Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: AFL Rounds 19 and 20

Round 19 – Richmond



Collingwood 9.12.66 were thrashed (like last week) by Richmond 14.14.98.



Match Report–



Ground Reports – Did anyone attend? Does anyone want to comment?



Bucks’ comments – This is worth watching. Bucks has a degree of confidence that may be difficult to understand given our results since the Bye. In that period covering six games we have produced two Wins by a total margin of 10 Points and four Losses by a total margin of 127 Points. Bucks acknowledged that we ‘Lost the game convincingly’ but said he was not disheartened, noting the recent improvements in key areas – Clearances and Inside 50s.



The Game

We lost the 1st Half, 3 goals to 9. My view is that that could have been significantly worse. It seemed they could take the Centre clearance and pass it cleanly and without effective interference into a solid ‘kick for goal’ position. Without numbers by Quarter (or for other key periods) it is difficult to back up my assertion with statistics. The numbers, below, for the whole game are less than helpful.



The two teams were broadly competitive for the 2nd Half. But throughout, and especially early on, there were two quite different modes of play. Richmond used successive handballs, importantly identifying the recipient before passing the ball. We, mostly, employed hasty kicks many of which resulted in turnovers, because our kicker frequently appeared to have little idea of where the ball was going. I observed many occasions where the ball was kicked without any obvious specific target in mind. Given the conditions, and the resultant spills, slips, dropped balls, etc, it might have been more sensible to employ safer tactics – handballs. A problem here are the statistics; players get a Disposal regardless of whether the ball is received by a team mate (of course Disposal Efficiency and Clangers have a role to play here).



Pressure throughout was good by both sides but I suspect their commitment in the 1st Half was stronger.



Simply put, goals scored by Quarter were:

  • Q1 – 1 (us) / 5 (them).
  • Q2 – 2 / 4.
  • Q3 – 2 / 2.
  • Q4 – 4 / 3.



Bucks acknowledged Richmond in the 1st Half were “cleaner” and “sharper” with the ball, and they won “one on one” competitions in front of and behind the ball. He acknowledged, however, that we “kept plugging away”.



Some Numbers. My standard concern relating to the conversion of Hit Outs into Goals:

  • Hit Outs – 42 (us) / 21 (them). Thanks Grundy but look at where things went.
  • Clearances – 33 / 33 (Centre – 7 / 15; stoppages – 26 / 18). So our Midfield has lost the HO advantage we had. The fact that they dominated the Centre while we did the same around the ground is ‘interesting’.
  • Inside 50s – 49 / 61. Not as good as last week.
  • Marks inside 50 – 8 / 12. Appalling, by both sides.
  • Scoring Shots – 21 / 28. The game-winning difference.
  • Goals – 9 / 14. Reflecting the above.



A couple of other team statistics:

  • Pressure:
    • Contested Possessions – 150 / 142;
    • Tackles – 50 / 59; and
    • Total: 200 / 201. No difference in reality.
  • Mistakes:
    • Disposal Efficiency (players with DE equal to or greater than 80%) – 5 / 7; and
    • Clangers (players with two or more Clangers) – 17 / 16. I suspect there were periods in the game when there was a significant difference.



Individual Performance? Not going to worry about the numbers this week.<



Our Best (AFL website):

  • De Goey
  • Treloar
  • Grundy
  • Crisp
  • Howe


I would add Pendles and Sidebottom to that group. They were both everywhere.


Looking forward, again. Again, quoting Bucks, “We need to do better with what we’ve got”. Don’t disagree, particularly given the latest injury outcomes.



Round 20 – Gold Coast

Sunday, 4 August; bounce 1.10pm at the G. Between 6th and 18th; inside the Top 8 and outside it. Go to Betting is already in place – we are favourites $1.12 to $6.00. If I wasn’t a Pies’ supporter I’d think backing GC might be a good investment.


It is absolutely critical we win and keep winning. This is as good a starting point as any.




After a great start to the season (3 Wins from the first four games) the GC haven’t Won a game since. Since their Bye they have produced five Losses, with a total margin of 263 Points.Their only recent ‘close’ game before their Bye was a Loss to St Kilda by four Points but, even there, they squandered a 6 goal lead in Q3.


And I just watched the 2nd Half of their game against Essendon. They Lost. From a 4 goal lead in Q3, they Lost by 10 Points. GC were competitive and I’ve added a number of names to the watch list who otherwise would not get a mention because of a single-game performance. GC tackling was ferocious. Interestingly, given my comments above regarding handball versus kicks, GC used chains of handballs effectively, but then again, so did Essendon.


Who to watch for?

  • Midfield – Witts (Ruck), MacPherson (Rover), Weller (Wing), Swallow (RR) and Rischitelli (Centre and FP).
  • Forwards – Miller (HF), Fiorini (off Interchange used Forward) and King (FF)
  • Backline – Hanley (HB) and Hombsch (FB).

So? The GC were a team in crisis (rebuilding, whatever you want to call it) until yesterday. Witts will be competitive, but historically there is little scope for the GC to compete with us but then there is yesterday’s performance. Their Injury List is not too different to ours – 15 on the List, three Tests. We need to play to our best.




We come into the game since our Bye on the back of a series of poor results – four Losses (with a total margin of 127 Points) and two Wins (albeit with a total margin of 10 Points). But our Losses (and the 1 Point Win) have been against the competition leading teams, plus Hawthorn and North who have certainly been putting in the effort to make the Eight.



  • Critical approach – Establish control of the game – play it our way; not theirs. Use handballs.
  • Scoring Behinds? Avoid; look for the better position.
  • Entry to goal. While the ‘up and under’ into a pack in front of goal is a valid approach it should not be the only avenue.
  • Crumb around the packs and watch their ‘smalls’, Forward and Back.
  • Tackling. We need to hold our tackles; not be brushed off.



Team? Some changes:

  • Outs – Importantly, De Goey and Quaynor are likely injury absences. Roughead may also be missing. The more astute will observe that I haven’t called for Cox to be rested. He is overdue for a good performance.
  • Ins – Wills and Broomhead and Goldsack, if necessary.



Weather? Partly cloudy. Likely dry.



TV? No FTA. Find a friend with FOXTEL.



My prediction? Pies Win by 57 Points (the game is in Melbourne). BOG – Pendles – 37 Disposals @ 79.5% Disposal Efficiency. Mihocek and Elliott each get four goals; Cox gets three; Broomhead gets one.



Attendance?  Anyone going? Ground Reports pls?



Future. The challenges continue and in the current competition no team can be ignored or considered an ‘easy beat’:

  • Round 21 – Melbourne at the G. Guessed result – Win; again; getting tiresome.
  • R22 – Adelaide in Adelaide. Guessed result – Win; Always a challenge in front of the, usually, very hostile crowd.
  • R23 – Essendon at the G. Guessed result – Win; Anyone writing off Essendon?
  • And, then finally, the Finals which we all know is different footy to H&A.



Keep the faith.




  • Eddie Watch. Quiet; a good thing. Have you noticed, over the years, how Eddie’s boys have grown? Publicity through TV.
  • Beams is back at training. Would be a welcome addition.



Go Pies.





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