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48 SPORT FRIDAY MARCH 26 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Magpies hit back at critics with triumph COLLINGWOOD has made a habit in recent years of producing its best with its back against the wall, and last night was no exception with a gutsy victory against the old enemy Carlton. After enduring a week full of critics questioning the direction they were heading in, following their timid showing against the Western Bulldogs, Nathan Buckleys men responded in the best possible fashion, taking the wind out Carltons sails following a pre-season full of promise, and consigning it to its ninth consecutive 0-2 start to a season. The Magpies turned the clock back to 2018 with their mosquito fleet up forward wreaking havoc in the first half especially as Jordan De Goey (four goals), Jamie Elliott (two), Will Hoskin-Elliott (one) and Josh Daicos (one) kicking eight goals between them, while Brody Mihocek added three. Gone was the Magpies reactive, ultra-defensive style from last week against the Bulldogs, with numerous at tacking forays launched from the backline. Instead, they got on the front foot and took the fight right up to the Blues. But the Magpies didnt have it all their own way in a fast-paced entertaining clash, twice seeing five-goal leads whittled down to single-digit advantages as an unfazed Carlton outfit continued to take the game on with the same relentless spirit it exhibited against reigning premier Richmond last week. However, while the Blues did enjoy periods of ascendancy built on frantic pressure and territory dominance, they couldnt sustain them for long enough to secure a victory with Collingwood winning the tackle count convincingly 65-40. Carlton forward Harry McKay and star Collingwood defender Darcy Moore produced a one-on-one contest that will be hard to top for the remainder of the season. McKay was instrumental for the Blues with four goals, six marks and 10 touches, but by the same token Moore played a crucial role in keeping his teams head above water, especially in the third quarter when Carlton was pushing hard, finishing with a whopping 18 intercepts to go with six marks and 22 disposals. With only a few minutes remaining in the first half and Collingwood leading by a precarious 13-point margin, the Blues looked on to cut the deficit to seven. Adam Saad ran through the middle before kicking it to McKay and Levi Casboult. But Moore was having none of it, attacking the contest with vigour and taking a mark sandwiched between the Blues twin towers and sparking a chain of play that ended up with Jordan De Goey extending the Pies lead. Collingwoods Jordan De Goey tries to evade Carltons Jacob Weitering in their Round 2 AFL clash at the MCG last night. Picture: Getty Images RONNY LERNER AND MARC MCGOWAN Accountability for bumps a must COACHES may be telling players to tackle and not bump in the wake of Patrick Dangerfields three-week ban, but AFL boss Gillon McLachlan says the bump isnt dead. Dangerfield was given his suspension, after a collision in the opening round last weekend with Adelaide defender Jake Kelly left the Crow concussed. AFL coaches have been frank this week that bumping is a risk and they want their players to tackle instead. McLachlan said he made no apologies for the crackdown on incidents that result in high levels of injury, but said the AFL had not outlawed the bump. Theres a place in the game for the bump, we see a lot of bumps every weekend, he said yesterday. But there is no place in the game where the bump actually hits someone in the head. We have been very strong on this for a long period of time. McLachlan said the clear framing of new regulations was one of the best things the AFLs rule-makers had done. I think the regulators, on the framing of the rule, need to be congratulated, he said. Tributes for Hawks hero of 61 HAWTHORN is mourning the loss of inaugural premiership player Reg Poole, who has died at the age of 79. Poole played in the back pocket in Hawthorns first premiership-winning side in 1961 under the late, great three-time premiership coach John Kennedy Sr. The tough and talented defender joined Hawthorn from Kew YCW, making his VFL debut in 1961 before also playing in the Hawks historic drought-breaking premiership. On that day, the Hawks overcame a Ted Whitten-led Footscray to win by 43 points. Poole played at Hawthorn from 1961 to 1968, with a short break in the 1962 season to concentrate on his studies. He announced his retire ment at the age of 26, having played 62 games for the club. The Poole family legacy continues at Hawthorn with his daughter Katie Hudson currently a club director. The club said it was deeply saddened by Pooles passing. Hawthorn Football Club extends its sincere condolences to all the family and friends of Reg Poole a great Hawthorn person, the club said. NICK SMART YOUNG Lions defender Noah Answerth will sit out the next two AFL matches, after copping a suspension for rough conduct at the VFL level last weekend. The club said the 21-yearold had been in line to play against Geelong on Friday night, but will instead serve a two-match ban in the AFL, allowing him to return by Round 4. The youngster was charged with rough conduct and assessed as intentional conduct with high impact and body contact, resulting in a twogame VFL suspension. However, the AFL has ruled that Answerth can serve his VFL ban in the AFL, with the former competition not starting for another two weeks. Answerth will remain suspended for the first two rounds of the VFL season should he not be selected in the AFL in rounds four or five, the Lions said yesterday. Answerth cops two matches CHRIS HONNERY LONGER DEAL FOR BULLDOG WESTERN Bulldogs are set to re-sign rangy defender Bailey Williams. It is understood the South Australian has agreed to a twoyear deal, which will take him to free agency. Williams was going to fall out of contract at the end of the season. The 23-year-old has played 54 games for the Bulldogs since joining the club from Glenelg via pick 48 in the 2015 national draft. He featured in 13 matches in 2020 and was among the standouts in Luke Beveridges sides Round 1 win against Collingwood last week at the MCG.
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