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VFL Magpies shut down ladder-leaders

VFL: Round ten win in 60 seconds Watch highlights from Collingwood's 40-point win over the Casey Scorpions in round ten of the VFL.
Rupert Wills had 26 disposals in Collingwood's 40-point victory over the Casey Scorpions. Photo: Shane Barrie.

The cameras may have been trained on one man, but it was the performance of 23 which secured Collingwood’s best win of the 2016 VFL season.

Travis Cloke was outstanding in the VFL Magpies’ 40-point victory at Casey Fields.

The 238-gamer kicked two goals, set up another, had 10 tackles and took three strong contested marks.

However his game was just one of the many factors that gave the Magpies their sixth win of the year and first victory at Casey Fields since 2010.

James Aish had 34 disposals in a game Collingwood development coach Jared Rivers described as “fantastic”.

“His hunger for the contest and his ball use as well was first class,” Rivers told Collingwood Media post game.

While Aish has had a number of weeks to ply his trade at VFL level, the scrappy Saturday afternoon was the first game back at a lower level for defender Adam Oxley.

Oxley was among Collingwood’s best players in a match which produced 15 disposals and a team-high 12 tackles.

Tasked with overlooking the Magpies’ defensive stocks, Rivers was thrilled to be able to add the Queenslander to an already experienced VFL backline.

“I’m pretty fortunate to be looking after a backline that’s pretty experienced and in good form,” he said.

“To have Browny (Nathan Brown) as a seasoned AFL player and Goldy (Tyson Goldsack) back down there, they’ve been first class.

“Even Jordan Kelly as well has probably been our most consistent player for the year and he keeps getting better.”

Collingwood defenders thrived in making their opponents lives difficult. Casey kicked its first goal via a free kick and 50-metre penalty, and only added a second midway through the final term when the game was effectively over.

At the other end of the ground, Cloke, Corey Gault and Lachlan Howe impressed in conditions terrible for talls.

No longer having the assistance of Jarrod Witts, Howe was fantastic in winning 30 hit-outs and competing manfully against the Melbourne-listed duo of Jake Spencer and Max King.

Gault assisted in the ruck and kicked a goal of his own in the final term, while Cloke responded to his AFL omission in the best way possible.

“Clokey would have been disappointed in himself for getting dropped,” Rivers said.

“His attitude today was outstanding.

“His tackling pressure in the forward half was a real highlight.”

Travis Cloke takes one of his three contested marks. (Photo: Shane Barrie)

While most eyes were trained on Casey Fields on a soggy Saturday afternoon, upsets elsewhere in the VFL mean Collingwood enter their round 11 bye sitting in third position and one game off top spot.

After losing three of the first five games, the resurrection of the VFL Magpies’ season has been outstanding.

After winning its last four games, Dale Tapping’s side will now play its next four matches against sides sitting outside the top eight.

But first comes the bye. A week to rejuvenate after 120 minutes in some of the toughest conditions in VFL football.

Casey Scorpions v Collingwood

Collingwood            2.2     3.2     4.8     8.11     (59)
Casey Scorpions   1.0     1.2     1.5     2.7       (19)

Collingwood: Cloke 2, Smith, Collopy, Knight, Ferguson, Aish, Gault
Casey Scorpions: Smith, Newton

Collingwood: Aish, Smith, Cloke, Oxley, Howe, Wills
Casey Scorpions: Keilty, Michie, Hutchins, Garland, Spencer, White

A muddied Jack Hellier leads the successful VFL Magpies off Casey Fields. (Photo: Shane Barrie)