|Geelong Football Club|
|Full name||Geelong Football Club Limited|
|Former nickname(s)||Pivotonians, Seagulls|
|Leading goalkicker||Tom Hawkins (49 goals)|
|Colours||White Navy Blue|
|Competition||AFL: Senior men|
AFLW: Senior women (national level)
VFL: Reserves men
VFLW: Senior women (state level)
|Coach||AFL: Chris Scott|
AFLW: Paul Hood
VFL: Shane O'Bree
VFLW: Natalie Wood
|Captain(s)||AFL: Joel Selwood|
AFLW: Melissa Hickey
VFL: Aaron Black & James Tsitas
|Ground(s)||Kardinia Park[a] (capacity: 36,000)|
|Melbourne Cricket Ground[b] (capacity: 100,024)|
|Former ground(s)||Corio Oval (1878-1940)|
|Training ground(s)||Deakin University's Elite Sport Precinct & GMHBA Stadium|
The Geelong Football Club, nicknamed the Geelong Cats, is a professional Australian rules football club based in Geelong, Victoria. The club competes in the Australian Football League (AFL), the sport's premier competition.
The club formed in 1859, making it the second oldest club in the AFL after Melbourne and one of the oldest football clubs in the world. Geelong participated in the first football competition in Australia and was a foundation club of both the Victorian Football Association (VFA) in 1877 and the Victorian Football League (VFL) in 1897, now the national AFL. The club won a record seven VFA premierships and a further 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 the 2007 AFL Grand Final. Geelong won a further two premierships in 2009 and 2011.
The Cats play most of their home games at Kardinia Park (known for sponsorship reasons as GMHBA Stadium) and play the remainder at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Geelong's traditional guernsey colours are navy blue and white hoops. 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. The club's official team song and anthem is "We Are Geelong".
The team has worn various away guernseys since 1998, all featuring the club's logo and traditional colours.
"We Are Geelong" is the song sung after a game won by the Geelong Football Club. It is sung to the tune of "Toreador" from Carmen. The lyrics were written by former premiership player John Watts. Only the first verse is used at matches and by the team after a victory. The song currently used by the club was recorded by the Fable Singers in April 1972.
Geelong's administrative headquarters is its home stadium, GMHBA Stadium or also known as Kardinia Park. The club trains here during the season, however it also trains at its alternate training venue, Deakin University's Elite Sport Precinct. The latter features an MCG-sized oval and is used often by the club in the pre-season, when Kardinia Park is being used for other events.
The rivalry between Hawthorn and Geelong is defined by two Grand Finals: those of 1989 and 2008. In the 1989 Grand Final, Geelong played the man, resulting in major injuries for several Hawks players, Mark Yeates knocking out Dermott Brereton at the opening bounce; Hawthorn controlled the game, leading by approximately 40 points for most of the match; in the last quarter, Geelong almost managed to come from behind to win, but fell short by six points. In 2008 Grand Final, Geelong was the heavily backed favourite and had lost only one match for the season, but Hawthorn upset Geelong by 26 points; Geelong 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. 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. The curse was broken in a preliminary final in 2013, after Paul Chapman played his final match for Geelong the previous week. Hawthorn went on to win the next three premierships. In 2016 Geelong again defeated Hawthorn in the qualifying final. In 20 matches between the two sides between 2008 and 2017, 12 were decided by less than 10 points, with Geelong victorious in 11 of those 12 close games.
In 1925, Geelong won their first flag over Collingwood. In 1930, Collingwood defeated Geelong in the grand final making it four flags in-a-row for the Pies. Geelong would later deny Collingwood three successive premierships in 1937, winning a famous grand final by 32 points.
The two sides played against each other in 6 finals between 1951 and 1955, including the 1952 Grand Final when Geelong easily beat Collingwood by 46 points. 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.
Since 2007, the clubs have again both been at the top of the ladder and have met regularly in finals. Geelong won a memorable preliminary final by five points on their way to their first flag in 44 years. In 2008, Collingwood inflicted Geelong's only home-and-away loss, by a massive 86 points, but the teams did not meet in the finals. They would meet in preliminary finals in 2009 and 2010, each winning one en route to a premiership. They finally met in a Grand Final in 2011, which Geelong won by 38 points; Geelong inflicted Collingwood's only three losses for the 2011 season.
|Year||Kit Manufacturer||Major Sponsor||Shorts Sponsor||Back Sponsor|
|Australian Football League||Seniors||9||1925, 1931, 1937, 1951, 1952, 1963, 2007, 2009, 2011|
|Victorian Football Association||Seniors||7||1878, 1879, 1880, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1886|
|VFL Reserves (1919-1999)||Reserves||13||1923, 1924, 1930, 1937, 1938, 1948, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1975, 1980, 1981, 1982|
|Victorian Football League (2000-present)||3||2002, 2007, 2012|
|VFL Under 19s||Under-19s||1||1962|
|Other titles and honours|
|VFL McClelland Trophy (1951-1990; all grades)||Seniors||6||1952, 1954, 1962, 1963, 1980, 1981|
|AFL McClelland Trophy (1991-present; top of AFL ladder)||4||1992, 2007, 2009, 2019|
|VFL Night Series||Seniors||1||1961|
|AFL Preseason competition||Seniors||2||2006, 2009|
|Australian Football League||Minor premiership||14||1897, 1901, 1925, 1931, 1937, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1980, 1992, 2007, 2008, 2019|
|Grand Finalist||9||1897,[c]1930, 1953, 1967, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2008, 2020|
|Wooden spoons||5||1908, 1915, 1944, 1957, 1958|
|Greater Western Sydney||10||7||2||1||75.0|
|Highest score||Round 7, 1992||Carrara||Brisbane Bears||Geelong 37.17 (239) v Brisbane Bears 11.9 (75)|||
|Lowest score||Round 3, 1899||Corio Oval||Fitzroy||Geelong 0.8 (8) v Fitzroy 4.8 (32)|||
|Highest losing score||Round 6, 1989||Princes Park||Hawthorn||Geelong 25.13 (163) v Hawthorn 26.15 (171)|||
|Lowest winning score||Round 9, 1897||Corio Oval||Melbourne||Geelong 1.9 (15) v Melbourne 0.10 (10)|||
|Biggest winning margin||Round 19, 2011||Kardinia Park||Melbourne||186 points Geelong 37.11 (233) v Melbourne 7.5 (47)|||
|Biggest losing margin||Round 21, 1986||Princes Park||Hawthorn||135 points - Geelong 13.12 (90) v Hawthorn 35.15 (225)|||
|Record attendance (home and away game)||Round 9, 2010||Melbourne Cricket Ground||Collingwood||91,115|
|Record attendance (finals match)||1967 VFL Grand Final||Melbourne Cricket Ground||Richmond||109,396|
The Geelong reserves team began competing in the VFL Reserves competition with the league's other reserves teams from 1919. From 1919 to 1991 the VFL/AFL operated a reserves competition, and from 1992 to 1999 a de facto AFL reserves competition was run by the Victorian State Football League. 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. During that time, the Geelong reserves team won thirteen premierships (1923, 1924, 1930, 1937, 1938, 1948, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1975, 1980, 1981, 1982), the most of any club.
Since the demise of the AFL reserves competition, the Geelong reserves team has competed in the new Victorian Football League, having won three premierships in that time. Unlike all other Victorian AFL clubs, Geelong has never operated in a reserves affiliation with an existing VFL club, having instead operated its stand-alone reserves team continuously. The team is composed of both reserves players from the club's primary and rookie AFL lists, and a separately maintained list of players eligible only for VFL matches. Home games are played at GMHBA Stadium, with some played as curtain-raisers to senior AFL matches.
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. 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 club has also had a team in the second-tier VFL Women's league since 2017.
|Geelong AFLW honour roll|
|Season||Final position||Coach||Captain||Best and fairest||Leading goal kicker|
|2019||4th ^||Paul Hood||Melissa Hickey||Meg McDonald||Mia-Rae Clifford (6)|
|2020||9th ^||Paul Hood||Melissa Hickey||Olivia Purcell||Richelle Cranston (5)|
^ Denotes the ladder was split into two or more conferences. These numbers refer to the club's overall finishing position that season.
|Geelong VFLW honour roll|
|Season||Final position||Coach||Captain||Best and fairest||Leading goal kicker|
|2017||5th||Paul Hood||Bec Goring||Lily Mithen||Kate Darby (19)|
|2018||Runners-up||Paul Hood||Bec Goring||Richelle Cranston||Kate Darby (17)|
|2019||6th||Natalie Wood||Five rotating captains||Rebecca Webster||Madisen Maguire (11)|