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VFL: Pies lock in fifth spot

Quinten Lynch kicked five goals in Collingwood's 46-point win over Bendigo on Friday night. Photo: Shane Barrie.
An undermanned Collingwood secured fifth place on the VFL ladder with a 46-point win over Bendigo on Friday night.

The win was marred by a suspected knee injury to prize draft choice Matthew Scharenberg, who left the field late in the second quarter and ended the night on crutches.

The Magpies were forced to fight tooth and nail for their win, with the Gold desperate to finish their 17-year stint in the VFL on a winning note.

Bendigo has not won a game for two years, but that didn’t stop it from leaving the ground three points ahead at half time.

Collingwood turned things around in the third quarter, slamming on 10 goals including three to midfield dynamo Kyle Martin, who was a key instigator in turning his side’s night around.

“The second half and in particular the third quarter was excellent,” VFL coach Dale Tapping told

“We played really good footy, it was the way we wanted to play.

“To kick 10 goals in a quarter, after about the six or seven minute mark, by the way, was a good effort.

“In the last quarter we managed it as best we could. We played the last eight or nine minutes without any rotations, so we ended up flipping them around, with the midfielders and forwards going through the wings and that sort of thing.

“It was a good result in the end.”

Tapping nominated Martin, Paul Seedsman and Tom Couch, in for his first game since 26 April, as three men behind the third quarter revival.

“Martin really drove it with his physicality,” Tapping said.

“Paul Seedsman really started to play the footy that he’s capable of playing.

“Tom Couch was really influential in the third quarter. He was really strong and aggressive around the contest.

“We wanted to take territory off them and get forward momentum and we thought if we did that enough and kept pressing up at our end of the ground, it was always going to be difficult for them to get out. We did that really well.

“We were a lot more disciplined with our structure and when the ball went into our forward fifty for the stoppages, guys got into the right spots, we created space for one another and scored off the back of that.

“That’s how we want to play.”

A highlight of the night was the performance of veteran forward Quinten Lynch, who kicked five goals and provided relief in the ruck.

“He’s played some good footy, Quinten, coming back from a really bad break in his leg against Essendon,” Tapping said.

“In the last three weeks he has actually been covering the ground a lot better.

“He’s getting a lot more confidence and he marked it really well tonight.

“He hit the scoreboard which is great reward for him to just get back to playing footy, albeit at VFL level, but he’s been great for us.”

Collingwood will now await the weekend’s results before the details of next week’s Elimination Final are confirmed.

As it stands, the Magpies are likely to face either Sandringham or Werribee.

Collingwood   2.4  6.6  16.7  20.11 (131)
Bendigo          2.2  7.3  10.6  13.7 (85)

Goals - Collingwood: Lynch 5, Karnezis 4, Martin 3, Ferguson 2, Kennedy 2, Gault 2, Couch, Seedsman

Best - Collingwood: Riddle, Lynch, Martin, Couch, Gault, Yagmoor