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18.01.2011 | Posted in Commentary by Michael Malthouse | 7 comments

As we continue pre-season training at the beginning of a new year, we are not immune to the fact the Premiership side will have added attention and challenges heading into the 2011 season.

We have seen many clubs falter after a Premiership year due to varying reasons, but no doubt hindered by this added pressure.

We are determined not to let this happen at Collingwood, so while we are aware of the challenges, we are also looking at the positives that came from last season and that if used the right way, will remain as positives to help us through this season.

Firstly we have a young side. One year of maturing can be such a plus for young players as they are exposed to the idiosyncrasies of big games and finals. They can and have benefited greatly from being exposed to these pressure cooker situations. However, history can be a harsh taskmaster, and we have often seen youth brought back to earth after a successful season so early on in a career. Collingwood’s youth is constantly being reminded not to take any success for granted, as it NEVER comes easily, and more often than not ultimate success i.e. a Premiership, rarely comes until late in a career if at all. Just look at some of the greats of our game who never got to hold the cup aloft – Robert Harvey, Gary Ablett snr and Tony Lockett to name a few.

Another positive is our game plan. It was something we worked on for years and finally in 2010 with the right make up of charges to implement it correctly, we were able to near perfect it and make it work for us successfully. Now we know again from history, that other clubs often replicate the playing style of a Premiership team as a consequent, in the following season. We also know that sides will be better prepared to combat a successful plan. This is where another challenge lies - how to alter our style to keep up with and ahead of the constantly evolving game, without changing our structure so much that it no longer works for us. What we do with our game plan remains to be seen on the field – as this is our 2011 evolution!

Having completed our fifth pilgrimage to Arizona in November, and putting in the hard yards of pre-Christmas pre-season training, the boys have returned this year fit, strong, and focused – another positive. Now we build on that momentum and determination as we work towards the NAB Cup in mid February and then the season proper at the end of March. There is still a lot of work to be done in these coming months, as there will be when the first bounce of the 2011 season is proffered.

We know what it takes to win a Premiership, however now the stakes have been raised even higher. With challenges a plenty, and positives to draw on, we have to decide whether we will be a good side or a very good side.

Thanks for your support.


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January 18th, 2011 at 5:19pm
Thanks for giving us a lifetime of great memories in such a short period of time..you will be forever loved and respected for what you have done for our great club....
January 18th, 2011 at 6:57pm
Loved your grand final speech, particularly what you said about us supporters. It made us all realise you understood what this club means to us.
I am so pleased you got (at least) one premiership for all that you've put in. Good luck in 2011 (and beyond!), I'll be cheering loudly!
January 20th, 2011 at 10:49am
a big congrats and thankyou for 2010. hard work paid off for a well deserving premiership, both for yourself as coach, the players, the board and president and the ex players who missed out previously.

the challenges of backing up such a year are incredible, it looks as if you are all over dealing with these challenges and mentoring such a young side through them.

may the young players continue to prosper without the constant driving force from the more experienced combatants who have moved on or retired.

we all wish every one of these ex pie greats the best for the future, where ever the path leads them
January 24th, 2011 at 4:54pm
Sean Healy
Thanks Mick for a wonderful season 2010!!!
It's great to see you and the boys remain so hungry for success this season.
I can't wait for the season proper to begin again!
Carn the pies
February 24th, 2011 at 9:37pm
I hope the philosophy is: Whether Collingwood is in the NAB Cup or not, they are all practice games.
June 4th, 2011 at 7:10am
It seems like you and Eddie have built a real TEAM at Collingwood. A club organisation of hard working and committed people. I hope that you stay with us for many, many years to come (in this new role) and make this succession plan work, or at least give this coaching/leading/mentoring/strategic role a go. If Nathan succeeds you will no doubt gain even more respect. If he fails you can then hopefully help the next coach. As supporters we want and love the pride and professionalism you have brought back to our club. Keep up the great work and hopefully stay at Collingwood for ever.
August 27th, 2011 at 7:28pm
George Lo
Last night, I watched the Pies win the minor premiership when it defeated the Dockers in Perth. Congrats, Mick! What a wonderful season! I have enjoyed watching every single game, even the one against Geelong which I reckon we won with the last goal which shouldn't have been disallowed. Go, Pies!


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