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I thought we could kick off GF week with a happy story that all can get behind and embrace. Sing songs together over a wonderful happening that we will get to enjoy soon... The demise of Geelong. For a few years at least... We have seen our rise built on the backs of top 40 ND picks that we have nailed, and avoided trading out where we could. Geelong on the other hand... Top 40 ND picks 2012 ND16 Thurlow 2013 ND16 Lang ND36 Jansen 2014 ND10 Cockatoo Trade ND21 Stanley 2015 Trade ND9 & ND28 Dangerfield Trade ND17* Henderson 2016 Trade ND15* Touhy ND26 Parfitt ND40 Stewart 2017 Trade ND19 & ND30* Ablett ND22 Fogarty ND24 Kelly ND36 Constable 2018 ND15 Clark 2019 ND16 Stephens ND19 De Konig Trade ND37 Jenkins 2020 Trade ND12 & ND15 & ND18 Cameron ND20 Holmes ND33 Neale *Future Pick Mature Age Trade Failed Pick/Player not at club Successful Pick The 4 kids inside the top 40 in the last two drafts have played 13 games, of which Holmes has played 12 - a perfectly fine defensive HBF (another way of saying he doesn't have any tricks). They lucked out with Stewart in 2016 and that is it, there have been a few role players like Miers, Henry, and Smith that they acquired later in the draft process or UFA. They potentially got a new start with Kelly going to WCE, but turned that 3 picks in the top 20 windfall into a lead up 'flanker' forward that needs a bigger bodied FF beside him to function. Their list is aging and has very little below to replace those that are to move on soon. They have epitomised the idea of constantly topping up and relying on your stars to win you big games - but when those stars retire... List? Meet Cliff.
Like last year, the Casey Scorpions will take on Geelong VFL at Simonds Stadium on Saturday in the curtain raiser to the Geelong v Melbourne game. Unlike last year, when the VFL Cats were the underdogs and won by 128 points in an ominous preview of the later game, this year they will start as favourites. And seating will be hard to get for the Casey folk according to the VFL website. Due to the redevelopment of Simonds Stadium (involving the Doug Wade Stand and the Southern Terrace), a large number of reserved seats at the Stadium have been lost. As a result, this has had an impact on the entry details for VFL curtain raiser matches. VFL Club supporters and general public will be required to pre-book general admission standing room entry or a daily reserved seat prior to the match to guarantee their entry on match-day. Please see the information below about Peter Jackson VFL games that will be influenced. Please note: VFL Passes and Club Memberships WILL NOT give you access to Simonds Stadium for these games. All supporters must book a ticket through Ticketmaster. I'll be back tomorrow night with the VFL teams. The Development League team has its second bye of the season this weekend (the first was just three weeks ago).