Australian Football League Collingwood Magpies vs Geelong Cats Live Stream Free, AFL 2019 Round 01 Live Stream. Collingwood Magpies vs Geelong Cats match will be kickoff at Melbourne Cricket Ground, East Melbourne, Australia, Friday 22 March 2019 online, 19:50 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Geelong has named six new players to play Collingwood tomorrow night at the MCG. Former Geelong Falcons Gary Rohan and Luke Dahlhaus who joined the club from Sydney and Western Bulldogs respectively take the spots alongside fellow new Cats Gryan Miers, Charlie Constable, Tom Atkins and Jordan Clark. Gary Ablett as expected is named in a forward pocket rather than the midfield. The match starts at 7:50PM. Collingwood has just the one new player in Jordan Roughead recruited from the Bulldogs.
Jed Bews and Nakia Cockatoo will miss through injury but Esava Ratugolea passed a fitness test and lines up at centre half forward, in a forward line missing Dan Menzel. Rhys Stanley is named in the ruck and will presumably alternate with Ratugolea. Ryan Abbott, Geelong’s first-choice ruckman in their last game in the 2018 finals series, is an emergency. Many players were let go last season but James Parsons, Jordan Cunico were not among them, named as emergencies alongside Abbott and Quinton Narkle.
After the heartbreaking loss to the 2018 season which saw them lose the Grand Final by just five points to the West Coast Eagles, the Pies have reloaded in 2019, adding some key pieces and look primed to make another real run at the Premiership this season. The Pies held a 29 point advantage at one stage of the Grand Final but ultimately couldn’t capatalise as the Eagles stormed home to win their fourth premiership.
The Pies have made some major additions without having to let go of much in the 2019 off-season. They welcome back star midfielder Dayne Beams to the club after a four year stint at the Brisbane Lions, adding to what is already arguably the best midfield in the league. Beams will run alongside skipper Scott Pendlebury, Adam Trelor, Taylor Adams, Tom Phillips and the runner up in the 2018 Brownlow Medal, Steele Sidebottom.
The Pies also addressed their biggest concern from last season, which was key defenders, by adding former Western Bulldogs player Jordan Roughead. Roughead will be able to play on the opposition’s best key forward and also pinch hit in the ruck, allowing Brodie Grundy to spend time forward.
Up forward, the Pies will be damaging. Jordan De Goey had a breakout year in 2018 and should be one of the most dominant medium forwards in the competition. Big man Mason Cox had a coming out party in the finals and should continue to improve while the young guns in Will Hoskin-Elliot and Jaidyn Stephenson will bring speed, athleticism and enthusiasm. The Pies were probably missing one extra piece in their forward line last year and they should get that back this season as Jamie Elliot looks set to come back into the fold.
Geelong finished 8th on the AFL ladder last season and were bounced by Melbourne in the first round of the finals. With a much easier schedule this year and plenty of star talent in their line-up, they should have their eyes on the top four finish in 2019.
The Cats made some major moves to get more speedy and more athletic up forward. Luke Dalhaus joins as an unrestricted free agent from the Western Bulldogs and should create a dynamic sall forward presence alongside Gary Ablett at the feet of the evergreen Tom Hawkins.
The Cats also added Gary Rohan from the Swans through a trade. While Rohan has had injury concerns over the years, he adds valuable outside run to compliment the hard nosed midfielders that Geelong posses in Joel Selwood, Patty Dangerfield and Mitch Duncan.
Geelong’s defence was arguably the best in the competition this year and they should continue to be a force in 2019 with one more pre-season as a group. Mark Blicavs will resume a career defining role across centre-half back while Tom Stewart earned All-Australian honours for his performance in 2018.
Interestingly, the away side has won six of the last seven games between these two teams and Geelong has come up trumps in their last two meetings. Many have written off Geelong as serious contenders in 2019 already and while they might not be up to the level of the Richmond caliber teams, on their night they are as good as anyoen and they have one of the easiest schedules in the league this season.
The Pies will be fired up after the Grand Final loss and should be playing in front of a packed MCG crowd who will be 90% Magpies fans. Extremely tough game to call here, especially without having seen either side at full strength throughout the pre-season. We love the value of the Cats here, who have become accustomed to playing at the MCG over the last few years and should be near full strength. Collingwood on the other hand will be without Adams, Hoskin-Elliot and possibly Jordan De Goey.
B: Brayden Maynard, Jordan Roughead, Jack Crisp
HB: Jeremy Howe, Darcy Moore, Tom Langdon
C: Chris Mayne, Scott Pendlebury, Steele Sidebottom
HF: Josh Thomas, Mason Cox, Jaidyn Stephenson
F: Jamie Elliott, Brody Mihocek, Jordan De Goey
FOLL: Brodie Grundy, Dayne Beams, Adam Treloar
INT: Tom Phillips, Callum L. Brown, James Aish, Travis Varcoe
EMER: Ben Crocker, Tyson Goldsack, Brayden Sier, Levi Greenwood
NEW: Jordan Roughead
B: Jack Henry, Mark Blicavs, Mark O’Connor
HB: Jake Kolodjashnij, Harry Taylor, Tom Stewart
C: Joel Selwood, Patrick Dangerfield, Mitch Duncan
HF: Luke Dahlhaus, Esava Ratugolea, Tom Atkins
F: Gary Ablett, Tom Hawkins, Gary Rohan
FOLL: Rhys Stanley, Tim Kelly, Brandan Parfitt
INT: Jordan Clark, Sam Menegola, Charlie Constable, Gryan Miers
EMER: James Parsons, Ryan Abbott, Jordan Cunico, Quinton Narkle
NEW: Luke Dahlhaus, Tom Atkins, Gary Rohan, Jordan Clark, Charlie Constable, Gryan Miers