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The Geelong Cats will be keen to rebound from last week’s thumping loss when they take on the Essendon Bombers at their GMHBA fortress. Tune into events from the Cattery with live scores on The Roar from 7:50pm (AEST).
The footy gods giveth, and the footy gods taketh away. After a Gary Rohan goal after the siren saw the Cats pip the Western Bulldogs in a Round 14 thriller, they crashed back to earth last week with a thumping loss to another premiership contender in Brisbane.
Twin towers Tom Hawkins and Jeremy Cameron were ineffectual, star backman Tom Stewart was well beaten by Charlie Cameron, and Patrick Dangerfield continues to look below his best since returning from an ankle injury. Currently sitting fifth on percentage, the Cats aren’t yet in a position where they can afford to ride out a form slump.
The Bombers were gallant in defeat to ladder-leaders Melbourne last week, the 11-point loss arguably as impressive as many of the recent wins they’ve had under new coach Ben Rutten. Sitting 11th with a 6-8 record, the Dons might still be the best side out of the eight – but they’ll likely need to upset the Cats to keep September hopes alive.
Remarkably, the Bombers have not visited GMHBA Stadium since way back in 1993, or won at the ground since 1990. Only Dyson Heppell, Cale Hooker and Michael Hurley of currently listed Dons were even born the last time the red and black made the trip down the highway.
B: 30 Tom Atkins, 8 Jake Kolodjashnij, 38 Jack Henry
HB: 2 Zach Tuohy, 44 Tom Stewart, 24 Jed Bews
C: 7 Isaac Smith, 19 Quinton Narkle, 27 Sam Menegola
HF: 35 Patrick Dangerfield, 5 Jeremy Cameron, 32 Gryan Miers
F: 45 Brad Close, 26 Tom Hawkins, 23 Gary Rohan
FOL: 46 Mark Blicavs, 3 Brandan Parfitt, 14 Joel Selwood (c)
I/C: 1 Rhys Stanley, 25 Lachie Henderson, 29 Cameron Guthrie, 40 Luke Dahlhaus
EMG: 9 Max Holmes, 17 Esava Ratugolea, 18 Charlie Constable, 39 Zach Guthrie
IN: Gryan Miers, Rhys Stanley, Quinton Narkle (R15 medical sub)
OUT: Mark O’Connor, Shaun Higgins, Esava Ratugolea
B: 15 Jayden Laverde, 17 James Stewart, 14 Jordan Ridley
HB: 19 Nick Hind, 27 Mason Redman, 21 Dyson Heppell (c)
C: 13 Nik Cox, 7 Zach Merrett, 33 Brayden Ham
HF: 45 Alex Waterman, 23 Harrison Jones, 5 Devon Smith
F: 25 Jake Stringer, 26 Cale Hooker, 43 Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti
FOL: 2 Sam Draper, 3 Darcy Parish, 4 Kyle Langford
I/C: 12 Tom Cutler, 16 Archie Perkins, 20 Peter Wright, 40 Will Snelling
EMG: 11 David Zaharakis, 30 Brandon Zerk-Thatcher, 35 Matt Guelfi, 42 Sam Durham
IN: Tom Cutler, Will Snelling
OUT: Brandon Zerk-Thatcher, Matt Guelfi