The always exciting end of the home and away season has arrived and after a strong season, the Collingwood Magpies have finished the season as minor premiers. After a injury to star player Nick Daicos, the Magpies have struggled to lock in the top spot on the ladder, after dropping 3 of the games since the injury, a dominant performance against Essendon on Friday night cemented their place as the Minor Premiers.
Collingwood wasted no time, scoring all eight goals in the first quarter, effectively putting the game to bed by halftime. Their ruthless display of strength and precision left Essendon struggling to find a foothold in the match. The Bombers, still in the running for a finals berth at the start of the night, had their hopes dashed as they struggled to make a mark on the scoreboard until well into the game.
Jordan De Goey emerged as a standout performer, amassing 27 disposals, eight inside 50s, 524 meters gained, and even adding a goal to his impressive tally. Jack Ginnivan and Brody Mihocek also shone with three goals each, while Tom Mitchell showcased his prowess with 33 touches and seven clearances.
Collingwood supporters erupted with every goal, fully sensing their team’s dominance. The atmosphere at the MCG was electric as Collingwood faithful celebrated their team’s triumph. Essendon fans, on the other hand, were left disappointed as their team struggled to break through Collingwood’s strong defense.
In what turned out to be a tale of two halves, Essendon managed to salvage some pride in the second half, kicking a few goals, but the damage had already been done. Collingwood’s strategic prowess and clinical execution on the field secured their well-deserved victory, cementing their status as the team to beat as they head into the finals.