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I was recently lucky enough to speak with the man himself, Will Hoskin-Elliott. One of the nicest men you’ll find, we spoke about his time in Western Sydney, his journey before AFL football, coach Bucks, Collingwood, and what made this season a breakout year for him.
He told me that having his first ever full preseason in his AFL career was the most influential aspect to his footy that has made this season a standout for him.
He has played a big part in Collingwood’s success this year. Players like him who have been able to step up their games has made the biggest difference.

Will Hoskin-Elliott’s emergence from bit-player to key Collingwood pillar

This definitely can be a strategy Cam. The longer the game goes on, the more games will open up because players get fatigued and will be out of position towards the later stages of a game. By saving energy for the last quarter, the Tigers could be using this as a strategy for exploiting any structural problems that Collingwood might have in the last quarter due to fatigue. And it is likely that they use it as a strategy because the last time they met this season, a blow occurred in the last quarter with Richmond extending their margin by 32 points. You have brought up some great stats Peter the Scribe.

Can Collingwood blow the flag race wide open?

I think majority of fans have been impatient this season. The entertaining footy is now coming and we’re all loving it. The media took it to far earlier in the year and now it’s starting to change. Will those ones for ‘zones and starting positions’ change and beg the AFL and Steve Hocking to leave the game alone? Change is a broad question though because there should be change. That change is for ruck nomination.

State of the game? It's the state of the football media that's the problem

What an incredible win from the Gold Coast Suns. Out of character performances by both sides.

Suns shine in Sydney

That was not a free kick. Too soft. Defender got himself in a far better position and had more strength over the forward.

Essendon Bombers vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL highlights, live scores, blog

Lovely section you’ve written there Josh on Aliir and Majak. It is very true that we might not see something like that again. We should be grateful for what we saw today.

The other talking point from that game was the booing of Buddy Franklin. Really frustrates me as there’s no reason for it to happen. We should be applauding and/or getting excited when the player with 900 career goals gets the ball.

Seven hot takes from AFL Round 17

Waterman misses again. That’s three behinds for him. Spent a lot of time kicking for goal yesterday at West Coast’s session. I’d say I saw about 65% of his shots go in at that session.

Collingwood Magpies vs West Coast Eagles live scores, blog

That 50m penalty was clearly incorrect. Frustrating.

Collingwood Magpies vs West Coast Eagles live scores, blog

Mihocek killing it. The players that Collingwood has been able to produce over the last 2 years has been incredible. Credit goes to Bucks.

Collingwood Magpies vs West Coast Eagles live scores, blog

De Goey kicks a much needed goal. Moves around two Eagles very nicely then snaps. Amazing talent

Collingwood Magpies vs West Coast Eagles live scores, blog

Great pressure from Collingwood inside their fifty

Collingwood Magpies vs West Coast Eagles live scores, blog

He was practicing all sorts of trick shots at their training run yesterday.

Collingwood Magpies vs West Coast Eagles live scores, blog

Both should be ok

Collingwood Magpies vs West Coast Eagles live scores, blog

Moore and Pendles with sore fingers. Not good

Collingwood Magpies vs West Coast Eagles live scores, blog

Is Thomas the most underrated player in the AFL? He kicks his third goal, halfway through the second.

Collingwood Magpies vs West Coast Eagles live scores, blog

Crowd now heating up, cause of it

Collingwood Magpies vs West Coast Eagles live scores, blog

That is a joke. Should not have been a free kick against Grundy

Collingwood Magpies vs West Coast Eagles live scores, blog

Elliot Yeo caught holding the ball. Not having a good game. He was also tackled in the first but without penalty. Only 1 possession in the game

Collingwood Magpies vs West Coast Eagles live scores, blog

Getting in good positions though and finding the ball. That’s what matters for mine as he is still young and learning. A few more games and he’ll be able to handle all the pressure.

Collingwood Magpies vs West Coast Eagles live scores, blog

LeCras misses for goal. Watched him kicking yesterday for goal at their training. Didn’t look promising there as well

Collingwood Magpies vs West Coast Eagles live scores, blog

Mihocek and Sier have been very good as youngsters so far this game

Collingwood Magpies vs West Coast Eagles live scores, blog

Darcy Moore’s had a good start to the game after being out of the game with injury.

Collingwood Magpies vs West Coast Eagles live scores, blog

Collingwood moving the footy very well. The kicks inside are killing the Eagles. They’ll need to stop them.

Collingwood Magpies vs West Coast Eagles live scores, blog

Worried about Kennedy and Darling without Dunn. Pies better stop them

Collingwood Magpies vs West Coast Eagles live scores, blog

The players have learned the game style but they’ve also improved in playing it as they’ve played more games

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