Outside of qualifying for the finals and of course winning the premiership, there is another prerequisite in order to deem a season successful at Collingwood. That benchmark is of course picking up the double against both our rivals in Essendon and Carlton. A fortnight ago we managed to achieve our first double for the year by holding off a determined Carlton and this week we have the opportunity to tick the other box against a depleted Essendon.
In what was one of the more lackluster spectacles of the year, Collingwood have notched up their 15th win via a nine goal victory against the Gold Coast Suns. In a game where we were momentarily ruthless and then frustratingly docile, the percentage boost that most of us expected was not to eventuate.
It was a difficult game to gauge last week, a match in which I would say we were clearly tested in patches, yet at the same time, remained resolute and in control. Our expectations have increased and decisive victories have become common place, so when this side holds off an opponent and walks away with a sub four goal victory, we tend to question the overall performance.
Considering I was unable to make the trip to Wangaratta on the weekend, being prevented by some late developments, I’ll use this as an opportunity to take a look at a few players who have been impressing either in recent weeks or throughout the course of the season so far.
When facing Carlton there is always the chance of the day ending on a gloomy note, because nothing acts as a harbinger for dark days quite like losing to that mob. Today’s contest, where we were huge favourites to win given recent form and the respective team sheets, turned out to be a lot closer than most thought.
I can’t help but feel a little foolish at the moment, following up on this week’s match preview with something of an amendment given I was slow on the uptake with today’s breaking news. However foolish I might feel for discussing Shaw within this week’s preview, undoubtedly pales in comparison to how foolish Heater would be feeling right now — and rightfully so.
After such a dominant victory last week, we now have the opportunity to try and replicate that performance against the old enemy.
We held Carlton at arm’s length earlier in the season, breaking the game open in a 10 minute period before preventing the Blues from establishing any momentum that might have got them back into the contest. There isn’t a Collingwood fan around who doesn’t have to endure a Carlton fan or two, so I’m sure that we all remember how pleased they were with how “competitive” their team was in that clash.
It’s come a few days late due to a hectic weekend that spilled into the working week, but truth be told even if I watched the game live (I had to tape it due to a previous engagement) I may have needed a day or two to digest such an awesome performance.
Player review for our Round 15 clash against Port Melbourne at Victoria Park. The team was extremely competitive for three quarters before running out of puff in the last, with Port Melbourne eventually running out 48 point winners.
The NAB U18 Championships concluded this week, with the NSW/ACT Rams ending their carnival with a narrow loss to the NT Thunder. As we continue to follow the progress of NSW Scholarship holders Jarrod Witts and Michael Hartley, it will warm the hearts of many Collingwood fans to know that Witts was named as the MVP for NSW/ACT.