• It would seem as though vultures, in the metaphorical sense, are circling the suburb of Geelong, as the Cats seem to be crawling through the desert in serach of water in recent weeks.

    The past three outings for the Cats, who started the 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership competition in fine form with four consecutive wins, albeit three of those coming against weaker teams, and one coming against the Kangaroos by a scant margin of one point, have been losses to the Pies, Suns and Bombers, hardly the sort of sides that inspire dread for the elite.

    The fixture ahead looks daunting, as they play the 2016 premier Western Bulldogs in round nine, and they have to deal with both South Australia franchises, Port and Crows, at the Adelaide Oval.

    The AFL is a model of parity this season, so the number of times a team such as the Cats can afford to fool about in the early going of games in the hopes of a big burst at the end is rather limited.

    All teams can be inconsistent at times-witness the recent 41-point shellacking of the Crows by the Roos, but Geelong has been the poster child for inconsistency, with wide chasms betwixt their best and their worst footy.

    The primary problem for the Cats would be a seeming inability in their ability to defend and opposing sides have faced minimal pressure, exposing the Cats’ defense to an average of 114 points per game over the course of the three losses.