A View of the 22: Pre-NAB Challenge

It is about that time – in fact it’s probably overdue – that we begin to seriously discuss the look of our starting 22 come the beginning of the season. This year, I thought I might have a crack at a preferred 22 both before and after the completion of the NAB Challenge, which allows me to be a little more speculative and subjective in terms of wishful selections prior to the NAB Challenge. After the NAB Challenge, when player availability based on form and injury becomes clearer, along with the potential of a preseason ‘bolter’ or two, I will naturally defer more to probability based on exposed form.

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Los Alamos to Lulie Street

I can barely imagine what it must have been like to witness a thousand sunrises condensed into a split second; let alone the apocalyptic sunset that followed. Despite direct quotes and enough literature to fill a library, it is probably impossible to articulate just how that mortal man who went many steps beyond Prometheus must have felt in the immediate wake of the Trinity Test.

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The Year Gone By, The One To Come…

Welcome to a new year on the Collingwood Blog, I trust that everyone enjoyed the festive season and spent it well with friends and family. I enjoyed a bit of a hiatus, sidelining thoughts of football for a brief period, but now that the new year is upon us it is time to crack the knuckles, dust off the keyboard and get ruminating once more on the year to come. It is with this in mind that I thought the logical topic for the first article of 2016 should be a look at the season just finished, before turning our focus to the all-important year ahead.

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Further Explorations in the Front Half

Just recently I wrote up a piece on our forward line, which was admittedly more of a stocktake of our armoury with some general thoughts on how those weapons might be put to use. A few thoughts had been running through my mind however, some ideas that I wanted to include or expand upon, which I thought might be best explored in a piece of their own.

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Forward Thinking

With the post-season grinding along and having recently discussed both the backline and midfield, we can now complete the picture by taking a look at how our forward line might shape up in 2016. Our efficiency forward of centre has remained a talking point in recent years – particularly in terms of delivery and conversion – and ahead of an all-important 2016 campaign, we’ll once again be hoping for some improvement on these fronts.

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The List Locked In

After doing most of the heavy lifting during the trade period, this week saw Derek Hine and our recruiting department put the finishing touches on our list for the 2016 season.

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2015 Rookie Draft – Discussion, Call of the Picks and The Finishing Touches

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Today, our list managers will finalise our playing roster for the 2016 season, by availing themselves of the opportunity provided by the Rookie Draft. The Pre-Season Draft was also scheduled to take place this morning, but for the first time in the history of the Draft Era, all of the …

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2015 National Draft – Draft Day/Night Discussion and Call of the Picks

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. On the day after the full playing list commenced pre-season training, we begin the final phase of putting the finishing touches on just what that playing list will look like for season 2016. Welcome to the 2015 AFL National Draft. This year, the Draft enters a new era, with the …

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Winged Enigmas

In any given year, when a team makes the jump from struggling to competitive, or competitive to contending, it is quite often on the back of established talent performing at the expected level whilst being bolstered by emerging quality. And often, a team is driven to that next level by unexpected improvement from one or more individuals, in some cases an unforeseen coming of age.

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Musing on the Middle

After recently discussing the potential of our back half and as we continue to count the days until the national draft, I thought I might now turn my attention to the midfield. Whilst our list is not yet complete for 2015 – with at least six new names to be added across the senior and rookie list – I think we can at this point safely discuss the most likely composition of the all important engine room.

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