why Collingwood will win the 2013 Premiership.
- Having had a year to experiment with tactics and further his understanding of the abilities of the players, this will be Nathan Buckley’s second year as coach. On the basis of finishing fourth on the ladder last year with the Cloke contract circus, losing Luke Ball and Lachlan Keefe to injury, minor player behavior slip ups (Swan’s two week suspension) and the tragic loss of John McCarthy; under the reign of Buckley the Magpies had a great season despite not being there on Grand final day. With lessons learnt and hopefully minimal injuries, Buckley should be able to better last year’s outcome and steal his first Flag. I mean look how well he did last year considering all the above!
- Last year Bucks had seventeen other coaches to compete with and psych out but none of them were Mick Malthouse. Im sure Bucks now has a burning desire to prove himself and what better way to do so than beat Mick Malthouse…I mean Carlton (possibly on grand final day!?). Obviously Buckley’s first mission would be to finish higher on the ladder than Mick, make sure we get more wins, maybe even knock out Mick, his mustache and his Blues out of the finals and then go on to win the flag, now there’s an idea. And with these obvious feelings of revenge Nathan will be strategizing dirtier, meaner and more determined than ever this year, giving Collingwood the edge they need to win their next flag.
- When the news that we had secured Quinten Lynch was confirmed I couldn’t help but give a sigh of relief. They say the game is won in the ruck right? A good hit-out and boom, the ball is in Travis Cloke’s hands quicker than you can blink. In past years Collingwood has had issues recruiting/drafting a steady ruckman.Vintage Pie Josh Fraser was thrown into the ruck too early and his body type ( too thin) was battered up in the ruck resulting to his niggling knee injuries which plagued him throughout his career. Cameron Wood, a beloved character by both fans and players, was unable to secure his position long-term, as he was always pinned as the back-up ruckman to Darren Jolly, with both Malthouse and Buckley even favoring the use of Dawes in the ruck over Wood who was recently let go by the club. American Pie Shae McNamara showed he had great athletic ability through his basketball background but was unable to play a senior game for Collingwood and was also let go. And so the ruckman curse was fixed. First we recruited West Coast Premiership ruckman Lynch which is exactly what we needed; a full grown, big bodied player with years of experience ready to jump in and help Jolly or replace Jolly. Then just to make sure we had back-up-back-up we secured Ben Hudson who we could also throw into the ruck whenever we wanted to play Lynch up forward and rest Jolly. But wait! There’s MORE, one more and he is the player I am most looking forward to seeing debut. In the draft Collingwood picked young but towering 202cm Brodie Grundy (pick 18), who has impressed the club so much they have given him the honor of wearing the #35 Simon Prestigiacomo jumper. Grundy is built like a brick house and im sure he will be the star ruckman who will change the future for Collingwood in the center square, and with that the ruckman problem is no more. Expect domination in hit-outs for Collingwood this year!
- We may have lost Sharrod Wellingham BUT Buckley and his staff made sure to fill in the gaps buy snaring Clinton Young and Jordan Russell. Young’s speed and footy smarts are a perfect fit for the role left behind by Wellingham and Russell will be ready to prove his worth, probably having to compete with Marty Clarke for games. This reminds me of 2010, our premiership year where it every player was giving their all because they had to compete for their place in the team, because everyone was on fire. We had recruited Jolly and Luke Ball who at the time were the missing pieces to the Premiership puzzle and this is where I see the contrast to this year where since then Jolly’s form has dropped due to injury and Luke Ball was struck by injury, but this year had that 2010 beginning feeling about it again. The new players ready to take on the rucking, the fiery young draftees ready to prove their worth and compete for senior games, the replacement of Wellingham taken care of. I can feel it, its 2010 black and white Déjà vu and I can’t wait to see if im right!