The Collingwood Football Club has this week become favourites to win the 2015 Gallant Cup.
Only 5 weeks ago, with a record of 8 wins and 3 losses, the Magpies were not even considered to be in contention for the illustrious prize, however with 4 honourable losses in a row to Fremantle, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide and West Coast and a further loss this past weekend to the improving Western Bulldogs, the club is racking up an impressive amount of honourable losses.
This weekend’s match against fellow contender Melbourne, who has progressed from years of embarrassing losses to consistent honourable and acceptable losses, is a danger game for the Magpies. A win over the Demons will not only displease the majority of Victorian football supporters, who have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Magpies slide down the ladder in the previous 5 weeks, but will put a serious dent in their chase for the Gallant Cup. Whereas a loss against the Demons, will not only break one of the longest running hoodoos of modern times, but should see the Magpies become unbackable favourites to take out the cup.
The other serious challenger, making a late season run is the John Barker led Blues, who like Melbourne, have moved from insipid and humiliating losses to several weeks of honourable losses and even a win, though last Friday night’s demolition at the hands of Hawthorn did not please the bookmakers.
Interestingly, these two Gallant Cup favourites meet in a fortnight’s time at the MCG. With Carlton improving rapidly until the tutelage of the former Hawk forward, they are every possibility to beat the Magpies and move them into an unbackable position of Gallant Cup favouritism. The Magpies finish the season with games against fellow finals aspirants in Sydney, Richmond, Geelong and Essendon, all of which are losable games.
Collingwood’s losses in 2015
Round 2 – Their first loss of the season, going down to Adelaide by 27 points at home.
Round 6 – An under pressure Geelong side held a 9 goal lead at half time and never looked back, running out winners by 41 points.
Round 7 – Collingwood’s first bonafide honourable loss of the season, losing to the Tigers by 5 points at the MCG.
Round 13 – The first in a month of games which would ‘define the club’s season,’ it ended in an honourable loss to Fremantle by 7 points.
Round 14 – Back to back honourable losses, going down to the Hawks by 10 points.
Round 15 – A nail biting 3 point loss to Port Adelaide on a Thursday night.
Round 16 – A 31 point loss in Melbourne, to the surprise packet of the year, the West Coast Eagles.
Round 17 – Many expected the Magpies to bounce back in round 17, however they came up short against a finals bound Western Bulldogs.
…and now the Demons await.