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RECAP: Treloar's VFL return

Treloar to play, SCG A-OK, Reid's recovery Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley spoke to the media ahead of the side's second NAB Challenge match against North Melbourne.

Adam Treloar completed three successful quarters of action as Collingwood defeated Werribee by 10 points in a VFL practice match at the Holden Centre.

Treloar was joined by AFL teammates Ben Crocker, Tim Golds and Darrean Wyatt in the warm conditions as the VFL Magpies defeated the Tigers 10.7 (67) to 9.3 (57).

Ash Close topped the goalkickers list with three goals, while Crocker added two in an impressive performance at half forward.

He was the man everyone came to see, and Adam Treloar failed to disappoint.

After starting at the foot of the opening centre bounce, Treloar attacked the ball ferociously in three quarters of action.

He appeared to slip into normal rotations, spending only small amounts of time on the bench in the taxing conditions.

The 22-year-old is known for his toughness, and it was quick to see that he has been itching to resume competitive action.

Treloar took exception to a sling tackle in the first quarter, rushing to the Werribee ruckman to show his displeasure.

He tackled hard, worked his way to every contest and showed a natural knack at finding the ball.


While one man wearing the number seven got the bulk of attention, Treloar was not the only Magpie to impress in his first outing.

Of the 24 VFL Magpies in action, four were AFL-listed players playing their first game in the Black and White stripes.

After being selected with pick 65 in the 2015 National Draft, Ben Crocker showed a natural goal-sense with majors in the first and fourth quarters.

In a similar nature to his Oakleigh Chargers days, Crocker played predominantly in the forward line and showed leadership beyond his years in a confidence-boosting display.

Former GWS Giant Golds improved as the game went on, and was highlighted by stand-in coach Tarkyn Lockyer at three-quarter time after an outstanding third quarter.

23-year-old Golds showed poise and athleticism as he played at half-back, often pushing higher up the ground to drive the Magpies attack.

While it was a matter of same sport, different jumper for Crocker and Golds, Wyatt experienced a debut of a different kind.

The former basketballer played up forward and in the ruck in his first game of organised football since his early teens.

He put an exclamation point on his performance with a strong mark and goal in the third term as the Magpies tried to extend their slender lead over Werribee. 

Sunday's clash at the Holden Centre also saw the debut of a number of new VFL Magpies.

As many as 10 players pulled on the Black and White stripes for the first time, while the well-known likes of Ben Moloney, Nick Gray, Ash Close and Jack Blair all impressed.

It wasn't a debut to remember for Lachlan Tardrew. The highly touted recruit from the Bendigo Pioneers hobbled to the bench within the first minute of play and failed to return.

His former Bendigo teammate Marty Hore was strong in defence, as Joel Moloney (brother of Ben) showed a toughness which clearly runs in the Moloney blood.

Marcus Alessi resembled a young Alex Fasolo up forward and kicked Collingwood's second goal of the game, while Will Knight also added a major in the second half.


   2.1    4.3    8.4    10.7 (67)
Werribee    2.2    4.2    7.3    9.3 (57)


Close 3, Crocker 2, Alessi, Knight, Wyatt, Matheson, Borthwick

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Collingwood v Werribee
Sunday 6 March, 1pm
Holden Centre

7. Adam Treloar
11. Marcus Alessi
14. Will Knight
28. Angelo Rambaldi
31. Joel Moloney
38. Andrew Bell
39. Ben Crocker
47. Darrean Wyatt
52. Theo Rosenthal
54. Jordan Collopy
57. Ash Close
58. Ben Moloney
59. Cal Matheson
60. Jordan Kelly
61. Nick Gray
63. Gus Borthwick
64. Jesse Wallin
65. Lachlan Howe
66. Dale Hinkley
68. Lachlan Tardrew
69. Jack Blair
70. Marty Hore
74. Jackson Viola


will highlight a Collingwood VFL team set to play Werribee in its first practice match on Sunday afternoon.

The recruit will pull on the Black and White stripes for the first time in the 1pm hit-out at the Holden Centre after coach Nathan Buckley announced his debut on Tuesday.

"We'll get 70 or 80 minutes of footy into him with a view of having him up for NAB 3," Buckley told the media.

"It's the next progression for him and we're smoothing his progression to a round one berth, given that the steps up are good."

Treloar will be joined on the Olympic Park Oval by two other AFL-listed Magpies.

Number 65 draft selection Ben Crocker has been named, alongside basketball convert Darrean Wyatt.

Wyatt has not played an organised game of Australian Rules football since his early teens after forging a career in college basketball in the United States.

The Melbourne-born recruit attended the College of Coastal Carolina before relocating back to Melbourne and being signed by the Magpies.

VFL regulars Ben Moloney, Jack Blair, Nick Gray and Ash Close are also part of Dale Tapping’s 23-man squad to take on North Melbourne’s affiliate side