Geelong Football Club (VFL)

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This article is about the Geelong Football Club reserves team which participates in the Victorian Football League. For full information and history about the parent club and its AFL team, see Geelong Football Club.
Full name Geelong Football Club reserves
Nickname(s) Cats
2014 season
Home-and-away season 9th
Club details
Founded 1859
Colours      White      Navy blue
Competition Victorian Football League
Chairman Colin Carter
Coach Paul Hood
Captain(s) TBC
Premierships 3 (2002, 2007, 2012)
Ground(s) Simonds Stadium (capacity: 28,000)
Other information
Official website

Geelong Football Club VFL team, nicknamed the Cats, is an Australian rules football team that plays in the Victorian Football League. Its parent team, Geelong Football Club, plays in the Australian Football League.


The Geelong Football Club was formed in July 1859 and joined the Victorian Football Association as a founding member in 1877. Geelong left the VFA at the end of the 1896 VFA season to be a part of the breakaway Victorian Football League (which became the Australian Football League in 1990) where it has fielded its senior teams since.

From 1919 to 1991 the VFL/AFL operated a reserves competition and from 1992 to 1999 a de facto AFL reserves competition known as the Victorian State Football League. The Geelong Football Club fielded a reserves team in both of these competitions, allowing players who were not selected for the senior team to play for Geelong in the lower grade. During that time, the Geelong reserves team won thirteen premierships (1923, 1924, 1930, 1937, 1938, 1948, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1975, 1980, 1981, and 1982), the most of any club.[1]

At the end of the 1999 season, the VFL merged with the Victorian State Football League (VSFL) to become the present-day Victorian Football League. Geelong chose to field its stand-alone reserves team for the 2000 VFL season and has continued to do so for every VFL season since.[2] From 2003 to 2007 Geelong was the only AFL club to field a stand-alone team in the VFL.

The Geelong reserves team has been relatively successful in its time in the VFL, winning three premierships and finishing as runners-up twice. In 2002, coached by Ronn Watt with Tim McGrath as captain, the Cats defeated Port Melbourne by 22 points in the Grand Final; it was Geelong's first premiership at any level since 1982. In 2006, Geelong lost the Grand Final against Sandringham by 18 points. In 2007, under coach Leigh Tudor and captain James Byrne, the club won the premiership by defeating Coburg by 74 points. In 2012, Geelong won its third VFL premiership defeating Port Melbourne by 33 points, coached by Matthew Knights and captained by Troy Selwood.

The Geelong VFL team is composed of both reserves players from the club's primary and rookie AFL lists, and a separately maintained list of players eligible only for VFL matches.

Honour board[edit]

Note: This list and details are incomplete

Year H&A position Finals position Coach Captain Best and fairest
2000 5th Preliminary final
2001 13th
2002 1st Premiers
2003 8th Elimination final
2004 9th
2005 13th Wooden spoon James Byrne Matthew Spencer
2006 3rd Runners up James Byrne James Byrne
2007 2nd Premiers Leigh Tudor James Byrne Tim Callan
2008 10th Leigh Tudor James Byrne Jason Davenport
2009 8th Elimination final Dale Amos James Podsiadly James Podsiadly
2010 12th Dale Amos Ryan Gamble
2011 9th Dale Amos Troy Selwood, Matt Firman Jonathan Simpkin
2012 3rd Premiers Matthew Knights Troy Selwood Jonathan Simpkin
2013 1st Runners up Matthew Knights Troy Selwood Mark Corrigan[3]
2014 9th DNQ Matthew Knights Dominic Gleeson[4] Jordan Schroder[5]

Premierships: 3 (2002, 2007, 2012)
Runners up: 2 (2006, 2013)
Minor premierships: 2 (2002, 2013)
Wooden spoons: 1 (2005)
J.J. Liston Trophy winners: 2 (Byrne 2007, Schroder 2013)
Frosty Miller Medallists: 0
Fothergill-Round Medallists: 1 (Davenport 2006)

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