COLLINGWOOD 1.2 5.5 9.10 12.17 (89) SYDNEY 3.1 7.2 9.7 10.9 (69)
Goals: Collingwood: J Elliott 3 T Cloke 2 T Goldsack 2 B Sinclair C Young D Beams D Swan S Pendlebury. Sydney: L Franklin 2 B McGlynn D Hannebery D Rampe H Cunningham L Jetta M Pyke N Malceski S Reid.
Best: Collingwood: Pendlebury, Beams, Elliott, Frost, Maxwell, Lumumba. Sydney: Kennedy, Hannebery, McVeigh, Mitchell, Richards,
Umpires: Brett Rosebury, Luke Farmer, Nicholas Foot.
Official Crowd: 32,347 at ANZ Stadium.
Collingwood regularly missed targets, fumbled at critical moments, endured periods where playmakers Dane Swan and Scott Pendlebury had little or no impact, and lost a key defender to injury. And yet it won, a famous win at that.
Pendlebury's turnaround from an opening that produced a paltry three first-quarter touches, to become the most influential player on the ground, was the stuff on which captains and champions build their legend. The Pies' skipper won the ball at stoppages, gave an unconvincing forward line a welter of opportunity by sending it inside-50 10 times, and used it with a polish lacking in many teammates.
Jamie Elliot of the Magpies celebrates a goal with his teammates during the round 2 game against the Sydney Swans at ANZ Stadium on Saturday. Photo: Getty Images
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|Players||Franklin (2.1), Reid (1.3), McGlynn (1.1), Cunningham (1.0), Hannebery (1.0), Jetta (1.0), Malceski (1.0), Pyke (1.0), Rampe (1.0), Kennedy (0.1), McVeigh (0.1), Mitchell (0.1), Rohan (0.1)||Scorers||Elliott (3.2), Cloke (2.1), Goldsack (2.0), Pendlebury (1.1), Beams (1.0), Sinclair (1.0), Swan (1.0), Young (1.0), White (0.2), Blair (0.1), Grundy (0.1), Macaffer (0.1), Sidebottom (0.1)|
When the ravages of a contest so gladiatorial that mistakes demanded to be forgiven were taking their greatest toll, he fed Jamie Elliott for a third goal that sent the locals to the exits.
There was time for Jesse White to somehow miss the target from inside the goal square, which might in time make Swans fans smile, and Clinton Young to seal a 20-point win that Nathan Buckley will take with glee.
The coach made a beeline for his captain after the siren, and wrapped an arm around defender Jack Frost, who took on the most watched man in Sydney, Lance Franklin, and emerged from his fourth game with a win to savour. ''Buddy'' made good strides on his disappointing start in red and white, but Frost went with him all the way, and sometimes even ran away from him.
Collingwood beats Sydney Swans
After leading 19-8 at quarter time and by as many as 23 in the second term, the Swans were driven back by the Magpies’ relentless pressure. Photo: Anthony Johnson
Nathan Brown's shoulder dislocation late in the third quarter put even greater pressure on the 21-year-old, and seemed to give the Swans an opening to exploit. But after Harry Cunningham's goal to end the term, the Magpies dominated the last to record a mighty win.
Both teams employed loose defenders, putting a premium on kicks inside-50 that largely couldn't be attained. Relentless pressure marked the opening.
Sydney's early forays foundered either against a wall of Magpie defenders, but Heritier Lumumba exemplified the difficulty of the night, winning possessions but often getting caught, fumbling or turning it over.
The Swans adjusted spectacularly when Cunningham switched play with a 50-metre arrow that found Dane Rampe at full tilt amid a nest of Magpies. Football arm wrestles snap on moments of brilliance, and Nick Malceski's steal of former teammate White's look-away handball and clinical finish from deep in the pocket gave the Swans early breathing space.
The Magpies' struggles going forward were highlighted painfully when Elliott was targeted despite being surrounded by three Swans. Tyson Goldsack offered a flicker of a spark, goaling from long range then finding Travis Cloke, whose screwed kick from beyond the boundary found the target. Yet this wasn't a night to miss a 20-metre sitter, as he did minutes later, and nor could Swan afford to fumble a chest mark on the goal line from a Cloke roost that would have gone through.
The Pies looked set to go unrewarded for a period of dominance through the second term, but Pendlebury - willing himself into the contest - and Ben Sinclair kicked running goals that kept them in the hunt at the long break.
Sinclair's strike via the video umpire preceded goals to Swan, Goldsack and Elliott as Collingwood hit the front, but Franklin lifted the locals out of their seats when Luke Parker gave him the opportunity to essay the Buddy special - on an arc from 55 metres - and he took it with a flourish.
The magnitude of Brodie Grundy's task grew before the first bounce when the Magpies opted to replace a tall - Jarrod Witts - with Sam Dwyer, ensuring White saw plenty of former teammate Mike Pyke.