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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.

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Geelong were one of the form teams of the competition once more last season. They looked unassailable at various points of the home-and-away season, before wobbling late. They were knocked off by Port in the first week of the finals, but rebounded with shellackings of Collingwood and Brisbane to reach the decider – before ultimately falling short against Richmond.

Coming into 2021, the Cats have clearly pushed all their chips into the middle. They landed the biggest fish of last year’s player movement period in ex-Giant Jeremy Cameron, while also adding Shaun Higgins and Isaac Smith. They are questions as to whether the Cats are too old, but they’re having a serious crack at a premiership and are one of the favourites win it.

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Senior coach: Chris Scott
Captain: Joel Selwood
2020 finish: 2nd (4th before finals)
2020 best and fairest: Cam Guthrie
2020 leading goalkicker: Tom Hawkins (49)
Premierships: 1925, 1931, 1937, 1951, 1952, 1963, 2007, 2009, 2011

2021 Team List
Rhys Stanley, Zach Tuohy, Brandan Parfitt, Shaun Higgins, Jeremy Cameron, Jordan Clark, Isaac Smith, Jake Kolodjashnij, Max Holmes, Ben Jarvis, Josh Jenkins, Cooper Stephens, Joel Selwood, Nathan Kreuger, Sam de Koning, Esava Ratugolea, Charlie Constable, Quinton Narkle, Oscar Brownless, Nick Stevens, Mitch Duncan, Gary Rohan, Jed Bews, Lachie Henderson, Tom Hawkins, Sam Menegola, Darcy Fort, Cam Guthrie, Tom Atkins, Francis Evans, Gryan Miers, Shannon Neale, Patrick Dangerfield, Paul Tsapatolis, Sam Simpson, Jack Henry, Zach Guthrie, Luke Dahlhaus, Cameron Taheny, Mark O’Connor, Stefan Okunbor, Tom Stewart, Brad Close, Mark Blicavs

Tom Hawkins of the Cats celebrates kicking a goal

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