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Adelaide – 13.12 (90)
Collingwood – 13.8 (86)
Adelaide has surprised a strong Collingwood team and won its first game, away from home in 2009. The Crows won by 4 points at the MCG, in an up and down encounter that ended up going down to the last minute of the game. Where Jason Porplyzia gained possession in the Pies forward line as they were attempting to run over the top of the Crows in the dying seconds.
Turning Points of the Match
Collingwood kicked the first goal of the match and had the majority of the possession in the first quarter. But they were not able to make the most of their opportunities. Adelaide, however made the most of their opportunities and kicked 5 un-answered goals in the first term, which meant for the remainder of the match Collingwood was playing catch up. The Pies managed to gain an 18 point advantage, but they let the Crows come crawling back.
Key Players for Adelaide
Andrew McLeod – Ran amuck, especially a dominant first quarter running from the back line. He ended the match with 30 possessions (25 kicks, 5 handballs, 5 marks). Best player on the ground.
Bernie Vince – Also played a great game, and ended with a career-high 33 possessions, including 11 marks.
Nathan Bock – Outstanding at full back, played on Travis Cloke and had the better all afternoon, with only limiting him to 2 goals.
Nathan Van Berlo – Effective with all disposals, 22 possessions. Was head to head with Dane Swan most of the day, but Swan got the better of him.
Tyson Edwards – Very strong up forward, had 28 possessions and 10 marks. Edwards could not capitalise with only 2 behinds.
Key Players for Collingwood
Scott Pendlebury – Dominant midfield display with 29 possessions and Collingwood’s only goal in the final quarter.
Shane O’Bree – Another dominant midfield display by the Collingwood veteran in his 11th year with the club. Ended with 28 possessions.
Dane Swan – Nothing surprising here after his year last year. Finished the game with 28 disposals, 16 kicks and 12 handballs.
Shannon Cox – The Pies best defender with 17 kicks and 25 possessions.
Musings from the Match.
• Why was Andrew Mcleod allowed to run amuck from the backline, especially in the first quarter??
• Collingwood’s accuracy at kicking goals was extremely good for the majority of the match.
• A strong midfield display and goal accuracy by Scott Pendlebury, Shane O’Bree, Tarkyn Lockyer and Dane swan, it was not enough to run over the Crows.
• Jason Porplyzia kicked the deciding goal in the final quarter with 10 minutes to go, when the game was in the balance, and then gained possession in the last minute of the game in the Pies forward line to be a halt to any chance of the pies running over the top of the crows.
• Adelaide’s win is their first win against Collingwood at the MCG since 1998.
McLeod, a veteran of the game, still shows us how good he is; with a possible best on ground performance. Supercoach reviewers have said his time is over, but he could be a good investment once league competition starts if he continues on his way.
Possible injury worries for Alan Didak and John Anthony. Didak got a knock to his right buttock in the second quarter which limited his output forward. Anthony had his back massaged in the third quarter. Keep an eye on these influential player and possible injuries concerns.
Young guys Jared Petrenko and Patrick Dangerfield could both be good investments.