Coach – Nathan Buckley
Points For –11th
Points Against – 10th
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- Steele Sidebottom
- Taylor Adams
- Adam Treloar
- Jeremy Howe
- Brodie Grundy
2017 Rising Star Noms
Tom Phillips (Rnd9)
Ins – Sam Murray, Jaidyn Stephenson, Nathan Murphy, Tyler Brown, Flynn Appleby, Brody Mihocek, Jack Madgen
Outs – Ben Sinclair, Jesse White, Jackson Ramsay, Lachlan Keefe, Henry Schade, Liam Mackie, Mitch McCarthy
We are coming off the back of Collingwoods quietest off-season in a long time, no big moves besides the raid of a rookie from Sydney that no one had heard off. You either think they have faith in their list or they are planning a serious raid at the end of this year.
The backline will be an interesting one this year with Darcy Moore being sent back. In my humble opinion that is a crazy move based on one or two solid games at the end of last year. They are clearly a KP defender or two short. Dunn was solid last year but shouldn’t be playing as a tall defender. Moore being back there will at least give them an option on the big mobile forwards. They are still however going to be short on tall backman and open to be exploited. Wells off half back works beautifully when he gets on the field.
The midfield is clearly the strength of the Pies. The top end of their talent pool is as good as almost anyone. Pendlebury, Sidebottom, Treloar and Adams is a great place to start. I am not sure it bats as deep as they would like it to. They could use a little more speed on the outside.
The forward line looks like losing Moore and gaining Reid which is a step backwards at least from a long term perspective. I am far from sold on Mason Cox who may do the occasional great thing but isn’t up to standard for mine. Hoskin-Elliot is capable and needs to step up. Elliott is currently their best and most important forward but they need that to change. I am sure De Gooey would love a permanent midfield role but right now is needed up forward. It’s a makeshift forward line that won’t carry them into the eight.
Grundy is an excellent ruck but there is no depth after him. Cox and Moore would be the next options and they are needed elsewhere. If Grundy gets injured this year they are in massive trouble.
I know Buckley got an two year extension but they are kidding themselves if they think that will be the end of the pressure on him. If half way through this season they are struggling, it will kick back off. He needs to make the finals. That being said, I don’t think they can. I don’t think their list has improved and I think they could even drift downwards. For mine they finish somewhere from 11-13.