Pies Steal the Show From Dons and Dogs

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Collingwood took away the points in the first games of the 2013 NAB Cup, pipping Essendon by 2 points and the Western Bulldogs by 18. Earlier in the night the Bombers were able to put the controversy of the last two weeks behind them and defeat the Dogs by 26 points.

ESSENDON    1.2.4    1.5.6 (45)  WESTERN BULLDOGS     1.0.3    1.1.4 (19)

A strong second half from Essendon ensured that they were able to come away with the first win of the NAB cup. The Western Bulldogs held on early but could not keep up for the whole match.

Tom Bellchambers opened the scoring a few minutes in with a strong mark and goal, but the Dogs replied quickly with a super goal from Shaun Higgins who made the most of an advantage call from a free kick.

However that was just about all the Dogs could muster in terms of goals for the rest of the game. They were able to hold Essendon to one normal goal plus a super goal from  Kyle Hardingham for the rest of the half.

The second half was all Essendon though as they were able to maintain a lot of possession and a Bulldogs forward structure was nowhere to be seen.

It was the Bombers small men who did the damage on the scoreboard, with Alwyn Davey and Corey Dell’Olio converting on the high number of inside 50’s. Nick Kommer finished off the win with a goal on the siren.

What Essendon Can Take Away

-Brendon Goddard will be a brilliant pickup for the Dons. He had a game high 13 disposals and looked right at home in the red and black. He will enjoy being in a midfield with the likes of Jobe Watson and Brent Stanton  as they will take some pressure off him. The rest of the team will also enjoy his presence, they are already looking to give it to him as often as possible.

– Their defence showed promising signs, Jake Carlisle was excellent across half back taking some good defensive marks. Michael Hibberd also gathered plenty of the ball and could could become a permanent fixture if he can stay  injury free.

What the Western Bulldogs Can Take Away

– The Dogs have picked up some handy players who can become great contributors for them this year. Nick Lower held his own in the midfield with 11 disposals while Brett Goodes, brother of Adam was impressive off the half back and looks like a must have for your fantasy team.

-The Bulldogs really need to find a answer to their problems up forward before the season starts. On two consecutive forward entries, Liam Picken was their only forward inside 50. Although he was trying to shut down Dustin Fletcher, that is no way to run a forward line.

WESTERN BULLDOGS  1.0.5   1.2.10    (31)                 COLLINGWOOD                 0.2.3   0.4.5    (29)

The Western Bulldogs were able to put up a bit more of a fight in their second game of the night but the class of a rusty Collingwood team proved to be the difference.

The Dogs got off to a perfect start with a Daniel Giansiracusa goal straight from the center clearance.  From there the first half was pretty scrappy, the Magpies were taking a while to get into the game while the Bulldogs poor disposal  was hurting them.

Magpie goals came from turnovers, including Brent Macaffer’s first since his ACL, a nice crumbing goal from Jamie Elliot and Quinten Lynch’s first in the black and white. However the Bulldogs matched it with a few of their own includnig one from Troy Dixon to put them up by 2 points at the break.

After the break the Western Bulldogs faded again, after the first goal to Jarrad Grant they began to fall into the same traps of poor disposal and a poor forward line structure.

While Collingwood were not brilliant their talent, exemplified by Dane Swan’s super goal from a perfectly executed boundary throw in ensured that they would take the points.

What The Western Bulldogs Can Take Away

 There were some good signs from some of their youngsters, Lin Jong and Clay Smith were both able to get their hands on plenty of the ball. Jason Johannisen also showed some dash off the half back line. However they all still faced one big problem which is:

-Disposal efficiency. This was terrible for the Bulldogs and not only created goals for the opposition but stopped many of their own chances. They can make life a lot easier for themselves if they can just hit targets.

What Collingwood Can Take Away 

– Collingwood blooded plenty of new faces, most of which will be happy with their performances. The acquisitions from other teams played their roles, Lynch’s goal and set up to Travis Cloke was promising while Clinton Young Seemed to fit in well. Mature age recruit Kyle Martin also gathered plenty of the ball and will vie for a spot it upgraded.

– The Pie’s forward line also seemed to function well, it was at times their downfall last year but at its best it can be unstoppable. Cloke kicked his usual couple while Jamie Elliot provided great crumbing and pressure. Macaffer will also add another Dimension this year.

COLLINGWOOD  1.0.5   1.2.10    (31)                 ESSENDON                 0.2.3   0.4.5    (29)

Collingwood snatched an unlikely victory from Essendon with two goals in the last minute after the Bombers had been in control all game.

The first of the game went to Lewis Jetta with a nice front and center gather and quick finish. The Pies then fired back after a turnover as Ben Sinclair put through a 9 pointer.

From there the game descended into a tough scrap, with both teams having opportunities but neither converting. It took Dyson Heppell to pounce on a loose handball and kick a goal to brake the deadlock.

After half time Essendon turned the screws putting the preassure on the Pies and retaining possession. Jetta kicked his second early and Brendon Goddard’s first goal for the Bombers made it look like the Dons would take out their second win for the night but it wasn’t to be.

With only a minute left and 11 points down Andrew Krakouer, as he always does managed to thread the ball through a pack for a goal. The Magpies won the resulting center clearance only to manage a behind; but the kickout that followed came back with interest as Travis Cloke converted a free kick to take the lead.

Luke Davis had a shot after the siren to win the game, but from 65 meters out he never looked like making the distance.

What Collingwood Can Take Away

-The Pies had a new look ruck combination in the second half of the night consisting of Jarrod Witts and Ben Hudson. Hudson showed that he can be called upon if needed but  Witts was raw and may need some more development. However Hudson’s experience will be  invaluable and Witts can only improve and may become a force if he does.

– The play that will have brought the most joy to Collingwood supporters was Clinton Young’s overlap on the half back line and booming kick right to the Quinten Lynch on the 50m arc. Although Lynch missed, it is plays like that which the Pies will hope to replicate often this year.

What Essendon Can Take Away

-The Bombers showed plenty of resilience after a long preseason. Although they lost against Collingwood the performance in both games was promising despite what they have been through over the last few weeks. That heat will not disappear during the season but they showed that they can deal with it and still play good footy.

-Essendon also had a play that they will hope define their season. Patty Ryder put a perfect tap down the the throat of Goddard who went streaming forward and set up a shot at goal. Again it was only a behind but it is because of that brilliance that the Bombers got Goddard.

Grand Final Awaits Sensational Swans

Sydney 13.18.96

Collingwood 10.10.70

One game remains for Sydney, who humbled a disappointing Collingwood by 26 points on their way to the 2012 AFL Grand Final.

The Swans

Sydney were switched on from the start, intent on ending their 10 game loosing streak against Collingwood. Their game plan was clear, win the contested ball and move it quickly to their outside runners.

All night the Swans were taking the Collingwood tackles then releasing the handball to a free player which left the Pies exposed.

Josh Kennedy led the way, the big bodied midfielder collected 19 contested possessions and kicked 2 goals. The rest of the Swans midfield was also excellent, the likes of Ryan O’Keefe and Dan Hannebery were too good for the All Australian Collingwood midfield.

On the outside Lewis Jetta was spectacular, he constantly broke the lines and his stunning 90 meter running goal will be remembered as a great finals moment.

The Magpies

Collingwood had few winners on the night. Scott Pendlebury tried to pull his team along with 30 disposals, 10 clearances and 10 tackles. Ben Reid was solid under constant pressure while  Harry O’Brien was one of the few Pies that tried to take the game on.

While there were some Pies players that got plenty of the ball, like the rest of the team their disposal let them down. Turnovers not only hurt them on the rebound but it meant that forwards rarely got a clean delivery.

The Match

Sydney got away to a fantastic start kicking the first two goals, both of which came from Magpie turnovers out of defense. Dawes hit back only to have the Swans answer with two more including Jetta’s brilliant goal, the Swans inaccuracy was the only thing keeping the Magpies in the game.

Collingwood started the second quarter with much cleaner disposal. A series of accurate short kicks lead to Cloke’s opening goal. The Swans took up the Magpies challenge and started to ramp up the pressure. After Kennedy kicked his second Sydney looked in control.

From there the game descended into a scrap, the constant stoppages suited the Swans whose midfield was on top.  But just as in the first quarter the Swans were missing their chances. It took an Adam Goodes goal to end the 10 minute deadlock and give the Swans a 5 goal lead at the half.

Sydney continued their assault after the half, the defining moment came from a switch to Wellingham who instead of taking the tackle then handballing as the Swans had all game, he opted to tap the ball which resulted in a turnover and Jetta’s second goal.

Jetta then kicked his third from a terrible handball from Toovey and the game was looking over. Then in the last minute the Pies put through two goals to raise some doubt.

If Collingwood were any chance they needs the first, and the obliged with the first two. However Sydney were not going to be over run

They stepped up a gear and were assaulting the goals, but yet again couldn’t put through a finisher. It fell to Craig Bird to put the game beyond doubt.
In the last 5 minutes the teams traded goals but it had no bearing on the result. Jude Bolton capped of his 300th game with the Swans last goal to send them into the 2012 Grand Final.
GOALS
Sydney Swans: Jetta 3, Bolton 2, Kennedy 2, Roberts-Thomson 2, Bird,
Goodes, O’Keefe, Mumford
Collingwood: Cloke 3, Beams, Dawes, Fasolo, Goldsack, Johnson, Swan, TarrantBEST
Sydney Swans: Kennedy, O’Keefe, Jetta, Hannebery, Shaw
Collingwood: Pendlebury, Reid, O’Brian  Cloke, Beams

Scintillating Eagles Rout Roos

WEST COAST                     7.4      11.8    15.11  24.18   (162)
NORTH MELBOURNE        0.3      2.8      8.10    9.12     (66) 

In one of the most complete performances of the season West Coast dismantled a very dissapointing North Melbourne side by in the second elimination final.

In scenes reminiscent of Fremantle’s win of the night before the Eagles put on a clinic. They blitzed the Kangaroos, building a 43 point lead at quarter time effectively ending the game early.

West Coast were unstoppable all day, they ran on top of the ground and sliced through any North resistance with ease. The reoccurring image of the day was that of a Eagles player bounding down the wing in endless space and delivering a perfect pass into the forward line.

They beat North Melbourne in every facet of the game, the most significant of which was the midfield. Naitanui and Cox in his 250th game were dominant in the ruck while the foot soldiers including Kerr and Selwood were so good the Roos just couldn’t get their hands on the ball.

North Melbourne will be left wondering how? After such a good second half of the season they were a chance of causing an upset but to serve up a performance such as that is embarrassing.

With so many great performances it is hard to single out a single best player but West Coast had many nominees. Andrew Embley was back at his Norm Smith winning best with 4 goals, 22 disposals and 11 inside 50’s and plenty of run.

Both ruckman monstered Goldstein both in the air and around the ground while Jack Darling and Josh Kennedy had field days king four goals each.

As for North few could put their hand up and say they broke even.  Andrew Swallow was excellent in the midfield, he battled hard all day gathering 31 disposals. Ziebell was also in the same boat , putting his body on the line for 30 possessions 18 contested. Matt Campbell was the most productive forward with 3 goals.

The destructive opening quarter contained 7 Eagles goals to none. Their run and spread combined with accurate disposal left North with no answer.

In the second it was only after West Coast kinked the first two goals before North Started showing any form of resistance. Campbell kicked their first halfway through 15 minutes into the quarter. The story of the quarter was an injury to Beau Waters who hurt his foot and looks like missing next week.

After half time the Kangaroos began to make an indent on the scoreboard kicking 6 goals.  West Coast also managed 4 goals and it was clear that North struggled to get those goals while every one of West Coast’s came with ease.

In the last quarter the Eagles went into party mode evient by the resulting mexican waves in the crowd. Kennedy. Lynch and Kerr all kicked straight in the 9 goal last quarter even Naitanui and Cox kicked goals as they rested forward.

West Coast will now go on to face Collingwood at the MCG on Friday Night.

GOALS
West Coast: 
Darling 4, Embley 4, Kennedy 4, Lynch 3, Hill, Mackenzie, Shuey, McGinnity, Masten, Cox, Naitanui, Hurn, Kerr
North Melbourne: Campbell 3, Harvey 3, Hansen, Cunnington, Petrie

BEST
West Coast:
 Darling, Embley, Naitanui, Kerr, Cox, S. Selwood, Butler, Hurn
North Melbourne: Swallow, Ziebell, Campbell, Cunnington, Thompson

INJURIES
West Coast:
 Beau Waters (right foot)
North Melbourne: Nil

SUBSTITUTES
West Coast: 
Beau Waters replaced by Jacob Brennan in the second quarter
North Melbourne: Robbie Tarrant replaced by Kieran Harper in the third quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Donlon, McBurney, Jeffery

Official crowd: 41,790 at Patersons Stadium

Riewoldt Only Winner in Ultimate Anti-climax

RICHMOND            5.1    6.6    11.8    16.10 (106)
PORT ADELAIDE  2.5    6.7    12.8    16.10 (106)

Richmond and Port Adelaide have fought out an agonizing draw in their final game for the season. The only positive from the game came from Jack Riewoldt who secured the Coleman medal.

Both teams were out of finals contention so had only pride to play for, but neither were able to even achieve that in the first draw of the 2012 season.

The Tigers let yet another close game slip from their hands. This result brought even more pain as they could not honour Chris Newman who announced before the game that it would be his last game as captain.

Port Adelaide will fell a bit better as they were able to win interim coach Gary Hocking his first premiership pints. However they were also in a position to take the full points and they will be disappointed that they could not finish with a win.

Jack Riewoldt was the other story of the day, he needed 4 goals to become the outright winner of the Coleman Medal. He was able to bag his fourth late in the 4rd quarter and finished with six as one of the most influential plaayers on the ground.

Richmond’s other best included Trent Cotchin who capped off his brilliant season with yet another 30+ disposl game which included 8 clearences and inside 50’s. Bachar Houli was also impressive of the half back line with 6 rebound 50’s.

As for Port Adelaide Brad Ebert was excellent through the midfield and all while sneaking forward to kick 3 goals. Matthew Broadbent also hit the scoreboard with 2 goals and despite some mistaken almost got the Power over the line. Finally Jay Shulz was good again against his old club, leading the forwards with 4 goals.

The Power started the game strong getting the ball forward often but they couldn’t convert managing only 1 goal before the Tigers turned the tables mid quarter.

The second half of the quarter was all Richmond as they began to hit forward targets, Riewoldt, Nahas and Edwards all benefited and duly converted. On a negative note they lost Helbig to an ankle injury and subbed him off only 15 minutes into the game.

In the second quarter Port Adelaide began to erode Richmond’s lead. A marked increase in kicking efficiency lead to better opportunities for the forwards. Shultz kicked two late in the quarter to put Power up by a point at the half.

The Power flew out of the blocks in the second half, after conceding the first goal, they kicked 3 in two minutes to open up the biggest margin of the game. a few more goals were exchanged between the teams before Riewoldt stepped up.

He cut the margin from 18 to 6 kicking his 3rd and 4th goals, whipping the crowd into a frenzy. A big last quarter was looming.

In the last Danyle Pearce opened the scoring  before Richmond answered 5 of the next 6 to take the lead and increase it 13 points.. Their elite players such as Martin an Riewoldt stood up and the crowd got behind them.

However Port did not give up, in one of the goals of the year, David Roden got the ball on half back, fan to 50 and goaled. This spark lead to one more goal form Aaron Young who got the Power within a point.

Then a Dominic Cassisi bombed a long ball from outside 50 bounced through for a point to end a Marvell game.

Votes

1) Trent Cotchin

2) Jack Riewoldt

3) Brad Ebert

GOALS
Richmond: 
Riewoldt 6, Edwards 3, McGuane 2, Astbury, Grigg, Nahas, Post, Tuck
Port Adelaide: Schulz 4 Brad Ebert 3, Brett Ebert 2, Broadbent 2, Pearce, Rodan, Thomas, Wingard, Young

BEST
Richmond: 
Cotchin, Riewoldt, Houli, Tuck, Jackson, Deledio, Jackson
Port Adelaide: Brad Ebert, Schulz, Broadbent, Pearce, Boak, Cassisi, Hartlett

INJURIES
Richmond: 
Helbig (ankle), Martin (hamstring)
Port Adelaide: McCarthy (groin)

SUBSTITUTES
Richmond: 
Brad Helbig (ankle) replaced by Brett O’Hanlon in the first quarter
Port Adelaide: John McCarthy replaced by David Rodan in the third quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Kamolins, Pannell, Jacob Mollison

Official crowd: 27,893 at the MCG

Pies to pass damaged Dons

Essendon v Collingwood

WHERE AND WHEN: MCG, Saturday September 1, 7.40pm

Collingwood have a top 4 chance on the line when the meet their old rivals Essendon who have all but stopped.

This game is the most influential game of the round, its outcome will determine who makes wheather or not West Coast or Collingwood will finish in 4 th. If  Collingwood wins and the Eagles win Collingwood will finish 5th but if Collingwood win and the Eagles don’t then it will be the Magpies the seize the double chance.

Essendon will want to spoil the part but will need a big turn around in form. Last week they were embarrassed again, this time it was Richmond by 45 points. They are limping to the line and will just want this week to be over.

The Pies are hardly in good form themselves. Despite sitting 5th their last two losses are indicative of their form. Their 30 point loss to North Melbourne and 49 point loss West Coast last week were pathetic and they need to turn their form around by Friday.

Collingwood Will Want To See…

The Pies must win, their task come finals  is already difficult enough, if they miss out on top 4 it will become nigh impossible.

Another week has passed and yet again the two big forwards Cloke and Dawes failed to get the job done. It is sounding like a broken record but they need to be at least half competitive otherwise all hope is lost for Collingwood and its premiership push.

Finally Collingood would love to see a solid first game back form Andrew Krakouer. He has been out all season and Pies fans are hoping he can bring back that X factor that they  have been missing.

Essendon Will Want To See…

The Bombers would love to rain on Collingwood’ s parade, winning and  delivering a huge blow to their finals chances would be a welcome consultation prize.

Their injuries have also provided them the opportunity to blood some youngsters. The likes of Mark Baguley and Nick O’Brien have played in their first  few games at the end of  the year. Collingwood is just another team that they will provide them with valuable experience to carry into the next few years.

Prediction

Essendon would love to spoil the party but their year is over. They are decimated by injury and limping to the line. They just don’t have an upset left in them.

Collingwood are far from flag favourites, but they should be able to play well enough to get over the line.

Collingwood by 15

Crows to Scorch Suns

Adelaide vs Gold Coast

WHERE AND WHEN: AAMI Stadium, Saturday September 1, 1.40pm

Adelaide can not afford to slip up when they face the Gold Coast on Saturday, if they do they will lose their chance at a home final.

The equation is pretty simple for the Crows, if they win and Sydney or Hawthorn lose they will get a home final if they lose they will miss out. They cannot afford any incompetence.

The Suns are fresh off further ruining Carlton’s season after their upset win. Their surprising performance put even  more pressure on Brett Ratten who looks to have lost his job. Ruining Adelaide’s finals preparation and positioning would be the perfect way to end the season.

Adelaide also had a win, easily accounting for Melbourne by 69 points. However it is their performance from the week before, a 10 point loss to Brisbane that is a worry. The Crows cannot afford to show that lecel of complacency this week.

What Adelaide Will Want

This provides a perfect opportunity for the Crows to play well before they enter finals in what will probably be a pretty easy game.

Kurt Tippett and Taylor Walker were immense last week,  they should produce a similar performance this week against the Suns. Big forwards win finals and to have these two hitting good form before the finals will make Adelaide a force to be reckoned with over the next month.

Finally the last thing the Crows will want this week is no injuries. Other than losing the worst thing that could happen this week is if Adelaide lost someone of the calibre of Patrick Dangerfield of Scott Thompson.

What Gold Coast Will Want 

The Suns have nothing to lose this week so they will want an all out effort form all of their players. Despite being second last and full of injuries they need to put up a fight, this is important for perceptions of both people outside and within the club.

Gold Coast will also want a strong showing form some of their weaker players. With off-season around the corner some players may lose their spots at the club. This may be the final chance for them to impress and be the difference between the staying or leaving.

Prediction

Gold Coast were able to pull off a huge upset last week but it was against a side that did not make finals. Adelaide will provide a much tougher opponent making a repeat of last weeks performnce.

The Crows however are itching for finals and all their players will be playing accordingly. They are top 4 for a a reason and will win easily.

Adelaide by 67 points

Freo Secure Finals Birth

NORTH MELBOURNE       1.2    5.4    8.7     12.7     (79)
FREMANTLE                       3.5    6.7   1.10   20.12   (132)          

Fremantle have assured their spot in the top 8 after ending North Melbourne’s hot streak with a 53 point win.

After the late withdrawal of Matthew Pavlich the Dockers looked in for a bad day but they stepped and showed that they deserved to be playing finals.

The Dockers were in control from the outset stifling the Kangaroo’s run and attacking flair. They then blew the game open with an 8 goal last quarter to make sure of the result.

While the Kangaroos stayed in touch for most of the game they were a shadow of the team that beat Collingwood the week before. They struggled going forward as their 3 tall failed to fire and were outplayed in the midfield.

Fremantle had multiple strong contributors  including Nathan Fyfe weith 25 disposals 4 clearances and 6 inside 50’s. Every time North challenged it was Fyfe that responded. He was joined by Stephen Hill, Clancee Pearce and Michael Barlow in a dominant midfield, each collected 28 possessions.

Their performances were made possible by Aaron Sandilands who was superb, he had 49 hitouts to North’s 15 , he gage them first hands on the ball. Luke McPharlin was also able to shut out Petrie.

As for the Kangaroos,  Captain,  Andrew Swallow tried to keep them in the game with 30 disposals and 8 clearances but, he did not have enough help. Scott Thompson and Scott McMahon also provided some resistance but in the end they were overwhelmed.

Although North Melbourne kicked the first goal of the game  it was the Dockers who quickly gained ascendency. They kicked the three other goals for the quarter but should have been further in front if it was not for their in ability to make the most of their chances.

In the second quarter the teams traded goals, every time North looked like hitting the lead Freo would answer. At one stage Robbie Tarrant had 3 opportunities to put the Roos in front but he miss all three ensuring they went into half time behind.

North Melbourne came out of the break strong, kicking 3 of the first 4 to hit the lead. When Harper goaled midway though the quarter they looked like running away with it. However the Dockers were up for the challenge, they responded with the next 10 inside 50’s and kicked 4 to regain the lead.

At the beginning of the last the Kangaroos needed to score first, they did so with gusto as Brent Harvey an Lindsay Thomas each scored in the 1st 45 seconds to reduce the margin to 10.

However Fremantle, as they had all day returned fire. In this case it was a killing blow. 7 goals in 5 minutes ended the game and made the North Melbourne look second rate. It was a fine performance worthy of a finals participant.

Votes

3) Nathan Fyfe

2) Aaron Sandilands

1) Luke McPharlin     


GOALS
North Melbourne:
 Thomas 3, Hansen 3, Gibson 2, Macmillan, Bastinac, Harper, Harvey
Fremantle: Walters 4, Ballantyne 4, Mayne 2, McPhee 2, De Boer 2, Mundy 2, Suban 2, Sandilands, Mzungu,

BEST
North Melbourne: 
Swallow, Thompson, McMahon, Atley, Hansen
Fremantle: Fyfe, Sandilands, McPharlin, Hill, Pearce, Crowley, Mundy, Walters, Ballantyne

INJURIES
North Melbourne:
 Nil
Fremantle: Matthew Pavlich (groin) replaced in selected team by Zac Clarke

SUBSTITUTES
North Melbourne: 
Luke Delaney replaced by Matt Campbell at three-quarter time
Fremantle: Kepler Bradley replaced by Nick Suban at half-time

Official crowd:  26,482 at Etihad Stadium

Finals Rehearsal for Pies and Eagles

WHERE AND WHEN: Patersons Stadium, Saturday August 25, 5.40pm

Collingwood will make the dreaded trip to the west to face West Coast in a game that could have significant ramifications on the final ladder positions.

If the Pies can get over the line they will secure their place in the top 4. However if the Eagles can knock off the Pies then the door is still open for them to sneak into the top 4.

West Coast are coming off an easy win against Port Adelaide. They barely had to break into a sweat kicking 8 goals to 1 in the first half. Their focus would have turned to this week very quickly.

Collingwood, on the other hand were shown up by North Melbourne. The Pies put in one of their worst performances of the year against a very impressive opposition.

West Coast came away from last week relatively unscathed, but Adam Selwood may be in doubt after being subbed off for concussion. The Eagles will be hoping to welcome back Matt Rosa and maybe even Josh Kennedy after his return in the WAFL last week.

The Magpies may also be set for a raft of changes, Dane Swan will be an automatic inclusion after his internal suspension. Also Ben Johnson may return after a solid run in the VFL.

There could be some big outs as well, Nick Maxwell was subbed out last week and may not pull up. There are also questions about the health of Darren Jolly and Scott Pendlebury copped a knock to the knee at training so doubt will surround his selection up until the last minute.

What West Coast Will Want To See

The Eagles will want to dominate the clearances, this was one of the reasons why North won last week and the Eagles have the ability to pull it off.

With Cox and Natinui in the ruck and the likes of Kerr, Shuey and Selwood on the ground they are cable of matching the Collingwood  midfield.

Quick ball movement into a tall forward line is a must. This was yet another area where the Kangaroos exposed the Pies and if Kennedy is included the Eagles will have an even bigger forward line.

What Collingwood Want To See

What the Pies will not want to see is any reminiscence of last week’s performance. It is not a finals standard of football and will get them nowhere this week.

They will also need to get a good start. There has been plenty said about the Patersons stadium crown but one thing is for certain, if the Eagles gain any ascendency the crowd will drive them home.

Last and maybe most importantly they need Cloke and Dawes to fire. West Coast have no shortage of firepower and these two are Collingwood’s only answer. Surely they have to come good some time?

Prediction

Collingwood have and excellent record on the road winning 9 of their last 10. However this time the are coming off a belting and may come in without key players.

West Coast are primed for this game and are desperate for that second chance. They should be too good and set up an intriguing final round.

West Coast by 14

 

Brisbane to Complete South Australian Sweep

WHERE AND WHEN: AAMI Stadium, Saturday August 25, 1.40pm

Brisbane will be looking to make it two wins in a row against South Australian teams when they face Port Adelaide.

The Lions pulled off the upset of the round last week defeating Adelaide at home. This was the second top 5 team they have beaten for the year which will not only give them confidence going into this week but into the future as well.

Port Adelaide were not so lucky, they left interim coach Gary Hocking still searching for his first win after a 48 point loss to West Coast. If anything they made his short time as coach even worse managing only one goal up to half time.

The Power should welcome back Travis Boak the week after his late withdrawal from the Eagles game. His inclusion will be important to the Power’s chances but what will be more interesting will be his reaction to what may be his last game at AAMI for Port Adelaide.

The Lions will lose some experience down back in the form of Matt Maguire who was subbed off last week with an injury.

What Brisbane Will Want To See

The theme that Brisbane will want too see in their performance this week will be consistency. Last week’s incredible win will lack any credibility if they lose this week. As a team that will be looking to make final in a couple of years the first step is backing up good performances and beating the teams below you.

They will also want to see constancy in the individual players. If players like Rohan Bewick can continually chip in with two and three goal performances, the team will become a lot stronger.

What Port Adelaide Will Want To See   

The Power would love to snatch a win for Gary Hocking and this may be the only chance to do so. With Richmond away next week seems like the only opportunity with the home ground advantage.

They would also like to see a 4 quarter effort. A loss to a better team might be acceptable, but producing one goal halves does not cut it for the coach, supporter or anyone involved.

Finally they want to see Travis Boak not looking like he just played his last game at home for Port ant the end of the game.

Prediction

Port Adelaide’s season has been over for a while now, the don’t even look like challenging any team they meet and it will not be much different this week.

Brisbane on the other hand keep on playing hard, trying to build experience. Their performance last week showed how much talent they have and Port should be a walk in the park in comparison.

Brisbane by 46

 

 

North earn stripes

COLLINGWOOD                4.2   5.8   7.12    8.13    (61)
NORTH MELBOURNE       4.3   9.6   12.9  13.13   (91)          

North Melbourne have overcome their Collingwood hoodoo, winning by 30 points and cementing their spot in the top eight.

After a slow start the Kangaroos controlled the game in a telling performance that showed that they are now capable of beating top four sides and will be a force to be reckoned with come September.

North’s win evolved from the midfield which was not only able to match that of the Pies but thoroughly beat it. Their three tall forwards also had a day out, thriving on mismatches. Finally their ability to hold onto the ball and deprive Collingwood ensured they were always in control.

Collingwood will be extremely disappointed with their efforts. They applied little pressure, constantly lost one one ones around the ground and butchered the ball especially going forward. Most of this could be put down to the Roo’s pressure and desire.

Brent Harvey was the stand out player of the night with 33 possessions. His run and carry tore open the Pies while his work rate to provide an option to his team mates was first class.

He was joined in the midfield by Ben Cunnington whose 11 contested possessions and 11 tackles were decisive in the clinches . While Todd Goldstein gave North first hands as he dominated Darren Jolly. Scott Thompson’s efforts cannot be ignored either, he was brilliant in shutting out Travis Cloke.

The only consolation for Collingwood was Dayne Beams’ performance. After signing a contract mid week he continued his outstanding form with 38 disposals and two goals.

Collingwood started the game like  house on fire kicking the first four goals. They were all over the Roos and a repeat of previous performances looked on the cards.

However North slowed the game down and held possession. This not only killed the Pies momentum but started their own. They went on to kicked the next four and their talls Hanson, Petrie and Tarrant all chipped in with one each.

In the second quarter Collingwood started well again, but this time they couldn’t hit the scoreboard, Jarryd Blair’s solitary goal all they had to show for it.

Just as they did before the Kangaroos steadied then surged ahead. This time they managed five unaswered goals with Tarrant slotting two.

After the half the Pies continued the pattern kicking the first through Sinclair. As a testament to their determination North Melbourne kicked the next two capitalising on Collingwood mistakes.

Despite the all pressure they were applying and clearances were wining North just couldn’t finish the  job in the third. Beams brought the Pies closer but Ziebell’s goal before the siren steadied the ship.

The last quarter was irrelevant with only two goals kicked. Petrie kicked his third for North and Pendlebury kicked the first for the Pies. Collingwood tired to make a final push but as they had bee all night North Melbourne were just too good.

Votes

3) Brent Harvey

2) Ben Cunnington

1) Scott Thompson

GOALS
Collingwood:
 Beams 2, Tarrant, Fasolo, Didak, Blair, Sinclair, Pendlebury,
North Melbourne: Tarrant 3, Thomas 3, Petrie 3, Hansen 2, Garlett, Ziebell

BEST
Collingwood:
 Beams, Blair, Pendlebury, Thomas, Sidebottom
North Melbourne: Harvey, Cunnington,Thompson, Goldstein, Petrie,

INJURIES
Collingwood: 
Toovey (corked thigh), replaced in selected side by Mooney, Mooney (ankle), Maxwell (hip flexor)
North Melbourne: Nil

SUBSTITUTES
Collingwood: 
Nick Maxwell replaced by Caolan Mooney at three-quarter time
North Melbourne: Cruize Garlett replaced by Matthew Campbell in the third quarter

Official crowd: 44,956 at Etihad Stadium