Collingwood’s VFL side had a fantastic 39-point victory over the Frankston Dolphins on Saturday afternoon at the Holden Centre.
It was a closely fought first quarter between the sides. Finlay Macrae got the Pies underway, a nice snap across the body went through the big sticks. The young midfielder finished the day with 24 disposals and a goal in what was an impressive display.
The highlight of the quarter came when co-captain Campbell Hustwaite laid a chase down tackle on a Frankston forward running into an open goal. Hustwaite was fantastic all afternoon, leading the line alongside his compatriot captain Lachlan Tardew.
Q1 | Campbell Hustwaite with the GOAL SAVING tackle ?? pic.twitter.com/vccuEjSy1E— Collingwood FC VFL (@CollingwoodVFL) June 26, 2021
Tardew continues his good form this season, notching up 26 disposals on Saturday and the fourth straight game in excess of 20 touches.
Young key forward prospect Liam McMahon had his best game in a black and white jumper. McMahon slotted two goals in the first term to give the Pies a 7-point lead going into the first break.
QT Score: Collingwood 27 - Frankston 20
It was the Max Lynch show in the second quarter. After a fantastic stint in the AFL side, Lynch returned to the VFL in fine fashion. The 22-year-old took the responsibility of being the sole ruckman for the day, a big ask against Frankston’s contingency of big men. As the game went on, Lynch was able to make his impact felt on the match. The first goal of the second quarter coming when Lynch reached high and plucked a mark in the goal square.
His dominance in the hit-outs become evident throughout the game, finishing with 36 for the day (double that of the best Frankston ruckman). What was most impressive about Lynch’s game on Saturday was the way he found the ball around the ground. A season high 19 disposals, Lynch is playing at a level that is unquestionably putting pressure on those in the AFL side.
Will Kelly kicked two goals in the second quarter to make his mark on the match. His first came as a result of a free kick 50m out from goal, Kelly good enough to lean back and put it through the big sticks. His second, a nice contested mark 20m out from goal from a deep entry courtesy of Brayden Sier. Kelly played a majority of the match as a deep forward, ending the afternoon with three goals. His versatility was on show once again, giving Lynch a brief chop out in the ruck throughout stages of the match. Kelly continues to prove he is comfortable at VFL level as he looks to force his way back into senior contention.
Q2 | Lynchy is DOMINATING ??— Collingwood FC VFL (@CollingwoodVFL) June 26, 2021
He marks uncontested in the goal square and gets the Pies a quick reply ??
Pies 33 - Dolphins 27 pic.twitter.com/SsxsKGJmwN
HT Score: Collingwood 57 - Frankston 36
The half time chat from head coach Craig Black had the boys motivated for the second half and it saw an immediate impact on the scoreboard.
Ollie Henry intercepted the ball from a wayward Frankston kick, before finding the dangerous Jack Ginnivan running through the centre of the ground. After taking the Frankston defender to the candy shop, Ginnivan launched the ball deep to the awaiting hands of Will Kelly who was able to slot his 3rd goal for the game.
Ginnivan had another impressive performance on Saturday afternoon. His three goals took his season tally to a total of eight, with six of those coming in his last three games. The Pies were dominant around forward 50 stoppages, with 3 back to back goals coming from some fantastic work in and around the contest.
Brayden Sier put on a stoppage masterclass all afternoon. The midfielder had a great match, amassing 24 disposals to go with 8 tackles and a beautiful snap goal bursting through the contest. Sier continues to show he has what it takes to get another opportunity at senior level. He’s averaging 26.3 disposals per game in the VFL, hits the scoreboard and puts on great tackling pressure all afternoon.
Collingwood piled on the goals in the third term, kicking 5 goals to just 1 for the visitors.
Q3 | Brayden Sier with a forward stoppage goal straight out of the textbook ??— Collingwood FC VFL (@CollingwoodVFL) June 26, 2021
He has 19 disposals and a goal so far ??
Pies 71 - Dolphins 43 pic.twitter.com/cF8R8LuS9h
Three Quarter Time Score: Collingwood 90 - Frankston 43
Taking a large lead into the final term, the Pies took the foot off the gas slightly. Frankston started the quarter off well, kicking the first 2 goals.
It was Jacob Booth who stemmed the flow of Frankston momentum. The VFL listed forward had a strong showing, his marking a highlight of the match. He had a match high 10 marks for the afternoon to compliment his two goals. Booth has been an important role player in the VFL this season, his work rate is crucial in connecting the midfield with the forward line. A booming kick, and a great over head mark, Booth continues to impact matches when it counts most.
Q4 | Boothy adds another major to the scoreboard ! He’s got two for the day ??— Collingwood FC VFL (@CollingwoodVFL) June 26, 2021
Pies 97 - Dolphins 58 pic.twitter.com/WAGCGDO7eu
Goals: McMahon 4, Ginnivan 3, Kelly 3, Booth 2, Henry, Lynch, Macrae, Sier
Best: Lynch, Sier, Tardrew, Kelly, Rantall