Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Rounds 8 and 9


That was not fun. Putting it into perspective, root-canal dental treatment would have been preferable. The Eagles played exceptionally well. And, in addition to Nic Nat, of the three key players I suggested people watch for, McGovern didn’t appear; but Kennedy sure did.


But, Happy Birthday Bucks. Not a great celebration.



Round 8: Collingwood versus West Coast


Collingwood 6.9.45 were thrashed by West Coast 18.3.111.


The Game. The crisis before the bounce saw Pendles replaced. I’m not sure Bosenavulagi was the right choice; I think Sier might have been better. Our start saw us record four of the first five goals but then failed to put the Q1 domination onto the scoreboard. Then the wheels fell off. Indeed the Eagles then scored the next 17 out of 18 Goals scored. The Eagles were harder, cleaner and, obviously, more effective. There is not much useful that can be said about our performance; maybe some selection changes and training focus, as below.



Match Report. Go to;



Buck’s comments. At Bucks emphasised the requirement that  criticism goes against

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


I’m going to skip the numbers (mostly):

  • Hit Outs and Clearances – 27(us) / 28(them) and 24 / 32. Once again their Midfield performance on Clearances is expanding on their Hit Outs; we are the reverse (as usual);
  • Inside 50s – 37 / 35. We won this but when you look at Disposal Efficiencies 68.8% / 77.9% generally and 45.9% / 74.3% Inside 50 the difference is stark;
  • 1%’ers – 32 / 46. Just a measure of the pressure. Yep, they dominated;
  • Individual Disposal Efficiency (number of players with Efficiency >80%) – 6 / 12. See comments above regarding “cleaner” ball handling. Examples by our boys: Treloar – 45.5%, Grundy – 60%, Elliott – 50% and Mihocek – 22.2%. Really not good enough – look before you pass; and
  • Goals / Scoring Shots – 6 / 18 and 15 / 21. Neither looks good for us; but didn’t WCE kick well.


And having a look at a few things:

  • Pendles importance and replacement. No question how important he is. Perhaps Sier would be better;
  • Pressure. If you term our intensity in the first half of Q1 as our ‘First Wave’ then our inability to maintain this (demonstrated in many of our games) is critical. We dominated but were unable to get the score on the board;
  • Scoring. Unless you have someone like Kennedy, obviously able to kick goals from anywhere, ‘specky’ kicks from the Pockets are a waste; all they do frequently is hand over possession to our opponent for a measly single Behind. Much better is to look to place the ball in a much ‘easier’ position. Our current practice to ‘blaze away’ at the Goal whenever possible is flawed. This also requires Forwards not to be selfish;
  • Basic Mistakes. a fair number of passes were intercepted (see comments above about individual Disposal Efficiency) leading to Possession Turnovers. I firmly believe the modern game revolves about ‘possession’. It immediately prompts an attack from wherever and ultimately results in a score – Goals – good; Behinds – poor; OOB – very poor and OOBOTF – awful;
  • Coaches’ Box. In previous years I have lamented the absence of significant action by the Coaches in response to ‘the game’. Pleased this time to note a bit of trial and error – Moore and Grundy Forward; Mihocek Back and Elliott in and out of the Midfield (as has been fairly regular recently). The major changes occurred in Q4; would have liked to see them earlier; and
  • Training Focus. Our mark-pack spoiling was awful; so were our attempts to smother kicks. I would suggest some focus at training on spoiling particularly against a very good mark (like Kennedy). Our ‘pack work’ also needs review – on occasion we didn’t have crumbing ‘smalls’ forward and behind packs. I would also suggest players attempting to smother a kick target the ball rather than the kicker.


Best: The AFL website identified Adams, Treloar, Crisp and Quaynor as Best. Not sure of a couple of those, but I don’t have anyone in mind to replace them. Your thoughts?



The Future:

  • 2 August – Freo in Perth. See below;
  • 6 August – Sydney at the Gabba;
  • 11 August – Adelaide in Adelaide; and
  • 15 August – Melbourne at the Gabba.

Likely to prompt a fair assessment of the depth of our List.



Round 8: Collingwood versus Fremantle


Sunday, 2 August at Optus Stadium, Perth; bounce at 6.10pm (AEST).




Freo have been underwhelming this year. They are sittring 16th on the Ladder with two Wins and six Losses, including their outing against Geelong this evening. In the last few weeks they’ve Won against Adelaide and St Kilda and Lost by reasonable margins against WCE (30 Points) and GC (13). They also have a habit of playing hard for a Quarter or Half of a game (Sound familiar?)



Who to watch for?

  • Fyfe – Centre;
  • Walters – FP – likely absent, Hamstring injury;
  • Tucker – RR – likely also absent, Hamstring injury;
  • Taberner – CHF; and
  • Brayshaw – Centre.

And keep an eye on Aish, because of his background, variously Wing or FP.




We should use the game as an opportunity to blood more young players on the List. Okay, the same as last week’s. 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: Sidebottom, Sier and Cox; and
  • Outs: C. Brown, Mihocek and Bosenavulagi. Maybe ‘manage’ Grundy? Your thoughts?


Pre-game Brief? Go to (eventually).



Weather. Looks dry.



  1. TV. No Free to Air coverage.



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 Both Caro and Dermie picked WCE last week.



My Picks

  • Pies to Win by 47 Points. BOG – Sier (31 Disposals @ 80.6% DE; 7 Clearances and 1 goal). Stephenson and Elliott both kick three. Your prediction and selections?



  • Eddie Watch. Quiet for him.
  • Footy Almanac. Keep a watch on Footy Almanac at


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


Go Pies.






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  1. Nicole Kelly says

    Yep – dental treatment would have been preferable. How good is Darcy Moore though!

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