Geelong Cats

Time for the AFL to reconsider its international plans

Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik   The AFL is a leader in many aspects of professional Australian sport, whether it be in off-field issues, or simply in stability at club level.

Young Cat cut down by foot surgery

Geelong youngster Lincoln McCarthy.

Ronny Lerner   Luckless Geelong youngster Lincoln McCarthy is set to have another season ruined by injury after confirmation on Tuesday that he will undergo foot surgery.

Cats chief calls for overhaul of AFL's international agenda

Geelong chief executive Colin Carter.

Jon Pierik   Geelong president Colin Carter has called for an overhaul of the AFL's international agenda, declaring it's time the league assiduously worked to expand a code which has only a stronghold on "a few states" of Australia.

Clark comeback bright spot for Cats

Battle: Cory Gregson of the Cats and Greg Broughton of the Suns tussle for the ball.

Matt Murnane   By just playing in Sunday's NAB Challenge game, Mitch Clark ticked off another step in his recovery from depression and, put simply, he performed exactly how you would expect him to considering this was just his fifth game of football in nearly three years.

Live NAB Challenge scores: Gold Coast Suns v Geelong

James Frawley struggled against the Pies.

Follow the action as the Cats head north to play the Suns.

Sun is setting for the old man by the sea

Relaxed: Geelong’s Corey Enright is determined to make every game count.

Peter Hanlon   Corey Enright only has to cast an eye around the neighbourhood to measure the sand that has slipped through his football hourglass. Not long ago, so many Geelong teammates lived within cooee they could hold their own recovery sessions in the fabled surf around Torquay. Now, he swims alone.

Why the AFL needs a bigger, better year

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly   Football finally kicks off for 2015 on Thursday night, and the AFL may need a bigger and better year than it has known.

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Clark to start as forward at Geelong

Mitch Clark.

When Geelong were deciding whether or not to take a punt on Mitch Clark, it was very helpful to know that coach Chris Scott had an ace up his sleeve.

Cam Guthrie prepares to shake the tag

Cam Guthrie of the Cats.

Peter Hanlon   Cam Guthrie reflects on his career thus far as "like stepping stones to how you end up as a player". Entering his fifth season the foundations are laid, and it's time to flesh out the path.

Mitch Clark set to debut for Geelong

Cats recruit Mitch Clark during an open pre-season training session.

Peter Hanlon   Steve Johnson's immediate prospects remain shaded in grey, but a ray of sunshine will fall on Geelong's pre-season opener in Townsville on Sunday when Mitch Clark plays his first game of football in almost two years.

Clark to face Suns on Sunday

Mitch Clark is set to play for Geelong on Sunday.

Mitch Clark will play his first AFL match in nearly two years when he runs out for new club Geelong against Gold Coast on Sunday.

Hawks, Swans, Port head the pack: Cats coach

Chris Scott says the gap between third and the fifth and sixth sides has closed in "very recent" times.

Jake Niall   Geelong coach Chris Scott agrees that Hawthorn, Sydney and Port Adelaide deserve to be rated slightly ahead of the pack in this year's premiership race, but says the Cats can still contend for the flag in 2015.

Cats continue to prove a mystery within a riddle

Chris Scott's balancing act is a product of the club's circumstances.

Jake Niall   Chris Scott knows what everyone wants to know about Geelong. He didn't need to be asked.

Former AFL and NFL star Ben Graham has brain tested

Ben Graham was knocked out four times during his AFL career and may well have suffered sub-concussive trauma from other incidents.

Jon Pierik   Former AFL star and NFL punter Ben Graham has joined the list of former professional sportsmen willing to have his brain tested as part of a study of long-term concussion issues.

Chasing Dangerfield - costs and complications

Jake Niall

Jake Niall   In 2012, the October surprise was Kurt Tippett joining Sydney. In 2013, Buddy Franklin's nine year deal with the Swans floored everyone, bar those who hatched the clandestine raid.

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I feel for Dangerfield: Cats boss

Patrick Dangerfield is the source of much intrigue.

Daniel Cherny   As the intrigue around his future at Adelaide grows, Geelong will take a watch-and-wait approach in regard to gun midfielder Patrick Dangerfield.

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Cats to remain in premiership mix, data suggests

Jackson Thurlow.

Jon Pierik   While there have been predictions of doom for Geelong, official analysis of the Cats' list suggests they should remain firmly in the premiership mix this season.

Can your team's AFL veterans keep on kicking?

Dustin Fletcher (right), preparing for a remarkable 23rd season, is still seen as a vital piece in defence, while the clever Jason Winderlich (left) had a strong 2014 and made the right call to play on.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane   As the pre-season summer slog resumes and the intensity of training rises, many of the game's elder statesmen may be beginning to wonder whether this is their last campaign - either through receiving the dreaded post-season nudge from their coaches, or through their own volition.

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Magpies send Reid to Germany for treatment

Ben Reid.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane   Collingwood has sent Ben Reid to Germany in a bid to solve his soft-tissue problems.