I would not be surprised if we won. We may well have one of those games where it clicks and we win really well. You can see why that would happen given the way we play and importantly how we’ve played the last 3 weeks. We have been building very nicely and getting better.
But, Collingwood are a very good side with players who can really hurt you. And these are the type of games they lift for to knock off sides with high expectations.
Last year we won our next two games after round 8, and then got thrashed by Richmond in the Dreamtime game. This clash with Collingwood on Thursday has a similar scenario about it. Bad start and then turning it around. We did bounce back to win 5 of the next 6 games post dreamtime match before losing to Collingwood. And we did close the gap on Collingwood from an 8 goals loss from the ANZAC game to 16 pts for that 2nd encounter. Ditto for the second Richmond game.
So win or lose this Thursday, if last year’s form is a guide then a loss if not the end of the season, far from it. But a win, well a win would be a very encouraging sign for a better season.