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Familiar faces star in VFL victory

Tiarne Swersky  April 8, 2017 4:36 PM

Callum Brown kicked two goals in Collingwood's VFL victory over North Ballarat. Photo: Shane Barrie.

Callum Brown kicked two goals in Collingwood's VFL victory over North Ballarat. Photo: Shane Barrie.

Collingwood’s VFL side has rounded out its pre-season with a resounding 94-point victory over North Ballarat on Saturday afternoon, headlined by a five-goal haul to Jamie Elliott in his return game to football.

With 18 AFL-listed players running around on the Holden Centre, the Magpies outclassed the Roosters with a flattering final score line of 19.18 (132) to 5.8 (32).

It was a day out for the Magpies’ small forwards, with Kayle Kirby and Ben Crocker kicking three goals apiece, while Josh Daicos, Callum Brown and Adam Oxley all hit the scoreboard with two goals each.

But it was Elliott who stole the show in front of a passionate home crowd right from the first bounce, kicking two of his five goals in the opening term, along with a high flying mark in the forward pocket.

Collingwood VFL assistant coach Brad Gotch says he was pleased to see Elliott return to form after an extended stint on the sidelines with an ankle injury.

“I thought the way he moved, he looked really sharp and confident in himself.”

“The most important thing for him was to get through the game. We’ve seen those signs on the training track, but didn’t want to risk him in the big game first up. I think he’s done enough to suggest he’s in good form.

“He pulled up really well. His agility and his ability to use the football – particularly on his left boot was really impressive.”

The win results in a 2-2 preseason record for the VFL Magpies, with their sights firmly on next week’s round one VFL clash against Coburg.

“We’re happy to finish the preseason in the right manner going into round one. We wanted to build some momentum. We went about our game in the right fashion today,” Gotch said.

After an impressive first quarter performance, Matthew Scharenberg sat out the second half after sustaining a head knock in the first half.

“He got a bit of a knock in a marking contest. You take the precautions in the right fashion, and unfortunately for him he had to retire at half time.”


AFL MAGPIES – GOTCHY’S TAKE

Rupert Wills
“Rupert Wills was so clean with his hands and so strong around the football. We just need to get the running back into him after missing a lot of the preseason with the thyroid problem.

“He loves the contested side of the game. He’s a bigger body. It’s going to be exciting to get him up and going again throughout the season.”

Josh Daicos
“Josh took another step forward. I have high expectations of Josh after what he produced in the JLT series. You can see the class when he plays. He could have kicked a couple more goals today, but that will come in the season.”

Jarryd Blair
“Jarryd was great too – really pleased with his performance. It’s always tough to be ousted as a senior player (with the returns of Travis Varcoe and Levi Greenwood to the senior side), but his attitude is great. He got plenty of the ball out there.”

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Ben Crocker
“Ben was really lively up in the forward line, but just couldn’t convert on all of his chances today.”

The VFL squad will line-up at 2:40pm at Piranha Park where they’ll meet Coburg in round one action next week.

VFL PRACTICE MATCH #4
Collingwood v North Ballarat
Saturday 8 April, 12pm
Holden Centre


Collingwood
       6.5    9.9     13.14     19.18    (132)
North Ballarat    
0.1    3.3     3.4         5.8         (38)

GOALS:
 Elliott 5, Kirby 3, Crocker 3, Daicos 2, Brown 2, Oxley 2, Thomas, Lynch
COLLINGWOOD MEDIA’S BEST: Elliott, Woodward, Wills, Crocker, Thomas, Cox