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DT Inside Info: Pie Skipper Nick Maxwell

Last week I got in touch with Dream Team Guru and Collingwood skipper Nick Maxwell (coach of Maxy’s Machine) to get some inside info from the Pies and some whispers from around the league. Because the guy is a dead set legend, he gave me some gold information and after much deliberation, I thought I had better do the right thing and share with you guys.

  • Roy

Last week I got in touch with Dream Team Guru  and Collingwood skipper Nick Maxwell (coach of Maxy’s Machine) to get some inside info from the Pies and some whispers from around the league. Because the guy is a dead set legend, he gave me some gold information and after much deliberation, I thought I had better do the right thing and share with you guys.

The main points of discussion:

First Picked: The first player Maxy is selecting this year will be Gary Ablett, based on the back of information regarding Gaz being fitter and stronger than ever before. He went on to say, “Great for Dream Team, scary for the Pies”. Gary will also be his go to captain.

NAB Pie radar: Here are a few blokes who have earned a likely call up in the NAB, and from there he said it’s up to them to put their hand up for selection for the season proper. Seedsman, Witts, Ceglar, Paine, Elliot and Yagmoor (to name a few). He also said to have a look at Jolly who is in the “best shape of his life”

Buckley’s effect on DT output for individuals? No negative effect on player scoring but expect him to foster the natural development of guys like Blair, Sidebottom, Beams and Fasolo by giving them a run through the middle.

Sidebottom or Beams? Found it too hard to split the young guns and had this to say “Beams had a 6 week period pre finals last year that was as good as anyone’s going around. Steele was consistent throughout. Watch the NAB form!”

Current Midfield? “Gee you have me under the gun! At this point I have Ablett, Rockcliff, Pendlebury, McDonald (GWS), Mitchell (Swans)-hearing good things, Coniglio, Clifton (GWS) – could be a good mature age pick, and Hodge – he’s injury free and flying, and averaged 94 last year despite no pre season and being injured during the year. I’m sure it will change 10 times before lockout though!!!”

Is Didak ‘Max Gawn?’ from DT calculations? “Definitely don’t write him off. He has had an excellent pre-season up until his injury this week. We all know the class he has and I think he still has plenty of footy in front of him. We think he will be back for a few weeks before round one so that’s good news that he won’t go into the season without a run”

Marty Clarke role?  in the mix for round 1? “He is in the mix for sure. I think he can play almost anywhere. He has shown he can play back but over the pre season we have seen him forward and on the wing. With that lethal left foot he is a weapon for us moving forward.”

What about my old mate Heath Shaw? “Yeah I expect him to play Wing / HB. He played a fair bit of wing last year and was very good. I know he’s a favourite of yours… my tip is this will be his best year to date.”

So there you have it, thanks Maxy!!




  1. juddy69

    February 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm


    • juddy69

      February 15, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Ps. Good info there :) interesting to see Maxwell has Pendles but no Swan and looks like Heater is going well.

  2. zappabanjo

    February 15, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Go the heater

  3. PurpleArmy

    February 15, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Why is Maxxy holding the cup like a gangster holds a gun…hmmm

  4. Dom

    February 15, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Just wondering Luke shuey or Lenny Hayes?

    • Sceptic

      February 16, 2012 at 1:16 am

      I would go Shuey to be honest. I read an article about him the other day which said he wont stop until he is called one of the best in the world. We all know where that attitude gets ya! Look in the shoekeeper.

    • imofm

      February 17, 2012 at 3:02 am

      If you’re not interested, just go to another article….PLEASE!

  5. extrasupervery

    February 15, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Isn’t Tom Mitchell injured?

  6. DanTheMan

    February 15, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Roy’s articles are the best

    • gavin

      February 16, 2012 at 9:21 am


  7. Arnie

    February 15, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    That has thrown a few bloody spanners in the works, jolly and heath shaw, i vowed never to pick heater again after the last two years. That 8 week ban f**ked me! but he is bloody good.

    • DucKing

      February 15, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      Do you think Maxy is going to bag out his team mate?

      Just imagine Maxy saying something like this….

      “Naa I would stay away from Heater this year, he is pretty wound up and bound to have another brain snap soon”

      Learn from the past people.


      You will thank me later.

      • giants

        February 15, 2012 at 9:12 pm

        Agree DucKing. Hell, he even talked up Didak.

      • tkol

        February 16, 2012 at 8:49 am

        @ Duck king

        Hilarious my friend and congrations you have just reached the TKOL-CODE (The King Of Leon Centre of Dreamteam Excellence).

        • DucKing

          February 16, 2012 at 11:10 am

          Without a word of a lie, my life in now complete.

          Thank you TKOL, thank you.

      • Kuruki

        February 16, 2012 at 3:15 pm

        I LOL at you.

      • EmeraldIllusion

        February 17, 2012 at 5:32 am

        Lol @ “Congrations”.

  8. Ike

    February 15, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Geez its not like him to give inside info! Someone had to say it….

  9. dt lad

    February 15, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    fyfe vs goodes? franklin over both aswell?

    • Sceptic

      February 16, 2012 at 1:10 am

      Franklin definately over both. Goodsey has a great run this year and has had a good pre season. However I read last year that they are eezying him into a full forward role. Don’t know how it will go this year but I expect Fyfe to have a better year.

  10. dt lad

    February 16, 2012 at 12:00 am

    n Riewoldt vs J brown vs lecras

    • Sceptic

      February 16, 2012 at 1:09 am

      Depends on structure I guess. If you have too many saints/hawks/tigers/blues players then saty away from Roo and get Lecras I say. If not go Roo.

      • Bradley

        February 16, 2012 at 3:13 pm

        Lecras just did a knee this morning at training. Not the full banger but expected to struggle to make round 1

  11. GJayBee

    February 16, 2012 at 2:06 am

    I have to say, I though Marty Clark’s disposal was suss. But that is just from memory hahahah. The prospectus and Maxwell don’t lie!

    In my defense, Clarke may have just @#$%ed up when I was watching him a few times.

    All the best to him, Go Pies!

    • giants

      February 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      I think that might just be because Clarke has a very unco looking kicking style, but his disposal efficiency is fine.

  12. stew42

    February 16, 2012 at 11:32 am

    There have been rumours going around that Swan has received his third strike for testing positive to drugs, and will be announced tomorrow. I wouldn’t read into it too much, it is only a rumour. But if it is true, then it will mean a great deal for our DTs. Keep an ear open.

    • DucKing

      February 16, 2012 at 11:52 am

      I will believe this when I see it. Highly unlikely.

      • stew42

        February 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm

        That’s what I think too. Still, can’t be too careful…

    • EmeraldIllusion

      February 17, 2012 at 5:35 am

      Swan is shit anyway. Pendles will kill him this year. Mark my words.

  13. 1eyedwilly

    February 17, 2012 at 3:55 am

    Alot of talk about beams & sidebum as fwd picks anyone going the big Clokeroom? Averaged 95pts last season in a breakout year for him and will kick the most goals for the pies this year by a country mile.

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