Geelong Football Club
The Geelong Football Club, nicknamed the Cats, are a professional Australian rules football club based in the city of Geelong, Australia. The club competes in the Australian Football League, the highest level of Australian rules football in Australia; the Cats have been the VFL/AFL premiers nine times, with three in the AFL era. The Cats have won nine McClelland Trophies, a record shared with Essendon; the club was formed in 1859, making it the second oldest club in the AFL after Melbourne and one of the oldest football clubs in the world. Geelong participated in the first football competition in Australia and was a foundation club of both the Victorian Football Association in 1877 and the Victorian Football League in 1897; the club first established itself in the VFA by winning seven premierships, making it the most successful VFA club leading up to the formation of the VFL in 1897. The club won a further six premierships by 1963, before enduring a 44-year waiting period until it won its next premiership—an AFL-record 119-point victory in the 2007 AFL Grand Final.
Geelong have since won a further two premierships in 2009 and 2011. The Cats play their home games at Kardinia Park, while sporadically playing home games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Docklands Stadium. Geelong's traditional guernsey colours are navy white hoops; the club's nickname, "The Cats", was first used in 1923 after a run of losses prompted a local cartoonist to suggest that the club needed a black cat to bring it good luck. The club's official team song and anthem is "We Are Geelong". Geelong's traditional navy blue and white hooped guernsey has been worn since the club's inception in the mid-1800s; the design is said to represent the white seagulls and blue water of Corio Bay. The team have worn various away guernseys since 1998, all featuring the club's logo and traditional colours. "We Are Geelong" is the song sung after a game won by the Geelong Football Club. It is sung to the tune of "Toreador" from Carmen; the lyrics were written by former premiership player John Watts. Only the first verse is used by the team after a victory.
The song used by the club was recorded by the Fable Singers in April 1972. We are the greatest team of all We are Geelong. Stand up and fight, remember our tradition Stand up and fight, it's always our ambition Throughout the game to fight with all our might Because we’re the mighty blue and white And when the ball is bounced, to the final bell Stand up and fight like hell Geelong's administrative headquarters is its home stadium, Kardinia Park; the club trains here during the season, however it trains at its alternate training venue, Deakin University's Elite Sport Precinct. The latter features an MCG-sized oval and is used by the club in the pre-season, when Kardinia Park is being used for other events; the rivalry between Hawthorn and Geelong is defined by two Grand Finals: those of 1989 and 2008. In the 1989 Grand Final, Geelong played the man, resulting in major injuries for several Hawks players, Mark Yeates knocking out Dermott Brereton at the opening bounce. In 2008 Grand Final, Geelong was the backed favourite and had lost only one match for the season, but Hawthorn upset Geelong by 26 points.
It was revealed that after the 2008 grand final, Paul Chapman initiated a pact between other Geelong players to never lose to Hawthorn again. The curse was broken in a preliminary final in 2013, after Paul Chapman played his final match for Geelong the previous week. Hawthorn went on to win the next three premierships. In 2016 Geelong again defeated Hawthorn in the qualifying final. In 20 matches between the two sides between 2008 and 2017, 12 were decided by less than 10 points, with Geelong victorious in 11 of those 12 close games. In 1925, Geelong won their first flag over Collingwood. In 1930, Collingwood defeated Geelong in the grand final making it four flags in-a-row for the Pies. Geelong would deny Collingwood three successive premierships in 1937, winning a famous grand final by 32 points; the two sides played against each other in 6 finals between 1951 and 1955, including the 1952 Grand Final when Geelong beat Collingwood by 46 points. In 1953, Collingwood ended Geelong's record 23-game winning streak in the home and away season, defeated them by 12 points in the grand final, denying the Cats a third successive premiership.
Since 2007, the clubs have again both been at the top of the ladder and have met in finals. Geelong won a memorable preliminary final by five points on their way to their first flag in 44 years. In 2008, Collingwood inflicted Geelong's only home-and-away loss, by a massive 86 points, but the teams did not meet in the finals, they would meet in preliminary finals in 2010, each winning one en route to a premiership. They met in a Grand Final in 2011, which Geelong won by 38 points. President: Colin Carter Vice President: Bob Gartland Chief Executive Officer: Brian Cook General Manager – Football: Steven Hocking PremiershipsVFL/AFL: 9 Victorian Football
Joe McShane was an Australian rules footballer in the Victorian Football League. McShane started his career at Geelong in the Victorian Football Association in 1887, playing 210 matches for the club across the VFA and the VFL before moving to Carlton in 1902, he was the first Geelong player to reach 200 games. He retired following the 1904 Grand Final against Fitzroy. Joe McShane at Blueseum Joe McShane's playing statistics from AFL Tables
Edwin Walter "Teddy" Rankin was an Australian rules footballer with Riversdale, who began playing with Geelong in 1891, six years before it joined the Victorian Football League. The son of Walter Rankin, Sarah Rankin, née Austin, Edwin Walter Rankin was born in Geelong, Victoria on 11 March 1872. Two of his brothers played for Geelong Fooball Club: Tom Rankin, 47 games, Samuel John Rankin. Rankin married Louisa Jane Johns in 1892, which lasted until her death in 1906, he married Adelaide Isabel Hyde in 1909. Two of his sons from his first marriage, Bert Rankin and Cliff Rankin, were captains of the Geelong Football Club. A son from his second marriage, Doug Rankin had a brief but successful career with the club, playing just nine senior games in two seasons, his grandson, Graeme O'Donnell played for both Geelong and North Melbourne in the VFL. His great-grandson, Gary O'Donnell played 243 games with Essendon, served as its captain in 1996 and 1997, his great-granddaughter, Georgie Rankin, plays for Geelong in the AFL Women's competition.
Described as a skilful rover, who ran with a stoop, was noted for his football nous, accurate kicking and stamina, Rankin was recruited from the Riversdale Football Club in the Geelong and District Football Association by the Geelong VFA team in 1891. He played his first match for Geelong's senior team was against South Melbourne on 27 June 1891, when he replaced the injured wingman, Charlie Wheatland, in the selected side, he was one of Geelong's best players. He was a member of the inaugural Geelong VFL side that played Essendon on Saturday, 8 May 1897. Rankin’s career spanned 20 seasons of football for Geelong. During the VFL part of it, he captained Geelong in 15 played 180 games and kicked 35 goals, he did not play at all in 1898 due to typhoid, but returned to the side in the next year and appeared in every season until his retirement in 1910, but by in the backline. All up, he played 268 games for Geelong, a record, he represented Victoria three times. In 1903 he won the Geelong Fairest award.
During this season he became the first Geelong player to reach 100 VFL games. During his prime, Rankin declined offers to transfer to a number of other clubs, he was an advocate of amateurism, arguing against the emerging practice of player payments. Many credit Rankin with being the first player in the league to touch the ball on the ground, rather than bouncing it. Although many modern accounts situate the event in the 1890s, it seems certain that, on the account of Gerald Brosnan, a former Geelong team-mate or Rankin, it happened during the time that Brosnan was playing for Fitzroy, that it happened at the Brunswick Street Oval, that it took place on an wet day, that Jim D'Helin was the umpire: By the way, Ted was instrumental in having the clause regarding wet day bouncing inserted in the rules. Playing against us at Fitzroy on a wet day, when it was impossible to bounce the ball, Ted conceived the brilliant idea of running 10 yards, stooping down and touching the ground with the ball, going on.
He got only the first 10 yards, for Jimmy D'Helin, who, I think, was the umpire, free-kicked him, though undoubtedly be was wrong in doing so. I'll never forget Ted's look. After football, Rankin was caretaker at the Corio Oval for about eight years, until he was replaced by Arthur Rayson c.1924. He was employed as the head groundsman at the Geelong College from 1904 to 1941, as the Principal's gardener from 1941 to 1944, he coached the College's First XVIII from 1905 to 1921. He died, in a private Geelong hospital, on 31 July 1944. A set of memorial gates were erected in his honour at Geelong College in 1953. In 2018, the Geelong football club awarded Rankin the status of "Club Legend". Rankin family of Geelong Ross, J. 100 Years of Australian Football 1897–1996: The Complete Story of the AFL, All the Big Stories, All the Great Pictures, All the Champions, Every AFL Season Reported, Viking, 1996. ISBN 0-670-86814-0 Teddy Rankin's playing statistics from AFL Tables Teddy Rankin at AustralianFootball.com Teddy Rankin, Boyles Football Photos
Richard Randolph Grigg was an Australian rules footballer for the Geelong Football Club in the Victorian Football League, now Australian Football League. He was named in Geelong's Team of the Century, won the Geelong Best and Fairest award four times and in 2007 was elevated to legend status in the Geelong Hall of Fame, he represented. Grigg was a brilliant utility, skilled in all facets of the game, he was a brilliant high mark and possessed fine anticipation, great style and plenty of dash, he was regarded as one of the VFL's most fairest players. Grigg played 130 consecutive matches between 1904 - 14 a Geelong record. After seven years out of VFL circles he made a brief comeback to play the final two matches of 1921, at the age of 35. Captain of 2 matches. Dick Grigg's playing statistics from AFL Tables Dick Grigg at AustralianFootball.com
Australian rules football
Australian rules football known as Australian football, or called Aussie rules, football or footy, is a contact sport played between two teams of eighteen players on an oval-shaped field a modified cricket ground. Points are scored by kicking the oval-shaped ball between behind posts. During general play, players may position themselves anywhere on the field and use any part of their bodies to move the ball; the primary methods are kicking and running with the ball. There are rules on how the ball can be handled: for example, players running with the ball must intermittently bounce or touch it on the ground. Throwing the ball is not allowed and players must not get caught holding the ball. A distinctive feature of the game is the mark, where players anywhere on the field who catch the ball from a kick are awarded possession. Possession of the ball is in dispute at all times except when mark is paid. Players can use their whole body to obstruct opponents. Dangerous physical contact, interference when marking and deliberately slowing the play are discouraged with free kicks, distance penalties or suspension for a certain number of matches, depending on the seriousness of the infringement.
The game features frequent physical contests, spectacular marking, fast movement of both players and the ball and high scoring. The sport's origins can be traced to football matches played in Melbourne, Victoria in 1858, inspired by English public school football games. Seeking to develop a game more suited to adults and Australian conditions, the Melbourne Football Club published the first laws of Australian football in May 1859, making it the oldest of the world's major football codes. Australian football has the highest spectator attendance and television viewership of all sports in Australia, while the Australian Football League, the sport's only professional competition, is the nation's wealthiest sporting body; the AFL Grand Final, held annually at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, is the highest attended club championship event in the world. The sport is played at amateur level in many countries and in several variations, its rules are governed by the AFL Commission with the advice of the AFL's Laws of the Game Committee.
Australian rules football is known by several nicknames, including Aussie rules and footy. In some regions, it is marketed as AFL after the Australian Football League. There is evidence of football being played sporadically in the Australian colonies in the first half of the 19th century. Compared to cricket and horse racing, football was viewed as a minor "amusement" at the time, while little is known about these early one-off games, it is clear they share no causal link with Australian football. In 1858, in a move that would help to shape Australian football in its formative years, "public" schools in Melbourne, Victoria began organising football games inspired by precedents at English public schools; the earliest such match, held in St Kilda on 15 June, was between Melbourne Grammar and St Kilda Grammar. On 10 July 1858, the Melbourne-based Bell's Life in Victoria and Sporting Chronicle published a letter by Tom Wills, captain of the Victoria cricket team, calling for the formation of a "foot-ball club" with a "code of laws" to keep cricketers fit during winter.
Born in Australia, Wills played a nascent form of rugby football whilst a pupil at Rugby School in England, returned to his homeland a star athlete and cricketer. His letter is regarded by many historians as giving impetus for the development of a new code of football today known as Australian football. Two weeks Wills' friend, cricketer Jerry Bryant, posted an advertisement for a scratch match at the Richmond Paddock adjoining the Melbourne Cricket Ground; this was the first of several "kickabouts" held that year involving members of the Melbourne Cricket Club, including Wills, Bryant, W. J. Hammersley and J. B. Thompson. Trees were used as goalposts and play lasted an entire afternoon. Without an agreed upon code of laws, some players were guided by rules they had learned in the British Isles, "others by no rules at all". Another significant milestone in 1858 was a match played under experimental rules between Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College, held at the Richmond Paddock; this 40-a-side contest, umpired by Wills and Scotch College teacher John Macadam, began on 7 August and continued over two subsequent Saturdays, ending in a draw with each side kicking one goal.
It is commemorated with a statue outside the MCG, the two schools have competed annually since in the Cordner-Eggleston Cup, the world's oldest continuous football competition. Since the early 20th century, it has been suggested that Australian football was derived from the Irish sport of Gaelic football, not codified until 1885. There is no archival evidence in favour of a Gaelic influence, the style of play shared between the two modern codes was evident in Australia long before the Irish game evolved in a similar direction. Another theory, first proposed in 1983, posits that Wills, having grown up amongst Aborigines in Victoria, may have seen or played the Aboriginal game of Marn Grook, incorporated some of its features into early Australian football; the evidence for this is only circumstantial, according to biographer Greg de Moore's research, Wills was "almost influenced by his experience at Rugby School". A loosely organised Melbourne side, captained by Wills, played against other football enthusiasts in the winter and spring of 1858.
The following year, on 14 May, the Melbourne Football Club came into being, making it one of the
George Michael "Specka" Moloney was a regarded Australian rules footballer in both the West Australian National Football League and the Victorian Football League. Moloney had a formidable reputation as a goalsneak and a key forward. After four years at Claremont in the 1920s, Moloney drew strong attention as a goalsneak for Western Australia at the 1930 Adelaide Carnival; the following year, he moved to Victoria and joined the Geelong Football Club, where he played for five years at full forward. In 1936, Moloney returned to Claremont in the WANFL, he won the Sandover Medal in 1936 as the league's fairest and best player playing as a centre. In 1938, he led Claremont to its first-ever premiership, repeated the feat in the next two seasons. All told, he played a total of 190 WAFL games, some of them alongside brothers Syd. Arguably the greatest name in the history of the Claremont Football Club, one of the most uniquely versatile champions to have adorned the game, George "Specka" Moloney rounded off his association with the Tigers by coaching them, sadly without success, from 1948 to 1951.
In 1996, Moloney was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame and in 2004 he was inducted into the West Australian Football Hall of Fame where he has legend status. Ross, John; the Australian Football Hall of Fame. Australia: HarperCollinsPublishers. P. 100. ISBN 0-7322-6426-X. AFL Hall of Fame
Albert Vivian Rankin was an Australian rules footballer who played with Geelong in the Victorian Football League. His brothers Cliff and Doug as well as his father Teddy and other members of the family played league football for Geelong. Rankin played most of his football as a centreman. A player with exceptional pace, he was a regular user of the drop kick. In 1917 he won Geelong's best and fairest award, he captained Victoria at interstate football in 1922 and Geelong in 1923. His brother Cliff was vice captain; this was the first time in VFL history that a pair of brothers filled both positions at the same time. It turned out to be Bert Rankin's last season in the league as, controversially, he lost his spot in the side during the finals and walked out on the club, his brother, refused to take the field in support of his brother. He is credited with suggesting. Rankin made 320 days after the retirement of his father. After the disappointment of the 1923 season, Rankin left Geelong to coach the Dimboola Football Club.
In 1915, Rankin married Winifred Hornsey. He died in Dimboola in 1971. Bert Rankin's playing statistics from AFL Tables Bert Rankin at AustralianFootball.com