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VFL Report: Magpies lose to ladder-leaders

The VFL Magpies have lost to Williamstown at Burbank Oval in round 16 of the VFL season.

8:45pm  Aug 2, 2015

Marsh 'fantastic' in defeat

Collingwood VFL coach Dale Tapping has labelled Jonathon Marsh's game in defence "fantastic" in the VFL Magpies 32-point loss to Williamstown.

8:29pm  Aug 2, 2015

Recap: VFL Magpies final quarter fade-out

Collingwood's VFL side have lost their fifth game of the season, going down by 32-points to Williamstown at Burbank Oval.

6:41pm  Aug 2, 2015




On 27 July, Director of Football Neil Balme provided an update on the injury status of the following players.

Brenden Abbott (shoulder)
"Brenden underwent some reconstructive surgery last week so he will be out for the season."

Tim Broomhead (shoulder)
"We don’t really expect Tim to be able to play any more this year. He is not totally ruled out, but he is certainly long-term with that shoulder"

Travis Cloke (calf)
"Travis is recovering reasonably well. Whilst we would not rule him out of playing this week, he is a little bit unlikely but he is going very well, so we are pleased with that. He is certainly short-term."

Jamie Elliott (back)
"We have not ruled Jamie out for this week but we will see how he goes. We won’t be taking any risks with him, either, with that kind of problem. He will be short-term, also."

Nathan Freeman (hamstring)
"Nathan has had a bit of a breakthrough with his hamstring. We are really pleased with the way he is training. He probably needs to get a couple of really solid weeks on the track at full bore for him to be back on track, so he is short-term."

Brent Macaffer (knee)
"Brent is going quite well with that knee. We’re not going to take any risks with it. We are obviously a little bit conservative. He is training pretty well, doing most of the drills and it won’t be long before he hopefully plays as well, so he will be short-term as well."

Jackson Ramsay (shin)
"Jackson is certainly a medium-to-longer term, that shin has really given him some bother but he is on the improve, he’s it of the boot doing a reasonable amount of work on it but it will take him some time. We’re hoping he gets up before the season finishes."

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."


Cloke: 'I've had some good news'

Collingwood Media spoke with Travis Cloke at the St Kilda Sea Baths on Tuesday morning. Cloke explained the nature of his calf injury and outlines his expected return.

July 21, 2015  2:42 PM

More Blackmores Injury Updates


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Bucks unsure if Reid is ready

Ben Reid will be discussed by Collingwood's match committee for this Saturday's game against Melbourne at the MCG, but coach Nathan Buckley is still unsure whether the key forward is ready to play just yet.

12:27pm Jul 28, 2015

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Pies won't rule out star forwards

Top forwards Travis Cloke and Jamie Elliott have not been ruled out of Saturday’s must-win clash with Melbourne, although Director of Football Neil Balme concedes the club is likely to err on the side of caution with the injured pair.

5:52pm Jul 27, 2015

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Top draftee on the comeback trail

Director of Football Neil Balme said Freeman has had “a bit of a breakthrough” with his hamstring in recent times.

4:56pm Jul 27, 2015

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"Good news" for Cloke

Travis Cloke is confident of making a quick recovery from his calf strain, revealing he has received “good news” following scans on the injury muscle.

2:57pm Jul 21, 2015

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Cloke's calf "not terrible"

Collingwood will be without Travis Cloke for just the tenth time since 2007 when it takes on the Western Bulldogs this Sunday.

3:17pm Jul 20, 2015

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Rookie ruled out for the season

Rookie Brenden Abbott’s season is over after scans have since revealed he will require a shoulder reconstruction.

3:02pm Jul 20, 2015

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Injury update: Midfielder out for six

Collingwood will have to do without crafty midfielder Tim Broomhead in the run to September after scans revealed a crack in his shoulder.

5:39pm Jul 13, 2015

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Grundy ruled out for Fremantle clash

Collingwood Director of Football Neil Balme has declared Brodie Grundy will not make the trip to Perth to play Fremantle, and may miss the following week's blockbuster against Hawthorn.

6:22pm Jun 22, 2015

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Injury update: Will Blair return?

Collingwood hopes to have two of its injured players available for selection against Fremantle following this week’s bye.

6:43pm Jun 15, 2015

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Grundy to wear brace for fortnight

Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy will be in a neck brace for another fortnight as he recovers from the injury he sustained last Friday.

5:34pm Jun 15, 2015

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Update: Grundy withdrawn from team

Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy has been withdrawn from the side to take on Greater Western Sydney this Sunday after sustaining a neck injury.

11:10am Jun 13, 2015

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Injury Update: Key Pies face tests

Collingwood hopes to regain Taylor Adams for Sunday’s clash with his former club Greater Western Sydney.

4:17pm Jun 9, 2015

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Surgeons solve Macaffer's woes

After battling to overcome a knee reconstruction, Brent Macaffer told CollingwoodTV’s From Lulie Street a fresh round of surgery has helped solve the problem.

3:35pm Jun 2, 2015

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Key recruits set for VFL return

Two of Collingwood’s highest profile recruits are poised to make their return from injury in the VFL this Saturday.

4:00pm Jun 1, 2015

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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