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Beginnings: Geelong Football Club, nicknamed The Cats, are an Australian rules football club named after and reigning from the city of Greater Geelong. Playing in the AFL (Australian Football League), the club has been VFL/AFL premiers eight times. EST: 1859.

Records:
  • * Record Attendance: 49,109 on 30 August 1952: Geelong 10.17 (77); Carlton 3.14 (32)
  • * Most Games: 325 by Ian Nankervis 1967-1983
  • * Biggest finals crowd: 109,396 for 1967 grand final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
Full Ladder Team P W L D FOR AGNST % PTS
2 Geelong 22 17 5 0 2235 1554 143.8 68

VFL Cats boosted by big four

A recruiting strategy focused on attracting players with senior experience and leadership qualities has lead to the signing of four key players for the 2018 VFL season.

Former Geelong and Adelaide listed player Dean Gore, 2017 NEAFL MVP Jordan Keras, ex-Adelaide Crow Sam Siggins and former North Ballarat captain Luke Kiel have all joined the VFL Cats for 2018.

Gore, who was drafted by the Cats in the 2014 draft, was traded to the Crows in a package for Patrick Dangerfield at the end of 2015, but the Cats had no hesitation recruiting back the popular midfielder after he was delisted by the Crows.

O’Bree said the Cats were thrilled to have Gore back.

“We are very excited to get Gorey back to the club after he made such a good impression in 2015.” O’Bree said. 

The Cats leadership will receive a huge boost with the signing of Kiel who captained the North Ballarat Roosters in the VFL...


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Cocky's having a cracker

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Nakia Cockatoo has been the most noticeable on the track for this pre-season

NAKIA Cockatoo has one aim for the pre-season; to make his troublesome right hamstring "bulletproof" after a season wrecked by repeated strains. 

After three bouts of rehabilitation in 2017, the 21-year-old believes he's learned some valuable lessons about how his body – and mainly his hamstrings – operate. 

And, with a strong focus on core and hip flexor strengthening exercises while maintaining a careful balance between hard training and not overdoing it, the speedster believes he's in a good position for a breakout 2018.

"I've been keeping up with the gym sessions and the hammies are feeling really good at the moment," Cockatoo told AFL.com.au on Tuesday. 

"I'm trying to tick those things over to try and get them bulletproof for the season.

"I've been feeling good running, I haven't had any problems...


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Cocky's having a cracker

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Nakia Cockatoo has been the most noticeable on the track for this pre-season

NAKIA Cockatoo has one aim for the pre-season; to make his troublesome right hamstring "bulletproof" after a season wrecked by repeated strains. 

After three bouts of rehabilitation in 2017, the 21-year-old believes he's learned some valuable lessons about how his body – and mainly his hamstrings – operate. 

And, with a strong focus on core and hip flexor strengthening exercises while maintaining a careful balance between hard training and not overdoing it, the speedster believes he's in a good position for a breakout 2018.

"I've been keeping up with the gym sessions and the hammies are feeling really good at the moment," Cockatoo told AFL.com.au on Tuesday. 

"I'm trying to tick those things over to try and get them bulletproof for the season.

"I've been feeling good running, I haven't had any problems...


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Joint Cats and GMHBA program recognised

Healthy Heroes, a community program presented by the Geelong Cats and GMHBA focussed on youth health, nutrition and physical education has been recognised for its excellence, being highly commended for promoting healthy eating at the 2017 Vic Health awards.

Healthy Heroes is a school-based program that encourages positive behaviour change by increasing students’ knowledge around physical activity, healthy eating, hydration and screen time. Involving the Geelong Cats AFL players, together with interactive, engaging and practical activities, gives students a learning experience that is both memorable and educational. Experts from Deakin University were influential in developing program logic and evaluation.

The program provided healthy eating education to year three and four students in Geelong and surrounding suburbs, with the aim of increasing the number of children who were able to...


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Joint Cats and GMHBA program recognised

Healthy Heroes, a community program presented by the Geelong Cats and GMHBA focussed on youth health, nutrition and physical education has been recognised for its excellence, being highly commended for promoting healthy eating at the 2017 Vic Health awards.

Healthy Heroes is a school-based program that encourages positive behaviour change by increasing students’ knowledge around physical activity, healthy eating, hydration and screen time. Involving the Geelong Cats AFL players, together with interactive, engaging and practical activities, gives students a learning experience that is both memorable and educational. Experts from Deakin University were influential in developing program logic and evaluation.

The program provided healthy eating education to year three and four students in Geelong and surrounding suburbs, with the aim of increasing the number of children who were able to...


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Ablett Jnr considered retirement

Jumper Pres - Gary Ablett Jnr Gary Ablett Jnr talks with the media after receiving the number 4.

GARY Ablett has revealed he has considered quitting AFL football as many as six times during his career.

The dual Brownlow medallist had previously claimed he would consider retirement if Gold Coast didn't agree to trade him back to Geelong for family reasons.

That wish was granted in October, so it came as something of a bombshell on Tuesday morning to learn that the 33-year-old had weighed up his football mortality on at least several other occasions.

After winning two premierships with his beloved Geelong, where his father Gary senior is also a club legend, Ablett junior accepted a massive contract to become the Suns' inaugural captain in 2011, and he spent seven seasons with the fledgling franchise.

Ablett's personal predicament was further highlighted following the tragic death of...


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Christmas with the Cats

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Join us to celebrate Christmas with the Cats

You'll be able to get into the blue and white Christmas spirit this Saturday with the Celebrate Christmas with the Cats event.

The free family event will take place from 10am until 2pm in the Charles Brownlow Stand foyer.

Activities on the day include:

  • Cats Christmas tree presented by Villawood Properties
  • Cats player autograph signings and selfies
  • Photos with Santa
  • Charles & Co open for breakfast, coffee or lunch
  • Half Cat appearance and kids activities
  • Cats Shop Super Saturday sale
  • 2018 memberships on-sale

The festive spirt is well underway down at the Cattery with the Cats Christmas tree presented by Villawood Properties shining bright in the foyer of the Charles Brownlow Stand, GMBHA Stadium. In support of the 93.9 Bay FM Bethany Giving Tree appeal, you can make a donation of a gift for a person or family in need in time for Christmas....


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Cats move forward with Crameri

AFL 2017 Media - Geelong Cats Media Session

Stewart Crameri is set for a role up forward for the Cats

GEELONG'S experiment with key defender Harry Taylor in attack could be over, with recruit Stewart Crameri to be groomed for a key forward post.

Taylor, a two-time premiership and All Australian defender, trained as a forward last pre-season and was used predominantly as a foil to fellow big man Tom Hawkins in 2017.

He finished the season with just 22 goals, but was often warmly praised by coach Chris Scott for the off-the-ball work he did inside attacking 50.

But with Tom Lonergan's retirement and Crameri's arrival via the NAB AFL Rookie Draft, it appears likely Taylor will play down back.

Crameri has played most of his 99 AFL games as a more mobile, third tall option in attack, but it appears the Cats have something slightly different in mind.

"Chris (Scott) asked me if I could play key forward and I said that maybe I...


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Cats move forward with Crameri

AFL 2017 Media - Geelong Cats Media Session

Stewart Crameri is set for a role up forward for the Cats

GEELONG'S experiment with key defender Harry Taylor in attack could be over, with recruit Stewart Crameri to be groomed for a key forward post.

Taylor, a two-time premiership and All Australian defender, trained as a forward last pre-season and was used predominantly as a foil to fellow big man Tom Hawkins in 2017.

He finished the season with just 22 goals, but was often warmly praised by coach Chris Scott for the off-the-ball work he did inside attacking 50.

But with Tom Lonergan's retirement and Crameri's arrival via the NAB AFL Rookie Draft, it appears likely Taylor will play down back.

Crameri has played most of his 99 AFL games as a more mobile, third tall option in attack, but it appears the Cats have something slightly different in mind.

"Chris (Scott) asked me if I could play key forward and I said that maybe I...


Read full article on AFL Geelong AFLComAu


Read more: Cats move forward with Crameri

Cats move forward with Crameri

AFL 2017 Media - Geelong Cats Media Session

Stewart Crameri is set for a role up forward for the Cats

GEELONG'S experiment with key defender Harry Taylor in attack could be over, with recruit Stewart Crameri to be groomed for a key forward post.

Taylor, a two-time premiership and All Australian defender, trained as a forward last pre-season and was used predominantly as a foil to fellow big man Tom Hawkins in 2017.

He finished the season with just 22 goals, but was often warmly praised by coach Chris Scott for the off-the-ball work he did inside attacking 50.

But with Tom Lonergan's retirement and Crameri's arrival via the NAB AFL Rookie Draft, it appears likely Taylor will play down back.

Crameri has played most of his 99 AFL games as a more mobile, third tall option in attack, but it appears the Cats have something slightly different in mind.

"Chris (Scott) asked me if I could play key forward and I said that maybe I...


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MRP changes expected by Xmas

AFL 2017 Media - AFL Announces Steve Hocking as GM of Football Operations

Steve Hocking is expected to make changes to the MRP

THE AFL Commission is expected to rule on significant changes being proposed to the League's Match Review Panel system later this month.

Newly installed football operations general manager Steve Hocking is driving the proposed changes with a fresh perspective having come straight out of club land.

Among the possible modifications:

- Faster rulings on incidents with next-day turnaround for Thursday and Friday night games
- The ability for clubs to challenge MRP rulings without risking an extra week's suspension
- A new configuration of Panel members to allow for faster decisions 

"It's something that we're working towards," Hocking told AFL.com.au.  

"We've done a fair bit of work already, in the last month, got some good people working on that and there's a whole range of stakeholders we need to work through."  

It's hoped the...


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MRP changes expected by Xmas

AFL 2017 Media - AFL Announces Steve Hocking as GM of Football Operations

Steve Hocking is expected to make changes to the MRP

THE AFL Commission is expected to rule on significant changes being proposed to the League's Match Review Panel system later this month.

Newly installed football operations general manager Steve Hocking is driving the proposed changes with a fresh perspective having come straight out of club land.

Among the possible modifications:

- Faster rulings on incidents with next-day turnaround for Thursday and Friday night games
- The ability for clubs to challenge MRP rulings without risking an extra week's suspension
- A new configuration of Panel members to allow for faster decisions 

"It's something that we're working towards," Hocking told AFL.com.au.  

"We've done a fair bit of work already, in the last month, got some good people working on that and there's a whole range of stakeholders we need to work through."  

It's hoped the...


Read full article on AFL Geelong AFLComAu


Read more: MRP changes expected by Xmas

MRP changes expected by Xmas

AFL 2017 Media - AFL Announces Steve Hocking as GM of Football Operations

Steve Hocking is expected to make changes to the MRP

THE AFL Commission is expected to rule on significant changes being proposed to the League's Match Review Panel system later this month.

Newly installed football operations general manager Steve Hocking is driving the proposed changes with a fresh perspective having come straight out of club land.

Among the possible modifications:

- Faster rulings on incidents with next-day turnaround for Thursday and Friday night games
- The ability for clubs to challenge MRP rulings without risking an extra week's suspension
- A new configuration of Panel members to allow for faster decisions 

"It's something that we're working towards," Hocking told AFL.com.au.  

"We've done a fair bit of work already, in the last month, got some good people working on that and there's a whole range of stakeholders we need to work through."  

It's hoped the...


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Cats commit to no family violence

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Brian Cook is joined by City of Greater Geelong CEO Kevin Spiller and VicHealth's Jerril Recther

Geelong Cats Chief Executive Brian Cook joined forces with 22 organisations in Geelong this morning to say no to family violence.

In an initiative driven by The City of Greater Geelong the Cats signed a Statement of Commitment acknowledging family violence is unacceptable and, as leaders within the greater Geelong community the Cats will promote gender equity and respectful relationships.

Geelong Cats Chief Executive Brian Cook said, “The Cats have a respect for diversity policy with gender as a key pillar.  As highly visible members of the community we are committed to advocating against family violence in all its forms”.

City of Greater Geelong CEO Kelvin Spiller said, “Many City activities and staff have the ability to directly or indirectly influence, raise awareness and create...


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Cats commit to no family violence

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Brian Cook is joined by City of Greater Geelong CEO Kevin Spiller and VicHealth's Jerril Recther

Geelong Cats Chief Executive Brian Cook joined forces with 22 organisations in Geelong this morning to say no to family violence.

In an initiative driven by The City of Greater Geelong the Cats signed a Statement of Commitment acknowledging family violence is unacceptable and, as leaders within the greater Geelong community the Cats will promote gender equity and respectful relationships.

Geelong Cats Chief Executive Brian Cook said, “The Cats have a respect for diversity policy with gender as a key pillar.  As highly visible members of the community we are committed to advocating against family violence in all its forms”.

City of Greater Geelong CEO Kelvin Spiller said, “Many City activities and staff have the ability to directly or indirectly influence, raise awareness and create...


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New Cats get their number

AFL 2004 Rd 13 - Geelong v Brisbane

Andrew Mackie and Gary Ablett early in their careers

The Cats have revealed the jumper numbers for their new arrivals from the trade period and drafts with star recruit Gary Ablett to don one of the Cats most famous numbers.

Ablett will wear the number four made famous by premiership teammate Andrew Mackie and club legend Bob Davis. He had previously worn number 29 in his 192 games with the Cats.

First pick Lachie Fogarty will don Tom Lonergan’s number 13, Tim Kelly will wear 11, Charlie Constable received 18, Gryan Miers has inherited 32 whilst Stewart Crameri will don 36.

The new recruits were unveiled at GMHBA Stadium on Friday.

4 – Gary Ablett

Previous – Andrew Mackie

Historical – Bob Davis, Alistair Lord

11 – Tim Kelly

Previous – Darcy Lang

Historical – Bernie Smith, Joel Corey,

13 – Lachie Fogarty

Previous – Tom Lonergan

Historical – Arthur Coughlan

18 – Charlie...


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New Cats get their number

AFL 2004 Rd 13 - Geelong v Brisbane

Andrew Mackie and Gary Ablett early in their careers

The Cats have revealed the jumper numbers for their new arrivals from the trade period and drafts with star recruit Gary Ablett to don one of the Cats most famous numbers.

Ablett will wear the number four made famous by premiership teammate Andrew Mackie and club legend Bob Davis. He had previously worn number 29 in his 192 games with the Cats.

First pick Lachie Fogarty will don Tom Lonergan’s number 13, Tim Kelly will wear 11, Charlie Constable received 18, Gryan Miers has inherited 32 whilst Stewart Crameri will don 36.

The new recruits were unveiled at GMHBA Stadium on Friday.

4 – Gary Ablett

Previous – Andrew Mackie

Historical – Bob Davis, Alistair Lord

11 – Tim Kelly

Previous – Darcy Lang

Historical – Bernie Smith, Joel Corey,

13 – Lachie Fogarty

Previous – Tom Lonergan

Historical – Arthur Coughlan

18 – Charlie...


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Ablett speaks about new number

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Gary Ablett will don number four in 2018

Gary Ablett Jnr will don the number four in 2018 after the Cats announced new jumper numbers on Friday at GMHBA Stadium.

Writing on his website exclusiveinsight.com, Ablett said he had enjoyed his first few weeks at the club.

“It’s been an exciting time returning to where it all began.” Ablett wrote.

“I’ve really enjoyed settling back in these last few weeks, rekindling old friendships with of course, plenty of familiar faces.”

Ablett said he had returned early to the club to get a headstart on his 17th preseason.

“While my “official” return to the Cats was meant to be the 4th of December (when the rest of the club’s five-year plus players commence pre-season training) I’ve enjoyed returning early to advance my conditioning prior to the pre-Christmas break. “

“I’ve also really enjoyed training alongside the younger boys and getting to know...


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Ablett speaks about new number

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Gary Ablett will don number four in 2018

Gary Ablett Jnr will don the number four in 2018 after the Cats announced new jumper numbers on Friday at GMHBA Stadium.

Writing on his website exclusiveinsight.com, Ablett said he had enjoyed his first few weeks at the club.

“It’s been an exciting time returning to where it all began.” Ablett wrote.

“I’ve really enjoyed settling back in these last few weeks, rekindling old friendships with of course, plenty of familiar faces.”

Ablett said he had returned early to the club to get a headstart on his 17th preseason.

“While my “official” return to the Cats was meant to be the 4th of December (when the rest of the club’s five-year plus players commence pre-season training) I’ve enjoyed returning early to advance my conditioning prior to the pre-Christmas break. “

“I’ve also really enjoyed training alongside the younger boys and getting to know...


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How old are the Cats vs the competition?

AFL 2017 Round 04 - Hawthorn v Geelong

Shaun Burgoyne is the AFL's oldest player in 2018

HAWTHORN champion Shaun Burgoyne will start the 2018 season as the oldest player in the competition.

The four-time premiership player and Australian captain in the recent Virgin Australia International Rules Series will be 35 years and 152 days at the start of round one, 46 days older than Fremantle veteran Aaron Sandilands.

Western Bulldogs defender Dale Morris is the third-oldest in the AFL (35 years, 83 days), followed by North Melbourne forward Jarrad Waite (35 years, 46 days), who signed a one-year deal to play on at the Roos in October.

Burgoyne, who has played 341 career games with Port Adelaide and Hawthorn, needs to play nine matches this season to draw level with Western Bulldogs great Doug Hawkins for 15th all-time on the games played list.

The star Hawk needs to play 13 matches to pass Fremantle champion Matthew Pavlich...


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