The footy season is finally back! Collingwood and Fremantle kick-off what is going to be a huge 2014 AFL Season in front of an expected bumper crowd at Etihad Stadium. The Pies had an indifferent NAB Challenge campaign, fighting out a high-pressure contest with Geelong to lose by under a goal, before falling short to Richmond in Wangaratta by 48 points. In a practice match against the Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium, they trailed by 47 points at half time, before storming home to win by 14 points.
The Dockers continued a recent trend of not setting the world on fire in the pre-season competition, losing to West Coast first up by 84 points, before notching a win over the Bulldogs a week later at Etihad Stadium. A practice game again against the Eagles yielded another loss, albeit by a much smaller margin.