Howe leaps straight to the Tribunal – Match Review Panel Round 17 2012

Melbourne high-flyer Jeremy Howe will face the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night after the Match Review Panel bypassed his case.

Howe alledgedly wiped blood from his knee on Port Adelaide defender Tom Jonas’ shorts during the third quarter of Saturday Night’s match in Darwin, which the Demons lost by 28 points.

He was charged with a misconduct offence by the MRP but the tribunal panel will decide the punishment.

The only similar case in recent times was back in 2002, when then-Collingwood captain Nathan Buckley wiped blood from his forehead on Geelong hard man Cameron Ling’s guernsey.

In other cases, Geelong fullback Matthew Scarlett has been charged with a level-two triking offence against Essendon youngster Corey Dell’Olio during the fourth quarter of Friday Night’s match at Etihad Stadium. Due to a previous poor record, Scarlett has received a one-match penalty, and this cannot be reduced with an early-plea.

Seven North Melbourne and 11 Richmond players can accept fines for their involvement in a melee during the first quarter of Sunday’s match at the MCG.

Richmond’s Shane Tuck, Alex Rance, Dustin Martin and Luke McGuane and North Melbourne’s Michael Firrito and Jamie MacMillan can accept $2100 fines for a second offence for enganging in a melee.

Matt Dea, Jayden Post, Chris Newman, Reece Conca, Steven Morris, Brendan Ellis, Kelvin Moore, Drew Petrie, Robbie Tarrant, Lindsay Thomas, Sam Wright and Daniel Wells can accept $1200 fines for a first offence engaging in a melee.

Richmond’s Brett Deledio has also been offered a $1950 first offence fine for using absuive, threatening or obscene language during the second quarter of the match on Sunday.

Other incidents assessed were contact between Eagles’ Beau Waters and Adelaide’s Kurt Tippett, contact between Carlton’s Paul Bower and Bulldog Christian Howard and contact between Swan Ben McGlynn and St Kilda’s Brendan Goddard, however these were dismissed.


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

Grinners and Moaners: Midyear Edition

With all teams now at the halfway point of the season, plus with the bye rounds being almost as demotivating as watching Gold Coast lose on 50m penalties, it’s time to see where the competition is at.



The Crows are beginning set the world on fire. Their only two losses have been the nasty belting by Hawthorn at the MCG and the wet-weather grinder against Collingwood where the Magpies took control late. Their draw remains soft, with matches against GWS, Gold Coast, Port Adelaide, Melbourne, and Brisbane (at the Gabba) still to come. They’ll be a certainty come September. Can they crack the top 4? Seven teams are in reach of the top end, but with their relaxed draw it’s almost certain as they are part of the leading bunch. Top 2, however, is a tougher ask, with a run playing against West Coast, Geelong and Essendon looming as the critical three weeks.

Nathan Buckley

Your author was, and probably still isn’t a believer, as Buckley hasn’t built this team. However, Bucks is doing two things with Collingwood that are very handy: keeping a lid on it, and winning tough. The former means that despite the Magpies being in third with a 9-2 record, the focus of premiership chances remains on Hawthorn and West Coast. The Pies are slowly chugging away, despite their injuries, and are building to be dominant in September.


Six months ago people were writing the Giants off for a winless year with their combination of kids and walking frames, including myself. The Giants have impressed, and although their final-term fadeouts are to be expected from a young side, they are playing modern, contested football which is tough as nails.

West Coast

Somehow they are winning without a forward line. In the 2011 preliminary final against Geelong, the West Coast half-forward line read LeCras, Kennedy, Nicoski. Throw Andrew Embley rotating through and you’ve got a decimation. However, with a couple of changes, such as Nic Naitanui moving to first ruck and thus Dean Cox becoming a forward target, as well as the resurrection of Chris Masten and Josh Hill, have meant that the Eagles have managed to restructure despite the losses. The return of Kennedy, Nicoski and possibly Embley will aid their depth and give them a serious shot deep into September.

Brendan McCartney

The old ‘if only’ argument comes up, but imagine if the Bulldogs had a forward line. The Dogs are playing some good footy through midfield, but are often falling short due to a lack of forward options. At times, they have managed to get around it, but it will only last so long. It’s a problem that will see them miss the finals, but their style will suit them into the future.


The Tigers are finally becoming an opponent that could, on their day, nearly defeat anyone. Although inexperience has cost them (particularly against the Cats) their impressive victory over Hawthorn will hopefully be a sign of things to come for the long-suffering Richmond faithful.



The season from hell, both on- and off-field. Admittedly, Melbourne have had a tough draw, playing all eight of the finalists from 2011 already. But on the other hand, the sort of ineptitude served up at times (such as the first quarter against Collingwood or the match against Sydney) is nothing short of horrific. If not for the Essendon game, you’d suggest that they may even go winless until the Gold Coast game.

Gold Coast

And the only reason they would stand a chance is because the Gold Coast are playing the uncontested style that Melbourne played in 2011, a style of football which simply cannot adapt to current game styles. The Suns, despite the continued heroics of Gary Ablett, cough up the pill to the opposition and cannot take a trick. Coupled with the fitness-related fadeouts, it’s a 3 to 4 year problem for a club that has only been in existence two years.

North Melbourne

Overrated? Definitely. And unfortunately so. Much more was expected out of Arden Street pre-season, but the players seem unwilling to get involved. The “handball-happy” gameplan succeeded once, against Geelong, and has since been thrown into disarray by high-intensity pressure on the ball carrier and his area of control. The result is that Brad Scott needs to re-work his congested clearing tactics, or else the Kangaroos will continue to be found out and struggle.


The Blues have been massacred by injuries. They also seem to have been found out. Essendon came out and smashed them with high-intensity tackling and pressure. Adelaide did the same, and since then every side bar Geelong who has taken on Carlton has aimed to emulate this tactic. And it’s worked. Even Melbourne’s loss saw them attack the ball carrier ferociously, not giving him time to make a decision and thus led to the Blues struggling for three quarters. Coupled with a champion who is unfortunately in a form slump and their injuries, and it’s tough to see them making the eight simply due to the competition.


Perennial losers, but AFL House is beginning to reek more of dictatorship after the combined Mifsud affairs, which have gone without answer for the full story, and Matt Rendell quietly re-acquiring a job at Collingwood.

Media commentary

The season seems to have fallen away dramatically in coverage. Channel 7 has been nearly un-watchable when Basil and McLachlan *cough* RompingWins *cough*  have been commentating. The “blokey” commentary when Brian Taylor is calling has been noted elsewhere, while general coverage on the game seems to be focused much more on the free agency (Barrett) and the political (Wilson) sides rather than actual tactical analysis.

Although, Cameron Ling has been discovered as one of the better boundary riders we’ve seen in recent years.

Crippled Collingwood Stumble Home

Collingwood     3.6 | 7.9 | 10.11 | 14.12.  96
Geelong             2.4 | 6.6 | 7.12 | 11.18.  84

A wounded Collingwood side has fought off a fast-finishing Geelong to record a 12 point win at the MCG.

Whilst Collingwood’s fortune, coupled with two late goals from Alex Fasolo and Scott Pendlebury, got them the win, Geelong’s woeful goalkicking in the final term cost them dearly, with numerous opportunities squandered, especially by Steve Johnson.

Collingwood appeared to be cruising before a strange substitution by Nathan Buckley coupled with injuries to Pies players allowed Geelong back in the contest

Dale Thomas enjoyed a steady return to the Pies side -

The substitution of Alan Didak for Simon Buckley early in the final term was a strange one, as both Ben Reid and Scott Pendlebury were struggling due to injury. Ultimately, Dane Swan unfortunately left the field with a hamstring injury, but this was coupled with the loss of Reid in the final term, which could have been mitigated by his substitution.

Nevertheless, Geelong’s wastefulness was all over the place. James Kelly, in his 200th game, had some terrible disposal early. Johnson was awful around goal. But the worst was Josh Hunt, who provided a constant stream of clangers, and notably conceded the late 50m penalty against Alex Fasolo which led to Collingwood taking a match winning lead.

However, the awful performances weren’t restricted to the Cats, with Collingwood’s Harry O’Brien having a shocker. Didak, despite picking up 14 disposals, was anonymous, and Marty Clarke wasn’t great.

Despite the clangers and the low quality, however, the game was one for the classics reel of great example of high-intensity footy that deserves to live on.


3) Pendlebury

2) Selwood

1) Swan


Collingwood: Pendlebury, Swan, Shaw, Sidebottom, Beams, Jolly
Geelong: Selwood, Bartel, Stokes, Duncan

Pendlebury 4, Fasolo 3, Goldsack 2, Cloke 2, Swan, Blair, Dawes
Geelong: Podsiadly 2, Duncan 2, Hawkins 2, Stokes 2, Motlop, Chapman, Stokes

75,650 at the MCG

Malthouse & McGuire saga goes too far

Dateline: July 28 2009. A smiling Eddie McGuire proudly presented then Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse and Nathan Buckley to the media.

Collingwood, and football in general was to change forever. McGuire announced that Malthouse had signed a two-year contract extension, as well as a three-year contract to oversee Nathan Buckley, who would take over as coach in 2012, in a director of coaching role.

Eddie had achieved his dream result. He had re-signed Mick Malthouse, his great mate and the man who he had appointed in 1999 to change the fortunes of the Collingwood Football Club, while also keeping club legend and Nathan Buckley out of the clutches of North Melbourne and appointing him as soon-to-be coach.

October 1 2011.  After Collingwood’s 38-point loss to Geelong in the Grand Final, Malthouse announced that he would not stick to his contract and would leave the club to join the media.

Throughout the year, many thought this would be the case after Collingwood won the 2010 AFL Grand Final. Nathan Buckley would now have to go it alone.

Malthouse soon announced he would join 3AW and Channel 7.  Buckley would lose fellow assistant coaches Scott Watters to St Kilda and Mark Neeld to Melbourne, both for senior roles. Key players Leon Davis and Leigh Brown announced their retirements. All was set for the new-hit drama of 2012.

The first rumblings appeared after Collingwood’s round one loss to premiership favourite Hawthorn. There were rumours that the Collingwood players disliked Buckley’s style of coaching, and that they would not adapt to his new game plan. Malthouse then had his lap of honour at the MCG at half time of the Collingwood v Richmond match.

It then all erupted. Collingwood were defeated by traditional rivals Carlton in the showpiece match of Round 3. North Melbourne legend Wayne Carey came out on Triple M and confirmed that not all of the players like Buckley.

Malthouse, a man of timing, came out swinging, this time on Melbourne radio station 3AW, bagging Buckley’s game plan and responding to comments by Eddie McGuire, who claimed that other sides had figured out Malthouse’s style of play and said that it had gone from revolutionary to middle-class.

He continued on. Leon Davis would have stayed at the club if he was still coach according to him. He also blamed his players and poor umpiring decisions for the grand final loss, rather than his tactics.

Malthouse disagrees with McGuire’s comments about his game-plan, but why then did he change it for the Grand Final last year? Malthouse though is right in a way. McGuire should be keeping out of the media regarding his own side’s game plan. That is the match committee’s job.

Malthouse is bitter. Buckley is taking over ‘his boys’ and he is clearly angry at it. But the fact is, he left the club. He himself admits that it was hard to leave the club, so why did he? Buckley could clearly use his help right now.

Buckley, ever the professional, has remained relatively quiet on this saga, only commenting on it earlier today. He of course took no sides.

This dispute, along with Collingwood’s injury list and poor on-field performances so far is creating a poor atmosphere all around the club, from the fans to the officials.

The sooner this stops the better it is for Collingwood, for now and in the future. Collingwood can finally get on with their season without any distractions. It will also stop tarnishing what Mick Malthouse’s image with the people involved with Collingwood. It’s also splitting the fans and the club in half.

Back in 2009, football experts had their doubt whether the deal McGuire conjured would come off. When he left it was no surprise, but Collingwood felt they could still end up winning out of the deal by appointing Rodney Eade in the role Malthouse was supposed to fill.

This is not an attack on Buckley, in fact I think he’ll be a premiership coach but now it seems there could be only one loser out of the deal, and it’s not Malthouse.

Grinners and Moaners


North Melbourne

Wow. The emphatic nature of that was apparent. Not simply for the victory by North over the reigning premiers. Geelong attempted to come at the Kangas, just as they overran Hawthorn last week. But they rallied, returned and kicked themselves clear. That’s the kind of digging that is seen in champion sides.

Gold Coast

If there is such a thing as a moral victory, that was it.

Gary Ablett

Someone get the author his Brownlow odds?

Karmichael Hunt

Speaking of Brownlow votes, could Andrew Demetriou end up in the awkward position of reading out Hunt’s name?

McKenna appears to have found the role for him as the pack-smasher. Hunt is relishing it and is genuinely getting better, to the point where he’s becoming a threat.


The arrival of something big? Carlton still have holes, but the power of their midfield and the skill of their small runners seems to be papering over these holes. The fitness of Michael Jamison is still important, but only against the type of power forward line that Collingwood can deliver.


They honestly needed to win that one to have a crack at finals. The Tigers’ draw is extremely tough early, and defeating the Demons was important for both their own and their supporters’ morale.

Port Adelaide

Quickly becoming the tipsters’ nightmare, Port are giving everyone a crack. While they’re not winning, they’re certainly competitive as hell, and with that the wins will come.


The whole thing has turned just a bit at the top, and it’s for the better. Sydney are becoming a reasonable talking point for the top 4, questions rise over Geelong, St Kilda give a sense that they aren’t done just yet and North seem to be arriving. Exciting times.



Injury-plagued, key men out of form, being exposed defensively with too many front runners. The bad luck factor is there, but watching Luke Ball return to the field after tweaking something in his knee smacked of desperation from Collingwood, and watching him go down again was simply terrible.

The problems for the Pies are marked. In some ways, they are beginning to resemble St Kilda.

Their top-end players, of the likes of Swan, Thomas, Pendlebury and Cloke are fantastic. However, questions can and must be asked about some players. Darren Jolly’s leap has left him. Cameron Wood seems to be simply not good enough. Harry O’Brien gets exposed defensively. Importantly though, their depth is what is worst. Although they’ve found a beauty in Lachlan Keeffe, he is only one in a makeshift defence that won’t be stable anytime soon.

Nathan Buckley

Mick sticks the boot in. One gets the feeling he was just waiting to do so. And Mick deserved to.


The Koo Wee Rup 2nds would give them a run for their money.

Western Bulldogs

Those two big sticks, seriously. Ball goes through ’em, guys.

Fremantle and Brisbane

Your author was at the MCG Saturday afternoon, and got better entertainment out of watching Richmond’s run and spread as compared to what he saw of the snoozefest out West.

120 years of Collingwood

On February 12 1892, football changed forever.

Collingwood Football Club EmblemThe Collingwood Football Club was formed in earnest at the Collingwood Town Hall. They were to enter the VFA in season 1892. 120 Years on, they have become the most talked about team in the AFL, loved by their supporters, hated by their opposition. Ironically, it was to be their greatest rival who would give them the chance to play competitive football.

In 1892, the Carlton Football Club gave up its game against a Ballarat side, to allow Collingwood to enter the competition, and to play 18 games. So Collingwood were to play their first ever competitive match, against Carlton on May 7 at Victoria Park. That started possibly the greatest rivalry in Australian sport.

Fast forward four years and Collingwood were the VFA premiers, defeating South Melbourne six goals to five in front of 12,000 people at the East Melbourne Cricket Ground, and in 1897 became one of the eight clubs to break away from the VFA to form the Victorian Football League.

The first decade of the 20th century was a successful one for Collingwood. Premierships in 1902-03 and Runners-Up in both 1901 and 1905. In 1904, the club appointed Bill Strickland, the clubs first VFL captain, as their first coach, although it didn’t last long, staying only for one season before coming back in 1908. Then, football’s first real high-flying full forward Dick Lee arrived. He retired in 1922 after kicking 707 goals from 230 games.

Jock McHale was a star Collingwood player, but in 1912 he turned his hand to coaching, winning the 1917 and 1919 premierships, while also being runners-up in 1915, 1918, 1920 and 1922, But this was before the team named ‘the Bradmans of Football’ came to the fore.

The Machine started coming together after the 1922 loss. They played in six straight Grand Finals, winning an unprecedented four in a row from 1927-30. With names such as the Coventry and Collier brothers, Harold Rumney and Jock McHale as coach, it was hard to see why they shouldn’t be competitive. In the Grand Finals they beat Richmond by 12, Richmond by 33, Richmond by 29 and Geelong by 30 after losing the first Grand Final, but by finishing first they challenged it and won it the next week. During that period Collingwood also had three Brownlow Medal winners; Syd Coventry in 1927, Albert Collier in 1929 and Harry Collier in 1930.

By the time McHale left in 1949, the Magpies had played in a further five grand finals for 2 premierships. Marcus Whelan and Des Fothergill won Brownlow’s in 1939 and 1940 respectively, but after no grand finals in the 1940’s, it was time for a change. Former ruckman/key forward Phonse Kyne would take the top job, leading them for the next 14 years.

Nuggety rover Lou Richards would take over the captaincy in 1953 and would lead them to the premiership over Geelong, before he retired in 1955. In 1958 when Melbourne was on the brink of equalling Collingwood’s record of 4 premierships in a row, Kyne lead the Magpies to one of the greatest upsets in Australian sport, with an 18 point win over the Demons.

Club legend Bob Rose won four Copeland Trophies before he became coach in 1962. From 1962-1971, which was when Rose resigned, Collingwood lost three grand finals by a total losing margin of 15 points. Murray Weideman took over as coach in 1972 and didn’t have much luck.

By 1976, the club’s on and off-field performances came to a head. Collingwood finished last for the first time in the club’s history while President Ern Clarke and coach Murray Weideman fought, which eventually led to the latter leaving the club.

By 1977, the club turned around, at least on the field. Richmond legend Tom Hafey took over as coach and led Collingwood to the Grand Final. With the first match a draw, they headed back the next week but they were defeated by North Melbourne. Hafey continued until he was sacked in 1982, after losing three consecutive Grand Finals in 1979-81.

The ‘New Magpies’ took over the club in 1982. Led by Ranald McDonald, the club almost went broke, and was even told by some banks to shut its doors. The players were forced to take pay cuts, most accepted. McDonald then resigned and board member Allan McAllister took over. The club rejuvenated itself and was back in finals contention by the late 1980’s.

In 1990, it clicked. Before a ball was kicked in anger, the Magpies were written off, but Collingwood didn’t listen.

Coached by Leigh Matthews, who took over after Rose retired for a second time in 1986, with Tony Shaw as captain, the team blitzed Essendon in the Grand Final by 48 points.

Unfortunately in 1991, Collingwood failed to back-up the previous year, missing the finals. Worse was to come in October when the club lost its favourite son, Darren Millane who was killed in drink driving accident.

After a couple of lean years, Collingwood knew they had to make a play for a champion. Nathan Buckley was highly touted as the best young player in the country. These predictions were not wrong when he won the Rising Star as a Brisbane player in 1993.

Collingwood moved walls to get Buckley to join the club in 1994 and it reaped rewards, with him sharing the Copeland Trophy with Gavin Brown in his first season, before going on to win five more before retiring in 2007.

Tony Shaw retired after the 1994 season after 313 games, then the next season Leigh Matthews was sacked. Shaw then took over as coach but the club failed to make the finals under his guidance, before finishing last in 1999.

Eddie McGuire took over as President in 1998 and he wanted, and ultimately succeeded, in turning the club from bottom to top. He appointed Mick Malthouse as coach in 2000 and Gavin Brown stepped aside for Nathan Buckley as captain. Collingwood made the Grand Final in 2002 and 2003, losing to Brisbane both times. They set out to turn the club around again and by 2006 they made the finals and in 2009 they emerged as real premiership contenders.

In 2010, they made the premiership dream a reality. The best side all year did not let down in the finals, and although they did draw the first grand final, they romped home to beat St Kilda in the second match by 56 points. In 2011, Collingwood only lost three games for the season, but all of them were against Geelong, including the Grand Final. Dane Swan won the Brownlow Medal, but even he admitted he’d trade it in for another premiership medallion.

2012 starts a new era for Collingwood. With a new coach in Nathan Buckley, Collingwood will look to get back that Premiership cup. Just what will the next 120 years hold for Collingwood?