Saturday’s third AFL Round 14 match is between Geelong Cats and Fremantle Dockers with the game to be played at Simonds Stadium. The opening bounce is set to commence at 7:40PM local time with home team Geelong Cats currently holding favouritism. View our AFL live scores, odds and results for the game between Geelong Cats and Fremantle Dockers.
WHERE AND WHEN: Simonds Stadium, Saturday 29 June, 7:40pm
Opening odds comparison:
It’s the Geelong Cats vs the Fremantle Dockers on Saturday, 7.40pm at Simonds Stadium. Geelong will be slight favourites to win this game, although like most of the matches this round, this could be a close one. The Cats are second on the ladder at the moment, despite the fact that they gave away a 52 point lead last week to the Brisbane Lions. Fremantle won two big matches against the Cats last year, however, and will be keen to keep this momentum going in 2013. Fremantle also have the chance to overtake the Cats on the ladder if they win this match, something that should give them extra energy.
B: Cameron Guthrie, Harry Taylor, Corey Enright
HB: Joel Corey, Tom Lonergan, Taylor Hunt
C: Andrew Mackie, Joel Selwood, Mitch Duncan
HF: Mathew Stokes, James Podsiadly, Mark Blicavs
F: Josh Caddy, Tom Hawkins, Steven Motlop
Foll: Dawson Simpson, Allen Christensen, Jimmy Bartel
Int: Josh Hunt, Jordan Murdoch, James Kelly, Jesse Stringer
Emerg: Jackson Thurlow, Billie Smedts, Nathan Vardy
Out: S.Johnson (suspension)
B: Zac Dawson, Luke McPharlin, Lee Spurr
HB: Clancee Pearce, Michael Johnson, Garrick Ibbotson
C: Paul Duffield, Ryan Crowley, Tendai Mzungu
HF: Nathan Fyfe, Chris Mayne, Stephen Hill
F: Hayden Ballantyne, Matthew Taberner, Michael Walters
Foll: Zac Clarke, Matt de Boer, Nick Suban
Int: Hayden Crozier, Danyle Pearce, Tom Sheridan, Jack Hannath
Emerg: Cameron Sutcliffe, Tanner Smith, Viv Michie
Out: M.Barlow (jaw)
Cats star Johnson faces two-match AFL ban
Geelong’s stunning fadeout against Brisbane has left a major headache, with star utility Steve Johnson suspended for their AFL blockbusters against Fremantle and Hawthorn.
A day after the shock away loss to Brisbane, the Cats had more bad news on Monday when the match review panel banned Johnson for his high bump on Pearce Hanley.
Geelong could contest the rough conduct case on Tuesday evening, given Johnson misses two games whether a tribunal challenge succeeds or not.
Johnson also missed the narrow round-one win over Hawthorn through suspension and his poor record means the Cats cannot reduce the penalty with an early plea.
The Cats are still second after Sunday’s stunning result, where Brisbane rallied from a 52-point deficit late in the third term and won by five points for the eighth-best comeback in league history.
But Geelong captain Joel Selwood admits their form has been patchy.
They now host in-form Fremantle on Saturday night and then face arch-rivals Hawthorn at the MCG in one of the matches of the season on July 15.
The Cats have a 10-game winning streak over the Hawks that dates back to early 2009.
After losing to Geelong in round one, Hawthorn have won their last 11 games and lead the Cats by one game and percentage at the top of the ladder.
If the Hawks beat Brisbane this Sunday in Launceston, beating Geelong would mean the longest winning streak in club history and confirm their premiership favouritism.
Johnson was forced out of round one for striking Fremantle’s Hayden Ballantyne in a pre-season game.
He has since been one of Geelong’s top players.
The Dockers are also sweating on the availability of a key player this week, with midfielder Michael Barlow undergoing minor surgery on Monday for a jaw injury.
In other match review panel findings, Dockers tagger Ryan Crowley can accept a $900 fine for the unusual charge of pinching North Melbourne star Brent Harvey.
Crowley played on Harvey and they had a running battle in Sunday’s Perth match.
West Coast veteran Andrew Embley can accept a one-match ban for dropping his knees onto the chest of Hawthorn defender Ben Stratton.
Melbourne ruckman Jake Spencer faces a three-match suspension for front-on contact with St Kilda opponent Ben McEvoy.
Tom Simpkin’s poor record means the St Kilda defender cannot reduce his two-game suspension for striking Chris Dawes by taking an early plea.