The premiership race is not wide open

Remove this Banner Ad

Back One Out

Brownlow Medallist
Mar 2, 2015
17,409
30,097
AFL Club
Hawthorn
Melbourne are the only team who can beat Geelong this September. But the Demons aren't playing as well as last season. Not quite as hungry or focused. Been going through the motions and winning most weeks, but only doing just enough. We've all been waiting for them to flick the switch, but will they? Maybe... Maybe not...

Geelong have improved. A few of their younger players have taken the next step, so there's no real weaknesses. They missed Tom Stewart who was out injured in last year's finals. Jeremy Cameron was battling hamstring injuries at the business end of 2021. Geelong's forward line wasn't half as dangerous as it is now with Cameron & Hawkins working so well together, plus Stengle, Close and Miers buzzing around like flies and Dangerfield contributing (not all beaten up & tired from carrying the midfield load through the home & away games)

All of the other teams are pretenders in 2022. The Lions, Dockers, Pies, Swans, and Blues aren't bad teams. There's a lot to like about them. I just don't think any of them can win the flag. I can't see any of them knocking off both Dees and Cats at the MCG this September. They'll be better in 2023.

It's a weird season. Very even... But only 2 teams who are good enough & have the self-belief to go all the way.
 
Last edited:

Kobe Gryant

what colour is your Bugatti?
Jul 31, 2021
718
1,847
Sydney
AFL Club
Geelong
Other Teams
Lakers
It's interesting really. For all the flack we cop for being an 'arrogant' supporter base, have you noticed the lack of belief from Geelong supporters in this thread? The only one's calling us a sure thing are opposition supporters.

We're good, no doubt. Maybe even great....

...but better sides than the '22 Cats have faulted in September. For mine, Melbourne are still the favourites until they're kicked out. Still believe they've got a gear to go too and the home and away season is nothing more than lip service for them.

Cats the obvious challenger, Freo, and then Sydney as the dark horse.

Don't trust Brisbane. They're Geelong of a decade ago minus the dynasty in the rear view mirror.

Collingwood and Carlton both have the potential to beat anyone in September, particularly if it's at the MCG. You wouldn't want to be playing them especially with that crowd. Probably a prelim at best purely due to youth.

Rest are just making up the numbers.
 

NetworkNerd

Brownlow Medallist
Sep 6, 2011
11,475
19,294
Melbourne
AFL Club
Hawthorn
Other Teams
AFL Member so all clubs I guess.
Geelong are now so far ahead of the comp it's incredible. Melbourne will be lucky to make top 6
 

Log in to remove this ad.

kreuze_missile

Norm Smith Medallist
Jun 9, 2008
8,640
3,641
AFL Club
Carlton
Geelong the home and away specialists have everyone fooled once again. Not only do they have the Kardinia Park factor they were gifted 4 wins and huge percentage playing North & Eagles twice. Their September form speaks for itself.

Melbourne will come good. Brisbane should come good. Carlton still has 6 of their best 22 to come back including an actual tap ruckman. Everyone else is making up the numbers.
 

catstorm

Premium Platinum
Dec 9, 2011
5,073
6,003
AFL Club
Geelong
Other Teams
Toronto Raptors, Cincinnati Bengals
Geelong the home and away specialists have everyone fooled once again. Not only do they have the Kardinia Park factor they were gifted 4 wins and huge percentage playing North & Eagles twice. Their September form speaks for itself.

Melbourne will come good. Brisbane should come good. Carlton still has 6 of their best 22 to come back including an actual tap ruckman. Everyone else is making up the numbers.
So wait, Geelong will fail in September because they have in the past but Brisbane who are worse in September "Should come good" and Carlton who never play in September are also a chance :rolleyes:
 

kreuze_missile

Norm Smith Medallist
Jun 9, 2008
8,640
3,641
AFL Club
Carlton
So wait, Geelong will fail in September because they have in the past but Brisbane who are worse in September "Should come good" and Carlton who never play in September are also a chance :rolleyes:

If you take games played on the weird shaped oval down at Kardinia Park out of the equation, as well as all of the bottom sides they've beaten with their soft draw, what have Geelong actually done?

Beaten by the Swans. Beaten by the Hawks. Beaten by Freo. Beaten by St Kilda. Barely fell over the line against Richmond, Dogs & Port.

Literally their only "good" win this year was against a Carlton side who pick and choose when to turn up and were missing 8 of their best 22.


The bigfooty sheeps need to stop thinking whatever the media tells them to. Take Geelong away from Kardinia Park and they are average at best. Out in straight sets.
 

catstorm

Premium Platinum
Dec 9, 2011
5,073
6,003
AFL Club
Geelong
Other Teams
Toronto Raptors, Cincinnati Bengals
If you take games played on the weird shaped oval down at Kardinia Park out of the equation, as well as all of the bottom sides they've beaten with their soft draw, what have Geelong actually done?

Beaten by the Swans. Beaten by the Hawks. Beaten by Freo. Beaten by St Kilda. Barely fell over the line against Richmond, Dogs & Port.

Literally their only "good" win this year was against a Carlton side who pick and choose when to turn up and were missing 8 of their best 22.


The bigfooty sheeps need to stop thinking whatever the media tells them to. Take Geelong away from Kardinia Park and they are average at best. Out in straight sets.
But I never mentioned anything about any of that.

I asked how Brisbane who are worse in September than Geelong is a contender based on "September form speaking for itself" or Carlton who never play in September are somehow a contender despite never actually having September form.
 

kreuze_missile

Norm Smith Medallist
Jun 9, 2008
8,640
3,641
AFL Club
Carlton
If you take out the games Geelong won what have they done 🙄

The "Kardinia Park" factor is a massive reason why Geelong's consistent top 4 finishes have amounted to nothing for over a decade.

Until Geelong can play home finals at Kardina Park i'll continue to ignore anything that happens there.
 

(Log in to remove this ad.)

Wojcinski

Steve Hocking's Polish Friend
Aug 14, 2011
16,139
24,491
Wieliczka Salt Mine
AFL Club
Geelong
If you take games played on the weird shaped oval down at Kardinia Park out of the equation, as well as all of the bottom sides they've beaten with their soft draw, what have Geelong actually done?

Beaten by the Swans. Beaten by the Hawks. Beaten by Freo. Beaten by St Kilda. Barely fell over the line against Richmond, Dogs & Port.

Literally their only "good" win this year was against a Carlton side who pick and choose when to turn up and were missing 8 of their best 22.


The bigfooty sheeps need to stop thinking whatever the media tells them to. Take Geelong away from Kardinia Park and they are average at best. Out in straight sets.
yeah take away all the bottom sides we've beaten and we'd be 0-4. Bottom of the ladder!
 

Toffee Lion

BigFooty Rising Star
Oct 10, 2011
13,763
16,462
Melbourne
AFL Club
Brisbane Lions
Other Teams
Everton, Bucks, Packers
10-2 in our last 12 at the G
Wish we got to play at the G more. Don't take this the wrong way but the Cats are bloody fortunate to have not only their own home ground fortress but the ability to consistently play at the heart of football. Which you guys have played the G well.

Our last 12 games at the G is across the span of 2014 to 2022, for reference. That's almost 3 different lists.
 

Mantastic

Premiership Player
Jun 22, 2011
3,739
4,606
AFL Club
Geelong
Other Teams
Man City, Cleveland Browns
Collingwood's last 5 weeks has them beating 15th by 11, 12th by 5, 18th by 7, 16th by 5 and now 14th by 4. If this is their best footy I don't think any team in the top 8 will be too worried.

9th for percentage too. Just above Port and GCS. Exciting team to watch though.
 

Remove this Banner Ad