The VFL season is reaching its halfway mark, and the Geelong Cats are currently sitting pretty in third place, only behind Box Hill and Casey on percentage. This is exactly the position the Cats want to be in at this stage of the season, as they try to defend their 2012 VFL premiership and go back-to-back.
Season so far
The Cats having 13 of its core 2012 list stay on with the team this season has worked in their favour, as they have gelled together quite well and are playing good football under coach Matthew Knights. Surprisingly, the Cats haven’t recruited any big names for the new season, although with the likes of senior listed players such as Jesse Stringer and Billie Smedts, it is easy to see why this team has dominated games throughout the season. Geelong have a record of 7-2 for this season, including an undefeated start over the first five rounds. Since then the Cats have lost to Collingwood and Casey, both of which will be looking to make deep finals runs this season.
Big improver: Jordan Schroder
Having only played one senior game for Geelong in the AFL in 2012, Jordan Schroder took his fate into his own hands this season, as he has been playing some superb footy in the VFL. Schroder was among the best in each of the first six games this season, where he was averaging just below 20 touches a game. He has also made an impact on the scoreboard, as he’s kicked nine goals so far this year. Chris Scott had no choice but to bring him into the senior squad, and Schroder showed he was deserving of his place as he managed to string four games in a row among one of the deepest midfields in the competition.
Biggest slider: Piers Flanagan
Piers Flanagan played three games for the Gold Coast Suns in the AFL last season before being delisted. He decided to come back to Geelong to give himself a chance of making it onto another senior list in the near future. Whilst he has been playing well in some games this year, having three games with under 10 possessions in his last four outings isn’t anywhere near the standard that he, as a promising young talent, should be at. Flanagan will need to up his game for the remainder of the season if he wants to get back into the AFL system like he once was.
Second half preview
With the Cats sitting equal top and playing some great football, there is no reason why this team can’t finish in the top two. They do still have a tough draw as they need to play the other three top four teams again, all away from home. This Geelong team is no stranger to big games, and they certainly do have the ability to win some tough games away from home.
End of season prediction: 14-4, second