Cats

Buddy Franklin loss tougher than Gary Ablett, says Cats boss Colin Carter

Colin Carter:

Jon Pierik While they have been the fiercest of rivals for seven seasons, with another chapter to be played out at the MCG on Saturday night, there is also great respect between Geelong and Hawthorn.

Close wins no accident for cool Cats

Geelong

Rohan Connolly Carlton led Geelong by seven points with under five minutes left on the clock last Friday night at Etihad Stadium.

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson keen for Cats showdown

Hawk Jordan Lewis during Hawthorn training session at Waverley Park on Friday.

The meeting of Hawthorn and Geelong all but guarantees a legendary match, despite Clarkson's poor record against the Cats.

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Hawks won't be flippant against Cats, says coach Alastair Clarkson

Alastair Clarkson introduces a fan to the players at Waverley Park on Friday.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says his Hawks cannot afford to adopt a "flippant" attitude to Saturday night's clash against Geelong, admitting his team is still trying to work out the best way to...

Steve Johnson to miss again as Cats look past Hawks

Hawthorn's Jordan Lewis and Geelong's Steve Johnson come to grips.

Peter Hanlon Hawthorn is on its doorstep, but Geelong's focus on what lies around the corner is such that it is open to entering Saturday night's game without not only Steve Johnson, but Jimmy Bartel and perhaps...

VFL: Hawthorn ruckman Sam Grimley kicks seven

Sam Grimley (right) battles Paul Dirago.

Brent Diamond Hawthorn ruckman Sam Grimley kicked seven goals to equal Port Melbourne’s Daniel Connors on 38 goals in the race for the Frosty Miller Medal in Box Hill’s 129-point smashing of the...

Loss to Hawks is still a step forward: Chris Scott

Thinking forward: Geelong coach Chris Scott.

Jake Niall Geelong coach Chris Scott said that despite the defeat, the Cats had taken a step forward prior to the finals.

Hawks emerge from the fog to down Geelong

Jordan Lewis

Michael Gleeson Were you unaware of the history of these teams the transformation from one half of the game to the other would have seemed fanciful.

Tight win over Geelong not good enough for finals: Clarkson

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson.

Jake Niall Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says his team will have to improve to go far in the finals.

Craig Bolton says Sydney Swans well equipped to win third premiership in 10 years

Lance

Andrew Wu Former premiership-winning defender Craig Bolton believes Sydney's current crop is the best the club has assembled and the Swans are as well placed for a tilt at this year's flag as the successful...

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Cats use a life, Blues get one

Any which way: Geelong's Joel Selwood leads the Blues on a merry dance.

Greg Baum Geelong’s sighs of relief and Carlton’s boos echoed through the Etihad chamber at the final siren, but the feature of this game that might resound furthest into the future was the...

Chris Scott says Cats no closer to settling up forward

Mark Blicavs at training.

Peter Hanlon The make-up of Geelong's preferred forward line around lynchpin Tom Hawkins remains unclear, with coach Chris Scott insisting Josh Walker and Mitch Brown would both be in a finals "squad" while...

Blues upbeat, star Cats out

Mick Malthouse at training.

Matt Murnane Carlton coach Mick Malthouse says his players are ready to develop into a contender next season.

Where the Cats are always the premier team

Martin Flanagan

Martin Flanagan Denis Napthine moans and groans at the footy like an old ship at sea. He moves about in his seat. At the same time, he’s on for a chat.

Geelong coach Chris Scott says young stars could better current Cats greats

Geelong's Steven Motlop and Tom Hawkins join forces to prevent Fremantle's Zac Dawson from making progress.

Roy Ward Scott says 50-60 game players ready to shine in finals.

AFL

Cats keep cool heads in win over Kangaroos

Michael Firrito of the Kangaroos tackles Shane Kersten of the Cats during Saturday night's game.

Rohan Connolly Geelong might not be quite the powerhouse it was a few seasons ago, but you still need to be right on your game to beat the Cats.

Taylor Hunt puts contract talks with Cats on hold

Taylor Hunt emerged last season as a strong tagger.

Jon Pierik Out-of-favour Geelong midfielder Taylor Hunt has joined a growing list of players to put contract discussions on hold until the end of the season.

AFL

Cats prepare to take on Dockers in AFL

Hayden Ballantyne gives Paul Chapman some unsolicited advice when Fremantle played Geelong in round one 2012.

The mind games between Geelong and Fremantle will be on again next Saturday night when the Cats host Ross Lyon's side at Simonds Stadium.

AFL

Cats took Steve Johnson incident to the tribunal with broader battle in mind

Steve Johnson: Up for the challenge.

Peter Hanlon That you don't generally take risks with a player as good as Steve Johnson is a given. In doing so on Tuesday night - despite privately fearing the tribunal might not share coach Chris Scott's view...

AFL

Chris Scott not interested in Cats-Dockers history

Tensions between Fremantle and Geelong often centre around pugnacious Docker tagger Ryan Crowley.

Peter Hanlon Geelong coach Chris Scott insists Fremantle's recent hold over Geelong and the at-times fractious history between the clubs will have no bearing on Saturday night's huge clash at Simonds Stadium.