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Cloke kicks five in VFL win

VFL RD19: Recap Watch Marcus Wagner and Peter Marcato provide a recap of Collingwood's 16-point win over Geelong at Victoria Park.
Travis Cloke kicked five goals in Collingwood's win over Port Melbourne at Victoria Park. Photo: Shane Barrie.

A five-goal haul from Travis Cloke and a virtuoso performance from Jarrod Witts in the ruck helped Collingwood to a 16-point win over Port Melbourne at Victoria Park on Saturday.

The Magpies flew out of the blocks, kicking four of the first five goals of the match.

But it wasn't long before the fifth-placed Port Melbourne struck back, thriving on its love for the contested ball, kicking six goals in a row midway through the second quarter.

It took late majors to Jordan Collopy and Witts to steady the ship, trimming the Borough's lead to a solitary point at the main break.

The game began to open up in the third quarter and it was Cloke who was the beneficiary. A freer flowing contest allowed him a clear run at the ball, and allowed him to kick four second half goals.

"I thought Travis in particular today really stood up when the game was on the line," development coach Tarkyn Lockyer told Collingwood Media post-game.

The forwards coach was also pleased with the mindset and energy of the 245-gamer. 

"At three-quarter time when I was coaching the forwards, Trav was really communicating well and upbeat," Lockyer reflected.

"His actions have been fantastic. He’s been really focused and has bought in to the team.

"That’s all we can ask from a senior player."

Another experienced Magpie who impressed at Victoria Park was Witts. The ruckman played a hand in a number of successful Collingwood clearances, while also kicking two important goals.

While happy to add to his own tally, Witts said Cloke offered a promising target in the forward line.

"I was able to get a few goals which was nice," Witts said.

"Every time the boys got the ball I was just like ‘kick it long down to Trav. Get it into him quick’.

"One-on-one, he’s pretty hard to stop if you get it into him.

"He proved today that he’s probably at another level."

Collingwood's home and away season will finish with trips to Box Hill and Footscray before the September action begins.


4.3     6.8     10.9     12.12 (84)
Port Melbourne   2.2     7.3     10.5     10.8   (68)


Cloke 5, Witts 2, Moloney 2, Collopy 2, Indovino
Port Melbourne: Cain 3, Dwyer 2, Haretuku, Lisle, Golby, Dickson, Hobbs


Macaffer, Cloke, Borthwick, Williams, Frost, M.Smith
Port Melbourne: Crocker, Mihocek, Van Unen, Cook, Cain, Mascitti

At Victoria Park