Collingwood report card

 

Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse talks to his players back in July.

 

2011 RECORD

Won 20 Draw 0 Lost 2: finished 1st

THE LIST

FINDS OF 2011

Alex Fasolo, Lachlan Keeffe, Luke Rounds, Ben Sinclair

TRADE POTENTIAL

Tyson Goldsack, Sharrod Wellingham, Alan Toovey

GOING, GOING

Brent Macaffer, Brad Dick

GONE

Leigh Brown

WHAT THEY NEED

With the retirement of Leigh Brown and the fitness queries of Darren Jolly, an established ruckman could be on the cards. Cameron Wood is running out of time to prove his worth after 58 AFL games. An outside pacy midfielder or two wouldn’t go astray either, and could make them an even better side.

COOPS’ VERDICT

Collingwood produced a near-perfect season in 2011, only to lose the Grand Final to Geelong, therefore robbing them of back-to-back premierships. Statistically, 2011 was one of Collingwood’s most successful home-and-away seasons. With the exception of their unbeaten season in 1929, they have never lost fewer than two games in a year, while their overall percentage sits in their top five of all time at 167%. They completely dominated most opponents and of their 20 wins all but one of them was by a margin of three goals or more. For much of the season,
they were the best team in it by a mile. Super seasons from the likes of Travis Cloke, Scott Pendlebury, Dale Thomas and Luke Ball were major boosts, while the recruitment of Chris Tarrant and Andrew Krakouer proved masterstrokes. The coaching handover agreement, which would see Mick Malthouse hand over the senior job to Nathan Buckley for 2012, became an obvious distraction and no doubt played on the minds of all involved. The betting scandal involving Heath Shaw and captain Nick Maxwell didn’t go down well, while Dayne Beams, Jarryd Blair, Brent Macaffer all failed to take the next step after making inroads in the 2010 premiership winning year. The form and injury concerns of Maxwell,
Darren Jolly and Alan Didak unsettled the side, but made way for the introduction of new players into the lineup. Expect Buckley to stamp his own regiment on the footy club, tweak the game plan and make changes in the lineup for 2012 in an attempt to rebound from the club’s 26th Grand Final defeat.

 

 

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