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Rhys Stanley
Sitting out Community Series
RGeelong Cats
General Soreness
March 5, 2021
Stanley (soreness) will not play in Saturday's Community Series clash with the Tigers, Tom Collings of the Cats' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Stanley was expected to be a late decision for the contest after suffering a heavy knock in a practice match last week. Even though he won't play Saturday, it sounds as though there is little concern about his status for the start of the regular season.
Rhys Stanley
Late call for Essendon tilt
RGeelong Cats
General Soreness
March 4, 2021
Stanley will be a late decision for Saturday's Community Series match against Essendon after taking a heavy knock in a practice match last week, according to Mitch Cleary of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
There isn't anything to suggest that Stanley won't be ready for the Essendon match but there's also no guarantee that he'll play or not be limited in his minutes. He was able to put up decent numbers in 2020 with 212 hitouts and 10 goals in 11 games and should be ready for Round 1 against Adelaide if nothing else comes up.
Sam Simpson
Recovering from shoulder surgery
MGeelong Cats
Shoulder
March 4, 2021
Simpson is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and his status for the beginning of the regular season isn't fully clear, according to Mitch Cleary of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Simpson only played from July 9 to the end of the season in 2020 and his most notable performance came in his debut with 27 clearances against Brisbane. When he gets healthy, he'll be worth more attention if he can recapture his best work than what he did for much of the season.
Darcy Fort
Out with knee injury
RGeelong Cats
Knee
March 4, 2021
Fort remains unavailable for Saturday's match against Essendon with a knee injury, according to Mitch Cleary of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Fort doesn't even look likely to be ready for Round 1 but there hasn't been news much to suggest when he could return at all. He only made five appearances last season but still collected 106 hitouts.
Luke Dahlhaus
Likely out Saturday
MGeelong Cats
Groin
March 4, 2021
Dahlhaus is expected to miss Saturday's Community Series match against Essendon due to a groin injury, according to Mitch Cleary of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Dahlhaus wasn't overly impressive in 2020 but he still averaged 13.5 disposals per game and someone else will need to pick up the slack if he can't play. Fortunately, it looks like Dahlhaus will be ready to play in Round 1against Adelaide unless something sets him back in his recovery.
Mitchell Duncan
Expected out for Community Series
MGeelong Cats
Calf
March 4, 2021
Duncan is expected to miss Saturday's Community Series match against Essendon and may not be ready for Round 1 against Adelaide due to setbacks in a calf injury, according to Mitch Cleary of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Duncan is worth monitoring as his health improves after logging the 10th most marks in 2020 and ranking high in fantasy production across the entire league even in a deep midfield. However, if this injury continues to linger Duncan may not be at full speed when he does get the chance to play.
Sam Menegola
Cats best in losing effort
FGeelong Cats
October 24, 2020
Menegola totaled 13 disposals (10 kicks, three handballs), five marks and two goals in Saturday's 81-50 Grand Final loss to Richmond.
ANALYSIS
Menegola capped off a terrific season despite what was a disappointing result for the Cats. He was the team's only multiple goal scorer on a night when majors were at a premium. He ends the season ranked first in uncontested possessions and fourth in total disposals. He played in 21 games and was basically a must-roster player from the outset.
Tom Hawkins
Disappointing in loss Saturday
FGeelong Cats
October 24, 2020
Hawkins amassed 10 disposals (three kicks, seven handballs), three tackles, three marks, two behinds and one goal in Saturday's 81-50 loss to the Tigers.
ANALYSIS
Hawkins had a disappointing end to what has been a spectacular season, managing just one goal in Saturday's 31 point loss. The slippery conditions certainly made things difficult for Hawkins with clean looks hard to come by. Many will view this as perhaps the last shot at a premiership for the Cats with a number of their players on the wrong side of 30. With that being said, Hawkins should remain a key piece in the forward line for at least another season with the Cats still a viable title contender.
Patrick Dangerfield
Falls short in Grand Final loss
MGeelong Cats
October 24, 2020
Dangerfield ended with 12 disposals (seven kicks, five handballs), three tackles, one mark, one goal and one behind in Saturday's 81-50 Grand Final loss to Richmond.
ANALYSIS
Dangerfield was unable to lift his side to victory in what was his first Grand Final appearance. The classy midfielder could simply not get his hands on the ball down the stretch as the Cats blew an early 22 point lead. Despite the loss, it has certainly been an impressive season for Dangerfield who finished inside the top-10 in multiple categories. He will be almost 31 years of age when next season kicks off and his premiership window is getting smaller by the year.
Gary Ablett
Career comes to an end in loss
FGeelong Cats
October 24, 2020
Ablett finished with 12 disposals (four kicks, eight handballs), one tackle and one mark in Saturday's 81-50 Grand Final loss to the Tigers.
ANALYSIS
The career of one of the best to ever play the game came to an end Saturday as the Cats fell short in the season finale. Ablett suffered what looked to be a dislocated shoulder early in the game but returned to close out the match. He was clearly bothered by the injury throughout the entire duration but battled on, demonstrating his greatness despite the loss. Although it was not the end he had been hoping for, the dual Brownlow medallist will go down as a true legend of the game and a credit to both himself and his family.
Jack Steven
Unlikely to play in finale
MGeelong Cats
Hamstring
October 20, 2020
Steven (hamstring) isn't expected to take part in the Cats' finale versus the Tigers, Tom Morris of Fox Footy reports.
ANALYSIS
Steven has been sidelined for a while with the hamstring injury, which he suffered in a scratch match. So, even if he does gain clearance of the issue ahead of Saturday's grand finale, it seems likely he won't be included among the team's 22 for the contest.
Gary Ablett
Stars in win
FGeelong Cats
October 17, 2020
Ablett scored two goals and logged two behinds to go with 14 disposals (eight kicks, six handballs) during Saturday's 82-42 win over Brisbane.
ANALYSIS
Ablett has seldom done much all season but he ratcheted up his play to a higher level during a huge win over the Lions. He'll hope to play a big role in the first Grand Final since 2011 for the Cats.
Mitchell Duncan
Continues to fight hard in win
MGeelong Cats
October 17, 2020
Duncan recorded 22 disposals (13 kicks, nine handballs) and made five marks during Saturday's 82-42 win over Brisbane.
ANALYSIS
Duncan has been a star in the finals with some impressive all-around efforts on the back of two huge wins. He'll have his eyes on the prize during the first grand final for the Cats since 2011.
Tom Hawkins
Nearly spectacular in win
FGeelong Cats
October 17, 2020
Hawkins scored two goals and logged three behinds to go with five marks made and 12 disposals recorded (seven kicks, five handballs) from Saturday's 82-42 win over Brisbane.
ANALYSIS
Hawkins continues to pace the league in both goals and behinds as he drove his team to a place in the Grand Final. His performances in the month of October should make him one to watch as the pressure increases to the biggest match of the season.
Tom Stewart
Hauls in 14 marks Saturday
DGeelong Cats
October 10, 2020
Stewart totaled 26 disposals (18 kicks, eight handballs), 14 marks and one tackle in Saturday's 100-32 semi-final victory over the Magpies.
ANALYSIS
Stewart was certainly impactful during Saturday's blowout victory, managing a season-high 14 marks in what was possibly his best game of the season. He leads the entire league in marks per game and ranks as one of the most productive defenders available. The Cats will now face the Lions in next week's Grand Final qualifier, a matchup that is sure to test Stewart.
Mitchell Duncan
Leads Cats to famous victory
MGeelong Cats
October 10, 2020
Duncan produced 30 disposals (18 kicks, 12 handballs), 12 marks, two tackles and one behind in Saturday's 100-32 victory over Collingwood.
ANALYSIS
Duncan wound back the clock, producing his most polished finals performance in almost five years. His numbers could have been much better has the game been even remotely close. Along with a number of other veteran leaders, Duncan is playing his best footy at the right time of the year and has the Cats poised to play in their first grand final since 2011, should they be able to defeat the Lions next Saturday.
Patrick Dangerfield
Stars in thumping victory
MGeelong Cats
October 10, 2020
Dangerfield ended with 19 disposals (13 kicks, six handballs) six marks, four goals and one tackle in Saturday's 100-32 victory over the Magpies.
ANALYSIS
Dangerfield stamped his class on the game from the opening bounce and turned in arguably the best finals performance of his career as the Cats dominated a terrible Collingwood outfit. He floated between the forward line and the midfield and was simply in a class of his own. The win sets up a mouth-watering matchup against the Lions next Saturday with the winner moving through to the Grand Final.
Joel Selwood
Available for semifinal
MGeelong Cats
October 8, 2020
Selwood (finger) will be available for Friday's semi-final against Collingwood.
ANALYSIS
Selwood injured his finger during last week's qualifying final and underwent surgery. However, coach Chris Scott confirmed that there wasn't much doubt that he'd be ready to play as he'll be available for the Cats on Friday.
Sam Simpson
Available for selection
MGeelong Cats
October 6, 2020
Simpson (hamstring) will put his hand up for selection for Saturday's qualifying final versus Collingwood, David McPherson of the Cats' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Simpson took part in a scratch match over the weekend without issue and looks ready to roll should the staff call upon him. In six matches this season, Simpson has averaged 0.5 goals, 13.8 disposals, 3.2 tackles and 2.8 marks.
Joel Selwood
Hoping to play in semifinal
MGeelong Cats
Finger
October 6, 2020
Selwood underwent finger surgery but is hopeful to be available for Friday's semi-final versus Collingwood, David McPherson of the Cats' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Selwood will make every attempt to make it back for the contest after injuring the finger during last week's qualifying final. Friday's lineup release should shed more light on the skipper's availability.
Jack Steven
Ruled out with hamstring strain
MGeelong Cats
Hamstring
October 4, 2020
Steven was ruled out for Saturday's semifinal matchup against Collingwood due to a hamstring strain, The Age reports.
ANALYSIS
Steven suffered a hamstring injury during a scratch match over the weekend, and he'll be unavailable for Geelong's matchup Saturday. However, general manager Simon Lloyd didn't rule him out for the remainder of the season, so he could return if the Cats advance.
Patrick Dangerfield
Gives it his all in loss
MGeelong Cats
October 1, 2020
Dangerfield produced 22 disposals (14 kicks, eight handballs), two marks, two tackles and one goal in Thursday's 58-42 loss to Port Adelaide.
ANALYSIS
Dangerfield did his very best but it simply wasn't enough as the Cats fell by 16 points. He managed to keep his team close enough at the final change, scoring a vintage running goal to close out the third quarter. Unfortunately, he received very little support from his teammates, many of which are going to have to be better if the Cats hope to move beyond next week.
Tom Hawkins
Inaccurate in Thursday's loss
FGeelong Cats
October 1, 2020
Hawkins tallied 13 disposals (eight kicks, five handballs), seven marks, five behinds and four tackles in Thursday's 58-42 loss to the Power.
ANALYSIS
Hawkins did everything except kicks goals for the Cats, missing all six shots, some of which were certainly kickable. Despite a somewhat strong performance, Hawkins is on the ground to kick goals and so when his shots are off, it typically costs the team quite significantly. The loss continues a run of poor first-round performances for the Cats, having now been defeated in four straight opening week matchups.
Tom Atkins
Good to go
MGeelong Cats
September 29, 2020
Atkins (undisclosed) has been cleared to take part in Thursday's qualifying finals match versus the Power, Mitch Cleary of AFL Media (via the Cats' official site) reports.
ANALYSIS
Atkins sat out the home-and-away finale versus the Swans, but the added rest has allowed him to get right ahead of the finals. He will presumably feature in the Cats' midfield again.
Rhys Stanley
Cleared to play
RGeelong Cats
September 29, 2020
Stanley (groin) has been given the green light to play in Thursday's qualifying final versus Port Adelaide, Mitch Cleary of AFL Media (via the Cats' official site) reports.
ANALYSIS
Stanley had proven to be useful in the ruck for the Cats late in the season, collecting three goals, six marks and 44 hitouts over the last two contests. He should resume his duties in that role for the finals.
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