Geelong report cardPosted: October 7, 2011
Won 19 Draw 0 Lost 3: finished 2nd
FINDS OF 2011
Daniel Menzel, Allen Christensen, Mitch Duncan, Nathan Vardy
Shannon Byrnes, Simon Hogan
Cameron Mooney, Cameron Ling, Darren Milburn, Marcus Drum
WHAT THEY NEED
With full-back Matthew Scarlett declaring 2012 to be his last year before retirement, the Cats will be keen to recruit a key defender through the drafts or the trade period. A key forward to replace James Podsiadly in another year or two would also be on the cards.
The 2011 premiership triumph will go down as Geelong’s greatest in their unprecedented 5-year period of dominance. Written off at the end of last season following their heavy preliminary final loss to Collingwood and subsequent departures of their best player Gary Ablett and their coach Mark Thompson, the Cats’ achievements are nothing short of remarkable. With the eldest list in the competition and with a first-year coach in Chris Scott, the Cats produced an outstanding season nobody thought possible. Numerous Cats enjoyed brilliant seasons with Matthew Scarlett earning his sixth All-Australian guernsey, Corey Enright his fourth, while James Kelly was rewarded with his first after a career-best year. Jimmy Bartel, Joel Selwood, Steve Johnson, Joel Corey and Paul Chapman were all once again exceptional performers. Tom Hawkins also stepped
up after struggling early. Youngsters were introduced early and often, giving the Cats a new lease of energy and life into the side. Daniel Menzel (despite injuring his ACL which will require a knee reconstruction), Mitch Duncan and Allen Christensen all earned Rising Star nominations and will lead the next generation of Cats. Other fresh faces to be injected into the side included Nathan Vardy, Taylor Hunt, Mitch Brown, Steven Motlop, Josh Cowan and Cam Guthrie who all look to have bright futures at Skilled Stadium. Outgoing stars Cameron Mooney and Darren Milburn both missed out on selection in the premiership but the Cats are in good shape for the future.