Game Day: Collingwood vs Western Bulldogs (NAB Challenge Game 3)

Good morning bloggers. This is your Game Day thread for the final hitout of this NAB Challenge fixture, this time against the Western Bulldogs. It goes without saying, but a good performance with no injuries is the optimal result we should be hoping for from this encounter. Over to you…

Game Day: Collingwood vs Carlton (NAB Challenge Game 2)

Greetings fellow TCB-ers. This is your game day thread for our second hitout of the pre-season fixture, this time against the arch-enemy in Carlton. I know these pre-season games are just for tuning up and getting miles into underdone legs, but still, I can’t help but want to win this particular game. Give this lot …

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Who Swoops Next? A Preview of Sorts…

It has been over a week since our pleasing start in the NAB Challenge, with another week to wait until we front up against the old enemy in Carlton.  Given the nature of these contests, it is not so much about what we need to do to win, or to counter the opposition, but who …

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Review: Collingwood vs. Hawthorn (NAB Challenge 2015)

After a long and angst riddled preseason, the NAB Challenge kicked off last night for our Magpies at Aurora Stadium.  The initial team lists looked ominous, but that changed when the line-ups were finalised and the Hawks were whittled down to something resembling their VFL team led by a few stars in Mitchell and Gunston, …

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Game Day: Hawthorn vs Collingwood (NAB Challenge Game #1)

Well, it’s here again. After a long summer, we’re finally about to see a football bounced down and kicked around an oval for two and a bit hours again. Perhaps not so much in anger as in indifference, particularly with the competition aspect removed from these pre-season games, but it’s a game of footy nonetheless. …

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As The Season Draws Near

In less than ten days our NAB Challenge campaign kicks off against Hawthorn at Aurora Stadium.  To call it a campaign is probably a stretch, since there is nothing up for grabs, but given the manner in which our season ended there is definitely some worth – intangible as it may be – in putting …

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The War Room Session 1: Sun Tzu Meets Sherrin

With the season drawing closer, I thought it might be time to move away from some of the topics that we have discussed to exhaustion, so that we can perhaps have some meaningful conversation regarding strategy and tactics heading forward.  As most would know, I don’t mind scouring a few books to find some parallels, …

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Notes On The Year Ahead

Greetings and salutations for the first time in 2015 to everyone on the blog.  I trust the festive season treated everybody kindly and judging from the robust discussion that has continued whilst I have been away, I can see that nobody has lost any enthusiasm for the club or vigour in their respective opinions — …

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Season’s Greetings

I just wanted to take the time to quickly extend my well wishes to everyone – the usual suspects, occasional contributors and of course the silent readership – during this festive season.  May you and your families enjoy a pleasant and safe Christmas and New Year. I thank you all, with immense gratitude, for visiting …

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Counting Coup: A One-Way Fixation on a Two-Way Expectation

Now that we have the trade and draft periods sewn up, welcoming another group of young men into our club, we can turn our attention once more to matters of a tactical and strategic nature.  Much has already been discussed at length within the open forum of this blog – both recently and as the …

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