Darcy Moore has done something he could not do all of last year. The injury-prone forward has played two games in a row, and has not done a hamstring.
Given his painful past, the young Magpie has reached a point of celebrating small victories.
Moore was very good against Richmond, one of the Magpies best, beating Jack Riewoldt and reminding Collingwood of what they missed on Grand Final day in 2018.
"It was tough last year. It tests everything you've got in terms of motivation and resilience so I'm just loving it regardless of what the scoreboard says. I am just loving it.
"You are never out of the woods with soft tissue injuries as we have seen across the league. Once you have had one you generally have two, three, four, five – so as much as I am hoping that is it for me with the issue, it is more of a process of constant management which is frustrating.
"I do ballet and pilates – I have a good routine down now. My Monday to Friday is pretty structured and it's really tested a few working relationships at the club with physios and doctors and staff. But we have come out the other side and I am pretty stoked to play two games in a row because I couldn't manage that all of last year.
"I felt coming in [to the side] a little bit of pressure to keep the standard up really high, because the other backs have set such a really good standard. It's fun. And to be honest I am just enjoying playing footy again."
Moore said the team did not spare anyone in the review of the loss to Geelong in round one, and the result was they were smarter in the way they played against Richmond.
The Tigers forwards folded back into their backline and so conceded a lot of time and territory to Collingwood's defenders, allowing them to transfer play and be more careful with how they took the ball forward compared to last week.
"We reviewed it pretty harshly last week, we were pretty hard on ourselves. Pre-season can be tough like that – you can think that you are prepared and thenRead More – Source