Collingwood has gone down by 41 points against North Melbourne at the AIA Vitality Centre on Sunday.

The Roos burst out of the blocks in Round 12, kicking six goals to one in the opening term to immediately take a strangle hold on the game.


Collingwood responded after the first break however, kicking five goals including a debut major from Hayden Brown, and a maiden goal in black and white from Conor Willis.

The experienced Ben Crocker had two at the main change and was leading the forward line well, while Jack Bytel hit the ground running in his first game at the level in six weeks. 

The Roos came out of half time strongly and put three quick goals on the board, however the Pies remained diligent and responded through Crocker and Ash Johnson.

The game slowed down in the final quarter, with neither team hitting the scoreboard a great deal as the Roos ran out almost seven-goal winners. 

Bytel picks up where he left off

Having earnt his chance at AFL level through strong performances in the VFL over the opening weeks of the season, it was no surprise to see midfielder Jack Bytel pick up right from where he left off on Sunday.

The 24-year-old, who has played three games at AFL level this year as the sub, was injected back into the VFL side and immediately showed his class with 17 touches to half time.

Leading a young group, supported by VFL-listed star Ryan Sparkes who has been terrific in the past month, the SSP-recruit shone brightly all day.

He finished with a whopping 37 disposals, seven marks, and six clearances to mark a brilliant return. 

Smit shows his presence around the ground

Playing in the black and white for just the second time on Sunday, mid-season draftee Irlio Smit backed up his solid debut performance from last week with another eye-catching display.

The 200cm ruckman started hot with nine first quarter hit outs and five disposals, as he made his presence known to a strong Kangaroos midfield. 

But it wasn't just in the ruck contests the Smit impressed, with his ability to move around the ground and repeatedly impact contests a feature of his game on Sunday. 

Smit finished with 26 hit outs and three clearances.

Young crew find the goals 

Opportunities to play have been plentiful for the Club's young VFL list, with some new names finding the goals on Sunday in impressive fashion.

Playing in his fourth game after debuting in Round Eight against Werribee, small forward Harry Mahoney impressed again with a brilliant crumbing goal to get his side rolling in the second term.

Debutant Hayden Brown then kicked his first major with his first disposal in the VFL, before Conor Willis found the big sticks for the first time in his five games this season to close out the first half. 

Later in the piece it was young defender Cooper Macdonald who drifted forward, taking a nice diving mark before slotting a brilliant set shot for the first goal of his VFL career. 


COLLINGWOOD        1.0    6.1     10.2    12.7  (79)

NORTH MELBOURNE       6.2     10.2    15.8   18.12  (120)

GOALS: Ben Crocker 3, Ash Johnson 3, Tom Wilson, Cooper Macdonald, Hayden Brown, Harry Mahoney, Conor Willis, Josh Eyre