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VFL R16 - Essendon v Collingwood
  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Essendon 4.2-26 7.4-46 9.4-58 11.6-72
Collingwood 6.2-38 6.5-41 12.12-84 14.14-98

ESSENDON

Goal Kickers: L. Collins, A. Francis, T. Mynott, H. Hocking, J. Stewart, J. Green, J. Merrett, J. Laverde, J. Harrison, M. Leuenberger, D. Younan
Best Players: M. Hartley, A. Heppell, A. Francis, H. Hocking, S. Draper, K. Mutch

COLLINGWOOD

Goal Kickers: A. Fasolo 3, J. Elliott 2, C. Wellings 2, J. Smith 2, M. Chippendale, J. Blair, S. McLarty, T. Jok, J. Aish
Best Players: L. Tardrew, A. Oxley, J. Madgen, A. Woodward, T. Brown, M. Smith

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From the Collingwood Official site:

VFL: Returning stars lift Pies over Bombers

Billy Higgins  July 21, 2018 3:35 PM

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Jamie Elliott returned in Collingwood's VFL win over Essendon. Photo: Shane Barrie.

It’s said good things come in threes, but good things were coming in fours for Collingwood at Windy Hill on Saturday afternoon.

The Magpies are just percentage points outside of fourth spot on the VFL ladder after their four-goal win against Essendon, winning 14.14 (98) to 11.6 (72).

The result was made brightened further by the successful returns of quartet James AishJarryd BlairJamie Elliott and Alex Fasolo from injury. All four played full games and emerged unscathed.

The only blemish on their records was to Elliott, who was reported in the fourth quarter when attempting a smother on an opponent’s kick.

Pies coach Jared Rivers said that he was impressed with the influence the returning players had on the match.

“I thought all of them, especially in the second half, showed some real impact on the game,” Rivers told Collingwood Media post-game.

“Their touch was quite good after not having a lot of footy under them.

“We’ll see how they pull up during the week, I think they pulled up pretty well from all that I’ve seen and heard, that’s a really good sign.”

The battle was won in third term for Collingwood. The Magpies trailed narrowly after a tight first half, before blowing the game open with five goals in 12 minutes to close out the quarter.

Rivers pinpointed improved ball use and player movement in the forward half as the catalyst for his side’s improved showing.

“I think our ability to move the ball and be more selfless forward of the ball made it easier for our forwards and allowed those marks,” he said.

“At half-time, we only had four marks inside-50, in the second half we got 12.

“That was a real improvement for us.”

The Pies had plenty of star power in the forward half of the team, but Rivers said the strength of the Collingwood defence was the decisive factor in the victory. It was two rookie-listed players, in Jack Madgen and Adam Oxley, who were singled out for praise by the coach.

“Our defenders all day were sensational,” Rivers said.

“’Ox’ was really good down back.

“‘Madge’ had James Stewart for most of the day and for a guy who is developing his game and craft, he was outstanding.”

Collingwood will look to continue its momentum against North Melbourne next week. The match will be played on Sunday, from 1pm at Avalon Airport Oval.

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The VFL Magpies celebrate victory at Windy Hill. Photo: Shane Barrie

Collingwood      6.2   6.5    12.12    14.14    (98)
Essendon           4.2   7.4      8.4      11.6      (72)

Goals – Collingwood: Fasolo 3, Wellings 2, Elliott 2, J. Smith 2, Blair, McLarty, Jok, Chippendale, Aish
Essendon: Merrett, Stewart, Laverde, Francis, Younan, Hocking, Green, Collins, Mynott, Harrison, Leuenberger

Best – Collingwood: Tardew, Oxley, Madgen, Woodward, T. Brown, M. Smith
Essendon: Hartley, Heppell, Francis, Hocking, Draper, Mutch