How can a team be Dux of the AFL class one week and Dunce of the same class a week later?
A 57-35 win over top rating Geelong had "premiers" splashed all over the Magpies.
One week later a 111-45 shellacking at the hands (and feet) of the West Coast Eagles.
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A performance that gave the impression Collingwood would prefer the wooden spoon to the silverware.
West Coast suddenly emerging as the sleeping giant, devouring a team widely tipped "the team to beat."
Josh Kennedy booting seven big ones for the hosts.
The dead-eye-Josh taking candy from the Collingwood kids.
Except kids were in the minority.
Talk about the glorious uncertainty of AFL! The credit belonged to West Coast.
A scintillating display.
So what went so terribly wrong with Buckley's bunch?
A couple of assumptions.
There was a concentrated build-up to the Geelong game.
A win at all costs affair.
Then the trip across the Nullabor. History tells us there is no place like home for the Maggies.
West Coast had their fans in big numbers.
Fremantle will have theirs on Sunday when they play Collingwood.
Will Collingwood bounce back? Yes, providing their overnight sleep isn't disturbed by a nightmare of swooping Eagles.
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