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Don't count 'em out just yet: Geelong silence doubters with a strong start to the season

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25th March, 2024

In the unpredictable world of Australian Rules Football, the Geelong Cats have swiftly dispelled any doubts cast upon them with a commanding start to their 2024 campaign.

Emerging victorious in their opening two fixtures, the Cats have not only showcased their prowess on the field but have also sent a resounding message to their critics – that they are still a force to be reckoned with.

It’s a season that many people thought would be a rebuilding year, after their disappointing campaign in 2023 where they missed the finals for only the second time since 2006. Many put it down to an ageing list.

Much of the scepticism surrounding Geelong stemmed from uncertainties surrounding their squad dynamics, player form, and the challenges posed by a fiercely competitive league.

However, the Cats wasted no time in addressing these concerns head-on, delivering standout performances that have left their detractors eating their words.

The opening round saw Geelong face off against a formidable opponent in the St Kilda, a team known for its relentless pressure and skilful gameplay.

Despite the doubts against them, the Cats displayed remarkable resilience and determination, securing a hard-fought victory and setting the tone for the season ahead.

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Geelong Cats players celebrate during their win over the Adelaide Crows. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

Building on their momentum, Geelong continued their winning streak into the second round, overcoming the Adelaide Crows in a dominant display of skill and strategy.

With each match, the Cats have demonstrated their versatility, adapting to different playing styles and asserting their dominance on the field.

One of the most compelling aspects of Geelong’s early success has been the stellar performance of their players across all positions.

From seasoned veterans to emerging talents, each member of the squad has risen to the occasion, contributing to the team’s collective effort and driving them towards victory – and Patrick Dangerfield, Tom Hawkins and Jeremy Cameron are all leading the way.

At the helm of Geelong’s triumphs is coach Chris Scott, whose astute leadership and tactical acumen have been instrumental in guiding the team to success.


Under his guidance, the Cats have honed their strengths, addressed their weaknesses, and developed a cohesive game plan that has proven effective against even the toughest opponents.

Looking ahead, Geelong’s prospects for the remainder of the season appear promising, with a favourable draw in the coming weeks that includes a series of winnable fixtures on the horizon.

Next up, the Cats are set to clash with Hawthorn in Round 3, a matchup that presents an opportunity to further solidify their position towards the top of the AFL standings.

Geelong enters the contest with confidence and momentum on their side, poised to extend their winning streak and continue their ascent up the ladder.

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With a roster brimming with talent and a hunger for success, the Cats are well-positioned to cement their place in the top eight early on in the season and make a serious push for the finals.


Geelong’s resounding victories in the opening rounds of the AFL season have not only silenced their naysayers but have also established them as genuine contenders for the Premiership title.

With a blend of skill, determination, and strategic prowess, the Cats have proven that they have what it takes to go the distance in 2024.

As they set their sights on future challenges, one thing is certain – Geelong is a force to be reckoned with and they can never be counted out.