Preview Round 9, 2019: Collingwood v St.Kilda - MCG, Saturday 18th May, 1:45PM AEST *Bruce 100th, Savage 150th, Young debut*

Who Wins?

  • Magpies

    Votes: 51 75.0%
  • Saints

    Votes: 17 25.0%

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Preview
Collingwood v St.Kilda






After two straight losses to Adelaide and GWS, the Saints put up a solid fight against last years premiers in the West Coast Eagles but couldn't come away with the win, losing their third successive game - this time by 18 points.

Collingwood were spooked by a rampaging Carlton who lead by 11 points 20 minutes into the final term, but the Blues capitulated in the dying stages of the game with the Magpies piling on five unanswered goals to run away with a 19 point victory.


Let’s have a look at possible best 22s:

St.Kilda Best 22
B:
Daniel McKenzie, Nathan Brown, Shane Savage
HB: Callum Wilkie, Josh Battle, Ben Paton
C: Ben Long, Sebastian Ross, Jack Newnes
HF: Jack Billings, Josh Bruce, Matthew Parker
F: Blake Acres, Tim Membrey, Jade Gresham
Foll: Rowan Marshall, Jack Steele, Jack Sinclair
I/C: Luke Dunstan, Dean Kent, Jimmy Webster, Ed Phillips

Collingwood Best 22
B:
Brayden Maynard, Jordan Roughead, Jeremy Howe
HB: Jack Crisp, Darcy Moore, Chris Mayne
C: Steele Sidebottom, Scott Pendlebury, Tom Phillips
HF: Josh Thomas, Ben Reid, Jamie Elliott
F: Jaidyn Stephenson, Brody Mihocek, Jordan De Goey
Foll: Brodie Grundy, Levi Greenwood, Adam Treloar
I/C: Tom Langdon, Callum L. Brown, Will Hoskin-Elliott, Rupert Wills



Medical Room




The Saints finally got through unscathed. Jade Gresham copped a nasty blow to his hip midway through the third quarter, but soldiered on and played out the game.

As for Collingwood, Chris Mayne was accidentally kicked in the head by a team-mate in the third quarter and was motionless on the ground before receiving medical attention. He walked off the field and didn't return due to concussion concerns. Josh Thomas limped from the field with an ankle issue in the final term.



Preview




St.Kilda couldn't get back onto the winners list on Saturday night, after matching it with the reigning premiers for much of the game, a 10 minute period late in the third quarter blew the game open, with the Eagles holding off the Saints in the final term to run away with an 18 point victory. It is the Saints third successive loss, and squares their season ledger at 4-4 heading into Saturday afternoon's contest at the MCG.

In a disappointing night for the Saints, key forward Josh Bruce was back to some good form, hauling in 10 marks (7 contested) to go with his 15 disposals and a goal to be voted as the Saints best on the night.


Other notable performances included Seb Ross (31 disposals, 5 marks), Luke Dunstan (26 disposals, 4 marks & 5 tackles) and key defender Josh Battle (21 disposals, 9 marks & 4 tackles).

Collingwood have been in great form all year, continuing on from their 2nd place finish the year before. With only two losses for the season (Geelong & West Coast), the Magpies were full of confidence heading into their Saturday afternoon match-up with fierce rivals Carlton, and were looking to solidify their place within the top four.

It was a closely contested game throughout, the Blues leading by 11 points late in the second quarter before Collingwood kicked two quick goals to level scores at halftime. And again, late in the fourth quarter Carlton got out to another 11 point lead before being reeled back in by the class of the Magpies who kicked five unanswered goals late to run away with their sixth win of the season.

Collingwood's midfield is arguably the best in the league right now and surely will be credited for the reason they won the game. Steele Sidebottom (34 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles), Adam Treloar (34 possessions, 3 marks, 4 tackles and a goal) and skipper Scott Pendlebury (26 disposals, 5 tackles) led the way for last years Grand Finalists, however premiere ruckman Brodie Grundy had another incredible performance, voted Collingwood's best on the day to finish with 48 hit-outs to go along with 25 disposals, 8 marks and 2 goals.




Potential changes



St.Kilda's Jonathon Marsh could make his return to face his former side after his 26 disposal, 13 mark performance against Collingwood in the VFL on Sunday.

Other notable inclusions could be Brandon White (24 disposals, 11 marks) and Nick Hind (19 possessions).



Key Match-Ups



Brodie Grundy
If Grundy's credentials weren't already impressive to begin with, on Sunday the Collingwood ruckman became the second man in VFL/AFL history to have 25+ disposals, 45+ hit-outs and 2+ goals in a game. John Nicholls is the other. Grundy has shown what a huge part he plays in Collingwood's team, and the jobs don't get easier for up and coming St.Kilda ruck Rowan Marshall. If Marshall can make Grundy accountable in general play it'll go a huge way to winning the game.

Jordan De Goey
Last time the Saints played the Magpies (Round 9, 2018) Jordan De Goey was the difference - booting six goals from 13 disposals and 6 marks to be adjudged best on ground. With an inexperienced back six, limiting De Goey's influence in front of the sticks will be pivotal to the outcome.



Tip




Collingwood are in great form and the Saints simply just have to get through this tough three week stretch of games unscathed. I will say that the Saints do play the MCG quite well, however I think Collingwood's quality in the midfield and their dangerousness up forward will be too much. Luckily for the Saints, they have a much easier second half of the season with plenty of winnable games, so whilst it'd be nice to win, we have to pick our battles and I just think this one may be too far out of reach.



Magpies by 28 points.

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IMO we never properly compensated for the loss of Lonie's forward pressure. Or some of those ground balls he seemed to keep alive for us.

Also, is it time to see if Joyce can do some of what Battle is doing and get Battle forward. As whatever is happening down there is definitely not working.
 
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IMO we never properly compensated for the loss of Lonie's forward pressure. Or some of those ground balls he seemed to keep alive for us.

Also, is it time to see if Joyce can do some of what Battle is doing and get Battle forward. As whatever is happening down there is definitely not working.
Fwd pressure has dropped without Lonie for sure
 
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Every now and then in the AFL an underdog gets up. I have confidence that this will occur this coming weekend. [Not saying that the Saints will be the underdogs that get up though!]
 

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Can't wait till 5pm Saturday so we can start to look forward to a more friendly stretch.

Injuries have found us out and proved we have depth but we aren't good enough yet to challenge the best when we are undermanned.

As for next week...
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On the plus side at least I'll be drrinking copious amounts of beer in the members so that'll lessen the impact of what's coming
 

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Unfortunately probably only one change - unless Patton gets the axe for his wobbly decision making under pressure.

If Long plays after that garbage then Richo needs to go immediately.

Rice would be a good in - or perhaps Hind.
You dont seriously think Rice is a pressure forward do you
 

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3 in next week
in - Marsh , White , Hunter
out - Brown , Long , Paton

Brown stays in if the big Yank plays , if not Marsh plays
Paton just unlucky
Long 3 touches against WCE

McKenzie - Marsh - Webster
Wilkie - Battle - White
Billings - Dunstan - Newnes
Kent - Bruce - Savage
Gresham - Membery - Parker

Marshall - Ross - Steele

Hunter / Phillips / Sinclair / Acres
 
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