Collingwood mid-season report card


The danger with winning regularly despite not firing on all cylinders is that weaknesses can be overlooked. The Pies kept notching wins even though they were playing patchy football. Rejoining Collingwood’s midfield, Dayne Beams has been largely unable to capture his best form, even though he is averaging 25 disposals across nine games. But after a quiet showing in the round 11 loss to Fremantle, his spot in the Pies’ 22 was coming under question, a point coach Nathan Buckley acknowledged publicly. Ultimately that became a moot point, because Beams now faces an uphill battle to play again at senior level this year, sidelined for three months with a hip injury. While the Pies’ injuries haven’t been anywhere near as damaging as those of Richmond, and Collingwood’s injury list hasn’t been as long as that of freefalling Melbourne, there have still been enough issues to keep Pies’ fans concerned. Jamie Elliott played seven of the first eight games, kicking 12 goals as he issued a reminder of his quality, but has since been sidelined with a hamstring issue. Chris Mayne, Darcy Moore, Mason Cox, De Goey, Hoskin-Elliott and Taylor Adams have also missed games because of fitness, while star big man Brodie Grundy has battled manfully despite ankle and neck concerns. Backman Tom Langdon is also a few weeks away from returning from a knee injury. Then there is 34-year-old Daniel Wells, who kicked three goals against Sydney in round 10 in what was his first senior game in 12 months, only to hurt his knee. The injury-prone veteran is no guarantee to play again this year, and it is feared we may have seen the last of him at AFL level. Lynden Dunn also tore his ACL again, leaving the defender’s future in doubt too.

Daniel Wells of the Magpies celebrates but it was fleeting

WHO’S JUMPED UP?

The Pies’ defence was ravaged last year and all things considered stood up manfully, although ultimately the absence of several tall defenders may have cost them on grand final day. Those issues have been largely alleviated this year, on the back of two important inclusions. There were few doubts about Darcy Moore’s quality, just of his durability. But the father-son recruit has played 10 of 12 senior games to date and performed well enough to be mentioned in All-Australian discussions. His intercept marking has been a highlight, and could ultimately prove telling come September. Then there is the less-fashionable Jordan Roughead, acquired cheaply last October from the Western Bulldogs. Roughead was a premiership ruckman but it’s been his work deep in defence that has served the Pies well, with the former Dog able to play a nullifying role and allow the Pies’ intercepting backmen to thrive. Collingwood haven’t yet blooded any of their 2018 draftees, with Isaac Quaynor made to bide his time despite solid VFL form, however Callum Brown has continued his emergence, playing 10 senior games and standing up at key moments.

Callum Brown

Callum BrownCredit:AAP

Taylor Adams (groin) – test

Flynn Appleby (ankle) – test

Dayne Beams (hip) – 11-15 weeks

Lynden Dunn (knee) – season

Jamie Elliott (hamstring) – test

Brodie Grundy (ankle) – TBC

Will Kelly (leg) – 5-8 weeks

Tom Langdon (knee) – 3 weeks

Nathan Murphy (ankle) – indefinite

Sam Murray (provisional ASADA suspension) – TBC

Daniel Wells (knee) – 11 weeks

THE RUN HOME

Round 13 – Bye
Round 14 v Western Bulldogs (Marvel Stadium)
Round 15 v North Melbourne (Marvel)
Round 16 v Hawthorn (MCG)
Round 17 v West Coast (Optus Stadium)
Round 18 v Greater Western Sydney (Giants Stadium)
Round 19 v Richmond (MCG)
Round 20 v Gold Coast (MCG)
Round 21 v Melbourne (MCG)
Round 22 v Adelaide (Adelaide Oval)
Round 23 v Essendon (MCG)



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