Coach – Chris Scott
Points For – 4th
Points Against – 6th
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- Patrick Dangerfield
- Mitch Duncan
- Zach Tuohy
- Joel Selwood
- Tom Stewart
2017 Rising Star Noms
Brandan Parfitt (Rnd 3)
Ins – Gary Ablett, Lachlan Fogarty, Tim Kelly, Charlie Constable, Gryan Miers, Stewart Crameri,
Outs – Tom Lonergan, Andrew Mackie, Josh Cowan, Tom Ruggles, Steven Motlop, Darcy Lang
Geelong last year never really looked like a genuine premiership threat. They have a great top tier of players but their depth is questionable.
The back line losing Mackie and Lonergan is huge. Taylor will move back where we looks a much better player. He never looked at home up forward but it will cost them flexibility. They have some quality players back there with Stewart having a break out year and Tuohy was an amazing pick up. They still look weaker than last year and I think they lack a bit of run back here.
I am not sure Ablett will play too much in the midfield next year. Their midfield is pretty good. At the top end of talent you have Selwood and Dangerfield. Throw in the little Selwood and Duncan, it is a formidable unit. They lack speed on the outside which might be where Ablett comes in handy but he is probably of more use up forward.
I wouldn’t say their forward line is terrible but it just isn’t great. Hawkins is in the Travis Cloke mode. He lacks the mobility for where the game is right now. It is hard to get excited about their forward line. They have goal kicking smalls with Menzel and Guthrie, Cockatoo is good for a few quality games but it lacks genuine excitement and is predictable.
Smith is a good solid ruck. They have Blicavs as well but the third man up rule has smashed his effectiveness.
For the second year in a row, Geelong looks to have weakened its list. Ablett at full strength is a super pick up but they lost depth down back and as a result lost depth up forward. The top end talent in the middle is as good as anyone but I dont think they can carry them over the line often enough. They struggled away from home last year so will need to find an answer to that as well. I expect them to drop slightly. 3-5 for mine.