AFL season preview 2014: Geelong

The Cats have prepared assiduously to cope with the retirements of club greats. This year should be the first test of how well they have managed to fill the gaps.


Coach: Chris Scott

Captain: Joel Selwood

Last five years: 1-3-1-7-3

Premierships: 9 (1925, 1931, 1937, 1951-52, 1963, 2007, 2009, 2011)

Key five: Joel Selwood, Harry Taylor, Jimmy Bartel, Steve Johnson, Tom Hawkins

One to watch: Shane Kersten. The key forward has yet to make his senior debut in two full seasons on Geelong’s list. But with the departure of James Podsiadly to Adelaide, Kersten is well-placed to fill the void. Kicked plenty of goals in the VFL last year and was an emergency for the preliminary final loss to Hawthorn.

Major injuries: Nathan Vardy, Allen Christensen, Steven Motlop

Ins: Jarrad Jansen (East Fremantle WAFL), Jake Kolodjashnij (Launceston Tas), Darcy Lang (Geelong U18).

Outs: Paul Chapman (Essendon), Joel Corey (retired), Josh Hunt (Greater Western Sydney), James Podsiadly (Adelaide), Trent West (Brisbane Lions).

Best line-up:

B: Corey Enright, Tom Lonergan, Jared Rivers

HB: Andrew Mackie, Harry Taylor, Cameron Guthrie

C: James Kelly, Steve Johnson, Josh Caddy

HF: Mathew Stokes, Tom Hawkins, Mitch Duncan

F: Allen Christensen, Mitch Brown, Steven Motlop

R: Mark Blicavs, Jimmy Bartel, Joel Selwood

I: Travis Varcoe, Billie Smedts, Taylor Hunt, Dawson Simpson

Predicted finish: 6th

Betting (Sportingbet)

To win the flag: $9

To make the top eight: $1.25

Ultimate watch:

Hamish McIntosh
McIntosh is yet to make his debut for Geelong, despite crossing over from North Melbourne at the end of 2012. He has had persistent knee troubles and could only manage eight senior games for North in his last two years at the club. The temptation with McIntosh is that when he gets around to playing, he scores well. His most recent average was 90.8 points (2012) and he knows how to accumulate positions and kick goals. McIntosh is a somewhat risky pick, but could pay off big time If 2014 is the year he finally returns to fitness.

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