Magpies Fly Home Over Richmond

Boosted by a terrific second half from star forward Anthony Rocca, Collingwood finished strongly to capture a 25-point victory against old rivals Richmond in good conditions on Friday night before a great 70,569 at the MCG. Rocca managed just two possessions in the first half as the Tigers took early control, but finished with three goals and handed off several others in the second half as the Pies stormed home to their second victory of the season.

Len Johnson noted in The Age: Collingwood reeled in a 22-point deficit to level the scores with a seven goals to four third quarter, and then went on with the job. Paul Medhurst, and two from Rocca added three more goals before the Tigers scored again. At that stage the Magpies led by 20 points and it had been a 42-point swing since half-time.

James Clement was a late withdrawal from Collingwood, his place being taken by Shane Wakelin. Clement was vomiting in the rooms after the on-ground warm-up and was replaced 20 minutes before the start after match officials and Richmond were notified of the late change. Troy Simmonds, who had not played this season after fracturing an ankle during pre-season did not start on the ground for Richmond but took his place after the first goal and played most of the first half.

Richmond would have been disappointed not to have enjoyed a bigger advantage at half-time. Despite having 17 scoring shots – mostly from favourable positions – the Tigers kicked only seven goals. Matthew Richardson was one offender, missing three "gettable" shots, though he had converted two from longer range. The Magpies had a conversion rate of four goals from 10 shots, but it was their general field kicking that was more at fault.

Those four goals did include the mandatory piece of magic from Leon Davis. The mercurial small forward may have been a little lucky to have got away with nudging Darren Gaspar under the ball, but he more than repaid any indulgence with an exquisite right foot shot which he bent through from the forward-pocket boundary line.

Collingwood had gambled by selecting three debutants for the match. Fittingly the win was iced by one of them – Alan Toovey – when he kicked his third goal late in the final term. Brad Dick also contributed two goals from limited game time. The other newcomer, Shannon Cox, laid three tackles, took two marks and had eight touches in his first outing.


2007 — ROUND 3 — GAME 1

Collingwood v Richmond

Friday (n), April 13, 2007
MCG, 7.40pm AEST, crowd: 70,569
Conditions: Good
Weather: 22C, fine, areas of smoke haze across city


1/4 time

1/2 time

3/4 time





11.10-76 (–)

17.13-115 (25)


5.5-35 (20)

7.10-52 (22)

11.10-76 (–)


Goals: Collingwood: Paul Medhurst 4, Anthony Rocca 3, Alan Toovey 3, Scott Pendlebury 2, Leon Davis 2, Brad Dick 2. Richmond: Jay Schulz 3, Matthew Richardson 3, Andrew Krakouer 3, Greg Tivendale 2, Kane Johnson, Kayne Pettifer.
BEST: Collingwood: Anthony Rocca, Tarkyn Lockyer, Scott Burns, Dane Swan, Dale Thomas, Rhyce Shaw. Richmond: Nathan Foley, Jay Schulz, Brett Deledio, Chris Hyde, Richard Tambling.
Umpires: Matt Stevic, Stefan Grun, Shane McInerney.


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