Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 20 Review, Round 21 Preview

True Believers, that I did enjoy. I’m even prepared to take it as a 4-Quarter effort – there were a number of quite extraordinary umpires’ decisions in Q4 that stymied our attack. And of course, it’s probably difficult for young people to remember, we Lost a Grannie from a similar position at Half Time a few years back.


So, 2021 continues. We should seek to Win each of the remaining games, seeking to try-out different players and tactics that will set us up for next year. The interesting question is whether we applied different tactics against the Eagles? Can Harvey be given credit for the change? I think the answers to these questions are each “No”. We have seen the team demonstrate the use of the corridor and the same fabulous close links forward on many occasions, just not for a whole game. So the tactic was always there; the ability to apply it for a whole game maybe not.


Round 20


Collingwood 14.6.90 defeated West Coast 6.9.45.


A look at the Goals scored by Quarter:


  • Q1: 4 (us) / – (them);
  • Q2: 6 / 1. Check it out – at Half Time we were 50 Points up;
  • Q3: 1 / 1;
  • Q4: 3 / 4; and
  • Total: 14 / 6.


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Harves’ Comments. Go to

Harvey on skipper Steele: ‘He’s relishing that opportunity’

The heading here is misleading – yes, it is mentioned but is part of the interview only. He makes interesting comments on the team’s leaders, more generally. Most importantly, however, was his answer regarding preparation of the team for the future, particularly for a new coach, regarding exposing the newer players on how to Win.



Checking the control of the ball ‘new game’ first:

  • Disposals – 462 (us) / 354 (them);
  • Uncontested Possessions – 352 / 250; and
  • Marks – 167 / 101.


OK; what does that mean? Well, statistically, we had the lead in possessions. We held onto the ball and passed it more frequently than WCE did. Broadly, we had the initiative in the game – some of the other statistics are less indicative of our dominance here, except for the score, of course.



  • Hit Outs – 23 / 27. Yes, I know my preference is to ignore this statistic but I want to make a point. We Lost the HO 23 / 27. Who was the more effective Ruck – Grundy or Naitanui? I would suggest Naitanui was more effective in the Centre but Grundy was better around the ground. This is a major part of my suggestion that Lynch come into the side as the lead Ruck, freeing Grundy to the Forward line. Looking into the future, unless we use Lynch I suspect he will move to another club – not sure when his contract expires. Remember Witts;
  • Clearances – 27 / 33. We Lost the Clearances in the Centre 9 / 13, but they were very much closer at stoppages around the ground 18 / 20;
  • Inside 50s – 45 / 54. This could have Lost us the game except their DE Inside 50 was abysmal (see below); and
  • Disposal Efficiency – 82.3% / 77.7% (across the whole game). Figures measuring player numbers with DE equal to or over 80.0% were 13 / 10 and equal to or under 50.0% were – / 1. Not hugely different except for the numbers inside 50, below.


Effort: Bucks was a strong supporter of effort being indicated by Contested Possession and Tackle numbers. So:

  • Contested Possessions – 105 / 103; and
  • Tackles – 39 / 32.


Not a huge difference here. I’ll bet the numbers at Half Time put us way ahead. After that, things settled a bit.


Critically important, the use of the ball towards the Goal? Inside 50 numbers:

  • Tackles – 1 / 11. I do not understand this. Can anyone else explain this to me?
  • Marks – 18 / 10. Good; and
  • DE – 54.8% / 37.8%. Outstanding. So, we had the ball going into the 50 on fewer occasions but, more importantly when we did, we used it hugely more effectively. This difference Won us the game.




  • Scoring shots – 20 / 15;
  • Goals scored – 14 / 6; and
  • Winning margin – 45 Points.


Best: Sidebottom, De Goey, Crisp, Grundy, Maynard. I might have included Adams as well.


Notable things:

Pies blitz Eagles with coast-to-coast brilliance

  • Quaynor’s goal. Never seen a Back so pleased with himself. Well done.


Lessons (as per previous weeks):

  • Grundy could be an effective Forward;
  • Use Cameron and Grundy as the alternate Rucks;
  • Adams, De Goey and Elliott alternating between the Midfield and the Forward line;
  • Deliver the ball to a leading Forward – hard, low and flat – as we did; and
  • We need to keep our attack up across the paddock for the entire game as we did in this game. Well done.


Experts? I love it – 78% of the ‘Experts’ tipped an Eagles’ Win. Go to Thanks for your support Micky McGuane, Dermie and Mr Gleeson (to pick a few).


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We need to keep Winning. Remember Winning is habit-forming. Go Pies – I don’t think we should ever give up.


Round 21


Collingwood versus Hawthorn.


Sunday, 8 August in Launceston; bounce at 2.10pm (AEST).




Hawthorn have had a pretty awful season. They started at 9th place on the Ladder after Round 1 but reached 17th four weeks later. Apart from a couple of moves up and down two places, they’ve settled into 17th place on a percentage of 80.8% with 5 Wins, 13 Losses and 1 Draw. This compares with our 14th place with 91.9% from 6 Wins and 13 Losses. But they can surprise. After their Round 12 Bye they beat Sydney, in Sydney, by 38 Points, they Won against GWS in Round 15 by 18 Points, Drew with Melbourne in Round 18 and defeated Brisbane by 12 Points last week. In the same period they’ve Lost to Essendon, Port, Freo and Adelaide – now losing to Port and Freo is understandable, but Adelaide and Essendon? So, frankly, who knows how they will play?


Their notable players are centred around the Midfield. Again, we have to Win the Midfield battle.


Players to watch:

  • Breust – CHF if available – knee injury last week
  • Mitchell – Ruck Rover;
  • O’Meara – HF / Centre;
  • Worpel – Centre; and
  • Shiels – Wing. Debutante player.




Team & Tasks. Some changes are desirable in pursuit of change for the future:



  • Lynch. To take the principal ruck role, releasing Grundy to FF, alternating with him. He performed that role well at this level before being dropped and has had great game at VFL level;
  • Kelly; and
  • Rantall.



  • Madgen – managed;
  • Mihocek – managed; and
  • Mayne – managed.


Your thoughts?


Game Plan. We need to focus on:

  • See Lessons, above;
  • 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;
  • Place Lynch as the principal ruck; move Grundy forward into the FF role supported by Cameron and Mihocek and Elliott and the other smalls (particularly crumbing). Critically important is the delivery Inside 50 to a leading Forward – one on one, Elliott has shown the ability to chest mark a leading kick and then to kick accurately;
  • Winning the Clearances. Dominate Inside 50s and look for a better placed goal-kicker. De Goey just appears to make things happen from the Midfield. Task on Boak, Amon and Wines is critical – whichever team wins the Midfield will Win the game;
  • Drive forward off the HB line and out of the Midfield; and
  • We can Win this if we get possession and keep it.


Conclusion. We can Win this. After last week’s destruction by Hawthorn of one of the ‘chosen’ teams, Brisbane, a positive result by us may be regarded as a ‘major upset’. Who knows and, frankly, who cares? We must control possession. If we play like we did last week, our team is unstoppable against anyone.


My picks.


Collingwood to Win by 23 Points. BOG – De Goey – 31 Disposals @ 80.7% DE; 11 Clearances, 2 Tackles and one Goal. Grundy – three goals and three Goal Assists.  Your thoughts?


Experts. Go to Check it out later in the week.

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Weather. Forecast for Launceston on the day of the game is for rain. This follows a week of forecast rain. Get rid of the moulded-sole boots. Think about a long-sleeved jumper.


  1. TV. Looks like the Olympics has trumped FTA coverage. Head to a pub or your local Club or find a friend with FOXTEL (or Kayo). Routine for FOXTEL and Kayo.



  • Injuries. Go to
  • Footy Almanac. Go to Check out others’ comments under this – always interesting.
  • And the ladies? Week Two of the 2021 VFLW Finals Series – Saturday July 10 – Semi Final 2, Collingwood v Essendon, Victoria Park, 12.00pm. Good luck, ladies. We are proud of you.
  • Covid. Best wishes to all those suffering Covid lockdowns. Hope that the footy gives you some confidence in our eventual Win by Australia over the bug.


Go Pies.




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