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VFL: Pre-season ends with 50-point win

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The VFL Magpies have completed an impressive weekend for the Collingwood Football Club with an emphatic 50-point victory over Geelong in their final VFL practice match.

Dale Tapping’s side led from start to end. They kicked three goals in the opening term before adding another five prior to half time.

Despite a spirited two-goal effort from Geelong’s Daniel Menzel, a Collingwood team with 15 AFL-listed players proved too talented and experienced.

Matthew Goodyear was arguably the pick of the bunch, with the midfielder kicking two goals to continue an impressive pre-season.

Tall forward Ash Close kicked four majors, while Goodyear, Tyson Goldsack and Lachlan Ferguson rounded out the multiple goal kickers.

The AFL players

15 AFL-listed players meant experience was aplenty when the VFL Magpies took the field at Simonds Stadium.

Seven of these men had walked the same turf just over a month ago, running out for the AFL side against Geelong in Collingwood’s first NAB Challenge game.

This time around, a selection of senior Magpies impressed in the 50-point victory.

Matthew Goodyear continued his impressive start to 2016, kicking two goals and spending more time on the ball than he did in his debut year.

Jesse White played in defence and produced a third quarter to remember. The 27-year-old took a number of strong contested marks as he looked to settle into a new role.

Mason Cox spent more time in the ruck than up forward, however the 211cm American took a memorable mark at the top of the goalsquare in the last quarter before kicking Collingwood’s final goal of the game.

Of the rookies, Rupert Wills was the standout, while Josh Smith successfully returned from injury to play three quarters of game time.

Alan Toovey and Jonathon Marsh provided cool heads down back, however Tyson Goldsack spent the majority of the game playing forward.

Howe reported

Watched closely by opposition players and fans alike, Jeremy Howe also caught the eye of the umpires during the first quarter of the hit-out.

With the ball at the other end of the ground, Howe was placed in the umpire’s book for what appeared to be an open-handed strike to the stomach of Jed Bews.

Incident aside, Howe spent the majority of the game forward as he attempts to return to full fitness.

He marked well and in the second quarter extended Collingwood’s lead with a strong mark and goal.

The VFL contingent

After a year away from VFL football, Lachlan Ferguson announced his return to the VFL Magpies with an impressive two-goal performance.

Having overcome an ankle complaint in the pre-season, Ferguson’s first full game back left no doubts that he can return to his 2014 form.

The small forward kicked back-to-back goals in the second term and combined with Jack Blair to provide unrelenting pressure in the forward line.

Former Port Melbourne player Matthew Smith staked his claim to take on his former side in round one with a solid performance, while Ash Close led all goalscorers with four majors.


Collingwood     3.5     8.8     10.12     16.12    (108)
Geelong    2.2     3.3     4.6     8.10     (58)


Close 4, Goodyear 2, Ferguson 2, Goldsack 2, Wyatt, Wills, J. Howe, Blair, Phillips + Cox.

For a full recap of the game, catch up on Collingwood Media's live feed of the game in the module below.

Live Blog VFL Practice Match - Geelong v Collingwood

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The VFL squad is chock full of AFL-listed talent, with the likes of Tyson Goldsack, Alan Toovey, Jeremy Howe and Jesse White joining young guns such as Jonathon Marsh, Brayden Maynard and Brayden Sier in pushing their claims for a senior promotion.

The rookie-listed Josh Smith will make his return from a leg injury sustained at the same ground back in February in the opening round of the NAB Challenge.

A total of fifteen AFL-listed players are scheduled to take to the field, supported by VFL-listed Magpies such as Jeremy Taylor, Jack Blair, Ben Moloney and Ash Close.

VFL Practice Match
Geelong v Collingwood
Saturday 2 April
Simonds Stadium, 12pm

Collingwood Squad
6. Tyson Goldsack
9. Jesse White
17. Jonathon Marsh
21. Tom Phillips
27. Matthew Goodyear
33. Rupert Wills
34. Alan Toovey
35. Brayden Sier
37. Brayden Maynard
38. Jeremy Howe
39. Ben Crocker
40. Josh Smith
41. Tim Golds
46. Mason Cox
47. Darrean Wyatt
56. Jeremy Taylor
57. Ash Close
58. Ben Moloney
62. Lachie Ferguson
63. Gus Borthwick
65. Lachlan Howe
67. Matthew Smith
69. Jack Blair
70. Marty Hore
72. Will Knight