'Pies Look To Rebound From Shock Loss

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Dayne Beams was in cracking form against the Suns. Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au
Last Match

Round 18, 2012 – Collingwood 174 d GWS Giants 54 at Skoda Stadium


Form

     Rd 13       Rd 14       Rd 15       Rd 16       Rd 17   
Collingwood    B  L  W  W  L
GWS Giants   B  L  L  L  L

Collingwood should be eyeing off a top four finish right now. Instead, they’re languishing in sixth place, ten points behind Sydney in fourth, after a shock loss to the Suns in round 17. The seven-point defeat was the first time Gold Coast has knocked off a top eight team, and the result probably came down to the fact the home side was willing to work harder across the entire ground throughout most of the match. It must be said it didn’t help Travis Cloke kicking 2.4, as well as one shot which didn’t even register a score. It was his second poor game in front of the sticks in a row after booting 2.5 against the Crows the week before.

After the 129-point humiliation against Sydney the week before, GWS was, at least, competitive against an understrength Essendon. The Giants were two goals down at the main break, but couldn’t run out the match eventually going down by 39 points . It was certainly one of their better performances of the season as coach Kevin Sheedy lined up against his former club one final time.

Troubled wingman Harry O’Brien is one of four changes for Collingwood. He joins defender Nathan Brown, Jarryd Blair and ruckman Brodie Grundy, who will make his debut. The Giants regain Tom Scully and Adam Kennedy, while last year’s No. 1 draft pick, Lachie Whitfield, has been rested.


Key Men

(Magpies) Dayne Beams – It has taken Dayne Beams just two games to remind everyone what a star of the game he was last season. After quadriceps issues throughout the season, Beams finally got on the paddock against Adelaide in round 16 and finished with 25 disposals, but he was the Magpies’ standout against the Suns. Back in his home state, the 23-year-old racked up 34 touches, six marks and six tackles to go with a goal. He adds pace, flair and skill to the ‘Pies midfield, and has the ability to play inside and outside.

(Giants) Dean Brogan – He didn’t set the world alight, stats-wise, but Dean Brogan brought an element of experience and control to the young Giants outfit last weekend. As well as providing another big body, his presence allowed Jonathan Giles to spend more time up forward where he finished with four goals. The Giants have enough problems matching up on teams, but if Brogan can help them win the ball out of the middle, then they have a chance of keeping the scoreline respectable.


Prediction

You can only imagine Nathan Buckley gave it to his team with both barrels after the loss on the tourist strip last week. Yes, Gary Ablett Jnr was amazing, and he had some special young players around him, but a side with top four ambitions should not lose to a Gold Coast side at this stage of its development, especially one which has a fair few injury concerns. Expect the Magpies’ work-rate to lift in what will be a percentage boosting win. Collingwood by 81 points .

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