Regardless of the Bulldogs somewhat slow start to the season, this definitely shapes as a danger game for Collingwood. The Bulldogs have been top four material for the last few seasons and will be determined to take it up to the reigning premier. Both sides will be trying to back-up from tough games against good opposition and it’ll be lasting power that brings home the biscuits.
Essendon was always going to challenge us on the weekend, as they were in my mind one of the current form teams in the competition. They provided us with some headaches during the NAB Cup and considering that encounter happened not all that long ago, I expected ANZAC Day – an occasion that generally brings the best out of players – to be no different.
Player by player review of our tough day out at Windy Hill.
I’m as surprised as a lot of other people at Essendon’s rapid improvement this year. It’s not that I bought into the view that Essendon were a baron tundra when it came to talent, it’s more the fact that they’ve managed to turn things around within the space of a single preseason.
Player-by-player review of Collingwood’s Round 3 VFL match against the Werribee Tigers.
If the first half of last week was difficult to watch, then yesterday’s performance was comparable to Battlefield Earth. Excluding a 10 minute purple patch in the third quarter, the VFL Magpies were comprehensively slaughtered in all facets of the game. Because of this, I’ll bypass the usual quarter by quarter rundown as it’ll be quite repetitive.
Heading into the game, we all would have pencilled in a win and turned our focus to the potential margin. 10 minutes into the first quarter, our outlook was justified as the Pies burst out of the blocks to kick the first four goals of the game before the Tigers had even managed a score.
Last week’s performance was disappointing, however our VFL side can take some solace out of a much improved second half where we outscored the Bullants. Our ball movement and team work early were virtually nonexistent, but once we started playing more direct we became a lot more competitive.
There has been only the one change this week, brought about through necessity, with Cameron Wood getting the call up to replace Darren Jolly who suffered some soreness in his knee during last week’s clash with Carlton.
Looking at the fixture, we currently stand where everyone expected us to be after three rounds: undefeated and an top of the ladder. The Carlton match shaped as a potential danger game, but we managed to grind our way to a victory that whilst being somewhat unimpressive, was a welcome four points all the same.