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Founded in 1859 the Geelong Cats are the second oldest club in the AFL and one of the oldest in the world. In modern times the club is best known for their triple premiership era that saw them win flags in 2007, 2009 and 2011.
Geelong rubbished suggestions of a slide down the ladder last season with a blistering start to the season and, although they spluttered badly in the second half of the season, it was enough to claim a surprise minor premiership. September didn’t go nearly as well, however, with a preliminary final loss to Richmond ending their season.
Immense pressure is on the Cats, and coach Chris Scott, to make something of a decade of regular finals appearances that so far resulted in no flags since 2011. The loss of Tim Kelly has cast doubt on the club’s ability to reach the summit, although the addition of Jack Steven could help. At best, Geelong can be considered a dark horse.
Senior coach: Chris Scott
Captain: Joel Selwood
2019 finish: 3rd (1st before finals)
2019 best and fairest: Patrick Dangerfield
2019 leading goalkicker: Tom Hawkins (56)
Premierships: 1925, 1931, 1937, 1951, 1952, 1963, 2007, 2009, 2011
2020 Team List
Rhys Stanley, Zach Tuohy, Brandan Parfitt, Gary Ablett, Nakia Cockatoo, Jordan Clark, Harry Taylor, Jake Kolodjashnij, Jack Steven, Ben Jarvis, Josh Jenkins, Cooper Stephens, Lachie Fogarty, Joel Selwood, Nathan Kreuger, Sam de Koning, Esava Ratugolea, Charlie Constable, Quinton Narkle, Oscar Brownless, Jacob Kennerley, Mitch Duncan, Gary Rohan, Jed Bews, Lachie Henderson, Tom Hawkins, Sam Menegola, Darcy Fort, Cam Guthrie, Tom Atkins, Francis Evans, Gryan Miers, Jake Tarca, James Parsons, Patrick Dangerfield, Blake Schlensog, Sam Simpson, Jack Henry, Zach Guthrie, Luke Dahlhaus, Cameron Taheny, Mark O’Connor, Stefan Okunbor, Tom Stewart, Bradley Close, Mark Blicavs