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AFL standouts in win over Werribee

VFL: Round nine win in 60 seconds Watch highlights from Collingwood's 29-point win over Werribee in round nine of the VFL.
Marley Williams played his first full game since returning from injury and was named in the best players in Collingwood's VFL win over Werribee. Photo: Shane Barrie.

An impressive three-goal performance from rookie Tom Phillips headlined a strong VFL Magpies showing against Werribee at Avalon Airport Oval on Saturday.

Phillips’ best-on-ground performance capped off a strong day for an 11-strong Collingwood AFL contingent.

James Aish and Marley Williams joined Phillips in the best players, while Brent Macaffer and Tim Golds kicked goals in the 29-point victory.

“We only had nine or ten (11) AFL-listed today but when you go through those guys, there’s a bit of quality through that,” coach Dale Tapping told Collingwood Media post game.

“They all contributed really well.
“Tommy Phillips has been really, really starting to understand what footy is all about. He’s playing some strong football.”

While Phillips no doubt edges nearer to an AFL debut, his VFL-listed teammates will be steadily gaining confidence from a third consecutive victory.

The Magpies have recorded convincing victories away from home against Geelong and now Werribee, with another win over reigning premiers Williamstown adding to a strong run of form.

On Saturday night the side had moved high into the top eight, with a number of games still to be played to conclude round nine on Sunday.

RECAP: Review the VFL Magpies 29-point win as it happened with Collingwood Media's live coverage.

Tapping appeared pleased by the gaining momentum of his side post game.

“I thought our effort today over four quarters was really strong,” he reflected.

“We’re starting to learn what it takes to be a very good footy team and have a strong squad mentality.”

What was described as a four-quarter performance started strongly as midfielder-turned half forward Gus Borthwick kicked two goals from free kicks early in the game.

Macaffer, Aish and Phillips kicked majors of their own as Collingwood silenced the home crowd early with a 20-point quarter time lead.

As Collingwood’s class up forward showed, the home side failed to find the same polish in their attacking 50.

Described by Tapping as “a formidable back six”, a Collingwood defence consisting of Nathan Brown, Tyson Goldsack, Jonathon Marsh and Jordan Kelly kept Werribee to just six goals through the first three quarters.

Jonathon Brown and Jonathon Marsh patrol the Werribee forward line in the second quarter.

“Our positioning from our backs has been really strong,” Tapping said.

“For that to be efficient, it’s got to be supported by other elements and other parts of the ground.

“We’re defending the ground a lot better and that’s been very pleasing.”

Both sides fought hard in the final term as natural light was replaced by the beaming light-towers of Avalon Airport Oval.

North Melbourne-listed forward Aaron Black provided a late spark with two late goals for the Tigers, however late goals to Jordan Collopy, Nick Gray and Phillips secured the result.

If winning on the road is becoming a habit for the VFL Magpies, there should be more good times ahead.

Collingwood will play Casey at Casey Fields next Saturday before the round 11 bye on June 18.

Werribee v Collingwood
Saturday 4 June
Avalon Airport Oval

Collingwood     5.3     7.5     10.8     13.10 (88)
Werribee          2.3     5.3     6.5       9.5     (59)

Collingwood: Collopy 3, Phillips 3, Borthwick 2, Macaffer, Aish, Golds, Howe, Gray
Werribee: Wagner 3, Black 2, Pruess, Gribble, Petterwood, Porter

Collingwood: Phillips, Aish, Moloney, Borthwick, Williams, Kelly
Werribee: Hansen, Wagner, Dumont, Gribble, Porter, Garner

First gamer Adrian Indovino receives a Gatorade shower as the VFL Magpies sing the theme song.