Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 7 review, Round 8 preview

 

G’day to all True Believers. That’s better.

 

And back home.

 

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Round 7: Collingwood versus Geelong

 

Collingwood 8.9.57 defeated Geelong 5.5.35.

 

I have a confession to make. Unlike those True Believers who come from ardent True Believer families, I am the black (and white) sheep of our family. My siblings (one sister and three brothers) are all fervent Geelong supporters. Indeed, I also went to school in Geelong (does anyone remember Geelong’s Gareth Andrews or David Clarke?). As such, my view of a successful season, apart from winning the premiership (of course), includes wins over Geelong, like Thursday night.

 

The Game

 

Geelong were sitting in second place on the ladder; they had four wins compared with our two, including wins over Essendon and GWS, the teams which had beaten us in the preceding weeks. They were being talked about as a Grand Final possibility. But for some reason we were marginal favourites. It was always going to be a big ask. It was low-scoring and ferocious. In my view, we always looked the better team. Geelong goals seemed to come against the flow of the game, not as a result of any period of domination. As per my frequent appeals, we gained control of the game and kept it. We played the game as we wanted to. That said, Geelong were within two kicks of us in the second quarter and the final quarter, though we always looked in charge. Geelong badly missed Selwood, whom I seriously rate. Not sure how Geelong will go in the next couple of weeks with Ablett’s return home.

 

Match Report

 

Go to https://www.afl.com.au/matches/2804#match-report

 

Bucks’ comments

 

At https://www.collingwoodfc.com.au/video/744161/post-match-nathan-buckley?videoId=744161&modal=true&type=video&publishFrom=1594907054001

 

Statistics

 

The match statistics for the team and individuals are at https://www.afl.com.au/matches/2804#team-stats and https://www.afl.com.au/matches/2804#player-stats.

 

These numbers are worth a browse. Some numbers that I think are significant, and the reason why, are:

  • Hit Outs: 46 (us) / 32 (them). A comprehensive win by Grundy.
  • Clearances: 40 / 40 (Centre – 9 / 6 and at stoppages – 31/ 34). Clearances, broadly, should match HO domination numbers. We are, still, not maximising our HO domination. Mids?
  • Disposal Efficiency: 67% / 65%. Not good by either team, but probably reflecting the conditions and pressure.
  • Individual Disposal Efficiency: We had five players with an individual disposal efficiency over 80%, including Grundy – well done. They had none.

 

And, application:

  • Contested Possessions: 142 / 122. A bit of a difference.
  • Contested Marks: 8 / 5. Same. See Inside 50 detail below.
  • Tackles: 67 / 49. Pretty evident difference.
  • Turnovers: 59 / 58. Accordingly, not significant.

 

But, again, let’s focus on Inside 50:

  • Inside 50: 46 / 31. Huge.
  • Marks Inside 50: 10 / 4. Similar.
  • Tackles Inside 50: 8 / 7.
  • Scoring shots: 17 / 10. Anyone want to say anything about that?
  • Goals scored: 8 / 5. As above!
  • Efficiency Inside 50: 39.1% / 35.5%. The difference relating to Inside 50s numbers, how it was delivered and what we did with it, won us the game.

 

Frees

 

One more thing and this has been getting a bit of attention amongst Geelong supporters: We earned 22 frees against Geelong’s 10. It is important to look at the timing and location of the frees, something I’m not prepared to do on this occasion (someone else, perhaps a supporter of another club, could). It is worthy of note that Razor Ray has not been noted for his support of Collingwood in the past. To be fair, “Ray, good game; thanks” would be my advice to him. The week before we received 21 frees to Essendon’s 12. If I was Geelong (or Essendon), I’d be making an appointment to see the ‘umps’. I suspect this will be part of a conversation we have on Monday, John?

 

Will we meet in the finals? Probably. To win, we’ll just need to do the same again; play our game.

 

Best

 

Another good ‘team effort’. Yes, De Goey did much of the scoring but others rebounded from the backline or delivered it to him.

 

The Future

 

Rounds 8 and 9 in Perth. I’m not sure what happens after that.

 

Round 8: Collingwood versus West Coast

 

Sunday, 26 July at Optus Stadium, Perth, bounce at 3.35pm (AEST).

 

Them

 

The Eagles beat us in the Grand Final two years ago. This season they’ve been a bit ordinary.  They are 3 and 3, not including their game tomorrow against Freo. They have recently gone home after their time in the Gold Coast hub. It will be interesting to see if this has any impact.

 

Many of their premiership players are still there.

 

Who to watch for

  • Naitanui – Ruck. I really rate Nic Nat. I consider he is the only other ruck in the AFL that competes with Grundy ‘around the ground’ as well as at the bounce.
  • Shuey – rover.
  • Gaff – Wing.
  • Ryan – FP.
  • Sheed – off interchange bench.

 

And while they haven’t made the best lists this year so far, watch for Kennedy and Darling up forward, and McGovern down back. They are all game changers.

 

They also come into the game after a significant break, though two days less recovery than us. I’m not sure what impact that’ll have.

 

Us

 

Okay, similar to past weeks. To do list:

  • Control the game. We showed this last week. We need to get control and keep it. We need to be the team winning the midfield battle and then driving forward, keeping control of the ball until, really importantly, we have an easy kick at goal.
  • Get control of the clearances, and
  • Speed and variety of entry to the goal-kicking position.

 

Team:

  • Ins: Scharenberg, Cameron, Sier and Cox.
  • Outs: De Goey, Mihocek, Bosenavulagi and Hoskin-Elliott. Your thoughts?

 

Pre-game Brief? Go to AFL fixtures (eventually).

 

Weather. Looks dry.

 

TV. Free to air on Channel 7 from 3.00pm.

 

Anyone Going? Anyone over there? I’d still really like to hear others’ views before, during and after the game.

 

Expert Predictions? Look around here at http://whotippedwhat.com/round/afl-2020-round-7/. Dermie got last week right.

 

My Picks

  • Pies to win by 39 Points. BOG – Treloar (37 Disposals at 84.6% DE; 8 clearances and 2 goals). Stephenson and Elliott both kick three. Your prediction and selections?

 

Other

 

Keep the excitement. This is our year. C’mon, let’s hear your views?

 

Go Pies.

 

Cam

 

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