AFL Live Adelaide Crows vs Geelong Cats Stream AFL JLT Series 2017 Pre Seasons Week 03 match will be kick off at Richmond Oval Stadium, Richmond, South Australia, Australia, Sunday 05 March 2017 online, 13.35 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Stand-in coach Matthew Knights was happy with the manner in which Geelong handled Hawthorn’s pressure in the JLT series opener in Launceston, but the Cats have much to prove in this regard if they are to be a genuine premiership threat this year.
Much has been made of their flame-out in last year’s preliminary final against the Swans, when the contest was effectively over at quarter-time after the Cats were goalless and their opponent had seven goals on the scoreboard.
The statistics come the end of the game raised eyebrows – the Cats would have 32 more inside 50s but the killer blow was that their efficiency was the lowest it had been all year.
Deeper analysis by Champion Data in its 2017 prospectus has labelled the Cats the “Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” of season 2016, meaning it should not have been such a surprise they struggled when the heat was at its fiercest.
“Fortunately the evil Mr Hyde was the personality who appeared less often. This meant the inconsistency ultimately didn’t hurt them as they still managed to finish in the top four at season’s end. The difference between their good and bad, however, was arguably the biggest gap of any finalist,” the analysis found.
Of the top-eight teams when playing against each other last year, the Cats were the most accomplished, claiming 32 premiership points (from 10 games) and a percentage of 126.5. But of the top-eight teams facing the bottom 10 sides, they were the worst, managing nine wins (from 12 games) – one behind North Melbourne. For a club which would ultimately finish as one of the top four sides, that was surprising.
Adelaide Crows: 3. Riley Knight, 7. Jordan Gallucci, 8. Jake Kelly, 10. Harrison Wigg, 12. Daniel Talia, 13. Taylor Walker, 14. David Mackay, 15. Kyle Hartigan, 16. Luke Brown, 17. Curtly Hampton, 20. Hugh Greenwood, 21. Rory Atkins, 22. Andy Otten, 23. Charlie Cameron, 24. Sam Jacobs, 26. Richard Douglas, 27. Tom Lynch, 29. Rory Laird, 30. Wayne Milera, 31. Myles Poholke, 32. Troy Menzel, 33. Brodie Smith, 34. Elliott Himmelberg, 36. Dean Gore, 37. Paul Hunter, 38. Harry Dear, 43. Reilly O’Brien, 44. Matt Crouch, 45. Ben Jarman
Geelong Cats: 1. Rhys Stanley, 2. Zach Tuohy, 3. Brandan Parfitt, 5. Nakia Cockatoo, 6. Lincoln McCarthy, 7. Harry Taylor, 9. Zac Smith, 10. Daniel Menzel, 11. Darcy Lang, 13. Tom Lonergan, 14. Joel Selwood, 18. Josh Cowan, 20. Ryan Gardner, 21. Jordan Murdoch, 22. Mitch Duncan, 23. Aaron Black, 24. Jed Bews, 25. Lachie Henderson, 26. Tom Hawkins, 27. Sam Menegola, 31. Jordan Cunico, 32. Steven Motlop, 33. George Horlin-Smith, 35. Patrick Dangerfield, 36. Tom Ruggles, 39. Zach Guthrie, 40. Jackson Thurlow, 44. Tom Stewart, 46. Mark Blicavs