Game Chat – Geelong v Sydney

Written by Thommo on June 1 2019

Where and when: GMHBA Stadium, Saturday, June 1, 4.35pm AEST

Last time they met: SCG, round 16, 2018: Sydney 9.5 (59) lost to Geelong 8.23 (71).

Inaccuracy plagued the far superior Cats throughout and left the door open for the Swans late when Ollie Florent made it a two-point game midway through the final term. Tim Kelly stood up to kick a crucial curling goal before defender-turned-forward Harry Taylor booted the sealer.

What it means for Geelong: Breaking Sydney’s strong record at GMHBA Stadium. Losing to the Swans on the past three occasions at home, the Cats will be out to regain supremacy on their home turf. It also offers the chance to bank another win before a big clash with Richmond.

What it means for Sydney: Standing up to play for their coach. After a week of innuendo about John Longmire’s future in the wake of a new job opening at North Melbourne, the Swans can prove they want him for the long term.

How Geelong wins: Stopping Sydney’s small forwards. In Sydney’s last three wins in Geelong, Lance Franklin has kicked just a combined two goals. In round six last year it was Will Hayward (three goals) and Ben Ronke (two) who did the damage.

How Sydney wins: Run the ball at Geelong’s defenders. Get Lance Franklin high up the ground and use his exquisite kicking inside 50. If the main man is anchored to the goalsquare, the Cats defenders will roam all day.

The stat: The Cats are averaging 13 marks inside 50 per game to be ranked fourth in the competition, compared to Sydney’s 10.7 a match that has them 11th.

The match-up: Mark Blicavs v Sam Reid

Reid enters off a bag of six and will play as the deepest forward. With Harry Taylor often taking the oppostion’s highest forward, expect Geelong teammate Mark Blicavs (No.4 key defender in the Official AFL Player Ratings) to go to Reid.

It’s a big week for: Gary Rohan

After all the talk over pre-season that he felt the Swans moved him out while contracted, Rohan has the chance to show them first-hand what they’re missing. Has kicked 12 goals from four outings at GMHBA Stadium this season.

Thommo’s Tip: Geelong by 20 points.


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18 thoughts on “Game Chat – Geelong v Sydney”


    Geelong: Rhys Stanley (adductor) replaced in selected side by Zac Smith
    Sydney: Nil

    Geelong: Brandan Parfitt, Gryan Miers, James Parsons, Jack Henry
    Sydney: Daniel Menzel, Nick Blakey, Jacob Dawson, Robbie Fox


    1. Not his fault, just gets parked up forward. Can’t understand why because when he goes into the midfield he kills it, ugh.


  2. My premos in this game are Heeney, Lloyd and Danger- and my one rookie, Atkins, is out scoring all of them. Don’t know whether to be pissed or happy.


    1. i think many are wondering the same – I am also considering Neale at the Gabba against the Hawks … not sure if they have anyone that would tag him … he may go large … nice cold night up here in Brisvegas!! … though cloud cover coming in … not expected to rain though …


      1. Probably 124 is just a pass it can
        sometimes come back to bite us
        when we get greedy too. I don’t
        have Neale unfortunately he
        probably is a good chance for a
        big score at home.


    2. ROB’s hitout-win-percentage is only 43 percent, so there is definitely the potential for Gawn to dominate tonight.

      Personally, I’d take the 124 and make a certainty of it, but there’s no reason Gawn can’t beat that.


  3. Surely Parker has to be in serious consideration now for top 8 mid?

    Currently on 110 points, with 21 possies, 16 kicks, 4 tackles, 11 CP’s at 72%DE …


  4. So, who plays in the mids (need 2):

    T/U – Any of the three (lower – not Walsh) Blues rooks
    T/D – O Baker from the demons


  5. 3 QTR Time

    Geelong Cats: 11.4.70
    P. Dangerfield 103
    Tom Hawkins 89
    Brandan Parfitt 80
    Esava Ratugolea 79
    Mitch Duncan 76
    Tim Kelly 72
    Tom Stewart 69
    Luke Dahlhaus 69
    Mark Blicavs 63
    Zach Tuohy 59
    Tom Atkins 56
    Mark O’Connor 52
    Zac Smith 49
    Cameron Guthrie  48
    Jordan Clark 47
    Gryan Miers 41
    Joel Selwood  37
    Jack Henry 37
    James Parsons 36
    Jake Kolodjashnij 36
    Harry Taylor 35
    Gary Rohan 18

    Sydney Swans: 6.13.49
    Luke Parker 123
    Dane Rampe 111
    Jake Lloyd 84
    Sam Reid 80
    Jordan Dawson 79
    Callum Sinclair 71
    George Hewett 69
    Tom Papley* 68
    Will Hayward 63
    Callum Mills 61
    Isaac Heeney 60
    Colin O’Riordan 58
    Oliver Florent 56
    Aliir Aliir 49
    Lewis Melican 44
    Tom McCartin 37
    Jarrad McVeigh 36
    Robbie Fox 36
    Lance Franklin 34
    Nick Blakey 33
    Daniel Menzel 18
    Ryan Clarke 7



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