MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 23: Jamie Elliott of the Magpies celebrates a goal during the 2019 AFL round 23 match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Essendon Bombers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 23, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

1. 2020 Recap

The Magpies’ 2020 will long be remembered for the tumultuous off-season period which saw the club lose star midfielder Adam Treloar, flashy forward Jaidyn Stephenson, wingman Tom Phillips and youngster Atu Bosenavulagi in ugly fashion.

On the field though, the ‘Pies weren’t great, but they weren’t terrible. The club was riddled with injury and suspensions to key players for big parts of the year and as a result, were in a dog fight for a finals berth for most of the season before clinching a finals spot on the eve of the finals series, finishing 7th on the ladder.

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Collingwood ultimately played their Grand Final in the first week of the 2020 finals series in an elimination final in Perth against the Eagles team. West Coast hadn’t lost a game in Perth all season and the Magpies had their backs against the wall, but pulled off a major upset, winning by one point.

The Magpies’ first week success was short-lived though after they were comprehensively beaten by Geelong in their semi-final clash at the Gabba by 68 points.

AFL 1st Elimination Final - West Coast v Collingwood
PERTH, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 03: Brody Mihocek of the Magpies celebrates the win during the 2020 AFL First Elimination Final match between the West Coast Eagles and the Collingwood Magpies at Optus Stadium on October 03, 2020 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)