Richmond started well with organised play but Mihocek’s defensive efforts and the mismatch against Cox gave Collingwood their first goal. Elliott soccered the ball off the ground for a goal that went through the middle but wasn’t paid because of a call of a soft contact by Cox, which upon review, was nothing. The Pies struggled early on with kick placement and after a lengthy period in their 50 Josh Thomas scored Collingwood’s second goal. Phillips had some great moves after a kick from De Goey that saw the Pies bag their third goal. A charity call from the umpires saw Lynch (Richmond) score the second goal for the tigers with a minute to go in the quarter.
Greenwood was a good match up against Dusty Martin, but Richmond still managed to goal very early in the second term. Cox’s use of his height in front of goals on a set shot proved to be an effective deterrent and Darcy Moore made the job of scoring even harder for the tigers. Quick hands helped Collingwood find a goal from De Goey. As the Pies dangerously chipped the ball around the defence end Treloar was able to bust through and give Phillips a one-handed mark. Fantastic delivery to De Goey saw another goal to Collingwood. Richmond responded quickly with a goal as the match up between Roughead and Lynch was not as good as it looked on paper. The Pies led by 6 points at the main break.
The third term started in a flurry with Mayne goaling for Collingwood within the first 30 seconds. Quick hands saw De Goey bag his third goal from about 55 metres out. Richmond responded with a goal after some reasonably good defence in the Pies 50. Maynard delivered an outstanding kick to Stephenson which was very quickly moved on to Brodie Mihocek giving him his second goal. Grundy took a one-handed mark and gave a little hook kick inside 50 to De Goey giving him his fourth goal for the game. The Captain, Pendlebury added his own goal to the tally after a strong tackle.
At the start of the final term Cox showed that some big men have great footwork which gave him a goal within the first 30 seconds. Richmond attempted a reply but could only find a point. Edwards (Richmond) looked dangerous with a great crumb only to find the strong, capable hands of Phillips. Cox used his wing span and large hands to intercept a Richmond back line pass and took a shot at goal. At this stage the Pies appeared to be struggling to get the ball into their 50. A break through saw Elliott selflessly give Stephenson a goal. A good chip from Aish to Crisp and a strong mark by Elliott saw yet another point added to the black and white tally. Stephenson goaled after Elliot copped a deliberate elbow to the chin and quick hands gave De Goey his fifth goal for the game. In the dying minutes of the game De Goey pass the ball to Cox for another shot at goal but it hit the post. The final quarter belonged to Collingwood with Richmond only getting into the game periodically. As Richmond took the foot off Collingwood put the foot down. It was fantastic to watch.
The Pies created a new record of the most touches, 99, in the first half of a game; well done team.
Final Score Pies 17 8 110 Cats 10 6 66 Pies by 44 points
Collingwood seemed determined to make good after the loss against the Cats. The difference between last week and this week is that Collingwood did not allow the Tigers to dictate the style of play. Richmond spend the bulk of the game chasing the ball and in my opinion were not as fit as Collingwood. They also lacked momentum and at times their star players went missing, which means that our defenders did an outstanding job.
But before we start claiming the flag, there is still work to be done and aspects of the game that need to be tidied up. Kick placement for some players was poor with the ball going well beyond the intended players reach or out of bounds on the full. At times there seemed to be a lack of communication; at one point we had 3 forwards going up for the same ball. There were also times during the game when the player waiting for the ball was standing still and an easy target for an intercept. This happened against the Cats as well. The dangerous practise of the chipping the ball around trying to find a way in is a scenario that is just begging for an intercept and goal from the opposition.
What did look good was that the defenders worked so well together and at times the forwards knew exactly where the other was going to be. The running game and the intensity from the centre bounce made this team, at times, look like a well-oiled machine. These parts of the game will only get better and I’m sure that Bucks is reviewing the heck out of the game, so in future our first quarter looks like the last five minutes of our fourth quarter against Richmond. This season keeps getting better. I think we are ready to take on the Weagles. Bring it on. Go Pies!
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