EXCITEMENT MACHINE: Collingwood star Jamie Elliott in action against arch rival Carlton. Picture: GETTY IMAGESND:ONLY a couple of sleeps Magpie until your Collingwood heroes roll into Bendigo for Sunday’s big clash with Carlton at the QEO.

There’s no premiership points, but that won’t stop the players from giving their all.

This contest could be played near Ayers Rock and it would still draw a huge crowd.

There’s no love lost between the Black and White and the Navy Blues.

KA: The game is a sell out.

About 10,000 fans will pack into the QEO to see my Pies smash the Blues.

I have been counting down the days to see them play here and it is shaping up to be a cracking game, albeit a match worth nothing in the grand scheme of things.

Pendlebury, Swan and Cloke are named for the Pies, while Judd, Gibbs and Henderson will play for the Blues.

ND: It’s only a practice match and you are talking about a smashing.

Those with no allegiance to either club will be wanting to see a closely-fought contest.

On paper the Magpies look stronger, but the match is on grass, not paper.

A player I really enjoy watching is Collingwood’s Jamie Elliott.

He has an incredible leap, is afiercecompetitor and capable of a few goals.

Jamie, aka Billy, will be in No. 5 this season.

Some of Collingwood’s greatest and most popular players – Terry Waters, Ron Wearmouth, Ron McKeown and Nathan Buckley – have worn No. 5.

Will be interesting to see how Swanny goes on Sunday.

KA: Nathan Buckley, what a player!

He was my hero growing up and although nowadays he has his critics, I’m still his number one fan.

Elliott is a star in the making and old mate Swanny, just keeps rolling.

He is crowd favourite and after having a disappointing season last year,Pies coaches are saying Swan is looking back to his best this pre-season.

Hopefully we get a glimpse of his Magpie magic on Sunday.

ND: Many weeks to go, but if Collingwood does not reach the finals then the noise from Buckley’s critics will be extremely loud.

Collingwood has shown it can be ruthless when it comes to coaches, and I’m not referring to one of your favourite movies, The Club.

Not so long ago and Mick Malthouse was celebrating another coaching triumph when Collingwood won the a premiership in 2010.

Now Mick is at the Blues and set to break the coaching games record held by Collingwood legend Jock McHale when Carlton takes on the Pies in this season’s fifth round.

Like him or not, Mick Malthouse has an outstanding record.

KA: Malthouse has been an incredible coach over the journey.

He worked wonders at the Pies and brought the faithful a long awaited premiership in 2010,something I will remember forever.

But I don’t expect him to bring the Blues a premiership in his time there.

Putting the rivalry aside, it is great to have footy back on the QEO.

I do like cricket, but there is nothing like watching a good footy match, especially when its Collingwood and Carlton.

Let’s hope it is a cracking game and both Pies fans and Blues supporters walk away from the match looking forward to an exciting season ahead.

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