Pies gear up for Morwell stoush

Collingwood champion Tyson Goldsack says his side is raring to go ahead of Monday's JLT Series clash with old foe Carlton at Morwell Recreation Reserve.

The 31-year-old defender said he expected the Blues to provide a tough hitout to round out the AFL's official pre-season competition, but the Magpies were keen to put on a good show at their home away from home.

"We played down here last year and we love the area," Goldsack said.

"This time of year everyone is ready and raring to go and you’ve got a full list to choose from more or less so no doubt they (Carlton) want to get some momentum going into the season.

"They’ve had people that have been knocking them over the pre-season so I’ve no doubt they will want to come out and give it everything they’ve got and we’re the same. We had a nice game against Fremantle and a few guys coming back and playing their first game of the year, mine included, so we’re looking forward to getting out there and seeing what we can do."

Goldsack fronted local media during a visit to Morwell yesterday to promote the game and offer support to the Gippsland community in the midst of recent bushfires that have impacted various parts of the region.

The veteran backman grew up in Pakenham and played under-18 football for the Morwell-based TAC Cup (now NAB  League) side Gippsland Power and said the devastation 

“My folks still live in Pakenham Upper so we were five minutes from the Bunyip State Forest fires so growing up in the hills and in bushland it’s kinds of always been prevalent and something that can happen at the flick of a switch,” he said.

“We really appreciate the CFA and what they do and what they have done for years and to be able to come out at a time like this and be able to give back a little bit and support the community is an honour.

"There’s a lot of community work going on at the moment so we’re happy to support wherever we can on the things that are happening in the community in the Latrobe Valley." 

Goldsack and second year forward Nathan Murphy stopped by Morwell Park Primary School for some football activities and question-and-answer sessions with local students, before heading to Mid Valley Shopping Centre to sign autographs and greet a host of excited fans.

“We’re here to spread the love of the game and if we can get a few people on board with AFL and grassroots footy then that’s what we’re all about really.”

Monday's game at Morwell Recreation Reserve kicks off at 2:10pm, with gates set to open at 12:30pm.

Tickets can be purchased at ticketek.com.au


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