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:||Nine – 1925, 1931, 1937, 1951, 1952, 1963, 2007, 2009, 2011|
|2019 ladder finish:||1st|
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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.
|2020 Premiership||Make Finals||Make Top 4||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Jan||$10||$1.57||$2.75||P Dangerfield $8||S de Koning $41||T Hawkins $13|
|Feb||$10||$1.57||$2.75||P Dangerfield $8||S de Koning $41||T Hawkins $13|
|Mar||$10||$1.57||$3||P Dangerfield $9||C Constable $15||T Hawkins $13|
|May||$15||$1.72||$3||P Dangerfield $9||C Constable $13||T Hawkins $13|
|Jun||$18||$1.72||$3||P Dangerfield $9||C Constable $13||T Hawkins $13|
|Jul||$11||$1.28||$2.25||P Dangerfield $10||C Constable $101||T Hawkins $10|
|Aug||$6||$1.03||$1.62||P Dangerfield $21||C Constable $81||T Hawkins $2.50|
Best Geelong bets for the 2020 AFL season
There are dozens of AFL futures markets for Geelong, but where are they likely to return some real value?
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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 finished top last season when many pundits predicted they would miss the eight and made it to the prelims, where they lost to the eventual premiers. There is no reason to think Geelong won’t be in the mix again.
- Although Geelong took out the minor premiership last season, most online bookmakers have them around six lines deep in betting for the top four. That might have something to do with the departure of star midfielder Tim Kelly, but it’s not like the Cats are lacking quality in that department. There is good value about Geelong finish in the top few spots.
- As ever, Patrick Dangerfield starts the year among the favourites in early Brownlow Medal betting. Joel Selwood is also a consistent vote-getter and might catch the eye a little more with Tim Kelly gone.
- If you like a long shot, new recruits Sam de Koning and Cooper Stephens might be worth a look in the AFL Rising Star betting. Realistically, however, there are far better options elsewhere.
- Geelong have plenty of players who are capable of booting over 20 goals a season, but Tom Hawkins remains the major threat inside the forward 50. The big lad from Finley has topped the club’s goalkicking eight years in a row and is always a serious contender in the Coleman Medal betting.
Geelong players to watch in 2020
Steven’s last few years at St Kilda were dogged by injury problems and personal issues, so it will be interesting to see how he fares at Kardinia Park. At his best, the Geelong Falcons product is a genuine line-breaker who can add serious grunt to Chris Scott’s midfield.
Despite a distinguished eight-year stint at Adelaide, nobody seems to rate Jenkins all that highly. Last year was the first time since 2013 the Swan Hill native kicked fewer than 40 goals in a season, so Cats fans will hope a change of scene does him some good.
Will we ever see the very best of Cockatoo? The NT Thunder prospect has battled wave after wave of injuries in his short AFL career, but there is no telling what he might achieve if he gets a clean run at it. The class is there for all to see.
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.