Round 4 – Collingwood v St Kilda: Docklands Disorientation
Wasn’t there a stairway down to the street just here near Gate 1? I can’t find it. Have to turn around and rejoin the masses heading out over the walkway back to the city. Etihad Stadium will do that to you. I just want to get out of here, back to the car, go home. Is the Coventry End the Northern or Southern End? The stands all look the same. The players seemed to share my disorientation today.
My nearly 7 year old son Josh has been waiting for today. For a long time. His hero hasn’t played since 2015 due to a serious back injury. Jamie Elliott is back in the team. Josh and I spent Saturday evening watching a recording of Collingwood’s VFL victory over Coburg. Plenty to get excited about. Josh Daicos, the son of my childhood hero, gathers 20 classy possessions and kicks two nice goals. I’m trying not to hype him up too much. Trying not to get too excited. I may already be losing that battle….
There’s a group of 10 of us at Etihad today. Smithy, Jacqui, my kids cousins Isaac and Levi, Mrs R’s Mum and my family of five. Mrs R and her Mum are Saints. The rest of us Pies. I took my two boys and their two cousins to a game at the MCG last season on my own. Much less stress with four other adults with you.
Before the game I venture six bays over for a quick hello to Ian and Barb, who are with Ian’s brother Brian. Good Collingwood people. As I walk up their aisle, I spot Almanacker Yvette Wroby sitting right behind them. Looking as red, white and black as always. Good to chat to Yvette. Easter is a busy time for Ian and Barb, running the ‘Music by the Lake’ Good Friday charity event at Lake Purrumbete for several years now. This years event raised over $3500 for the Royal Children’s Hospital. Always has a great lineup of musicians. Including Ian himself. His country tunes have charted in Europe, with his song “Every Second Every Minute” topping the charts in The Netherlands four years ago.
Fasolo kicks our first, Smithy and I tip a big day for Fasy boy. An early goal often sees him kick a few, while an early miss regularly sees an inaccurate day in front of goal for him. But it’s another first quarter where Collingwood have most of the play but miss several chances at goal. 2 goals, 6 points. Elliott marks and has a shot from 40 out. A goal would have brought the house down. He misses. The second quarter sees St Kilda dominate, and it’s their turn to miss goals. While we miss targets. St Kilda lead by a goal at half time.
St Kilda start to edge away in the third quarter. They kick 4 goals to 2. Both sides are making mistakes. It’s a horrible game to watch. The main difference between the teams is that Collingwood are just that bit more horrible than St Kilda.
Collingwood play a bit better and almost challenge in the last quarter. But St Kilda do enough to get over the line. It’s somewhat of a relief when the siren blows. I cannot recall attending a game as bad as this. The fumbling, kicking errors, dropped marks. In pristine indoor conditions.
Some Collingwood thoughts:
One of Ben Reid or Jeremy Howe needs to play forward and support Darcy Moore. I’d go with Reid, and bring in Lynden Dunn or Lachlan Keefe to play down back.
The Jesse White experiment needs to end. Not a good enough mark or presence up forward, offers little as a second ruck.
Jarryd Blair was done as an AFL footballer in 2016. While he tries and often gets into good positions in the forward line, his lack of pace and height sees him easily contested. So why the %$@# do we keep kicking it to him? Thanks for your service and for 2010. Time to go back and be a leader at VFL level for the rest of the season.
Was disappointed Taylor Adams got listed as our best player in most media outlets. Was wonderful last week against Sydney and while he got plenty of the ball, his disposal was appalling, turning the ball over on many occasions and making poor decisions, putting teammates under pressure. Treloar is in the same boat. Blistering pace, no problems finding the ball, woeful disposal. Need huge improvement with his foot skills and decision making before he can be considered elite.
Crisp probably played his worst game in black & white.
Pendlebury, Sidebottom and Varcoe are by far our best ball users. Watched Pendles closely and while the club is saying he is fully fit, he didn’t look it on Sunday, was clearly labouring and lacking a yard of pace.
Brodie Grundy is right up there in the top few ruckmen in the AFL.
Tyson Goldsack has rejuvenated his career and playing nearly career best footy.
Please don’t rush Josh Daicos into the team before he’s ready.
The booing and bronx cheers of Darcy Moore by some of our “fans” was disgraceful. Sure, he dropped a couple of marks he should have taken and is clearly lacking confidence. But he’s a raw kid still developing. Who has mostly shocking delivery to him plus the opposition’s best key defender, and quite often a second defender up against him in a contest. If he deserves your boos, get stuck into Adams, Treloar and Crisp for their poor kicking. Or just get behind the players…
Well done St Kilda. Riewoldt and Montagna are still very good players. Roberton and Geary play fantastic games. Bruce is a really good young player.
We find the staircase on the walkway that leads back to Bourke St. Then back to the car. The good thing about Etihad is it’s a quick escape back to the West Gate Bridge and on to home. I’m not real chatty on the return journey.
Back to the beautiful MCG next week. Go Pies.
COLLINGWOOD 2.6 3.7 5.8 7.13 (55)
ST KILDA 1.3 4.7 8.12 9.15 (69)
Collingwood: Hoskin-Elliott 2, Fasolo, Crisp, White, Blair, Schade
St Kilda: Bruce 2, Membrey 2, Montagna, Gresham, Riewoldt, Acres, Billings
Collingwood: Grundy, Howe, Reid, Goldsack, Schade, Sidebottom
St Kilda: Roberton, Geary, Ross, Billings, Newnes, Steele
Umpires: Nicholls, Hay, McInerney
Official crowd: 36,650 at Etihad Stadium
Malarkey Medal Votes:
3. Roberton (St K)
2. Geary (St K)
1. Grundy (Coll)