We take a look at the second Elimination Final as GWS Giants host the Bulldogs at Giants Stadium this Saturday 7 September.
After eight rounds of footy, Geelong Cats are sitting pretty atop the AFL ladder. A feat few would have predicted heading into the 2019 season, but a host of genius off-season recruiting seems to have paid off.
The Cats still have six clashes at their fortress, GMHBA Stadium, remaining this season to add further woe to opposition hopes.
They’re back at the Cattery this weekend, taking on the Western Bulldogs on Saturday 18 May. Just two weeks later they face a struggling Sydney outfit again at GMHBA Stadium (1 June).
The key to the Cats startling season to date appears to be the resurgence of the legendary Gary Ablett up forward, coupled with some reinvigorated forward pressure from recruits Gary Rohan and Luke Dahlhaus. Key backs Mark Blicavs and Tom Stewart are again in All-Australian form, while their gun midfield continues to keep getting the job done.
Ablett would undoubtedly be in the All-Australian team right now, and a case could be made for Gary Rohan to be a surprising addition, currently sixth in the Coleman race. His forward pressure in 2019 has been pivotal to the Cats phenomenal form.
Geelong’s young guns have also been in terrific form early, headlined by the dreadlocked star Gryan Miers and young midfielder Charlie Constable.
Constable racked up 27 touches last round, and averages a huge 23 from his first six games, on top of four goals already. Miers is rivalling his form in 2019 and has already developed into a fan favourite in Geelong.
Of their remaining clashes at GMHBA Stadium this season, Geelong will face the Bulldogs (18 May), Sydney (1 June), Adelaide (28 June), St Kilda (13 July), North Melbourne (10 August), and Carlton (TBC).
Find your tickets to see Geelong at the Cattery in 2019 at Ticketmaster.com.au.