Corey Enright, Harry Taylor, Mark Blicavs
C: Andrew Mackie, Cameron Guthrie, Steven Motlop
HF: Mathew Stokes, Shane Kersten, Jimmy Bartel
F: Jordan Murdoch, Tom Hawkins, Darcy Lang
FOLL: Josh Walker, Josh Caddy, Steve Johnson
INT: Mitch Duncan, Cory Gregson, James Kelly, Jake Kolodjashnij
EMER: George Horlin-Smith, Dawson Simpson, Billie Smedts
B: Dale Morris, Jordan Roughead, Matthew Boyd
HB: Robert Murphy, Easton Wood, Jason Johannisen
C: Jack Macrae, Marcus Bontempelli, Tory Dickson
HF: Luke Dahlhaus, Tom Boyd, Jarrad Grant
F: Mitch Wallis, Jack Redpath, Jake Stringer
FOLL: Tom Campbell, Koby Stevens, Liam Picken
INT: Stewart Crameri, Josh Prudden, Bailey Dale, Caleb Daniel
EMER: Lachie Hunter, Lukas Webb, Michael Talia

AFL 2015 ROUND 15: NORTH MELBOURNE V GEELONG MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 9 July 2015

AFL ROUND 15 2015: NORTH MELBOURNE KANGAROOS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG's season resumes this weekend, after the two rounds off with the bye and following the tragic death of Crows coach Phil Walshe. Jimmy Bartel returns from injury to play North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night. Also coming into the side, with three changes from the team that lost to Melbourne in round 12, is triple-premiership player James Kelly along with ruckman Dawson Simpson. Simpson's return is no doubt influenced by the mauling the Cats copped in the ruck against Max Gawn of the Demons and the Kangaroos having Todd Goldstein, one of the more dominant ruckmen in the AFL.

Missing via omission are Shane Kersten, Jake Kolodjashnij and Michael Luxford, the former probably justified after an ordinary performance against the Demons while Kolodjashnij is now heading into flight risk status after struggling for opportunities in a struggling Geelong lineup. Bartel played in the VFL last weekend and after almost two months out is a key inclusion.

The Kangaroos have really swung the axe after being beaten by the Gold Coast last weekend, no less than four changes made. Danger forward Ben Brown is back as is Ryan Bastinac while Lachie Hansen misses through injury and three more have been axed including Majak Daw who only came back in last week after biding his time in the VFL.

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
NORTH MELBOURNE

IN: Dawson Simpson, Jimmy Bartel, James Kelly
OUT: Shane Kersten (Omitted), Jake Kolodjashnij (Omitted), Michael Luxford (Omitted)

IN: Ben Brown, Ryan Bastinac, Taylor Garner, Aaron Mullett
OUT
:
Lachlan Hansen (Hip), Majak Daw (Omitted), Trent Dumont (Omitted), Lindsay Thomas (Omitted)

B: Harry Taylor, Tom Lonergan, Jed Bews
HB: Corey Enright, Jared Rivers, Cameron Guthrie
C: Mark Blicavs, Joel Selwood, Andrew Mackie
HF: Cory Gregson, Josh Walker, Mathew Stokes
F: Jordan Murdoch, Tom Hawkins, Darcy Lang
FOLL: Dawson Simpson, Josh Caddy, Steve Johnson
INT: Jimmy Bartel, James Kelly, Steven Motlop, Jackson Thurlow
EMER: Shane Kersten, Jake Kolodjashnij, Billie Smedts
B: Sam Wright, Robbie Tarrant, Michael Firrito
HB: Nick Dal Santo, Scott D. Thompson, Jamie Macmillan
C: Ben Jacobs, Shaun Atley, Sam Gibson
HF: Brent Harvey, Jarrad Waite, Jack Ziebell
F: Ben Brown, Drew Petrie, Shaun Higgins
FOLL: Todd Goldstein, Ben Cunnington, Andrew Swallow
INT: Ryan Bastinac, Taylor Garner, Robin Nahas, Aaron Mullett
EMER: Luke McDonald, Mason Wood, Kayne Turner

ENRIGHT 300 GAME MILESTONE MARRED BY DEFEAT TO DEMONS
Ben Jensen 24 June 2015

AFL ROUND 12 2015: GEELONG CATS V MELBOURNE DEMONS COREY ENRIGHT'S three hundredth game was meant to turn out differently; instead it was a loss, at home, to unheralded Melbourne, Geelong's first loss since round 9 in Perth. The Cats took their time getting out of the blocks, the Demons having a lot of the ball early on but their timidity resulting in only a behind or two before the Cats kicked the opening two goals.

It didn't look good before the opening bounce when you saw the Demons' talls - led by ruckman at the centre bounce, Max Gawn. Gawn faced up against Josh Walker who is a pinch-hitting ruckman at best, and while Walker started off slowly, his game in the ruck went completely downhill from there. Not a lot he could do about it in a way given the height difference and with Gawn a confidence player suddenly full of confidence, he had a blinder, at least by his standards!

The Dees led by just over two goals at quarter time, and with the Cats kicking one extra goal in the second quarter led by five points at the main break. Geelong hit the lead early in the second half thanks to Tom Hawkins, but the Demons soon snatched the lead back with Jack Spencer joining the goal kickers. We won't bore you with the details but the Cats would hit the lead for one final time thanks to three unanswered goals, to Walker, Darcy Lang and Shane Kersten who seemingly responded to taunts on the radio by former Geelong great and now KRock pundit Tim McGrath.

Four more goals sailed through before three quarter time but unfortunately for the home fans three of them were to the Demons to open up an eleven point lead at the final break. Only a few headed for the exits at this stage, including one of my companions, but I stayed in the hope the Cats would click in the final term and 'do it for Corey'.

As it happened nothing of the sort eventuated. Demon skipper Nathan Jones, who we hadn't seen a terrible lot of but are now a big fan, booted his first inside the first thirty seconds. This was followed by more Demon goals, Jeremy Howe, Billy Stretch (some of Steven) and finally Bernie Vince - during which the Cats could only manage three behinds. Kersten and Joel Selwood kicked the Cats' only two goals of the quarter but Selwood's was answered by Jeff Garlett, snuffing out any hope of a comeback. The quarter went for over 34 minutes.

Enright was chaired off by fellow backmen Andrew Mackie and Tom Lonergan. With the club and the Geelong Advertiser making a pretty big deal of the milestone including handing out Corey Enright masks it does pose the question, did the Cats take the eye off the ball? The mask was reminiscent of the round 23, 2011 loss to the Swans after the Addy printed a '30 wins at home' spread which turned out not to happen.

There has been predictable outrage aimed at Geelong fans who headed for the exits before the final siren - though all this commentary overlooks the reasons why some may have chosen to do a runner. With the game, the only one of the day, beginning on a Sunday at 3:20PM it was also quite predictable many would either not turn up or leave early. Our plans were to leave at three quarter time though with the Cats behind we stayed until midway into the final term, eventually making a reluctant exit with a long drive ahead. A significant proportion of Geelong's membership is located in Melbourne - often on the other side of Melbourne as in our case, and of course in the Western District or the Wimmera.

MELBOURNE: 5.2, 7.3, 13.4, 18.5 (113) DEFEATED
GEELONG: 3.1, 6.4, 11.5, 13.11 (89)

GOALS
MELBOURNE: Garlett 4, Neal-Bullen 3, Howe 2, Matt Jones 2, Vince 2, Tyson, Gawn, Spencer, Nathan Jones, Stretch
GEELONG: Hawkins 2, Johnson 2, Lang 2, Motlop 2, Kersten 2, Guthrie, Walker, Selwood

BEST
MELBOURNE: Vince, Brayshaw, Jones, Gawn, Dunn, Viney, Garlett
GEELONG: Guthrie, Motlop, Lang

INJURIES
MELBOURNE: Nil reported
GEELONG: Murdoch (hamstring)

SUBSTITUTES
MELBOURNE: Aidan Riley, who replaced Jimmy Toumpas at three quarter time
GEELONG: Michael Luxford, who replaced Jordan Murdoch in the third quarter

CHANGES
MELBOURNE: NIL
GEELONG: NIL

UMPIRES

Chris Donlon, Troy Pannell, Andrew Stephens

TIP: Cats by 75 points

CROWD: 28,007 at Simonds Stadium, Geelong

AFL 2015 ROUND 12: GEELONG V MELBOURNE FINAL TEAMS
Ben Jensen 21 June 2015

AFL ROUND 12 2015: GEELONG CATS V MELBOURNE DEMONS COREY ENRIGHT becomes just the third Geelong player to play three hundred games today. After starting with the Cats under Mark 'Bomber' Thompson in 2001, Enright is well known within the club but perhaps not so much outside of it, despite winning three Premierships, a five All Australian and dual best and fairest winner- in the 2009 and 2011 Premiership seasons to boot.

Sadly, missing the milestone is James Kelly who suffered an ankle injury early in last weekend's win over Port Adelaide in Adelaide. Rhys Stanley will also miss after suffering a foot injury later in the same match, having played a blinder to that point.

Jake Kolodjashnij will make his AFL debut in the backline alongside Enright, and after missing the VFL game yesterday Nakia Cockatoo is a chance to play should there be a late change.

The game is being broadcast on Fox Footy, starting at twenty past three on Sunday. Absolutely puzzling why the game is starting at 3PM given it's the only game of the day and being a pay-TV only game, it ain't to coincide with the 6PM 7 News. It shouldn't detract from the game but may result in a few with a two-three hour trip to get back home give the game a miss which is a real shame.

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
MELBOURNE

IN: Jake Kolodjashnij, Michael Luxford
OUT: James Kelly (ankle), Rhys Stanley (foot)
NEW: Jake Kolodjashnij (Launceston)

IN: Chris Dawes, Jake Spencer, Rohan Bail, Matt Jones
OUT: Jack Grimes (hand), Jesse Hogan (soreness), Viv Michie (omitted), Cameron Pedersen (hand)

BORIS 'COREY' ENRIGHT THREE HUNDRED GAMES
Ben Jensen 21 June 2015

AFL ROUND 12 2015: GEELONG CATS V MELBOURNE DEMONS COREY ENRIGHT racks up 300 games today as we know; found these on the hard drive.

 

Some photos from the hard drive of the great man #Boris300 #AFLCatsDees

Posted by The Cattery - Unofficial Geelong Cats website on Saturday, 20 June 2015

AFL 2015 ROUND 12: GEELONG V MELBOURNE MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 18 June 2015

AFL ROUND 12 2015: GEELONG CATS V MELBOURNE DEMONS COREY ENRIGHT becomes just the third Geelong player to play three hundred games on Sunday. After starting with the Cats under Mark 'Bomber' Thompson in 2001, Enright is well known within the club but perhaps not so much outside of it, despite winning three Premierships, a five All Australian and dual best and fairest winner- in the 2009 and 2011 Premiership seasons to boot.

Sadly, missing the milestone is James Kelly who suffered an ankle injury early in last weekend's win over Port Adelaide in Adelaide. Rhys Stanley will also miss after suffering a foot injury later in the same match, having played a blinder to that point.

Jake Kolodjashnij looks set to make his AFL debut in the backline alongside Enright, while Jarrad Jansen is an outside chance to also make his debut. Jake and Jarrad were picked up in the November 2013 draft and have patiently awaited their chance in the VFL side. Also named as inclusions are former Demon Sam Blease, Nakia Cockatoo and Michael Luxford.

The game is being broadcast on Fox Footy, starting at twenty past three on Sunday. Tickets remain on sale, suggest you get in touch with the club tomorrow, these milestones don't come around too often.

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
MELBOURNE

IN: Jake Kolodjashnij, Sam Blease, Nakia Cockatoo, Jarrad Jansen, Michael Luxford
OUT: James Kelly (ankle), Rhys Stanley (foot)
NEW: Jake Kolodjashnij, Jarrad Jansen

IN: Chris Dawes, Jake Spencer, Rohan Bail, Matt Jones, Dean Terlich
OUT
:
Cameron Pedersen (Hand), Jack Grimes (Hand)

B: Jared Rivers, Harry Taylor, Corey Enright
HB: Cameron Guthrie, Tom Lonergan, Jake Kolodjashnij
C: Andrew Mackie, Joel Selwood, Steven Motlop
HF: Cory Gregson, Josh Walker, Steve Johnson
F: Jordan Murdoch, Tom Hawkins, Darcy Lang
FOLL: Mark Blicavs, Josh Caddy, Mathew Stokes
INT (FROM): Jed Bews, Sam Blease, Nakia Cockatoo, Jarrad Jansen, Shane Kersten, Michael Luxford, Jackson Thurlow
B: Daniel Cross, Tom McDonald, Neville Jetta
HB: Jeremy Howe, Lynden Dunn, Heritier Lumumba
C: Jimmy Toumpas, Dom Tyson, Jack Viney
HF: Jack Watts, Chris Dawes, Billy Stretch
F: Jeff Garlett, Jesse Hogan, Angus Brayshaw
FOLL: Max Gawn, Nathan Jones, Bernie Vince
INT (FROM): Alex Neal-Bullen, Viv Michie, Aidan Riley, Jake Spencer, Rohan Bail, Matt Jones, Dean Terlich

COREY ENRIGHT STARS AS GEELONG BEAT PORT ADELAIDE
Ben Jensen 13 June 2015

AFL ROUND 11 2015: PORT ADELAIDE POWER V GEELONG ONE GAME SHY of his three hundredth AFL match, Corey Enright played a vintage game off half-back last night, unanimously best on ground in game 299. The Cats led for most of the match, defeating the Power by twenty-three points. Unfortunately triple-Premiership teammate James Kelly looks likely to miss the milestone against the Demons next Sunday, suffering a nasty looking ankle injury early in the first quarter. Kelly was replaced soon after by substitute Shane Kersten who had a ripper of a night, it's fair to say he's cemented his spot in the side, finishing with two goals.

Kersten was equal top goal kicker for the Cats on the night, Rhys Stanley, Steve Motlop, Tom Hawkins and Josh Caddy also bagging two apiece. For Port Adelaide Chad Wingard was deadly in front of goal all night, with four.

After a close first half the Cats nudged sixteen points ahead of the Power by three-quarter time after a four goal to three quarter. The Cats dominated the last quarter though, the lead blowing out to 27 points midway through the term before Wingard kicked Port's only goal for the quarter and in fact the last goal of the match with half the quarter going by without any scores.

For us, Enright, Mark Blicavs, Stanley, Cameron Guthrie and Caddy were the stars. Cory Gregson and Darcy Lang also had good games, really rewarding the selectors for faith shown now. It was hard to find a weak link on the night with the backs solid led by sweeper Enright and fellow defenders Jed Bews, Tom Lonergan and Harry Taylor. Stanley and Blicavs in the ruck work very well, Guthrie, Caddy, Joel Selwood great in the middle along with half a dozen others, while in the forward fifty if the Power defenders had one forward like Hawkins or Josh Walker covered, someone else like Kersten, Motlop or Lang would bob up and make them pay.

The Cats have an extra day break until their next match, at Geelong against Melbourne for Enright's three hundredth- the first three hundred gamer since Ian Nankervis and third overall after Sam Newman. Going into this match the Cats had sixteen players on their injury list, one of whom played last night (Stanley) and will likely have to make compulsory changes for the match against the Dees.

GEELONG: 5.1, 8.4, 12.7, 14.8 (92) DEFEATED
PORT ADELAIDE: 5.2, 7.3, 10.3, 11.3 (69)

GOALS
GEELONG: Kersten 2, Stanley 2, Caddy 2, Motlop 2, Hawkins 2, Gregson, Johnson, Guthrie, Lang
PORT ADELAIDE: Wingard 4, Gray 2, Westhoff 2, Boak, Monfries, Schulz

BEST
GEELONG: Enright, Caddy, Stanley, Guthrie, Blicavs, Stokes
PORT ADELAIDE: Wingard, Gray, Wines, Broadbent, Ebert, Carlile

SUBSTITUTES
GEELONG: Shane Kersten, who replaced James Kelly (ankle) in the first quarter
PORT ADELAIDE: Aaron Young, who replaced Matt White in the second quarter

INJURIES
GEELONG: James Kelly (ankle), Rhys Stanley (foot)
PORT ADELAIDE: Matt White (hamstring)

UMPIRES:

Foot, Nicholls, Pannell

CROWD: 47,058 at Ethiad Stadium, Melbourne Docklands

AFL 2015 ROUND 11: PORT ADELAIDE V GEELONG MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 11 June 2015

AFL ROUND 11 2015: PORT ADELAIDE POWER V GEELONG CATS RHYS STANLEY returns to the Geelong lineup this week while Mitch Clark will miss another week, while Port Adelaide also made just the one change ahead of their clash at Adelaide Oval this Friday night.

Geelong sits in tenth spot on the AFL ladder just one place behind Port Adelaide on percentage; the other two sides below the Cats are also on five wins. Above Port are Hawthorn, Adelaide and Richmond, all of whom have the bye this week though they're a minimum of 11% ahead of the Power so unless either side really has a big win, they'll remain outside the top eight.

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
PORT ADELAIDE

IN: Rhys Stanley
OUT: Michael Luxford (Omitted)

IN: Sam Colquhoun
OUT
:
Karl Amon (calf)

B: Jared Rivers, Harry Taylor, Corey Enright
HB: Jackson Thurlow, Tom Lonergan, Jed Bews
C: Andrew Mackie, Joel Selwood, Steven Motlop
HF: Cory Gregson, Josh Walker, Steve Johnson
F: Jordan Murdoch, Tom Hawkins, Shane Kersten
FOLL: Mark Blicavs, Darcy Lang, Josh Caddy
INT: James Kelly, Mathew Stokes, Cameron Guthrie, Rhys Stanley
EMER: Jake Kolodjashnij, Michael Luxford, Jarrad Jansen
B: Jack Hombsch, Alipate Carlile, Jarman Impey
HB: Matthew Broadbent, Tom Jonas, Jasper Pittard
C: Sam Colquhoun, Travis Boak, Brad Ebert
HF: Robbie Gray, Justin Westhoff, Chad Wingard
F: Paul Stewart, Jay Schulz, Angus Monfries
FOLL: Matthew Lobbe, Hamish Hartlett, Ollie Wines
INT: Tom Clurey, Matt White, Aaron Young, Sam Gray
EMER: Andrew Moore, Brendon Ah Chee, Kane Mitchell

GEELONG FAR TOO GOOD FOR ESSENDON
Ben Jensen 6 June 2015

AFL ROUND 10 2015: ESSENDON BOMBERS V GEELONG CATS GEELONG thumped Essendon at Etihad Stadium tonight. The Cats kept the Bombers goalless to half time, finishing sixty-nine points in front at the final siren, just about evening up the poor percentage they took into the match and overtaking the Bombers on the ladder. Steve Motlop, Tom Hawkins and Steve Johnson each kicked four goals apiece.

GEELONG: 3.1, 9.5, 15.6, 19.8 (122) DEFEATED
ESSENDON: 0.5, 0.6, 3.9, 7.11 (53)

GOALS
GEELONG: Hawkins 4, Johnson 4, Motlop 4, Caddy 2, Selwood 2, Lonergan, Blicavs, Kersten
ESSENDON: Heppell 2, Cooney 2, Stanton, Daniher, Chapman

BEST
GEELONG: Taylor, Caddy, Kelly, Lang, Enright, Rivers, Lonergan
ESSENDON: Hooker, Hurley, Kavanagh

SUBSTITUTES
GEELONG: Michael Luxford, replaced Shane Kersten at half-time
ESSENDON: Paul Chapman, replaced Tom Bellchambers at half-time

INJURIES
GEELONG: Shane Kersten (hamstring)
ESSENDON: Nil reported

UMPIRES:

Foot, Meredith, Ryan

CROWD: 40,632 at Ethiad Stadium, Melbourne Docklands

AFL 2015 ROUND 10: ESSENDON V GEELONG MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 5 June 2015

AFL ROUND 10 2015: ESSENDON BOMBERS V GEELONG CATS THE CATS take on Essendon in a rare 'double header' on Saturday at Etihad Stadium, the VFL side also playing the Bombers at the same ground in a mid-afternoon start. The Cats have made just one change to the side that was overran by the Eagles last Sunday in Perth, Mitch Clark out with a calf injury, replaced by fan favourite Josh Walker. Walker has struggled to hold his spot in the side with Shane Kersten edging him out for the last tall forward but gets his chance in the absence of Clark

Essendon who like Geelong have had a poor start to the season, also sit on four wins from nine games and are two spots ahead of the Cats on a far superior percentage and have made three changes. Two of them are forced with Jobe Watson and 40 year old 400 gamer Dustin Fletcher both out with a groin complaint, while Jackson Merrett has been dropped. Former Saint James Gwilt leads the inclusions along with the little known Elliott Kavanagh and Orazio Fantasia.

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
ESSENDON

IN: Josh Walker
OUT: Mitch Clark (calf)

IN: James Gwilt, Orazio Fantasia, Elliott Kavanagh
OUT
:
Jobe Watson (groin), Dustin Fletcher (groin), Jackson Merrett (omitted)

B: Jared Rivers, Harry Taylor, Corey Enright
HB: Jackson Thurlow, Tom Lonergan, James Kelly
C: Andrew Mackie, Joel Selwood, Steven Motlop
HF: Mathew Stokes, Rhys Stanley, Steve Johnson
F: Jordan Murdoch, Tom Hawkins, Shane Kersten
FOLL: Mark Blicavs, Cameron Guthrie, Josh Caddy
INT: Jed Bews, Cory Gregson, Darcy Lang, Josh Walker
EMER: George Horlin-Smith, Jake Kolodjashnij, Michael Luxford
B: James Gwilt, Michael Hurley, Michael Hibberd
HB: Martin Gleeson, Cale Hooker, Mark Baguley
C: Dyson Heppell, Zach Merrett, Brendon Goddard
HF: Travis Colyer, Patrick Ambrose, Orazio Fantasia
F: Jake Carlisle, Joe Daniher, Adam Cooney
FOLL: Tom Bellchambers, Brent Stanton, Elliott Kavanagh
INT: Ben Howlett, Paul Chapman, Jake Melksham, Courtenay Dempsey
EMER: Alex Browne, Jackson Merrett, Shaun Edwards

CATS NO GOOD IN THE WEST
Ben Jensen 31 May 2015

AFL ROUND 9 2015: WEST COAST EAGLES V GEELONG CATS GEELONG started off OK against West Coast today, only for West Coast to dominate, winning by fifty-six points. The Cats had the upper hand for much of the first quarter only to see the Eagles pepper the goals towards the end, inaccuracy giving the Cats the lead by a point at the first break. Only two goals were scored by either side in the second quarter but the Eagles had a staggering eleven behinds to the Cats' one to lead by just one point, leaving the match well and truly alive but there is no doubt the Cats were fortunate.

By three quarter time the second-placed Eagles had amassed twenty-one behinds, to lead by eighteen of them each side on three goals with Tom Hawkins economical whenever he found himself with the ball. But in the last quarter, which we didn't see as nightly bathing duties took precedence, just as well with the Eagles finally finding the right gear. West Coast kicked seven goals and just the three behinds to the Cats' one goal one behind to cement their second spot behind cross-town rivals Fremantle, while the Cats lick their wounds on the unforgiving flight across the Nullarbor; with just four wins from the first nine games, sitting in twelfth place ahead of the Kangaroos by 0.2%. Next up is Essendon on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium while West Coast will play North Melbourne on Sunday in Hobart.

WEST COAST : 2.6, 4.17, 9.21, 16.24 (120) DEFEATED
GEELONG: 3.1, 5.2, 9.3, 10.4 (64)

GOALS
WEST COAST: Kennedy 6, Hill 2, Naitanui 2, Sinclair 2, McInnes, Cripps, Shuey, LeCras
GEELONG: Hawkins 3, Johnson, Caddy, Gregson, Murdoch, Stokes, Kersten, Mackie

BEST
WEST COAST: Gaff, Priddis, Kennedy, McGovern, Naitanui, Shuey
GEELONG: Johnson, Enright, Hawkins, Caddy, Motlop, Mackie

INJURIES
WEST COAST: Not available
GEELONG: Stanley (knee), Clark (ankle)

SUBSTITUTES
WEST COAST: Brant Colledge, who replaced Jamie Bennell at three-quarter time
GEELONG: Matthew Stokes, who replaced Rhys Stanley at half time

CHANGES
WEST COAST: NIL
GEELONG: NIL

UMPIRES

Dalgleish, Farmer, Fisher

TIP: Cats by 5 points

CROWD: 37,676 at Subaco Oval, Perth

AFL 2015 ROUND 9: WEST COAST V GEELONG MATCH PREVIEW
Ben Jensen 30 May 2015

AFL ROUND 9 2015: WEST COAST EAGLES V GEELONG CATS THE CATS claimed yet another AFL coaching scalp over the past two decades, this time poor old Mick Malthouse, sacked by Carlton days after the seventy-seven point loss on Friday night. But the Cats will have their own work cut out for them on Sunday afternoon in Perth, facing a resurgent West Coast side who is second on the ladder behind cross town rivals Fremantle. Having had just two losses this season thus far the Eagles are eight spots higher on the ladder than the Cats, who have a 50% win/loss record.

No outs for the Cats, with three first year players coming in, retread Sam Blease in for his second game and two potential first-gamers named on the seven man bench. West Coast have lost Elliot Yeo to suspension and named four inclusions, with Tom Barrass set to make his AFL debut should he make the final cut.

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
WEST COAST

IN: -
OUT: -

IN: Brant Colledge
OUT
:
Elliot Yeo (suspension)

CATS BELT BLUES, MALTHOUSE IN TROUBLE BEFORE GAME STARTS, IN REAL TROUBLE AFTER
Ben Jensen 22 May 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

UMPIRES:

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

CROWD: 32,032 at Ethiad Stadium, Melbourne Docklands

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

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

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
CARLTON

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

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

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

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

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

GEELONG
SYDNEY

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

 

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

IN: Dean Towers
OUT: Isaac Heeney (knee)

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UMPIRES:

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

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

CROWD: 52,152 MCG, Melbourne

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
COLLINGWOOD

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

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

CATS UNCONVINCING IN WIN OVER TIGERS
Ben Jensen 2 May 2015

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

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

Check out the weekly match review from Daniel and Tyson.

 

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

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

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

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

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

UMPIRES: Foot, Meredith, Mollison

CROWD: 45,228 MCG, Melbourne

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

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

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

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

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

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
RICHMOND

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

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

CATS' SEASON GETS NO BETTER
Ben Jensen 29 April 2015

AFL ROUND 4 2015: GEELONG CATS V NORTH MELBOURNE KANGAROOS Apologies for the late posting; it's been a busy week and frankly we didn't think anyone would mind too much! The game started off OK with the Cats leading by 19 points at the first change, looked like a good day was ahead. Unfortunately the Cats didn't score a goal in the second quarter and trailed by four points at half time. The Kangaroos just had the better of the Cats in the third term edging ahead but in the last quarter booted five goals to three finishing off the Cats' hopes of a comeback.

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

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

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

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

INJURIES
KANGAROOS: Nil reported
GEELONG: Nil reported

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

CHANGES
KANGAROOS: NIL
GEELONG: NIL

UMPIRES

Fisher, Mollison, Nicholls

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

CROWD: 23,452 at Simonds Stadium, Geelong

 

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

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

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

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

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

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
NORTH MELBOURNE

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UMPIRES: Jordan Bannister, Shane McInerney, Andrew Stephens

CROWD: 20,813 Simonds Stadium, Geelong

 

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

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

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

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

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
GOLD COAST

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
GOLD COAST

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UMPIRES

Findlay, Rosebury, Ryan

TIP: Cats by 22 points

CROWD: 23,723 at Simonds Stadium, Geelong

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

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

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

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

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
FREMANTLE

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

IN: Mzungu
OUT
: Sheridan

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

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

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

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

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
FREMANTLE

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

IN: Mzungu, Crozier, Taberner
OUT
: -

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

CATS SMASHED BY HAWKS
Ben Jensen 6 April 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UMPIRES

Matt Stevic, Sam Hay, Troy Pannell

TIP: Cats by 2 points

CROWD: 73,584 at Melbourne Cricket Ground

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
HAWTHORN

NEW: Mitch Clark, Nakia Cockatoo, Cory Gregson

NEW: James Frawley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FULL TEAM LISTS

GEELONG
HAWTHORN

NEW: Mitch Clark, Nakia Cockatoo, Cory Gregson

NEW: James Frawley

 

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

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

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

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

NAKIA COCKATOO JOINS MITCH CLARK SHOW
Ben Jensen 12 March 2015

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

INJURIES
GEELONG: Murdoch (cut head)
ADELAIDE:

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

CROWD: 8,091 Simonds Stadium, Geelong

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UMPIRES: Nicholls, Ryan, Hosking, Wallace

CROWD: 4,431 at Townsville

CATS SNARE ROOKIES
Ben Jensen 3 December 2014

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

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

WELLS SAYS

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

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

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

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

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

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

WELLS SAYS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LINK TO FULL DRAW

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

TOP TEN

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

OTHER AWARDS

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

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

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

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

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

CATS LEAD LIONS AT HALF TIME
Ben Jensen 30 March 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HAWKS BY FOUR AT HALF TIME
Ben Jensen 20 September 2013

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

CATS INTO VFL GRAND FINAL
Ben Jensen 16 September 2013

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

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

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

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

GROUND: North Port Oval

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

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

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

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

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

GROUND: Melbourne Cricket Ground

VFL SIDE CONTINUES THEIR WINNING RUN
Ben Jensen 4 May 2013

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

 

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

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

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

GROUND: Simonds Stadium, Geelong

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

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

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

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

SIMPSON ON LONG TERM INJURY LIST
Ben Jensen 24 February 2013

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

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

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

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

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

DECEMBER
Ben Jensen 2 December 2012

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

DECEMBER
Ben Jensen 2 December 2012

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

 

IN THE 2007 ROUND 22 MATCH AT THE GABBA ENRIGHT MEMORABLY LOST HIS SHORTS

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AFL 2016 - SECOND PRELIMINARY FINAL

GEELONG CATS V SYDNEY SWANS

FRIDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2016, 19:50 AEST

MCG

MATCH PREVIEW, INFORMATION AND TEAM LISTS

AFL GRAND FINAL TICKET BALLOT INFO

COREY ENRIGHT AND JIMMY BARTEL

COREY ENRIGHT AND JIMMY BARTEL

STEVE MOTLOP AND JIMMY BARTEL

STEVE MOTLOP AND JIMMY BARTEL

 

 

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PAUL COUCH PICTURED WITH SON TOM IN 2006

PAUL COUCH PICTURED WITH SON THOMAS IN 2006

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COREY ENRIGHT IS PLAYING ON

COREY ENRIGHT IS PLAYING ON

MATHEW STOKES, STEVE JOHNSON, JAMES KELLY FAREWELLED

MATHEW STOKES, STEVE JOHNSON, JAMES KELLY FAREWELLED

GILLON MCLAUCHLAN AND KERRY STOKES ENJOY A LAUGH

GILLON MCLAUCHLAN AND KERRY STOKES ENJOY A LAUGH

JOEL SELWOOD CHAIRED OFF AFTER 200 GAMES

JOEL SELWOOD CHAIRED OFF AFTER 200 GAMES

 

 

THE HIGHLIGHT OF ROUND 2 [CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE]

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