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VFL: Pies come from behind to win thriller

VFL Post Match: Jared Rivers Hear from Head Coach Jared Rivers after our win in our VFL season opener against Coburg.

Collingwood rallied from three goals down at three-quarter time to defeat Coburg in a round one thriller at Piranha Park.

Max Lynch’s goal at the 15-minute mark of the final term gave the Magpies a lead which they wouldn’t relinquish. The Pies held on to win 11.10 (76) to 11.7 (73).

Collingwood’s team defence was exceptional in the final term, as it did not allow a score to the hosts. The ball was trapped in the Pies’ defensive-50 for the last two minutes of play, but some desperate efforts from the team’s backline earned a nail-biting win.

The Lions were the hungrier team in the opening quarter, kicking six goals with a slight breeze at their backs.

The Pies responded in the second to lead at the break, with Ben Reid being a major influence as a key forward. The swingman had three goals to half-time and could have had more had his goalkicking been more accurate.

Coburg responded again in the third term, capitalising on some Magpie errors to take an 18-point lead into the break.

An animated Jared Rivers demanded more intensity from his side, and they responded. Goals to Sean Hetherington, Josh Daicos and Lynch earned the Pies a round one victory.

On a sour note for the Pies, defender Nathan Murphy left the field early in the first quarter with a right ankle injury and did not return. Reid and Tim Broomhead both emerged from their comeback matches unscathed.

Tyler Brown flies to take a screamer in the last quarter. Photo: Shane Barrie

Collingwood           3.3    7.5     8.7      11.10    (76)
Coburg                    6.2    6.4    11.7    11.7       (73)

Goals – Collingwood:
 Reid 3, Tardew, Goldsack, Chippendale, C.Brown, Crocker, Hetherington, Daicos, Lynch
Coburg: McEvoy 3, Lowson 2, Dickson 2, Stroobants, Cannolo, Murphy, Neaves

Best – Collingwood: Crocker, Reid, Lynch, Quaynor, Wills, C.Brown
Coburg: Weightman, Nolan, Gillard, Exon, Dickson, McEvoy