2020 AFL preview: Geelong Cats team guide

Despite losing star Tim Kelly, the Cats should be able to put up a strong AFL campaign in 2020.


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The Cats have been pretty consistent in recent years, making the finals yet unable to capitalise on their success to win the entire thing.

They were minor premiers in 2019, but lost to Richmond in the preliminary finals. The Cats have been particularly efficient early in the competition, so repeating that performance might give them a head start as the new AFL season kicks off.

As far as changes are concerned, key player Tim Kelly joined the West Coast Eagles to be closer to his family. New faces include Jack Steven and Josh Jenkins.

All in all, the Cats are a strong team. As long as they don't lose momentum, a premiership or at least a grand final appearance could be on the cards.

How to watch Geelong Cats AFL matches

AFL fixtures are available on free-to-air TV, courtesy of Seven Network. However, Channel Seven only broadcasts four matches per week, which vary from state to state. Dedicated Geelong Cats fans should look into getting a paid subscription if they don't want to miss any games during the 2020 season.

Kayo Sports, Foxtel and Foxtel Now offer all AFL fixtures except the grand final both live and on demand. Out of the three, Kayo Sports is fairly affordable, with subscriptions starting at $25/month. This gets you access to more than 50 sports and a lot of excellent features like SplitView and Interactive Stats.

A 14-day free trial is available for new users. You can test out the platform, no strings attached. If you're unsure about which service to pick, our Kayo vs Foxtel guide might help you decide one way or another.

AFL fixtures are also broadcast on AFL Live Pass, but live streaming is limited to a seven-inch display size. AFL Live Pass is available for free for selected Telstra customers. You can also purchase a weekly, monthly or season pass from the AFL Live app. Get started by downloading it from Google Play or the App Store.

For more information, we have a detailed guide on how to stream the 2020 AFL season which includes a breakdown of providers.

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Watch Geelong Cats matches overseas

Travelling outside the country during AFL season? That doesn't mean you have to miss any games. You can keep up with the Cats via Watch AFL, which lets you stream matches from outside Australia. Our article on how to stream the 2020 AFL season from overseas will come in handy when planning your next trip.

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When do Geelong Cats play next?

Their first fixture in the 2020 AFL season will be against the GWS on 21 March. Here's the upcoming schedule for the Geelong Cats. You can see the complete AFL draw here.

Geelong Cats squad

Besides Kelly, players who left the Cats include Zac Smith and Wylie Buzza. Here's how the squad looks ahead of the 2020 AFL season.

Geelong Cats history

The Geelong Cats were founded in 1859, making them the second oldest club in the AFL after the Melbourne Demons. Geelong were a foundation club of both the Victorian Football Association (VFA) in 1877 and the Victorian Football League (VFL) in 1897.

The squad's latest premiership win was in 2011, when they defeated Collingwood in the grand final. The Cats play most of their home games at Kardinia Park, while a few take place at the MCG.

Image source: Geelong Cats website

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