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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

Storylines: round 5

AFL 2016 Rd 14 - St Kilda v Geelong

The Cats take on St Kilda this Sunday at Etihad Stadium

Each week, Cats Media looks at the questions, controversies and storylines of the game - focusing this time on the Cats' clash with St Kilda.

Logging the tall timber

For much of 2016, we saw the Cats deploy Harry Taylor, Tom Lonergan and Lachie Henderson together as three key defenders. Whether by design or through a forced hand, this setup was consistent irrespective of how opposition forwards lined up.

A year on and we have only seen glimpses of all three together. Harry Taylor is being used predominantly as a forward in partnership with Tom Hawkins, while Henderson is playing great football as the second key defender alongside veteran Lonergan, who, unfortunately, has been so superb for so long he is receiving no where near the amount of praise he currently deserves.

This week, however, is a rarity. St Kilda present as one...


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AFLW expansion on the cards

AFLW 2017 Media - The W Awards

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan at the recent W Awards

THE AFL Commission is yet to decide on when they will expand the AFL Women's competition, but an addition of two or more teams could still be a possibility for next season.

And former Macquarie Capital senior executive Robin Bishop has been announced as the League's new commissioner.

The AFLW's inaugural season included eight teams and was a raging success, but CEO Gillon McLachlan said on Friday that there were plenty of factors to research before the League could add to those original clubs.

The amount of available playing talent, financial cost, alignment with current AFL clubs, and the cultural issues those clubs will face are just some of the key details the commission will consider. 

McLachlan said the AFL executive has been asked to submit a proposal to the commission, with a final decision expected to be announced...


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VFLW Cats land major sponsors

The Geelong Cats are proud to announce Deakin University and Market Square Shopping Centre as co-major partners of the club’s inaugural VFL Women’s team for 2017.

Deakin University is committed to promoting and highlighting the benefits of women’s sport in the community.

“We are committed to supporting women to achieve their goals and that’s why we support the Cats VFL Women’s team, because it strongly aligns with our passion for inspiring women in whatever they choose to do,” Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander AO said.

“We know from research – including research that Deakin has done – that girls continue to drop out of sport before boys, and until just recently women were not even able to play VFL or AFL.

“We also know that not only does sport offer benefits to health and fitness, but that it improves emotional well-being and socialisation.

“On top of that, watching...


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Goring named Cats VFLW skipper

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VFLW captain Bec Goring and leadership group members Lily Mithen, Renee Garing, Alisha Habib, Jordan Ivey, Anna Teague and Maddie Boyd. (image/Al Packer krockfootball.com.au)

The Geelong Cats have announced their inaugural VFL Women’s player leadership group for 2017, with Bec Goring named captain.

Goring, 23, will lead the Geelong Cats VFLW team this season, after a team vote count on Tuesday night.

Goring, originally from Torquay, played in the VFLW for Melbourne University in 2016 before arriving at the Cats.

“I’m very excited to be named captain of our 2017 Cats team,” Goring said.

“I’m definitely a lead-by-example captain, ticking the boxes, doing the right things and hopefully the girls follow on.”

While a leadership role is new to Goring, she said she is looking to develop and learn in the job.

“It’s been a really long pre season and credit to the girls for staying so...


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VFLW Cats Season Launch

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Join the Cats at Market Square tomorrow for the VFLW Cats Season Launch

Tomorrow the Cats will hold an event to launch the inaugural season of the VFLW Cats team.


Date:
Saturday 22 April
Time: 10am – 11am
Where: Market Square Shopping Centre, beside the escalator

The Season Launch will include:

  • On-stage Q&A with the Player Leadership Group and Coach of the VFLW Cats team, hosted by K-Rock’s Stampsy
  • Photos with Half Cat
  • Handball competitions for the kids
  • VFLW guernseys on sale
  • New Geelong Cats Women's Football Pioneer Membership on sale
  • Giveaways

Look out for the VFLW Player Leadership Group announcement tomorrow morning on the Cats website!


The Cats will also introduce the new Geelong Cats Women's Football Pioneer membership. By supporting, you will play a leading role in making women's football an integral part of our great club. This 100% tax deductible Membership will be available...


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Protect man on the mark: Scott

AFL 2017 Round 04 - Hawthorn v Geelong

Tom Ruggles is helped from the field after being knocked over by Hawthorn's Josh Gibson

PLAYERS standing on the mark need the same protection as the ball carrier according to Cats coach Chris Scott.

He has called for further discussion on the issue after the incident on Easter Monday that left Geelong's Tom Ruggles concussed when he clashed heads with Hawthorn defender Josh Gibson.

Gibson elected to bump Ruggles soon after the Cats' defender left the mark to chase his Hawthorn opponent, Isaac Smith, and Ruggles was blindsided when contact was made.

Scott emphasised he was comfortable with the Match Review Panel's decision to clear the Hawk defender after Gibson elected to bump Ruggles to provide a block for Smith and clashed heads with the tough Cat.

"I understood the reasons," Scott said. 

"He wasn't picked off standing the mark but he was blindsided (after) standing the mark."

He...


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We Are Geelong #5: Singer family

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Ava, Maylin, Preston, Valma and Phil Singer at the recent open training session at Simonds Stadium

There were many passionate Cats members at the recent open training session at Simonds Stadium.

But it's doubtful that any of them travelled further for the event than the Singer family.

Maylin Singer and her children Preston and Ava drove down from Canberra to see the boys in action and snare an autograph or two.

"We've made a bit of an effort to come here," Maylin said with a grin.

Maylin's mother-in-law, Valma Singer, who lives in Victoria, was in the stands as well.

Valma was happily reliving her years in the Geelong cheer squad in the 1960s.

"Sitting in the grandstand behind the goals and watching Doug Wade kick goals was my favourite thing about those days," Valma said.

"I used to take a tin of ball bearings and rattle them.

"If Doug Wade kicked a goal you had to make a...


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Cats name round five side

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AFL 2017 Round 02 - Geelong v North Melbourne

George Horlin-Smith has recovered from his thumb injury

The Cats have named their 25-man squad for Sunday's clash with St Kilda at Etihad Stadium.

George Horlin-Smith, who is set to play his first game since round two after recovering from his thumb problem, is among the inclusions.

Horlin-Smith has been named on the wing, while the other players called into the team - Rhys Stanley, Aaron Black, Jed Bews and Darcy Lang - have been named on the extended bench.

Sam Menegola and James Parsons, who both copped suspensions after the win over Hawthorn on Easter Monday, are the only two players to go out of the team at this stage.

The final 22-man team will be revealed at 5pm on Friday.

St Kilda v Geelong at Etihad Stadium, 3.20pm AEST

ST KILDA
In: J.Steven, S.Savage, K.Stevens, B.Longer, D.MinchingtonIn:
Out: D.Armitage (groin),...


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Last time: Saints def Cats in round 14, 2016

Last Time: Cats v Saints The Saints and Cats clash in round 14, 2016

AFL 2016 Rd 14 - St Kilda v Geelong

The Cats suffered a shock loss to the Saints last season

ST KILDA has snatched a famous three-point victory from the jaws of defeat and claimed the scalp the club so desperately wanted by downing League leaders Geelong in a thrilling clash at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

In a nailbiting final term, St Kilda came back from nine points down at the 18-minute mark thanks to a miraculous soccer off the ground by Jack Steven, after Jade Gresham's stunning snap from the pocket.

For the final five-and-a-half minutes the Cats surged in search of the match-winning goal, but the Saints held on grimly for an epic 14.9 (93) to 13.12 (90) triumph.

Geelong had numerous chances in the dying stages, repeatedly pounding the ball inside 50, but St Kilda's defence stood firm, forcing a stoppage in the frantic last seconds and...


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Players want to get pay deal done

AFL 2017 Round 04 - Hawthorn v Geelong

Patrick Dangerfield is on the board of the AFLPA

THE AFL Players' Association is eager to agree upon a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the AFL, but won't be forced into signing the deal unless all of its demands are met.

AFLPA president Paul Marsh said it was up to the League to compromise to ensure the protracted discussions reached an end point sooner rather than later.

"I don't think the delays have come from our side of things," Marsh told SEN.

"We're keen to get this deal done. The players are, the clubs are, but we're not there yet." 

"We've just got to keep working at it." 

Players are demanding the salary cap be based on a set percentage of AFL and club revenue, while the League has been reluctant to agree to such a model. 

The players have been irritated in the past that recent agreements based on AFL revenue forecasts have seen them receive what they...


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Preview: Saints v Cats

AFL 2016 Rd 14 - St Kilda v Geelong

Patrick Dangerfield fires off a handball during last year's clash between the Cats and the Saints

SUMMARY
St Kilda has its season back on an even ledger at 2-2 without having played its best football. It comes into this game on the back of two relatively scrappy wins against the Brisbane Lions and Collingwood and will likely need to be cleaner with the ball against Geelong to cause an upset. The speed the Saints have plays well under the roof at Etihad Stadium and will cause concerns for the Cats. By Chris Scott's own admission, his side isn't at its best despite sitting unbeaten through the first four rounds. Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood have typically been in excellent form but impressive contributions from the likes of Tom Hawkins, Mitch Duncan and Steven Motlop are what can make this side a premiership contender. 

WHERE AND WHEN: Etihad Stadium, Sunday, April 23, 3.20pm...


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Career-best start for Hawkins

Tom Hawkins kicked his 400th goal on Easter Monday. Here are the top five of his career.

AFL 2017 Round 04 - Hawthorn v Geelong

Tom Hawkins celebrates kicking a goal against the Hawks

Tom Hawkins celebrated a milestone on Easter Monday when he slotted his 400th AFL goal.

The big forward achieved the feat in the first quarter and continued on his merry way from there, finishing with 17 disposals, six marks and 4.2.

So his career tally now sits at an impressive 403 goals.

But if you look just at Hawkins' performances this season, an impressive trend is emerging.

He now has 16 goals to his name after four rounds, which is a marked improvement on his previous best effort through the first four rounds of a season.

YEAR GOALS THROUGH FIRST FOUR ROUNDS TALLY AT END OF SEASON
2012 12 62
2013 11 49
2014 10 68
2015 8 46
2016 9 55
2017 16 ?

Will Hawkins this year crack 70 goals in a season for the first time?

It sure looks likely...


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No more gaps

VFL 2016 Rd 10 - Footscray v Geelong

Action from a VFL game between Geelong and Footscray in 2016

THIS year's three-week gap between the AFL and VFL seasons starting will never be repeated.

AFL Victoria state league manager John Hook made that promise on Wednesday, with a return to a fortnight's difference the most likely scenario next year.

But Hook ruled out the seasons beginning in synch, a week after Western Bulldogs premiership coach Luke Beveridge and North Melbourne counterpart Brad Scott called for exactly that.

"Two weeks is more than acceptable and, looking back, (three) weeks was too much and won't happen again," Hook told AFL.com.au.

"We've come back to even teams (with Frankston coming out) and with the AFL having that bye (before finals) now, which was in last year, it has thrown it out.

"We try and finish on that Sunday, on AFL preliminary final weekend, and we could pull it back another week and it...


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Storylines re-visited: round 4

AFL 2017 Round 04 - Hawthorn v Geelong

Captains Joel Selwood and Luke Hodge shake hands after the siren on Easter Monday

Geelong is still undefeated in 2017, having enjoyed it’s most comprehensive victory of the season over Hawthorn on Easter Monday. 

Cats Media identified three points of interest to follow through the game and, with the benefit of hindsight, here’s how they played out:

Perfect versus imperfect

As much as we had hoped for another epic, Easter Monday did not deliver. For so long have we been spoiled by thrilling contests between old foes Geelong and Hawthorn, ignoring the form guide seemed the right decision. 

It wasn’t – and as sweet as this year’s instalment is, the grieving process has now begun.

Geelong sits atop the AFL ladder, having handed the archrival an 86-point defeat which could very well spell the end of the empire. Yet from a holistic point of view, we must mourn what appears to be the end...


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Parsons and Menegola cop suspensions

Parsons on report James Parsons is reported for striking Luke Hodge

AFL 2017 Round 04 - Photographers Choice

James Parsons collects Luke Hodge

GEELONG has suffered a double blow at the Match Review Panel, with rookie James Parsons and midfielder Sam Menegola both rubbed out for the Cats' clash with St Kilda on Sunday. 

Parsons has been offered a two-match suspension for a stray elbow to the head of former Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge, while Menegola has been offered a one-match ban for a dangerous tackle, also on Hodge. 

Hawks veteran Josh Gibson has been cleared and is available to face West Coast on Sunday after being scrutinised for a bump on Tom Ruggles that resulted in an accidental clash of heads.

The Cats could choose to challenge the Parsons ban, which was classified as striking and graded intentional conduct with medium impact to the head.

Coach Chris Scott defended his midfielder's actions to an extent on Monday...


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The Stats Files: Can Sam and Paddy get the set?

AFL 2017 Round 04 - Hawthorn v Geelong

Patrick Dangerfield in action against the Hawks

Can Sam and Paddy complete a Brownlow full house?

NEW EAGLE Sam Mitchell has the chance to complete a rare set, providing he suits up against his old team in Sunday's twilight fixture.

Earn Brownlow votes against his old mates the 0-4 Hawks, and Mitchell can become the first player to poll against all 18 AFL clubs.

But Mitchell may be beaten to the remarkable achievement by barely an hour.

Reigning Brownlow winner Patrick Dangerfield also has votes in the bank against 17 of 18 clubs.

Danger has the chance to complete the set when the Cats face the Saints in Sunday’s 3.20pm slot.

An eagle-eyed Reddit poster worked out that nine other current players have polled votes against every club bar their own.

But seven of those nine have never changed clubs.

The exceptions are Crow champ Scott Thompson, and Gold Coast genius Gary...


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In The Mix: R5 v St Kilda

AFL 2017 Round 02 - Geelong v North Melbourne

George Horlin-Smith should be back to tackle the Saints

George Horlin-Smith
Was named in the initial squad for the Easter Monday game against Hawthorn but was withdrawn after failing to fully recover from his thumb injury. With James Parsons and Sam Menegola likely to miss Sunday's clash with St Kilda due to suspension, Horlin-Smith is almost certain to return if he gets through training this week.

Lincoln McCarthy
Was 'omitted' from the Cats' AFL side for the Hawthorn game but didn't play in the VFL Cats' win over Werribee. Will be keen to push his case on the training track.

Rhys Stanley
Played in the VFL Cats' win over Werribee and battled hard in the ruck against Majak Daw, tallying 28 hit-outs along with 17 disposals, eight marks and a goal.

Darcy Lang
Didn't play at any level on the weekend after being the carryover emergency for the Easter Monday AFL game.

Josh Cowan
Was named in...


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Monday Murmurings (on Tuesday)

AFL 2017 Round 04 - Hawthorn v Geelong

Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood revel in the win over Hawthorn on Easter Monday

What a win that was on Easter Monday.

Some wonky kicking for goal early on had the Cats fans on edge, but 11 goals straight in the final quarter was an amazing way to finish.

How sweet it is to have the mighty Cats on top of the ladder after four rounds.

And what a surprise to see our great rival, Hawthorn, on the bottom of the ladder.

When you look back at the second half of last season, the Cats have now won 12 of their past 13 games, with the one abberation being the extremely disappointing preliminary final loss to the Sydney Swans.

The way the players and coaches have picked themselves up from that defeat and steeled themselves for another tilt at the premiership has been very impressive.

The good news is we still have nine big home games to come - two at the MCG and seven at Simonds Stadium -...


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New deal soon for Scott

AFL 2017 Round 04 - Hawthorn v Geelong

Chris Scott speaks to his players during the win over Hawthorn

GEELONG hopes to sign off on a contract extension for Chris Scott as soon as next week, with final details being thrashed out by club lawyers and the coach's management.

Scott, who led the Cats to their most recent premiership in 2011, will sign a two-year deal that will take him through to his ninth year at the end of 2019.

CEO Brian Cook said negotiations had been completed with the coach and the final step was for a termination clause to be ticked off by Scott's management and club lawyers.  

"It's done, practically, we're just trying to find the right wording," Cook said on 3AW.

"It's in the hands of the lawyers and Chris's manager, Craig Kelly. We're hoping that it'll be agreed to in the next week or two.

"It's just trying to find the right wording for the clause."

Geelong has been attempting to implement a...


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Ruck rule riles Scott

THE NOMINATION process to decide which players are allowed to contest a ruck situation under the new 'third man up' rule could be turning into a "farce", Geelong coach Chris Scott says.

Last December, the 'third man up' was banned with only one nominated ruckman from each team allowed to contest a ball-up or boundary throw-in.

An incident on Good Friday saw Josh Dunkley of the Western Bulldogs controversially win a free kick in the dying seconds of the third quarter for being infringed upon in a ruck contest. 

Based on the vision, it appeared his teammate Marcus Bontempelli had nominated as the ruckman before Dunkley. 

However, the AFL said the decision was correct because Dunkley verbally indicated he would be contesting the throw-in against North Melbourne big man Todd Goldstein.

Scott told Fox Sports on Monday night a change was needed. 

"One thing that has been lost in the...


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