Jordan De Goey kicked three goals and took a big mark as Collingwood defeated Richmond by 40 points in their Marsh Community Series match in Wangaratta on Sunday.
The Pies prevailed 13.6 (84) to 6.8 (44), although the win was soured somewhat by a possible hamstring injury to star midfielder Adam Treloar.
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Midway through the last quarter Treloar reached for his left thigh and took himself from the field without returning.
Along with the result, the Magpies would have been buoyed by the efforts of star Jordan De Goey after steadily building his conditioning over the pre-season, with the matchwinner winning 14 possessions, kicking a game-high three goals and enjoying the odd burst in a strong Magpie on-ball brigade.
The Woods had hoped fellow livewire Jaidyn Stephenson would join De Goey in attack, but the speedster was a late withdrawal because of a family matter.
Meanwhile, popular Tiger Jack Higgins had just six disposals but will have gained enormous confidence he can reassert himself in the Richmond line-up after emerging unscathed.
He set up the first goal of the afternoon after being rewarded for a tackle, and handballing off to Jayden Short who bombed a long goal.
Shortly before quarter-time the pocket rocket went off with a bloodied nose after copping a high tackle, and when he returned in the second term he won a free kick after bravely committing to an aerial ball against two Magpies.
Higgins, who spent some time in the midfield, also had a hand in another goal to Mabior Chol in the third term as the Tigers fought back.
The slicker Pies started into a two-goal breeze but dominated the first term with five goals to one to lead by 25 points at the first change – a lead they maintained to half-time.
Richmond fought back to within nine points in the third quarter, but sprayed 2.6 to Collingwood’s three behinds for the term before being overwhelmed yet again.
Both teams were severely depleted given Friday night's State of Origin for Bushfire Relief game, which featured 11 Tigers and Magpies combined – Richmond stars Dustin Martin, Trent Cotchin, Tom Lynch, Jack Riewoldt, Bachar Houli and Shane Edwards and Collingwood guns Scott Pendlebury, Brodie Grundy, Steele Sidebottom, Darcy Moore and Jeremy Howe.
However, this provided opportunities for others to step up. In Grundy's absence, ex-Sydney big man Darcy Cameron (two goals) and Mason Cox(one) shared a ruck/forward role and prospered. They competed well and helped feed runners Adam Treloar (a game-high 34 disposals), Taylor Adams (30) and Chris Mayne (31).
The Pies had winners in defence where Jack Crisp (28), John Noble (23) and Brayden Maynard (23) were prominent, while Irish rookie Mark Keane, who was named an emergency for a game last year, held his own as a key defender.
Richmond, which featured 14 members of last year's premiership side, was perhaps best served by diminutive runners Liam Baker (30) and Short (25).
RICHMOND 1.0 4.0 6.6 6.8 (44)
COLLINGWOOD 5.1 8.1 8.4 13.6 (84)
Richmond: Short, Lambert, Prestia, Caddy, Coleman-Jones, Chol
Collingwood: De Goey 3, Daicos 2, Cameron 2, Elliott, Reid, Mihocek, Cox, Crisp, Phillips
Richmond: Baker, Short, Broad, Caddy, Grimes
Collingwood: Treloar, Mayne, Adams, De Goey, Noble, Daicos, Maynard
Official crowd: TBC at Norm Minns Oval, Wangaratta
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