Main content

Recommended videos

Highlights: Richmond v Carlton

11:17pm Mar 27, 2014

Malthouse rues costly mistakes

11:44pm Mar 27, 2014

Recommended articles

Sunday football as it happened

Sunday football as it happened

Recap Port's Showdown upset, plus big wins for the Hawks and Tigers

11:45am Apr 14, 2013

St Kilda v Richmond as it happened

St Kilda v Richmond as it happened

 Recap Friday night's MCG clash as the Tigers make their best start to a season in 16 years

04:00pm Apr 5, 2013

Carlton v Collingwood as it happened

Carlton v Collingwood as it happened

Recap Friday night's blockbuster as the Blues capitulate in front of 78,000 at the MCG

10:36pm Jul 5, 2013

Saturday football as it happened

Saturday football as it happened

Recap a day bookended by two major boilovers

01:00pm Mar 30, 2013

Fantasy review: round three

Fantasy review: round three

It was a tough round for AFL Fantasy coaches, Warnie writes

10:42pm Apr 6, 2014

Football world sends off Hafey in style

Football world sends off Hafey in style

Tom Hafey remembered as a great coach and a wonderful man

06:15pm May 19, 2014

Cats confident Bartel OK but will sweat on Cockatoo report

Alex Malcolm  March 12, 2016 9:16 PM

Cats recruits 'starting to jell' Geelong assistant coach Simon Lloyd says familiarity is improving between the new recruits
AFL 2016 NAB Challenge - Fremantle v Geelong

Nakia Cockatoo is likely to find himself in hot water for his sling tackle on Michael Johnson

GEELONG star Jimmy Bartel will be fine for round one after being cleared of concussion, but youngster Nakia Cockatoo will face a nervous wait after he was reported in the Cats' final NAB Challenge match against Fremantle.

Bartel copped a knock to the head in the first quarter of the Cats' 12-point loss to the Dockers at Domain Stadium.

He was taken from the ground and assessed for concussion. Geelong's director of coaching Simon Lloyd said the veteran passed the initial test but did not return as a precaution.

Full match coverage and stats

"Jimmy is fine," Lloyd said post-match.

"He passed the concussion test at the time.

"He's up walking around and chatting to players and having a joke. He'll be fine."  

Lloyd said it was not ideal for Cockatoo to get reported after a sling tackle on Michael Johnson, and the club would await the Match Review Panel's verdict.

"It is disappointing," Lloyd said.

"But we'll let the system take care of itself and it's something that we can't control." 

Lloyd was pleased with the Cats' performance despite giving up an 11-point lead late in the last quarter to lose by 12.

He confirmed that skipper Joel Selwood and forward Daniel Menzel would play for Geelong's VFL side in a practice match on Friday night before round one, while veteran Corey Enright would be ready for Hawthorn on Easter Monday after being rested against Fremantle.

Nakia Cockatoo has been reported following this tackle on Michael Johnson #NABChallenge

Posted by AFL on Friday, 11 March 2016

The Cats played five 198cm-plus players against Fremantle and appeared to stretch the Dockers' defence at times. Lloyd said the coaching group liked what they saw and they feel they have some options heading into round one.  

"I think at different times it's going to be dependent on the teams you're coming up against.”

"At different times we'll look at that and we have got obviously (Tom) Hawkins, (Nathan) Vardy, Rhys Stanley, Zac Smith, so we have got some talls down there that are quite mobile as well.

"We're trying different combinations as we go and trying to figure out what combinations work best.

"That includes the smalls. Corey Gregson did really well on the wing today and he's played forward in the past. So we're just trying to expose players to different roles.

"We've actually got a fair bit of depth at the moment and they're really challenging each other for positions in the team."  

Michael Johnson is helped from the field after being tackled by Nakia Cockatoo. Picture: AFL Media