Fremantle has come to town for the season opener and shown it is more than serious about atoning its Grand Final defeat.
The Dockers tore apart Collingwood at Etihad Stadium by 70 points, sending many Pies' supporters home by three quarter-time.
The story should be 'how good were the Dockers' but instead the media glare will intensify on Collingwood until it meets Sydney in a fortnight.
Seldom have the Pies turned out such a poor performance. Yes, they were missing Ben Reid and Jesse White but what difference would they have made?
And it doesn't get much easier with the Pies due to meet Sydney, Geelong, Richmond, North Melbourne, Essendon and Carlton before the bye in Round 8.
Trav Cloke was kept scoreless by the brilliant Luke McPharlin and, as predicted, Aaron Sandilands did his own thing in the ruck, amassing 39 hitouts compared to the 24 for Grundy and Hudson combined.
The Dockers were simply stunning and turned it on in the second and third terms, booting 12 unanswered goals.
The speed with which they moved the ball was frightening with Dan Pearce, Nat Fyfe, Michael Barlow, David Mundy and Tendai Mzungu relentlessly feeding forwards.
The usual irritants in Hayden Ballantyne and Ryan Crowley were up to their old tricks, hassling the opposition's best and having an impact themselves.
Hard to find a fault in Freo's first match, leading most onlookers to conclude they'll be up there with the best again this season.
Collingwood? Ask again in a month.
Etihad was far from full on Grand Prix weekend leading many to question the AFL's decision to move away from the Richmond vs Carlton fixture that has worked so well in recent seasons.
All in all, this was a pedestrian opening to the season, unless you are Fremantle, of course.
FULL TIME: COLLINGWOOD 5.16 (46) FREMANTLE 17.14 (116)
GOALS: PIES: Pendlebury, Swan, Macaffer, Elliott, Young. DOCKERS: Ballantyne 3, Pearce 2, Crowley 2, Mundy 2, Walters 2, Barlow, Mzungu, Sheridan, Pavlich, Hill, Fyfe.
BEST: PIES: Pendlebury, Beams, Ball, Swan. DOCKERS: Barlow, Sandilands, Johnson, Fyfe, Mzungu, Pearce, McPharlin.
Q4 PIES 46 DOCKERS 116 (23mins)
Dockers move the ball at lightning speed from defence to attack and Walters kicks his second.
Q4 PIES 46 DOCKERS 110 (21mins)
Clinton Young kicks Collingwood's fifth goal. His game has been one of the few shining lights.
Q4 PIES 40 DOCKERS 110 (20mins)
Rushed behind minimises the damage to a mere 70 digits.
Q4 PIES 39 DOCKERS 110 (18mins)
Michael Walters dribbles through his first for the night.
Q4 PIES 39 DOCKERS 104 (15mins)
Crowley pushes back hard to rush a behind.
Tom Langdon has 19 disposals and five tackles on debut. Great effort.
Q4 PIES 38 DOCKERS 104 (14mins)
Mundy's second goal extends the margin to 64 points.
Q4 PIES 38 DOCKERS 98 (13mins)
Pavlich marks in front of Frost (where was he?!) Misses the shot at goal to the near side. He's kicked 1.4. Hill also kicks a behind.
Q4 PIES 38 DOCKERS 96 (8mins)
Jamie Elliott takes a contested mark and then converts the goal from 20m.
Q4 PIES 32 DOCKERS 96 (6mins)
Ben Sinclair misses to the left. One behind.
Q4 PIES 31 DOCKERS 96 (4mins)
Mayne runs down a Collingwood player on the wing and ball ends up with Pav who misses. Great tackle by Mayne to cause the turnover!
Q4 PIES 31 DOCKERS 95 (2mins)
Rushed behind to the Dockers begins the scoring for the last term.
The skipper + @beama17 have 25 disposals apiece. @swandane has 20. Langdon has 16 to 3/4 time. @brodiegrundy's laid 6 tackles #gopies — Collingwood FC (@CollingwoodFC) March 14, 2014
THREE QUARTER-TIME: COLLINGWOOD 3.13 (31) FREMANTLE 14.10 (94)
GOALS: PIES: Pendlebury, Swan, Macaffer. DOCKERS: Ballantyne 3, Pearce 2, Crowley 2, Barlow, Mzungu, Mundy, Sheridan, Pavlich, Hill, Fyfe.
Lachie Neale ready to come on for the Dockers. Fyfe looks the likely substitute. He's not happy!
Q3 PIES 31 DOCKERS 94 (26mins)
Sidebottom hits the post. Unlucky... meanwhile, Dockers go down and kick another one through Crowley, his second.
Q3 PIES 30 DOCKERS 88 (22mins)
Fyfe boots a behind. And that's closely followed by a rushed behind. Swan looks ok now. Sorry for the alarm earlier!
Q3 PIES 30 DOCKERS 86 (21mins)
Macaffer bangs through a goal and Collingwood gets its first goal since the 19-minute mark of the first term.
Beams has a chance to goal from 30m. Out on the full. Can't believe this.
Collingwood's last goal was at the 19 minute mark of the first term.
Q3 PIES 22 DOCKERS 80 (13mins)
Dan Pearce goal ... Dockers' 11th in a row. Amazing!
Q3 PIES 23 DOCKERS 74 (9mins)
Rushed behind to Collingwood. Cam Sutcliffe beats Sidebottom in a one-on-one
Q3 PIES 22 DOCKERS 74 (8mins)
Sandilands marks at centre half-forward, gives a no-look handball to Barlow, who bangs home his second.
Q3 PIES 22 DOCKERS 68 (7mins)
Mzungu bursts through traffic and kicks a great goal. This is getting ugly for Collingwood.
Q3 PIES 22 DOCKERS 62 (6mins)
Pearce misses to the right and the Dockers' lead is back out to 40 points.
Q3 PIES 22 DOCKERS 61 (4mins)
Witts marks strongly, 45m out, but sprays his shot at goal. Collingwood has kicked terribly tonight (2.10).
Q3 PIES 21 DOCKERS 61 (3mins)
Ballantyne kicks his third and capitalises on Collingwood's failure to convert at the other end.
Second half underway. Dockers have been forward without a result. Pies mounting an attack now...
The siren sounds for 1/2 time. Collingwood 2.8 (20) trails Fremantle 8.7 (55). A goalless quarter; ball use/handling needs a tidy up #gopies — Collingwood FC (@CollingwoodFC) March 14, 2014
Have had a look at Collingwood's draw and it's not good: Rd 2 Sydney (ANZ); Rd 3 Cats (G); Rd 4 Rich (G); Rd 5 North (G); Rd 6 Ess (G); Rd 7 Carl (G); Rd 8 Bye.
HALFTIME: COLLINGWOOD 8.2 (20) FREMANTLE 8.7 (55)
GOALS: PIES: Pendlebury, Swan. DOCKERS: Ballantyne 2, Sheridan, Hill, Pavlich, Barlow, Fyfe, Pearce.
- Pies kept goalless in second term
- Swan looks to have strained groin, shuffling off towards end of quarter
- Dockers ferocious at the contest with Fyfe and Pearce dominant
- Dockers booted 6.4 that quarter (highest second term against Magpies)
- inside 50s = 18-8 that term
- Dockers leading hitouts 21-10
Q2 PIES 20 DOCKERS 55 - HALFTIME
Poster as the Pies go into the main break goalless in the second term.
Q2 PIES 19 DOCKERS 55 (26mins)
Ballantyne crumbs well and snaps over his shoulder to kick a brilliant goal. His second.
Q2 PIES 19 DOCKERS 49 (24mins)
De Boer scrubs one and Mayne marks on his chest in front of Toovey. Mayne's kick is identical to his last one. One behind the result.
Q2 PIES 19 DOCKERS 48 (22mins)
Ballantyne finds Mayne. Usually accurate but he misses. That would have been curtains.
Swan has just come off. He was down on his haunches after kicking before... groin?
Q2 PIES 19 DOCKERS 47 (19mins)
Rushed behind to the Pies... and Dockers go down and get another goal through Pearce. Unbelievable!
Q2 PIES 18 DOCKERS 41 (16mins)
Dockers go down and get another one through Nat Fyfe. 23-point lead now to the Dockers who have kicked the last five.
Q2 PIES 18 DOCKERS 35 (14mins)
Johnson rushes a behind, much to the dismay of Pies' fans who plead 'deliberate'.
Q2 PIES 17 DOCKERS 35 (12mins)
Michael Barlow kicks the Dockers' fifth goal after a composed centering ball from De Boer.
Pendlebury has a shot from the pocket but he kicks it out on the full. Unbelievable! Will that be the trend of the weekend?
Q2 PIES 17 DOCKERS 29 (9mins)
Young has a shot from outside 50m but it goes across the face and trickles through for a behind.
Might be a big call but things looking ominous for the Pies... they need to arrest this momentum surge or risk being out of it by halftime.
Q2 PIES 16 DOCKERS 29 (6mins)
Pavlich marks again in front of Brown... he kicks the goal! His first. Dockers extend their lead.
Q2 PIES 16 DOCKERS 23 (6mins)
Michael Walters hits the post... Dockers doing all the attacking early in the second term.
Q2 PIES 16 DOCKERS 22 (4mins)
Pavlich marks in front of Brown. But his kick is a shocker - just scrapes in for a behind.
Q2 PIES 16 DOCKERS 21 (3mins)
Stephen Hill gets the opening goal of the second term and the Dockers are in front by five points.
QUARTER-TIME: COLLINGWOOD 2.4 (16) FREMANTLE 2.3 (15)
GOALS: PIES: Pendlebury, Swan. DOCKERS: Ballantyne, Sheridan.
- Pies started better but Dockers reeled them in and fired late.
- All players tired, leading to excessive skill errors
- Sandilands on top of Hudson/Grundy
- Pies lead clearances 12-3
- Beams leads disposals with 11
- Pendlebury has had eight disposals; Crowley minding him.
Luke Ball marks 40m out. Shanks the shot and it's on the full! Very tired.
Less than three minutes till quarter-time and don't the players look tired! Clinton Young having a shot from 50m on the boundary. Out on the full.
Q1 PIES 16 DOCKERS 15 (23 mins)
Michael Walters runs into goal and hits the post from 30m. Dockers starting to look dangerous.
Q1 PIES 16 DOCKERS 14 (22 mins)
Brodie Grundy kicks a behind. Crowd was ready to roar!
Q1 PIES 15 DOCKERS 14 (21mins)
Freo gets one back through Tom Sheridan, who crumbs the pack beautifully and snaps truly.
Q1 PIES 15 DOCKERS 8 (19 mins)
Dane Swan kicks Collingwood's second goal after another costly skill error by Michael Johnson.
Q1 PIES 8 DOCKERS 8 (15mins)
Sidebottom's shot at goal is an absolute mongrel - lucky to get a behind. Clinton Young drilled a great ball to find him on his own. Should have converted the goal.
Q1 PIES 7 DOCKERS 8 (14mins)
Pav gets a free after ump judged Ben Reid to have infringed. Pav sneaks in a behind with his shot.
De Boer has a shot from 45m but it's a disappointing effort. On the full!
Q1 PIES 7 DOCKERS 7 (12mins)
Ballantyne has a snap at goal but misses to the near side. He's proving a terrier, as usual.
Q1 PIES 7 DOCKERS 6 (9 mins)
Dockers get their first goal through Ballantyne. That'll annoy Collingwood. They've dominated play and the Dockers get one against the flow.
Ball put Collingwood back inside 50 (for the seventh time) but Hill chips in with a nice mark. Ben Hudson runs through the mark and gives away 50m penalty.
Pies go deep again but Cloke gives away a free to McPharlin on the last line. Dockers defence under siege at the moment.
Q1 PIES 7 DOCKERS 0
Sidebottom tries to thread the needle but misses to the right. Pies doing all the attacking.
Q1 PIES 6 DOCKERS 0 (2mins)
Pendlebury goal after Michael Johnson turnover (and the Pies' players let him know about it!)
Cloke marked strongly at half forward and pumped it long but Witts gave away a free to Dawson, who cleared.
Players have broken from their pre-game huddle and are heading to their positions. Round 1... here we go. My tip? Dockers by 25 points (sorry Pies fans!)
New skipper Pendles shakes hands with his opposite number, Pavlich. Pendlebury wins the toss and the Pies will kick to the Coventry end under the closed Etihad Stadium roof.
Sure, Aaron Sandilands is the biggest ruckman in the land, but these two young tyros are ready to rumble #gopies pic.twitter.com/tc5iU0GmtB — Collingwood FC (@CollingwoodFC) March 14, 2014
Tom Langdon playing in his first game for the Pies. He's a 19-year-old from Sandringham under 18s and was drafted with pick no.65. He's expected to slot in across halfback tonight. Pies' backline will be under the pump with key defender Ben Reid out with injury.
Really looking forward to the battle between the sticks between two power forwards of the comp, Cloke and Pav. Had a sneak peak at their numbers earlier and dug up this: Cloke, in 196 games, has booted 351 goals and 291 behinds, converting at 55 per cent. Pav, on the other hand, has booted 583.356 @ 62 per cent. Last year Cloke booted 68.51, while Pav could only manage 25 goals in his 12 games.
Dockers coach Ross Lyon said Anthony Morabito and Colin Sylvia will both line up for Peel this weekend in the WAFL. Good news for Dockers fans.
Get used to hearing this name tonight. @h_lumumba is primed and ready for the first bounce #gopies pic.twitter.com/zmcz7yYaK7 — Collingwood FC (@CollingwoodFC) March 14, 2014
Big query over Collingwood's ruck stocks tonight. Can 35-year-old Ben Hudson, footy's journeyman, and 21-year-old Brodie Grundy have an influence against Aaron Sandilands?
These sides only met once last year with the Dockers taking the chocolates by 17 points at Paterson Stadium in Round 7.
Pies were disappointing at the business end last year, finishing eighth after a 24-point loss to Port in the Elimination Final. Dockers got a bit further, contesting their first granny, which they lost by 15 points to the Hawks. 8.14 they kicked that day!
Only two tipsters in today's Age tipped Collingwood tonight? Think that's a bit harsh? Have your say in the comments section. Who do you think will win and why? Will the Pies be amongst the September action again this year? Don't think there's any doubt the Dockers will be up and about again.
Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of the season opener at Etihad... Pies vs Dockers. Summer is over, although you wouldn't know it with temperatures still hovering in the mid-20s. Great night for footy!
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