Collingwood’s VFL side has gone down by 20 points in today’s practice match against Port Melbourne at Victoria Park.

A defensive-minded start from both team’s saw a low-scoring first half ensue, however the game opened up in the third and fourth terms.

The Pies’ four-goal third quarter cut the margin to 10 points with a quarter to play, however Port Melbourne held strong in the final term to run out victors.

Despite the loss, various players stood up through the game on a hot afternoon.

Allan impresses through the middle

Second-year midfielder Ed Allan was fantastic through the centre of the ground on Friday, finding plenty of the ball in space and in the contest. The 19-year-old’s increased endurance was a feature as he bobbed up in many of the side’s damaging plays all across the ground. Often using his height to his advantage, Allan dished quick hands to his teammates, while also weaving his way out of traffic on multiple occasions.

Sofronidis stands tall in defence  

Playing in his first official game since joining the Club’s VFL side, Sam Sofronidis was impressive in the defensive fifty against Port Melbourne. Often the last man in defence, the 194cm tall was tasked with matching up the opposition’s key forwards all day and repelled many forward entries. Having spent the summer trialling with the AFL squad, Sofronidis is well equipped with his teammates already.

Third quarter fightback

After trailing by 21 points at the main break, the Pies came out with vengeance in the third quarter to turn the game around. A brilliant team play saw Jack Hutchinson kick the first goal of the term, while the pressure displayed in the front half caused multiple turnovers that resulted in goals. Often looking for a better option in front of the big sticks, four different goal-kickers hit the scoreboard.

Noble and Jiath show poise off half back

AFL-listed players John Noble and Tew Jiath showed multiples examples of their run and dare off half back on Friday, setting up many of the Pies’ attacking plays. Still in his first pre-season at the Pies, Jiath’s ability to evade and side-step his opponents has been a feature throughout the young defender’s practice matches. Noble, having played as the sub in the Club’s Opening Round AFL clash with GWS last week, showed his typical speed and dash through the back half on Friday in a solid outing.

Looking to Round One

After a win in their first practice match against Richmond two weeks ago and then today’s loss, the Pies’ VFL pre-season has come to an end. Attention turns to next Friday when the Magpies take on Sandringham at RSEA Park to open the VFL season.


Josh Carmicahel 2, Lachie Sullivan, Jack Hutchinson, Billy Frampton, Jedd Longmire, Campbell Lane