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Magpies come from behind to win pulsating Anzac Day clash

Match-winner ... Dane Swan booted four critical goals.

Match-winner ... Dane Swan booted four critical goals. Photo: Wayne Taylor

COLLINGWOOD 0.3  6.5  9.7  12.11 (83)
ESSENDON 5.4  6.5  6.7  8.12 (60)
Goals: Collingwood: D Swan 4 S Sidebottom 3 J White 2 B Grundy J Elliott T Goldsack.
Essendon: B Stanton J Daniher J Melksham J Merrett J Watson J Winderlich P Ryder Z Merrett.
Best: Collingwood: D Swan S Sidebottom S Pendlebury D Beams C Young L Keeffe J White T Langdon B Macaffer. Essendon: D Heppell C Hooker P Ryder J Winderlich B Stanton.
Umpires: Ray Chamberlain, Mathew Nicholls, Luke Farmer
Official Crowd: 91,731 at MCG

Collingwood survived a last-quarter challenge from Essendon to win a pulsating AFL Anzac Day clash by 23 points.

The Magpies turned around a 37-point deficit early in the second quarter to win 12.11 (83) to 8.12 (60) in front of 91,731 fans at the MCG.

Steele Sidebottom celebrates one of the goals during Collingwood's second quarter revival.

Steele Sidebottom celebrates one of the goals during Collingwood's second quarter revival. Photo: Getty Images

It gives Collingwood an 11-8 advantage over Essendon, plus one draw, in the annual blockbuster which was first played in 1995.

Magpies star Dane Swan returned to form and won the Anzac Medal, kicking four goals.

Captain Scott Pendlebury and fellow midfielder Dayne Beams were also outstanding.

Brent Stanton after booting a goal during Essendon's stunning opening.

Brent Stanton after booting a goal during Essendon's stunning opening. Photo: Getty Images

Swan's fourth goal at 19 minutes into the last term sealed the result after Essendon pulled to within eight points earlier in the quarter.

Collingwood are on a roll with their third straight win, while Essendon are in trouble after losing their last three.

Dyson Heppell was best for the Bombers, but too many key players were down. Captain Jobe Watson struggled against Brent Macaffer's tag and key forward Jake Carlisle again had a poor match.

The win could come at a cost for Collingwood, with Alex Fasolo subbed out in the third term with a foot injury.

Clinton Young also was forced out of the game in the third quarter and will come under video scrutiny for high contact with Paul Chapman.

In a remarkable first half 11 of 12 goals were kicked at the Punt Rd end as first Essendon and then Collingwood dominated.

Essendon led by 31 points at quarter time and then kicked the first goal of the second term for their 37-point break.

They were on the verge of killing off the game, but Collingwood did not let the rubber band snap.

Jessie White, one of Collingwood's best, kicked their first goal eight minutes into the second term.

With Young dominating across the centre, Collingwood gradually took control. Pendlebury also was pivotal in the second term, although he blotted his copybook slightly with two poor missed set shots at goal in the first half.

Steele Sidebottom was pivotal with three goals in the second term.

His third meant the scores were tied at the long break.

The third quarter was a grinding battle where Collingwood kept turning the screw and broke to an 18-point lead.

Swan produced two moments of brilliance, firstly making Essendon backman Cale Hooker relive his MCG boundary nightmare.

Swan took two bounces and kicked a brilliant goal in a play not dissimilar to what Lance Franklin did on Hooker in the same forward pocket.

Swan then fended off Mark Bauley and kicked a brilliant running goal.

The surprise selection of Essendon defender Courtenay Dempsey proved a fizzer.

He was subbed on in the third term and the intensity of the game clearly caught him out.


Anzac Day Medal - Full voting
9 – 3,3,3
Dane Swan (Collingwood)
4 – 2,2
Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood)
4 – 2, 1,1
Steele Sidebottom (Collingwood)
1 – 1
Brent Stanton (Essendon)
Judge voting – 3 2 1
Cameron Ling (Channel 7, Chairman) –
D Swan, S Pendlebury, S Sidebottom
Dwayne Russell (3AW) –
D Swan, S Pendlebury, S Sidebottom
Rohan Connolly (SEN) –
D Swan, S Sidebottom, B Stanton

15 comments so far

  • A stirring win by the Pies. Sidebottom really seems to be loving his footy, and when he smiles I can't help but smile with him... The little fella gets me all emotional. The Essendon midfield seems a bit down at the moment, and Watson's underwhelming output seemed more about his own form/health and less about the tag on him. But anyway, it was a great day's football, and I'm glad that the boys didn't drop their bundle. As for Swan, I can't help but be impressed by his ability to find a way to win. I'm rambling. Go Pies!

    Days to Come
    Here and There
    Date and time
    April 25, 2014, 6:22PM
    • What a ripping start by the Bombers, their fans were up and about but went silent as the game wore on. The Pies were superb, they are a united outfit, their youngsters are really growing and the list is strong with plenty of competition. We might give Patty Karnezis a run if Fas and Young don't come up. The world is a beautiful place right now. Well done boys.

      Date and time
      April 25, 2014, 7:05PM
      • The fact you fell behind by 37 points is alarming and staggering. 9 out 10 teams would have finished off the pies. Count yourself lucky, and in my time of watching footy, lapses in footy to the amount of 37 points means the pies will lose many games this season. Go blues!

        Date and time
        April 25, 2014, 8:39PM
      • @ Johnny2, you might be right, we might lose many games this year but we will never be as aweful of Carlton.

        Date and time
        April 26, 2014, 11:18AM
      • Wow, Johnny2, your profound experience of football tells you that, if another team produces its most insipid brand of football, then lots of other teams will beat it. That is a truly stunning insight. Honest, I can't really say where the Pies are going to end up this year, but my own observation of the game over the years tells me that it is an impressive effort to turn around such a shocking start, and to be able to go on with it. Try and keep positive, Johnny, in relation to other teams as well as your own...

        Days to Come
        Here and There
        Date and time
        April 26, 2014, 12:52PM
    • The only thing that could top this would be an increase in Centrelink payments ..........

      Date and time
      April 25, 2014, 7:37PM
      • ....Or a reduction in tired, overused, unimaginative cliches eh ALP?

        Date and time
        April 25, 2014, 7:59PM
      • Would that assist other clubs increase their membership and stop them riding on the backs of collingwood?

        Date and time
        April 25, 2014, 9:24PM
    • I feel entitled.

      Date and time
      April 25, 2014, 8:05PM
      • Drugs only work for the first term perhaps?

        Date and time
        April 25, 2014, 8:36PM

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