With a number of consistently superb players - including both co-captains - watching from the sidelines, Collingwood showed its depth in a 27-point dismantling of St Kilda in round two.
Britt Bonnici (26 disposals, 10 tackles) and Jamie Lambert (25 disposals) were among our best.
"Britt is reliable, she's taking her game to another level week in, week out," coach Steve Symonds said post-match.
"Jamie and Britt get their hands on the ball and give us great drive - they're two players who are really competitive and won't give an inch.
"We had two attacking players and one defensive player in the midfield and we will continue to experiment with that mix.
"We have a few options to rotate through there which is exciting, it means we have great depth."
Symonds said after a "scratchy" first half in round one, starting strong after each break was a key focus during the week.
"All of our quarters except for the last one we started quite well," he said.
"St Kilda were able to get the ball out of our forward 50 quite easily, our pressure wasn't quick enough so that's something we will learn from this round.
"As we started to fatigue our skill level by foot fell away, we got burnt on the turnover a couple of times."
Co-captain Steph Chiocci was a late out with achilles soreness and Imogen Barnett stepped up in her absence, making a statement in her AFLW debut.
"We wanted to give Steph the best opportunity to try and get up," Symonds said.
"We thought at this early stage of the season we would prefer to lose her for one game rather than a couple of weeks.
"Imi did a great job, she presented really well - she's super fit and she's playing confidently so it was a great start for her."