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Eight in a row, and they could get better

VFL: Round 15 win in 60 seconds Watch highlights from Collingwood's 66-point win over Frankston in round 15 of the VFL.
Corey Gault takes a strong mark during Collingwood's 66-point win over Frankston. Photo: Shane Barrie.

Opposition sides beware – the VFL Magpies are on a roll and could be about to get even better.

Collingwood won its eighth consecutive VFL match on Sunday as it defeated Frankston by 66 points at Frankston Oval.

With a bye ahead to refresh and a host of recently fit players in reserve, Dale Tapping’s side will look to finish the home and away season stronger than ever.

“If anything, we’re just starting to get back to full health,” the coach told Collingwood Media post game on Sunday.

“The AFL boys are getting back and our VFL boys – Lachie Wallace, (Michael) Still, Lachie Tardrew – these boys have all resumed back playing at local level.

“We’ll take it (the bye) and then we’ve got five games after that against some really strong opposition.”

While full attention from Tapping and his team would have been focussed on what was taking place on the field at Frankston Oval, other members of the crowd would have been keeping an eye trained on another VFL game at Trevor Barker Oval.

A Port Melbourne upset victory over Sandringham, in addition to Collingwood’s strong win sees the Magpies jump into second position on the VFL level after 15 rounds.

How the Magpies won their 10th game of the season was a story in itself.

Despite what the final score-line would suggest, things didn’t go entirely to plan for the men in the Black and White.

Ruckman Jarrod Witts left the game with a finger injury just minutes after running through a banner celebrating his 50th VFL game.

“It’s disappointing,” Tapping said of his early exit.

“Just speaking to the doc, they’ll have a scan tomorrow and he seems to think it’ll be okay.”

As Witts was assessed in the Collingwood rooms, the home side jumped to an early lead.

Frankston kicked five goals to one in the first quarter to send a shock through the Magpies’ camp.

“They had a lot of energy,” Tapping said of the opposition.

“Traditionally they play the ground really well and their best performances this year have been really strong here.”

As Collingwood kicked goal after goal in the second term, it became clear that there was a strong breeze favouring the Young Street end of the ground.

A Marley Williams kick inside 50 which cleared the goal-square pack and ended in the hands of Adam Oxley showed the swirling nature of the wind.

Marley Williams was named in the best for his performance in the backline. Photo: Shane Barrie.

The Magpies took advantage of the conditions and turned a 25-point quarter time deficit into a 28-point half time lead.

While confidence was rising, Frankston had the advantage in the third term and capitalised with five majors of its own.

By three-quarter time, 18 of the game’s 21 goals had been scored at the Young Street end.

“It was a bit of a challenge,” Tapping said.

“The conditions were blowing pretty strong to that end and that sort of progressed throughout the course of the game.”

In a game where every quarter was dominated by one side or the other, the best was yet to come.

Goals flowed in the final term as the Magpies raced to their highest score of the year.

Asked if an 11-goal quarter was the best he’d seen from his team this year, Tapping hesitated before giving his answer.

‘We’ve had some really good last quarters of different types,” he said.

“But in terms of flow and ball movement and just turning up and executing, you’d say yes.”

Two small forwards in Lachlan Ferguson and Adrian Indovino captured the excitement of the large Frankston crowd throughout the game.

Both kicked four goals each and provided endless highlights before being named the best two players on the ground in the eyes of the coaches.

Yet Tapping reserved praise for a more experience trio of AFL-listed defenders.

Tyson Goldsack rises high above a pack on the wing at Frankston Oval. Photo: Shane Barrie.

“I thought Frosty (Jack Frost), Goldy (Tyson Goldsack) and Marley held up well in the first quarter when it was coming in pretty quick,” he said.

“Those guys responded pretty well today.”

The bye awaits the Magpies as the side looks to continue its hot form and end the season on a high.

But with eight consecutive wins and more healthy players becoming available, rest of the competition is on notice in the lead-up to the VFL finals.

Collingwood     1.0     9.6     11.8     22.11 (143)
Frankston         5.1     5.2     10.5     12.5   (77)

Collingwood: Ferguson 4, Indovino 4, Broomhead 2, Oxley 2, Wyatt 2, Crocker 2, Gray 2, Phillips, Borthwick, Golds, Hellier
Frankston: Cavarra 4, Gardiner 4, Cass, McCartney, Wilson, Papadopoulos

Collingwood: Indovino, Ferguson, Howe, Goldsack, Oxley, Phillips
Frankston: Cavarra, Wilsen, Gray, Gardiner, Sketcher, McInnes

Tom Phillips finds space on the wing in the first quarter. Photo: Shane Barrie.