Jeremy Cameron

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It’s not every day that you get to face your old side in a do-or-die Semi-Final, but when you do, you should probably call Jeremy Cameron for some advice.

It’s not every day that you get to face your old side in a do-or-die Semi-Final, but when you do, you should probably call Jeremy Cameron for some advice.

Only two years ago, the key forward was pulling on his number 18 GWS Giants jumper to walk out to a packed MCG, to face Richmond in the 2019 Grand Final.

703 days later, he will pull on the famous Geelong number five and take on that very Giants side, with his new club Geelong, where he has found himself feeling right at home after only one season in the blue and white hoops.

And Cameron has a plethora of banter ready to go come Friday night at Optus Stadium.

“I had a cheeky message from Stevie J [Steve Johnson] via Instagram. I thought that would be coming,” Cameron said.

“I’ve got plenty in the memory bank. It’s going to be good fun.”

Cameron, who missed out on Geelong’s only meeting with the Giants in Round 21 at GMHBA Stadium, where the Cats fell short by 19 points, is excited to compete against his old boys in the orange.

“I missed because I was coming back from a hamstring injury. I’m just excited to be going back out there. I’m keen for a big performance,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to my second final with these guys [Geelong], I must admit.”

It hasn’t been as smooth sailing as the power forward would have liked in 2021, but to be back for the finals is something Cameron knew he could always achieve, after a number of hamstring setbacks throughout the home and away season.

“I pulled up really well after last week’s game. And I felt like I was ready three weeks before I came back [late in the season]. It was made public that we held off for a while,” he said.

“As a player, I hate watching football. I just wanted to be out there playing with the boys.”

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Looking ahead to Friday night, where the Cats play in their fifth Semi-Final since 2014, Cameron knows his side has to recover from their 42-point loss to Port Adelaide that sent the Cats back to the drawing board.

The 28-year-old admits that his own side made mistakes that added to the loss, but a mental shift has put them back on track immediately.

“We acknowledge that we brought a lot of that pressure on ourselves [against Port]. We had some simple errors, we dropped marks, we fumbled. We weren’t as clean as we wanted to be.”

“But, we had a really good training session today. We ticked off a fair bit, the vibe was high and we look forward to taking that into the weekend.”

“It’s about what we can do and what we can control.”


Reflecting on his first year at Kardinia Park, Cameron says he’s grateful for the simple life he is leading down the coast, which helps him not only improve his football and recovery but his mental health too.

“It feels amazing to be back and not too far from everyone,” the forward said.

“When I’m away from football I need my mind elsewhere and it feels a lot easier to do that down here.”

And maybe come this Friday night’s blockbuster clash, the number 5 will use that new-found peace to take his Cats to another preliminary final, even if there is some sledging involved.

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