Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life – Round 8 Preview

True Believers,where do we go from here?  Well, there is only one way we can reasonably go – forwards.

The Season?  Call me an incurable optimist (a pretty fundamental characteristic of a Pies supporter) but our 2016 season is not yet over.  And the second half of our season – ‘talk about doing it tough’ – http://www.afl.com.au/news/2016-05-10/draw-holds-no-favours-for-struggling-magpies.

The Game:

 

Brisbane.  Saturday, 14 May at the Gabba; bounce: 7.25pm.

 

16th vs 14th (we’re 14th) on the Ladder; 79.5% (us) vs 66.4%; Brisbane are 1 and 6; we’re 2 and 5. Statistically this should also be a close game between bottom of the Ladder teams.  We know that this, simply, should not be the case.  We should destroy them.

Weather in Brisbane?  Mostly sunny, some clouds; 14 – 27 deg. Light winds.  After this last week in Canberra, it sounds like a nice day to head to the beach, maybe watch some cricket or something.

TV (for Canberra residents)? No Free to Air.  Find a Friend with Fox / head to Eastlake to watch and for tea (and a few ales).

 

The Teams:

Us?  Published Thursday night.

Legacy from last week: This is really worth watching – Michael Christian on ‘The Agenda’http://www.collingwoodfc.com.au/.

Injury outs – The injuries have been used as a bit of an excuse (not by me) however the future is looking more promising.  There are a bunch of tests following last week’s games including Reid, Brown, Broomhead and Trav.  Mid-term injury exclusions are still only Langdon, Goldie and Elliott.

In’s?  What do we need?  What did I say last week: “A bit of speed, a bit of enthusiasm, a bit of endeavour“. Still needed this week. Who would I like to see in?  Witts (essential), Marsh (into the Backline), Trav (desirable but put him at CHF and stop judging him on goals – judge his performance on Effective Disposals, Contested Marks and Goal Assists.  Adams and Varcoe – subject to test, but both would be major additions.  Maybe even Williams (with Marsh and leaving White back) into the Backline too – convention would see Williams back through the VFL – I think we are beyond ‘convention’.  Maybe Gault in place of Darcy? Caff and Gold?  Your views?

Game Plan – A single suggestions (notice how the focus is getting narrower and narrower as my suggestions keep being ignored):

  1. There must be a plan as to where the ball is going to go next.  Players need to know where they should pass it and should expect a receiver to be there, and the receivers should be moving accordingly.  A good start is from the ‘kick-in’, where we need to leverage off the fact that we have the ball, but the plan should apply everywhere. Your ideas?

Them?  Brisbane.  Never forget – 2002 & 2003.  Home of Beams (who won that trade?).  His comments: http://www.afl.com.au/news/2016-05-10/struggling-magpies-have-been-tough-to-watch-says-beams.

Other.  See the Previews.

Impact on us?  Once again we need to dominate the Centre and tag players who can cut us apart – last week Casboult held every mark he got close to – why were we still trying to outmark him rather than punching, and not double-teaming against him? And there were a couple of others doing similarly.  Your views?

Game Previews?

My Picks? This should also be a ‘walk in the park’ (like last week) for a team boasting the talent our list has.  Pies by 69; BOG: Treloar – 33 touches @ 89% Disposal Efficiency, 8 Clearances; 4 Tackles.  Other: Witts – 47 Hit Outs.  Goals: Cox – 4, Fas – 4, Trav – 4.  Trav – 6 Goal Assists.  We are seriously overdue ‘to click’.  I anticipate that we will dominate this game and head back to the G the week after to beat Geelong and get our season back on track.  Simple, really.  Your picks?

Other:

Reporting?  Anyone going to the game?  Ground Reports pls?

Remember to keep an eye on the Footy Almanac – https://www.footyalmanac.com.au/.

Next.  Saturday, 21 May 2016; bounce: 1.45pm. Geelong at the G.  I’m going.

People, keep the faith.  Go Pies.

 

Cam

 

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