Collingwood gained the ascendancy early at the Swinburne Centre, kicking the first four goals of the match through Reef McInnes, Aiden Begg, Nathan Kreuger, and Oscar Steene.

Despite a two-goal response from Richmond, the Pies took a 12-point lead into the first break, thanks to strong ball movement and high pressure.

Richmond hit the scoreboard early in the second quarter and generated strong momentum but resistance from Neville Jetta in the defensive 50 meant Richmond could only manage a two-point lead at the main break. 

Despite concerns of injury, forward Ash Johnson hit the scoreboard early in the second half.

It was all black and white from there, with the Pies generating a 49-point turnaround in a nine-goal third quarter. All nine goals were scored inside a 23-minute burst, with Josh Fraser's men responding to the Coaches half-time message.

The victory means Collingwood will now progress to the VFL finals series, and will play in an Elimination Final next weekend.

It's an exciting time to be a Collingwood supporter - the Club will have four times alive in September, with their AFL, VFL, and Wheelchair teams commencing finals campaigns, while the AFLW team will kick off their 2023 season against Melbourne on Friday night.


Key takeaways:

Aiden Begg finished with 19 disposals, 14 hit-outs, seven tackles, six marks, and three goals. 

Key forward Nathan Kreuger showed impressive skill in the forward half, finishing with four goals and 11 disposals.

Co-Captain Lachlan Tardrew was at his consistent best, finishing with 23 disposals - five of which were inside 50s. 

Despite being managed, Finlay Macrae backed up his performance in Collingwood's AFL team against Essendon on Friday night. The midfielder finished with 23 disposals, six tackles, and three clearances. 

Campbell Hustwaite was relentless all day, finishing with eight tackles, 18 disposals, and a goal. 

Developing Ruck Oscar Steene showed promise, taking two strong contested marks inside the forward 50, both of which resulted in goals. 

Forward Reef McInnes kicked three majors. 

The experienced Neville Jetta finished with 20 disposals, and nine marks. 


COLLINGWOOD 21.9 (135)
WERRIBEE 8.12 (60)

Kreuger (4), McInnes (3), Begg (3), Wilson (2), Wilson (2), Steene (2), Richards (2), Johnson, Hustwaite, Harrison