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|
|2021 ladder finish:||3rd (16-6)|
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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.
|2022 Premiership||Make Top 4||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Mar||$13||$1.33||P Dangerfield $18||M Knevitt $101||J Cameron $6|
|Apr||$13||$2.30||P Dangerfield $26||M Knevitt $151||J Cameron $6|
|May||$13||$2.35||P Dangerfield $51||S De Koning $101||T Hawkins $5.50|
Best Geelong bets for the 2022 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 were knocked out in a Preliminary Final last year. With a fully fit side, Geelong can certainly challenge for another flag this year.
- 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 in 2020, finished 3rd last year and they should be there or thereabouts again in 2022.
- 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.
- Jeremy Cameron and Tom Hawkins might just be the most lethal one-two key forward combo in the league and they are equal $6 second favourites for the 2022 Coleman Medal. Former Giant Cameron managed 39 goals in just 15 games, whilst Hawkins bagged himself 62 goals in 25 games. With a full season under their belt as a partnership, it would not surprise if either of the two take home the Coleman Medal this year.
Geelong 2022 AFL fixture
|1||Essendon Bombers||MCG||Saturday, March 19||2:10pm|
|2||Sydney Swans||SCG||Friday, March 25||7:50pm|
|3||Collingwood Magpies||MCG||Saturday, April 2||7:25pm|
|4||Brisbane Lions||GMHBA Stadium||Friday, April 8||7:50pm|
|5||Hawthorn Hawks||MCG||Monday, April 18||3:20pm|
|6||North Melbourne Kangaroos||Blundstone Arena||Sunday, April 24||1:10pm|
|7||Fremantle Dockers||GMHBA Stadium||Saturday, April 30||1:45pm|
|8||GWS Giants||Manuka Oval||Saturday, May 7||4:35pm|
|9||St Kilda Saints||Marvel Stadium||Saturday, May 14||4:35pm|
|10||Port Adelaide Power||GMHBA Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|11||Adelaide Crows||GMHBA Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|12||Western Bulldogs||Marvel Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|14||West Coast Eagles||Optus Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|16||North Melbourne Kangaroos||GMHBA Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|17||Melbourne Demons||GMHBA Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|19||Port Adelaide Power||Adelaide Oval||TBC||TBC|
|20||Western Bulldogs||GMHBA Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|21||St Kilda Saints||GMHBA Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|22||Gold Coast Suns||Metricon Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|23||West Coast Eagles||GMHBA Stadium||TBC||TBC|
Geelong players to watch in 2022
Can Jeremy Cameron and Tom Hawkins function properly in the same forward line? That was the big question prior to the 2021 season following Jezza’s arrival from the Giants. The ex-Giant hardly got a consistent run at it through constant hamstring issues, yet still managed 39 goals to his name. However, not for the first time in a Prelim, Jezza went missing and will have that as motivation to be back to his best in season 2022.
For the first time in his illustrious career (outside of his debut season) that Patrick Dangerfield played under 20 games for the year. With a first round suspension and an ankle injury in Round 5, it was hardly a season to remember for Danger. It was a season to forget in many regards for Danger, but with a full pre-season under his belt and edging closer to the end of his career, we are expecting a massive season from Dangerfield.
Despite being a three-time All Australian, Tom Stewart is still arguably one of the most underrated players in the league. He has the ability to win a game on his own back with his rebounding efforts and alongside Dangerfield and Hawkins is one of the Cats most important players. If Stewart can control things down back alongside Mark Blicavs and Zach Tuohy then it complete a potential Premiership puzzle for the Cats.
Geelong records, stats and history
- Most matches: 333 – Joel Selwood (2007-)
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.