Preview Sydney Swans vs Collingwood Sunday 14th August @SCG - The Birds of a Feather Knock Out Boogaloo

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Can you hear it? That’s the sound of a packed SCG on a Sunday afternoon.

Fair to say Collingwood have had a remarkable season so far, from 17th in 2021 to now sitting #2 on the ladder. Here are some of the things that got them there and what will make them a challenge come Sunday:

Corridor use: 6th Retention Rate: 3rd Turnover Rate: 3rd Points Diff: 3rd

Sydney has a better Points Differential being 2nd, and we love bringing it through the corridor, also 2nd.

Swans & Magpies play the corridor without fear, they understand the risks – and keep doing it anyway, this battle is going to be fascinating.

Swans will be looking to push Collingwood out to the wide wings of the SCG and keep them there. Round 22 and the Magpies have played 4 games out of Vic…hilarious.:eekv1:

Swans have to hold their nerve against Collingwood's pressure and not let it rattle us into a handball game when we want to use our kicking. If we can do that and stand firm we will win.

We can’t stand off the ball and let them dictate play like they’ve been allowed to do. Play our game, trust the system.

Interesting enough our respective clearance games measure poorly against the rest of the competition, yet its clear we’re both doing pretty well despite it. Note how the Magpies use their pressure game to generate intercepts and score from turnover.

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What’s clear is both teams have smart players who make good decisions under pressure, which is just as well because that mythical ‘pressure index’ is going to go nuclear on Sunday arvo at the SCG.

Forwards playing out of the middle: Hello Tom Papley and Jordan de Goey - how these two are used by their respective coaches could be match winning.

Swans come out hard in the first half and try to put games beyond dispute while Collingwood’s second halves have been their best. The trick for Sydney is to not take our foot off the pedal because we’re playing a team with real belief they can come from anywhere and win.

Oh, that sounds familiar says the Swans faithful.

I feel these teams have a lot in common, their self-belief that no margin is out of reach. The way each team attacks the corridor and use their attacks from defense to set up their further down the field- its all a bit spooky now much we’re both alike.

Except one plays in Sydney and is awesome while the other once had Eddie who we all still hate with a loathing passion. One is an elegant bird of loyalty and the other is lunatic.

After today’s game against North its clear Swans are still having trouble with centre bounces, if we continue to allow our opponents to waltz out of the middle like that we’re going to in serious trouble.

Selection Questions:

Aside from JPK doing his hamstring which changes our sub selection and whether Ladhams comes in for Hickey the Swans have too many issues. Logan McDonald kicked 2 goals and Amartey kicked 3.2 in VFL. We have options and unless someone has a niggle we don’t know about I’m predicting an unchanged team.

The Buddy Show: Averaging 2.5 goals a game. He’s 5th in Key Forwards score involvements with an average of 7.1 per game. The old fella isn’t doing too bad.


What happens next:

If we can take away their intercept marking by countering their pressure game, we can win this. A home final is on the line here and a home final is precious, especially in a year as close as this one.
 
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Collingwood play efficient, no bs football. Their ball use is similar to ours, its to gain metres and get the ball in a dangerous position. Neither team really chip it kick to kick sideways so this game will be pretty volatile when each team gets a run on.

Tipping a 5 point Sydney win
 

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Collingwood play efficient, no bs football. Their ball use is similar to ours, its to gain metres and get the ball in a dangerous position. Neither team really chip it kick to kick sideways so this game will be pretty volatile when each team gets a run on.

Tipping a 5 point Sydney win
I feel we could see some crazy momentum swings in this game.
 

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Will be a good test this game, see where we're at on the cusp of finals. Could possibly cross paths in the finals as well, who knows? Surely they can't keep getting away with winning by under 10 points every week, they'll beat us by more than that if we defend like we did today. :drunk::poo:

Swans by 16
 

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Collingwood haven't played a side that's run both ways in about 10 weeks. There is huge potential for us to completely shell-shock them this week if we defend like we did against Melbourne & Fremantle.
 

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Round 22 and the Magpies have played 4 games out of Vic…hilarious

Is that actually legit? wtf?

This comp is so skewed to big Victorian teams
Yeah.
Brisbane(L) Fremantle (W) Suns (W) Crows (W)
 

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Hit them hard and fast 6 goal first quarter.
That's all well and good, but we need to play hard into the 3rd and 4th quarter because that's where Collingwood make their move. We cannot afford to sit off the ball and defend a lead, we need to keep attacking right up to the end.
 

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Round 22 and the Magpies have played 4 games out of Vic…hilarious

Is that actually legit? wtf?

This comp is so skewed to big Victorian teams
Yeah you should really complain about fixtures.

Essendon, GWS Giants, North Melbourne, St Kilda, Western Bulldogs

That's who you play twice this year. None of them will likely play finals. This despite finishing 6th last year.
 

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So one thing concerns me is their small forward line (Elliot, Henry, Mihocek, De Gooey, Johnson) then the resting talls Cameron who has been in terrific form and Cox who can just become a contested marking machine.

McCartins and Rampe are going to have their hands full especially when the ball hits the ground.

Clarke to Nick Daicos?
 

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So one thing concerns me is their small forward line (Elliot, Henry, Mihocek, De Gooey, Johnson) then the resting talls Cameron who has been in terrific form and Cox who can just become a contested marking machine.

McCartins and Rampe are going to have their hands full especially when the ball hits the ground.

Clarke to Nick Daicos?
Our defence overall better be on fire next week. Fox and Rampe in particular to handle their small forwards because Paddy has the turning circle of the Titanic.
 

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Yeah you should really complain about fixtures.

Essendon, GWS Giants, North Melbourne, St Kilda, Western Bulldogs

That's who you play twice this year. None of them will likely play finals. This despite finishing 6th last year.

Bulldogs were in the GF?
Saints were expected to climb the ladder and be a finals team and still might be.

So not sure the point of your post.

Not talking about the quality of the teams you have barely left Victoria the whole bloody season LOL
 
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That's all well and good, but we need to play hard into the 3rd and 4th quarter because that's where Collingwood make their move. We cannot afford to sit off the ball and defend a lead, we need to keep attacking right up to the end.
The most impressive thing about their win over Melbourne was that they just kept coming. Bit like the movie "Zulu". Just wore them down in the end.
We need to be "on" from beginning to end.
 

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So one thing concerns me is their small forward line (Elliot, Henry, Mihocek, De Gooey, Johnson) then the resting talls Cameron who has been in terrific form and Cox who can just become a contested marking machine.

McCartins and Rampe are going to have their hands full especially when the ball hits the ground.

Clarke to Nick Daicos?

Clarke to Daicos and hitting marking targets required.

Think Aaron hall was too quick and strong for Clarke today - he's not your typical half back distributor that doesn't like contact. He used to be a midfielder?

I think Clarke will have a much better performance on Nick Daicos who's not as big, and probably not as quick as Hall.
 
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