‘The Cameron effect’: How ex-Giant is transforming the Cats
We always knew Jeremy Cameron was a good player.
But this week on the Real Footy podcast, Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Greg Baum discuss how Cameron’s arrival from GWS has changed the Cats – and how the Cats have helped Cameron. What will it mean for Geelong when Patrick Dangerfield returns? How is he helping Gary Rohan? And there’s a Tom Hawkins stat that shows just how good it is to play alongside him in the forward line.
Plus, we look at Chris Scott’s coaching decisions and how the Cats are moving the ball this season.
Despite the fact that Geelong’s win over Richmond on Friday was a season-shaping game, the Tigers can’t be written off yet. Though they are well coached with a brilliant system, they were missing key players – specifically Trent Cotchin – which cost them against Geelong. They’re going to need those players back if they are to win cutthroat finals against the better teams in the competition. And can they solve their ruck problem?
Also this week, the Bulldogs pulled off a big comeback over the Blues on Sunday but David Teague’s men have developed a bad habit when it comes to giving up five-goal runs. We discuss the question marks over the Bulldogs in terms of their premiership credentials, including their defence. We look at the situations of Marcus Bontempelli, who had an Anthony Koutoufides-style performance against the Blues, and Patrick Cripps, who had just five touches in the second half. Both will be out of contract free agents at the end of this year. How will their form and the timing around their contracts affect the deals they both get? And if Carlton could only have one of Cripps or Harry McKay, who would you pick?
Elsewhere, the Demons are 8-0 for the first time since 1965 and they’re doing what they have to do to keep notching victories. Are they the benchmark of the competition? Plus, Tom McDonald was key in their victory over the Swans, and is proving an important cog in the Melbourne machine. It’s a turnaround from being on the trade table last November, but a return to 2018 form, when the Dees were also flying. Is McDonald a symptom or a cause of the Demons’ success?
Plus: Why Essendon supporters can be happy despite sitting 2-6, Collingwood’s “sigh of relief” game, the mystifying umpiring decisions from round eight, whether the Saints can make the eight and much more.
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