Game Chat – Collingwood v Geelong

Written by Motts on March 22 2019

Where and When: MCG, Friday, March 22, 2019, 7:50pm

Last time they met: MCG, round eight, 2018: Collingwood 5.15 (45) lost to Geelong 9.12 (66)

In a scrappy, low-scoring affair, the Cats kicked four of the opening five goals, restricting the Pies to just one goal by half-time, and set up a matchwinning break with three successive majors in the third term. The Pies were two short for much of the second half.

What it means for Collingwood: A win for the 2018 runner-up is crucial given it faces Richmond and reigning premier West Coast in the following fortnight.

What it means for Geelong: This season has been billed as the last chance for the Cats to succeed with this group, and a victory here would certainly have the fans dreaming about another flag.

How Collingwood wins: The Magpies’ ‘Swoop Squad’ of small and medium-sized forwards, comprising the likes of Jordan De Goey, Jamie Elliott, Jaidyn Stephenson, Travis Varcoe and Josh Thomas, has the potential to pose enormous headaches for the Cats, who will be without important stoppers Zach Tuohy and Jed Bews.

How Geelong wins: Although Brodie Grundy is expected to take the upperhand in the ruck, the Cats’ midfield is more than capable of gaining the ascendancy, which would provide power forward Tom Hawkins with his best chance of exposing the new-look Pies’ defence.

The stat: Geelong has won 11 of its past 14 round one games, while Collingwood has won just two from seven under Nathan Buckley, and has been beaten in its past three season openers.

The match-up: Joel Selwood v Levi Greenwood. The Magpie desperado (ranked No. 380 in the Official AFL Player Ratings) appears set to renew his heated relationship with the Cats skipper (No. 53), against whom he has a good record. Selwood will be hellbent on getting one back on him.

Mottsy’s Tip: Collingwood by 10

 

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67 thoughts on “Game Chat – Collingwood v Geelong”

    1. Not the popular option but I like Scott only because he’s versing the Freo midfield instead of Coll. But it’s a coin flip.

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  1. Last seond decision!

    T/u crisp (allowing enough cash to turn hind into duursma in the mids)

    T/d whitfield (meaning stick with hind or swing drew to mids and get schultz(freo) in forward line)

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    1. Also have Cripps, I am punting on Grundy…over in Perth though so had not considered effect of rain.

      Even so, rain equals more stoppages which means Grundy should leverage even more off his clearance / contested possession / tackling / hitout dominance.

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  2. Collingwood v Geelong at the MCG, 7.50pm AEDT

    NO LATE CHANGES

    FINAL INTERCHANGES

    Collingwood: Travis Varcoe, Callum Brown, Steele Sidebottom, Tom Langdon
    Geelong: Charlie Constable, Sam Menegola, Gryan Miers, Mark O’Connor

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  3. To all the SCT coaches many thanks for you analysis and input throughout the off seasean. Now the season has commenced, good luck to all Coaches for 2019. Got all 4 Cats rookies in this game + Danger. Even so, go Pies…….M.

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  4. Gee, I’m going early here but Grundy looked like he was labouring in the first 10minutes of the game and then hasn’t been sighted since!….
    Maybe the toe injury was more significant than we thought? Eh, can trade him to literally anybody after next round anyway lol

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  5. QTR TIME

    Pies 23 vs Cats 14

    PIES
    Elliott 42
    Pendles 33
    Treloar 23
    Crisp 19
    Sidebottom 19
    Grundy 18
    Beams 13

    CATS
    Kelly 41
    Stewart 33
    Selwood 16
    Dahlhaus 22
    Ablett 37
    Dangerfield 34
    Clark 29
    Atkins 14
    Constable 8

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  6. HALF TIME

    Pies 33 vs Cats 22

    PIES
    Treloar 58
    Pendles 63
    Eliott 59
    Beams 53
    Crisp 35
    Grundy 46
    Moore 38

    CATS
    Stewart 84
    Kelly 57
    Ablett 62
    Selwood 33
    Constable 32
    Menegola 46
    Dahlhaus 41
    Dangerfield 43
    Clark 34
    Atkins 18

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  7. I know it is a marathon but Jeez, Grundy’s dominance is not translating in points. He is even kicking ok… doesnt look like a 700k player, The 666 rules?

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    1. settle down folks … you get another week to look.
      He’s given up free kicks, he’s had two clangers and his DE is only 55% …
      + his mid is up against a pretty darn good mid that would be stealing his hitouts … the scoring will come!! If you started him, you bought him for the year …

      sheesh!!

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    1. Under selling him for mine. Took 4-5 contested intercept marks and would’ve taken 5+ kick ins and played on from all of them.

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  8. FULL TIME

    Pies 65 vs Cats 72

    PIES
    Treloar 101
    Pendles 95
    Beams 101
    Sidebottom 85
    Grundy 79
    Elliott 83
    Crisp 82
    Moore 77

    CATS
    Kelly 105
    Dangerfield 96
    Stewart 94
    Selwood 96
    Dahlhaus 101
    Ablett 84
    Constable83
    Menegola 99
    Clark 68
    Atkins 56

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  9. Have champion data changed their algorithm this year? It’s like playing Mario Kart with the ‘catch up’ enabled

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  10. Took the c off grundy just before game, dodged a bullet, not, put it on danger ! Oh well!
    Had clark and constable on field so can’t complain there.

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    1. Bit of an early call chief, this game stays in the rolling 3 round average for 1 week when prices change. Hardly low enough to do that much damage.

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  11. went coniglio -> treloar right on the bounce…
    34 touches, 5 marks, 6 tackles and a goal and only a 102 return hurts.
    DE% hurt an not being able to get back on the ground in the final 5min also.

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    1. Good call on Not going Grundy? Looking forward to seeing your progress. It would take a lot of balls to not start Grundy/Gawn

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  12. Damn you, Chris Scott! Not utilizing Dangerfield! You have one the BEST midfielders of the last decade and you WASTE his talent by rotating him in the forwardline all bloody night! And all this AFTER previously saying that Ablett was set for a stint in the forward-line and naming Dangerfield in the center. Argh!

    ….as you can probably tell I had the C on Danger…but my point still stands!

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  13. Geez, it’s like the world turned flat!
    It’s one game out of 198 people. Grundy’s not fit. Danger was always gonna go forward. On the upside, Moore and the rookies were excellent!

    KEEP CALM
    LOVE SUPERCOACH

    🙂

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  14. Treloar – yes, he’s in my team…..maybe I’m a little bias……he was everywhere, absolute machine……..he’s not going to commit ten clangers every week.
    Grundy – don’t panic JUST yet. Six clangers and 55%DE didn’t help him either. Might have a slow start but he’s not far off.
    Beams – Worked into the game quite well
    Pendles – his usual self
    Elliott – Could do worse, good return
    Moore – Played on from most kick-ins, will be handy if he stays injury-free for 7-8 weeks

    Dangerfield – playing FWD more often that I’d like
    Ablett – classy……will have his big games during the year but not too often.
    Dahlhaus – couldn’t fault his first game with the new club. Top10 FWD? Maybe just outside?
    Kelly – impressive…….solid F3 selection
    Constable – not out of place at senior level. He and Walsh will be reliable M7/M8 options for a month or two
    Clark – No reason to drop him on that performance……although will be tight when Tuohy comes back

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  15. I have Constable on the bench with the Emergency on him. Should I take Butters off the field place him on the bench. Get rid of B. Scott and put a non playing rookie on the field so I get Constables 85.

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