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The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Sep 2018



The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Sep 2018

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82 SPORT SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22 2018 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 ROGER VAUGHAN COLLINGWOOD have executed one of the biggest boilovers in AFL finals history and are within one win of their 16th premiership. The Magpies stunned reigning premiers Richmond in last nights preliminary final, blowing them away in the second quarter and holding on grimly in the last quarter for a 39-point triumph. The 15.7 (97) to 8.10 (58) win ended the Tigers record 22game winning streak at the MCG. It rivals Carltons famous 1999 win over Essendon as the biggest preliminary final upset in VFL/AFL history. Giant American Pie Mason Cox was awesome, taking 11 marks and kicking three goals. Jordan De Goey kicked four goals while midfielder Steele Sidebottom was best afield to continue his outstanding finals series. Tigers key forward Jack Riewoldt was a lone hand with five goals. Collingwood will join Essendon and Carlton with the most premierships if they win Saturday weeks grand final. That looked unthinkable 12 months ago, when coach Nathan Buckley survived massive pressure to keep his job. Collingwood finished 13th last season, just as the Tigers climbed from the same ladder position in 2016 to break their premiership drought. This is Collingwoods first finals series since 2013 and their first grand final since losing to Geelong in 2011, while their last premiership was cele brated in 2010. The Magpies opponent will be the winner of Saturdays West Coast-Melbourne preliminary final in Perth. Richmond kicked the first two goals of the last term, reducing the margin to a gettable 21 points. But another big mark from Cox on the wing led to Adam Treloars goal at 10 minutes and that ended any hope of a Tigers comeback. Collingwood were on from the start, taking a 23-point lead at quarter time. The reigning premiers looked rattled, with Richmond defenders repeatedly making basic errors. But no one could have predicted what happened next. Cox lit up the MCG, converting three strong marks into three massive goals in the opening 11 minutes of the second term. He blew the margin out to 42 points and it is surely the first time at any Australian sporting event where local supporters have chanted USA, USA. The Pies kicked another three goals to add emphasis to the rout, extending their lead to a game-high 53 points. Tigers star Dustin Martin, who was on light duties at training this week because of a corked thigh, clearly was not at full fitness and spent much of the first half playing deep in attack. Inevitably, Richmond counter-attacked and they had the last four scores of the second term. Jack Higgins kicked their second goal just before the main break and that made the half-time margin 44 points. Premiers sent packing American Cox makes himself at home as Collingwood pulls off stunning upset Collingwoods Tom Langdon kicks while being tackled by Jason Castagna of the Tigers during the AFL preliminary final match at the MCG last night Picture: GETTY IMAGES RICHMOND V COLLINGWOOD 58TIGERS1.3 2.8 6.10 8.10 97MAGPIES5.2 10.4 12.7 15.7 BEST Richmond: Riewoldt, Cotchin, Houli, Higgins Collingwood: Sidebottom, Cox, Grundy, Adams, Crisp, De Goey, Greenwood GOALS Richmond: Riewoldt 5, Higgins 2, Houli Collingwood: De Goey 4, Cox 3, Crisp 2, Mihocek 2, Varcoe, Treloar, Grundy, Stephenson INJURIES Richmond: Nil Collingwood: Howe (ankle) UMPIRES Rosebury, Stevic, Ryan CROWD 94,959 at the MCG Demons need to hit ground running for prelim Eagles clash MELBOURNES quest for a first AFL Grand Final since 2000 must start from the first bounce in todays preliminary final against West Coast. The Demons assistant coach Ben Mathews said a first-quarter blitz in their Round 22 game in Perth had set the foundations for a morale-boosting win, a process they had to copy if they wanted to dance on grand final day. We needed a good start because the crowd over there gets up and about if you dont keep them quiet early in the game, he said. And its meant to be quite warm as well, so you need to get the score on the board early to quieten the crowd and make sure the heat doesnt become too much of a factor. Mathews said the mood among the playing group was really good. Theyre really positive and up and about at the moment, jumping out of their skins at the opportunity to play in a preliminary final, and maybe a grand final if we play well enough. But its not going to be real easy; theyve played well all year, the Eagles, and we were lucky enough to beat them a month ago. Their fans are like an extra man out there; its a great stadium but our boys dont fear too much. Mathews said the Eagles were adept at taking the ball forward quickly and scoring, with strong targets upfront like Jack Darling and youngsters Liam Ryan and the Territorys own Willie Rioli at ground level. If the footy gets in their hands too much and they get a lot of shots at goal were going to have a battle on our hands, he said. So we need to bring it to ground and run it out as weve done the last two weeks. Its been a fantastic run for our fans who have got right behind the players. Two 90,000 crowds at the MCG the last two weeks was just unbelievable. GREY MORRIS WEST COAST $1.80 MELBOURNE $2.05

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