Is Collingwood’s defence the key to the years premiership?
While they have struggled at times at the other end of the ground, Collingwood’s back half have been consistently stingy. This was again on show in Round Seven with Geelong’s score of 5.5 (35) the fifth time this season that the Pies have kept their opposition to 37 points or less.
With Darcy Moore and Brayden Moore in All-Australian form, it appears increasingly likely that the Pies will be able to cover the sizeable hole left by the injured Jeremy Howe. If the old adage that defences wins premierships is true, unless teams can unlock their defensive structures, Collingwood might have one hand on the cup?
How the Game Was Won
In a game won eight goals to five, it is hard to go past the efforts of Jordan De Goey in explaining how the contest was won. Back in the team after his well publicised arrest required him to be re-quarantined, the out of contract Pie was too hot to handle for the Cats. Whether on the lead, in a marking contest or at the fall of the ball, De Goey found a way to consistently hit the scoreboard.
This was not something Geelong could replicate. The loss of Joel Selwood made their job in overcoming the Pies a little more difficult but it was no excuse for the team having just one goal to their name at half time. As much as the Channel Seven commentary team attempted to talk up their chances in the second half, they never looked likely to kick more than the five they scored. While we learned last week that teams can win with four goals, they don’t do so often and five was never going to be enough on this night.
What the Coaches Said
“We were just beaten by a better team on the night,” Chris Scott lamented post match. “They were much better than us early in the contest. Their good players played really well,” he said.
“I felt like it was a night where more than a few things went against us and we just couldn’t manufacture a way back the way we did last week. They were very good, sometimes you get beaten by a better team on the night,” he said.
Nathan Buckley was understandably pleased post match. “It was a really strong effort over the full four quarters,” he told reporters via a remote press conference post game. “Geelong have been as good as anyone around the ball. Their contested ball and ground ball numbers are elite, particularly their ground ball numbers they are nearly +20 against their opposition on average. So to win both of those tonight was a really strong performance given where they have been this year,” he enthused.
GEELONG 1.1 1.3 3.5 5.5 (35)
COLLINGWOOD 2.2 4.3 5.7 8.9 (57)
Geelong: Clark, Guthrie, Rohan, Simpson, Tuohy
Collingwood: De Goey 5, Adams, Daicos, Hoskin-Elliott
Geelong: Dangerfield, Guthrie, Ablett, Menegola, Tuohy
Collingwood: De Goey, Treloar, Moore, Pendlebury, Maynard, Adams
Geelong: Selwood (right hamstring), Clark (right shoulder)
Collingwood: Cox (managed) replaced in selected side by Noble