Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 15 Preview

A terrific performance last week, already reported, soured by De Goey’s charge and suspension and Moore’s injury. Both will be serious absences. Regardless, we need to continue onward and upward. We should strive to win, while enjoying our footy.



Let’s be positive: let’s win and keep on winning.


And nobody said anything about my comment regarding winning against the ladder leader. Any comments now?



Round 15

Collingwood Magpies v Fremantle Dockers.

Saturday, June 26 at Marvel Stadium; bounce at 4.35pm




Freo are sitting 10th on the ladder, having been in and out of the eight a few times so far this season. Mostly they have been stuck between ninth and eleventh place. Threatening the eight from this position, with six wins, their percentage of 91.4% should be much higher than our four wins and 89.9%. But it’s not; sitting only marginally higher.



Their season has included some surprises, including their three successive wins between Rounds 4 and 6, their unexpected win over Sydney in Round 10 but destruction by the Eagles in the Western Derby in Round 7. They come into this game following a win over the Gold Coast and the bye. Preceding their GC win were six successive games that included only the one win (over Sydney by two points). Their season so far:


Round 1 – Lost to Melbourne by 22
Round 2 – Win over GWS by 31
Round 3 – Loss to Carlton by 45
Round 4 – Win over Hawthorn by 15
Round 5 – Win over Adelaide by 12
Round 6 – Win over North Melbourne by 51
Round 7 – Loss to WCE by 59
Round 8 – Loss to Brisbane by 24
Round 9 – Loss to Essendon by 7
Round 10 – Win over Sydney by 2
Round 11 – Loss to Port Adelaide by 46
Round 12 – Loss to WB by 28
Round 13 – Win over the GC by 27 and
Round 14 – Bye.



Reading the match reports from each of their games this season includes a huge diversity of criticisms. Most recently ‘uninspiring skills’, ‘difficulty in moving the ball forward’ and ‘inaccuracy’ – in Round 13 they scored more goals than behinds for only the second time this season. Many of their losses are a consequence of their opponents’ early substantial scores, though the Dockers do not seem to give up, with the exception of their Round 7 loss to the West Coast. They rely heavily on their midfield connection – Mundy/Fyfe/Brayshaw getting control of the ball, however they have difficulty getting this into a scoring position.



Based on their games this year, so far 22 players have made their bests lists. Players to watch:


Brayshaw – Ruck rover. Source of drive and clearances
Cerra – CHF
Serong – Interchange
Ryan – HB. Acknowledged AA defender. Consistently good
Mundy – Rover. Veteran having a great season. Mundy, Fyfe and Brayshaw have the potential to dominate the midfield, particularly clearances, though has been recorded as ‘untidy’
Darcy – HF. Test from injury?
Fyfe – Centre/RR. He has also missed some games, injured. It is a different side when he is on the paddock


And, while not consistently making their bests list, watch for:


Aish – Wing. Given his history.




Very little criticism of last week’s performance. As above, the loss of De Goey and Moore cannot be overstated.



Team & Tasks

A couple of changes, therefore:



Grundy; and



De Goey, suspended; and
Moore, injured.


Your thoughts?



Game Plan

We need to focus on (same as every week):


Application: High intensity commitment for four quarters – bring the same energy as last week. Watch the contested possession and tackle numbers. The chase and tackle must be maintained for four quarters, and when we tackle, we have to hold on (even if the umps don’t like it)

Continue with Lynch as the principal ruck; move Grundy forward into the FF role supported by Cameron and Mihocek and Elliott and the other smalls. Critically important is the delivery inside 50 to a leading forward


Winning the clearances. Dominate inside 50s and look for a better placed goal-kicker (like last week)


Drive forward off the HB line


We can win this if we get possession and keep it.




We can win this, but there’s a few things we have to get right building on last week. We must control possession.


My picks

Collingwood to win by 27 points. BOG – Grundy – five goals; Cameron and Mihocek each get two goals. Your thoughts?



Go to: Check it out later in the week.



Who cares? Close the roof.



FTA coverage – unlikely but don’t know. Check later in the week. Routine for FOXTEL and Kayo.



Injuries. Go to



Go Pies.





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