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Collingwood proved too strong for Hawthorn at Aurora Stadium in Tasmania

COLLINGWOOD took full advantage of Hawthorn’s undermanned backline to hand the reigning premier a 44-point hiding at Aurora Stadium.
In front of a record pre-season Launceston crowd of 15,422, the Magpies grabbed the lead 19 minutes into the first quarter and the Hawks couldn’t catch them, running away 0.17.14 (116) to 2.8.6 (72).
Big recruit James Frawley, picked up as a free agent from Melbourne, found himself under siege in his first game in brown and gold, taking Lake’s place at full-back.
Despite kicking a supergoal, Hawks champion Sam Mitchell did a power of work dropping back to help in defence, but his efforts were not enough to curb the penetration of the Pies
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said it was a good first-up effort and showed preseason planning was on track.
“It’s good validation for what we’ve put in place over the off season,” Buckey said.
“This is really only the first step and it’s against a side that bought a young side down themselves.
“We focused on the way we were going to go about it, playing the way we wanted to play, testing some younger leaders like Steele Sidebottom in his first game as captain.
“I thought he stood up and played well with that responsibility.
“We had everyone play their role and that was the most encouraging thing.
Magpie newbies Jordan De Goey, Jack Crisp and Travis Varcoe did enough to show they will be integral to Collingwood’s push for September action.
Buckley was particularly pleased with De Goey, pick five in last year’s draft.
“He’s an exciting talent, very clean with the footy, his defensive skills in tight, his ability to win his own football, all excite us,” Buckley said
“He’s worked pretty hard, done a fair volume through the preseason and we’ve managed him through as we have all our first and second year players.
“He doesn’t look like he’s out of place and he looks like he can handle the speed of the game.
“So every opportunity that’s been thrown his way he’s taken but there’s still a long way to go.”

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