¡¡¡¡Collingwood has sealed its third win of the season, defeating the Crows 12.6 (78) to 10.13 (73) at the Adelaide Oval after a pulsating final term tussle.
¡¡¡¡The Pies led by 23 points heading into quarter-time but were quickly reigned in by a potent yet inaccurate Crows outfit, before an intense final term saw a number of lead changes and the visitors eventually hold on for the win.
¡¡¡¡It snaps a three-game losing streak for the Pies, who¡¯ll face ladder-leaders Melbourne at the SCG in Round 13, while the Crows are scheduled to play St Kilda at Cazaly¡¯s Stadium.
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¡¡¡¡The Crows struck first with Darcy Fogarty nailing a difficult set shot to get the side off to a good start, but the returning Jamie Elliot was quick to respond with a well-struck set shot.
¡¡¡¡Scott Pendlebury started off half-back in a noticeable role shift for the regular midfielder, who has also been used up forward in recent weeks.
¡¡¡¡It was all Collinwood in the first quarter, with Nathan Buckley¡¯s men taking a 23-point lead into quarter-time 5.0 (30) to 1.1 (7).
¡¡¡¡Crows coach Matthew Nicks moved Jake Kelly onto Elliott in a bid to shut down the hot-starting Pie.
¡¡¡¡The Magpies played a noticeably more attacking brand resulting in easier shots at goal – with Elliott getting on the end of three more to boot four goals in the term in an emphatic return.
¡¡¡¡¡°Oh where have you been Jamie?¡± Anthony Hudson asked on the Fox Footy telecast.
¡¡¡¡¡°Well that is the question, and the question now for Adelaide is do you make a change? Do you put a more qualified key defender type on him?¡± Jason Dunstall posed on Fox Footy.
¡¡¡¡Worsening the term for Crows fans was the sight of Taylor Walker receiving significant attention to his leg from trainers.
¡¡¡¡While Walker would return to the ground, his inaccuracy left he and the Adelaide Oval crowd frustrated, with the spearhead kicking 1.5 heading into halftime.
¡¡¡¡Elliot would kick his fifth goal of the opening half as the Pies clung to a one-goal lead entering the main break.
¡¡¡¡The Pies were forced to activate their medical sub entering the third term, with Brayden Sier suffering a jaw injury.
¡¡¡¡Despite dominating in all facets of the game, the kicking yips hit the Crows big time in the third term, with even the ever-reliable Fogarty missing a set shot.
¡¡¡¡¡°They¡¯re kicking themselves out of it,¡± Jason Dunstall bemoaned.
¡¡¡¡Eventually the Crows would break the deadlock and kick a major, which seemed to open the contest up as the Pies¡¯ young brigade came to the fore, with Trent Bianco and Caleb Poulter booting impressive goals before a Josh Daicos snap put Nathan Buckley¡¯s men back in front.
¡¡¡¡From there, Collingwood managed to hold on in a pulsating final few minutes that went down to the wire.
¡¡¡¡THE 3-2-1 (by Ben Cotton)
¡¡¡¡3) Bucks¡¯ plan B
¡¡¡¡Collingwood has come under fire for playing too defensively in recent weeks, which has led to monotonous hitouts – going goalless in the first half of last week¡¯s loss to Geelong.
¡¡¡¡The Magpies came out with a more attacking mentality in this one and under clear instruction from coach Nathan Buckley to attack the corridor more.
¡¡¡¡It proved fruitful on the scoreboard, with the Pies kicking five-goals straight in the first quarter ¨C four from returning forward Jamie Elliott – to lead the Crows by 23 points.
¡¡¡¡¡°How good were they to watch in that first quarter?¡±Nick Riewoldt exclaimed on Fox Footy.
¡¡¡¡¡°That¡¯s as slick as ball movement as we¡¯ve seen from Collingwood over the past month.¡±
¡¡¡¡Jason Dunstall said the Pies had ¡®found a better¡¯ balance of offence and defence, but had clearly shifted to a more attacking mentality.
¡¡¡¡¡°It¡¯s almost like they¡¯re finding a bit of balance, it takes a while when you go back to a defence-first mindset. But then to be able to rebound quickly to create turnovers or intercepts and then to know how to quickly move the ball forward,¡± Jason Dunstall said on Fox Footy.
¡¡¡¡Another noticeable coaching change was skipper Scott Pendlebury¡¯s move to half back ¨C who has played predominately at half forward in recent weeks.
¡¡¡¡¡°Maybe a bit of dash off halfback is what they¡¯re after with Pendlebury moving there,¡± Riewoldt said on Fox Footy.
¡¡¡¡Dunstall added: ¡°He couldn¡¯t get involved much at half forward so let¡¯s hope it¡¯s a positive move from a Collingwood perspective.¡±
¡¡¡¡Pendlebury was the Pies¡¯ smoothest mover across half back and provided calmness with the ball to setup their offence ¨C finishing with 21 disposals at 81 per cent efficiency.
¡¡¡¡2) Collingwood¡¯s missing link?
¡¡¡¡Collingwood may have lost Brodie Grundy and Taylor Adams to injury during the week but were boosted by the return of Jamie Elliott.
¡¡¡¡For a team that struggles so much to score, Elliott¡¯s injection of offensive flare was noticeable from early in the contest, booting five first-half goals, including four in the first quarter.
¡¡¡¡The sharpshooter finished with a career-best six goals and was so hot early that he caused Crows coach Matthew Nicks to move Jake Kelly onto him.
¡¡¡¡¡°This man was at the centre of all of it, Jamie Elliott, the highest-rated first quarter that any player has delivered so far this year. He was hot,¡± Dunstall said on Fox Footy at quarter time.
¡¡¡¡¡°He had (Andrew) McPherson as an opponent early, he was the one playing deepest out of the square. He was getting isolated and in the first quarter particular, Collingwood were able to move the ball quickly, they were able to use the corridor. And that meant it was nearly impossible to stop.
¡¡¡¡¡°You can see why he¡¯s so important to Collingwood, Jamie Elliott, and what they¡¯ve missed through all the injuries that he has had.¡±
¡¡¡¡Asked by Mark Ricciuto at half time if he was happy to have Ellliott back in the side, Buckley said: ¡°He definitely helped us mate he¡¯s kicked most of our score.¡±
¡¡¡¡It took the Magpies forward¡¯s 2021 goalkicking tally to 10 goals from three games.
¡¡¡¡1) Misfiring Tex proves costly
¡¡¡¡Taylor Walker looked ominous in this one and could have finished with a bag of eight goals if he kicked straighter, finishing with two goals and six behinds.
¡¡¡¡It¡¯s ironic considering Walker has been such a reliable set shot over his career, with the ex-skipper¡¯s inaccuracy in front of goal arguably costing his side considering they lost by less than a kick.
¡¡¡¡Walker came to life in the second quarter to become a major problem for the black and white and got his team back in the ball game. He played in a leading role in scraping back Adelaide¡¯s 23-point deficit.
¡¡¡¡¡°He¡¯s been in remarkable form all year. I¡¯ve got to admit, I thought he was gone, I thought as a player, his ability to impact games the way he has this year, that wasn¡¯t going to happen anymore,¡± Riewoldt said on Fox Footy.
¡¡¡¡¡°He¡¯s found the footy again today with ease in front (being) the first to move, he¡¯s found it on the lead. The one thing that has usually been the most reliable part of his game, his goalkicking, has let him down.
¡¡¡¡¡°The second quarter though, they (Adelaide) started to close that space down. It was much more difficult for Collingwood to move the ball. Stoppages played a big part in that as well, because Adelaide in the second quarter, they looked like Collingwood in the first. It was Taylor Walker that was generating all those shots on goal.¡±
¡¡¡¡It takes Walker¡¯s season tally to 36 goals, two shy of Coleman leader Harry Mckay who plays the Eagles on Sunday.
¡¡¡¡Recap Adelaide v Collingwood in our live blog below!