Many people including myself would never have predicted the continued rise of the Cats. Geelong have been near unstoppable all season long, losing just the one game to the Giants by less than a kick. Impressive wins against Collingwood, West Coast, Adelaide and Hawthorn headline the Cat’s list of scalps, with crushing victories against Melbourne and Richmond. For a team who many initially had positioned around 7th or 8th come season’s end, a Premiership now must be the end goal for the Cats.
What’s Gone Right?
It’s been a very slick year all around from the Cats, who have recruited and drafted well, with Gryan Miers, Charlie Constable, Gary Rohan and Luke Dahlhaus have all been stand outs all have contributed evenly throughout their time at Geelong. Geelong have played freely and fluently constantly and every time I’ve watched them, they’ve looked unstoppable. Now they need to gear up for a big finish to the year, with Port and the Crows in the next two weeks the Cats will be tested, but after that the draw opens up and Geelong will look to finish strong.
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What’s Gone Wrong?
Pretty much nothing. With an easy enough finish to the year all that could go wrong is yet to come. It goes without saying, Geelong are the team to beat and they really do need to go all the way this season, anything less than a Premiership will be an underachievement. If the Cats can keep injury free and keep their form up, not a lot can go wrong either.
Stand Out Player
It’s tough to pick just one, but Tim Kelly has probably been Geelong’s top man. His speed and disposal efficiency has been incredible, with toughness and strength around the ball Kelly is the whole package. It’s no surprise there’s plenty of interest from his home state of Western Australia, and Geelong will be desperate to keep him, allegedly offering Kelly a long-term deal worth millions to retain his services. Although Kelly has been the standout, he is one cog in a very efficient midfield group, starring Patrick Dangerfield, Joel Selwood, Mitch Duncan and new cult hero Gryan Miers.
A couple tough games after their bye this week means the Cats will need to perform at their best, but after that only matches against Brisbane and Fremantle remain that look tough. Having said that, I can’t see the Cats losing again, they just look too slick.
Round 13: Bye
Round 14: Port Adelaide @ (AO)
Round 15: Adelaide @ (GMHBA)
Round 16: Western Bulldogs @ (MRVL)
Round 17: St Kilda @ (GMHBA)
Round 18: Hawthorn @ (MCG)
Round 19: Sydney @ (SCG)
Round 20: Fremantle @ (OS)
Round 21: North Melbourne @ (GMHBA)
Round 22: Brisbane @ (G)
Round 23: Carlton @ (GMHBA)
I think this is a bit of a no brainer, Geelong have been the best side all year long and never look like losing. It’ll be interesting to see if they can take it all come season’s end.
Overall Grade: A+