South Melbourne / Sydney / The Bloods / The Swans given a bloody red nose by good old Collingwood!
Collingwood 14.11 (95) def. Sydney 11.16 (82).
Magpies swoop on Swans; Hot Pies cool off at the end, but too late for frustrated Swans; Pies inflict Swans’ second straight loss: “In truth, the final scoreboard flattered the Swans, who never looked in the game except for a four-goal burst in the third term that briefly gave them the lead”; Pies hold on to upset Swans; Fraser taps into winning form as Magpies fly: “[Collingwood] beat Sydney at its own stultifying game”; Pies ground Swans in year’s best win; Magpies rekindle flag hopes; Magpies defy Hall to sink Swans; Take us seriously now, Collingwood says:
“I thought it was probably close to our best win because it was Sydney in Sydney, Sydney after a loss,” Malthouse said.
“To fight back from that I thought was a fantastic result for us.”
And he also believed the win against the sixth-placed Swans finally brought some credibility to his side.
“I thought so. It doesn’t prove everything but what it does say is we can fight back and play against the reigning premiers and beat them on their home ground and still do it by making mistakes and overcoming them,” Malthouse said.
Malthouse pointed out that six of his players – Heath Shaw, Chris Egan, Dale Thomas, Travis Cloke, Harry O’Brien and Scott Pendlebury – are either in their first or second year in the AFL.
COLLINGWOOD 4.3 6.7 11.8 14.11 (95)
SYDNEY 2.4 2.10 6.13 11.16 (82)
Goals: Collingwood: A Didak 4 A Rocca 2 R Lonie 2 C Egan P Licuria R Shaw J Fraser B Johnson L Davis. Sydney: B Hall 3 R O’Keefe 2 M O’Loughlin 2 A Goodes 2 J McVeigh P Williams.
Best: Collingwood: R Shaw A Didak S Burns S Prestigiacomo H Shaw D Thomas. Sydney: C Bolton L Barry R O’Keefe L Ablett A Buchanan J Bolton.
Umpires: S McBurney M James B Allen.
Crowd: 60,307 at Telstra Stadium.
And best wishes to Blake Caracella.