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Morale high after another VFL win

VFL: Round 18 win in 60 seconds Watch highlights from Collingwood's 68-point win over Coburg in round eighteen of the VFL.
Jack Frost congratulates debutant Lachlan Tardrew on his first win in the Black and White.

Spirits continue to rise in a VFL Magpies group which on Saturday won their tenth consecutive game.

It’s been over 70 days since Dale Tapping’s team last lost. Try as they may, today’s opponent Coburg couldn’t put a dent in the Pies’ ongoing streak.

Collingwood ran out 68-point winners at the Holden Centre, with Corey Gault, Brent Macaffer and Adam Oxley all kicking three goals each.

“It’s pretty special,” Oxley said when asked about the team’s 10-game winning streak.

“The morale levels are the highest that I’ve ever been involved with at the club.”

The Queenslander teased fans by playing in a new role at Victoria Park last week before leaving the ground at half time as an AFL emergency.

This week he returned to the forward line and quickly looked at home.

“I’m just trying to add another string to my bow,” he told Collingwood Media.

“I played a lot of forward as a junior.

“The other boys that are down there really get around me and put me in the right spots. I was lucky to get onto a few (goals).”



Adam Oxley recovered from a blood rule in the first quarter to be one of Collingwood's best performers.

While it was Collingwood’s AFL-listed players who headlined the scoresheet, a number of their VFL equivalents also impressed.

Former Port Melbourne midfielder Matthew Smith was named among Magpies' best players, while acting captain Ben Moloney kicked two goals in the absence of Jack Hellier.

Lachlan Howe was strapped up after a knock to the head, but was still proficient in the ruck and up forward.

He joined Jarrod Witts in the middle as the 209cm big man returned from a dislocated finger.

While Witts impressed with both is ruckwork and around the ground, the day didn’t go entirely smoothly.

He entered the umpire’s book ten minutes into the final term for a strike on Coburg’s Tom Goodwin.



Jarrod Witts impressed in his return from a dislocated finger.

Perhaps no Magpie was more influential than veteran defender Tyson Goldsack.

He showed unrivalled speed off half back, while also preventing a number of opposition attacks with a strong marking performance.

After a tenth consecutive victory, the VFL Magpies will now return to Victoria Park for their final home game for the season.

Port Melbourne will be the opponents, as Collingwood look to build on a 24-point round one victory.



ROUND 18
Collingwood v Coburg
Saturday 6 August, 1pm
Holden Centre

Collingwood     3.4     10.7     15.13     19.18     (132)
Coburg              2.1     4.2       6.3        10.4       (64)

GOALS
Collingwood: Macaffer 3, Oxley 3, Gault 3, De Goey 2, Goodyear 2, Moloney 2, Phillips, Golds, Collopy, Smith
Coburg: Saad 3, Tarczon 2, Ronke, Fox, Featherstone, Goodwin

BEST
Collingwood: Goldsack, Toovey, Smith, Gault, Oxley, Phillips
Coburg: Allan, Ronke, Gregory, Uysal, Kovacevic, Iacobaccio



Brent Macaffer and his teammates celebrate another VFL Magpies victory.