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VFL: Pies outlast Lions


Collingwood held off a strong challenge from Coburg to win its fourth straight VFL match.

The Magpies were never headed from the opening minutes, despite the stubborn resistance from the hosts at Piranha Park.

Though the margin never looked comfortable, the Pies managed to hold the Lions at arm’s length all day, to finish with a 9.12 (66) to 7.5 (47) win.

The tackling pressure from both sides was unabating throughout the day, with few free-flowing passages of play from either side.

The scrappy play and physical nature of the game resulted in multiple players being forced to leave the field at different stages with head knocks or due to the blood rule.

Collingwood         2.3    5.9    7.11     10.12 (72)

Coburg                  1.5    2.3    5.4        7.5   (47)

Goals – Collingwood: Crocker 2, Gallucci 2, McLarty, Chippendale, Mihocek, Tardew, Hellier, Wellings

Coburg: Aujla 2, Goodwin, Belo, Orr, Blair, Canolo