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VFL Pies hold on in thriller

Lachlan Tardrew celebrates a first quarter goal. Photo: Shane Barrie. - Collingwood,Collingwood Magpies
Lachlan Tardrew celebrates a first quarter goal. Photo: Shane Barrie.

A gutsy Collingwood held on to beat Port Melbourne by just two points in a thrilling VFL encounter at North Port Oval on Saturday.

Leading comfortably by 16-points at half time, the Magpies were rocked by a fast-finishing Borough, who charged back into the lead midway through the third term.

Collingwood steadied, through goals to Gus Borthwick and Jarryd Blair, and eventually held on to win by less than a kick despite several near misses from the home side.

Unfortunately, veteran tall Ben Reid sat out most of the second half due to an injury complaint.

The match was Reid’s first after returning from knee injuries that kept him sidelined since round 10.

“I think he just felt his calf a little bit when he went for a contest,” VFL coach Jared Rivers said.

“It was really unlucky for Ben. He has worked so hard to get himself into a position to play footy (again).

“Today he probably just hurt himself a little bit so we will assess during the week and see where he is at. It is really disappointing for him.”

Collingwood       5.5     7.9     10.9    10.10 (70)
Port Melbourne  4.3     5.5     8.10     9.14 (68)

Goals – Collingwood: Gallucci 4, J.Smith, Wellings, Chippendale, Tardrew, Borthwick, Jarryd Blair
Port Melbourne: Haretuku 2, Pearson 2, Lisle 2, Templeton, Searle, Conway