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Collingwood Magpies

Tim Broomhead

Pies sweep Broomhead through forward line

Collingwood has abandoned its three talls forward line with American import Mason Cox dropped to make way for pacy small forward Tim Broomhead for the crucial early season clash with Richmond.

Shaw 'taken aback' by Buckley's planning for Dustin Martin

Dustin Martin: He's the challenge for the Pies, according to Collingwood great Tony Shaw.

Collingwood great Tony Shaw says he was surprised by Nathan Buckley's public claim that the Magpies wouldn't overly focus on Dustin Martin, declaring the Tigers' midfield bull is the man who could tear Thursday night's blockbuster apart.

Mission: Nearly impossible - Pies wary of Martin

Magpies coach Nathan Buckley says the Pies will 'put some time' into Dustin Martin.

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says the Magpies have several options in their quest to stop Dustin Martin in Thursday night's highly anticipated clash with Richmond at the MCG, but concedes the Tigers talisman is "almost impossible to tackle."

Magpies 'lick wounds' ahead of Tigers blockbuster

Nathan Buckley

Having "missed" an opportunity against the Western Bulldogs, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley hopes a recent practice match against Richmond helps the Pies be ready for a blockbuster clash against the Tigers on Thursday night.

Loss to Dogs an opportunity missed: Buckley

Nathan Buckley

Collingwood's narrow loss to the reigning premier was an opportunity missed but coach Nathan Buckley said his side illustrated a brand of football that would win a lot of games this year.

Dogs to blame for Magpie misfortune

Marcus Bontempelli celebrates kicking a goal against the Magpies.

On Monday Collingwood was given an implausible story of a dog and a door knob. On Friday they were delivered a far more plausible/pallatable Dogs tale, or tail as the case may be.