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Which Cats would make State of Origin?

Jake Kolodjashnij during the under 18 championships representing Tasmania. - Geelong Cats
Jake Kolodjashnij during the under 18 championships representing Tasmania.

Which Geelong players would command a spot in their respective state sides if State of Origin made a return after 20 years?

With the Cats sitting on top of the ladder, the club would likely be well represented if the format made a return in 2019.


Allies

Tasmanian Jake Kolodjashnij has been solid down back and is rarely beaten while Tom Hawkins seems to be getting better with age at the other end of the ground. Hawkins is ranked in the competition’s top five players for goals, goal assists and score involvements.

Irish duo Mark O’Connor and Zach Tuohy would add some international flavour to the side and would provide stability and pace to the Allies’ back six.


South Australia

The Cats list runs thinner when looking at South Australian products. Rhys Stanley would be the most likely to feature for the SA side after a strong start to the season. The ruckman has been impressive as the Cats’ sole big man on many occasions but would face stiff competition from Brodie Grundy and Scott Lycett for the number one mantle in the SA side.

Brandan Parfitt played in the SANFL but hails from the Northern Territory. The Cats’ 2018 draft class is largely SA based with Jake Tarca, Ben Jarvis, Jacob Kennerley and Nathan Kreuger set to bolster the Cats’ South Australian stocks in years to come.


Victoria

The Cats would likely be well represented in a 2019 Victorian side with a plethora of players to choose from. The likes of Mark Blicavs and Tom Stewart are locks for the team’s defensive unit while Jack Henry would also be considered if the Vics were looking for a versatile third tall.

A midfield duo of Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood would also be hard to pass up. The way the Geelong forward line is performing this season could see the likes of Gary Ablett, Gary Rohan and Luke Dahlhaus earn spots in the side.


Western Australia

The Cats are well represented in the West with Tim Kelly the clear standout. Kelly is one of the competition’s top midfielders and would command a spot amongst the on-ballers for his home state. Mitch Duncan and Sam Menegola would be considered to join the second-year Cat in a deep WA midfield.

Veteran Harry Taylor would have to be considered down back while Jordan Clark could provide a spark with his speed and knack of kicking goals from long range.

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs