Scott Pendlebury’s fourth aim capped a best-afield display as Collingwood booted two majors in the closing two minutes to score a exceptional 12-point win above Geelong in their AFL grand final rematch on Friday evening.
In a match played in front of 75,650 fans at the MCG, final year’s runners-up Collingwood led by 17 points at three-quarter time and slowed to practically a walk but held on to win 14.12 (96) to eleven.18 (84).
Each sides kicked four objectives in a tense last phrase.
With scores degree and much less than two minutes remaining, Collingwood’s Alex Fasolo marked on the wing and was handed a 50-metre penalty immediately after he shaped to play on and was tackled by Josh Hunt.
Fasolo’s third goal sealed the victory for the Magpies and Pendlebury’s fourth aim from the following centre bounce additional to Geelong’s misery.
Defending premiers Geelong are now on a 4-four win-loss record whilst very first-year coach Nathan Buckley has steered the Magpies to a six-two begin.
Steele Sidebottom with a game-substantial 38 disposals was a star for the Magpies alongside Pendlebury, who had 30 touches.
Ben Reid did a brilliant task to maintain Geelong large man Tom Hawkins to two.4, immediately after Hawkins had been a match-winner against Reid in last year’s grand final.
Defender Heath Shaw was also a great contributor for the Magpies.
Geelong centre half-back Harry Taylor had a large game on Travis Cloke (two targets).
Pendlebury kicked two of his side’s 3 ambitions in the opening phrase as the Magpies took an eight-point lead into the quarter-time break.
Following a see-sawing second term in which the Cats drew inside two factors of the lead late in the quarter by way of some brilliant function from Jimmy Bartel, Pendlebury took two bounces and scored a fantastic objective on the run from 52 metres out shortly before halftime.
The Magpies steadied with 3.two to Geelong’s one.6 in the third phrase to lead by 17 factors at 3-quarter time.
Collingwood suffered a blow when when Dane Swan left the area clutching his correct hamstring.
Geelong tiny forward Mathew Stokes’ third goal levelled the scores in the closing phases before Fasolo and Pendlebury permitted the Magpies to skip clear.
Matthew Scarlett (ankle) was a late withdrawal from Geelong’s selected side.
Western Bulldogs host Geelong at Etihad Stadium subsequent Friday in round 9 although Collingwood encounter Adelaide at AAMI Stadium the following night.