Bucks chats to Dennis ahead of Pies win over Freo at Joondalup

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley follows his players down the race at Joondalup Arena for the JLT Community Series match against Fremantle.
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley follows his players down the race at Joondalup Arena for the JLT Community Series match against Fremantle.

COLLINGWOOD coach Nathan Buckley warmed up for today’s pre-season win over Fremantle at HBF Arena with a chat on the new AFL rule changes with commentating legend Dennis Cometti.

Buckley, who said his team wanted to reinforce the “great strides” taken last season, was guest along with Pies’ assistant coach Justin Longmuir at a pre-game West Perth luncheon.

The Pies mentor said the football community would get a look at the new rules over the next couple of weeks, including each team starting at centre bounces with six players across the midfield, six in the defensive arc and six in the forward 50.

West Perth Football Club host Collingwood Football Club coach Nathan Buckley and former Falcon Justin Longmuir ahead of the Pies-Fremantle Dockers pre-season clash at HBF Arena. Read more: bit.ly/2SKm4OI Collingwood Fan-Page

Posted by Joondalup-Wanneroo Times/Weekender on Sunday, 3 March 2019

“If the six-six-six was ever going to help it will be on this ground (Joondalup Arena) because there is enough space as it is,” Buckley said.

“You’ll see our deepest forward needs to start in the goal square. If we lose the centre bounce and it goes the other end, he’s got to put in a 100m stride just to get into where we want him in position.

“So there is a little bit more work to be done.

“I think it does open the game up a little bit more.”

Dennis Cometti at the Falcons-Pies luncheon with West Perth board member Peter Cutler and his parents Cathy and Bill Cutler.

Buckley said the rule change of being able to run out of the goal square for the kick-in was an advantage.

“I think that will challenge the offensive philosophy of a lot of sides,” he said.

“Because some like to maintain possession and if you get carried away just running and kicking it long and taking that extra 10 or 15, it might take you away from a possession philosophy.

“I think Richmond a couple of years ago, West Coast and us last year are probably more territory sides than possession sides.

“So it will be interesting to see how it pans out.”

Hayden Ballantyne runs back with the flight in Fremantle’s JLT Community Series loss to Collingwood. Picture: Dan White

Cometti asked Buckley how soon he had watched back the grand final after the Pies’ loss to West Coast in the grand final.

He said he saw half of it on the plane to Italy eight days after the final.

“And then I watched the other half in Florence,” he said.

“The fact that I was that far away from it made it feel like it had been longer and that it was further away.

“But it didn’t make it any easier.”

Pies fans outnumbered Dockers supporters at the West Perth lunch. Pictures: J Bianchini

The Pies kicked seven goals in the last term to run out winners in the hot weather, 111 to 84.

Collingwood supporter and Hillarys MLA Peter Katsambanis (right) is joined by West Perth board member Paul Murray and 6PR’s Tony McManus.
Janet and Jonathan Seth with Garry Hunt.
West Perth president Neale Fong.
WA Football Commission CEO Gavin Taylor and Rob McKenzie.