Our Collingwood pick is entirely dependant on how the Pies do come finals.I imagine Stephenson being out for 10 weeks won't do us any harm...
Or a developing cover up that brings the game into disrepute and they lose all of their premiership points and banned from choosing in the first round of the draft (so we get 1 and they don't get to use our whatever) ...Our Collingwood pick is entirely dependant on how the Pies do come finals.
Now Stephenson being out might effect a couple of results, or possibly their path to the GF. But if the Pies are as good as what most of the media say, we'll need some (not so serious) injuries to key players to effect their finals campaign.
You're technically correct, but changes the narrative substantially.Top 4 or not top 4 has little bearing on the pick.
It’s purely where the finish come finals.
Regardless of the Pies portion if we make the finals the GC trade is a win for us. Say we finish with pick 12-14 going to GC, we'll get back pick 19/20 from them as I can't see them escaping the bottom 2 to go with pick 18/19 from last year which was the sweetener for Neale. That's a win regardless of where the Pies pick ends up.Dream scenario (well, dream scenario with at least a slight chance of occurring). Pies finish 5th. We finish 6th. Pies draw one of Freo, Essendon, or after yesterday, even North. Very unpredictable teams who have shown an ability to turn it on when needed. Pies lose. We win.
I was pretty critical of us trading away our 1st pick, and ending up with a Pies pick instead. That was based on the assumption that we'd give up pick 6-7 and get pick 15-16. How much would I love to eat my hat on that criticism. We make the finals, those trades look decent. We end up surpassing the Pies, those trades are freaking amazing.
Dayne Beams bets his entire estate on a Pies win, bankrupts himself.Pies to finish third play WC away, lose. A number of their players have mild injuries to hamstrings, quad, calf etc. Lose in the elimination final. Simple