Collingwood took out the NAB Cup for 2011, the first time since Essendon in 1994 that the previous year’s
premiership winner has backed up to win the pre-season competition. And it was the Bombers that Collingwood
had to overcome in the final to win their silverware, and it was a contest that delivered plenty of nervous moments
for the Magpies before they finally took out a 22-point win.
An evenly-contested first quarter saw the Magpies lead by 8 points at the first change, before they turned on their
premiership form in the second term. Playing close to a full-strength squad, the Magpie midfield were tuning up
for the season ahead in style. Midfielders Scott Pendlebury and Heath Shaw were putting in sensational
performances; while the Magpies decision to draft Andrew Krakouer was working wonders. Krakouer had played
a previous stint at Richmond without any great success, and then dropped back to playing in the WAFL. But given
a second chance at the big time, he looks to have learned well from his time away, coming back a stronger and
more skilful player.
The Magpies led by 26 points at half time, and a 9-pointer to Simon Buckley early in the third term further extended
the Magpie advantage. At one stage the lead was out to 39 points before the Bombers rallied. Helped by two
interchange infringements within two minutes by the Magpies, both of which gifted the Bombers easy goals, the
Bombers came storming back into the contest. With the last four goals of the quarter, the Bombers cut the margin
to 17 points at the last change; and with the first two goals of the final term the margin was back to 3 points.
The crowd were at fever-pitch, the success-starved Bomber fans roaring themselves into a frenzy as a victory that
had seemed impossible just half an hour earlier was now within reach. But the Magpies steadied, holding the
Bombers to just one more goal for the match and kicking four themselves to win the final quarter and stretch the
final margin to 22 points.
Heath Shaw was awarded the Michael Tuck Medal for best on ground in the final, and the Magpies were
presented with the NAB Cup as pre-season champions. But the award is of little importance compared to the
challenge that lies ahead, the challenge of defending their crown, the quest to be the first Colliingwood team
since 1929-30 to win back to back premierships.
Collingwood                    0.3.4        0.7.6        1.11.7        1.15.9 (108)
Essendon               
          0.2.2        0.3.4        0.10.5         0.13.8 (86)
Nine-Point Goals : Collingwood – Buckley. Essendon – Nil.
Goals : Collingwood - Krakouer 3, Dawes 3, Cloke 2, McCarthy, Beams, Wellingham, Ball, Swan,
Pendlebury, Thomas.
Essendon - Hurley 3, Monfries 3, Ryder 2, Zaharakis 2, Watson 2, Hocking.
Best : Collingwood - Shaw, Krakouer, Davis, Thomas, Pendlebury, Buckley, Thomas. Essendon -
Hurley, Lonergan, Hardingham, Watson, Hibberd, Monfries.
Injuries : Collingwood – Nil. Essendon - Hardingham (groin).
Reports – Nil. Umpires - Rosebury, Stevic, Nicholls, Jennings.
Crowd - 45,304 at Etihad Stadium.

NAB CHALLENGE

Adelaide                         7.4        10.7        11.13        18.14 (122)
Richmond                       2.0         5.1           8.6              8.6 (54)
Goals : Adelaide - Walker 7, Knights 3, Reilly 2, McKernan, Vince, S Thompson, Mackay, Douglas,
Moran.
Richmond - Riewoldt 2, Post 2, Morton, Edwards, Nahas, Grigg.
Best : Adelaide - Walker, Mackay, van Berlo, Doughty, Tambling, Davis, Vince, Reilly, Knights.
Richmond - Foley, Rance, Martin, Nahas, Grigg.
Injuries : Adelaide – Nil. Richmond – Nil.
Reports : Adelaide – Nil. Richmond – Nil.
Crowd – 2,000 (est.) at Visy Park.
Hawthorn                         2.3        5.5        11.9        15.12 (102)
Melboure                          5.1        8.1          9.2           12.3 (75)
Goals : Hawthorn - Shiels 3, Whitecross 2, Smith, Birchall, Guerra, Bruce, Savage,
Burgoyne, Lisle, Young, Hale, Sewell.
Melbourne - Maric 3, Jurrah 2, Jamar, Green,
Moloney, Scully, Davey, Petterd, Bate.
Best : Hawthorn - Shiels, Sewell, Birchall, Guerra. Melbourne - Maric, Davey, Grimes, Scully.
Injuries : Melbourne – Nil. Hawthorn – Nil.
Reports – Nil. Attendance – 4,010 at Aurora Stadium.

Fremantle                     3.2        5.6        11.7        13.12 (90)       
West Coast                   1.4        6.7        10.9        11.15 (81)
Goals : Fremantle - Walters 4, Mayne 2, Fyfe 2, Ballantyne 2, Sandilands, Crowley, Pavlich.
West Coast - Wilson 3, Ebert 2, LeCras 2, Embley, Shuey, Kennedy, Darling.
Best : Fremantle - Fyfe, McPhee, Sandilands, Suban, Walters, Lower. West Coast - Shuey,
LeCras, Darling, Rosa, Hurn, Gaff.
Injuries : Fremantle - Mzungu (leg). West Coast - A Selwood (hamstring).
Reports – Nil.
Crowd - 6,583 at Fremantle Oval.

North Melbourne                5.2      8.6       9.8       18.10 (118)
Western Bulldogs        6.2       9.4       13.6    16.9 (105)
Goals : North Melbourne - Thomas 6, Petrie 4, Adams 2, McKinley, Swallow, Urquart,
Adams, Thompson, Anthony.
Bulldogs - Cooney 4, Grant 3, Hill 2, Jones 2, Higgins, Hall,
Picken, Minson, Djerrkura.
Best : North Melbourne - Thomas, Petrie, Harvey, Anthony, L Delaney, McMahon,
Goldstein.
Bulldogs - Boyd, Higgins, Griffen, Picken, Hudson, Williams, Wood, Djkerrura.
Injuries : North Melbourne - Campbell (hamstring). Bulldogs – Nil.
Reports – Nil.
Crowd – 7,000 approx at Eureka Stadium, Ballarat.

Geelong                           2.2        5.4        8.6        14.8 (92)
Carlton                            3.0        6.5       10.8       11.15 (81)
Goals : Geelong - Johnson 3, Varcoe 2, Stokes 2, Brown 2, Selwood 2, Guthrie, Hawkins,
Christensen.
Carlton - Garlett 3, Waite 3, Walker 3,Yarran, Twomey.
Best : Geelong - Selwood, Johnson, Varcoe, Stokes, Mackie, Milburn, Duncan. Carlton -
Garlett, Yarran, Hampson, Laidler, Judd, Scotland, Jamison.
Injuries : Geelong - Bartel (concussion). Carlton - Nil.  
Reports – Nil. Umpires - Margetts, Dalgleish, Schmitt.
Crowd – 8,000 (est) at Visy Park.

Port Adelaide                           5.4        12.11        14.13        21.13 (139)
Greater Western Sydney          1.3           2.3            4.7           6.8 (44)
Goals : Port Adelaide - Schulz 6, Motlop, Gray, Hitchcock 3, Boak, Broadbent 2, Westhoff,
Hartlett.
GWS - Ugle 2, Cameron, Tunbridge, Giles, Clifton.
Best : Port Adelaide - Schulz, Gray, Boak, Hartlett, Broadbent, Carlile. GWS - Giles,
Cameron, Ugle, Miles.
Injuries : Port Adelaide - Thomas (plantar fasciitis), Irons (ankle). GWS – Nil.
Reports – Nil.
Crowd – 4,164 at Willaston Oval, Willaston SA.

Sydney                     3.4        7.6        10.10        12.12 (84)
St Kilda                     2.3        5.4          6.4           8.5 (53)


Brisbane             2.5          9.10        12.16     17.20 (122)
Gold Coast          3.2          4.4            6.9         7.12 (54)
Goals : Brisbane - Staker 3, Clark 2, Rocklif 2, Power, Rich, Banfield, Black, Redden,
O'Brien, Maguire, Raines, Bewick, Beams.
Gold Coast - Dixon 2, Flanagan, Fraser, Patrick,
Krakouer, Matera.
Best : Brisbane - Hanley, Staker, Rich, O'Brien, Beams, McGrath. Gold Coast - Swallow,
Matera, Fraser, Dixon, Tape.
Injuries : Brisbane - McCauley (ankle). Gold Coast - Daye (shoulder).
Reports – Nil.
Crowd – 4,053 at Southport.
ROUND 1 FIXTURES (Michael Shillito’s tips in bold)

Thursday 24th March
Carlton v Richmond (7:40pm, MCG)
Friday 25th March
Geelong v St Kilda (7:40pm, MCG)
Saturday 26th March
Collingwood v Port Adelaide (2:10pm, Etihad Stadium)
Adelaide v Hawthorn (7:40pm, AAMI Stadium)
Brisbane v
Fremantle (8:10pm, Gabba)
Sunday 27th March
Essendon v Western Bulldogs (1:10pm, Etihad Stadium)
Melbourne v Sydney (2:10pm, MCG)
West Coast v
North Melbourne (7:10pm, Patersons Stadium)

BYE – Gold Coast
Photo Galleries:
Sydney v PortAdelaide(20/5/07)
Sydney v Essendon (2/6/07)
Sydney v Carlton (15/7/07)
Melbourne v Sydney (5/8/07)
Sydney v St Kilda (11/8/07)
Sydney v Port (Trial, 23/2/08)
St Kilda v Sydney (22/3/08)
Kangaroos v Essendon(24/3/08)
Sydney v Port Adel (30/3/08)
Sydney v West Coast (12/4/08)
Sydney v Essendon (18/5/08)
Sydney v Richmond (1/6/08)
Richmond v Adelaide (7/6/08)
Sydney v St Kilda (14/6/08)
Melbourne v Sydney (22/6/08)
Sydney v Collingwood (5/7/08)
Sydney v Adelaide (26/7/08)
W Bulldogs v Sydney (3/8/08)
Sydney v Fremantle (9/8/08)
Sydney v Geelong (16/8/08)
Elim Final - Syd v Kang (6/9/08)
Grand Final Parade (26/9/08)
Blacktown Update (31/12/08)
NAB - Port v Sydney (22/2/09)
Trial - Sydney v B'dogs(7/3/09)
Sydney v Hawthorn (4/4/09)
Carlton v Essendon (11/4/09)
Sydney v Carlton (18/4/09)
Sydney v Richmond (3/5/09)
Blacktown Update (9/5/09)
Sydney v West Coast (16/5/09)
Sydney v Port Adel (24/5/09
Essendon v Adelaide (10/6/09)
Blacktown Update (5/7/09
Sydney v Essendon (11/7/09)
Sydney v Geelong (15/8/09)
Sydney v Brisbane (29/8/09)
Grand Final Parade (25/9/09)
NAB - Sydney vCarlton(20/2/10)
Trial - Sydny v Ess'don (6/3/10)
Sydney v St Kilda (27/3/10)
Essendon v Fremantle (4/4/10)
Sydney v Richmond (10/4/10)
W Bulldogs v Sydney (15/5/10)
Essendon v Geelong (12/6/10)
Sydney v Collingwood (26/6/10)
Sydney v Nth Melb (10/7/10)
Sydney v Hawthorn (7/8/10)
NAB - GWS/Syd/GCst (19/2/11)
Essendon v Coll'wood (25/4/11)
Sydney v Richmond (12/6/11)
Sydney v Collingwood (25/6/11)
GWS Giants v Sydney (23/7/11)
Sydney v W Bulldogs (23/7/11)
GWS Giants v NT T'dr (6/8/11)
NAB - GWS/WBul/Coll (18/2/12)
NAB - Sydney v NMelb (3/3/12)
GWS Giants v Sydney (24/3/12)
Sydney v Fremantle (7/4/12)
GWSGiants v WCoast (15/4/12)
2012 Grand Final - Pre-Game
2012 Grand Final - Game Pics
2012 Grand Final - Post Game
ALSO IN AFL:

Round 10 2007 Scoreboard
Round 11 2007 Scoreboard
Round 12 2007 Wk1 S'bd
Round 12 2007 Wk2 S'bd
Round 13 2007 Scoreboard
Round 14 2007 Scoreboard
Round 21 2007 Scoreboard
Round 22 2007 Scoreboard
2008 Pre-Season Week 1
2008 Pre-Season Week 2
2008 Pre-Season Week 3
2008 Pre-Season Week 4
Round 1 2008 Scoreboard
Round 2 2008 Scoreboard
Round 3 2008 Scoreboard
Round 4 2008 Scoreboard
Round 5 2008 Scoreboard
Round 6 2008 Scoreboard
Round 7 2008 Scoreboard
Round 8 2008 Scoreboard
Round 9 2008 Scoreboard
Round 10 2008 Scoreboard
Round 11 2008 Scoreboard
Round 12 2008 Scoreboard
Round 13 2008 Scoreboard
Round 14 2008 Scoreboard
Round 15 2008 Scoreboard
Round 16 2008 Scoreboard
Round 17 2008 Scoreboard
Round 18 2008 Scoreboard
Round 19 2008 Scoreboard
Round 20 2008 Scoreboard
Round 21 2008 Scoreboard
Round 22 2008 Scoreboard
2008 Finals Week 1
2008 Finals Week 2
2008 Preliminary Finals
2008 GRAND FINAL
2009 Pre-Season Week 1
2009 Pre-Season Week 2
2009 Pre-Season Week 3
2009 Pre-Season Week 4
Round 1 2009 Scoreboard
Round 2 2009 Scoreboard
Round 3 2009 Scoreboard
Round 4 2009 Scoreboard
Round 5 2009 Scoreboard
Round 6 2009 Scoreboard
Round 7 2009 Scoreboard
Round 8 2009 Scoreboard
Round 9 2009 Scoreboard
Round 10 2009 Scoreboard
Round 11 2009 Scoreboard
Round 12 2009 Scoreboard
Round 13 2009 Scoreboard
Round 14 2009 Scoreboard
Round 15 2009 Scoreboard
Round 16 2009 Scoreboard
Round 17 2009 Scoreboard
Round 18 2009 Scoreboard
Round 19 2009 Scoreboard
Round 20 2009 Scoreboard
Round 21 2009 Scoreboard
Round 22 2009 Scoreboard
2009 Finals Week 1
2009 Finals Week 2
2009 Preliminary Finals
2009 GRAND FINAL
2010 Pre-Season Week 1
2010 Pre-Season Week 2
2010 Pre-Season Week 3
2010 Pre-Season Week 4
Round 1 2010 Scoreboard
Round 2 2010 Scoreboard
Round 3 2010 Scoreboard
Round 4 2010 Scoreboard
Round 5 2010 Scoreboard
Round 6 2010 Scoreboard
Round 7 2010 Scoreboard
Round 8 2010 Scoreboard
Round 9 2010 Scoreboard
Round 10 2010 Scoreboard
Round 11 2010 Scoreboard
Round 12 2010 Scoreboard
Round 13 2010 Scoreboard
Round 14 2010 Scoreboard
Round 15 2010 Scoreboard
Round 16 2010 Scoreboard
Round 17 2010 Scoreboard
Round 18 2010 Scoreboard
Round 19 2010 Scoreboard
A Tale of Two Matches
Round 20 2010 Scoreboard
Round 21 2010 Scoreboard
Round 22 2010 Scoreboard
2010 GRAND FINAL
GWS Giants Launch - Nov10
2011 Pre-Season Week 1
2011 Pre-Season Week 2
2011 Pre-Season Week 3
2011 Pre-Season Week 4
2011 Pre-Season Week 5
Round 1 2011 Scoreboard
Round 2 2011 Scoreboard
Round 3 2011 Scoreboard
Round 4 2011 Scoreboard
Round 5 2011 Scoreboard
Round 6 2011 Scoreboard
Round 7 2011 Scoreboard
Round 8 2011 Scoreboard
Round 9 2011 Scoreboard
Round 10 2011 Scoreboard
Round 11 2011 Scoreboard
Round 12 2011 Scoreboard
Round 13 2011 Scoreboard
Round 14 2011 Scoreboard
Round 15 2011 Scoreboard
Round 16 2011 Scoreboard
Round 17 2011 Scoreboard
Round 18 2011 Scoreboard
2012 Pre-Season Week 1
2012 Pre-Season Week 2
2012 Pre-Season Week 3
2012 Pre-Season Week 4
2012 Pre-Season Week 5
Opener 2012 - GWS v Syd
Round 1 2012 Scoreboard
Round 2 2012 Scoreboard
Round 3 2012 Scoreboard
Round 4 2012 Scoreboard
Round 5 2012 Scoreboard
Round 6 2012 Scoreboard