White in the Black & White

Days of near constant rain abated for Collingwood and the Tigers to take the the MCG. The surface was still slick however. Clean hands and clear minds were needed and Jesse White had both for the Pies. The ex-Sydney man was strong in the contest and kicked three key goals. Twas a performance worthy of an illustration and thus…  

High mark in solid colour

Collingwood went down the the Cats last night in a tight, dogged affair. Jamie Elliott almost singlehandedly secured a victory but not quite. Instead he had to settle for five clinical goals and a worthy contender for mark of the year. Continuing my greater stylistic experimentation with my Collingwood Cartoons this season I thought some solid colours might be fun to play with.  

Homage to the spoil

Nick Maxwell celebrated 200 games in the black and white on Saturday as part of a tremendous victory. Personally I’ve always felt that Nick Maxwell resembles the evil neighbour from Toy Story but that’s rather immaterial. The important thing is that his contribution to the club be acknowledged. Congrats and here’s hoping for more double-fisted spoils to come.

Collingwood-less AFL weekend

The AFL in their infinite wisdom decided it would be a great idea to spread Round 1 over two weekends. Seeing the Pies are off this weekend I thought it was time to look forward with optimism and hope that the players are gearing up for a better performance in Sydney.

First Collingwood illustration for 2014

Tough start to the season for the Pies. On a positive note, I’ll be doing illustrations for the Club again this year and will get the chance to experiment with some new styles. Hope you like this first one for the year featuring Tom Langdon, a young man with a bright future in the black and white.

It’s all over all over again

Another Collingwood season comes to an end. We went into Saturday night’s match anticipating a victory but came away with nothing but a lesson. Simply, we must improve our ball use. Too many times this year good play has been undone with sloppy disposal and in the end it cost us. Port are undoubtedly an improved outfit from last year but our talent warranted…

Selection dilemmas

It was the game that almost didn’t exist. Collingwood and North Melbourne made their way onto the MCG Sunday afternoon for what became a training park frolic. Zero tackling pressure, zero desire to win the hard ball and complete focus on remaining injury free. The Kangaroos had a minuscule reason to try – pride – and so they eventually came out on top. Directly…

Decision time

Sometimes you can just tell after five minutes what the end result will be. Friday night was one such occasion as Collingwood stormed out of the blocks, blew a hapless West Coast away and had the game well and truly won my quarter time. Some of the youngest Magpies in the tiding/gulp/tittering/charm (yes I did look up the collective noun) were outstanding but the…

Missed targets can be costly

The Pies have been mighty impressive in the last two weeks. Fierce tackling and an elevated intensity for the contest brought two fine wins chalked up. Friday night was not an entirely different kettle of fish. Up against a very tough opponent in blustery conditions we were far from terrible. Hawthorn had some elite personnel return and their midfield workhorses were on fire. Collingwood’s fab…

Beware the fearsome black and white samurai

Coming off a comprehensive victory over the old enemy – one of them at least – the Pies travelled to Sydney for another formidable assignment. Things weren’t looking good half way through the first as it seemed Sydney might run away with it. However through hard, diligent work Collingwood kicked a couple and got back in the contest. From there, our gut running and…