Defender Jared Rivers of Geelong is confident his club can contend in the 2015 AFL season even though it may not be the youngest in the league. River joined the team in 2013 and feels his side is full of veterans with plenty of experience and their age won’t hamper them on the field. Rivers recently spoke with AFL.com.au and claimed, “We still believe we’re a real chance this year. We are getting older, but all the boys have had full pre-seasons and are achieving personal bests in running and testing.” Thirty-three-year old Corey Enright ran a personal best in his February time trial and 28-year-old vice-captain Harry Taylor has lost a few kilograms in preseason to help improve his endurance and mobility. Geelong and any of its players could be a good choice this year with a BetEasy AFL Bonus Bet.
The 30-year-old Rivers got off to a slow preseason compared to his teammates due to ongoing problems with his knee. However, he said he’s ready to go and hopes to be in the team for Geelong’s second NAB Challenge match. Punters can also make a wager on this game with a BetEasy AFL Bonus Bet. Thirty-year-old Andrew Mackie is also aching to play and another 30-year-old, Tom Lonergan, has signed a contract extension with the club after the Western Bulldogs attempted to sign him. Lonergan is now signed until the end of 2016.
Geelong’s job this season will be trying to develop its younger players while still playing the veterans. Rivers said it’s a tough balancing act, but Chris Scott and the coaches always do a good job of it. The Cats may play Mark Blicavs more as a defender this year while Jed Bews and Billie Smedts will probably be competing for a position as a small defender. Rivers mentioned young Jake Kolodjashnij as another candidate for small defender after he was chosen with the 41st pick in the NAB AFL Draft in 2013. Kolodjashnij appeared in 16 VFL contests last season and finished fourth in the voting for the side’s best and fairest. Bettors and fans can wager on the AFL’s best and fairest this campaign with a BetEasy AFL Bonus Bet.
Rivers feels the youngster will eventually be a top player at Geelong if he keeps progressing at the same rate. Rivers himself has become a dependable performer with the squad after playing his second year with the team since signing from Melbourne as a free agent. He played 22 games for the Cats in 2014 and was one of the team’s best backliners in one-on-one battles. It was a huge improvement over his first season with Geelong when he dealt with injury problems and put a lot off added pressure on himself. Bettors can wager on all Geelong contests this year by taking advantage of a BetEasy AFL Bonus Bet.
Rivers added, “I was a little bit worried. I was probably thinking a little too much about footy and people from the outside probably as well. Last year I was concentrating on what I can do and enjoying it more and enjoying the challenge and embracing it. That really helped me. The coach backed me all the way and the players as well.” The AFL regular season will be kicking off soon and now’s a good time to choose your favourites for a BetEasy AFL Bonus Bet.