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Collingwood’s Statement Win Against Port Adelaide in 2023 Sparks Flag Credentials

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A Stylish and Comprehensive Victory

Collingwood issued a warning to the rest of the competition in 2023 with a stylish and comprehensive 71-point victory over Port Adelaide at the MCG on Saturday afternoon. The Magpies’ all-action game style was on show, particularly in a first-half demolition when they piled on nine goals in a row, after Port kicked three of the first five, before running out winners 21.9 (135) to 9.10 (64).

A Statement Win Enhancing Flag Credentials

Both sides came into the game after impressive round one victories against premiership contenders, but the Magpies walked away with a statement win enhancing their own flag credentials. Collingwood was efficient, kicking six goals from its first 12 inside 50s and booting 21 goals from 352 disposals for the game. The Pies won a lopsided contested possession count (155-98), along with 38-25 hitouts, helping a 39-27 clearance advantage.

Outstanding Performances by Magpies

Nick and Josh Daicos were outstanding, the former shaking off an early Lachie Jones tag to finish with a game-high 32 disposals with 11 score involvements and six inside 50s. Pies ruckman Darcy Cameron was influential, having 18 disposals with four contested marks and 29 hitouts for the game, while veterans Steele Sidebottom and Pendlebury contributed excellently, the latter having a joint game-high six tackles. Brody Mihocek and Charlie Dixon managed three goals each for their teams.

New Recruit Proves His Worth

Key defender Billy Frampton was hardly a glamorous off-season acquisition for the Pies, but the loss of Jeremy Howe to a broken forearm means he will take on an important role. Frampton lined up against Charlie Dixon in his club debut and gave away a clumsy 50m penalty leading to the opening goal but settled as the contest wore on and finished with five marks. That will please Pies fans in the knowledge he can cover Howe’s absence, freeing up the likes of Darcy Moore, who had a game-high 10 intercept possessions.

Port’s Reality Check After Round One Tease

The Power hinted they may be back to their 2020 and 2021 best with their round one second-half demolition of Brisbane, but they were brought back to earth with a big thud by the Pies. After an underwhelming 2022 season, where they missed the finals altogether, the jury is out on Hinkley’s side who conceded their highest score since round 22, 2019, with Collingwood’s forward line completely overwhelming them every time the ball entered their 50. It’s amazing to think Port were hammered by almost 12 goals, yet only lost the inside 50 counts 57-47.

The Un-tag-gable Nick Daicos

There had been plenty of discussion about tagging Nick Daicos in the lead-up to this game, with Pies coach Craig McRae stating he would if he was the opposition coach and Ken Hinkley obliged, with Jones starting on him. That seemed wise after Daicos had a quiet opening few minutes. However, after working hard to win the ball and having an equal game-high nine disposals by quarter-time, Hinkley subsequently dropped the tag in the second. Daicos’ work rate and Collingwood’s desire to get the ball in his hands means teams attempting to tag him may have to think again.

The Spirit of Reconciliation

In the spirit of reconciliation, the AFL acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea, and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

Credit: https://www.afl.com.au/news/888205/party-pies-collingwood-cuts-port-adelaide-power-apart-in-mcg-mauling

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