Collingwood Gears Up for Showdown Against Hawthorn: Key Takeaways

Collingwood Senior Coach Craig McRae recently addressed the media to discuss the team’s excitement for the upcoming Gather Round clash against Hawthorn. The coach expressed the significance of the game for both teams, emphasizing the need for improvement since their last encounter with the Hawks. McRae also touched upon the milestone game for Steele Sidebottom, as he gears up to equal Tony Shaw’s record of 313 games for Collingwood.

In addition, the team is keeping a close eye on Hawthorn’s strategies, with coach Sam Mitchell hinting at potential plans to counter Collingwood’s tactics. The Hawks are looking to exploit any weaknesses in the Magpies’ game plan and could deploy Finn Maginness as a tagger to neutralize key players like Nick Daicos or Jordan De Goey.

Collingwood defender Jeremy Howe shared insights into the team’s mindset leading up to the game, highlighting the importance of maintaining consistency and banking wins. He also joked about the challenge of keeping Brayden Maynard away from former teammate Jack Ginnivan during the match.

As the teams gear up for their showdown at the Adelaide Oval, both sides are set for an intense battle on the field. Collingwood is focused on simplifying their preparations amidst the festive atmosphere of Gather Round, while Hawthorn is poised to bring their best game against the reigning premiers.

Overall, the stage is set for an exciting clash between Collingwood and Hawthorn, with fans eagerly awaiting the outcome of this highly anticipated match.

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