AFL – Is this club a sleeping giant in 2022?

As several of the Top 8 AFL teams have undergone big changes in the past month, one club has held steady, and seen them emerge as serious contenders.

Maybe we’re so used to seeing Geelong out there that it doesn’t register for AFL fans anymore. The cats on the top rungs of the ladder? Sounds good. Since their drought-breaking premiership win in 2007, the Cats have missed the final just once. ONE TIME. It is an outrageous record that no other AFL club has come close in this period. And in 2022, they are set to pull it off for the 15th time in 16 seasons (currently $1.08 final hopes with Palmerbet). But there is a danger of underestimating the club we have become so used to seeing on the top rungs of the ladder. Are we sleeping at the Cats in 2022?

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While several of the top teams have undergone big changes in the last month, Geelong has remained stable throughout. In fact, they are the only Top 8 team to have won their last four in a row. In that period they were reduced from $13 to $7.50 on Palmerbet’s AFL Premiership market. But they continue to fly under the radar in 2022. And North Melbourne legend David King says we shouldn’t underestimate them. “Carlton fans are over the moon. Collingwood fans are over the moon, Richmond fans are back in the game again,” he told SEN Radio last week. “Melbourne fans are still holding their ground… Brisbane fans are saying, ‘We’re back.’ Freo fans, they’ve been the loudest fans all year, and rightly so, good for them. Geelong hasn’t said anything. Geelong just slips under the radar every week and is probably in the top two or three contenders right now.” So why have they flown under the radar?

Same or different?

Geelong’s ability to never bottom out and be competitive every year, as mentioned, isn’t talked about enough in AFL discussions. But the only slight to their dominance in recent years is that they haven’t turned favorable positions into ultimate success. In fact, while they have made the Top 4 in seven of the last nine seasons, they have failed to advance to the AFL Grand Final on only ONE occasion. The general perception is that while they have enough strength and class to ensure they are on the top rungs every season, they don’t have enough to get past the top one or two clubs in September. However, if they are to go all the way in 2022, they will need a shooting man given their comparative lack of top-end midfield class.

dream of running home

The Cats have a dream of coming home in 2022 that sees them more than likely to secure a top 4 berth for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. With nine games to go, they play just four more games against the AFL clubs currently in the Top 8. In addition, they play the cellar dwellers of North Melbourne and the West Coast again, both at home in the GMHBA stadium, where they will start as big favorites. Some might even consider Geelong’s current Minor Premiership price of $8.00 worth a try.

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