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Senior names fire in VFL win

The VFL Magpies shower first gamer Tom Tyquin in Powerade after defeating Coburg by 28 points on Sunday afternoon at Victoria Park. Photo: Shane Barrie.
Collingwood’s VFL team show it had learnt its lessons from last week’s thrashing at the hands of the Casey Scorpions with a complete four quarter effort against Coburg on Sunday.

Icy conditions didn’t stop the Magpies from opening up a seven goal lead in the third quarter and run out eventual 28-point victors against Richmond’s VFL affiliate.

The match was notable for the return of Hawthorn premiership player Clinton Young who has not played a senior game at his new club after enduring persistent hamstring issues.

Young played more of the match than first anticipated due to injuries to his teammates early in the match and ended the day with 17 possessions (11 kicks, six handballs) and seven rebound 50s. Importantly, he was suffering no ill effects on Sunday evening.

“It was a really good effort considering the personnel losses throughout the course of the game and the fact that we had to manage the game time of a few boys coming back like Clinton Young, ‘Keeffey’ and those boys,” VFL coach Dale Tapping told collingwoodfc.com.au after the match.

“It was a really good team performance, I thought. Our boys started really well and pretty much held sway throughout the course of the game.”

Young was one of several notable names on Collingwood’s team sheet. Andrew Krakouer, Jordan Russell and returning key defenders Lachlan Keeffe and Michael Hartley all acquitted themselves well as they look to get their seasons back on track.

“’Krak’ was probably the pick of them,” Tapping said in reference to his experienced players.

“He had 29 possessions and his defensive numbers were high so he had a good game.

“’Youngy was really solid in his first game back. He covered the ground really well and used the ball really well. He is only going to get better.

“With ‘Harts’ (three kicks, two marks, two inside 50s) it was good to see him out there playing footy. He copped a couple of heavy knocks but held up well. He used the ball well and he’s only going to get better.

“With Harts it’s just good to see him out there playing footy. He’s copped a couple of heavy knocks but persisted really well so he should get a bit of confidence out of the game.

“Keeffey (10 kicks, one handball, four marks, four rebound 50s) sort of got a bit tired at the end with his match fitness but all in all it was pretty solid.”

Tapping’s team went into the match sans the experience and leadership of Ben Hudson, meaning that young ruck pair Jarrod Witts and Brodie Grundy had to fend for themselves.

According to the coach, they did so admirably.

“They performed really well together. They worked really hard together and both had pretty good games.

“’Wittsy’ was good and Brodie Grundy certainly showed his talent and ability today and both played really good footy. They were both good contributors.”

Tapping also singled out the efforts of Jordan Russell (15 kicks, six handballs, eight marks, three rebound 50s), Caolan Mooney (three goals, 11 kicks, six handballs, six inside 50s), Jack Hellier (16 kicks, 11 handballs, seven marks, six clearances, five inside 50s), Tim Allan (12 kicks, six handballs, seven marks, five goals) and Marty Clarke (13 kicks, five handballs, eight marks, two inside 50s) as key factors in his side’s 28-point win.

Just like their senior counterparts, the VFL Magpies will have a bye next weekend before refocusing and taking on competition powerhouse Port Melbourne at Victoria Park on Saturday 29 June.

Collingwood   5.1  9.4  15.6  18.10 (118)
Coburg           2.0  5.4  10.8  13.12 (90)

Goals – Collingwood: Allan 5, Mooney 3, Gray 2 Paine, Hellier, Boland, Russell, S. Williams, Krakouer, Witts, Clarke
Coburg: McGuane 3, Nahas 2, O'Hanlon 2, Stephenson, Grgic, Venditti, McDonough, Maric, Keogh

Best – Collingwood: Krakouer, Allan, Mooney, Yagmoor, Russell, Grundy
Coburg: Lonergan, Nahas, Arnot, Helbig, McGuane, Mcintosh

Injuries – Collingwood: Moloney (ankle), Collopy (knee)

At Victoria Park