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Tiarne Swersky  September 2, 2017 6:30 PM


Jesse White kicked one goal in his final game for Collingwood. Photo: Shane Barrie.


: 0.1    1.3   6.5    11.7 (73)
Richmond:     3.6   5.8  7.10 12.13 (85)


Collingwood: Cox 3, Mayne 2, White, Blair, Blair, Thomas, Daicos, Kirby
Richmond: Moore 3, Bolton 2, Ellis, Hunt, Griffiths, Miles, Lennon, Lloyd, Batchelor

: Borthwick, Cox, Blair, Brown, White, Mayne
Richmond: TBC

Richmond v Collingwood
Saturday 2 September, 2.40pm
North Port Oval, Port Melbourne

Collingwood’s VFL season has come to an end, after suffering a heartbreaking loss to Richmond at North Port Oval.

Down by five goals at the major break, a second-half come back fell just short for the Magpies, who would eventually go down to the Tigers by two goals in a thrilling finish on Saturday afternoon.

Up by 11 points at the final change, the Tigers kicked the first goals of the fourth quarter.

But some efficient work in front of goal kept the Magpies in touch.

Two last-quarter goals from Chris Mayne, and one apiece from Josh Daicos, Josh Thomas and Kayle Kirby edged the Magpies ahead by one point with only five minutes remaining.

With a passionate Magpie Army behind them, the Pies looked as if they would pull off the unthinkable comeback victory.

But composure and steadiness from the Tigers’ back half surged them forward, with Sam Lloyd and Jake Batchelor capitalising in front of goal to put the Tigers back in front.

The see-sawing affair would end in happiness for the Black and Yellow, with the Tigers advancing to the Preliminary Final.

For the Magpies, midfielders Jarryd Blair and Gus Borthwick starred in the engine room, while youngster Callum Brown capped off an impressive debut season.

Key forward Mason Cox looked dominant at stages, kicking three goals for the game.

For the retiring Jesse White, his last game will be one to remember. The forward presented strongly all afternoon, kicking one goal along with several contested marks.