The Geelong Cats have been one of the dominant sides in the AFL for much of this century, winning three Premierships and missing the finals just once over the course of the past ten years.
Last year they finished on top of the AFL ladder at the end of the regular season, only to lose in the preliminary finals for the third time in four years, this time to the eventual Premiers, the Richmond Tigers. Entering 2020, led by Joel Selwood and boasting arguably the best player in the business in Patrick Dangerfield, the Cats are again expected to challenge, and you can catch all the action when watching live on your TV or streaming online with a mobile device using the options listed in this guide.
Geelong Cats History and Preview
The Geelong Cats were formed in 1859 and were one of the first clubs in the then VFL. Despite finishing on top of the ladder in the league’s inaugural season in 1897, it took until 1925 for the side to win their first VFL Premiership, and after claiming another five over the next four decades the club endured a drought which lasted almost 50 years. That ended in 2007, however, with a resounding 119 point AFL Grand Final win over Port Adelaide which kick-started an era of dominance during which the Cats won three flags in five years. After a disappointing 2019 season by their high standards, the Cats will be expecting to again cement themselves in the upper echelons of the ladder this year.
After a disappointing 2018 season by their high standards, the Cats bounced back in 2019, re-establishing themselves as one of the best in the business, and they will be expecting to again cement themselves in the upper echelons of the ladder this year. With the man regularly voted as the game’s best captain in Joel Selwood still at the helm, arguably the game’s best player in Patrick Dangerfield alongside him in the midfield, and a mix of young and experienced talent spread evenly across the park, the Cats are a force to be reckoned with, and in 2020 they will have their sights set on going a step further than they managed last year. The Cats kick off their season with a huge clash against 2019 Grand Finalist, the GWS Giants, on the 21st of March, while other key contests include their Round 3 match-up against the Eagles, their traditional Easter Monday game vs the Hawks on the 13th of April and a round 9 match vs the Richmond Tigers on the 15th of May.
Geelong Cats TV Rights and 2020 Broadcast Guide
Fortunately, there are several options for watching the Geelong Cats live in Australia, including the Seven Network, Foxtel, Foxtel from Telstra and Kayo Sports. Seven is the official AFL free to air broadcaster and will show a total of 12 Geelong Cats matches live during the 2020 season across Seven and 7mate. Seven’s TV coverage is headed by Bruce McAvaney, Brian Taylor and James Brayshaw, alongside some new recruits in the shape of retired stars Luke Hodge and Jobe Watson, and the returning Daisy Pearce. Seven also offers a range of programming dedicated to AFL such as The Front Bar, Talking Footy and Armchair Experts.
For comparison and as shown in the TV schedule below, Foxtel, Foxtel from Telstra, and Kayo Sports will televise all 22 Geelong Cats games during the 2020 AFL season. That’s every Tigers match before the finals shown live on their dedicated Fox Footy channel.
As well as these live matches and the option to watch replays at a later time, Foxtel, Foxtel from Telstra and Kayo Sports will also have a wide range of AFL programming that includes AFL 360, AFL Tonight and a new look Bounce. There will also be some familiar faces in the studio this season with live games fronted by Eddie McGuire and Sarah Jones. Match commentary will be made up of a team of former stars including Ben Dixon, Gerard Healy and Dermott Brereton.
** AFL announces season postponed **
The AFL has announced that the AFL Premiership will be postponed until at least May 31st. The reason for this is the COVID-19 coronavirus, and concerns that stadiums and travel may expose players and fans to this community health concern. If any significant new details are made available, this notice will include them and the TV fixtures will be updated.
Watch the Geelong Cats Live Online
If you enjoy AFL action then Fox Footy (Foxtel/Kayo) is the channel for you, televising all AFL teams and every match from every round LIVE and in HD before the Grand Final, including the contests not available on Free to Air TV and replays of the games you may have missed.
So if you’re a resident in Australia and don’t have access to Fox Footy, you may wish to review the 10 day Foxtel Now trial, which offers rugby fans an opportunity to watch the Geelong Cats online with compatible internet connected devices. Eligible platforms include iOS or Android mobile devices, as well as Telstra TV, the Google Chromecast, Playstation 4 and more (PC and Macs excluded). Foxtel Now can also be renewed month-to-month, requires no set-up fees, and can be accessed instantly.
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Alternatively, Kayo Sports have a 14 day free trial for new customers. With the Kayo trial, you will have access to these same AFL broadcasts as Fox Footy and can stream the Geelong Cats live using eligible mobile devices (Grand Final excluded). Devices include select iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple and Telstra TV, Google Chromecast, as well as Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers (PC and Mac excluded).
Kayo doesn’t have a lock-in contract or equipment fees, which means you can cancel anytime if you’re no longer using it. For fans who want to catch up on the action, Kayo Minis provide a 10-20-minute recap after play has concluded. Other game changing features include Interactive Graphics, SplitView, NoSpoilers and Key Moments, which provide highlights throughout the matches in real-time.
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2020 Geelong Cats Live TV Fixtures (Sydney time)
|Sunday 29 March||Geelong Cats v Gold Coast Suns||Postponed||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 4 April||West Coast Eagles v Geelong Cats||Postponed||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Monday 13 April||Geelong Cats v Hawthorn Hawks||Postponed||Seven / Foxtel / Kayo|
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.
Channel 7 vs Foxtel TV Fixtures
While the Channel Seven television coverage is limited to four contests per week, Fox Footy (Foxtel/Kayo) will televise every match in every Round Live, before the Grand Final, with five exclusive games each week and the option to stream the AFL live online.
|Day / Time||Channel|
|Thursday Night||Ch. 7 and Foxtel|
|Friday Night||Ch. 7 and Foxtel|
|Saturday Afternoon Game 1||Ch. 7 and Foxtel|
|Saturday Afternoon Game 2||Foxtel|
|Saturday Night Game 1||Ch. 7 and Foxtel|
|Saturday Night Game 2||Foxtel|
|Sunday Afternoon Game 1||Foxtel|
|Sunday Afternoon Game 2||Ch. 7 and Foxtel|
|Monday & Public Holidays||Ch. 7 and Foxtel|
2020 Geelong Cats Rivalries
The Cats’ biggest rivalry over the past decade has been with the Hawthorn Hawks, against whom they have played some of the most memorable games in recent history. It all started with the Hawks’ upset Grand Final victory over the dominant Cats in 2007, after which Geelong went on an incredible streak of 11 consecutive wins over Hawthorn, the majority of which were decided in the final couple of minutes. Though the two sides are no longer at the peak of their powers, they still both find themselves in finals contention, and the rivalry remains a strong one.
The Collingwood Magpies have been another major rival of the Cats for a long time, harking back to the 1920s and 30s when the two faced off in numerous Grand Finals against one another. More recently, the clubs have both been competing for flags and have resultantly met in a number of high stakes finals matches. Preliminary final matchups in 2007, 2009 and 2010 preceded a Grand Final meeting in 2011, with the four finals matches in five years reigniting the rivalry between the two sides, and you won’t have to miss a key moment of it when watching the AFL televised live.
When Patrick Dangerfield made the move from the Adelaide Crows to the Cats at the end of 2015, an element of animosity developed between the two clubs. As a star of the competition and coming off a best and fairest victory at his old club, the move back to his hometown inevitably drew the ire of Crows fans and players alike. Sparking the rivalry further, the clubs both finished in the top two in 2017, Dangerfield’s second season with the Cats, and ultimately met in the preliminary finals in front of over 53,000 rabid Crows fans. The home side won comfortably.