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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Player Projections: Part 5

At last, the final instalment of this year’s player projections, dealing with some of our more speculative prospects at the rookie end of the playing list.

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Player Projections: Part 4

After the rookie draft intermission, it is time to return to the next instalment of player projections.

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Rookie Wrap 2014: List Finalised

After a post-season period of speculation as to who and why, our list for 2015 is now complete following the pre-season and rookie drafts on Wednesday morning. In the wake of our direction during the national draft, there were a few areas that myself and others identified as potential needs for our two live rookie selections – another developing key forward and some ready made ruck insurance being perceived areas of weakness – however Hine hinted on the eve of the rookie draft that he would target similar types as those we acquired in the national draft.

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