Hinkley has been brilliant this season in identifying his players’ strengths and letting them play to them; Scott, on the other hand, seems hell-bent on crushing any individual flare and instead placing a premium on team structure. By opting in & providing your personal information, you agree to such use by the Geelong Cats and the AFL, in accordance with the AFL and AFL Club’s privacy policies. Sources: Club historical data and VFLW stats, Geelong did not participate in the 1916, 1942 and 1943 VFL seasons due to the World Wars (indicated in grey), Known as the Victorian Football League from 1897–1989; no grand finals were held in 1897 and 1924. Join Cameron Ling, Mathew Stokes and Scott Gullan on our official Geelong Cats podcast. Taylor giving up a head start to Steven Motlop as they raced the ball to the goal line was a prime example of this. His passion for the club, and a desire to create unique content for Cats fans to engage with, was the driving factor behind creating the Geelong Cats blog. [13], Updated: 28 October 2020Source(s): Playing list, Coaching staff. It’s certainly beginning to look that way. To Port fans, it was like shooting Bambi. Used for most of the club's home matches in the AFL all home matches in other competitions. Playmakers like Quinton Narkle, Brad Close and Jordan Clark sat in the stands while Ken Hinkley’s youthful side burnt Geelong to pieces with their powerful leg speed, and spread from stoppages. This article sums up exactly what every Geelong supporter is feeling and thinking at the moment. He got together with his team-mates during the 1963 season to pen the words. Don’t forget to subscribe below for free to receive the latest Geelong Cats blog articles in your inbox each Friday. We were too tall, and too slow in defence against Port Adelaide. How can a pressure forward not lay tackles or kick goals? I want to see Scott step up and actually make some big changes. It’s time to make the switch. They just need the right mix of players around them. And don’t even get me started about Scott’s decision to leave Patrick Dangerfield up forward for most of the last quarter while we got mauled in clearances. Some may disagree, but honestly, I would probably rather win one premiership and then miss the eight for the following three years than remain on the constant merry-go-round of losing finals season, after season, after season. The latter features an MCG-sized oval and is used often by the club in the pre-season, when Kardinia Park is being used for other events. That’s how it has looked watching from home, and in the stands over the past few weeks. The Geelong Football Club, nicknamed the Geelong Cats, is a professional Australian rules football club based in Geelong, Victoria. How can he be at his maverick, Steve Johnson-like best when he’s basically not allowed to think for himself? [9], "We Are Geelong" is the song sung after a game won by the Geelong Football Club. Theme nights, singing and message boards. [3] Geelong participated in the first football competition in Australia and was a foundation club of both the Victorian Football Association (VFA) in 1877 and the Victorian Football League (VFL) in 1897, now the national AFL. The club formed in 1859, making it the second oldest club in the AFL after Melbourne and one of the oldest football clubs in the world. Grady has been a die-hard Geelong fan for as long as he can remember. Asked if it was too simplistic to look at the mounting major-round defeats as a ‘trend’, and their constantly poor post-bye performances, the Geelong coach was stern in his response. They would meet in preliminary finals in 2009 and 2010, each winning one en route to a premiership. The Geelong Football Club fielded a reserves team in both of these competitions, allowing players who were not selected for the senior team to play for Geelong in the lower grade. Has playing away from home fast-tracked Geelong’s development? Cats sign Smith, to make offer to Cameron... Cameron Guthrie has won his first best and fairest award, Retiring Geelong defender Harry Taylor joined Julian De Stoop and Brendon Goddard to…, Triple Premiership player Isaac Smith speaks as a Cat for the first time, Isaac Smith has joined the Cats. 2020 preliminary final Cats slay Lions, into 2020 AFL Grand Final for Gary Ablett’s final game 2020 first semi final Geelong destroy Collingwood, into another preliminary final 2020 first qualifying final Port Adelaide overpower Geelong They finally met in a Grand Final in 2011, which Geelong won by 38 points; Geelong inflicted Collingwood's only three losses for the 2011 season. Your email address will not be published. The lyrics were written by former premiership player John Watts. But I’d rather lose with the above changes, than simply reloading the same team. The club trains here during the season, however it also trains at its alternate training venue, Deakin University's Elite Sport Precinct. In the 1989 Grand Final, Geelong played the man, resulting in major injuries for several Hawks players, Mark Yeates knocking out Dermott Brereton at the opening bounce; Hawthorn controlled the game, leading by approximately 40 points for most of the match; in the last quarter, Geelong almost managed to come from behind to win, but fell short by six points. it was still another gut-wrenching finals defeat, one of the most senior players in the side, learnt from last year’s colossal qualifying final fuck-up, CHECK OUT THE LATEST CATS APPAREL AT AFLFOOTYSHOP.COM.AU, Likes and dislikes from Geelong’s week that was. ^ Denotes the ladder was split into two or more conferences. The Cats play most of their home games at Kardinia Park (known for sponsorship reasons as GMHBA Stadium) and play the remainder at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The questions about Scott’s poor finals record were always going to come after losing to the Power, and rightly so. These numbers refer to the club's overall finishing position that season. People say we shouldn’t blame Chris Scott for Geelong’s finals flops, but as coach of the team he has to shoulder a significant portion of the blame. Geelong won a memorable preliminary final by five points on their way to their first flag in 44 years. Learn more about our long and proud history. James Rahilly will move to the Adelaide Crows in an assistant coaching role. “You’re playing the best teams at the end of the year, in high pressure situations, so if you win it you come away with a good record. Data Dive: Is Gary Rohan Geelong’s barometer? Sure, these moves come with risk. Unlike all other Victorian AFL clubs, Geelong has never operated in a reserves affiliation with an existing VFL club, having instead operated its stand-alone reserves team continuously. Making a difference in our community is at the heart of what we do. I will watch it, because that’s what you do as a supporter, but I’ll do so through gritted teeth. [11], The rivalry between Hawthorn and Geelong is defined by two Grand Finals: those of 1989 and 2008. Sure, Razor was garbage all night, for both teams, and deserved the spray, but a coach’s focus should be on his men, not the umpires. In 1930, Collingwood defeated Geelong in the grand final making it four flags in-a-row for the Pies. The club's nickname was first used in 1923 after a run of losses prompted a local cartoonist to suggest that the club needed a black cat to bring it good luck.