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VFL: Ten goal quarter sets up victory

VFL: Round 9 win in 60 seconds Get a snapshot of Collingwood's 42-point win over Werribee in 60 seconds with Collingwood Media.
Rookie forward Brenden Abbott kicked a career-high six goals, including four straight Collingwood's dominant third quarter. Photo: Shane Barrie.

It started with a passionate half time message from coach Dale Tapping and finished with an regulation opposition behind.

However its what happened in between these moments in the third quarter of Collingwood’s round nine VFL clash with Werribee which will be remembered for a long time to come.

Collingwood kicked ten straight goals, turning a 20-point deficit into a 41-point lead. The Magpies had 19 inside 50s to Werribee’s three, 14 clearances to five and 30 marks to 22.

After a quiet start to the day, the returning Levi Greenwood collected 18 disposals in the quarter, while rookie-listed Brenden Abbott kicked four straight goals in 30 minutes of football before finishing the game with a total of six.

“The second half the boys came out firing and it was pretty easy as a forward just to lead up when the boys are doing their job,” Abbott told Collingwood Media post match.

VFL RECAP: Relive the match with Collingwood Media's play-by-play coverage.

“I think we worked as one. We had a lot more space around the ball and that was pretty evident in the entries we got,” he said.

Tapping threw a surprise in the mix pre-match, sending 19-year-old Darcy Moore to full forward to cover for the absent Michael Still.

While limited of opportunities, Moore competed well before being rested in the final quarter.

“It was a little bit different and something for his development,” Collingwood assistant coach Tarkyn Lockyer told Collingwood Media post game.”

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“We seem to have a lot of key backs at this level in particular. It was a good opportunity for him to sneak forward and do a couple of nice things.”

After a disappointing second quarter in which Collingwood surrendered the lead, Lockyer believes the players followed directions to respond well in the third term.

“We just needed to clear up a few things because it was nowhere near the way we like to play,” he said.

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“The boys were left with no misunderstandings of where the game was at and what we needed to do to get it back on our terms.

“It was clearly a dominant quarter from our point of view… we just showed that if we play the way we want to, we can trouble any side.”

In another encouraging sign for the Magpies, Ben Reid and Clinton Young both played close to full games for the first time as they continue to return from respective injuries.

Matthew Scharenberg played a fantastic first quarter and was named in the best, while Patrick Karnezis kicked three goals as he combined a role in the midfield with time up forward.

Despite having a side stacked with AFL-listed players, Collingwood’s VFL contingent also proved influential.

Scott Greenhough, Jack Blair and Ben Moloney were all named in the best, while captain Jack Hellier kicked two goals.

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The win over the equal-first placed Werribee marks Collingwood’s fifth victory of the season. The entire competition has a week off next week before returning in two weeks’ time.

Another challenging opponent will await the Magpies as the Box Hill Hawks travel to Victoria Park on Saturday 27 June.

Collingwood     3.4     5.7     15.10     18.13     (121)
Werribee          2.2     9.3     9.5        12.7       (79)

Goals - Collingwood: Abbott 6, Karnezis 3, Jack Blair 2, Hellier 2, Dwyer, Greenwood, Goodyear, Wills, Greenhough

Best - Collingwood: Abbott, Greenhough, Scharenberg, Jack Blair, Cox, Moloney

At Victoria Park

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Click on each player’s name to view their profile and headshot for season 2015 as well as coach Dale Tapping's take on their prospects for the year ahead.

Name Height Weight Date of Birth Recruited From
51. Michael Still 194cm 94kg 24/3/91 Essendon/Werribee/West Adelaide
52. Lachlan Wallace 176cm 70kg 24/1/92 Dandenong U18
53. Jack Hellier 178cm 87kg 15/8/88 St Bedes-Mentone
54. Jordan Collopy 178cm 80kg 15/10/93 Oakleigh U18/Collingwood VFL
55. Ryan Pendlebury 194cm 87kg 17/6/88 Casey Scorpions/Sale/Bendigo
56. Jeremy Taylor 191cm 90kg 17/6/92 Geelong College/Geelong U18/Gold Coast
57. Tim Allan 192cm 84kg 22/10/90 Ormond/Port Melbourne
58. Ben Moloney 183cm 88kg 2/7/91 Geelong U18/Werribee
59. Jake Williams 176cm 72kg 20/12/93 De La Salle
60. Scott Greenhough 192cm 98kg 17/5/93 Hoppers Crossing/Western U18/Deer Park
61. Nick Gray 185cm 78kg 24/9/92 Mansfield
62. Callum Matheson 172cm 72kg 20/12/93 Western Jets/St Kevin's OB
63. Gus Borthwick 180cm 80kg 29/12/96 Melbourne Grammar
64. Jesse Wallin 180cm 80kg 2/1/93 Morningside/Brisbane Reserves/Bendigo
65. Rupert Wills 191cm 89kg 20/5/93 Old Scotch
66. Kieran Ellis 187cm 77kg 30/1/95 Murray U18/Albury
67. Trent Cody 177cm 74kg 30/1/95 Noble Park/Eastern U18
68. Josh Turner 183cm 74kg 29/3/95 Lower Plenty/Northern U18
69. Ben Monkhorst 190cm 90kg 30/12/91 Eastern U18/Box Hill/Woori Yallock
70. Jack Blair 173cm 72kg 19/4/93 Wonthaggi
71. Ash Close 199cm 88kg 24/12/91 Ivanhoe Amatuers/Morwell
72. Ben Fennell 181cm 79kg 5/8/92 Montmorency
73. Rourke Fischer 186cm 86kg 20/8/96 Seaford/Dandenong U18
74. Jackson Viola 189cm 94kg 9/10/95 Hoppers Crossing/Western U18
Adrian Indovino (DEV) 178cm 75kg 18/3/95 Oakeigh U18/De La Salle
Will Knight (DEV) 181cm 78kg 16/3/96 Ivanhoe Grammar/Heidelberg
Ned McKeown (DEV) 189cm 88kg 18/4/94 St Kevin's OB/Northern U18
Jamie Smith (DEV) 205cm 99kg 29/5/91 Norwood (EFL)
Cathal Corr (Rehab) 183cm 94kg 1/11/87 St Kilda/Coburg/Macleod
Lachlan Howe (Rehab) 199cm 100kg 16/6/93 Murray U18/St Josephs/Geelong