Geelong got off to a wonderful start, and at one stage during the second quarter were leading by four goals. The club competes in the Australian Football League (AFL), the sport's premier competition, and are the 2022 reigning premiers. Billy Brownless, kicked eight goals. Any player catching the ball directly from the foot may call 'mark'. Geelong was thrashed by 61 points, playing its worst game for the entire season. [17] Credit was given to the cat when Geelong recorded an upset win. The club was on a financial precipice, playing in a crumbling venue and had not tasted premiership success in 36 years. The historic beginnings of the Geelong Football Club | Bob Gartland Speech | Geelong Football Club - YouTube Learn how one of the oldest sporting clubs in the world came to be.. In an interview with Lou Richards on Channel 7's World of Sport, Bob Davis predicted that Newman would enjoy a stellar career. Despite dominating in the VFA, Geelong found the premiership harder to win in the VFL. VII. After much speculation throughout the season, it was confirmed at season's end that Gary Ablett Jr. would be joining the Gold Coast expansion club that was entering the league in the 2011 season. Gary Ablett once again won the Coleman Medal and kicked over 100 goals for the third year in a row. In 1966, the club board decided to re-open the coaching position for application and eventually settled on Peter Pianto to replace Davis. The Cats would meet eventual premier, North Melbourne in the first week of the finals, which saw North win by over 10 goals. [66][67] Notably, Geelong's qualifying final against Fremantle in 2013 was the first time Kardinia Park hosted a finals match,[68] with Geelong losing the game by 15 points. 2009. However, Geelong failed to capitalise on its performance during the season, losing the grand final by a margin of 26 points. [5] Initially playing under its own rules, some of which, notably, were permanently introduced into Australian Football. It adopted the Laws of Australian Football in the early 1860s after a series of compromises with the Melbourne Football Club. A notable recruit would be Steven King, standing at over two metres tall. Geelong officials asserted that the game was "not meant to be played like rugby", began to enforce its rule of bouncing the ball at a certain distance (the exact distance is unknown) while carrying it for matches between the two clubs. Responding to member anger, the Board ordered a comprehensive review of all aspects of the administration of the club and of the club's personnel. With 25seconds left and a boundary throw-in, the ball came to ground and Martyn cleared, only for the ball to be marked by Leigh Colbert. Figure refers to the club's overall finishing position in the home-and-away season. In twenty matches between the two sides between 2008 and 2017, twelve were decided by less than ten points, with Geelong victorious in eleven of those twelve matches.[16]. Over the next two weeks, Geelong met Hawthorn and the West Coast Eagles, both losses for the club. The Norm Smith Medal was awarded to Paul Chapman, after gathering 26 possessions and scoring three goals, including the goal which effectively won the match for Geelong. [29] Following the dissolution of the AFL reserves competition in 1999, Geelong began fielding a reserves team in the Victorian Football League (VFL)[a] from 2000. It was alleged that saboteurs attempted to destroy one of the special trains carrying Geelong supporters to the match in South Melbourne. Despite not placing first on the ladder at any point during the regular season, Geelong managed a regular-season record of 18 wins and four losses, which was the first time a team had won 18 or more matches in the VFL or AFL's regular season for three consecutive seasons. In 1999 the club won five games straight to open the season. Geelong managed to defeat the reigning premiers, Hawthorn, in the two clubs' second meeting of the season in Round 17. The club competes in the Australian Football League (AFL), the sport's premier competition, and are the 2022 reigning premiers . The club trains here during the season, however it also trains at its alternate training venue, Deakin University's Elite Sport Precinct. All the latest news, video, results and information . For most of the season on-field performances were lacklustre as the players struggled to adapt. Paul Couch also won the Brownlow Medal to become the club's fourth Brownlow Medalist and first in twenty-seven years. Also in 1993, Blight decided to play Gary Ablett at Full Forward permanently. Geelong then travelled to Adelaide to play the Crows (who ironically finished lower on the ladder than Geelong but still got to host the game) and lost the match by eight points, after field umpire Grant Vernon failed to pay a courageous Leigh Colbert mark late in the game while Geelong were narrowly hanging on to a lead. Despite making multiple finals appearances in his first two seasons (including winning the minor premiership in 1980), the club struggled to replicate their home and away season success during the finals. Jul 4, 2021, 6:31pm The Geelong Football Club is pleased to announce that Steve Hocking has been appointed as the club's new Chief Executive. The objectives of the association were put: to assist [the Geelong Football] Club in general, and give past players opportunities to meet. A sub-committee of five men was elected to devise a constitution and consider a joining fee. Contact: Damien on 0418 171 955 or damien.dillon@gcc.tas.gov.au. [6] The club won the Western District Challenge Cup in 1875, a then-record seven VFA premierships between 1878 and 1886, and six VFL premierships by 1963, after which it experienced a 44-year waiting period until it won its next premiership, a Grand Final-record 119-point victory in 2007. The rules at the time were written in such a way as it could be interpreted by the umpire that the players were allowed sufficient time (to continue to run) for as long as they needed to prepare an effective kick, that is, virtually indefinitely. North Melbourne, who were playing on its actual home ground, beat Geelong by 18 points in a hard fought encounter. Geelong experienced a notably lean period during the 1940s, as World War II wartime restrictions prohibited traveling. [12], Geelong played most of its early home games at the Argyle Square, situated between Aberdeen Street and Pakington Street. "The same as the other 19 in the team." . [42] In September 2017, the club was announced as one of two clubs, along with North Melbourne, to receive a license to join the competition in 2019. The Geelong Football Club fielded a reserves team in both of these competitions, allowing players who were not selected for the senior team to play for Geelong in the lower grade. A dead hawk joined two magpies and a toy bomber under the Kardinia Park turf.[23]. In 1992 Geelong returned to the spectacular form of three seasons previous. For many years the Geelong Football Club were known as the Pivotonians, after the city's nickname 'The Pivot'. Upon the 80th anniversary of the Past Players and Officials Club, the board undertook to re-create the history of the club, and this history was documented in the book After The Game (80 years 1933 to 2013). [11], Geelong's traditional navy blue and white hooped guernsey has been worn since the club's inception in the mid-1800s. V. In case the ball is kicked behind Goal any one of the side behind whose Goal it is kicked may bring it 20 yards in front of any portion of the space between the 'kick-off' posts, and shall kick it. They have also won ten McClelland Trophies, the most of any AFL/VFL club.[1][3]. [74] Consequently, Dangerfield was traded to Geelong after winning Adelaide's best and fairest award for 2015. Only the first verse is used at matches and by the team after a victory. Geelong has been nicknamed the 'Cats' since 1923. [57] Despite an ageing playing list and predictions that the team would struggle in 2011,[58] Geelong finished the regular season in second position on the ladder, with only three losses for the season. [44] Responding to member anger, the Board ordered a comprehensive review of all aspects of the administration of the club and of the club's personnel. Thompson's first season as senior coach in 2000 was somewhat successful; Geelong finished the regular season in fifth position and qualified for the finals series for the first time since 1997, losing to Hawthorn in an elimination final. The Geelong Football Club is in mourning the passing of past president Frank Costa. Dating back to the mid-20th century, the Geelong Past Players Stand originally stood as part of the stadium at Kardinia Park before stadium upgrades in 2008 saw it relocated to its current home at Kardinia West Oval. [95] They reached the preliminary final stage for the fourth time in seven years but would again fall at the penultimate hurdle, losing to eventual premiers Richmond by 19 points. The club fell behind the progressive clubs of the 1970s, notably Carlton, Richmond, Hawthorn and North Melbourne. In 2017, following the inaugural AFL Women's (AFLW) season, Geelong was among eight clubs that applied for licenses to enter the competition from 2019 onwards. Following the conclusion of the 1959 season, Hickey retired as coach and was succeeded by Bob Davis, a dual premiership player from the club's successful 1951 and 1952 period. Geelong was the only non-Melbourne-based team to regularly play matches against metropolitan teams. Tenure Geelong Football Club Limited Director for nine years, and President for seven years Experience Colin joined the Board of Directors in July 2008 after previously serving from 1987 until 1993. It wasn't until 1925 that the club won its first VFL premiership. Introducing the current committee of the Geelong Past Players & Officials Club for 2019: President Ray Card Vice President Mark Yeates Secretary Marty Christensen Treasurer Nick Walsh General Committee Brian Chirgwin Wayne Hovey Neville Bruns History Tenure Geelong Football Club Limited Director appointed 15 June 2007, and Vice President for five years Experience Bob has been a Director of the Geelong Cats since 2007, Vice President since 2014, chair of the Geelong Cats Honouring the Past Management Committee, a Foundation Member of the Geelong Cats Forever Bequest Club, Chair of the Geelong The club's nickname was first used in 1923 after a run of losses prompted a local cartoonist to suggest that the club needed a black cat to bring it good luck. Geelong's traditional guernsey colours are white with navy blue hoops. A notable recruit for Geelong came in the form of Matthew Scarlett, son of former player, John. However, the review accepted that Thompson should continue as coach. [88] The club placed eighth on the league's ladder in 2018, but did not progress past the first finals week after being defeated in an elimination final against Melbourne by 29 points. The club's sole loss occurred in Round 9 with an 86-point deficit against Collingwood. Blight agreed and Geelong began to play like champions again. Read about the top Cats on Geelong Past Players & Officials Club's website. In 1953, Collingwood ended Geelong's record 23-game winning streak in the home and away season, and later defeated them by 12 points in the grand final, denying the Cats a third successive premiership. He joined the Geelong board in the . The name of the company is the GEELONG FOOTBALL CLUB LIMITED ('the Club'). Bob Gartland Did you know Geelong weren't called the Cats until 1923? IV. Carlton has received a much-needed boost in a tumultuous off-season, with Brian Cook to take over as chief executive. Since 2007, the clubs have again both been at the top of the ladder and have met regularly in finals. This comical ceremony was inspired by the rumour that Geelong's premiership players of 1937 had buried a magpie in the middle of the ground after their premiership win over Collingwood that year. [47] After qualifying for the 2009 AFL finals series, Geelong proceeded to win its qualifying and preliminary finals in succession, earning a place in the 2009 AFL Grand Final against St Kilda. The lyrics were written by former premiership player John Watts. However the club's poor performances on the field continued under Hafey, who failed to lead Geelong to a finals series during his tenure. Geelong also field teams in other competitions; a reserves men's team in the Victorian Football League (VFL), a senior women's team in the AFL Women's (AFLW) and a reserves women's team in the VFL Women's (VFLW) competitions. [45] Chapman's criticisms, which followed a similar assessment from coach Mark Thompson, led to a group discussion involving all of the club's playing and coaching staff, and produced frank assessments of both individuals and the club in general. Geelong had a shaky start to their 2022 campaign, beginning the year with five wins and four losses. His formal involvement with the game culminated in 12 years as a Director of the Geelong Football Club, including six years as Vice President. Colin stepped down in 1993 as a result of being appointed to the AFL Commission, a role he held until early 2008. Gary Ablett would not play a senior game again for the club after injuring his knee in the reserves. However, the Cats hopes of avenging their grand final defeat were dashed in uncompromising fashion, suffering an 83-point belting at the hands of Melbourne in the preliminary final. [18][19][20] Geelong have been known as the 'Cats' ever since. 2023 Geelong Football Club season - Wikipedia 2023 Geelong Football Club season The 2023 Geelong Football Club season is the club's 159th season playing Australian rules football, with the club competing in their 124th season in the Australian Football League (AFL). Following the victory team was an impromptu public parade in South Melbourne. [8] Rules allegedly used by the Geelong Football Club in 1859 were originally written down by hand. It was later revealed that after the 2008 grand final, Paul Chapman initiated a pact between other Geelong players to never lose to Hawthorn again. Updated: 1 May 2023Source(s): Players; Coaches. . [citation needed], This victory marked the first time since 1984 that a grand final had been won by a team which had been trailing at all breaks. The Club was named in joint recognition of Noel Newman and his son John (Sam) Newman. 2010. The match was notable with Geelong successfully completing a comeback from a 28-point deficit early in the final quarter to record a victory when an after-the-siren kick Jimmy Bartel scored a point and resulted in a win. Both were present at the inaugural dinner in 1980 at which Noel gave the founding speech. Using the skill of its star midfielders, Geelong often executed long running chains of handpasses to break through the defensive zones which top clubs like Sydney and Adelaide had used to great effect in 20052006. It was the first AFL finals match played at the new Docklands Stadium. [citation needed], Geelong changed their name to the Geelong Cats in 2008 and continued to dominate with the club having a regular season record of 21 wins and one loss to become the best-performing team in the home-and-away season since Essendon in 2000. In April 1859 local teetotaler Mr. William "Stitt" Jenkins (of Liverpool, England and Melbourne) who had been working in Geelong from 1853 educating local youths made repeated to form an athletic club to play football on Saturday afternoons[5] and May[6] The formation of the Melbourne Football Club in May 1859 appears to have spurred the Pivotonians to incorporate a club of their own. [24] Coaches Graham Farmer and Rodney Olsson failed to develop successful teams. In 2019, the team captaincy rotated through the following 5 players: Kate Darby, Danielle Higgins, Jordan Ivey, Maddy Keryk, Amy McDonald. The game shall be played within a space of no more than 200 yards wide the same to be measured equally on each side of a line drawn through the centres of the two goals and two posts to be called the "kick off posts" shall be erected at a distance of 20 yards on each side of the goal posts at both ends and in a straight line with them in case the ball is kicked behind A run of losses prompted a local cartoonist to suggest that the club needed a black cat to bring it good luck. The Cats have been the VFL/AFL premiers ten times, with four in the AFL era (since 1990) in 2007, 2009, 2011, and most recently, 2022, to be the most successful club over that period (sharing that title with Hawthorn). [30] The club did, however, recruit well during this period. Historian Graeme Atkinson considers it likely that Geelong's rules were drawn up prior to the establishment of both Geelong and Melbourne Football Club's and that club's rules being drafted on 17 May 1859. After qualifying for the 2021 VFLW Grand Final, the match was postponed and later cancelled due to the. [56], Following Thompson's departure, former Brisbane player Chris Scott was appointed as senior coach of the club. As Ablett walked back to take his kick, the siren went, and Ablett kicked the winning goal, propelling Geelong to its third Grand Final in seven years. This late season match in the VFA between two previously undefeated teams, Geelong and South Melbourne, stimulated unprecedented public interest. The idea of the GFCPPA originated after a match between past and present players of the Geelong Football Club on 12 August 19331. 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In 1990, the league was expanded to a national level and became known as the Australian Football League (AFL). [citation needed], These two victories ensured Geelong a place in the 2007 AFL Grand Final against Port Adelaide, which Geelong won by a record margin of 119 points. In 1952, Geelong easily defeated Lou Richards' Collingwood team. [59] Premiership captain Cameron Ling announced his retirement from the AFL at the conclusion of the season,[61] and Joel Selwood was appointed to the position in January 2012. During this time, the club decided to set base at the more centrally located Kardinia Park in South Geelong. Bob's fascination with and commitment to Australian football spans over six decades. [69], During 2015, the round fourteen match between Adelaide and Geelong was cancelled, and declared a draw, following the death of Adelaide coach Phil Walsh. [57], After finishing tenth on the ladder in 2015, Geelong failed to qualify for . The resultant loss caused the cats to exit by losing both finals. It was also suggested that to encourage the support of past players of the GFC, provision should be made to gather at matches played at Corio Oval. He played on, although he was clearly dealing with pain all night, and left the field beside a guard of honour from both sides while carrying son Levi. The club then bounced back to beat Footscray again in the preliminary final by 64 points to set up another matchup with the West Coast Eagles - this time in the grand final. On the eve of the season, Gary Ablett retired for odd reasons. [5][10], Many of the club's official records before 1920 have disappeared. Cameron Mooney scored the highest number of goals with five, and a total of 11 Geelong players scored at least one goal, with five of those players scoring two goals or more. Former president of the Geelong Football Club, businessman and philanthropist Frank Costa has died at the age of 83. Nevertheless, Geelong won some games. In the 2008 Grand Final, Geelong was the heavily backed favourite and had lost only one match for the season, but lost by 26 points; Geelong then won its next eleven matches against Hawthorn over the following five years, under a curse, which was dubbed the "Kennett curse" which was attributed to disrespectful comments made by Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett following the 2008 Grand Final. Many of the club's official records before 1920 have disappeared. [70] It was the first time a match had been abandoned in VFL/AFL history. Malcolm Blight, dispirited by three Grand Final losses under his tenure, announced his resignation. The Geelong Advertiser reported: It will certainly be refreshing to see past players in action again at Corio Oval Players whose names were on everyones lips in football circles a few years ago will take part, and they should give a good account of themselves.2. In the lead-up to the club's Round 9 clash against favourites Carlton, the Herald Sun published a depiction of the match by cartoonist Sam Wells, featuring a black cat wandering onto the field to give Geelong good luck. Tony Lockett kicked his nine goals for St Kilda by three-quarter time. [81][82][83], Geelong improved remarkably from the prior year in 2016, finishing the regular season in second position and progressing to the preliminary finals, where the team lost to Sydney by 37 points. [51][52], Through the 20072010 period of success under Thompson, Geelong perfected a style of high-possession and, in particular, high-handpassing football. During this time, Bob founded the Geelong Football Club's History Society, serving as its inaugural Chair. The idea of the GFCPPA originated after a match between past and present players of the Geelong Football Club on 12 August 1933 1. Claimed to be Geelong Football Club's official 1859 rules, Rebuilding and modest success (19601970), Recruiting for success and entry of women's team, Cats end their finals hoodoo and win 10th premiership. Steve Johnson was awarded the Norm Smith Medal after being judged the best player in the match, providing Geelong with just their second Norm Smith Medallist. Unlike these clubs, Geelong recruited poorly and/or could not afford to recruit quality footballers. Geelong took both this record and that for the highest score from Fitzroy. [27] Geelong finished the regular season on top of the ladder, eclipsing their previous record for total points scored in a home-and-away season (2916 in 1989) and increased it to 3057 points.[28]. [64] In the reserves however, Geelong won its third VFL premiership, defeating Port Melbourne by 33 points in the 2012 VFL Grand Final. Craig Drummond, who has been a member of the club's board since 2011, will take on the presidency following the AGM. [86], The 2017 season resulted in Geelong once again reaching the preliminary finals, before succumbing to Adelaide by 61 points. The Geelong Football Club, nicknamed the Cats, is a professional Australian rules football club based in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Having been one of the dominant clubs in the old VFA, Geelong struggled to maintain the same level of success during its early years in the VFL. Unlike two seasons ago, Geelong proved no match against an Eagles outfit superior to its 1992 premiership team, losing by 80 points. The Geelong Football Club's rich history is all around us. Frustratingly, Geelong narrowly missed the finals on percentage, despite arguably being the form team at the end of the year. Our past presidents from the Geelong football club , we definitely miss Frank Costa he was such a beautiful person 1994 proved to be a successful although ultimately hard year for the club. In 1997 Geelong faced a season with no dependence on ageing superstars, Paul Couch and Gary Ablett. "Frank took on one of the toughest roles in football as our president at a time when the very future of the Geelong Football Club was in the balance. [43] Ultimately, the club finished tenth on the ladder and failed to make the finals. [15], The rivalry between Hawthorn and Geelong is defined by two Grand Finals: those of 1989 and 2008. 11 Isaac Smith (Cootamundra) - Geelong 11 Isaac Cumming (Norths - Broken Hill) - GWS Giants 10 Elliott Himmelberg (Mangoplah CUE) - Adelaide 9 Harry Himmelberg (Mangoplah CUE) - GWS Giants 8 Nick Blakey (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) - Sydney Swans 6 Errol Gulden (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) - Sydney Swans 6 James Peatling (Pennant Hills) - GWS Giants He could assure his hearers that it was one of the happiest moments of his life. Geelong (Association) Football Club was an Australian rules football club which played in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) from 1922 until 1927.. History. The club met fifth placed Footscray in the first week of the finals. Long-time Geelong president and philanthropist Frank Costa, the only person to have been named a legend of the AFL club without ever playing for the Cats, has died after a year-long battle. Geelong finished third on the ladder in 2021 and made it through to yet another preliminary final, having overcome a poor 43-point loss to Port Adelaide in the qualifying final to defeat Greater Western Sydney by 35 points the following week. Even more frustratingly, the club finished only one and a half games off top spot on the ladder, but finished seventh in what was a very even year and also the last season that featured a final 'six' (it was reverted to a final 'eight' in 1994). The Best and Fairest was won by Paul Couch, who narrowly missed out on winning his second Brownlow Medal. Coach Mark Thompson was widely perceived to be at risk. The club finished 12th, its lowest finish for over 40 years and its equally lowest ever. In 1996 the club would experience an unsuccessful year, although still making the finals - finishing seventh at the end of the home and away season. The club was highly consistent, its biggest losing margin being less than 20 points, and never losing two matches in a row the only club to do so for the year.