Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 9 review and Round 10 preview

True Believers, we’ve all been there before. A couple of Losses, particularly against teams we should have beaten, and our season is in tatters, even over. Not sure about that, yet.

Stay firm.

And how about letting everyone else on our Address List know where you stand?


Round 9: Collingwood versus Fremantle Dockers


Collingwood 7.7.49 were defeated by the Fremantle Dockers 10.1.61.


The Game. This was disappointing in that we let the Dockers decide how the game was going to be played. Our pressure was pretty good; theirs was unbelievable. It seemed that many of their scores were against the general run of the game, into an almost empty Half. In the end the end, the result could have gone either way. For a while I thought we might be headed for another Draw – two in one season; has that happened before?


Match Report. Go to


Pies go down to Dockers –


Collingwood will be happy to leave its Western Australian hub behind after two costly losses to the local teams. A 66-point belting at the hands of premiership hopeful West Coast in round eight …


Buck’s comments. At



Press Conference: Nathan Buckley


Nathan Buckley concedes his side didn’t match the same desperation and desire shown by the Dockers and also speaks out about his lockdown mishap.



Statistics. The Match statistics for the team and individuals are at and Always worth a browse.





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I’m going to skip the numbers (just look at a few):



  • Hit Outs and Clearances – HO: 51 (us) / 28 (them) but Clearances 30 / 45. Not sure how many HO were to our advantage. Our Midfield performance is not working;
  • Inside 50s – 43 / 34. We won this, but to little effect – Our Efficiency within the 50 was 30.2% compared with their equivalent 47.1%;
  • 1%’ers – 48 / 41. Just a measure of the pressure. No major difference;
  • Individual Disposal Efficiency. Examples by our boys: Adams – 38.9%, Treloar – 56.7% (an improvement on last week), Grundy – 63.6%. Compare with Sier – 92.3%, Moore – 89.5% and Crisp – 80%. Really not good enough in the Midfield – look before you pass; and
  • Goals / Scoring Shots – 7 / 10 and 14 / 11. Didn’t the Dockers kick well.

And just to balance up the last couple of weeks, Frees – 9 / 17. If I was going to be critical, I’d suggest that speed of awarding Frees is not fast enough. Umps, lift your game. Oh yes, watch for ‘crowd frees’.

Having a look at a couple of things:

  • Pendles’ importance. Yep, we really missed him. We need our senior people to stand up;
  • Pressure. Their pressure was outstanding. But have a look at the last five minutes of Q3. We decided to play our game, our way. The opposition were left standing. We can do it, we just have to apply it;
  • Scoring. There is just a touch of selfishness apparent amongst our Forwards – players blazing away on difficult angles or far-distant shots, rather than sharing. I think more highly of Goal Assists (GA) than actual Goals;
  • Basic Mistakes. Way too many intercepted balls (see comments above about individual Disposal Efficiency) leading to Possession Turnovers; and
  • Training Focus. Our mark-pack spoiling was awful, again; so were our attempts to smother kicks. Work?

Best: The AFL website identified Sidebottom, Grundy, Noble, Maynard, Moore and Treloar as Best. Again (as per last week) I’m not sure of a couple of those. Your thoughts?


The Future (after this week):

  • 11 August – Adelaide in Adelaide; and
  • 15 August – Melbourne at the Gabba.

Round 10: Collingwood versus Sydney


Thursday, 6 August at the Gabba, Brisbane; bounce at 5.40pm.



Sydney are sitting second last on the Ladder with three Wins and six Losses and a percentage of 77.9%. Their Wins have been against Adelaide, North and Hawthorn. In any language they are having a poor season. They’ve also suffered seriously from injuries – see below.

Who to watch for?

  • McCartin – CHF;
  • Parker – Centre;
  • Florent – FP;
  • Papley – rover; and
  • Lloyd – BP.


And keep an eye on Sam Reid, generally in their Forward Line, for family reasons.





Okay, the same as last week’s (and the week before|). To do list:

  • Control the game. 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.



  • Ins: Roughead, Reid, Wills and Cox; and
  • Outs: Mayne, Thomas, Mihocek and Hoskin-Elliott. Your thoughts?

Pre-game Brief? Go to  (eventually).


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Weather. Looks dry.

TV. Free to Air coverage on 7mate from 5.30pm.

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


Expert Predictions? Look around here at Interesting view with everyone (including Caro) picking us to win; but then again, everyone did last week too.

My Picks

  • Pies to Win by 31 Points. BOG – Treloar (28 Disposals @ 82.6% DE; 7 Clearances and 1 goal). Stephenson, Elliott and Reid all kick three. Your prediction and selections?



  • Eddie Watch. Quiet for him.
  • Coaches’ blunder. Gentlemen, get real. You set the standard that everyone follows. That was just dumb.
  • Injuries. As might have been expected, the Injury Lists for Clubs have been rising with the increase frequency of games. Have a look at



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


Go Pies.


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  1. You’re spot on with the statistical analysis Cam!
    Treloar especially and Adams were shocking by foot and, alongside all other midfielders, were lazy in running defensively to cover their opponents. Many Fremantle midfielders kicked goals, and upon re-watching them their opponents (namely Treloar) were jogging 20 metres behind them. The lack of effort is what was most disappointing.

    I’m not sure about dropping Mihocek, as he was the only forward providing options on Sunday. He may be due for a rest soon but he has been one shining light – so consistent. I think Hoskin-Elliott, Stephenson and Thomas were all woeful, and have all struggled to find form this year. Alongside Treloar, they need to lift.

    Lastly, am I the only Magpie fan left extremely disappointed by Grundy? Statistics showed he won many hit outs, but to me the majority were taps straight to Fremantle players or missed hit outs that instead rebounded off the Freo ruckman’s arm. For someone who is on such a high contract, he is having a dismal season. He’s also key to us regaining our mojo.

    Great analysis (like usual) – cheers!

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