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Thursday, 20 September 2018

TJ: Why I'm loading up on the Pies


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It’s probably just as well I’m not a gambling man.

I have nothing against the punt, per se, it’s just that I find it a frustrating way to watch sport.

So, it’s with some trepidation, and maybe stupidity, that tonight, ahead of the Richmond-Collingwood game … I’m loading up!

The Pies are still being quoted around a $3 chance to beat the reigning premiers.

Outright roughies.

Indeed everything, almost everything, points to a Tigers win tonight, but I’m not so sure.

In fact, I’m certain the Magpies will get the job done.

Why? The Pies have displayed an unbelievable tenacity this season, a season which was supposed to again see them finish outside the top eight.

But Collingwood has not only defied those expectations, they destroyed them by finishing in the top four.

They boast a magnificent midfield led by their skipper, Scott Pendlebury, Steele Sidebottom and Adam Treloar … throw All-Australian ruckman Brodie Grundy in the mix and it’s all starting to make sense.

Jordan De Goey has been a standout all season, his form leading to a million dollar offer to join North Melbourne which was met with a "thanks but no thanks".

Collingwood’s American import Mason Cox had a terrific season … until September arrived.

Lean pickings in the first two weeks of the finals have cast a real doubt about his ability to strike when it matters, but with Mum and Dad in town, the big fella will have extra incentive to turn things around and make an impact.

"Let’s make Collingwood great again"?

In short, he must. There are no second chances now.

The query with Collingwood is their makeshift defence which has, so far, done the job, but you just wonder when it’ll eventually fall apart.

Tonight could very well be the night given the awesome goalkicking prowess of the Tigers.

Newman's emotional message

Again, it’s time to stand and deliver.

But there’s another factor which comes into play if Collingwood is to snatch victory and march on into the Grand Final.

The coach, Nathan Buckley.

It was little more than a year ago that Buckley was dead man walking, but, to the surprise of almost everyone, the board re-signed him.

To say that Buckley has seized his second chance would be an understatement.

Suddenly the bloke who 'can’t coach' can bloody coach!

Game plans aside, the players are playing for him. There’s a genuine 'love' in the air at Collingwood and players and coaching staff alike are thriving in the environment bred by success.

The ultimate football success might be only a week away and if Collingwood does get over the line tonight, they’d be more than capable of matching it with either West Coast or Melbourne.

Yes, I might be getting ahead of myself … just as I am wondering what to do with that little windfall tonight.

It’s probably just as well I’m not a gambling man.

I have nothing against the punt, per se, it’s just that I find it a frustrating way to watch sport.

So, it’s with some trepidation, and maybe stupidity, that tonight, ahead of the Richmond-Collingwood game … I’m loading up!

The Pies are still being quoted around a $3 chance to beat the reigning premiers.

Outright roughies.

Indeed everything, almost everything, points to a Tigers win tonight, but I’m not so sure.

In fact, I’m certain the Magpies will get the job done.

Why? The Pies have displayed an unbelievable tenacity this season, a season which was supposed to again see them finish outside the top eight.

But Collingwood has not only defied those expectations, they destroyed them by finishing in the top four.

They boast a magnificent midfield led by their skipper, Scott Pendlebury, Steele Sidebottom and Adam Treloar … throw All-Australian ruckman Brodie Grundy in the mix and it’s all starting to make sense.

Jordan De Goey has been a standout all season, his form leading to a million dollar offer to join North Melbourne which was met with a "thanks but no thanks".

Collingwood’s American import Mason Cox had a terrific season … until September arrived.

Lean pickings in the first two weeks of the finals have cast a real doubt about his ability to strike when it matters, but with Mum and Dad in town, the big fella will have extra incentive to turn things around and make an impact.

"Let’s make Collingwood great again"?

In short, he must. There are no second chances now.

The query with Collingwood is their makeshift defence which has, so far, done the job, but you just wonder when it’ll eventually fall apart.

Tonight could very well be the night given the awesome goalkicking prowess of the Tigers.

Newman's emotional message

Again, it’s time to stand and deliver.

But there’s another factor which comes into play if Collingwood is to snatch victory and march on into the Grand Final.

The coach, Nathan Buckley.

It was little more than a year ago that Buckley was dead man walking, but, to the surprise of almost everyone, the board re-signed him.

To say that Buckley has seized his second chance would be an understatement.

Suddenly the bloke who 'can’t coach' can bloody coach!

Game plans aside, the players are playing for him. There’s a genuine 'love' in the air at Collingwood and players and coaching staff alike are thriving in the environment bred by success.

The ultimate football success might be only a week away and if Collingwood does get over the line tonight, they’d be more than capable of matching it with either West Coast or Melbourne.

Yes, I might be getting ahead of myself … just as I am wondering what to do with that little windfall tonight.

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