Team of Origin – Collingwood Magpies

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Updated: May 12, 2018

Everyone knows the rules behind State of Origin. It’s unlikely ever to happen again, so what if we take an even more unbelievable premise and see what happens.

Team of Origin is pretty straight forward. The idea is that every player is sent back to the club that originally drafted them. What would that team look like, and how would they perform?

A couple of quick notes, this assumes that Dumbledore has waived his magic wand across the AFL, and everyone is magically 100% healthy. A player also does not need to have played for their original team to qualify. It is simply who drafted them first.


Next team to go under the Team of Origin spotlight is the Collingwood Magpies. The Pies are always active during trade period, and have recruited well (ish) over the last few years. But how well have they drafted? Let’s have a look and see what their team would look like with just their draftees.

Back Line

Premiership here Heath Shaw returns to anchor a solid back line. Shaw, Goldsack and St. Kilda fullback Nathan Brown provide the experience with youngsters Langdon, Scharenberg and Maynard rounding out the back six. Shaw plays the anchor role, and acts as on-field defensive coach. He would expect every single rebound play to go through his hands, so his Fantasy numbers would be huge.

Midfield

The midfield looks pretty similar on paper to the real life Collingwood team. Lions captain Dayne Beams comes in to replace Adam Treloar, so you are not losing much there. It is the rotation depth that gets hurt a bit here. No Taylor Adams, Crisp, Hoskin-Elliot and Varcoe returning to their original teams.

The Rucks are well stocked, with current favourite for All-Australian ruckman Brodie Grundy backed up by the returning Jarrod Witts. Mason Cox is also able to help out if need be. This team is potentially a bit tall, so Cox would be the first to miss out with Blair or Crocker coming in to provide a better team balance.

Forward Line

There is really nothing spectacular about the forward line. Darcy Moore is on the rise, but is yet to reach peak performance. Daisy Thomas is another returning premiership player, and will team up fellow ‘Tank Engine’ Josh Thomas on the half forward line. Rookie Jaidyn Stephenson holds his spot in the forward pocket to provide a bit of dash, however overall, this forward line is lacking a bit of polish.

Leadership

Scott Pendlebury retains the captaincy in this team. His experience and consistency would be invaluable in this team. He is joined in the leadership group by Vice Captain Steele Sidebottom, as well as Dayne Beams, Heath Shaw and Brodie Grundy.

Summary

This is simply just an OK team. They will push a few of the other teams, but coach Nathan Buckley has his work cut out for him. The Pies would still boast an elite midfield, even if the depth is a bit lacking, however the forward and back lines are not quite as impressive as some of the other Team of Origin line ups. Speculation would still be rife in regards to Buckley’s job security, and you would feel he is just a 3 game losing streak away from being sacked.

Ladder Prediction – 9-12

If you enjoyed this article, why not read previous Club of Origin Teams – AdelaideBrisbane and Carlton


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Written by Archie Keeler (@OTLSArchie)

Header graphic by Corey Wade Media (@CoreySWade)

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