FOUR in a row feels pretty good!
We were expected to take the points against a struggling St Kilda but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a job to do. We did it by enough that the last quarter felt comfortable. The Doggies game was a little worrying for the first half but we sorted ourselves out and got the job done again. Freo were less resilient, with only a quarter of uncertainty then we ran away with some percentage to add to the equation.
The win against Melbourne has been my favourite so far. Just a few weeks ago I couldn’t see anyone beating them but I AM glad is was the mighty Pies. Not just a win either, a nice comfortable victory with some more to add to the percentage side of things.
Cox has worked out how to use his arms which is awesome to watch. Nobody gets close when he hits the ball at his maximum reach and he will become even more a valuable weapon in the future. (There goes the salary cap in a couple of years because clubs will throw money at him…) 8 marks and 5 goals was very handy and included roving pick-ups and snapshots. It was a brilliant little highlight package from our American mate.
Ever reliable Hoskin-Elliot got himself 4 as well and has kicked at least one goal in every match this year. Stephenson kicked 4 too and one of his was laying down, relaxing. Show off! Thomas was our other multiple goal scorer with 3 of his own.
The Pies kicked 20.13 for the match and doesn’t it look so much better when we are accurate in front of goal? I know I enjoy it far more.
De Goey looks threatening every time he’s near the ball and he picked up 30 touches. You never know what’s gonna happen when he has it but you slide a little bit forward in your seat, just in case. Sidebottom and Treloar both grabbed 32 disposals each but I think as a group we really shared it around and it felt like a team win. Everyone doing their bit to make the Pies into the destructive force we all saw on Monday.
Daniel Wells. Bugger. It looks bad. It looks so bad that we might not see him return. Unfortunate for him and the team. Goes to show no matter how much you nurse a bloke it doesn’t mean shit won’t happen. Good luck Wellsy.
My favourite part of the game?
Dunny running back, flat stick, to stop a certain goal. Never thought he was gonna keep up with a much smaller and faster looking Demon. Not only did he keep up but he stifled an easy Melbourne opportunity. Brilliant.
Going in to the break 8 and 4 with a percentage of 118ish… Who would’ve picked that after a terrible round one meeting with the Hawks. Now we are looking the goods and coming into our own at the serious end of the season. We can dare to dream of finals and silverware. Maybe only little dreams for now but it’s all heading where we’d like it to be heading. Buckley is loving it I’m guessing.
All of us doubting him early on had good reason to doubt but now we have reason to back him to finals and beyond. He showed us! As is his job and he should… and finally IS.
A nice little break will refresh a few of the blokes that are tired and give our injured blokes a chance to heal. Then the Pies can come out ready for anything and continue the ladder climb. The first 2 or 3 games after the break are all winnable games. Then bring on the Eagles at the MCG.
MELBOURNE 2.0 7.2 11.5 14.7 (91)
COLLINGWOOD 5.5 9.9 15.11 20.13 (133)
Melbourne: T.McDonald 6, Hannan 2, Harmes, Fritsch, Neal-Bullen, Gawn, Viney, Oliver
Collingwood: Cox 5, Hoskin-Elliott 4, Stephenson 4, Thomas 3, Pendlebury, Mihocek, Adams, Treloar
Melbourne: T.McDonald, Jetta, Oliver, Smith, Jones
Collingwood: De Goey, Cox, Adams, Hoskin-Elliott, Sidebottom, Treloar
Melbourne: O.McDonald (concussion), Jetta (shoulder)
Collingwood: Wells (foot)
Umpires: Donlon, Haussen, Findlay
Official crowd: 83,518 at the MCG