Still flying: Clinton Young. Photo: Getty Images
Ex-Hawk Clinton Young moved well on a wing, starting on Shaun Higgins. Collingwood certainly sought him out to link the play and deliver forward. Twice in the first half his passes were deadly accurate but too sharp for the receiver and were turned over. He is still one-sided, but his left foot is penetrating.
Former Blue Jordan Russell was set up with his first touch when he was left blindsided to a tackler. He didn't touch it again in the first half. He had a set shot from outside 50 early in the second half, but pushed it wide. He grew in confidence, bravely intercepting a mark and often being used as the release kick from defence.
ELLIOTT ADDS FLAIR
Small forward Jamie Elliott with a freshly tattooed sleeve - just to fit in - was a busy forward, curling in a goal in the first half. Jarryd Blair, with woolly hair, was intelligent in his ball use in the middle and pushed forward. Marty Clarke had another sniff of it on the half-back flank. He was a bit loose on Luke Dahlhaus early but looked better in the second half.
LYNCH, CLOKE COMBINE
The Magpies new forward set-up began with Quinten Lynch high and Travis Cloke starting from the square. Lynch's first touch for Collingwood was a goal when Brent Macaffer smartly intercepted a ball and chipped over to Lynch alone in the square. When Cloke marked up the ground he was keen to turn and pump long to a pack, looking for Lynch to at least hit the pack. It created one goal in the first half when Macaffer was able to crumb.
Dogs' skills fail the test
The Dogs brought a handful of players in for game two, recruit Tom Young, Jarrad Grant, Tom Campbell, and Jack Redpath among them. Daniel Giansiracusa came in, too, and the Dogs had a better-structured forward line, but still struggled to move the ball cleanly enough to put the opposition defenders under enough pressure.
CAMPBELL A COMER
With Will Minson sitting out game two, the ruck work was mostly left to Campbell, who will be called upon in that position this year. He plays with some gusto and at 21 has a body that is ready to play senior footy.
Campbell got his share of hitouts, scrounged a few possessions and looked all right.
GRANT TURNING CORNER
Grant has been a source of frustration since becoming a Bulldog - so skinny, so talented, so inconsistent. He came in for game two and,preparing for his sixth season, looked as though he really wanted to be there.
A big tackle on an unsuspecting opponent at half-forward and a smart second-half goal were his highlights.
HOPES REST ON PUPS
The Dogs' rate of improvement this year will be largely generated by how quickly their many youngsters improve and start to generate play.
They have no worries with Mitch Wallis, who played well in both games, and got a good look at some more against the Pies. Clay Smith, Luke Dahlhaus and Tom Liberatore play with vigour - and the energy of both Lin Jong and Jason Johannissen stood out.