Posts Tagged "Geelong Cats"

In the 2017 pre-season I picked three players per club to preview for the upcoming season – now I’m looking back at how they did, and grading their performance. Today I’m looking at the Geelong Cats, Gold Coast Suns and GWS Giants.

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Following an impressive and dominant finals series from Richmond, their coach Damien Hardwick spoke of the Tigers’ focus on a high pressure rating and speed (especially up forward) being the cornerstone of their turnaround as a team.

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With the trade period done and only drafts and delisted free agency period to be completed, we can now make our first look at ladder predictions for next year.

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Bitterness towards the recent reunion of the Geelong Cats and Gary Ablett isn’t as much a tipping point as the realisation of a growing – but largely suppressed – feeling of coolness towards the Cats.

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Home grounds have always provided an advantage in the AFL. Unique dimensions, crowd imbalance and the travel (or lack of) required to get to a ground create a significant advantage for home teams and an extra challenge for away teams.

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At this time of the year, the name Stephen Wells was one that we’d hear muttered in hushed tones.

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Get excited Geelong fans, because the Little Master is finally coming home.

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Geelong won’t use the sudden death of Gary Ablett’s sister Natasha last week to hasten AFL trade negotiations with the Gold Coast.

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The AFL has handed the Geelong football club an end-of-first-round pick at this year’s draft, after the Cats chose not to match midfielder Steven Motlop’s bid to join Port Adelaide.

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Port Adelaide are set to land another big-name AFL recruit, with Geelong goalsneak Steven Motlop nominating them as his new home.

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Port Adelaide are firming as the likely new AFL home for Jack Watts, with Geelong list boss Stephen Wells admitting the Cats are unlikely to secure a deal for the talented Melbourne utility. The former No.1 draft pick has been linked with a move to one of three clubs – Port Adelaide, Sydney or Geelong. […]

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The AFL’s worst-kept secret has been confirmed – prodigal son Gary Ablett has requested a trade from the Gold Coast to allow him to return to Geelong next year.

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Like Thelma and Louise speeding their 1966 Ford Thunderbird toward the Grand Canyon so Chris Scott and Brian Cook with their list management strategy are speeding Geelong toward a list demographic cliff.

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Gary Ablett has requested a trade to Geelong, and if you believe the rumour mill, Jake Stringer may not be far away. Despite some genuine concerns about the structure of their list, they can and should do what it takes to bring both in.

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Two straight preliminary finals exits in the Patrick Dangerfield era, Geelong look set to have another in a series of busy-bee off seasons. Is it the right move? The real question is: do the Cats have a choice?

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It’s been on the cards for some time, but it’s now official: Gary Ablett Jr has his eyes set on a return to the Geelong Cats in 2018, requesting a trade with the Gold Coast Suns.

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Geelong’s recent (and completely unexpected) defeat of Sydney in the 2017 semi-finals got me thinking about the greatest upsets in the history of the VFL/AFL.

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Geelong’s strong record for securing AFL players in trades has midfielder Mitch Duncan bullish about their future.

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It may have been another finals blowout, but last night was one Crows fans will never forget. Here are my five talking points from the match.

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Adelaide have sent an ominous warning to tomorrow’s preliminary finalists, dominating Geelong from just about start to finish in an emphatic 61-point victory.

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