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I tried to complete a sports media degree but I found the classes to be too boring. Aussie Rules is the great game, but I'll gladly watch just about any sport.

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Very true, Chief. The article was starting to get a little long, so I didn’t go into any detail about the chances of GWS ameliorating their issues with player retention. Brisbane had similar issues a few years back, which they seem to have overcome by recruiting players who they believed they could retain long-term. Back to back top 2 finishes certainly help, of course.

Perryman, Cumming, Hopper, Himmelberg, Green and Flynn are all ‘local’ GWS academy products. They are more likely to stick around than your VIC and metro born high draft picks. Taranto or Ash may be poachable, but the majority of these types have already left the building.

Apart from Josh Kelly – who is arguably overrated anyway – there’s nobody on the list who is out of contract with suitors lining up. You’d think that GWS have less salary cap pressure than in recent years as well. Further, players (hopefully) won’t have a reapeat of the lifestyle difficulties and ‘homesickness’ experienced last year in the hub. So, if they make finals again, I think there’s a good chance they can hang on to almost all of their young talent.

The Giants aren't as broken as we thought

My tip is a run fest – I think the Strikers will win by chasing down 200+.

Adelaide Strikers vs Hobart Hurricanes Highlights: Big Bash League cricket scores, blog

From watching their games it seems that the areas letting Geelong down are a lack of collective defensive pressure from their forwards and a lack of a leg speed in transitioning the ball out of defence. Whilst I was very impressed by Lincoln McCarthy (who could almost be regarded as a first year player), I don’t recall Motlop, Kersten, Menzel or Lang making a lot of tackles. Jimmy Bartel seemed to have a better crack as an elder statesman. Cory Gregson averaged 4.5 tackles a game this season, so I’d be getting him back in the team.

My second point is less of a concern as during the majority of our games our kicking out of defence seemed to work pretty well. However, when opposed to teams who would drop a spare man behind the ball and negate long kicks forward, we seem to really struggle in transition to offence – who is breaking the line and carrying through the middle part of the ground?

So to me it seems that the areas in which we need to improve personnel are forwards who can contribute going both ways (how impressive has Clay Smith been???) and defenders (or wingmen) who can provide a bit of leg speed.

In terms of improving what we already have, I think Jed Bews is under-rated and looks like he could develop further as a rebounding threat. The return of Thurlow may also be helpful in this regard. In terms of forwards, hopefully Gregson and Lang can continue to improve their defensive pressure as their aerobic capacity increases.

However, ideally, we might be able to do an old school player swap where we address one of our needs without losing a player who is genuinely key to our structure. The question is, then, who is available that addresses either of these needs? I’m not sure there are many players unfortunately.

Chris Mayne provides good defensive pressure, but seems to have lost the ability to kick multiple goals. Mayne for Kersten? Could Boomer provide some dash on the wing and also chip in with a couple of goals? Will Hoskin-Elliott?

In terms of defensive rebound we could possibly try David Mackay if he was delisted? Rebounding defenders are very much in demand, so there isn’t really anyone who is actually that good who will be available.

In saying that, Dangerfield and Selwood generally covered up all our problems pretty well. However, if we want more midfield depth via trading I’d be looking at either Wells or Michael Barlow. I don’t know what Ross is thinking there.

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Ordinary start from Hayne…

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That’s all from me tonight folks – thanks for joining the Roar this evening!

Collingwood Magpies vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL highlights, live scores, blog

MRP Round 14 Votes

I don’t really want to give anyone votes tonight, but here goes!

3: Adam Treloar – Made 7 tackles, and did well to gather 33 touches. Although his disposal was sloppy on a number of occasions, Treloar was the most influential player in this match.
2: Scott Pendlebury – Had 26 touches, and was very clean with the ball in tricky conditions.
1: Brayden Maynard – 22 touches, 12 marks and 6 tackles, he had a strong game in the wet.

Walters and Barlow were probably Fremantle’s best players.

Collingwood Magpies vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL highlights, live scores, blog

Goals

Collingwood: Cox 2, Cloke 2, White 2, Aish, Smith, De Goey, Treloar, Phillips, Greenwood
Fremantle: Ballantyne 2, Pavlich 2, Walters

Disposals

Collingwood: Treloar 33, Pendlebury 26, Smith 25, Sidebottom 25
Fremantle: Barlow 31, Walters 28, Neale 27, Hill 25

And that ends a dour affair.

Collingwood Magpies vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL highlights, live scores, blog

Collingwood win convincingly tonight in a scrappy contest. They play Carlton next week in what should be an exciting match at the G. Fremantle have a week off, before travelling to the Northern Territory to face the Demons in Round 15.

Collingwood Magpies vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL highlights, live scores, blog

FULL TIME
Collingwood 12.13 (85)
Fremantle 5.7 (37)

Collingwood Magpies vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL highlights, live scores, blog

Behind – Collingwood

Tom Phillips tries a drop punt from the boundary line but hits the post.

Collingwood 12.13 (85)
Fremantle 5.7 (37)
Q4 00:28

Collingwood Magpies vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL highlights, live scores, blog

Goal – Fremantle

Ballantyne takes a mark on the lead. He goes back and kicks the set shot from 50m.

Collingwood 12.12 (84)
Fremantle 5.7 (37)
Q4 3:15

Collingwood Magpies vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL highlights, live scores, blog

Attendance for the match recorded at 20,320. Collingwood’s smallest crowd at the MCG since 1940, apparently.

Collingwood Magpies vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL highlights, live scores, blog

Good luck!

Collingwood Magpies vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL highlights, live scores, blog

Mason Cox with a backheel nutmeg. One for the round ball enthusiasts!

Collingwood Magpies vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL highlights, live scores, blog

Goal – Collingwood

James Aish takes a chest mark 40m out. He goes back and kicks the goal. Collingwood are dominating the last quarter here.

Collingwood 12.12 (84)
Fremantle 4.6 (30)
Q4 6:33

Collingwood Magpies vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL highlights, live scores, blog

Goal – Collingwood

Travis Cloke takes a mark on the lead just inside the boundary line. Goes back from 50m and nails the set shot! The crowd roars – the highlight of the game so far.

Collingwood 11.12 (78)
Fremantle 4.6 (30)
Q4 9:47

Collingwood Magpies vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL highlights, live scores, blog

Goal – Collingwood

Mason Cox clunks a strong contested mark on centre wing. Collingwood go inside 50 and the ball spills out to Josh Smith. He dribbles through from 30m out for an easy goal.

Collingwood 10.11 (71)
Fremantle 4.6 (30)
Q4 11:52

Collingwood Magpies vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL highlights, live scores, blog

Goal – Collingwood

After Collingwood win the clearance, Jesse White takes a mark on his chest after a good kick to advantage. Goes back and drills the set shot from 25 metres as the rain falls at the MCG. Collingwood will win tonight.

Collingwood 9.11 (65)
Fremantle 4.6 (30)
Q4 13:36

Collingwood Magpies vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL highlights, live scores, blog

Goal – Collingwood

Adam Treloar takes a mark inside 50 after Collingwood break through the corridor (for once). Goes back and nails the set shot. Fremantle look done here.

Collingwood 8.11 (59)
Fremantle 4.6 (30)
Q4 14:22

Collingwood Magpies vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL highlights, live scores, blog

Behind – Collingwood

Matt Taberner clunks a mark just inside 50 but his kick fails to make the distance. Collingwood go up the other end but Tom Phillips hooks his shot under pressure.

Collingwood 7.11 (53)
Fremantle 4.6 (30)
Q4 16”

Collingwood Magpies vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL highlights, live scores, blog

Goal– Fremantle

After a sustained period of territorial advantage, Pavlich crumbs a boundary throw-in and snaps a goal. Fremantle still alive!

Collingwood 7.10 (52)
Fremantle 4.6 (30)
Q4 17:52

Collingwood Magpies vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL highlights, live scores, blog

Behind – Fremantle

Fremantle win the first clearance of the quarter and kick deep inside 50. Pavlich wins a holding the ball free kick for a tackle on Ben Reid, but hooks his snap from a tight angle.

Collingwood 7.10 (52)
Fremantle 3.6 (24)
Q4 19′

Collingwood Magpies vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL highlights, live scores, blog

We’re about to get back underway for the final quarter. Whilst a Fremantle victory is not beyond the realms of possibility, they’ll probably need to kick 6 goals to win. They’ve scored 3 in three quarters so far.

Collingwood Magpies vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL highlights, live scores, blog

THREE QUARTER TIME
Collingwood 7.10 (52)
Fremantle 3.5 (23)

Goals

Collingwood: Cox 2, White, De Goey, Phillips, Greenwood, Cloke
Fremantle: Ballantyne, Walters

Disposals

Collingwood: Treloar 25, Smith 21
Fremantle: Barlow 24, Walters 22

Collingwood Magpies vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL highlights, live scores, blog

This game has been very scrappy. Fremantle lifted in that quarter, but the overall quality was pretty low from both sides. Only the one goal scored.

Collingwood Magpies vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL highlights, live scores, blog

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