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.
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

Eagles to soar, Pies to fly, will the 17-year curse go bye bye?

The Eagles are in red-hot form and may well upset the Magpies, breaking their 17 year stranglehold against West Coast at the MCG.


WHERE AND WHEN:The MCG, Saturday 15 September, 7.45pm

LAST TIME: West Coast 15.17 (107) d Collingwood 8.10 (58), round 22, 2012, at Patersons Stadium


Two of the biggest clubs in the AFL do battle at the MCG on Saturday night, with both having remarkably similar seasons. They both had their periods of dominance at the top and premiership favouritism, as well as both being hard hit by injuries and form slumps. For the Pies, this slump might have come at the worst time possible as they host a rejuvenated and hungry Eagles outfit in a do or die clash.


While still missing a couple of their best 22 players, the Eagles were looking as good as ever in their thumping of the Kangaroos over at Paterson’s Stadium last weekend. The result was never in doubt after the first quarter, which was pleasing for them, but just as pleasing for them would have been the form of returning stars Andrew Embley and Josh Kennedy. Both had faced extended stints on the sidelines and had looked rusty upon their return, but both kicked 4 goals on the weekend – Embley especially was fantastic in a near best on ground performance.

Collingwood, on the other hand, scrapped and fought but still went down to the rampaging Hawks by 38 points. It took 17 minutes for the first goal to be kicked, but the Magpies couldn’t maintain the pressure and Hawthorn ran away with it, as they have done to the Pies twice previous this season.

Still, there were positives there as well. Nathan Buckley has talked up his teams chances, and Scott Pendlebury has also, specifically citing the (truthful) importance of ruckman Darren Jolly being in the side:

Getting your number one ruckman always helps against probably the best ruck tandem in the league. We just want ‘Jols’ to compete for us guys at ground level.

We’ve got a bit of work to do, and we’re looking forward to getting our hands dirty.

In their Round 22 loss to the Eagles, which Jolly missed, the Pies were absolutely monstered in the ruck contests and clearances, losing them 59-12 and 47-23 respectively. Having Jolly back and in solid form is crucial for the Pies.

After a year of speculation, Travis Cloke is hitting good form at the right time.

The Pies forward line also seems to be functioning far better than in the lead-up to the finals. Travis Cloke is finally back to his best after an average season, while Chris Dawes, dropped in round 23, came back and racked up 20 possessions and a goal in a much improved performance. His relief ruckwork will help out Jolly too, who while racking up a mammoth 49 hit-outs last week, struggled around the ground.

The earlier-than-expected recall of Andrew Krakouer also paid dividends, with the small forward booting 4 goals.

In the midfield, Dayne Beams continued the best season of his young career, Pendlebury hit his straps and Dane Swan racked up the clearances. They were outplayed by the Hawks in the middle, but it wasn’t dire. Most promising was the defensive forward role played by young Ben Sinclair on Grant Birchall. Birchall, almost a lock for an All-Australian position in the backline, was restricted to just 11 undamaging possessions. Expect Collingwood to try something similar against the likes of Shannon Hurn.


The biggest worries for the Magpies are two-fold – the loss of captain Nick Maxwell to suspension and their Round 22 game, just three weeks ago, against the Eagles. Maxwell is gone until the Grand Final if the Pies were to make it for a hit on Hawks small Paul Puopolo, while they were belted by a far superior Eagles outfit all around the ground in a 49 point loss.

On the flip-side, the Eagles have lost their vice-captain and backline general Beau Waters to injury, which is a big and unfortunate blow. Collingwood is also vastly superior at playing the MCG when compared to the Eagles – West Coast haven’t defeated them there in a whopping 17 years.


The game will be marked by a minutes silence before the anthem, signifying the loss of ex-Collingwood player John McCarthy in a tragic accident earlier this week.

It will no doubt be a thrilling and tense clash. Both sides are experienced finals campaigners and will not let their seasons go easily. The Eagles are just too red-hot at the moment to deny them though, and their forward line and ruck duo will stretch Collingwood just enough for them to get over the line. The 17 year hoodoo may well be broken, and the Pies may well be looking at a straight sets exit from the 2012 finals.

Prediction: West Coast by 6


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.


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

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?


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


Flag a Pie in the sky for North?

Etihad Stadium – Saturday 18 August – 7:40PM

North Melbourne will be looking to secure their position in finals this week as they take on Collingwood at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

The Kangaroos have been on a roll in recent months, winning seven of their past eight games to leave them sitting sixth with only three games to go Collingwood.

Collingwood on the other hand are looking to break in to the top 2, with a loss likely to end the Magpies hope of a home Qualifying final.

It certainly appeals as the highest quality game of the round, with North looking to step up in a rare prime time game and potentially secure more in the highly fancied viewing slots for 2013.

North’s fantastic win over Essendon has come at a cost for the Roos, with Adams, Wells and Grima all likely to miss this weeks game through injury. In a timely boost for the North, Jack Ziebell and Lindsay Thomas both return from suspension for this clash while Pederson looks set to be given another chance at senior level.

Collingwood too didn’t come away from their fantastic victory against the Swans unharmed. Thomas, Jolly, Maxwell and Fasolo all experienced difficulties during the gallant victory. Luckily for Collingwood, none appear to be too serious and the Pies will fancy their chances of all playing.

In order to win this game, Collingwood will need their forward duo of Dawes and Cloke to operate at maximum efficiency. With the form Beams, Pendlebury and Sidebottom have been in, it is highly likely the duo will receive every opportunity to have an impact, it will be up to them though as to whether they can take advantage and kick a winning score.

Likewise for North, their best chance of claiming a drought-breaking win against Collingwood is for their three-pronged forward line in Petrie, Hansen and Tarrant to fire. Petrie was kept goaless by Dustin Flecther, though the attention Petrie got allowed Tarrant and Hansen to impact the game with performances that proved fatal to Essendon.

It shapes as a fantastic game of footy on Saturday night and with both teams heading towards finals, it stands to provide the winner with an added confidence boost heading in to September.

Prediction: Collingwood by 12 points


B: Chris Tarrant, Heritier O’Brien, Nathan Brown
HB: Nick Maxwell, Ben Reid, Alan Toovey
C: Sharrod Wellingham, Alex Fasolo, Jarryd Blair
HF: Scott Pendlebury, Chris Dawes, Heath Shaw
F: Dale Thomas, Travis Cloke, Steele Sidebottom
Foll: Darren Jolly, Ben Sinclair, Dayne Beams
I/C: Alan Didak, Martin Clarke, Paul Seedsman, Jamie Elliott
Emg: Ben Johnson, Tom Young, Caolan Mooney

North Melbourne

B: Scott McMahon, Luke Delaney, Michael Firrito
HB: Shaun Atley, Scott Thompson, Samuel Wright
C: Ryan Bastinac, Ben Cunnington, Sam Gibson
HF: Liam Anthony, Robert Tarrant, Lindsay Thomas
F: Brent Harvey, Drew Petrie, Lachlan Hansen
Foll: Todd Goldstein, Andrew Swallow, Jack Ziebell
I/C: Matt Campbell, Cruize Garlett, Jamie Macmillan, Kieran Harper
Emg: Aaron Edwards, Aaron Mullett, Levi Greenwood

In: Lindsay Thomas, Jack Ziebell, Luke Delaney
Out: Daniel Wells (Calf), Leigh Adams (Shoulder), Nathan Grima (Hamstring)

Catch all the thoughts of both sets of supporters before the big game over on BigFooty

Collingwood Magpies

North Melbourne

Pies on a heavenly mission against Saints

Collingwood take on St. Kilda

Collingwood v St. Kilda

MCG – 7:40PM – Saturday 4 July

St. Kilda will look to claim a major scalp in its fight for a top eight spot when they take on Collingwood at the MCG this Saturday.

It shapes as a must win game for both teams as September draws nearer, with a St. Kilda loss making it extremely difficult for the Saints to make the eight while Collingwood is under siege from West Coast in the battle for a top four position.

Collingwood look set to welcome back a host of key players such as Steele Sidebottom, Dale Thomas and Darren Jolly after have the previous week off against GWS. Sharrod Wellingham is also eligible to return after his infamous bump on Kade Simpson three weeks a go.

For St. Kilda, Farren Ray and Arryn Sippos will both in contention for selection, though spots will be limited after what was a dominant display against the Western Bulldogs. Unfortunately for the Saints, Adam Schnieder looks set to miss after an apparent hamstring injury.

It’s been two years since the famous drawn final between these two teams and both teams have changes dramatically. Both teams now contain new head coaches with Buckley coming in for the Pies and Watters taking over from Ross Lyon for the Saints.

While Collingwood maintain a similar structure to the Malthouse years, Watters brings a much different approach to St. Kilda than his predecessor.

The most notable difference Watters brings is an offensive streak that was very much lacking in St. Kilda’s three recent grand finals.

Watters and the St. Kilda team will be hoping their new found offensive potency will be the catalyst for the Saints finally conquering Collingwood and providing the Saints with the perfect step ladder to make an attack on the top 8.

Collingwood should still prove to be too strong however, though St. Kilda will still provide one hell of a contest.

Prediction: Collingwood by 8 points

Follow the thoughts of both set of supporters leading in to the big game over on BigFooty!


St. Kilda

A Pie in the sky hope

GWS v Collingwood

SKODA Stadium – Saturday 28 July – 4:40PM

Collingwood will be after a vital percentage boost when they travel to SKODA Stadium to take on GWS.

Possessing the weakest percentage of the top four contenders, the Pies will be desperate to capitalise on the competitions free hit in the Giants.

The Pies were crushed last week at the hands of fellow premiership contender Hawthorn, which only highlighted the hard work still needed to be done by Collingwood.

The Giants on the other hand has lost its last five games by an average margin of 110 points, a situation that is making a mockery of the sport’s most elite competition.

Collingwood will also take the opportunity to rest some of its star players with Steele Sidebottom, Harry O’Brien, Dale Thomas and Darren Jolly all missing this week. The outs provide Marty Clarke, Ben Sinclair, Simon Buckley and Cameron Wood with an opportunity to stake a claim in the finals bound Collingwood team.

GWS continue to routinely make mass changes to its line up in order to balance the workload of its younger players with Jeremy Cameron, Jonathon Patton and Chad Cornes amongst others all coming back in to the side to provide a much needed boost.

Travis Cloke has been in the headlines this week after Collingwood announced it would be ceasing contract negotiations until the end of the season. This game provides Cloke with the platform to regain some much needed form and shift focus away from his contract and back to producing quality football.

Sadly for football, the only things of interest in this game is the extent of the Collingwood’s victory, the attendance from the Sydney crowd, any Collingwood injuries and the form of Travis Cloke.

The sooner GWS become competitive, the better.

Prediction: Collingwood by 128 points


GWS Giants

B: Luke Power, Chad Cornes, Tomas Bugg
HB: Curtly Hampton, Phil Davis, Sam Frost
C: Adam Treloar, Callan Ward, WIlliam Hoskin-Elliott
HF: Rhys Palmer, Jeremy Cameron, Jacob Townsend
F: Devon Smith, Jonathon Patton, Nick Haynes
Foll: Jonathan Giles, Tom Scully, Toby Greene
I/C: Shaun Edwards, Israel Folau, Anthony Miles, Taylor Adams
Emg: Josh Bruce, Dean Brogan, Adam Kennedy
In: Jeremy Cameron, Shaun Edwards, Jonathon Patton, Taylor Adams, Devon Smith, Chad Cornes
Out: Kurt Aylett, Josh Bruce, Steve Clifton, Gerald Ugle, Mark Whiley, Nathan Wilson


B: Tom Young, Nathan Brown, Chris Tarrant
HB: Nick Maxwell, Ben Reid, Alan Toovey
C: Caolan Mooney, Alex Fasolo, Jarryd Blair
HF: Scott Pendlebury, Chris Dawes, Heath Shaw
F: Ben Sinclair, Travis Cloke, Tyson Goldsack
Foll: Cameron Wood, Dane Swan, Dayne Beams
I/C: Martin Clarke, Simon Buckley, Paul Seedsman, Jamie Elliott
Emg: Luke Rounds, Jarrod Witts, Jackson Paine
In: Martin Clarke, Cameron Wood, Ben Sinclair, Simon Buckley
Out: Heritier O’Brien (Groin), Dale Thomas (Ankle), Steele Sidebottom (Quad), Darren Jolly (Soreness)

Check out the thoughts of both sets of supporter on BigFooty before the big game.



Grinners and Moaners – Round 17

As the writing super sub, I’m coming in this week with my look at who were the big winners and big losers from this round of footy.



Certainly did all they could on Saturday against Collingwood to remove any doubts about their premiership credentials. Despite not having any of the best two or three players on the ground, the Hawks won by eight goals with the whips put away early in the final quarter.

Jordan Lewis is having a career year, Sam Mitchell has hopped on the rejuvenation machine, Jack Gunston is making the most of his belated opportunity in the Hawthorn side, and they still have Luke Hodge and Lance Franklin to return.


We’ve been trying to figure out if the Cats still have what it takes to make waves in September, and while some remain unconvinced, it’s hard to think of anything more Geelong could have done last Friday night other than demolish Essendon. With youngster Mitch Duncan best on ground, and improved performances from Tom Hawkins, Steven Motlop and Billie Smedts, the Cats look to have once again discovered a bunch of young talent that could keep Geelong in the top half of the ladder for years to come. Whether that means the Cats can push into the last couple of weeks of the finals this year remains to be seen.

North Melbourne

The Shinboners continue to demonstrate their credentials as the team most likely to emerge from the pack to claim eighth spot. Make no mistake, Richmond threw everything but the gas hot water heater at the Roos on Sunday, only for North Melbourne to come through with another win against a key rival.

Drew Petrie produced another excellent performance kicking five last quarter goals for a match total of seven. As footy folklore tells us, key forwards who take contested marks are worth plenty come finals time, and North Melbourne have a great one who is in form.



I couldn’t care less about Saturday’s match from Collingwood’s point of view. But the events of the following few days have shown that the Westpac Centre may be short a key marking forward come 2013.

The news that the negotiation between Collingwood and Travis Cloke has been postponed until after the season is an onimous one, considering it has all been confirmed that Fremantle and Melbourne have offers before Cloke worth $1 million per year, and also Carlton and Richmond are interested. On top of all that, Cloke’s form is not good at the moment. Something needs to change.


Certainly the most worrying performance of the weekend, as a tired and injured Essendon list limps towards finals and another meek exit. While long term everything is ticketyboo at Windy Hill, the tough preseason conducted by James Hird and his conditioning staff has caught up to the players, and they are breaking down with monotonous regularity.

Despite all that, the other worrying signs are the indications that other teams have figured out how to beat Essendon, and more generally, Essendon’s form. With a tough remaining fixture, even the prospect of missing finals is looking increasingly likely for the men with the red sash.


It was supposed to be a great round with all the final eight playing each other, but it didn’t hit any great heights until Sunday afternoon. There were numerous dubious decisions, especially with the video review, which needs to be altered considering players are now (successfully) appealing for incidents to be referred. The Q-Clash was forgettable, Buddy got done for speeding, and GWS need the finishing line like no other team since the Royboys were going around. Hopefully things start to pick up soon.

Hawks and Pies eye off top prize

Collingwood take on Hawthorn

Collingwood v Hawthorn

MCG – 1:45PM – Saturday 21 July

The most even season in recent memory produces its most defining match yet as Collingwood clash with Hawthorn this Saturday afternoon.

In what has been built as the round of the year, this match is perhaps the most critical in shaping the all important top four positions.

Both teams come in to the clash with exceptional form, with each team winning nine of their last 10 games.

A Collingwood win would see the Pies skip two games clear of the Hawks with only six games remaining, while a Hawthorn win would see them leapfrog Collingwood in to the top four with a vastly superior percentage.

Plenty of time has passed since Hawthorn triumphed over Collingwood in round 1, with this encounter producing many new questions.

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the match is how Hawthorn will function with out star player Lance Franklin, who sits his second week on the sidelines with a hamstring concern.

Franklin, who has kicked 51 goals this year, was a crucial piece of the round one puzzle and will be severely missed. To help offset the loss, Hawthorn will on this occasion have Jarryd Roughead.

Roughead will need to be at his absolute to help minimise the loss of Franklin, though he will have help from his team mates.

A vital aspect to Hawthorn’s games this year is its ability to produce multiple goal kickers, especially from the midfield, making it critically Collingwood run both ways.

Collingwood will have no concerns with their midfield however, with Dane Swan firing, Scott Pendlebury racking up a season high possession count last week in his first game back along with Dayne Beams and Steele Sidebottom having breakout seasons.

Where Collingwood has been below par is in its forward line, with Travis Cloke and Chris Dawes having below average outputs in 2012.

Coming up against the most formidable offensive team in the competition, Collingwood need Cloke and Dawes to fire.

With out there forward duo firing, Collingwood may just fall short of a winning score.

Prediction: Hawthorn by 16 points


B: Heritier O’Brien, Nathan Brown, Chris Tarrant
HB: Nick Maxwell, Ben Reid, Alan Toovey
C: Ben Sinclair, Dale Thomas, Jarryd Blair
HF: Scott Pendlebury, Chris Dawes, Heath Shaw
F: Dayne Beams, Travis Cloke, Tyson Goldsack
Foll: Darren Jolly, Dane Swan, Steele Sidebottom
I/C: Tom Young, Alex Fasolo, Paul Seedsman, Jamie Elliott
Emg: Martin Clarke, Simon Buckley, Caolan Mooney
In: Tom Young, Paul Seedsman
Out: Martin Clarke, Simon Buckley


B: Kyle Cheney, Stephen Gilham, Benjamin Stratton
HB: Matt Suckling, Josh Gibson, Grant Birchall
C: Clinton Young, Sam Mitchell, Jordan Lewis
HF: Brendan Whitecross, Ryan Schoenmakers, Jack Gunston
F: Paul Puopolo, Jarryd Roughead, Cyril Rioli
Foll: David Hale, Shaun Burgoyne, Brad Sewell
I/C: Liam Shiels, Luke Breust, Thomas Murphy, Isaac Smith
Emg: Max Bailey, Shane Savage, Bradley Hill

Read up on what both sets of supporters are thinking over at BigFooty…



Blues Bring Pies’ Streak to a Sharp Halt

Luckily, Sharrod Wellingham’s hairstyle remains intact.

COLLINGWOOD 1.5 4.9 6.12 8.14 (62)
3.1 7.4 8.11 12.13 (85)

It seemed like the scene was set for another typical Carlton night of late – things weren’t going to go their way.

At first, Michael Jamison looked in serious agony after being winded in a successfully attempted spoil within the first minute, then a short while later sole tall forward Shaun Hampson injured his knee seriously enough to be substituted out early.

Jamison didn’t just play out the game but had a big impact, attempting to drop digits off Travis Cloke’s asking price by keeping him to two goals. Hampson’s replacement, Brock McLean, ended up becoming one of the Blues’ best with 28 disposals – the second time in as many weeks he’d been subbed in within the first ten minutes of a match. Look for Brock to be on the field from the opening bounce in coming weeks.

Carlton’s intensity was massive, dominating the tackle count over what really appeared to be a Collingwood in second gear. The Blues led at every change.

Nick Duigan and Dennis Armfield – both playing as defensive forwards – kick-started the run despite the downfall of Hampson and (almost) Jamison. Andrew Collins booted the other with an impressive start.

Jarryd Blair and Alex Fasolo were very handy for Collingwood early on, as was Nick Maxwell, but Carlton as a unit were much more intense around the ball and reaped the rewards.

Despite that, Collingwood hung in pinching goals through players such as Jackson Paine who was later subbed out.

With that, they were able to capitalise on an inaccurate Carlton – who kicked 1.7 for the quarter – and were able to bring it back to three points midway through.

The Blues missed simple opportunities to really nail the Pies down until Chris Yarran gave it his all to make a shot from 35 out look as difficult as it possibly could, evading and weaving his way through multiple tackles to slot the most difficult chance they had.

Yarran and captain Chris Judd were both immense in the third. The former backed his pace and foot-skills and pulled it off a number of times, while Judd did the dirty work, winning his own ball and damaging Collingwood in the process.

They did this even while losing Kade Simpson to one of the nastier clashes you’ll see. Simpson went back with the flight with eyes only for the footy and was knocked near-senseless by a Sharrod Wellingham airborne hip-and-shoulder to the head. Wellingham, good on the night, will be very lucky to play in the coming weeks.

The Pies fought even with star midfielder Dale Thomas appearing to stub his toe in the turf in the third. He went down in agonising pain and played out the match, although he never looked 100% fit for the remainder of the game.

Yarran’s goal was the first in a stretch of four for the Blues, which in a low-scoring contest was pivotal in ensuring the 23-point win.


3 –  Chris Judd (Carl)
2 – 
Chris Yarran (Carl)
1 – 
Matthew Kreuzer (Carl)

Collingwood: Cloke 2, Paine 2, Goldsack, Sidebottom, Thomas, Wellingham
Carlton: Betts 4, Duigan 3, Walker 2, Armfield, Collins, Yarran

Collingwood: Swan, Blair, Thomas, Sidebottom,
Carlton: Judd, Yarran, Kreuzer, McLean, Robinson, Duigan

Collingwood: Thomas (right ankle), Williams (left shoulder)
Carlton: Hampson (right knee), Simpson (concussion)

Collingwood: Jackson Paine replaced by Ben Sinclair in third quarter
Carlton: Shaun Hampson replaced by Brock McLean in the first quarter

Reports: Sharrod Wellingham (Collingwood) for high contact with Kade Simpson (Carlton) in the third quarter.

Umpires: Donlon, Findlay, McInerney

Official crowd: 
75,755 at the MCG