Fear­less Pies can spring sur­prise


COLLING­WOOD for­ward Will Hoskin-El­liott is con­fi­dent the Mag­pies can upset flag favourites Richmond in Fri­day night’s pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal, say­ing they don’t fear any op­po­si­tion when play­ing their best footy.

Fresh from play­ing a key role in end­ing the sea­son of his old side, Greater Western Syd­ney, Hoskin-El­liott said the be­lief amongst the Mag­pies’ play­ing group was build­ing and would hold them in good stead against the Tigers.

“It’s the best feel­ing; it’s un­real,” Hoskin-El­liott said af­ter the 10-point win.

“The con­nec­tion and the be­lief that the boys have this year is un­be­liev­able. Ev­ery­one is into the pro­gram and the game plan, and just giv­ing them­selves 100 per cent of the ef­fort all the time. “It is what we be­lieve in. “The whole team thinks that if we are on (this) week, we can get it done.”

He spent the first 15 min­utes af­ter the fi­nal siren with his four-month-old son Flynn, say­ing fam­ily was such an im­por­tant thing to him.

The 25-year-old, in his sec­ond sea­son with the Pies af­ter five sea­sons with the Gi­ants, set him­self for a big semi-fi­nal af­ter goal-less month of foot­ball.

He fin­ished with two goals, 10 marks and 19 dis­pos­als.

“I was pretty happy; I have been a bit quiet in the last cou­ple of weeks, so to find the footy was re­ally good,” he said.

Asked about his strength over­head, he said: “Bucks has just said if I think I can get to it (the ball), then go for it.”

His two ma­jors have taken his sea­son tally to a ca­reer­high 41 goals – equal most for the Mag­pies along with Jordan De Goey – in what has been a very dif­fer­ent for­ward set-up to what he had imag­ined dur­ing the pre­sea­son.

“At the start of the year I was think­ing it would be (Alex) Fa­solo and (Jamie) El­liott as our (main) goal­kick­ers,” he said.

“To come in this year and to have Jordy, and my­self, and Brody Mi­ho­cek, who has come from nowhere, and Josh Thomas and Jai­dyn Stephenson has been un­be­liev­able.”

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