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Sport No wholesale changes for Magpies: Buckley

08:15  07 april  2021
08:15  07 april  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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For Collingwood and Nathan Buckley , the moment has arrived when the Magpies , too, must aggressively promote youth. It should begin this weekend when they face the depleted Giants and continue into their games against West Coast, Essendon (Anzac Day), Gold Coast and Since 2018, Josh Thomas and Will Hoskin-Elliott have been gifted games on the back of the career-best seasons in that year and on the lack of alternatives at Buckley ’s disposal. Today, due to the infusion of youngsters on the Collingwood list and removal of senior players, lack of alternatives is no longer an excuse.

Buckley said the Magpies were concerned how Treloar might be affected on a professional level. Treloar was contracted to the Magpies until the end of the 2025 AFL season. Treloar wanted to remain at the Magpies , where he played 94 matches after arriving in 2016 from Greater Western Sydney. Buckley said Collingwood officials wondered how being in a long-distance relationship would affect Treloar's wellbeing. "There's no doubt that was a catalyst in some shape or form," Buckley told SEN radio.

Collingwood are unlikely to make wholesale team changes for their AFL clash with Greater Western Sydney, with coach Nathan Buckley instead concentrating on the Magpies' ball use going into attack.

Nathan Buckley wearing a suit and tie: Nathan Buckley says Collingwood need to work on their execution after a narrow defeat to Brisbane. © Daniel Pockett/AAP PHOTOS Nathan Buckley says Collingwood need to work on their execution after a narrow defeat to Brisbane.

The Magpies are 1-2 after suffering an after-the-siren one-point loss to Brisbane last Thursday but Buckley wasn't keen to flinch at the selection table.

"When you lose the game by a point, you've obviously done enough right to be in the game for a long time," Buckley told reporters on Wednesday.

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Buckley toughened by Magpies ' failures. Certainly the agony that seems to have been Buckley 's making as a coach would have crushed less resilient souls. As a player there were back-to-back grand final defeats to the dynasty-building Brisbane Lions in 2002 and 2003, a five-point preliminary final defeat in his last match against Geelong in 2007, which was washed down with the Cats' subsequent Buckley was an assistant coach when the Magpies won the 2010 flag, but he stood at arm's length to coach Michael Malthouse whose job, it had already been decided, Buckley would take in 2012.

It is clear from a perusal of Collingwood’s playing stocks and of the largely injury-free teams they’ve fielded (a rarity in Buckley ’s time) this season that they are well short of premiership class; at their best, the Pies might snatch a lower berth in the top eight, but, in the short term, they’ve been weakened by the trading.

"We were ahead on the scoreboard for most of the match - so we're pretty confident with the team we went in with last week.

"Whether it remains the same - we'll finish selection this afternoon."

The Magpies struggled at times to connect going forward against Brisbane - taking just seven marks inside 50 despite 53 entries.


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Buckley emphasised his marking forwards weren't the issue, instead honing in on decision-making and execution from the midfield.

"I don't think it was on the receiving end last week," he said.

"If we break it down, we had players that were out and not utilised - so that's the capacity to find time and space through the midfield.

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Buckley also sold a couple of dummies and used his tremendous gas to score his in the 44th minute when the Cantabs were waiting for Auckland referee James Doleman to rule on an earlier knock on. Magpies hooker Ben Power left the field for an HIA and Ozich said he could be doubtful for Friday night. Ozich was also happy to report Dunn and wife Christie welcomed a new baby boy into the world on Thursday night. ■Heartstopper: Magpies halfback Folau Fakatava's try-saving tackle just before halftime.

Magpies head coach Nathan Buckley would not have been impressed with his side's kicking at goal. Michael Dodge/Getty Images. Coach Nathan Buckley says Collingwood are searching for answers after Darcy Moore and Jamie Elliott both reinjured their troublesome hamstrings in a rough day for the Magpies . Moore could face an extended stint on the sidelines after going down in just his second game back from a month on the AFL sidelines as Collingwood went down by 21 points to Geelong on Sunday at the MCG.

"Brisbane's pressure was good but we helped them with some poor execution and (if we can improve that) I think you'll see us taking more marks inside 50 as a result."

Buckley said the Magpies had taken the opportunity of a nine-day break to emphasise improving their delivery.

"Our last kick is something that we need to continue to work on and we've done a bit of work on it this week," he said.

"This is our first longer break - nine days - it gave us a bit of time to reflect, time to get a little bit of extra work in, so we're looking forward to Saturday.

Gun defender Brayden Maynard and Giants star Toby Greene look set to revisit their feisty match-up, while Buckley said ruck-forward Darcy Cameron had again pressed his case for selection with strong VFL practice match form

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