Have Geelong become too powerful?

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Hall of Famer
Sep 15, 2007
I don't know
AFL Club
Rents and affordability of getting into the market... quality for what you get.... unhappily nterest rates are on the march up.
that is a better point but rent only impacts the young and the poor players. The young dont get to choose where they go so its irrelevant. neither do the poor players really and even if they do then who cares.


Premiership Player
Sep 25, 2014
AFL Club
Other Teams
Sturt, Adel United & Leeds United
Depending on which way you look at it I feel spoiled.

I started watching footy the day of the 89 GF. Obviously it sucked losing 4 GFs but it was still nice being constantly near the pointy end with really only a gap from 98-03 where we were overwhelmingly average (one EF appearance from memory) so it’s basically been 34 seasons with a quick stop to draw breath in the middle but you’re right the guys who started around 2004-05 definitely have been blessed
I started watching footy in 1990 (SANFL) and obviously in 91 when the Crows came in.. by 1997/98 i was a 14yr old/15yr old those years when we went back-to-back and could appreciate it etc BUT id have killed to have seen a flag or 2 in my 20s and 30s... i am 40 next year and now out of my prime years haha missed out in 05/06 and 2017 was the golden chance. Now it doesnt look likely for at least 4 or 5 years before we challenge again. Geelong just know how to do it right plus they can attract gun players. helps that any country boy that wants to go home will more than likely want to go to the Cats.


Brownlow Medallist
Jul 28, 2012
Melbourne, Danistan
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QPR, Buffalo Bills
Maybe the question should be "Have Geelong become too professional"? All i can say to that is "It's about time"! Geelong of the 21st Century is a far different club than it was in the 60s through to the 90s when powerhouse clubs like Carlton, Richmond, Essendon and Hawthorn dominated footy. As we approach 2023 living in the big smoke doesn't have the same attraction as it once did, player's lifestyles have changed, they are scrutinised more and everyone else has a mobile phone with a camera, do one thing wrong and you're going to be a headline with proof! No longer do many of them stagger out of the Tunnel off King street or Saloon Bar in South Yarra at 2am in the morning. Of course they want to have fun, but they also want to hang onto that six figure salary as long as can, i used to see a few stagger out of the Cherry Bar years ago, not so these days. It's embedded into players down at Geelong that you're a long-time retired, make the most of it while you can and don't blow it, going out and getting blotto doesn't appear to be high on the list of AFL footballers today? It's just too risky. The Melbourne CBD still has some good places to go for a young bloke, but it ain't what it used to be. The high pressure that comes with playing AFL at the highest level has the modern player thinking a lot more about their mental well being as much as their physical.
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Norm Smith Medallist
May 13, 2015
AFL Club
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Melbourne Victory
Simple question with an obvious answer in my eyes.. YES they have become too powerful!! How is it a team can win a grand final by a huge margin, yet still be able to get their hands on pick 7... and trade in players for peanuts who were previously drafted in the first round, just because they played for the Falcons??

Imagine the media outrage if this was one of the big Melbourne clubs?? Instead, all we hear is how it's all down to good management and culture.. when if this was one of the big Melbourne clubs.. all the media commentary would be about how unfairly advantaged the big Melbourne club is, and what needs to be done to curb said advantages.

This all started when Geelong supporter Steve Bracks got into power and began greasing the wheels for the Geelong Football Club.. and surprise surprise, this has turned Geelong into a powerful.. albeit too powerful, football club.

Whether it’s right or wrong it’s Definitely good management as it was for the tigers to somehow get two GWS players during trade period. The real question is should clubs be allowed to manage well and thus get strong or do they need to continue operating like St.Kilda?

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Feb 12, 2017
AFL Club
One of my favourite threads is this one. Love seeing it resurface! :grinv1:

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