The Northern Territory news Fri 14 Jun 2013
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www.ntnews.com.au Friday, June 14, 2013. NT NEWS. 27 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:14-JGE:27 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K ROUND 12 Dogs need to do homework on Pies WESTERN Bulldogs veteran Daniel Giansiracusa says the AFL club is preparing to face a totally different Collingwood than it has previously. The Bulldogs and Magpies will meet on Sunday for the first time since round six last season, when Collingwood ground out a hardfought 21-point win. But after the Bulldogs opposition analysis meeting yesterday, Giansiracusa acknowledged there was little that could be drawn from previous encounters. At least 12 of Collingwoods 22 are likely to have changed from last seasons match, including the injury absences of the likes of Dayne Beams, Alex Fasolo and Alan Toovey and list changes, with players such as Chris Dawes and Sharrod Wellingham now playing for rival clubs. In their place are youngsters such as Ben Kennedy, Kyle Mar tin, Josh Thomas, Marley Williams and Paul Seedsman, none of whom the Bulldogs have previously faced. Theyve totally changed, Giansiracusa said yesterday. We did the opposition analysis just then and theres a lot of guys theyve got out through injury, and things like that. So well definitely be researching and making sure were fully aware of those younger players, and making sure were right on the ball, ready to go on Sunday. Giansiracusa said while Collingwood would enter the match confident after big wins against Brisbane and Melbourne, the Bulldogs were also buoyant after victories over St Kilda and Port Adelaide in their past two games. Theyre also physically and mentally refreshed after their midseason bye. Giansiracusa said it was poss ible the Dogs momentum and intensity could be affected, but he expected the break to help them. Time will tell, I suppose, on Sunday twilight when we go out there, he said. Meanwhile, Collingwood has agreed in principle to offer up a home match to the Western Bulldogs each year in an effort to help boost the clubs coffers. The Bulldogs have arranged a sponsor, Slater and Gordon, for Sundays Etihad Stadium match which is a Collingwood home game and will get the bulk of the money from the deal. o Jeff Kennett expects some big changes at Melbourne after the embattled club meets today with the AFL Commission. The meeting is expected to result in more funds for the struggling Demons and Kennett said that a major announcement on the clubs future was imminent.
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