So the last game of Round 2 kicked off last night with West Coast taking on Collingwood with the Eagles having won 1 lost 1 and the Pies winning both their matches in Round 1 of the NAB Cup.
Let’s not beat around the bush, here are the results from last night:
COLLINGWOOD 1.2.1 2.4.5 2.7.8 3.10.9 (96)
WEST COAST 0.4.3 0.7.3 0.8.6 1.10.7 (76)
Collingwood: Swan, Seedsman, Cloke
West Coast: S. Selwood
Collingwood: Elliot 2, Mooney 2, Sidebottom 2, Blair, Cloke, Dwyer, Sinclair
West Coast: LeCras 4, Cox, Cripps, Hurn, Kennedy, Priddis, Lycett
Collingwood: Pendlebury, Shaw, Toovey, Swan, Seedsman, Blair, Elliot, Sidebottom
West Coast: LeCras, S. Selwood, Gaff, Glass, Shuey, Cox
Collingwood: Reid (right knee)
West Coast: Embley (right hamstring)
The Magpies went into the game against West Coast resting a few players, especially some very DT relevant ones. Those that were left in Melbourne from Round 1 were: Brent Macaffer, Dayne Beams, Andrew Krakouer, ClintonYoung, Darren Jolly and Ben Johnson. We are also still yet to see Luke Ball, Dale Thomas, Tyson Goldsack, Lachlan Keefe, Alan Didak, Jackson Paine and Brodie Grundy (to name a few) return from injury.
Dane Swan (MID) $688,100 – Is no doubt in great shape. Had 23 touches (14 handballs) to go with 2 supergoals for his 70. Typical Swanny NAB Cup game for me. Has so much left in the tank, saving himself for Round 1.
Scott Pendlebury (MID) $568,700 – 2nd highest scorer for the Pies with 99. Had a much better game this week than his Round 1 brief appearance, close to best on ground for me. 28 touches with 6 tackles. Another one priming himself for Round 1.
Kyle Martin (MID) $103,300 – Solid with 43, but nothing outstanding. If given a spot in the Pies 22 and a role, will be a great pick up. With so many Collingwood players to come back into the side. It’ll be play it by ear.
Sam Dwyer (MID/FWD) $89,300 – Same goes with Dwyer, both him and Martin are good enough, but the Pies depth might hold them out at the moment. 36 is nothing special, but it’s still just the NAB.
Jarrod Witts (RUC) $108,500 – Is slowly improving game by game and was up against the games best in Cox. 30 with only 9 hit-outs needs improvement. With Jolly’s support around the ground, it’s unsure what Witts ceiling for score could be. Keep an eye on though, cheap.
Josh Thomas (MID) $108,500 – First game in his 3 years down at Collingwood due to injury, had 55 in the minutes that he got. Tackled well also. Very keen to watch the Pies next game against the Lions. Huge smokie.
Heath Shaw (DEF) $422,800 – Heater was fantastic. 4th highest possession getter on the ground with 22 of his 26 touches, kicks, that’s what we want. A few more will be starting to consider throwing Shaw into their sides now, I am.
Steele Sidebottom (MID) $539,200 – 3rd highest scorer for the day with 109. Only had 20 touches but was very important in getting the Pies out of trouble around the ground. Great decision making and spread very well.
Scores for Collingwood: Sidebottom 109, Pendlebury 99, Shaw 91, Blair 87, Clarke 75, Swan 70, Lynch 60, Seedsman 60, O’Brien 57, Russell 56, Thomas 55, Mooney 54, Frost 50, Sinclair 48, Maxwell 43, Martin 43, Elliott 37, Dwyer 36, Toovey 33, Witts 30, Oxley 27, Hudson 22, Cloke 22, Reid 6.
Next Game: vs Brisbane Saturday 9th March @ Etihad Stadium
The Pies head back to Melbourne to play Brisbane next weekend. The winner booking themselves a final in the NAB Cup Grand Final. There is nothing to suggest that Collingwood will back off in any way for this game and will be looking to get some game time into the players they left out this weekend with the likes Beams, Macaffer, Young and so on to be brought back into the side. Whilst Brisbane will want to keep their great NAB Cup form going with another solid performance. Should be a good game.
The Eagles included the Big Cox for the game against the Pies which was his first run around for 2013. We also got to see Josh Kennedy and Matt Rosa make their first appearances this year. Players such as Beau Waters, Nic Naitanui, Daniel Kerr are still on the injury table. They were also missing Adam Selwood and ex-Magpie Wellingham who was chased off a trampoline by a group of small children as they were scared to death by his hair. Should be right Round 1.
Dean Cox (RUC) $512,400 – Just loves it. Was a very solid game first up from Cox. Had 81 with 26 hit outs and looked alright. Still the best ruckmen in the AFL by a mile in my eyes. Will get some match fitness in over next 2 weeks and be raring to go round 1.
Scott Selwood (MID) $503,500 – Racked up a 111. Equal leading possession getter alongside Pendles with 28. Works hard all game, knows how to find the footy. You wouldn’t be silly picking this guy in your midfield, could have a massive year.
Andrew Embley (MID) $264,300 – ARGGH. Embley went off early in the 1st with an apparent hamstring injury. He looked devastated on the bench when limping off. All fingers crossed its not anything major.
Mark Lecras (FWD) $355,400 – Looked great, kicked 4 goals to go with 12 touches for 76. Track him over the next 2 weeks, maybe even first 2 rounds of the season proper and decide then. For some, he is locked.
Chris Masten (MID) $436,000 – Had a great game and was top scorer with 113. 9 tackles was also highest on the ground. I am not a huge fan of Masten in the past, but there is no doubt he is improving over last 12-18 months. Still, not for me.
Luke Shuey (MID) $488,100 – If he played the game and stopped trying to milk free kicks at times, maybe more would like Shuey. There is no doubt he has talent and his running ability is amazing. Had 25 possessions for a 91.
Matt Priddis (MID) $482,500 – A good game with 25 touches and 5 tackles. Scored an 88 in the Eagles loss, I rate Priddis and he will only get better come Round 1.
Scores for West Coast: Masten 113, Selwood 111, Shuey 91, Priddis 88, Gaff 86, Cox 81, LeCras 76, Hurn 67, Glass 57, Schofield 53, Sheppard 53, Smith 53, Cripps 51, Kennedy 50, Butler 50, Lycett 42, McGinnity 35, Darling 34, Mackenzie 33, Rosa 16, Hill 12, Embley 6, Brown 4, Tunbridge 0.
Next Game: vs Port Adelaide Saturday 9th March @ Traeger Park
West Coast will be happy with their NAB Cup form. They should have beaten Geelong in Round 1 and easily moved aside Fremantle. They will hope Embley’s injury is nothing serious and also hope the one’s currently out can push for selection by Round 1, most likely being Selwood and Wellingham. They are going to be a top 4 side this year and if they can crack a few wins in Melbourne, they are going to be a force for top 2.
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