JavaScript disabled. Please enable JavaScript to use My News, My Clippings, My Comments and user settings.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.



Harder Swans brought Pies unstuck

Date

Teams will have to work hard to beat Sydney.

Glory days: Kieren Jack celebrates a goal against Collingwood earlier this year.

Glory days: Kieren Jack celebrates a goal against Collingwood earlier this year.

In an era in which it's hard for teams to string together any number of wins, let alone against the same opponent, Collingwood's six-year winning streak over Sydney was one of the game's most significant.

The Magpies owned the Swans from midway through the 2006 season until late last year, notching up 11 wins on the trot, no fewer than seven of them on Sydney's second home, ANZ Stadium.

Like all good things, though, it finally came to an end - and at the worst possible moment - in last year's preliminary final.

And while Sydney's run over the Pies amounts to only two, it has been the manner of those victories that have made it clear it is Collingwood which now has to do some catching up.

While Sydney loves the hard ball, it's been the Swans' hard running that has brought the Magpies unstuck.

In last year's preliminary final, it was the usual midfield suspects such as Dan Hannebery, Ryan O'Keefe, Josh Kennedy and Kieren Jack doing the damage, but also outside runner Lewis Jetta, whose bursts from a wing and three goals made the biggest difference.

In round nine this year, Hannebery and Jack again held the midfield together, the damaging run this time provided off half-back by Nick Malceski and Jarrad McVeigh.

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley knows how significantly the goalposts have shifted when it comes to taking on the Swans, and that the defensive pressure and run which the Magpies managed to generate against Essendon last weekend will have to be ramped up to another level again on Saturday night.

"They're still a high-stoppage side, but they love that rebound from the back half in particular and their power running through midfield is definitely a strength of theirs, so that's the challenge for us," Buckley said on Wednesday.

"They taught us a lesson in round nine. It was their hard two-way running; they were really clean with the ball when they had it, and pressured us really well when we had it, so it was comprehensive. It was a lesson to us. We believe we've improved on that, and we get to test it."

For Collingwood, having Dayne Beams back in the midfield mix and Luke Ball beginning to recapture his best has brought much-needed relief to the load carried by Scott Pendlebury and Dane Swan all season.

But even so, Buckley knows his side will be stretched to its limits in terms of midfield numbers and work-rate, given the form of the Sydney on-ballers, not the least co-captain Jack, who shone again last Sunday against the Bulldogs with 30 disposals and two goals.

"I think he's probably the poster boy for the self-made player," Buckley said. "He came into the game with a level of talent probably mid-range, I reckon, if you really want to be honest about it, and what he's been able to do is create an extremely damaging, hard-working footballer who is now hitting the scoreboard.

"His hard run, up and back, is extraordinary, he's laying tackles at a rate of seven a game, so he's tipping into all areas of the game. He's just a really strong athlete who has found a way to maximise his talent in the game and become one of the better midfielders, all down to his ability to work and push himself and continually improve."

And in Collingwood's bid to wrest back the advantage from an opponent now with the ascendancy, you sense that for an example of what will be required on Saturday, the Sydney co-captain might temporarily become the Magpie coach's poster boy as well.

7 comments so far

  • Rohan, two weeks ago you had the swans finishing fifth. On the weekend you stated that the Swans don't have the skill to go with Hawthorn or Geelong. Now you're claiming that the Swans are going to be hard to beat. My wife changes her mind less often......and she too has super powers in hindsight.

    Commenter
    Damo2
    Location
    Malvern east
    Date and time
    August 08, 2013, 10:02AM
    • Rohan,fair dinkum mate ,if Sydney roll the pies this weekend I will bare my backside is Bourne street. All your points are based on Sydney playing another top team but no team,,repeat NO TEAM. Can play another you liner with so many injured and expect to win,reality tells you it isn't about to happen,ill ask you this,where would the other teams be if Sydney lost so many top liners yet still can beat the others? It would be a one horse race wouldn't it,and it just dont happen,,pies by 33 points,guaranteed mate.

      Commenter
      Jocko
      Location
      Sth Morang
      Date and time
      August 09, 2013, 12:49AM
      • I hope you're right about the result but I don't think so.

        Commenter
        Christos
        Date and time
        August 09, 2013, 10:37PM
      • 33 points? when was the last time Sydney lost by 33??

        Dreamer mate

        I take it you mean Bourke Street, photos or it didn't happen ... hope you shave down for it ..

        Commenter
        fuco
        Date and time
        August 10, 2013, 2:25PM
    • is 29 ok?

      Commenter
      done
      Date and time
      August 11, 2013, 9:10AM
      • Can anybody tell me why the AFL are in "Talks" with the Bumblers over the punishment?

        Why are the AFL not standing up as the LEADER and saying
        "This is your punishment - Case Closed"

        Commenter
        Davo
        Location
        Langers
        Date and time
        August 12, 2013, 10:25AM
        • Jocko, great call, almost exactly spot on with the result too. You can do my footy tips any time....
          Rohan needs to lift his game!

          Commenter
          Go Pies!!
          Date and time
          August 12, 2013, 1:17PM

          Make a comment

          You are logged in as [Logout]

          All information entered below may be published.

          Error: Please enter your screen name.

          Error: Your Screen Name must be less than 255 characters.

          Error: Your Location must be less than 255 characters.

          Error: Please enter your comment.

          Error: Your Message must be less than 300 words.

          Post to

          You need to have read and accepted the Conditions of Use.

          Thank you

          Your comment has been submitted for approval.

          Comments are moderated and are generally published if they are on-topic and not abusive.

          HuffPost Australia

          AFL 2016

          Round 1
          Thu, 24 MarTimes shown AEDT
          RIC vs CAR 19:20MCG
          Sat, 26 MarTimes shown AEDT
          MEL vs GWS 13:40MCG
          GCF vs ESS 16:35MS
          NTH vs ADE 19:25ES
          SYD vs COL 19:25ANZ
          Sun, 27 MarTimes shown AEDT
          WBU vs FRE 13:10ES
          PTA vs STK 15:20Adelaide Oval
          WCE vs BRI 19:40Domain Stadium
          Mon, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
          GEE vs HAW 15:20MCG
          View All Fixtures
          Round 2
          Fri, 01 AprTimes shown AEDT
          COL vs RIC 19:50MCG
          Sat, 02 AprTimes shown AEDT
          ADE vs PTA 13:45Adelaide Oval
          ESS vs MEL 14:10MCG
          BRI vs NTH 16:35G
          STK vs WBU 19:25ES
          FRE vs GCF 19:40Domain Stadium
          Sun, 03 AprTimes shown AEST
          GWS vs GEE 13:10SO
          HAW vs WCE 15:20MCG
          CAR vs SYD 16:40ES
          View All Fixtures
          Round 3
          Fri, 08 AprTimes shown AEST
          PTA vs ESS 19:50Adelaide Oval
          Sat, 09 AprTimes shown AEST
          STK vs COL 13:45MCG
          RIC vs ADE 14:10ES
          SYD vs GWS 16:35SCG
          GCF vs CAR 19:25MS
          WCE vs FRE 19:40Domain Stadium
          Sun, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
          NTH vs MEL 13:10BA
          WBU vs HAW 15:20ES
          GEE vs BRI 16:40SS
          View All Fixtures
          Round 4
          Fri, 15 AprTimes shown AEST
          WCE vs RIC 20:10Domain Stadium
          Sat, 16 AprTimes shown AEST
          ESS vs GEE 13:45MCG
          HAW vs STK 14:10AS
          BRI vs GCF 16:35G
          CAR vs WBU 19:25ES
          ADE vs SYD 19:40Adelaide Oval
          Sun, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
          GWS vs PTA 13:10SO
          COL vs MEL 15:20MCG
          NTH vs FRE 16:40ES
          View All Fixtures
          Round 5
          Fri, 22 AprTimes shown AEST
          HAW vs ADE 19:50MCG
          Sat, 23 AprTimes shown AEST
          SYD vs WCE 13:40SCG
          GCF vs NTH 16:35MS
          WBU vs BRI 19:25ES
          PTA vs GEE 19:40Adelaide Oval
          Sun, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
          STK vs GWS 13:10ES
          FRE vs CAR 16:10Domain Stadium
          MEL vs RIC 19:10MCG
          Mon, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
          COL vs ESS 15:20MCG
          View All Fixtures
          Round 6
          Fri, 29 AprTimes shown AEST
          NTH vs WBU 19:50ES
          Sat, 30 AprTimes shown AEST
          MEL vs STK 13:45ES
          ADE vs FRE 14:10Adelaide Oval
          GWS vs HAW 16:35Spotless Stadium
          RIC vs PTA 19:25MCG
          GEE vs GCF 19:25SS
          Sun, 01 MayTimes shown AEST
          BRI vs SYD 13:10G
          CAR vs ESS 15:20MCG
          WCE vs COL 16:40Domain Stadium
          View All Fixtures
          Round 7
          Fri, 06 MayTimes shown AEST
          RIC vs HAW 19:50MCG
          Sat, 07 MayTimes shown AEST
          COL vs CAR 13:45MCG
          GEE vs WCE 14:10SS
          SYD vs ESS 16:35ANZ
          GCF vs MEL 17:10MS
          WBU vs ADE 19:40ES
          FRE vs GWS 20:10Domain Stadium
          Sun, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
          STK vs NTH 15:20ES
          PTA vs BRI 16:40Adelaide Oval
          View All Fixtures
          Round 8
          Fri, 13 MayTimes shown AEST
          ADE vs GEE 19:50Adelaide Oval
          Sat, 14 MayTimes shown AEST
          ESS vs NTH 13:45ES
          HAW vs FRE 14:10AS
          GWS vs GCF 16:35Spotless Stadium
          BRI vs COL 19:25G
          RIC vs SYD 19:25MCG
          Sun, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
          CAR vs PTA 13:10ES
          MEL vs WBU 15:20MCG
          WCE vs STK 16:40Domain Stadium
          View All Fixtures
          Round 9
          Fri, 20 MayTimes shown AEST
          HAW vs SYD 19:50MCG
          Sat, 21 MayTimes shown AEST
          COL vs GEE 13:45MCG
          GCF vs ADE 14:10MS
          PTA vs WCE 16:35Adelaide Oval
          NTH vs CAR 19:25ES
          FRE vs RIC 19:40Domain Stadium
          Sun, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
          MEL vs BRI 13:10MCG
          GWS vs WBU 15:20Spotless Stadium
          STK vs ESS 16:40ES
          View All Fixtures
          Round 10
          Fri, 27 MayTimes shown AEST
          SYD vs NTH 19:50SCG
          Sat, 28 MayTimes shown AEST
          BRI vs HAW 13:45G
          MEL vs PTA 14:10TIO Traeger Park
          STK vs FRE 16:35ES
          ESS vs RIC 19:25MCG
          ADE vs GWS 19:40Adelaide Oval
          Sun, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
          CAR vs GEE 13:10ES
          COL vs WBU 15:20MCG
          WCE vs GCF 16:40Domain Stadium
          View All Fixtures
          Round 11
          Fri, 03 JunTimes shown AEST
          NTH vs RIC 19:50BA
          Sat, 04 JunTimes shown AEST
          HAW vs MEL 13:45MCG
          CAR vs BRI 14:10ES
          GEE vs GWS 16:35SS
          GCF vs SYD 19:25MS
          FRE vs ESS 19:40Domain Stadium
          Sun, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
          COL vs PTA 13:10MCG
          WBU vs WCE 15:20ES
          ADE vs STK 16:40Adelaide Oval
          View All Fixtures
          Round 12
          Fri, 10 JunTimes shown AEST
          ESS vs HAW 19:50ES
          Sat, 11 JunTimes shown AEST
          PTA vs WBU 13:40Adelaide Oval
          BRI vs FRE 16:35G
          GEE vs NTH 19:25ES
          WCE vs ADE 19:40Domain Stadium
          Sun, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
          STK vs CAR 13:10ES
          RIC vs GCF 15:20MCG
          GWS vs SYD 16:40Spotless Stadium
          Mon, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
          MEL vs COL 15:20MCG
          View All Fixtures
          Round 13
          Fri, 17 JunTimes shown AEST
          NTH vs HAW 19:50ES
          Sat, 18 JunTimes shown AEST
          BRI vs WCE 13:40G
          FRE vs PTA 16:35Domain Stadium
          WBU vs GEE 19:25ES
          Sun, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
          SYD vs MEL 13:10SCG
          ESS vs GWS 16:40ES
          View All Fixtures
          Round 14
          Thu, 23 JunTimes shown AEST
          ADE vs NTH 19:50Adelaide Oval
          Fri, 24 JunTimes shown AEST
          COL vs FRE 19:50MCG
          Sat, 25 JunTimes shown AEST
          RIC vs BRI 13:40MCG
          GWS vs CAR 16:35Spotless Stadium
          STK vs GEE 19:25ES
          Sun, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
          HAW vs GCF 15:20AS
          View All Fixtures
          Round 15
          Thu, 30 JunTimes shown AEST
          WCE vs ESS 20:10Domain Stadium
          Fri, 01 JulTimes shown AEST
          PTA vs RIC 19:50Adelaide Oval
          Sat, 02 JulTimes shown AEST
          GCF vs STK 13:40MS
          SYD vs WBU 16:35SCG
          CAR vs COL 19:25MCG
          Sun, 03 JulTimes shown AEST
          MEL vs ADE 15:20MCG
          View All Fixtures
          Round 16
          Thu, 07 JulTimes shown AEST
          PTA vs HAW 19:50Adelaide Oval
          Fri, 08 JulTimes shown AEST
          GEE vs SYD 19:50SS
          Sat, 09 JulTimes shown AEST
          GWS vs COL 13:40Spotless Stadium
          GCF vs BRI 16:35MS
          WBU vs RIC 19:25ES
          MEL vs FRE 19:40TIO
          Sun, 10 JulTimes shown AEST
          CAR vs ADE 13:10MCG
          WCE vs NTH 15:20Domain Stadium
          ESS vs STK 16:40ES
          View All Fixtures
          Round 17
          Thu, 14 JulTimes shown AEST
          SYD vs HAW 19:20SCG
          Fri, 15 JulTimes shown AEST
          FRE vs GEE 20:10Domain Stadium
          Sat, 16 JulTimes shown AEST
          RIC vs ESS 13:40MCG
          NTH vs PTA 16:35ES
          WBU vs GCF 19:25CAZ
          ADE vs COL 19:40Adelaide Oval
          Sun, 17 JulTimes shown AEST
          CAR vs WCE 13:10MCG
          STK vs MEL 15:20ES
          BRI vs GWS 16:40G
          View All Fixtures
          Round 18
          Fri, 22 JulTimes shown AEST
          COL vs NTH 19:50ES
          Sat, 23 JulTimes shown AEST
          SYD vs CAR 13:45ANZ
          GCF vs FRE 14:10MS
          WCE vs MEL 16:35Domain Stadium
          WBU vs STK 19:25ES
          GEE vs ADE 19:25SS
          Sun, 24 JulTimes shown AEST
          ESS vs BRI 13:10ES
          HAW vs RIC 15:20MCG
          PTA vs GWS 16:40Adelaide Oval
          View All Fixtures
          Round 19
          Fri, 29 JulTimes shown AEST
          GEE vs WBU 19:50SS
          Sat, 30 JulTimes shown AEST
          GWS vs RIC 13:45SO
          HAW vs CAR 14:10AS
          COL vs WCE 16:35MCG
          BRI vs PTA 19:25G
          NTH vs STK 19:25ES
          Sun, 31 JulTimes shown AEST
          MEL vs GCF 13:10MCG
          FRE vs SYD 15:20Domain Stadium
          ADE vs ESS 16:40Adelaide Oval
          View All Fixtures
          Round 20
          Fri, 05 AugTimes shown AEST
          RIC vs COL 19:50MCG
          Sat, 06 AugTimes shown AEST
          SYD vs PTA 13:45SCG
          MEL vs HAW 14:10MCG
          GCF vs GWS 16:35MS
          WBU vs NTH 19:25ES
          ADE vs BRI 19:40Adelaide Oval
          Sun, 07 AugTimes shown AEST
          CAR vs STK 13:10MCG
          GEE vs ESS 15:20ES
          FRE vs WCE 16:40Domain Stadium
          View All Fixtures
          Round 21
          Fri, 12 AugTimes shown AEST
          WBU vs COL 19:50ES
          Sat, 13 AugTimes shown AEST
          BRI vs CAR 13:45G
          HAW vs NTH 14:10MCG
          GWS vs WCE 16:35Spotless Stadium
          STK vs SYD 19:25ES
          PTA vs MEL 19:40Adelaide Oval
          Sun, 14 AugTimes shown AEST
          ESS vs GCF 13:10ES
          RIC vs GEE 15:20MCG
          FRE vs ADE 16:40Domain Stadium
          View All Fixtures
          Round 22
          Fri, 19 AugTimes shown AEST
          WCE vs HAW 20:10Domain Stadium
          Sat, 20 AugTimes shown AEST
          NTH vs SYD 13:45BA
          RIC vs STK 14:10MCG
          GWS vs FRE 16:35Spotless Stadium
          COL vs GCF 19:25ES
          PTA vs ADE 19:40Adelaide Oval
          Sun, 21 AugTimes shown AEST
          CAR vs MEL 13:10MCG
          BRI vs GEE 15:20G
          ESS vs WBU 16:40ES
          View All Fixtures
          Round 23
          Sat, 27 AugTimes shown AEST
          HAW vs COL 12:00MCG
          STK vs BRI 12:00ES
          ESS vs CAR 12:00MCG
          GCF vs PTA 12:00MS
          SYD vs RIC 12:00SCG
          NTH vs GWS 12:00ES
          GEE vs MEL 12:00SS
          ADE vs WCE 12:30Adelaide Oval
          FRE vs WBU 14:00Domain Stadium
          View All Fixtures
          AFL 2015
          Overall standings
          Team P W L D % Pts
          Adelaide Crows 0 0 0 0 - 0
          Brisbane Lions 0 0 0 0 - 0
          Carlton 0 0 0 0 - 0
          Collingwood 0 0 0 0 - 0
          Essendon 0 0 0 0 - 0
          Fremantle 0 0 0 0 - 0
          Geelong Cats 0 0 0 0 - 0
          Gold Coast Suns 0 0 0 0 - 0
          View all
           

          Follow Us on Facebook

          Featured advertisers