Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury with Patrick Lipinski. Lipinski will get his first taste of ANZAC Day Football on Monday. (Image: Collingwood FC)

Playing on ANZAC Day was part of the pitch to get Patrick Lipinski over to Collingwood, now the in-form 23-year-old is excited to run out for the biggest home and away game of the season

Part of the pitch to get Patrick Lipinski to cross from the Western Bulldogs to Collingwood this past off-season was the opportunities to play and run out on the MCG on ANZAC Day.

After being drafted to the Dogs just months after seeing his boyhood club win their breakthrough Premiership in 2016, after 56 games in Red, White and Blue,  made the switch to Collingwood and has had an instant impact under Craig McRae in a new-look Magpies team.

Lipinski has played every game so far in 2022, very different from the last couple of years of his time at the Bulldogs where he was jumping between the VFL and AFL sides. Now being able to play a run of games consecutively, his consistency in performance is providing much joy to Lipinski himself but his captain Scott Pendlebury, coaches, and the broader Collingwood community.

The 23-year-old is having a career-best season, averaging 24 disposals and 3.2 clearances per game playing a full-time midfield role, and is looking to continue his fantastic form in the biggest home and away game on the calendar. His first ANZAC Day experience.

“I think it was one of the first things they [Collingwood] mentioned when coming across, you get to play ANZAC Day,” Lipinski said.

” It’s deffinelty something you look forward to, it’s the biggest game of the regular season so super exciting”

Lipinski’s captain Scott Pendlebury will lead Collingwood out on Monday in what will be his 15th ANZAC Day match.

Pendlebury, throughout his years in the system, has experienced the full share of results on this day, ranging from one point results each way to blowouts and big margins each way. Having been on this stage more than a dozen times before, Pendlebury says it’s hard to adequately find the words to explain what will happen and what the young players, might feel on the day. Especially those experiencing ANZAC Day football for the first time.

“You can’t really tell them what’s going to happen until they get out and experience it,” Pendlebury said.

“I always say just in that last post when everyone is silent, just take a moment to look around and appreciate what you’re about to go and do and how lucky we are to do it on such a special day for the country”

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After crossing from the Bulldogs, Lipinski has quickly established himself as a fan favourite among the Magpie faithful. Lipinski himself says he has been taken aback at the sheer size of the football club and the Magpie Army and how far-reaching it is.

It adds to his excitement to run out on Monday. A big game for a big club against one of the club’s fiercest rivals, of which Collingwood has plenty of.

” It’s been quite noticeable [to me] just how big Collingwood is,” Lipinski said.

“The fanbase, the crowds. Little things like in round one when we win and they’re doing the Collingwood chant, It’s just amazing to be a part of.

“I can only imagine what it’s like when we play off in those big rivalry games against Essendon and Carlton, those kinds of games”

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