Coach – Chris Scott
Points For – 1st
Points Against – 4th
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- Cam Guthrie
- Tom Hawkins
- Mark Blicavs
- Patrick Dangerfield
- Mitch Duncan
2020 Rising Star Noms
Ins – Jeremy Cameron, Shaun Higgins, Isaac Smith, Paul Tsapatolis, Max Holmes, Shannon Neale, Nicholas Stevens
Outs – Gary Ablett, Nakia Cockatoo, Lachie Fogarty, Jacob Kennerly, James Parsons, Blake Schlensog, Jack Steven, Harry Taylor, Jake Tarca.
Expectations for Geelong are high this year. They looked like they were right in the grand final until Martin decided they weren’t. They missed a few too many opportunities in the first half and lost the running in the second. They then went out and recruited a whole bunch of talent to give Dangerfield his best chance of winning a ring and Selwood another chance before the head wounds leave him spending his twilight years eating his meals through a straw.
The backline is arguably weaker than last year. They have lost Taylor who has been a very important player over the past decade, that being said, there were times last year when he looked like the game had left him behind. They still have Henderson, Kolidjashnij, Stewart and Blicavs. You could argue that they aren’t attacking enough or need more run but the reality is that most weeks they get the job done.
The midfield will be interesting next season and on paper it looks stronger than last year. Selwood though is another season older and beaten up as well as Dangerfield who isn’t getting younger and will be needed for stints up forward. They have Menegola, Duncan and Guthrie running through and added Smith and Higgins who if he can stay fit will be a very good pick up for them. They have class and good footskills. It is hard to see them getting beaten to regularly through here.
The forward line was already the best performed last year and Hawkins looked more mobile than he has in a while. They have added Jeremy Cameron to what was already working and barring some sort of chemistry disaster they should be even better. I know there is a lot of love for Miers but not sure I agree yet and think he may need to show himself when things get hard.
Stanley finally showed a bit last year in the ruck but it is still the one glaring deficiency that could cost them. Any team with a quality ruck would fancy themselves a chance. As far as the coach, Scott needs this premiership as much as any of the players. This would cement his reputation as a coach by winning a premiership with a list of his own and a game plan he has in place.
Geelong have thrown everything at this season and anything less than a premiership is going to be a failure. It will be interesting to see how they carry this pressure and what they look like when the finals start. They have quality all over the park and I cant see them losing too many in the regular season. I think they will be comfortably top two and expect them to probably win the minor premiership.