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McCartin sinks VFL Magpies

Young forward Kayle Kirby kicked three goals in the VFL Magpies' loss to Sandringham. Photo: Shane Barrie.

A Paddy McCartin-inspired Sandringham have proved too much for the VFL Magpies, with the home team claiming a 20-point round three victory at Trevor Barker Oval.

Collingwood’s tall defenders had no answers for McCartin, who kicked seven goals in the blustery Bayside conditions.

Inaccurate in front of goal cruelled the Magpies when kicking with the wind in the second (3.8) and fourth (3.10) quarters.

Sandringham however, had no problem finding the goals. The home side burst out of the blocks with seven first-quarter majors, before extending the margin to 40-points at the final break.

"It was a bit disappointing starting off the way we did," midfielder Jordan De Goey told Collingwood Media post match. 

"It was a high-pressure game and that shows on the scoreboard. It (goal-kicking) is one of those things we'll keep working on, and I'm sure it'll get better."

After a disappointing individual performance last week against Essendon, De Goey believed his form improved against the Zebras. 

The 21-year-old has now played out a three-game club-imposed suspension and will look to earn an AFL recall when the Magpies take on Carlton next Saturday afternoon. 

"It's been a bit frustrating, but it is what it is," De Goey reflected on his time out of the senior team.

"I've done my time now, so it's just up to the coaches. I think all I can do is put my best foot forward.

"The boys are great down here, and so is everyone around the club. I've enjoyed the time and trying to get the best out of myself."

Jordan De Goey takes a clearing kick in front of St Kilda ruckman Tom Hickey. Photo: Shane Barrie.

De Goey continued to involve himself in the game in the final term as momentum swung the way of the Magpies. He goaled, alongside Kayle Kirby and Josh Thomas as the hopes of an unlikely comeback remained alight.

However, a number of near misses meant the Zebras ran out 20-point winners as Collingwood’s home and away season record dropped to one win and two losses.

A pair of livewire forwards acted as shining lights on another disappointing day for the VFL side.

Kirby showed the pace and x-factor that will no-doubt make him a closely-watched Magpie for years to come. The 50th pick in the 2016 National Draft kicked three goals, while also flying for marks and exhibiting exhilarating speed with and without the ball.

Meanwhile Ben Crocker kicked two goals and was prominent inside 50, as the former Oakleigh Charger no doubt eyes a return to the AFL team.

Midfielder Rupert Wills was named the best Magpie on the ground, while Jarryd Blair, James Aish, Thomas, Stephen Tahana and Callum Brown also impressed.

Collingwood will return to Victoria Park next Sunday for a clash with the Northern Blues.


Collingwood      2.3      5.10    9.11     12.21  (93)
Sandringham     7.3      12.5    16.9     17.11  (113)

Collingwood: Kirby 3, Crocker 2, White 2, De Goey 2, Blair, Thomas, Wills
Sandringham: McCartin 7, Marshall 2, Lonie 2, Long, Savage Answerth, Weickhardt, Cook, Dunstan

Collingwood: Wills, Blair, Aish, Thomas, Tahana, Brown
Sandringham: McCartin, Wright, Dunstan, Rice, Le Grice, Savage

Jarryd Blair was widely regarded as one of Collingwood's best players against Sandringham. Photo: Shane Barrie.