GEELONG 3.5 6.7 9.12 12.15 (87) COLLINGWOOD 0.4 6.7 8.9 11.10 (76)
Goals: Geelong: T Hawkins 4 A Mackie C Guthrie G Horlin-Smith H McIntosh J Murdoch M Stokes S Johnson T Varcoe. Collingwood: J Elliott 5 J White 2 A Toovey J Blair S Sidebottom T Goldsack.
BEST Collingwood: Elliott, Sidebottom, Beams, Pendlebury, Macaffer, Young, Lumamba Geelong: Selwood, Hawkins, Lonergan, Bartel, Stokes, Duncan, Kelly.
Umpires: Chris Donlon, Sam Hay, Shane McInerney.
Official Crowd: 63,152 at MCG.
Geelong survived a dogged challenge from Collingwood to continue its unbeaten start to the season with a thrilling 11-point win at the MCG on Saturday night.
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Geelong broke a two year losing streak in defeating Collingwood by 11 points at the MCG on Saturday night.
The Pies trailed by five points with 90 seconds left to play, but Tom Hawkins took a strong mark and milked the clock before slotting the sealing goal in the 12.15 (87) to 11.10 (76) win.
The Cats held a nine-point advantage at three-quarter time but Collingwood, spurred on by five-goal hero Jamie Elliott, came roaring back after Hawkins stepped up with three goals in the final term.
It was a fitting end to a hard-fought slog.
Geelong suffered a blow before the game with Corey Enright a late withdrawal after he failed to shake off an ankle injury but the Cats took the veteran's loss in their stride early.
Their superior pressure made the Pies look hesitant and created several scoring opportunities. George Horlin-Smith booted his side's first goal after Steve Johnson found him with a deft pass and Travis Varcoe extended the margin when he expertly roved a contest that saw Nick Maxwell limp off favouring his left ankle.
But the former skipper returned minutes later as he continued his strong form as the loose man across half-back from last week's win over Sydney.
Tom Lonergan got the job on Travis Cloke and restricted him to just one kick in the opening term as Collingwood struggled to find an avenue to goal. Tyson Goldsack had a long shot after the siren but pushed it wide to leave the Pies with just four behinds and trailing by 19 points at the first break.
Collingwood needed a spark and Elliott supplied it when he leapt onto the shoulders of Jimmy Bartel to bring down a contender for mark of the year. He converted the set shot to settle Magpie nerves and with Cloke still struggling to shake Lonergan, Jesse White slipped the chain to kick his first two goals for his new club.
Steele Sidebottom led the way with 10 disposals for the second quarter as the Pies started to get the hands on the ball first and Elliott completed the Magpie resurgence when he sharked a loose ball in the goal square to snap his second with 15 seconds left in the first half to level the scores.
Andrew Mackie burst through the middle to kick a trademark long bomb early in the second half.
Hamish McIntosh goaled after Brodie Grundy was adjudged to have infringed in a ruck contest to push the Cats' lead back out to 14 points, but Sidebottom gathered and weaved through traffic to reply and set up a dramatic final term.
Hawkins looked to have done enough for the Cats when he booted successive majors to silence the Pies' home crowd. But Elliott fired back with two to keep his side in the contest before Hawkins finished the Pies off.