Rocca Blows away Hawks

A scintillating third term and match-winning performance from Collingwood joint vice-captain Anthony Rocca against Hawthorn at Telstra Dome on Sunday has given the black and white army its first win of the home-and-away season.

The Magpies 18.11 (119) defeated the Hawks 12.12 (84) to continue their recent good record over the brown and gold – Hawthorn has not defeated Collingwood since round 12, 2003.

Rocca was inspirational in the third quarter when he booted five of his eight goals for the match. Six of those majors came in the second half, when he took the match by the scruff of the neck.

It was arguably Rocca’s greatest individual performance – or at least statistically it was – as his pervious best efforts came in two encounters in 2001, when he booted six goals against Carlton in round six and another half-dozen against Essendon in round 20.

It was also a fitting reward for the giant Magpie, who endured a serious Achilles injury last season – sidelining him for the 2005 season, except for the opening four rounds.

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Hawthorn 3.1 6.6 8.8 12.12 (84)
Collingwood 2.4 4.9 12.9 18.11 (119)
GOALS
Hawthorn
Ben Dixon (4)
Mark Williams (2)
Trent Croad (2)
Jordan Lewis (2)
Luke Hodge (1)
Robert Campbell (1)
Collingwood
Anthony Rocca (8)
Leon Davis (2)
Josh Fraser (2)
Brodie Holland (1)
Ben Johnson (1)
Ryan Lonie (1)
Alan Didak (1)
Chris Tarrant (1)
Travis Cloke (1)

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