Collingwood had a slow start and lacked aggression. Ash Brazill was a welcome sight back in the team. And whilst the Pies remained scoreless in the first term Hynes managed to run down Tayla Harris and Livingstone put Harris on notice that she would need to work hard to score. Shevlin and Stratton had a lot of touches, but Collingwood failed to be competitive especially when it came to contested marks. The quarter time break saw the Players get a serve from Coach Siekman and rightly so, the response, however, was fantastic and probably produced the two best quarters so far this season.
Quarters 2 and 3 saw a very aggressive and thinking team that lead at the main break and ¾ time. The second term saw Collingwood take control of the game with the Captain, Chiocci, leading the charge. Shorter kicks proved to be the answer to the first quarter woes. Lynch clocked up her first AFLW goal as did Allen. Sarah Rowe and Ash Brazill showed sensational athleticism, with Rowe feeding Guttridge front and centre, giving her, her first AFLW goal in a good debut performance. Lambert, Brazill and Shevlin were the major ball winners at half time and Collingwood looked good.
The defence was ferocious with Casey and Livingstone not allowing the Blues anything but a point in the second quarter. Whilst the Pies were up in the 3rd term they struggled to find true targets in their 50 in the last 5 minutes. All that turned around with extraordinary leg work by Sarah Rowe and a goal on the siren that saw the Pies in the lead at the break.
Unfortunately, the ¾ time instructions of “cool and calm” didn’t fire up the team and Collingwood barely had the ball in their 50. In the final 3 minutes of play the Pies could not buy a call and the umpires ‘manufactured’ a call for Carlton in front of goals around the 12-minute mark. The Pies were desperate to score in the last quarter but could not counter the blues attack or defence.
The Blues started hard and kept the Pies to a zero score in the first quarter. They were surprised by the intensity of what appeared to be a completely different team after the first break. Collingwood kept Carlton on their toes in the second and third term while Carlton started to find their momentum toward the end of the 3rd quarter. Experience, talent and a lack of whistle saw the Blues take control of the final quarter and keep their season well and truly alive.
Injuries and Umpires
Tayla Harris (Carlton) was on and off the field for her right shoulder and spent most of the third quarter on the bench nursing it.
I know, another hot day down at Ikon Park and the umpiring was reasonably consistent and fair in the first half but then the umpires appeared to clock off in the second half of the third term. They forgot what their whistles were for in the last quarter and then made the call for Walker (Carlton) in front of goals when they had not paid the same call all game. There were at least 3 calls that should have gone the way of the Pies in that last 3 minutes that if paid, the goal to Carlton may not have transpired (as easily if at all). That said, there were plenty of frees that could have gone Carlton’s way in the 3rd term for some high tackles. I understand that the umpires are trying to keep the game flowing but surely, they can still call the obvious?
Final Score Pies 4 5 29 Blues 4 10 34
Collingwood need to produce four full quarters and not take the first quarter to assess their opposition or warm up. With two outstanding quarters this young team showed that they are not only competitive but can win with persistent effort.
It was encouraging to see Maxi (Nick Maxwell) in the Coaches box and does explain why the defence was so formidable. There is some real talent in this team and with more experience they can only get better.
One criticism is that players in defence, especially in front of goals, need to know when to punch and when to mark. The wrong decision here proved to be costly in this game, but if you never make a mistake then how do you learn? I’m excited to see just what the Pies can produce in their next game. Go Pies!
Hi, in a nutshell I love my Pies, Collingwood Magpies that is. I have loved the Black and White since I was 8 years old. I also love my AFL, AFLW and Netball. These are my thoughts on each game and to me it's Pretty Black and White.