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Howe' good are the pies?

  • Howe' good are the pies?

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21: Jeremy Howe of the Magpies is tackled by Mitch Duncan of the Cats during the round nine AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Carlton Blues at Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 21, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

How Collingwood's season is back on track.
The Collingwood Magpies have started the season absolutely poorly. With losses to Melbourne, Sydney, West Coast, Carlton & St Kilda, the Magpies season looked set to be done early in the season. 

The Pies scrapped a one-point win against the Tigers in round 2 but had big wins against the Bombers & the Lions to be 3-5 at the end of round 8. 

Collingwood then come up against arguably the best side of the competition on Saturday Arvo. Coming in as underdogs, the pies had carried momentum against the Lions the week before. Collingwood come out with all guns blazing to record 7 goals to nil in the first quarter. 

The Magpies recorded a quarter that kept the Cats goalless for the first time in 36 years to that date. 

The Magpies held on to the Cats late storm to win by 24 points to set them as 4-5 after round 9. 

With the Western Bulldogs, Port Adelaide & Melbourne at the MCG all before their Bye could potentially see the Pies at 7-5. 

The minimum wins for a side to make the top 8 is generally around 13 so if they have a good run home (don't verse Hawthorn until round 23), then the Pies could see themselves making finals for the first time in a few years.

All talk in pre-season has been around Collingwood's depth and their list of players in every position. 

They have had a horror run with injuries with the likes of Dane Swan, Steele Sidebottom, Scott Pendlebury, Jamie Elliott & Travis Varcoe all been injured at some stage this season with Elliott & Swan still out indefinitely. 

So the bottom end of the list needed to stand up and no bigger stance than the American boy Mason Cox. 

Collingwood have had Mason Cox, Ben Crocker & Matt Goodyear all debut this year. 

You can easily see the depth that Collingwood have with the wins in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Star forward Travis Cloke snagged 4 goals in the narrow victory over last year's reigning premiers Williamstown. 

With Marley Williams to come back in with players like Jack Ramsay, Travis Cloke, Tyson Goldsack & Brent Maccaffer all arguably in Collingwood's best 22, the Pies are finally starting to look the goods. 

How do you think they will end up before the bye?

Shaun Griffiths. 
Collingwood Magpies Editor.
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