Tom Hawkins looks on during round three, 2024. Picture: AFL Photos

The Geelong Cats have today formally provided an explanation on the mobile phone use by player Tom Hawkins in the change room during the lightening break at yesterday’s match.

The official who handed Hawkins the phone is one of the club’s authorised device users (each club has 10, plus four media staff), and he was showing Hawkins the weather radar.
Geelong reinforced to the AFL that all player and staff phones (those not Authorised Device Users), were securely locked in a case as per standard process to comply with the AFL Rules.
While the interaction was unintentional, it serves as an important reminder to all clubs that mobile phone usage is restricted to only authorised device users during the duration of a match.
The club has today received an official warning.