Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 17 Preview


Greetings, True Believers.


Did you enjoy your stress-free weekend? Catch any of the other games? The top 4 seem pretty settled; who do you think might be in and out of the bottom 4?


We are approaching the final straight. A win against the GC will significantly relieve any pressure on us regarding making the eight. In the week following against the ladder-leader, Port Adelaide, we do not want it to be “must win”.


[This email pre-dated the Gold Coast game against Brisbane tonight concluding R16. Might be worth watching.]


We can win this Premiership. Go Pies. Believe!


Round 17: Collingwood versus Gold Coast


Monday, 14 September at the Gabba; bounce at 7.10pm.


Game Brief.




The Suns started the year with a rush. After four rounds they were sitting 2nd on the ladder; but a couple of weeks later dropped out of the eight, reappearing only once in Round 7. Their early wins were notable – beating the WCE by 44 points in R2, Adelaide in R3 by 53 points and Sydney in R7 by 32 points. I suspect that these early wins reflected more their opponent’s play than their teamwork and skills. Since the middle of the season they’ve lost consistently with two exceptions. They drew with Essendon in R11 and won against North in R14. In between they have lost to Richmond and Carlton, both by substantial margins. But they have had their bye and came into their game against Brisbane (concluding R16) refreshed. Interestingly, against us, we’ll have had a bye when they confront us – the Pies’ 10 day break compared with their five.


Their strength lies in their midfield and smalls crumbing both in the backline and forward line.


Who to watch for:

  • Midfield:

Witts – Ruck. Well known to all Pies’ fans. He won the Club Best & Fairest last year but has been less influential this year

Miller – Ruck-rover

Weller – RR (also)

Greenwood – Centre. I presume the opposing Greenwoods are not related – one from Tasmania, the other from SA. Anyone know?

Ellis – Wing

  • Backline:

Collins – CHB

Bowes – usually off the interchange, but back

  • Forwards:

Ainsworth – HF


The team does, however, include two of the brightest young stars in the AFL – Rankine and Lukosius in the forward pocket and back pocket, respectively. Both are worth watching. In reality, the GC team is not on a par with ours.




As above, we should win this comprehensively. We should also seek to augment our percentage by a few points.

  • Game Plan?

Commitment and endeavour for four quarters

Greater use of Lynch in the ruck; Grundy rotating forward. I would still like to have rested Grundy, but against Witts?

De Goey and Elliott alternating in the midfield and rotating forward, too

Moore to remain CHB. Whilst the willingness of the coaches’ box to make changes during a game is lauded, Moore is a critical part of the back 6

Closed-door discussion with Stephenson regarding effort and application

But better delivery to leading forwards

Greenwood tagging? Who?

  • Team?

Out: Phillips (injured)

In: De Goey.


My Picks? Collingwood to win by 39 Points. BOG – De Goey – 32 disposals @ 82.9% disposal efficiency plus 3 goals. Stephenson, Cox and Grundy each kick two goals. More importantly, Mihocek has six goal assists.  Your picks?


Weather? Mostly sunny forecast but follows three days of showers. ‘Stops’; not moulded soles boots.


Experts? For R17 go to



  • Round 18. Pies versus Port Adelaide at the Gabba. The final H&A game this season – Monday, 21 September; bounce at 7.15pm.




This is our year, people. C’mon, be positive. Let’s hear your views?


Go Pies.





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