By Quinn De Luca
When and where:
GMHBA Stadium Geelong, Victoria, Thursday May 20th 7:10pm
Last time they met:
March 20th, 2021- Practice Match
Coburg 10.7 (67) def Geelong 6.9 (45)
Despite having a stacked side with 15 AFL listed players, Geelong didn’t quite have enough to get over the line against a Coburg side that was ready for a challenge. It was a windy day and a tight contest that saw Coburg head into three-quarter time with a five-point lead. The fourth term had a mixture of tempo and free-flowing footy from both sides until young Lions key forward Aaron Clarke kicked a goal to give Coburg some breathing space. The game ended with two straight goals from Coburg’s Luke Nelson and Luke Bunker despite a late surge from Geelong.
Form in 2021:
Coburg found their way back on the winner’s list after defeating Port Melbourne for the first time since round 16 2015 by 36 points last week. Starting the game with a trademark Coburg first term, we dominated the centre square early that helped us kick the opening three goals of the game and put Port Melbourne on the backfoot. We showed that we travel well after flying up for the “Rumble in the jungle” clash against Brisbane and flew home on the winners list. An impressive performance on an unexpectedly wet day saw us beat a side with 11 AFL listed players by 19 points.
Having only lost one game thus far this season, Geelong have been in red hot form. After narrowly losing to the Casey Demons by 1 point last week, they’ll be looking to bounce back strong on Thursday night. Two of their four matches have been won by convincing margins that include a 79 point thumping of North Melbourne and a 45 point win against the Northern Bullants. Their high scoring ability will definitely be something Coburg will have to be weary about in the leadup to this game.
Players to look out for:
Nathan Mullenger-McHugh ( Round 5 Lion of the Round )
Fresh off being awarded last weeks ‘Lion Of The Round’ honours, Nathan will come into this game full of confidence. With an impressive statline that included 11 contested possessions, 8 hard ball gets, 36 hit outs and 6 tackles, Geelong will no doubt be keeping an eye on the 197cm utility. After recently nominating for the National Mid-Season draft, Nathan will be doing everything in his power to make sure his absolute best is on display.
Peter McEvoy (Co-Captain)
Our Co-Captain was at his brilliant best on the weekend, kicking 4 goals for the game which included 2 in the last quarter that sealed the win for us. The big man is hard to stop when he gets on a roll and coming off his recent form he’s looking to be a massive threat for the Geelong defence. Despite having a short break between games, McEvoy was very optimistic when asked about the challenge ahead. “There’s a really good opportunity for us on a short break to try and back it up against Geelong on Thursday. It’s massive for our belief and hopefully that momentum can continue”
One of the many AFL listed players running out for the Cats, Constable has been in some impressive form as of late. Kicking an important goal and finishing in Geelong’s best against Casey on the weekend, the speedy wingman is a threat at all ends of the ground.His ability to drive the ball inside 50 as well as hit the scoreboard himself makes him a player that Coburg will definitely need to keep an eye on.
Despite having just fallen short to Casey last week, Darcy Fort was a strong presence in the ruck for the Cats. Amassing 15 disposals (12 of which were contested), five marks, five tackles and a goal, he saw himself named in Geelong’s best for the fourth consecutive game. Coburg’s ruckman and midfielders alike are going to have their work cut out for them if Fort continues with his impressive form.
Looking ahead at the forecast for Thursday night, it is likely that the game will be played in perfect conditions for footy. This week will be the first time in our clubs 130 years that the game will be nationally televised. This is a massive milestone in our club’s rich history as the boys look to impress with a win on the big stage.
Coburg members and supporters are encouraged to travel down the highway to GMHBA Stadium in Geelong to watch the side in what will be an exciting game! However, if you can’t make the trip down you can catch the game live on Kayo and Fox Footy!