AFL NAB Cup Live Collingwood Magpies vs Carlton Blues Stream AFL Pre Seasons NAB Challenge match will be kick off at Queen Elizabeth Oval,VIC 3550, Australia, Sunday 15 March 2015 online, 16.40pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Foxtell.
Collingwood versus Carlton, It may well be the fiercest domestic sporting rivalry in Australian sport and this weekend another chapter will be added to it’s long history. The rivalry goes way back to the creation of the VFL but really got fired up during and after the 1910 VFL grand final when all hell broke loose on and off the ground. Basically Carlton accused Collingwood of cheating and the rivalry that would be at the centre of the VFL/AFL for many a year was born.
This weekend the Magpies and Blues will meet in round 3 of the 2015 NAB Challenge in of all places Bendigo. Both clubs have had one game and one bye so far in the pre season and are still in the early stages of preparation for their respective round 1 matchups.
Season 2015 is of vital importance for both clubs with neither making the top 8 last season and falling short of their target which would have been to play finals football.
There’s not a lot of form to go on with each club only partaking in one NAB Challenge match so far. If you are to focus on those individual games the Magpies were much more impressive then the Blues. Carlton had a fixture with the West Coast Eagles in Mandurah to open up their 2015 campaign and due to the early timing of the game and the travel they left a lot of their big name players at home. Due to that weakened squad, the strong Eagles outfit outclassed the Blues and and ran away with a 31 point win. There were some positive signs with Zack Tuohy and Tom Bell both impressing and ex Magpie Cameron Wood competing strongly in the ruck. It was really just a hitout for the Blues though and they are certain to field a stronger squad this weekend.
Collingwood headed to Launceston for their first game of this year’s pre season and met up with a side they hadn’t beaten for a long time, the reigning premiers Hawthorn. Both the Pies and Hawks fielded weakened squads also but it was the Magpies who ran out the game the better coming away with a 44 point win. Steele Sidebottom led from the front in his first ever game as club captain (due to the absence of Scott Pendlebury) while youngsters Taylor Adams, Tom Langdon, Josh Thomas and Ben Kennedy also got plenty of the ball. The most impressive facet of the Magpies win though was their ball use with a much improved 73% disposal efficiency. Late in the game as the Hawks ran out of legs the Pies took over and two players we didn’t see much in 2014, Patrick Karnezis and Alex Fasolo dominated up forward with 7 goals between them. It was a confidence boosting start to the pre season for the Magpies and one they will want to build on this weekend.
The win over the Hawks would have given Collingwood a much needed boost after what really was a disastrous end to the 2014 campaign. Missing the finals for the first time in 8 seasons was nothing short of a failure for the biggest club in the land. Something that has been obvious in the 2 hitouts the Pies have had (the game vs the Hawks and an intra club match) is that their ball movement is faster then it has been in previous seasons. Senior coach Nathan Buckley, now in his 4th season in charge, has finally been able to fully implement the game plan he probably wanted to from year one.
Collingwood Magpies: 1. Alex Fasolo, 2. Sam Dwyer, 4. Brodie Grundy, 5. Jamie Elliott, 6. Tyson Goldsack, 7. Ben Kennedy, 8. Tom Langdon, 9. Jesse White, 10. Scott Pendlebury, 11. Jarryd Blair, 13. Taylor Adams, 16. Nathan Brown, 18. Travis Varcoe, 19. Levi Greenwood, 21. Nathan Freeman, 22. Steele Sidebottom, 24. Josh Thomas, 25. Jack Crisp, 26. Marley Williams, 28. Ben Sinclair, 29. Tim Broomhead, 31. Jackson Ramsay, 32. Travis Cloke, 33. Patrick Karnezis, 34. Alan Toovey 35. Jordan De Goey 36. Dane Swan 44. Corey Gault 45. Jack Frost
Carlton Blues: 2. Troy Menzel, 4. Bryce Gibbs, 5. Chris Judd, 6. Kade Simpson, 7. Dylan Buckley, 9. Patrick Cripps, 10. Matthew Watson, 11. Rob Warnock, 12. Blaine Boekhorst, 13. Chris Yarran, 14. Liam Jones, 15. Sam Docherty, 17. Sam Rowe, 18. Kristian Jaksch, 22. Jason Tutt, 23. Lachie Henderson, 25. Clem Smith, 27. Dennis Armfield, 28. Tom Bell, 31. Matthew Dick, 32. Nicholas Graham, 33. Andrejs Everitt, 35. Edward Curnow, 38. Ciaran Byrne, 40. Michael Jamison, 41. Levi Casboult, 42. Zach Tuohy, 43. Simon White, 44. Andrew Carrazzo