Outs: James Podsiadly to Adelaide, Paul Chapman to Essendon, Joel Corey (retired), Josh Hunt to GWS, Trent West to Brisbane
2013 Record – 2nd on ladder – 72 points – 18 wins, 4 losses.
Stat Rankings –
Positive: 2nd in points scored, 3rd in handballs, 4th in disposals.
Negative: 15th in hitouts.
Some well respected AFL judges expected the Geelong dynasty to crumble in 2013 but they started with a win against the Hawks and never looked back, ultimately ending up 2nd on the ladder. They only lost 4 regular season games, with three of those losses by a single goal, but with five more Premiership winning players vacating Simonds Stadium there will be many more making similar predictions of doom for the forthcoming campaign.
The fitness of Tom Hawkins was a major talking point last year. He hobbled around, clearly struggling with a back injury for a big part of the season, which makes the trade of James Podsiadly to the Crows a potential big loss for the Cats.
Cats fans will be hoping the game changing midfielder/forward Travis Varcoe can stay fit after playing just 14 matches in 2013 following a wash out year in 2012 with just one game played. Before that he averaged 20 games over 5 years.
The Cats have a decent looking draw and they’ll likely be 4 and 0 going into the clash with Hawthorn in round 5.
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