Coach – Chris Scott
Points For – 3rd
Points Against – 3rd
Top 5 Best and Fairest
=1 – Jeremy Cameron
=1 – Cameron Guthrie
3 – Mark Blicavs
4 – Tom Hawkins
5 – Tyson Stengle
2022 Rising Star Noms
Sam De Koning – (round 11)
Ins – Tanner Bruhn, Jack Bowes, Ollie Henry, Jhye Clark, Phoenix Foster, Oscar Murdoch, Osca Riccardi, Ted Clohesy
Outs – Shaun Higgins, Quinton Narkle, Francis Evans, Nick Stevens, Paul Tsapatolis, Zane Williams, Luke Dahlhaus, Cooper Stephens, Joel Selwood
Geelong wasn’t my worst ever prediction last year. I had them as likely top eight. I certainly didn’t have them as the clear top team and did not expect them to win the premiership. They looked old and slow. Turns out that I was half right. They were old. They changed their game plan and became much more attacking, from about half way through the season it became apparent they were the best team in the competition.
The backline is stacked. Finding De Koning last year was a serious boost to a team that hasn’t brought in a lot of young talent. He teamed really well with Stewart. Kolojashnij is probably a weak link but they have steady hands everywhere else. Tuohy and Bews worked well last year and they will look to see Jack Henry develop further.
The midfield still looks even paced and lacking real excitement but they were rarely beaten last season. Dangerfield will still spend time in the midfield but likely even more up forward. Duncan and Holmes are guns and Cam Guthrie despite sharing a BnF in a premiership year probably still doesn’t get his dues. Blicavs was very good on the wing and I suspect they will be looking for more from Parfitt this year to give them greater run.
The forward line is super dangerous and very hard to match up on. Tom Hawkins seemingly just gets better. He is so hard to stop in a time when there aren’t many big backs running around. Cameron was very good last year despite having some injury concerns. The big win last season though was Stengle and to a lesser but still substantial effect, Close. They became so much more dangerous. For old times sake, Rohan still looked good during the season only to fail during the finals.
The rucks are iffy but they always have been. Stanley was ok last year and that is enough for them. Blicavs can give him a chop out when needed. The coach has ensured his legacy now. There was always question marks over his first premiership but by winning last year he erases those doubts. His coaching record looks very good now.
I still look at their list and am not convinced they are the absolute best team in the competition. They were well coached last year after poor adjustments to rule changes in previous years. The pace of their ball movement was much quicker and they looked much better. They certainly look like a contender again and you would think they will finish top four.