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Second half fadeout costs Pies

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Collingwood AFLW coach Wayne Siekman has lamented a disappointing second half as his side succumbed to their second straight loss, going down to Melbourne by 19 points at Ikon Park on Saturday night.

After outplaying Melbourne in the first half and leading four goals to one at the long break, the Demons piled on four unanswered goals in the third term, and eventually ran out the game stronger to come away with a 7.2 (44) to 4.1 (25) victory.

In a similar vein to last week’s loss against Carlton, Siekman says his team didn’t play out the full 70 minutes.

“They outworked us tonight,” Siekman told the media post-game at his press-conference.

“The message to our players at half time was to be conscious of Melbourne breaking the game open.

“Melbourne came out and executed their game plan perfectly in the second half. Full credit to their players and their coaching staff for being able to do that.”

The Magpies’ disposal efficiency going into the forward 50 was the highlight of the first half, as Moana Hope, Emma Grant, Jess Cameron and Steph Chiocci got the scoreboard ticking over with accurate set shots at goal.

But after a scoreless second half, Siekman said his side “needed to take more risks”.

“We weren’t brave enough or willing to take the game on after half time. We outplayed them convincingly in the first half, but we couldn’t manufacture that after the break.”

The forward group were starved of opportunities in the second half and this ultimately cost the side’s first victory in the AFLW competition.

“Our forwards couldn’t do much when the ball doesn’t get down there,” Siekman said post-game.

Sarah D’Arcy hits up the footy and she’s been a real positive in our forward line. Alicia Eva was great tonight, her work rate was exceptional. Moana Hope was up and about, but we just didn’t get her the chances in the second half.”

“In the middle, Amelia Barden was great, and ruckman Emma King rebounded well after last week and gave her first use of the football in the first half.”

In the short, seven-week AFLW competition, the Magpies will need to win their last five games to have any chance of making the Grand Final.

“There’s a small window now, we can’t afford anymore errors. 5-2 and a good percentage gives you a chance to get there. It we lose, that’s it. We need to win the last five matches to give ourselves a chance.”

The Magpies head to Queensland next week to face-off against the Brisbane Lions in a Saturday-night blockbuster.

This will mark the first away trip for the AFLW team, and Siekman says he is excited by the opportunity.

“To get on a road trip and get on a plane will be great for our team.”

“I’m really looking forward to next week, heading up north to meet Brisbane.”