No Ambulance needed..this time

I’ve noticed that Collingwood like to put us supporters through a bit of a heart attack before winning a game. Unlike the cool, swift Geelong that once had the sandwich eating coach and the supporters with their feet up, ready to relax with a win by the end of the second term, my boys seem to like to ‘thrill’ us.

Many times before I have clearly stated that I will die while watching a footy game, now that I see the ‘thriller’ type game plan the boys keep producing with close wins…well I’m positively sure of my end. I even made a note to keep the Ambulance on standby for every Collingwood game this season.


We lost Swanny and Reid last week, just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse.

Facing Adelaide was always going to be daunting, even if we have that nice winning record there, we all knew it wasn’t going to be easy and with our significant outs, I personally penciled in an expected loss.

Yes, I tipped the Crows BUT I had a good feeling about the game…yet I didn’t change my tip to Collingwood… why? To all you footy lovers the above mixed feelings may sound familiar. In the end I thought changing my tip might somehow jinx the game, so I left it. Sure I lost a tip but the win was really all I cared about.


To start with it was an arm-wrestle. Mum chatted loudly on the phone to her bffl, on speaker while I yelled my head off at the TV.

Call me crazy but I was actually excited to see how we would cope without Swan.

I Waited for Cloke to step up. No goals.

I Waited for Dawes to step up. Nothing but a lousy behind.

The only person Dawesy was getting love from was my mum, out of all the players she finds him the best looking and then bagged him as her ‘footy husband.’


-“DANIELLE! Don’t yell at my husband like that!”

-“I wouldn’t be yelling, IF HE WOULD KICK A BLOODY GOAL!”




Suddenly it was like someone had flipped a switch, or pressed that big red button that says ‘Emergency only’. The final term marked the sudden burst, the tight game started to open up and it was going our way.

While the goals were not happening for our two power forwards; Beams, Sidebottom and Goldsack took the lead with two goals each. Didak kicked a…well a ‘Didak goal’ so damn beautiful! Swan’s absence in the midfield was taken upon by Blair, Beams and Pendlebury, all three players stepped up to the plate with Blairy putting in amazing efforts in the packs.

We lost Keeffe, YES another injury to another defender.


That was the only sour note of the game, we won and not in a ‘gave me a heart attack way.’ It was great to win without feeling like I was going to die from self-combustion…lets see more of that Magpies! :)

About Danielle Eid

Im 23, cute and most importantly im the Collingwood Football Club's very own PRINCESS!! :) A Latrobe Uni graduate from Bachelor of Journalism. Admirer of Samantha Lane and Jon Ralph. Not your typical 'Robot Journalist' Loves Alex Fasolo


  1. John Harms says

    It was a fine, fine win. They were gone.

  2. Andrew Starkie says

    Super win, Dani. gutsy. I said to a mate during the week, your boys may win the whole thing if they can keep fit. Big if, I know. I’m concerned about your ruckmen. Jolly’s a bit over the hill in modern footy terms.

    Footy won’t kill you. It keeps us alive.

  3. Ben Footner says

    Was at the game last night, a magnificent win by the Pies. It was obvious from the first bounce that they had done their homework and they executed their plans perfectly. Gave Adelaide no space, shut down their prime movers, and set up a wall across half back that was very difficult to penetrate.

    Has to be said that Adelaide may be vulnerable to the loose man/sweeper across half back, O’Brien did it last night and Gibson did a similar job a few weeks back for the Hawks.

    All that aside, as an Adelaide fan I was pretty happy with their effort up to 3 quarter time. They stayed in the game and toughed it out despite not having it their own way. I think the loss will be better for them than a win would’ve been to be honest.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a cheque to cash at the Bank of Reality. I’m expecting long queues at their Adelaide branches today….

  4. Lord Bogan says

    Danni, I wonder if the players are playing for our coach now? Best performance of the season. Seeing Beams and Sidebottom play leading roles and Goldsack improving gladdens my heart. We might not win the flag this year, but this group will be challenging seriously for the next 3 years. Go Pies :))

  5. “Adelaide are unstoppable. They are irresistible.”
    “This week they have a Swan-less Collingwood on their home deck. Dare I say it, another massacre beckons.”
    Source – B Footner 21 May 2012
    “Ah at last. The circumspect ‘keeping a lid on it/pride cometh before the fall’ school of journalism. Sort of redefines the term ‘going the early Crow’.
    I suspect there are half a dozen teams that would describe their best footy in similar terms.
    I will send you Litza and TRobb’s phone numbers when you need a crash course in Humility 101.
    There is a banana peel waiting for you.”
    Widely decried response by your humble correspondent of the same date.
    I would claim prescience, but I am off to the Western Derby now. Uh oh. We’ll keep a lid on those banana skins for a little longer.

  6. Danielle says

    JTH- it was, well for me UNEXPECTED but i’ll take it :)

    Andrew- Nice to know SOMEBODY had a little confidence in us, i felt a good contest coming but was unsure about a win. Jolly is the best ruckman we have, i like Cameron Wood but a lot of supporters seem to use him as a whipping boy. When Jols is out Woody gets the gig, i have no complaints about Jolly really, he seemed to win most of the ball last night.
    It may not kill me, but it does kill my mum lolllll

    Ben, i know what you mean. Sometimes a loss is what a team needs to get to a better level. Your boys had me worried, as they always do when we meet!

    Lord Bogan, i NEVER believed a word of this, ‘rift between Bucks and the players’ stuff. Nathan Buckley has nothing but the utmost respect from those boys so why wouldn’t they be able to win him a Swan-less game? :) I LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing Goldsack up forward!! whoever thought of that plan. i owe them a massive hug!
    Don’t take us out of the hunt yet, you never know with footy :P

  7. Danielle says

    lol! have fun Peter

  8. Dani – I love line of your mum’s about Dawes being her ‘footy husband’.
    The Avenging Eagle has a lot of ‘footy sons’. When I get up and start ranting, she pulls me down and says “they’re trying their best; they’re only young boys.”
    There is a line in a Randy Newman song – “he may be a fool, but he’s our fool.”
    Love your work, and your passion.

  9. Ben Footner says

    Good one Peter, was wondering how quickly you’d draw on my wonderful form from last week. lol

    I make no apologies for enjoying watching my team play good footy though, after watching them stink it up for the last couple of years I think I’m entitled to let the lid come off occasionally.

    Now, I’ve finally cashed in my cheque at the Bank of Reality (the queues were ridiculous as I thought!), time to find a restaurant that does a good humble pie. I’m sure it’s gracing many specials boards in Adelaide today….

  10. Ben – I love your work. Keep it coming.
    As the the wizened, ageing (reformed) owner of a wall papered with losing tickets from protests, falls, upheld protests, postillion error and other unexpected disasters – I have long learned the wisdom of Ken Howard’s maxim that “you should never run down stairs or bet odds on.”
    The retrospective crow is always well deserved, the the prospective gloat invites disaster.
    In the King James version of the Holy Bible, Proverbs 16:18 warns that “Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

  11. It looked a good 3 goal mist. Collingwood seemed to have the game un der control throughout the second half. They were good things when still in touch at the last break.

  12. Super effort by the Pies. Hats off. They will be hard to beat this year.

    Enjoy Danni.

    Crows – lid back on please.

  13. Dave Nadel says

    Very enjoying football match (apart from Keeffe’s injury) Just to remind al the peopple who whinge about Collingwood’s relative lack of non-Victorian games. We like playing interstate. The Pies haven’t been beaten at Football Park for some years. I worry much more when the Maggies play at Docklands.

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