Pies succumb

Inspired by my recent reintroduction to Old Master drawings I’ve tapped into the sense of exhaustion and defeat that Pies players must have felt post-game for this week’s illustration. Bring on the Blues and our first opportunity for redemption.

Tough loss

Well well well. That wasn’t very good. Collingwood were widely expected to dispose of the Bulldogs but the wouldn’t go quietly. The Pies were down for most of the match, almost snatched it with a burst at the end but in all honesty deserved exactly what they got. The only shining lights were Travis Cloke with six majors and the ever-excellent Scott Pendlebury. It seems high-top…

Quintessential June Footy

Winter has well and truly descended on Melbourne. These are the pivotal rounds of any AFL season and the Pies did  enough to overcome the Demons in a less than spectacular encounter. Holding Melbourne to just three goals was a great effort and Tyson Goldsack’s willingness to harass and harangue set the tone for those behind him to follow. I certainly would not enjoy…

Dot painting goal map

Under the roof at Etihad Stadium the Pies had a comfortable victory over St Kilda. Without a number of important players it was pleasing to see good performers across the ground. This weekend celebrate indigenous culture in the AFL and I wanted to give my own nod to this worthy endeavour. A record of all Collingwood’s 21 goals in dot painting style was a…

Little man. Big performance

Collingwood started promisingly against West Coast under a setting sun at the MCG but were soon trailing. And that’s where we stayed for much of the match. Important backmen going down didn’t help our cause but determined football did. All in all a very pleasing afternoon. I particularly enjoyed the work of little Jarryd Blair, whose firstname spelling and limb-to-torso proportions defy convention. With hustle…

Footy in front of the hill

Traditionally the home of cricket in the city of churches, this year has seen footy take over at the Adelaide Oval. Collingwood and Adelaide stepped out on Thursday night (thanks AFL for making me almost forget I had work the next day) and while it looked promising early for the Pies they were unable to sustain the effort. Beaten by the better team on…

Mother’s Day Collingwood style

The first of three truncated weekends of footy have arrived and the Pies take a rest. No excuse now for Collingwood fans not to visit their Mums for Mother’s Day. Here are some flowers you might like to pass on if your Mum is of the black and white persuasion.  

Sharp Witts

All was in readiness for a classic encounter on Friday night as Dale Thomas stepped out in navy blue against his former team. Unfortunately a classic it was not – unless you happen to be a Collingwood fan. The Pies dominated for three quarters before easy off in the last. A very youthful defensive unit where excellent and the big Witts threw his 208cm…

ANZAC day at the G

ANZAC day. Bright autumn sunshine. MCG. Collingwood and Essendon. Footy at its best. Essendon started strong and it was looking bleak for the Pies but a string of goals in the second quarter got us well and truly back in the match. From there Dane Swan emerged as Collingwood’s hero on this day. Some may say he’s a scraggly looking human being however his skill…

Collingwood cruise

Collingwood and North took to the G on Easter Saturday and while the Roos got the first of the match it was never really close from there. The Collingwood midfield dominated all day and it was inaccuracy alone that prevented this from becoming a rout. Travis Cloke’s impact waned in the second half but his first was vintage Trav. So much so that simply…