90,508 watch Magpies outlast Bombers

The underdog prevailed again at the MCG on Anzac Day, as it has done so often in the 13 matches on April 25 between the Collingwood Magpies and Essendon Bombers.

After the Bombers threatened to run away with the game early when they kicked the first three goals inside the first nine minutes, Collingwood settled and eventually won by 16 points after having 11 more scoring shots in front of a crowd of 90,508.

The Magpies defence, led by sweeping flanker Heath Shaw, who was awarded the Anzac Day Medal for the best onfield effort, was superb.

Shaw consistently repelled the Bombers with 32 possessions. He had seven opponents during the match, including James Hird, who at best was serviceable in his last Anzac Day appearance.

Collingwood’s acting captain James Clement held Matthew Lloyd to three goals and was particularly good after quarter-time, when he hardly gave Lloyd a sniff

Essendon v Collingwood

Wednesday, April 25, 2007
MCG, 2.40pm AEST, crowd: 90,508
Conditions: Very good
Weather: 21C, fine, clear skies


1/4 time

1/2 time

3/4 time



3.4-22 (11)

6.6-42 (–)





6.6-42 (–)

9.16-70 (12)

12.23-95 (16)


Collingwood: Alan Didak 3, Anthony Rocca 3, Tarkyn Lockyer 2, Travis Cloke, Brad Dick, Ben Johnson, Scott Pendleburyy.

Essendon: Alwyn Davey 3, Matthew Lloyd 3, Courtney Johns 2, Mark Bolton, Mark Johnson, Angus Monfries.

Collingwood: Heath Shaw, Tarkyn Lockyer, Scott Burns, Travis Cloke, James Clement, Alan Didak, Harry O’Brien.
Anzac Day Medal: Heath Shaw (Collingwood).
Umpires: Michael Vozzo, Scott Jeffery, Shane McInerney.

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