Adelaide – 9.14 (68)
Collingwood – 13.11 (89)
Collingwood have moved to outright 3rd with an important win against fellow top-4 rival Adelaide.
The 21 point victory came after the Pies managed to get their heads around Adelaide’s Zone’ through their run.
For Adelaide, they are now a game off top-4 and will be ruing their missed opportunities after dominating most of the game.
With 6 minutes to go, the ball came from the Adelaide half-back line, towards a contest between Edwards and Maxwell with the Collingwood skipper winning out with a calm spoil whilst running forward to collect the ball and deliver it to Didak, who then found Chris Dawes, who slotted the goal to put the Pies 14 points up late in the game.
Key players for Adelaide
Brad Symes – Excellent performance, especially considering he was originally dropped for this game.
He finished with 30 possessions and 6 inside-50s.
Jason Porplyzia – A constant thorn in the Adelaide forward-line for the Collinwood defenders doing it all kicking 3 goals and putting the ball inside-50 6 times.
Bernie Vince – Picked up possessions at will’ in the first-half and in the end, finished with 33. He also had game-high 8 clearances. Not a bad 50th game from the youngster.
Key players for Collingwood
Alan Didak – Worked extremely hard to make space all game and finished with a game high 31 possessions and 4 assists. A BOG game.
Nick Maxwell – Continually managed to free himself of his opponent to help out his team-mates.
He was a brick-wall in the 2nd and 3rd quarter when the Crows were pumping the ball inside-50 at will’.
Cameron Wood – How lucky have Collingwood been considering how he has stepped up with Josh Fraser out? He had his best game of his career with 24 possessions, 18 hitouts (a game high), 8 marks and 2 goals for the match.
Musings from the match
• That wasn’t a game for the ages, but it was a good arm-wrestle for the purists.
• At 3 quarter time, the Crows had nearly doubled the Pies inside-50 count with 49 to 25.
• In the end, it finished with 57 to 41. You have to wonder how the Pies won with a discrepancy like that.
• As the inside-50 count shows, Adelaide pretty much dominated play for little show in the first 3 quarters – The Pies did extremely well to whether the storm for so long.
• They moved the ball so well with numbers through the middle with ease and looked very, very good at times.
• The Crows wouldn’t be wrong if they felt like they a tough-run with the umpires.
• Probably no Brownlow votes here for Swan who played on the half-back line in the second-half after being beaten by Shirley up to half-time….After that, it was an excellent team-game from him ending up with a lazy 30 possessions whilst being instrumental in the win…….
• The Pies were also lucky that Nick Maxwell has an extremely high pain-threshold after copping a knock to his depressed fracture which he has been nursing for a few weeks. He kept on playing like it never happened.
• I can’t see Collingwood doing anything big in the finals unless they start trying to go through the middle of the ground more often.
• Collingwood now go 2 games clear of 5th spot, and with games against Richmond and Sydney coming up, the double-chance looks to be theirs.
• Adelaide now drops down to 7th but can easily still make 4th if they are good enough with clashes against Hawthorn, West Coast and Carlton to finish the season for them.
Didak is back! A 153pt game from the guy everyone loves to hate, but everyone loves to have in their teams.
Cameron Woods’s excellent game yielded 125pt’s.
Other big scorers for the game included Swan(122), Shaw (117), O’Brien (101), Symes (125), Van Berlo (118) and Thompson (104).
The “Shocker” of the game goes to Taylor Walker with a -7pt game………