Zach Guthrie says his team is 'as hungry as ever' as they seek improvement in the coming rounds starting with the Gold Coast Suns on Sunday.

“I think as a team we are hungry as ever. Last season obviously with the success we had that was awesome, but I think we are all keen to try and put in some really good performances again,” Guthrie told media at GMHBA Stadium on Monday.

“I think we still have plenty of things to prove. I know myself I want to improve a few things and as a team we are really keen to put a few wins on the board.”


The Cats followed their Round 1 defeat to Collingwood, narrowly falling to the Blues on Thursday night by eight points. However, they showed glimpses of their best form throughout including a blistering final term against Carlton.

“I think that’s the great thing about this group. I think we were six goals down or so at three quarter time and we still strongly had the belief that we can come comeback and win the game with the talent we had in the room and back in our game plan to get us back in a position where we could win the game.”

“I think Collingwood and Carlton are both really good teams and will be right up there in the top eight.”


Having shown patches of their best form, the side's next challenge is to work on their consistency.

“Every team would like to be 2-0 but it is a tough competition, footy is a hard game and you are not going to get everything right throughout the whole 120 minutes of a game.”

“That’s the exciting thing. There’s always another game ahead to try and rectify some of the things that we didn’t quite do as well as we would have liked.

“For patches of the game, we have looked like we’ve been close to our best, we’ve just got to try and do a few more of those things a bit more consistently throughout the game and there is another challenge this week in Gold Coast to be able to do that.”

A positive for the Cats in the opening two rounds has been the introduction of new faces Jack Bowes, Tanner Bruhn, Ollie Henry and Cooper Whyte.

“I think it has been a bright start for some of those guys, they’ve performed really well, and I think as a team and for some of those guys as well they are only going to continue to get better as the year goes on so that’s certainly been a really exciting part for us.”


Guthrie has also enjoyed playing alongside Esava Ratugolea in the backline.

“I think he has been great. He’s a really good athlete which we’ve seen with some of the things he has been able to do throughout his whole career playing up forward and in the ruck early on, and now in defence.”

“The way he leaps at the ball is exciting and I think his willingness to learn the new role has been great. He has got some experienced heads down there and some great coaches that he can lean on, and I think he has been doing a really great job at fast tracking himself to become an important player for us.”

Geelong will travel North to play the Gold Coast Suns at Heritage Bank Stadium on Sunday.