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Orange Crush becomes Bucks Fizz

Remember the Orange Kangaroos? Glenn McFarlane recalls a day when North Melbourne wore orange jumpers against Collingwood.

11:07am  May 27, 2015

Pies In Print: Wednesday 27 May

A rare quiet day in the major dailies for the Black and White.

8:47am  May 27, 2015

Photos: Recovery at the Sea Baths

View a selection of the best photos from Collingwood's recovery session at the St Kilda Sea Baths.

6:01pm  May 26, 2015




On 18 May, Director of Football Neil Balme provided an update on the injury status of the following players.

Brenden Abbott (illness)
"Brenden missed the VFL game through illness on the weekend. He was crook and didn’t play but will be fine to play this week."

Nathan Freeman (hamstring)
"Nathan had some surgery on his hamstring. He is in pretty good shape. The only recovery time will be recovering from the actual surgery, so it will be another few days before he will be able to get on the track but hopefully he will run if not this week then next week, then we’ll see how he goes."

Levi Greenwood (fractured tibia)
"Levi is going pretty well. He’s running, he’s kicking, he’s just got to get the work into his body and into his legs again but it will still be another few weeks before he’s available to play. We are really happy with the way he is going."

Ben Kennedy
"Ben came through the game very well. There were some reports that he had concussion. That wasn’t the case. He did get a whack to the head but he certainly wasn’t concussed. He missed the last quarter because he was a bit sore but he is fine. I saw him today; he’s in good shape and will almost certainly be available for this week."

Brent Macaffer (knee)
"Brent has been struggling with that recovery from his serious surgery on his knee. They are going to go in and have a bit of a look with an arthroscope to see how it goes. We’re not expecting anything too serious but it will certainly hold him back with the amount of time it takes for him to recover from the arthroscope which will be three or four weeks before he can get back into his program. It was a bit disappointing but it’s probably good news for him as we will be able to get him back on track."

Darcy Moore (hamstring)
"Darcy in pretty good shape, we’re really pleased with how he is going. Again, we will be conservative with him so he won’t play this week because of the VFL bye but there is a fair chance he will play the week after."

Jackson Ramsay (shin)
"We’re not absolutely sure whether he will come up this week. We are reasonably positive but again we will play it by ear. He will be a test."

Ben Reid (quad)
"Ben missed the VFL again this weekend, not through any injury per se, but we have committed to not playing him unless he is one hundred per cent, so he was a little bit concerned about his conditioning so he didn’t play this week. Unfortunately he will miss this week because of the bye. We are pretty confident about where he is."

Steele Sidebottom (broken thumb)
"We are pretty confident that his thumb is fine and healed but it is a matter of how comfortable with how he is and how he is able to train. He will be a test as well."

Ben Sinclair (hamstring)
"Ben, as we suggested in the first place, is reasonably slow with that hammy. He won’t play this week but there is some chance the week after or definitely the week after that."

Alan Toovey (jarred knee)
"Alan jarred his knee. Fortunately he had a scan on Monday and it looks pretty positive. We will still be fairly conservative about it. There’s no certainty that he will play this week but he is certainly not long-term."

Clinton Young (hamstring)
"Clinton is coming along quite well, that hamstring is doing pretty well but I doubt that he will play – he certainly won’t play as there is no VFL game this week but he should be fine for the VFL the week after. We’re certainly hopeful of that."

Collingwood's injury list explained

In 2015, Collingwood will be using the following method to categorise its injuries:

Short-term
A short-term injury indicates that there is some chance a player will play in the VFL or AFL on the coming weekend, but it is more likely that they won't.

Medium-term
If a player has sustained a medium-term injury, it is considered that he will require more than a two weeks to return to the VFL or the AFL, but the club is unsure exactly how long it will be.

Long-term
If a player has sustained a long-term injury, that means it will be more than six weeks until they play football at either VFL or AFL level.

"We normally talk about how many weeks players are going to miss, but we never know for sure," Director of Football Neil Balme explained.

"It’s always a bit of a guess. This stops us from saying two-to-three weeks, which then turns into 18 weeks, which can quite often happen."


Blackmores Injury Update: Round Seven

Watch Director of Football Neil Balme provide the latest on the injury status of several key Magpies, including Nathan Freeman, Darcy Moore, Ben Reid, Paul Seedsman, Ben Sinclair, Steele Sidebottom, Brent Macaffer, Levi Greenwood and Jackson Ramsay.

May 11, 2015  4:23 PM

More Blackmores Injury Updates


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Injury Update: Frost in the frame

Collingwood full back Jack Frost remains in contention to face North Melbourne on Sunday.

5:00pm May 25, 2015

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More surgery for injured Magpie

Brent Macaffer’s bid to return from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament has taken a blow, with the tagger to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his knee.

6:20pm May 18, 2015

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Toovey escapes serious injury

Scans have revealed Collingwood defender Alan Toovey has escaped a major injury after jarring his knee during his side’s loss to Richmond on Sunday.

5:55pm May 18, 2015

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A jarred knee for defender

Collingwood backman Alan Toovey sustained a jarred knee during his side's narrow loss to Richmond on Sunday.

8:21pm May 17, 2015

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Freeman's surgery a success

The exploratory surgery on teenage midfielder Nathan Freeman’s hamstring has been deemed a success.

2:47pm May 13, 2015

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Sidebottom faces fitness test

Midfielder Steele Sidebottom will undergo a fitness test on his broken thumb ahead of Collingwood’s clash with Richmond at the MCG on Sunday.

5:39pm May 11, 2015

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Surgery for young Magpie

Top draftee Nathan Freeman will undergo exploratory surgery on his hamstring on Tuesday as the club seeks to solve the 19-year-old’s injury concerns.

4:45pm May 11, 2015

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Seedsman in doubt for Friday

ANZAC Day Medallist Paul Seedsman is struggling to shake off a glute injury in time to face Geelong on Friday night.

12:57pm May 6, 2015

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Injury update: Youngsters expected to recover

Three of Collingwood’s emerging stars are expected to recover from injury to play against Geelong in round six.

6:04pm May 4, 2015

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Injuries: Update on three recruits

Get the latest on three members of Collingwood’s 2014 draft class ahead of round four of the VFL season.

4:03pm May 4, 2015

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Selection: Swan racing the clock

Collingwood will make a call on Dane Swan's fitness on Thursday and won't name him for Friday night's clash with Carlton if there is doubt over his sprained ankle.

12:59pm Apr 29, 2015

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Top draft choice poised for return

Matthew Scharenberg’s journey to the top level will step up a notch this Saturday when he returns from a knee reconstruction in the VFL against Footscray.

5:29pm Apr 27, 2015

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Moore injures hamstring

Collingwood draftee Darcy Moore sustained a suspected hamstring injury during his team's loss to Essendon in the VFL on Sunday.

5:13pm Apr 26, 2015

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Greenwood back on his feet

Levi Greenwood is off crutches and has set his sights on running again just three weeks after fracturing his ankle.

4:38pm Apr 13, 2015

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Injury Update: Witts to miss

Collingwood will tackle its season opener against Brisbane without the help of ruckman Jarrod Witts.

5:15pm Apr 1, 2015

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Reid hasn't suffered a setback, insists Pendles

Collingwood scaled Ben Reid's training back this week, prompting speculation he may have injured himself again, but Scott Pendlebury says it was all part of the plan.

3:24pm Mar 25, 2015

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Greenwood knocked for six

Collingwood will be without recruit Levi Greenwood in the early rounds of the 2015 home and away season after scans revealed the 26-year-old has sustained a fractured ankle.

5:26pm Mar 23, 2015

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McGuire expects Greenwood to miss

Collingwood President Eddie McGuire expects recruit Levi Greenwood to miss the early part of the season due to the ankle injury he suffered against the Western Bulldogs.

9:55am Mar 23, 2015

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Hurt Pie 'likely to miss weeks'

Collingwood is likely to be without Levi Greenwood for at least its opening round clash against Brisbane after the recruit suffered an ankle injury on Saturday night.

12:19am Mar 22, 2015

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'It's been extremely tough', says young Pie

Last weekend Matthew Scharenberg returned to the Queen Elizabeth Oval in Bendigo where the young Magpie was forced to put his career on hold for the second time in six months.

3:04pm Mar 21, 2015