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Recap: VFL Magpies beaten by Bombers

VFL round three in 60 seconds Watch how round three of the VFL unfolded, as Collingwood were comprehensively beaten by Essendon on a Sunday afternoon at Victoria Park.

Three quarters of Essendon dominance has resulted in an 85-point loss to the VFL Magpies at Victoria Park.

The match started well for the men in the Black and White. Travis Cloke kicked the Magpies' first two goals, before Rupert Wills added a third before quarter time.

However from here Essendon took control. The Bombers kicked five goals in the second term, before piling on another seven in the third quarter.

Goals to Ash Close, Jack Hellier and Ben Moloney were unable to assist the Magpies' closing the final margin, with Essendon running out 85-point winners.

"Clearly we were outplayed today and outworked," coach Dale Tapping said post-game.

The man at the helm of the VFL Magpies also commented on the game of Cloke, saying the power forward's performance was a "by-product" of how the game played out.

"He started quite well and obviously kicked a couple of goals, but I thought overall his effort was there," Tapping said.

"The way we moved the ball and the way we got the ball into our forward half really didn’t assist any of the forwards.

"As the game went on that became increasingly more difficult."

Cloke was faced by the experienced head of Nathan Grima at full back, a factor Tapping said contributed to his forward's output.

"Grima has played a lot of good AFL footy.

"He (Cloke) certainly didn’t get any relief in terms of his match-up. He played on a quality player."

While Grima provided AFL experience in defence, he was shadowed by teammate Ryan Crowley at the other end of the ground.

The former Fremantle Docker had 30 disposals and kicked four goals in a dominant performance.

For the Magpies, Jesse White led the possessions tally with 24 touches, while Jackson Viola was named Collingwood's best player for a brave performance in defence. 

Collingwood v Essendon
Sunday 24 April, 2016
Victoria Park

Collingwood     3.0     3.3     4.5       7.8      (48)
Essendon         3.3     8.7     13.8     20.13  (133)

Viola, White, Hellier, Crocker, Hore, Goodyear
Polkinghorne, Crowley, McNiece, Ashby, Simpkin, Kommer


Collingwood: Cloke 2, Wills, Kelly, Close, Hellier, Moloney
Essendon: Crowley 4, Redman 3, Langford 3, Eades 2, McKernan 2, Simpkin 2, Merrett, Nyuon, Hams, Coghlan

Find a recap of Collingwood Media's live coverage of the game in the module below.

Live Blog VFL Round 3 - Collingwood v Essendon

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Collingwood v Essendon
VFL Round 3
Saturday 24 April
Victoria Park, 2.10pm

Jack Hellier, Tyson Goldsack, Tom Phillips
HB: Brayden Maynard, Tim Golds, Jonathon Marsh
C: Nick Gray, Matthew Goodyear, Ben Crocker
HF: Travis Cloke, Jesse White, Ash Close
F: Brent Macaffer, Rupert Wills, Jordan Kelly
Foll: Darrean Wyatt, Ben Moloney, Tim Broomhead
Int (from): Brayden Sier, Jordan Collopy, Jordan Kelly, Lachie Ferguson, Lachlan Howe, Matthew Smith, Angelo Rambaldi, Jackson Viola, Marty Hore*
*Marty Hore is Collingwood's nominated 23rd man. The 23rd player rule is designed to enable clubs to promote young talent and provide them with a taste of VFL football to aid their development.