I don’t mind the Nab Cup. I like seeing young players and how they are progressing, and I like to see who plays and who doesn’t. This game between Collingwood and Geelong was a game to see where both sides were at. I would be watching the game from the comfort of my own home, in front of the TV for the one-hour delayed telecast. I thought about Round 1 that lay ahead in the waking. Only one more game to go, and hopefully it’s a good one.
Collingwood won the toss and decided to kick to the Lockett end. A good crowd had come in to watch these two teams play, but the spread was mainly Collingwood supporters. Geelong started beautifully. They kicked 1.3 before Collingwood could barely touch the ball. But things changed quickly. Marty Clarke answered for the Pies, with one of the best set up goals I had ever seen. It consisted of running and kicking through the centre corridor. O’Bree kicked another and Collingwood were in front. Stokes kicked another for Geelong and it was game on. Chris Bryan kicked the only nine pointer for the game from a 50 and Collingwood were back in the lead. Things got worse for Geelong as Josh Hunt went down with a serious knee injury. Things looked bad as Josh Hunt went down with a serious knee injury and got carried off by the stretcher. Despite things looking ominous for Geelong, Joel Selwood asserted his dominance with a good goal, having picked up 12 possessions in the first quarter. Geelong planted a couple of other forward attacks towards the end of the quarter, but couldn’t capitalise. The scores were level at quarter time, and it ended an entertaining first quarter.
The second quarter started with Alan Didak putting Collingwood in front with a behind. It would be the only score for the quarter. After that, Geelong exploded. Selwood, Ablett and Chapman all kept getting the ball and using it efficiently. Collingwood gave away free kicks, Nick Maxwell himself gave away about four for the game and every time he complained to the umpire. Not good. Soon it was raining goals for Geelong. Selwood kicked another and Steve Johnson kicked his second for the quarter. Half way through the quarter, the Margin was already 36 points. But Geelong didn’t use the rest of their chances competently and the margin was only extended by four points. At half time Geelong were 9.10 64. They could have been much further in front. When Geelong dominate, you get the feeling that you never want to see them stop. It was like that for all of this game, pretty much.
The third quarter was all the same with Geelong dominating but missing some chances. Collingwood found a couple of lucky scoring opportunities and used them well but it was Geelong with all the intent and flair. Matthew Stokes kicked smothered a ball in the goal square and then as the ball fell he toe poked it through for a goal. It was brilliant. Geelong lead by 57 at three quarter time.
Geelong still dominated in the last quarter, but a strange thing happened. With the roof open at Etihad Stadium, rain started falling. It was a funny thing to see, but it didn’t bother the Cats. Collingwood kicked two in a row after Ablett kicked a great one but that was all. As the rain got heavier, the Pies copped it more heavily. With Ablett and Selwood running amok, the final margin was 76 points. Ablett ended the game with 35 possessions and three goals, but it wasn’t enough to win the Michael Tuck medal for best on ground. Joel Selwood took the honours, with 33 possessions and two goals, along with 11 clearances. It was a poor game from Collingwood, and their forwards were useless. John Anthony, five possessions, no goals. Travis Cloke wasn’t much better. Medhurst played a shocker. Leon Davis didn’t have an influence, and Chris Dawes continues to pursue the fact in which whether he is capable as an AFL player, let alone a forward. The list of bad players goes on for Collingwood, but Geelong have started the season with great confidence. Bring on Round 1.
Collingwood 1.2.2 1.2.3 1.4.5 1.6.6 (51)
Geelong 0.3.5 0.9.10 0.13.17 0.18.19 (127)
Collingwood: Thomas 2, Bryan (1), Beams, Cloke, O’Bree, Clarke.
Geelong: Ablett 3, S.Johnson 3, Selwood 2, Lonergan 2, Chapman 2, Stokes 2, Tenace, Varcoe, Gamble, Bartel.
Collingwood: Lockyer, Swan, Thomas.
Geelong: Selwood, Ablett, Chapman, Bartel, Enright, Corey, S.Johnson, Mackie, Varcoe.
Umpires: Donlon, Nicholls, Jeffery, McLaren. Crowd: 37,277 at Etihad Stadium.