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Forward six click in VFL Pies' win

VFL: Round 10 in 60 seconds Watch highlights and key moments from the VFL side's 37-point win over Port Melbourne at North Port Oval on Saturday.
Chris Mayne kicked a bag of five goals against Port Melbourne at North Port Oval. Photo: Shane Barrie.

On a day where Collingwood’s VFL side returned to the winner’s list, perhaps the most exciting part of the victory was the chemistry between the forward six.

Spearheaded by a six-goal haul to Mason Cox, the Magpies kicked 19 goals on their way to a 37-point victory over Port Melbourne at North Port Oval.

And while Jared Rivers and his coaching staff would’ve been delighted with the dominant display of their 211cm American, Cox instead credited his teammates.

“It was our first team win where we had all 23 players playing their role,” he told Collingwood Media post-game.

“Everyone played so well. It was an all in win for everyone, and it’s one of those that we will come out very proud of.”

And when asked about his day out which included six majors and several contested marks, Cox humbly replied: “It was a good day, I guess”.

“I wouldn’t have kicked the goals without everyone else, so the credit goes to the midfield and the backs for getting the ball into the forward line.”

For the basketball-convert turned Magpies forward, the opportunity to play with a talented forward six makes his job every bit easier.

Adding to his half a dozen goals was a bag of five from Chris Mayne, another three to Kayle Kirby and two majors to defender-turned-forward Lachlan Keeffe, who impressed as one of the best afield.

Kirby continued with his impressive form in the VFL, kicking three goals. Photo: Shane Barrie.

“We were lucky enough to have six or seven AFL boys up front today.”

“Kayle is one of those guys that is so good to have around the ball.”

“Mayne played really well today and stood up.

“As did Jesse (White) and Keeffey. Everyone in the forward line just played really well.

“It was such a team effort and everyone has come out happy from it.”

Cox has been in and out of the VFL Magpies’ line-up this season, with his last AFL call-up coming in round seven.

In round eight against VFL side Casey, the forward kicked two first-quarter goals, and seemed destined for a big day in front of the big sticks.

But it wasn’t to be as he was pulled out of the game at half time to be held over as an emergency for Collingwood’s Queen’s Birthday clash.

“It was a bit frustrating to be pulled out as I felt like I’d been building my form up nicely.”

“I came back today and tried to play with the same effort (as I did against Casey).

“I’m trying to play my role for the team and if that leads to me getting a game in the ones, that’s great.”

Mason Cox was named best afield for his performance in the Magpies' victory. Photo: Shane Barrie.

Cox’s versatility was put on display as his coaching group called on him to move further up the ground in a sea-sawing first half contest.

With Port Melbourne controlling the scoreboard for patches in the second term, Rivers pushed his forward up across halfback to stem the flow, and he didn’t disappoint.

Cox also provided a chop out to youngster Max Lynch, who shouldered the majority of the ruck load.

But as the Magpies’ forward six took control of the game after half time, Cox was left to showcase his talents in the attacking half.

Collingwood doubled Port Melbourne in goals in the second half, leading to a convincing victory on the road.

The Magpies’ next match will be against Footscray at Victoria Park.

:     5.4   7.4   12.9   19.10 (124)
Port Melbourne 
3.2   7.3     9.4     13.9  (87)

: Cox 6, Mayne 5, Kirby 3, Keeffe 2, Daicos Scharenberg, Blair
Port Melbourne: Nahas 4, Conway 3, Lisle 2, Wenn, Haretuku, Cook, Pearson

Cox, Scharenberg, Keeffe, Mayne, Thomas, Ramsay
Port Melbourne: TBC

VFL Round 10
Port Melbourne v Collingwood
Saturday 24 June, 2017
North Port Oval, 2pm

The VFL Magpies notched their third win of the season in emphatic style at North Port Oval. Photo: Shane Barrie.