Entering 2018, the Cats, captained by Joel Selwood and coached by Chris Scott, are expected to compete for another AFL premiership, and look to improve on their deeds last year where they reached the Prelim Final but were outclassed by the Adelaide Crows, and you won’t miss a minute of the action when viewing live on your television, streaming to a mobile device, or watching online with a free trial.
2018 Geelong Cats Preview
The Geelong Cats were formed in 1859 but it took until 1925 for the side to win their first VFL premiership. Over the years there have been hard times for the club, most notably during the 90’s when they played in several grand finals and didn’t win, but that all changed when Mark Thompson came to the club and he put Geelong back on the map and built it up to be the successful club that is today, winning two flags with ‘Bomber’ in 2007 and 2009 before winning again in 2011 under Chris Scott.
The first glimpse that we will see the Cats in 2018 will come via the inaugural edition of AFLX, a hybrid version of the traditional format, similar to T20 for the cricket. The Cats are in Group A of the AFLX, with that competition’s matches to be held on Thursday, the 15th of February. Geelong are a team that are very cautious and reserved when it comes to the preseason competitions, so in terms of big names, they more than likely will not take to the stage of AFLX, with star players Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Sellwood likely to be saved for the JLT Community Series, along with champion midfield and local hero Gary Ablett Jr, who returns back home after a several year stint with the Gold Coast Suns. A player to keep an eye on for the AFLX and JLT Series is Tim Kelly. The WA youngster was a star in the WAFL and the Cats had hesitation at picking him in the draft. He has impressed in the pre-season training routines and is expected to push hard for selection. The Cats matches are always must watch contests and if they aren’t available on television in your area, you can still watch every game of the Geelong Cats live online before the grand final.
2018 AFLX Live TV – Thursday 15 February (AEDT)
- Port Adelaide v Geelong Cats at 6.40pm
- Adelaide Crows v Collingwood at 7.08pm
- Geelong Cats v Fremantle at 7.36pm
- West Coast v Adelaide Crows at 8.04pm
- Fremantle v Port Adelaide at 8.32pm
- Collingwood v West Coast at 9.00pm
- Grand Final: TBC vs TBC at 9.33pm
Fixtures shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Per prior agreement Geelong Cats on Free to Air will not be available for every premiership round or in all locations.
Geelong Cats Live Streaming and a Free Trial
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2018 Geelong Cats Players To Watch
Captain Joel Selwood is facing one of his tougher AFL seasons as the leader of the club. During the off season, he was found to have been speeding, doing close to 30km/h over the speed limit, which saw him lose his sponsorship with TAC. The club failed badly in the Prelim Final last year, and he had to take responsibility for that. If Selwood is firing as he showed during the AFL 2018 pre-season, Geelong are firing, so his form and leadership has to be at the highest level for them to be a force.
The man that took the Brownlow off Fyfe last year was Patrick Dangerfield. He was first class in the second half of 2015 for his former club, Adelaide, and wasn’t far off winning the Brownlow then, but the move to Geelong worked wonders for Danger as he starred for the Cats and pretty much wrapped up the Brownlow in the opening half of the year. He moved to Geelong for premiership success, and it will be very interesting to see how he performs in 2018, and you won’t have to miss a minute of him or any of your favourite players when streaming the AFL Live.