Collingwood vs West Coast Live Streaming AFL Semi finals 2012 MCG Stadium, Saturday 15 September
The AFL Semi Final season will open on this Week with a stand alone derby between the Collingwood vs West Coast at Melbourne Cricket Ground Saturday.
THE Pies’ intensity was impressive for a quarter, but soon it was an Eagles avalanche. West Coast had 14 individual goalscorers, monstering Wood and obliterating the Pies in close.
The nature of the loss will give Nathan Buckley sleepless nights this week.
Collingwood vs West Coast
WHERE AND WHEN: The MCG, Saturday 15 September, 7.45pm
LAST TIME: West Coast 15.17 (107) d Collingwood 8.10 (58), round 22, 2012, at Patersons Stadium
Last time: Round 22, Patersons Stadium
WC 15.17 (107) d COLL 8.10 (58)
BEST: WC: Naitanui, Kerr, Shuey. Coll: Pendlebury, Beams, Swan.
GOALS: WC: Shuey 2. Coll: Fasolo 3.
The two clubs couldn’t have had more contrasting preparations. Collingwood met Hawthorn on Friday night at the MCG and was beaten soundly by 38 points. Coach Nathan Buckley still managed to find positives though saying the Pies improved their contested ball work and defensive intent. Meanwhile, as the Pies enjoyed their second full afternoon post-match on Sunday, West Coast was busy pulling apart North Melbourne at Patersons Stadium. The Eagles were powerful against the Kangaroos, running out 96-point winners in a game that was never in doubt after a seven-goal-to-nil first quarter.
1. Captain Nick Maxwell is a significant omission for the Pies. A reckless high hit on Hawthorn’s Paul Puopolo cost the skipper two weeks with the Pies declining to challenge the sanction at the Tribunal. The loss of the general in defence – who has no clear replacement given Tyson Goldsack has been reborn as a forward and is battling an ankle complaint – forces the coaches to reshuffle their line-up, which isn’t ideal against the Eagles’ tall forward line. Even then, they lose Maxwell’s renowned composure and leadership in the back half.
Darren Jolly will be a massive in for the Pies based on the last time the sides met. Jolly missed the game in round 22 and the Eagles monstered the hit-outs 59-12 and the clearances 47-23 with Cameron Wood struggling as the main big Pie against Dean Cox and Nic Naitanui. Buckley admitted on Tuesday the addition of Jolly would be big given the way they’ll be able to structure up in comparison to round 22, and they’ll be hopeful Chris Dawes’ omission in round 23 and return last week will see him fresher for the experience.
1. Can West Coast take the devastating football it produced in the elimination final against North Melbourne on the road to the MCG? The Eagles are near unbeatable at Patersons Stadium, and they dismantled Collingwood at home in round 22, winning by 49 points. But they have a 5-5 record interstate this season, losing their two matches at the MCG, against Collingwood and Hawthorn. West Coast’s best is frightening for opposition clubs, but it is yet to produce it this season in Melbourne.
The loss of vice-captain Beau Waters, who will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury, will be felt by the whole team, but perhaps most keenly by half-back Shannon Hurn. Waters and Hurn have formed a strong double-act this season, with at least one usually working free to launch the Eagles’ attacks. Waters ranks No.1 at the club for marks and rebound 50s and has been shortlisted for All Australian selection. Hurn was superb against the Kangaroos, and he is a player the Magpies could look to shutdown with Waters sidelined.
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