Collingwood traveled to Adelaide to take on the Crows and for three quarters the two sides produced an even and entertaining game which featured a finals-like atmosphere. The Magpies class shone through in the final term as they piled on a five goal to nil quarter to run away 10.15.(75)- 6.13.(49) winners.
The Pies depth has been their savior this season. Missing key midfielders Dane Swan and Luke Ball, Steele Sidebottom and Dayne Beams shouldered the responsibility and took pressure away from Scott Pendlebury around the ground. The three combined for 96 disposals and three goals and outplayed the Crow’s elite runners.
Adelaide’s no show in the fourth was particularly disappointing, especially since they have proven that they are a top-four side over the past month. Both sides came into the game victors in each of their past five contests but Collingwood were more determine to stake their claim as real contenders in 2012 after not looking the part earlier in the year.
The first quarter was relatively high scoring compared to the rest of the game and both defenses came under immense pressure. Collingwood kicked three of the first four goals but Kurt Tippett and Brodie Smith brought the game back to within a point, with Smith’s goal a thumping effort from 60 off just one step.
Tippett’s second gave Adelaide their first lead of the game early in the second and they would go on to have a pretty good quarter until Goldsack sidestepped a defender to kick a beautiful goal and give the Pies a seven point buffer with 29 seconds left before half-time.
It wasn’t until after the heavy rain eased that the game became scrappy, but Adelaide kicked two goals to Collingwood’s none in the third quarter to take a slim one goal lead into the final quarter. Pentrenko kicked the first but Henderson’s was the better, a running goal from well beyond 50.
Collingwood tied the game early in the fourth courtesy of a timely Pendlebury goal before the visitors piled on a few more goals to run away with the win. They had to do it without defender Lachlan Keeffe after he had to be stretchered off the field with a bad knee injury. Beams and Wellingham delivered backbreaking goals before Didak delivered another in a way only Alan Didak can. Sidebottom finished off the Crows with a ridiculous banana kick to beat a defender and tough angle.
Matthew Jaensch surpringly led Adelaide with 28 disposals while Thompson, Dangerfield, Sloane and Van Berlo could only register between 22 and 16 possessions each. Kurt Tippett looked dangerous was again dangerous up front but kicked just 2.4.