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1930 Premiership

The Collingwood juggernaut thundered on in 1930, with only three defeats - by Fitzroy, Geelong and Carlton - during the home and away season.

The Magpies, with "Nuts" Coventry almost unbeatable at full-forward, played attacking football in every match and finished its finals preparations with a 33-point demolition of Essendon at Windy Hill before pipping Richmond by three points in the second semi-final.

Collingwood them met Geelong in the final and looked anything by invincible when the Cats led by 37 points at half-time.

Geelong eventually won by 26 points but Collingwood, as minor premier, had the right of challenge and therefore faced the Cats again the following week in the grand final.

Incredibly, Collingwood coach Jock McHale did not attend the match as he was bed-ridden by influenza. Surely Collingwood’s run would come to an end, especially as Geelong led by 15 points at half-time?

Veteran Magpie legend Bob Rush addressed the Collingwood players at half-time and reminded them that Geelong’s pace would not be as effective over the second half if the Magpies played it tight and tough.

The Magpies also were blessed by the change in weather conditions, with rain sweeping the ground from late in the second quarter.

Collingwood produced a brilliant eight-goal third quarter and eventually won by 30 points to notch its fourth consecutive flag - a record which still stands and might never be broken.

Collingwood 3.2, 3.7, 11.13, 14.16 (100)
Geelong 2.5, 6.10, 6.11, 9.16 (70)

Goals – Collingwood: G. Coventry 7, Makeham 2, Beveridge, H. Collier, Edmonds, Froude, L. Murphy.
Goals – Geelong: Troughton 3, Llewellyn 2, L. Hardiman, Kuhlken, Rayson, Williams.

Best – Collingwood: Makeham, G. Coventry, F. Murphy, Clayden, Andrew, H. Collier.
Geelong: Troughton, Llewellyn, Evans, Mockridge, Carney, Todd.

Crowd: 45,022 at the MCG.

Umpire: Scott.

1930 Premiership Team
B: A. Lauder, C. Dibbs, P. Bowyer
HB: H. Rumney, A. Collier, G. Clayden
C: B. Andrew, J. Beveridge, H. Chesswass
HF: R. Makeham, F. Murphy, W. Aldag
F: H. Edmonds, G. Coventry, H. Collier
FOLL: S. Coventry (Capt.), L. Murphy, W. Libbis
RES: F. Froude
Coach: Jock McHale