A cerebral coach who studies at business school in the off-season, a former steeplechaser and the ex-carpenter. The star players who quietly live on farms and in seaside villages just outside of town.
They all encapsulate how Geelong, the town that was meant to slowly die and its football club that was meant to fall on hard times, have beaten the system and defied gravity.
There’s a lot of innovative yet calculated decision-making that has marked Geelong’s ascent on and off the field. But it doesn’t mean some of the town’s more prominent figures haven’t been swept up in the emotion ahead of Saturday’s AFL grand final against the Sydney Swans.
“There’s no helping the way I feel about the Geelong Football Club. I’ve been a Cats supporter my entire life, as far back…