Almanac Poetry: ‘The Boy from Natimuk’

Mullets are all the go in Natimuk as Marcus Holt’s poem ‘The Boy from Natimuk’ explains in this take on Banjo Paterson’s ‘The Man from Ironbark’.

Round 3 – Geelong v Hawthorn: From the Ponsford Stand.

Marcus Holt witnessed another thrilling Easter Monday game between the Cats and the Hawks, and the Cats did not let him down!

Grand Final – Richmond v Geelong: Disappointed but not shattered

Copying a text sent to friends and family post-match, Marcus Holt sums up how all Cats fans are feeling after a brave loss to Richmond in last night’s Grand Final.

Geelong: Let’s have some realistic perspective

Following the chorus of complaints after a win last week, Marcus Holt reckons Geelong fans could do with a dose of perspective. He also mounts a strenuous defense of the maligned Chris Scott.

Almanac Soccer – Come On You Spurs!

The wheels on the bus go round and round, but for Marcus Holt at times they bounced up and down. The Tottenham Hot Spurs caused a few anxious moments for him as the game ebbed and flowed as he drove his bus around Geelong but joy eventually came to Marcus. In the thrilling finale his beloved Spurs over came adversity and won through to progress to the semi-final.

Round 18 – Geelong v Melbourne: Wow! What a Finish!

‘I seemed to be the only one in the area with a radio, listening to the K-Rock call, and everyone around me kept asking, “How long left?” “90 seconds!”’ Marcus Holt recalls the thrilling game at Kardinia Park on Saturday night.

24 Horrible Hours

A trifecta of the worst kind! Tennis, footy and World Cup matches all dissected in this report by Marcus Holt.

Finals Week 2 – Geelong v Sydney: Surprise!

Despite pockets of optimism, most Geelong fans were not holding out great hope for Friday night. Marcus Holt tells the story of what unfolded.

We are Geelong – 2016 Cat’s Player Profiles

Marcus Holt gives us a comprehensive look at the Geelong list including a few insights about players that make this a great read.

Almanac Finals Preview – Geelong’s Snapcats

Marcus Holt has provided a snapcat review of Geelong’s playing list leading into the Qualifying Final against Hawthorn. Which of these is the weak link and who will have the greatest impact?

The Ballad of Geelong 2012

Round 1 The reigning premiers were put to the test When the season opened in the west A new coach poached and on the move The Dockers had a point to prove Both sides played with skill and talent The game was close, the Cats were gallant Pavlich, reliable, like a golden retriever Ballantyne went [Read more]

Hallelujah, what a Season!

The Cats are my first (footy) love. And my second and third. But aside from parochialism and loyalty, I just love football. I love a good game. I love the skill and the passion and the determination and desperation. I’ve been blessed, after the 44 years of wandering in the wilderness to see the Cats [Read more]

The sweetest one of all

  by Marcus Holt I’ve lived in exile in WA since I was 12 but my love for Geelong has never waned. I got a ticket to the 07 Grand Final by Divine intervention. In 08 my number came up in the ballot but I sent my son, The Heir, in my place. In 09 [Read more]

The Cats team for the Grand Final, as explained to a West Australian

A friend who barracks for West Coast emailed me to say she and her mates have decided to support the Cats in the Grand Final.Good choice. Professing not to know much about them she asked for a rundown of who’s who at the cattery. I ended up spending longer on the reply than expected and [Read more]

Friday Night Footy 360

Ever since the shock loss to Sydney ended the Cats four year unbeaten run at Kardinia Park last week all and sundry have been declaring “Geelong are wobbly”, “The Cats are vulnerable” and “Hawthorn are now the biggest threat to Collingwood”. Funny how they seem to have forgotten that we’ve beaten Hawthorn twice this season [Read more]

Cats v Hawks, Another Thriller, What did we expect?

Hawthorn v Geelong Rd 12 MCG 7.10pm Wow! What a game! We all know the recent history of the Cats and the Hawks but can we keep expecting them to deliver every time they meet? Every time they play it’s built up and anticipated as a huge clash of FIERCE RIVALS, and unlike other “Big [Read more]

Carlton v Geelong Rd 9 Docklands

Preparation for this game started months ago. As soon as the AFL fixtures came out and I saw that my roster had me finishing work at 2031 that night. Too late. I needed to find someone who would swap a shift with me. I needed someone who’s not a footy fan. Billy was my man. [Read more]

Geelong v Collingwood Rd 8 MCG

Round 8 Geelong v Collingwood Freezing weather Wet and windy at the G HUGE game Friday night footy 1 versus 2 Cats and Pies Both undefeated Old champs new champs Hunter Hunted role reversal Collingwood favourites Siren sounds Ottens wins the ruck No Jolly will hurt Magpies Geelong wins the clearance Menzel marks inside 50 [Read more]

Saturday in Geelong

by Marcus Holt When I was growing up Saturday in Geelong was always synonymous with footy. Saturday mornings saw me running out in the resplendent yellow and red jumpers of the Terrifics in the Geelong West YMCA Little League under 9’s. Each week we’d line up against similarly named opposition: the Dazzlers, Rippers, Corkers or [Read more]

Round 5 Hawthorn v Geelong April 26 2011

Round 5 Hawthorn v Geelong April 26 2011 It started out as a day of no-shows. First, Sport Boy’s mate Dylan piked it on the morning of the game. (That family membership I bought with the extra kid’s ticket has been a waste of money so far.) We caught the early train so we could [Read more]