The Geelong Football Club’s journey began way back in 1859. It is the second-oldest footy team in Australia, behind the Melbourne Demons, and also the world’s second-oldest professional football club of any description.
Despite their longevity and a who’s who of Australian Football Hall of Fame inductees, it is only since the turn of the millennium that the Cats have converted their powerhouse status into tangible success. They have missed the finals only once since 2007, winning three AFL Premiership titles in the process.
With superstars on every line and plenty of young talent coming through the ranks, Geelong look poised for another strong campaign. Let’s see how the bookies rate their chances this year.
About the Geelong Football Club
|Home ground:||GMHBA Stadium|
|Premierships:||9 – 1925, 1931, 1937, 1951, 1952, 1963, 2007, 2009, 2011|
|2020 ladder finish:||4th (12-5)|
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Updated Geelong futures odds
AFL betting sites will have extensive futures markets on the Geelong Cats, while star players such as Patrick Dangerfield and Tom Hawkins will feature prominently in the odds for the major individual awards.
|2021 Premiership||Make Top 4||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Mar||$5||$1.75||P Dangerfield $7||M Holmes $51||T Hawkins $13|
|Apr||$6.50||$2||C Guthrie $29||M Holmes $51||T Hawkins $13|
|May||$10||$2.75||C Guthrie $23||M Holmes $101||T Hawkins $15|
|Jun||$5.50||$1.33||C Guthrie $18||M Holmes $151||J Cameron $11|
|Jul||$5||$1.22||C Guthrie $23||M Holmes $251||T Hawkins $8|
Best Geelong bets for the 2021 AFL season
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- Time after time Geelong are tipped to slide, and time after time they find a way to prove the doubters wrong. The Cats made it to the 2020 AFL Grand Final and have brought in some big-name recruits since, so it looks like they are preparing for another title tilt.
- The Cats have missed the top four in only three of the past 14 seasons. No matter which way you slice it, that’s an impressive record. They took out the minor premiership last year, and they should be there or thereabouts again in 2021.
- As ever, Patrick Dangerfield starts the year among the favourites in early Brownlow Medal betting. If you want to look a little deeper into the market, Mitch Duncan and Cam Guthrie are seriously good players who are finally starting to get noticed after years of consistent footy.
- With the arrival of Jeremy Cameron, Geelong now boast one of the most star-studded forward lines in the competition. But as Jezza will miss the start of the season through injury, Tom Hawkins is still the one to back in the Coleman Medal betting.
Geelong players to watch in 2021
Can Jeremy Cameron and Tom Hawkins function properly in the same forward line? That is the big question following Cameron’s big move from the GWS Giants in the offseason. If it clicks, it might be the difference between another strong season and actually winning the premiership.
If Jezza to Geelong Park was the biggest move of the 2020 trade period, then Isaac Smith’s switch from Hawthorn was perhaps the most contentious. Old rivalries aside, Smith brings bags of experience – not to mention four premierships – and injects some raw speed into an aging midfield.
He has spent much of his career in the shadow of Joel Selwood and Patrick Dangerfield, but are people finally starting to realise that Mitch Duncan is one of the best midfielders in the AFL? If that is the case, he might be one to watch in the Brownlow Medal betting markets.
Geelong records, stats and history
- Most matches: 332 – Corey Enright (2001-2016)
Most career goals: 1021 – Gary Ablett Sr. (1984-1996)
Most goals in a season: 129 – Gary Ablett Sr. (1994)
Most goals in a match: 14 – Gary Ablett Sr. (three times)
Best and fairest awards: Four – Dick Grigg (1910-12, 1914) and Garry Hocking (1991, 1993-94, 1996)
- Most wins in a season: 21 (2008)
Most consecutive wins: 23 (1952-53)
Highest score in a match: 37.17.239 (vs. Brisbane, 1992)
Highest winning margin: 186 (vs. Melbourne, 2011)
Highest home attendance: 87,653 (vs. Essendon, 1989)
- Geelong’s paw prints are all over the history of Australian rules footy. They were founding members of both the VFA and the VFL; Tom Mills, one of the sport’s creators, was a prominent figure at Corio Oval for many years; and Charles Brownlow, after whom the AFL’s best and fairest trophy is named, won renown as both player and administrator at Geelong.
Despite their prominence in the VFA years, it was not until 1925 that the Cats won their first VFL Premiership. The next decade produced two more flags, but tough times returned in the 1940s as wartime travel restrictions forced the club into a two-year recession.
The 1950s were considerably kinder. The Cats knocked over a powerful Essendon side in the ’51 VFL Grand Final and repeated the dose against Collingwood a year later. They remain the only back-to-back premierships in the club’s history.
The Geelong squad was littered with superstars in the ’50s and ’60s. Former premiership hero Bob Davis was at the helm when Doug Wade, Alistair Lord and Graham ‘Polly’ Farmer led the Cats the glory in 1963 – the last of the club’s successes in the 20th century.
The ’70s were a lean decade at the Cattery, but a return to the top seemed imminent as the ’80s wore on. Ambitious recruitment under the short-lived tenure of Tom Hafey brought the likes of Gary Ablett, Paul Couch and Greg Williams to the club, and in 1989 they reached the VFL Grand Final for the first time in more than two decades.
With that, Geelong fans were treated to a new kind of torture. Malcolm Blight’s star-studded squad made the grand final four times between ’89 and ’95, yet the Cats fell short on each and every occasion. That resulted in one of football’s great travesties as Ablett finished his 1030-goal career without a premiership medallion.
The post-Blight years were hard work. After Gary Ayres quit in 1999 to coach the Adelaide Crows, former Essendon premiership captain Mark Thompson took the reins and led a long, arduous rebuild. The fruits of that labour were not plucked until 2007, when the Cats smashed Port Adelaide to win their first premiership in over 40 years and usher in an unprecedented era of dominance.