The year to banish the Colliwobbles forever
Magpie fans ... get ready for the time of your lives. The Collingwood football machine is on the verge of breaking its 20-year premiership drought and we’re going to witness one giant party in good ‘ol Melbourne town.
After ruling the MCG’s hallowed turf on Friday night against Geelong, the Magpies are red hot and on their way to winning the AFL’s biggest prize this Saturday.
The Magpies have just two hurdles to overcome in their bid to secure their first flag since 1990.
Firstly, the Magpies have to overcome any feeling of doubt if they are to beat St Kilda in the Grand Final.
The Pies are sky high on confidence, and against Geelong on Friday night, they were determined to smash the Cats to smithereens.
The Pies have to carry that unwavering belief into their match against the Saints. They need to believe they are invincible and play with the same sort of confidence they showed against the Cats.
The other hurdle facing the Magpies is the highly charged Saints, who have regained strength after recovering from a rough patch.
Skipper Nick Riewoldt is playing with influence, showing his leadership to guide the Saints.
But the class of Collingwood’s stars, like Dane Swan, Alan Didak, Travis Cloke and Scott Pendlebury, could prove the telling difference.
These guys are moving so well and they have built the level of fitness and skill that defines champions.
The Saints were pushed against the Bulldogs in their preliminary final on Saturday night, but St Kilda’s depth of skilful players wore down the depleted Dogs. Crippling injuries cost the Dogs a crack at the flag.
History shows that teams with the chance to freshen up with a week’s break perform better in Grand Finals.
Team stability is also another critical factor. Collingwood’s stability this year - without serious injuries to key players - has been a blessing.
You need a lot of luck to win a premiership. You need good coaching, quality players and excellent team dynamics. The Pies seem to have produced the right mix this year.
St Kilda is pretty hungry to avenge last year’s Grand Final loss. We will see an intense contest this Saturday, but the Pies seem to have the upper hand over the Saints.
The Pies are carrying a hunger that translates to a powerful force on the field. It’s the type of power that has the potency to kill the Colliwobbles forever.
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