Potent Pies Collingwood beat Suns with highest score under McRae

Sunday, May 1, 2022
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Collingwood Beat Suns With Highest Score Under McRae

Despite the loss of star ruckman Brodie Grundy‚ Collingwood are reinvigorated under new coach Craig McRae. The Pies will take on Jarrod Witts and the dominant Suns and will hope to capitalise on their strong front-half performance. Backing themselves to keep up their form in the MCG‚ Collingwood will be a favourite to continue their fine form. In another match-up‚ the Western Bulldogs will host Essendon at Marvel Stadium. The Bulldogs will be looking to avenge their elimination final win last year.

Collingwood won its first minor premiership in 33 years

Collingwood's victory over Carlton was a tense one‚ as the Pies were not at their best in the opening term and had to resort to a lot of hard-core defensive play to keep their lead. The Pies had four players sent off and Carlton had only one player in the forward half‚ but it didn't matter. Collingwood won its first minor premiership in 33 years! After the preliminary final‚ the Potent Pies were expected to win the title but ultimately lost the grand final to eventual premiers Carlton. The Pies lost the 2007 season to Collingwood due to an injury to star forward Nathan Buckley‚ who was forced to retire at the end of the season. The Pies finished the season as a third-place side and were installed as premiership favourites‚ but the final result was far from perfect. In 2009‚ Collingwood finished as minor premiers‚ reaching their first Grand Final since 1970. Their match ended in a draw‚ forcing a replay‚ but the Pies went on to win the Grand Final by a margin of 56 points. In 2011‚ Collingwood won its second consecutive minor premiership. The Pies qualified for the Grand Final by winning the preliminary final by three points against Hawthorn. They lost to Geelong in the Grand Final‚ but Dane Swan won the Brownlow medal with 34 votes. Despite the bitter rivalry‚ there is a good reason why the two sides haven't met in the last few decades. The rivalry between the two sides was at its peak in the 1950s‚ with the Magpies winning four consecutive grand finals. The rivalry between the two sides has since subsided as Brisbane fought to stay on top of the competition. It was not until the 2006 grand final that the two sides last met that they won together.

Reached its first grand final in 33 years

The Pies had been a long way from achieving their long-term goal of reaching the grand final‚ but they were able to pull it off after a poor start to the season. Collingwood lost its first two games‚ but won both of them by double figures. After a slow start‚ the Pies were able to kick the final four goals in a 63-point win. The Pies had a tough start to the season‚ finishing 14th in 2004 and 15th in 2005. At the time‚ the club seemed to be broken. But under Malthouse's watch‚ the Magpies were able to rebuild their side by introducing young players. A year before Travis Cloke was selected‚ Dale Thomas was drafted‚ and a year later he was a first-rounder. A month before the Grand Final‚ the Pies defeated the Bulldogs by a record 62 points. They named a four-man All-Australian team prior to the match. Harry O'Brien started at half-back‚ Alan Didak on the half-forward flank‚ Scott Pendlebury was named in the centre and Dane Swan played at the bench. This was one of the most memorable wins in Collingwood history. 62 points at half-time made for a thrilling game in front of 95‚241 supporters. In the last AFL Grand Final‚ the Pies finished seven points behind Geelong‚ and lost. However‚ the Pies' star midfielder Dane Swan won the Brownlow Medal with 34 votes. This is a great feat for a player like Dane Swan‚ but it is still a team of great players. So‚ the Potent Pies are well worth the investment.

Defeated Adelaide Giants

For the second year in a row‚ Collingwood struggled to defeat the Giants. Collingwood had a great chance of advancing to the Grand Final in 2019 but lost by four points to Greater Western Sydney in the first preliminary final. In 2020‚ Collingwood finished 8th with a home and away season and fell short of the grand final by one point. The Pies had to play without Toby Greene‚ who has been suspended for six weeks following forceful contact with umpire Matt Stevic. However‚ the veteran winger has returned and has been in excellent form. The Pies will be hoping to keep a few key players from leaving the side at the end of the season. The Giants will need to win fast to make it to the grand final. They still have five games to win before the end of the season. A game that resembled the old days was played at the Adelaide Oval. The Tigers took an early lead but the Crows held it until the third quarter. Collingwood managed to score five goals in a row and also kicked a number of behinds in the process. Although a disappointing result for the Pies‚ the win over the Giants was a major step in the right direction. The Pies' kicking performance reflected their quality in midfield. Oliver Henry and Beau McCreery each kicked multiple goals‚ while Jamie Elliott pushed for a larger role in midfield and had more opportunities to kick goals. In addition‚ Collingwood's recent addition of Finlay Macrae as their best recruit in the 2020 national draft is a positive sign for the club's season.

Beat Adelaide Suns

The Potent Pies have returned to the top eight following a spirited win over the Adelaide Suns. This was the highest scoring match for Collingwood under McRae‚ with the Pies kicking a total of 186 points. The win also boosted Collingwood's confidence as they will play Richmond in the preliminary final next Saturday. The Potent Pies came out firing in the first quarter‚ with Mitchell Hinge kicking a double and Jordan Dawson booting a hat-trick. Before the main break‚ the Magpies were well-settled and started to take off‚ backed by Jordan De Goey's superb play. De Goey kicked four goals and was key in the midfield‚ and he had a fantastic third-quarter kicking a brilliant goal from 50 metres. In a game where both teams were able to dominate midfields‚ it's no surprise that the Pies have won two straight. This win is an added boost for the Potent Pies after a difficult start to the season. With a record number of points from last week's match‚ Collingwood are on track to break even with GWS and complete a perfect season. While McRae is undoubtedly the main man in the Holden Centre‚ he can't do it alone. To succeed‚ he must surround himself with the best support staff possible. He is surrounded by high-rated teammate Justin Leppitsch. The two were former Richmond coaches‚ where they shared a wealth of modern football knowledge. McRae's goal is to make Collingwood a strong contest team‚ balanced with exciting style.

Defeated Fremantle Dockers

After a slow start‚ the Potent Pies roared into life in the second quarter‚ kicking four goals in a seven-point win. Darcy Cameron opened the scoring with a booming free kick from inside the forward 50‚ while Beau McCreery went off with a hamstring injury in the opening minutes. Steele Sidebottom was another player to make a big impact. The Magpies dominated possessions‚ with seven forward half intercepts to the Dockers' zero. The Dockers' early goal came from an error by Jack Madgen deep in defence‚ but Collingwood regained their footing with goals by Sam Switkowski and Brodie Grundy. In 2008‚ Collingwood finished third‚ but fell short of the grand final after a disappointing season. They beat Richmond in the preliminary final‚ but lost by five points to West Coast in the Grand Final. Under McRae‚ Collingwood was able to bounce back with a resounding comeback in 2009 and finished inside the top four. The Dockers have lost three key players in the past two weeks. In Round 1‚ Fremantle was one major behind Tom Hawkins for the Coleman Medal and lost to Hawthorn. Their 0-2 start hasn't helped Ken Hinkley's side's cause. Fremantle has to prove they are better against Adelaide on Friday. They have blown leads in both of their last two games against the Pies and will be under pressure if they fail to make amends. The new coach has already galvanised the players and established the Collingwood brand. Last year‚ the Pies finished second last with just one win under Nathan Buckley. However‚ McRae has ensured that the team will not repeat that failure this year. With McRae as the new coach‚ the new players are ready to make an impact.