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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

VFLW Feature: From frisbee to footy

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Hannah Mangan tries to put off an opponent during an Ultimate Frisbee match

Twelve months ago, Hannah Mangan was in London representing Australia at the World Ultimate Championships: frisbee’s highest competition.

She’d never played a game of football, nor had she ever thought about it, until a Facebook post changed everything.

“My sisters are die-hard Geelong supporters and tagged me in a Geelong Cats Facebook post about the women’s talent ID day,” Mangan said.

The 27-year-old decided to “give it a crack” and showed up to the testing day alone with absolutely no football experience. Since then, she hasn’t looked back.

“Playing for Geelong Football Club is something I never could have imagined,” she said.

“To be given this opportunity is amazing.

Since making the Cats VFL Women’s squad in November, Mangan has thrived: playing in seven of eight games and featuring in the best in...


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Grab a FREE 2007 premiership sweatband

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Grab your sweatband only at the MCG this Saturday

It's hard to believe that it is ten years since the Cats breakthrough premiership in 2007 to end a 44-year drought without a grand final win.

And in 2017, the Cats will be celebrating the famous 119-point win over Port Adelaide, the greatest grand final winning margin in VFL/AFL history, with exclusive commemorative 2007 premiership giveaways at the four Melbourne home games for 2017.

And Geelong fans will be able to complete the set of 2007 commemorative premiership items at Saturday’s game against Hawthorn at the MCG.

After giving away 2007 commemorative posters, drink bottles and sweat towels at their rounds 2, 3 and 6 games at Etihad Stadium and the MCG, the final item will be a 2007 premiership sweatband.

The items will be given away on the concourse at the MCG before the game and stocks are strictly limited.

Geelong members...


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Team of the Week: R16

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IT WAS a round for tall forwards when it came to selecting the round 16 Team of the Week, brought to you by Accor Hotels.

Greater Western Sydney big man Jonathon Patton continued his hot run of form with five goals in the draw against Hawthorn, while Port Adelaide's Charlie Dixon matched that tally in an instrumental performance on the road against West Coast and Adelaide skipper Taylor Walker was too good against the Dogs to leave out.

That left St Kilda veteran Nick Riewoldt and Melbourne swingman Tom McDonald in the Twitter fan vote, with the Saint winning with 57 per cent. Riewoldt slotted three goals and helped nullify Richmond star Alex Rance, but McDonald was awfully stiff to miss out after a match-winning bag of four goals against Carlton.

Port ruckman Paddy Ryder was also extremely unlucky after a dominant performance against the Eagles, but Matthew Kreuzer's efforts...


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Preview: Cats v Hawks

AFL 2017 Round 04 - Hawthorn v Geelong

Daniel Menzel and Joel Selwood celebrate the Cats' 86-point win over the Hawks in round four

SUMMARY
After spending the whole week on the Gold Coast, third-placed Geelong returns to more familiar surrounds having easily accounted for the Brisbane Lions by 85 points. Hawthorn, meanwhile, is fresh from a pulsating draw with Greater Western Sydney in Launceston, just a week after the Cats themselves couldn't be separated with the premiership fancies. Midfield generals Patrick Dangerfield and Tom Mitchell will be worth the price of admission alone, with the latter setting a new record last week when he became the first player to collect 30 or more touches in 12 successive games. While the Cats will start favourites in Saturday's clash, the 13th-placed Hawks will be fighting to remain in the finals hunt and have the potential to cause a major headache, as they honour former skipper and...


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Monday Murmurings: R16

Mitch Duncan post-match Mitch Duncan speaks with Cats Media following the win over the Lions

AFL 2017 Round 16 - Brisbane v Geelong

Jordan Murdoch snaps a goal

You can't beat a week on the Gold Coast.

Well, that was one train of thought after the Cats demolished the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba on Saturday night.

The boys looked upbeat and refreshed after spending the lead-up training at the Broadbeach footy club and enjoying the warm weather and the wholesome entertainment offerings in south-east Queensland.

Many pundits thought the Lions were in with a good a chance of pulling off an upset, yet Geelong put them to the sword.

In the process, the Cats notched the highest score of the season to date.

READ: The match report

WATCH: The highlights

There were many impressive aspects of the performance, and the Cats' ability to hit the scoreboard was probably foremost of those.

Tom Hawkins led the way with four goals, while...


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VFLW Match Report: Cats too good for Tigerettes

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The VFLW Cats are back on the winners' list

Kate Darby starred with a four-goal haul as a dominant Geelong VFL Women’s side 9.8 (62) defeated Seaford Tigerettes 2.3 (15) at R.F Miles Reserve in Seaford on Saturday.

Darby was awarded best on ground by both teams’ coaches after an impressive performance in both the ruck and forward line.

A beautiful kick, she booted one goal from 55-metres out in her best performance of the season.

The Cats kicked four-unanswered goals at the beginning of the match and showed no signs of slowing down before securing a 47-point victory over the Tigerettes.

Cassie Higgins kicked three-goals while debutant Cheryl de Groot was also impressive and slotted one.

Former-netballer Erin Hoare was also a standout while midfielder Lily Mithen spent majority of the match in the forward line.

Geelong VFL Women’s midfield coach David Morgan said it was great to...


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Mack rapt with Cats' form

Andrew Mackie post-match Andrew Mackie speaks to Cats Media after the win over Brisbane

AFL 2017 Round 11 - Geelong v Adelaide

Andrew Mackie is rapt with how the Cats are tracking

Andrew Mackie believes the strong recent performances against Greater Western Sydney and the Brisbane Lions have set the Cats up for a powerful finish to the home and away season.

"[It's been] a really good couple of weeks for the footy club," Mackie said after the win over the Lions on Saturday night.

"Disappointing not to win last week, but good tonight to come [out in front]."

The Cats notched the highest score of the season to date in the win over the Lions, and Mackie put that down to hard work on the training track.

"We'd been working our our attack a bit, so it's good to actually put some score on the board," he said.

Mackie enjoyed the week on the Gold Coast leading up to the clash in Brisbane.

"It's always good to get some sun," he...


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Domsy's duels with Hawks

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Tom Lonergan says his career highlight was facing the Hawks and Lance Franklin at the peak of their powers

Veteran defender Tom Lonergan says Geelong’s rivalry with Hawthorn stands out above the rest as the highlight of his 200-game career.

Lonergan was afforded the opportunity to reflect as he celebrated his double century milestone with an 85-point win over Brisbane at the Gabba last weekend.

The 2011 premiership player joined radio RSN Racing & Sport on Monday morning and said it’s those big games against the Hawks – the Cats’ opponent this week – that have been most enjoyable.

“The games we played against Hawthorn during that period where there were some big matchups,” Lonergan said.

“I always enjoyed those Easter Monday games. I loved going in and playing on Buddy [Franklin] and Harry [Taylor] had Roughy [Jarryd Roughead].”

“There was obviously that added incentive from the ’08...


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The run home: Rnds 17-23

1. Adelaide

44 points (11 wins, four losses) 139 per cent
The Crows ticked a few boxes on Friday night, cementing themselves in the top three and adding a few percentage points to boot. Now it is about finishing in the top two and they’ll do themselves an enormous boost by beating Geelong at home in a fortnight in what is effectively an eight-point game. First comes Melbourne in Darwin where, thanks to the AFLW premiership, the Crows hope to have most of the home town support.

The run home
Rd 17: Melbourne (TIO Stadium)
Rd 18: Geelong (Adelaide Oval)
Rd 19: Collingwood (MCG)
Rd 20: Port Adelaide (Adelaide Oval)
Rd 21: Essendon (Etihad Stadium)
Rd 22: Sydney (Adelaide Oval)
Rd 23: West Coast (Domain Stadium)

2. Greater Western Sydney

44 points (10 wins, three losses, two draws) 117.8 per cent
The first team in 96 years to play in consecutive draws, that’s a piece of history the Giants will...


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Storylines re-visited: round 16

AFL 2017 Round 16 - Brisbane v Geelong

Tom Lonergan says thanks to those dedicated Cats fans who travelled north for his 200th game

The Cats were dominant from start to finish at the Gabba, running out 85-point winners over the Brisbane Lions

Cats Media identified three points of interest to follow through the game. Here’s how they played out:

 

Domsy 200

It was a night befitting of beloved Cat Tom Lonergan, who was chaired from the Gabba atop the shoulders of great mates Andrew Mackie and Harry Taylor following a clinical 85-point win over Brisbane Lions.

Lonergan had 16 disposals and took seven marks in his 200th game and speaking to RSN Racing & Sport on Monday morning, the veteran defender said it was a night to remember on and off the field.

“I made sure as soon as I got off the bus I went upstairs and got the denim jeans on and a nice collar and ventured down to the hotel lobby for a few,” he laughed.

“I had quite...


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Scott praises Danger's professionalism

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AFL 2017 Round 16 - Brisbane v Geelong

Patrick Dangerfield in action against the Lions

PATRICK Dangerfield spent the week at home in the bitter cold of Moggs Creek, while his teammates trained and sweated under the Gold Coast sun.

But it didn't seem to matter one bit. Dangerfield remained in Victoria awaiting the birth of his first child (a boy, George), and hit the ground running when he finally made it to Queensland.

With 38 disposals and three goals he was his team's best in Geelong's thumping 85-point win over a hapless Brisbane Lions, and coach Chris Scott lauded the professionalism of the reigning Brownlow medallist.

"It's been a great week for him and we didn't have any doubt he would handle it as a professional," Scott said.

"It's fantastic to have some of our best players – I'd throw Mitch Duncan into that group as well,...


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VFL Match Report: Cats downed by Pies

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Jamaine Jones was again among the VFL Cats' best players

Geelong’s VFL side has come up short in Saturday’s match against Collingwood, falling to the Magpies, 7.8 (50) to 11.10 (76).

The visitors set the tone early with a four-goal opening term whilst they restricted the Cats to just one major.

The tide turned in the second term as the Cats piled on four goals to take a two-point lead into the main break.

The Magpies regained control in the third quarter and steadily increased their lead whilst keeping the Cats from scoring consistently to run out 26-point victors.

It was the VFL Cats’ sixth straight loss to Magpies and Cats coach Shane O’Bree believes his side allowed their opponents too many marks inside 50.

“The amount of goals they got from 0-10 metres out from goal was disappointing, whether it was one on one contests or our ability to defend in isolation,” O’Bree...


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AFL Match Report: Cats thrash Lions

WHAT could have been a danger game for Geelong quickly turned into a rout, as it destroyed a disappointing Brisbane Lions by 85 points in Tom Lonergan's 200th game on Saturday night.

After an entertaining first quarter, the Cats slammed the door shut with a 10-goal second term to take a match-winning 54-point lead at the main break. 

The sting was out of the game in the second half as the Cats easily won 25.13 (163) to 11.12 (78) and remain entrenched in third place.

Two days after his first child was born, Patrick Dangerfield (38 disposals, three goals, four assists) was at his match-winning best, while 150-gamer Mitch Duncan (38 and two goals) joined in on the midfield fun. 

The Cats looked recharged and full of energy after spending a week on the Gold Coast.

Versatile Mark Blicavs (20 touches) kicked all three of his goals in the decisive first half, while spearhead Tom Hawkins...


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Talking Points: Cats def Lions

AFL 2017 Round 16 - Brisbane v Geelong

Milestone men Mitch Duncan and Tom Lonergan are chaired off after the Cats' big win

1. Tom Lonergan, one of the bravest Cats of all
It's part of football folklore. A young, skinny forward in just his seventh game of AFL, runs back with the flight of the ball, leaps and gets crushed by two players. He loses a kidney. Eleven years later, that skinny kid played his 200th match against the Brisbane Lions. Tom Lonergan is now a premiership player, and has been a vital cog of Geelong's defence for many years. The fact he got back to play a single game of football after such a traumatic injury is incredible. To make the 200-mark at the highest level? Extraordinary.

2. Blistering 10-goal quarter sets up win
After a week of training in the sun on the Gold Coast, Geelong looked refreshed and ready to atone for the disappointment of last week's draw to Greater Western Sydney. While the Lions hit...


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Feature: Mackie on Domsy

These days Tom Lonergan is considered one of the most reliable defenders in the AFL. However, reliability wasn’t always a strength of his.

“Early days, he probably needed to set a couple of alarm clocks, not just one,” long-time teammate Andrew Mackie recalled in an interview with Cats Media this week.

“He had a few troubles getting up in the mornings. He ran late a few times and [then-assistant coach] Brendan McCartney let him know.

“He might have sent him home once or twice.”

It was an inauspicious start for the boy from Yarrawonga.

But, as Mackie is at pains to point out, Lonergan’s approach and standing within the club have changed markedly since then.

The 33-year-old is now among the most respected players at the Cattery, his reputation forged by his ability to overcome adversity, including the loss of a kidney after a collision in a game against Melbourne in 2006.

And this...


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Five reasons: Tom Lonergan

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Tom Lonergan registers game 200 this weekend

Tom Lonergan plays game 200 against the Brisbane Lions on Saturday night. Lonergan becomes the 38th Cats player to make it to the 200 game mark. Incredibly 16 of the other players on that list have been teammates of Lonergan’s. And ask all of them if they’ve had a more likable, resilient or inspirational teammate than Tom and the answer would be a clear no. So we look at the five reasons why Tom Lonergan should and will go down as a Cats great.

The making of “Domsy”

For his entire career Lonergan has been bestowed with the nickname “Domsy”. The nickname arose in the early months of Lonergan’s career at the Cats when he would have to miss multiple training sessions following long runs when he would suffered debilitating DOMS or Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. The nickname stuck even after he became one of the AFL’s most courageous and...


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Storylines: round 16

AFL 2017 Round 09 - Geelong v Western Bulldogs

It's a big week for Patrick Dangerfield and Tom Lonergan

After a thrilling draw against the Giants, the Cats have spent the week on the Gold Coast in preparation for their clash with Brisbane this Saturday night at the Gabba.

Cats Media has identified three points of interest to follow:

 

Domsy 200 

Few have endured the journey of Tom Lonergan. Both in football and in life. 

The 33-year-old veteran defender will play his 200th AFL game on Saturday night against the Lions at the Gabba – another highlight in a career teammate Andrew Mackie says is “one of the great stories”.

Drafted as a forward from Yarrawonga and nicknamed ‘Domsy’ thanks to his body’s humourous susceptibility to Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, Lonergan was hospitalised and placed in an induced coma following a collision with Melbourne’s Brad Miller in 2006.

Just his seventh AFL game had cost him his kidney and...


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Cats keen to re-sign Menzel

GEELONG expects to open negotiations soon to extend forward Dan Menzel's time at the Cats.

The 25-year-old free agent needs to kick just one goal to reach 100 AFL majors, having reached the 50-game milestone in round 10 against Port Adelaide.

The Cats are understood to be keen to re-sign Menzel, who has made a remarkable comeback from four knee reconstructions.

He missed last week's game against Greater Western Sydney when he hurt his knee in the warm-up, but he has put together a fine season, kicking a goal in every game this season to sit equal 12th on the goalkicking table with 30.

Menzel has played 32 of a possible 41 games since his comeback in round 22, 2015 and has kicked 67 goals during that period, however his injury history adds a layer of complexity to negotiations.

Cats list manager Stephen Wells told SEN on Wednesday the club had also started talks with out of contract...


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Leg sidelines Lang

GMHBA Health Report (Rd16) The latest from Cats Physiotherapist Mark Young on the injury front thanks to GMHBA

AFL 2017 Round 14 - Geelong v Fremantle

Darcy Lang has a leg fracture

THE INJURY curse on Geelong's high half-forwards has continued, with scans showing Darcy Lang fractured his fibula against Fremantle in round 14.

The 21-year-old was thought to have aggravated a shin injury however further scans revealed a crack in the fibula.

Cats physiotherapist Mark Young told the Geelong website the recovery period remained unclear, but Lang would not be available for a few weeks.

"That is going to slow him down a bit," Young said.  

Lang had acquitted himself well in recent weeks as a high half-forward before Dockers' midfielder Lachie Neale accidentally contacted his shin when attempting to kick the ball.

He had slotted into that role with Lincoln McCarthy, Brandan Parfitt, Cory Gregson and Nakia Cockatoo all suffering...


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VFLW Team: de Groot to debut

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The Cats are aiming for another victory over Seaford

The VFLW Cats will give another opportunity to a local player when they meet Seaford at Seaford on Saturday, with North Geelong's Cheryl de Groot to make her debut.

The Cats are hoping to repeat the success they had against Seaford back in round two when they defeated the Tigerettes by 47 points, 11.7 (73) to 4.2 (26).

VFL Women's: Round 8
Seaford Tigerettes v Geelong Cats
Saturday, July 8, RF Miles Reserve, Seaford, 2pm

CATS TEAM

Backs: Laura Taylor, Bec Goring (captain), Lara Williams

Half-backs: Elise Coventry, Anna Teague, Jaime Woollett

Centres: Elise Strachan, Hayley Trevean, Hannah Burchell

Half-forwards: Danielle Higgins, Maddie Boyd, Lily Mithen

Forwards: Hannah Mangan, Richelle Cranston, Cassandra Hynes

Followers: Erin Hoare, Cassie Blakeway, Renee Garing

Interchange: Kate Darby, Emily Crawford, Cheryl de Groot, Krista...


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