VFL Player Review: Round 2 Collingwood Vs. Northern Bullants Visy Park, 9th April 2011 3. John McCarthy One of our more convincing players over the four quarters. J-Mac managed to win a fair bit of contested ball and always looked to burst away from congestion and succeeded on several occasions. He let himself down a…
After the seniors held off the Blues to notch up their third win, our reserves took on Carlton’s VFL aligned side in the Northern Bullants at Visy Park yesterday. As nice as it would have been to take out the double, a disappointing performance eventuated which resulted in a 27 point loss.
After a huge build up leading into the game, with a sell-out crowd expected and Channel 7 bending to public demands and showing the game live, Friday night’s blockbuster against Carlton was an odd sort of spectacle. As a Collingwood supporter it’s always good to beat Carlton, but our performance fell shy of the form line that we set for ourselves in such matches during the latter stages of last year.
After giving the lowly Dolphins a shellacking down at Frankston Oval, the VFL Magpies will now be facing a much tougher opponent in the Northern Bullants; who also handed out a belting to the Bendigo Bombers last week.
Despite knowing since early in the week, it’s good to see Nick Maxwell returning to lead his men against the old enemy this week. I was expecting only the single change, but Leon Davis has been rewarded for his great work down in Frankston last Sunday. This means that Brent Macaffer should be running around at Visy Park on Saturday, getting some much needed distance into his legs.
Our flag, their faces…
You can be sure that those passionate Pies who run our club – with Eddie McGuire at the top of the list – would have been wearing a devilish smirk when it was confirmed that we would be unfurling our Premiership flag against the old enemy.
The VFL season kicked off yesterday with the Pies taking on the Dolphins down at Frankston Oval. After taking the scenic route down the Nepean, I arrived with not a moment to spare as the sides finished their pre-game warmup and took their positions. There was a good turnout with the local side being well supported, including a vuvuzela accompaniment on the outer wing.
VFL Player Review: Round 1 Collingwood Vs. Frankston Frankston Oval, 3rd April 2011 1. Leon Davis Best on ground performance from Leon, who spent a majority of the day in the midfield and was the main instigator in a lot of our forays forward. A class above, collecting the ground ball and breaking away from…
Despite a comprehensive victory over Port Adelaide last week, the scoreboard at the end covered up a few issues that were of a concern. Namely, our performance in the third quarter which allowed Port to get on a 5 goal run and claw their way back into the match. Heading into our match against North Melbourne, outside of getting the four points the main thing that I wanted to see was a more concise four quarter effort.
Round 2 of the premiership season is upon us and I’m a little surprised to see that we’ve made no changes ahead of our match against the Kangaroos. Although it’s par for the course to leave a side unchanged after winning by such a large margin, I did expect to see Leon enter the fray at senior level at the likely expense of Simon Buckley. With that said, part of me is glad that we’ve persisted with Buckley, because it’s not a bad time to see what he can offer at senior level.