Geelong Football Club (VFL)
|Full name||Geelong Football Club reserves|
|Colours||White Navy blue|
|Competition||Victorian Football League|
|Premierships||3 (2002, 2007, 2012)|
|Ground(s)||Simonds Stadium (capacity: 28,000)|
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.
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. 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.
Note: This list and details are incomplete
|Year||H&A position||Finals position||Coach||Captain||Best and fairest|
|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|
|2014||9th||DNQ||Matthew Knights||Dominic Gleeson||Jordan Schroder|
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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