Saturday’s (18/07/2015) first AFL 2015 Round 16 match is between Geelong Cats and Western Bulldogs. The opening bounce is set to commence at 13:45 local time with the game to be played at Simonds Stadium. The home team Geelong Cats are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Geelong Cats and Western Bulldogs.
When: 13:45 | Saturday 18/07/2015
Where: Simonds Stadium
Tip: Western Bulldogs at $2.44
Value Tip: First Goalscorer: Walker, Joshua at $14.00
B Jackson Thurlow, Tom Lonergan, Jed Bews
HB Corey Enright,Harry Taylor, Mark Blicavs
C Andrew Mackie, Cameron Guthrie, Steven Motlop
HF Mathew Stokes,Shane Kersten, Jimmy Bartel
F Jordan Murdoch, Tom Hawkins,Darcy Lang
Fol Josh Walker,Josh Caddy, Steve Johnson
I/C Mitch Duncan, Cory Gregson, James Kelly, Jake Kolodjashnij
Emg George Horlin-Smith, Dawson Simpson, Billie Smedts
In Shane Kersten,Mitch Duncan, Jake Kolodjashnij
Out Dawson Simpson (Omitted), Joel Selwood (Suspension), Jared Rivers (Knee).
B Dale Morris,Jordan Roughead, Matthew Boyd
HB Robert Murphy, Easton Wood, Jason Johannisen
C Jack Macrae,Marcus Bontempelli, Tory Dickson
HF Luke Dahlhaus, Tom Boyd, Jarrad Grant
F Mitch Wallis, Jack Redpath, Jake Stringer
Fol Tom Campbell, Koby Stevens, Liam Picken
I/C Stewart Crameri, Josh Prudden, Bailey Dale, Caleb Daniel
Emg Lachie Hunter, Lukas Webb, Michael Talia
In Jordan Roughead,Tom Campbell, Stewart Crameri,Bailey Dale
Out Michael Talia (Omitted), Fletcher Roberts (Ankle), Lachie Hunter (Omitted), Will Minson (Shoulder).
Geelong coach Chris Scott admits his misfiring AFL team is lucky to remain in finals contention.
North Melbourne easily beat the Cats by 41 points on Saturday night, leaving Scott to lament his team’s poor defence.
Geelong dropped one spot to 11th, a game and a half outside the top eight.
“We’re a bit fortunate that we’re still in touch,” he said.
“We have a level of optimism with what can be achieved, but we need to play better than (what) we are at the moment.”
Defence has been the bedrock of this great Cats era, which yielded three premiership between 2007-11.
But Geelong’s backline had a bad night and generally, the team defence was lacking.
“We had way too many players who were down,” Scott said.
“We defended … as poorly as I can remember.
“They just scored way too many easy goals.”
The cancelled game against Adelaide meant Geelong had a 20-day break before this match.
But Scott said they would be clutching at straws if they used that as an excuse.
The Cats were left seething when an apparent goal in the third term was disallowed, despite a video review.
Andrew Mackie’s shot was marked by Robbie Tarrant on the line and the goal umpire was unsighted.
Footage appeared to show that the mark was taken over the goal line, but the mark was paid.
While Scott was quick to say the incident did not affect the result of the match, Geelong were pressing when they were denied the goal.
“It’s really simple – it’s black and white,” he said.
“Yes, it had a bit of an impact, but we lost by 41 points.
“It’s not an excuse … but it looked like a goal.
“I’m happy to be shouted down.”
One positive for Geelong on Saturday was the return of Daniel Menzel in the VFL.
Menzel has had a shocking run with injury and undergone four knee reconstructions.
It was his first game in more than two years.
“We shouldn’t underestimate the importance of the occasion,” Scott said.
“We’re all thrilled for him.”
All odds are subject to change. Odds listed are correct at the time of the latest update.