Reigning Magpies best and fairest winner Jack Crisp has heaped praise on small forward duo Beau McCreery and Jack Ginnivan and their impact close to goal so far this season.
Collingwood sits second on the AFL ladder after winning its first two games of the season in which Craig McRae’s side has kicked 100 or more points in both games.
The Pies have had a strong spread of goalkickers in their victories over St Kilda and Adelaide respectively, but Ginnivan and McCreery’s presence inside the arc has given the team a different dynamic.
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McCreery (186cm, 84kg) has laid five and six tackles from his first two games, while Ginnivan (185cm, 80kg) exceeded 20 disposals for the first time in his career against the Crows while adding 21 disposals and five inside 50s.
“(McCreery) has so much pace. He is the strongest 20-year-old I have even seen in my life. He benches something like 140kg – that’s crazy. The pressure he puts on is unbelievable,” Crisp told The Age.
“Ginnivan, he is lively. He has a lot of agility, can kick goals from the boundary, just creates opportunities. The forwards are working well together with the talls and the mids coming through there.”
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Ginnivan’s antics with the club’s GoPro camera after the Round 1 win over St Kilda were called out by four-time Port Adelaide best and fairest winner Kane Cornes, who said they would’ve given the Crows ample motivation for Saturday’s game.
But Ginnivan backed up his words with a strong and energetic performance in Round 2, booting 1.2 from 21 disposals.
Cornes said he was impressed Ginnivan played so well amid being central to ample external commentary.
“I was interested to see how he was going to go and he couldn’t have done anything better,” Cornes told Channel 9’s The Sunday Footy Show.