Round 21, the second last round of the season, and I can report with unbridled satisfaction that Collingwood spanked Carlton with their soon-to-be-acquired wooden spoon.
Such, such are the joys…
COLLINGWOOD 4.5 13.8 20.10 24.12 (156)
Carlton 7.1 11.4 17.7 17.10 (112)
Goals: Collingwood: A Rocca 6 C Egan 3 S Rusling 2 A Didak 2 B Holland 2 S Burns 2 B Johnson 2 R Lonie P Licuria R Shaw N Maxwell H Shaw.
Best: Collingwood: A Didak D Swan B Johnson A Rocca J Fraser S Burns.
Umpires: J Schmitt C Kamolins D Goldspink.
Crowd: 57,719 at MCG.
In even better news for the Mighty Magpies, Alan Didak was tonight cleared of a charge of making a damaging head-high bump on Carlton’s Heath Scotland.
Above : Lacking focus, Carlton players Eddie Betts and Brendan Fevola express their upset at the memory of wooden spoons in 2002 and 2005… and at the prospect of a third in 2006!