All eyes on… Young Misfits
The Cats trip south to the Apple Isle showed one thing, the Cats have some talented young defensive prospects. It may have taken a best-on-ground performance for many fans to take notice, but Zach Guthrie has been playing consistently strong football in defence for some time. He won’t win 28 disposals every match, but Guthrie is now every bit a mature and seasoned AFL footballer. First-gamer Nathan Kreuger clocked the fastest speed of the match at 32.3 km/h, impressive closing speed for a 196cm key defender. Add 22-year-old stalwart Jack Henry, 2019 first rounder Sam De Koning and speedster Jordan Clark and you have the bones of a serious defence of the future. There will be some hard discussions at the selection table this week if Henderson and Atkins are fit to return.
All eyes on… Carji Cam
Our favourite humble Cat Cam Guthrie reaches a milestone 200 games against the Giants. The man who inherited number 29 has come a long way in Geelong and is now ‘the man’ in the midfield. Despite missing a three-week period with an AC joint injury, Guthrie still sits inside the AFLCA coaches votes top 20. The man with the shaggy mane leads the second-placed Cats ball-winner by a whopping five touches per match. Let’s take this week to appreciate just how far he’s come.
All eyes on… the top four
The Cats now sit a game and a half clear of the fifth-placed Swans with just three matches to come. The equation is now simple, two wins secure a top four finish for season 2021. With the Giants, Saints and Demons on the cards in the final three rounds, a win this round would be very much welcome. Keep an eye out for any slip-ups from the chasing pack, particularly from Sydeny, Port Adelaide and Melbourne.
All eyes on… Jez Watch
Could Jezza Cameron be back to face his former side? The goal-kicking wonder returned to the main training group last week, which will delight Cats fans. With three games remaining for the season, Geelong will most likely keep their star on ice for at least another week before unleashing Cameron right on the eve of finals football.