After Season 3 didn’t go as planned, the Pies are looking to bounce back.
With the appointment of new coach Steve Simons and the team doing well in the offseason, acquiring players such as Brianna Davey and regaining rising star Chloe Molloy, there is certainly room for optimism.
But losses have hit Collingwood again in the expansion and trade period, losing future stars in Darcy Guttridge and Illish Ross to St Kilda and Richmond respectively.
At the same time, the trophy cabinet down at the Holden centre acquired a new trophy with the Collingwood VFLW side winning the clubs inaugural women’s premiership.
It's what the Pies will be looking to continue, with that brilliant form and success in Season 2020.
Collingwood will also be looking to get the upper hand on other AFLW teams, by bringing in AFL men’s all Australian ruckman Brodie Grundy one day a week in a training role.
What we learnt from last season
Last season we learnt that the loss of expansion signings hit the Pies hard, with the loss of Jess Duffin, Jasmine Garner and Emma King just to name a few.
It was a disappointing season for the club with only winning the one game for the season. They saved the best until last when Collingwood beat Brisbane at Victoria Park.
Even though they only won the one game for the season, their young talent started to shine, with the likes of Maddie Shelvin, Darcy Guttridge and Sarah Dargan ending up playing key roles in Collingwood’s season.
Irish Import Sarah Rowe impressed with her first season in the AFLW.
Their weakness is staying in games, pure and simple.
There were two games last year that stood out, the Geelong game and the Carlton game, where they were in the lead for 90% of the game, but the opposition game through in the last quarter to steal the win.
The GWS game was the opposite, they let the giants blow them away in the first quarter, and while Collingwood got back to nine points by the end of the game, couldn't make it count.
In these three games, if Collingwood could have put together a full four-quarter performance, the Pies would be a very different story.