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Live AFL finals: Collingwood v West Coast

FINAL SCORE: Collingwood 10.13 (73) West Coast 9.6 (60)

BEST: COLL:
Reid, Pendlebury, Thomas, Toovey, Beams, Goldsack. WEST COAST: Gaff, Kerr, Glass, Naitanui, Cox. Masten, Schofield.

SUMMARY:
A great finals win from the Magpies. A bit of everything got them home. Grit and determination. Defensive intensity. A revival after half-time (thanks to the Daisy Thomas three-goal flurry). Absorbing the pressure - the Eagles kept coming (of course they would!). Collingwood was jumped early, perhaps a legacy of the club being flat after the tragic news during the week of John McCarthy's death. Importantly, however, they quickly refocused on the job at hand and minimised the damage. Magpies still more than a decent chance to advance to another grand final. As for West Coast, missing the top four cost the club.

STATS WATCH:
COLL:

Beams: 30 possessions (15 contested), 10 clearances
Pendlebury: 29 possessions (13 contested), six clearances
Swan: 29 possessions (15 contested), six clearances

WEST COAST:
Kerr: 29 possessions (20 contested), five clearances
Gaff: 26 possessions, six marks, seven inside 50s
Q4 - 28.57: SIREN! The Magpies prevail. A gritty victory. Umpiring decisions went against them. Their defence stood tall. What do they say about defence and premierships?

Q4 - 28.27: MISS.
Wellingham off target with his second shot. It doesn't matter much now. Game over. Collingwood a top four finisher.

Ben Reid a monty for BOG honours. A might defensive game. Continually stopped Eagle forward thrusts. Good allies in the backline, too. Maggies will win this. Dying minutes now.

Q4 - 23.30:
Time running out for West Coast. Magpies already milking the clock. They are showing good composure in defence. Eagles trying everything. Forward line still not funtioning effectively.

The footy is incredibly tight in the final 10 minutes. Every possession important. Players are making errors as the intensity increases. Game on a knife's edge. Another goal to Collingwood and it's curtains.

A crowd of more than 65,483 has packed into the 'G tonight ... Ninety-five per cent of those wearing the black and white.

Q4 - 13.11: GOAL!!!
Magpies again. Swan dropped a chest mark ... but recovered and snapped beautifully. Great pressure footy. Finals footy at its best. Magpies back out by 10 points. That Embley error earlier may prove critical .... For mine, anyway.

Q4 - 8.11: GOAL.
Goldsack kicks truly from in front. Stunning error from Embley who gave up possession, allowing Beams to deliver to his teammate. Pies back in front.

Re-capping the news that Didak was subbed out at 3QT, as the Magpies brought in Elliott. Controversial for the veteran. Dawes injured early in the final quarter .... Ah, the perils of footy.

Q4 - 4.38: GOAL!!
Kennedy mark and goal! Eagles back in front. Amazing. Three consecutive goals (after Darling's siren-beating goal last term).  A brilliant grab from Kennedy, marking an errant kick from Darling outside 50.

Q4 - 1.25: GOAL!
Free kick to Nic Nat. Push in the face from Jolly. Again some more controversy .... Naitanui boots truly from the set shot. Eagles close to within four points.

THE WRAP:
Hard to ignore the importance of Darling's post-siren goal, preventing the shame (and psychological damage) of a goalless quarter for the Eagles. It's just 10 points the difference and, all of a sudden, there's more than a glimmer of hope for the visitors. Daisy Thomas 'the injector' with his flurry of three goals to start the term. This match is still up for grabs ... Collingwood 8.10 (58) West Coast 7.6 (48)

Q3 - 29.18: SIREN.
But Darling out-marked Toovey right before the siren .... The emerging big man kicks truly .... CRITICAL goal.

Dying minutes of the third quarter and the Eagles have snagged one goal since quarter-time. Plenty of plaudits heading towards Ben Reid and his fellow defenders. Brown and Toovey for starters. Margin is still only 11 points so they are still in the game.

Q3 - 24.50: GOAL!
Blair snags another one ... Four goals to zip this term. Game getting away from West Coast in a hurry.

Q3 - 20.35: BEHIND.
Huge snap from Cloke on the arc ..... just misses. Great effort from the big man. Ball grazed the goal post. Three goals, four behinds this term for the Maggies.

Q3 - 17.25: MISS!
Schofield runs a mile, gets close to goal and tries to banana it through along the ground! It's astray. What a chance gone begging ....

Q3 - 14:00:
West Coast forward line really needs to lift. Darling (six touches, three marks) was dangerous early but has gone quiet. Kennedy (seven touches, two marks) has been well beaten. Lynch not effective. Hill doing OK.

Ten minutes into the 'premiership quarter' and all the talk is Daisy. That's the kind of player he is. A burst runner. Eagles left shell-shocked.

Q3 - 7.40: GOAL!!
Guess who? Thomas with the only three goals of the third quarter. A great finals burst. Magpies out to an eight-point lead

Q3 - 2.23: GOAL.
Thomas with a second. Two in two minutes. The igniter! Magpies snatch the lead! A brilliant rally by the Pies. Thomas is taken to the bench for a break!

Q3 - 1.16: GOAL!
Magpies start strongly. Thomas converts after an uncontested mark. Game on.

H/T STATS WATCH:

Pendlebury: 17 disposals, three clearances, five marks
Beams: 16 disposals, three clearances
Masten: 15 disposals, three clearances

THE WRAP: The goals were plentiful in the opening stanza but they dried up thereafter. Only only goal each in the second term. Overall the Eagles look more cohesive and settled but the Magpies have looked dangerous in patches. The one-on-one clashes are intriguing with Cloke v Glass a particular highlight. Gaff and Shuey are having great finals for the Eagles. Collingwood 4.5 (29) West Coast 6.4 (40)

Q2 - 26.31: SIREN.
What a short quarter. Kerr is left badly winded after a fierce low contest with Wellingham right before the bell. Finals footy at its best.

Q2 - 25.10: GOAL!
West Coast's first of the quarter. Hill marks on his chest in the square and the Eagles displayed plenty of poise. He should have booted it straight away but went back and kicked over the man on the mark. Eleven points the difference ....

Q2 - 22.30: MISS!
A clever kick from Hill bounces once and then hits the post. Gee that was close ...

Q2 - 19.30:
With only five minutes left on the game clock until half time there has only been one goal scored this term. The footy is tight. Intense. Players just aren't getting time to dispose cleanly. Pressure.

Another controversial decision leaves the Maggie fans bleating. A scurried kick in the forward line was marked by Beams but the man in lime green ruled it hadn't quite carried 15 metres. A marginal call. Game on a knife's edge.

Q2 - 11.40:
Bizarre miss by Darling. After a huge run-up his kick on goal fell short. Bit of a helicopter kick. Eagles still by four points.

Ten minutes into the second term and the match is tight. Magpies yet to hold the lead after West Coast's frenetic flurry of early goals.

Q2 - 3.41: GOAL.
Swan from a free kick. Collingwood champ was legged and he made no mistake with the resultant kick. Maggies close to within three points. Momentum has progressively swung in their favour.

THE WRAP:
Eagles have profited with some impressive accurate kicking in front of goal. Collingwood definitely started slowly and West Coast made them pay. Magpies have won the contested footy count and overall disposals so they can draw on a few positives. Bring on the second quarter! This is shaping as a pretty good finals match. Collingwood 3.4 (22) West Coast 5.1 (31)

Q1 - 32.10:
There's the siren. An intriguing quarter of footy. Magpie fans find their voice and howl their disapproval towards the umpires. That last free against Reid has them fuming.

Q1 - 31.05: GOAL.
Jolly with an important one. Margin closes to nine points with the quarter time buzzer expected any second.

Q1 - 28.48: GOAL.
Cox after a free kick. Very controversial. Cox and Reid were contesting strongly on the goal line with a deep penetrated kick. Umpire ruled Reid was holding Cox's jumper and the big Eagle converted with the easiest of shots.

Q1 - 25.44: POSTER!
Goldsack makes contact with the stick. Gee, the Pies could have done with that one. Quarter time fast approaching.

Q1 - 24.06: GOAL!
Magpies back in this game. They are sizzling again. Ball movement has stepped up. Pendlebury gets their second. Ten points the difference.

Q1 - 21.10: GOAL.
Crucial goal from the Magpies. O'Brien on the board and he bangs his black armband ... in memory of John McCarthy.

Q1 - 20.00: MISS.
Really bad blunder by Goldsack. Didn't really look like it. Bad miss.

Gaff and McGinnity doing the damage for West Coast. Lively around the packs. Magpies have been lacklustre. They are already facing a 22-point deficit. Stunning stuff.

Q1 - 16.00: GOAL!
Guess who? Eagles are running hot. Kerr snaps truly after terrific team build up and a chain of handballs. Big danger here for the home team. Collingwood 0.2 (2) West Coast 4.1 (25)

Q1 - 14.46: GOAL!
A third to the Eagles. Josh Hill does the damage. Look out. It's game on!

Q1 - 12.30:
High drama at the 'G! Krakouer booted a snapped goal and with the ball back in the centre waiting for the bounce down .... all of a sudden a video review showed the ball had earlier crossed the line. Umpires cancelled the the goal and one behind was awarded. We're not sure how that exactly transpired but there's a suggestion Darren Glass asked for a review. Importantly, the decision was not in doubt. Ball clearly completely crossed the line.

Q1 - 8.21: GOAL.
McGinnity on the run! Eagles soaring early.

Q1 - 7.15: GOAL.
Eagles snare the first one. Jack Darling with a set shot. That silenced the crowd.

Q1 - 1.10:
Play is underway. Don't want to labour a point .... but the turn-out is down. Perhaps 60,000. Maybe there's only 100 Eagles fans in attendance.

7.43pm -
Just had a minute's silence after the shock and sudden death of Port Adelaide player (and former Magpie) John McCarthy during the week. Touching. Incredibly difficult period for the Collingwood playing group.

7.30pm - Definitely a disappointing crowd in at the 'G. Thousands of empty seats in the upper reaches behind the goals at the City End. After last night's shocking turn out in Adelaide, more questions are bound to be asked on Monday.

7.20pm -
No late changes at the 'G. Didak, O'Brien and Wellingham to start on the bench. Elliott is the substitute. The Eagles have lobbed for the experienced Rosa as the sub. Gaff, Hill and Brennan are also on the bench.

7.07pm -
Fascinating to read Michael Voss's column ahead of tonight's final. The Brisbane Lions coach and nemesis of the Magpies back in the early 2000s is predicting Collingwood to exit the finals in straight sets.

3 comments

  • Woosha, your biggest mistake: Embley. Unlucky!

    Commenter
    Bullant
    Date and time
    September 15, 2012, 10:42PM
    • Again ...... Collingwood get an armchair ride from the umpires. When will the umpiring fraternity wake up to the unconscious pressure the bogans in the crowd place on them? Do your research ALF and learn a bit about psychology and influence. Your umpires are hopeless.

      Commenter
      Elijah Baley
      Location
      Melb
      Date and time
      September 15, 2012, 11:54PM
      • You've asked readers to vote for the best player and yet you have missed out listing Dane Swan as a contender. His persistence and tenacity when it was called for made him the best on the ground for my money. Great effort Collingwood to come from behind like that. However, guts and determination will only get you so far, you will have to put it together a bit better from the start if you come up against Hawthorn. If they get away from you like the Eagles did then it might be a lot harder to peg them back.

        Commenter
        Johnno (Bomber supporter)
        Location
        The Hill
        Date and time
        September 16, 2012, 1:16PM
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