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by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago


COL 0.5.2  1.8.8  1.12.14  1.15.17 (116)
WCE 1.1.3  1.2.4  2.3.7    3.3.9 (54) 

NINE-POINT GOALS: COL - Clarke;
WCE - McGinnity, Kerr, McKinley

GOALS: COL - Cloke 4, Lockyer 3, Anthony, Davis, Johnson 2, Didak, Wood; WCE - Staker 2, Cox

BEST: COL - Lockyer, Didak, Pendlebury, Cloke, Shaw, O'Brien; WCE - Nicoski, Kerr, Masten, Swift, Priddis

INJURY: WCE - Mackenzie (shoulder), McGinnity (possible concussion)

UMPIRES: Donlon, Kennedy, Margetts, Schmitt

CROWD: 22,819 at Subiaco Oval

The Eagles chose to play many of their rookies and players selected in the recent draft while the Magpies went with experience. The result showed on the scoreboard. Experienced Eagle duo Kerr and Cox started on the bench with the Eagle youngsters thrown into the proverbial deep end. The Eagles started well enough with Staker running down Heath Shaw and then being awarded a 50-meter penalty (55 yards) for the opening goal. The Magpies then took control through the midfield and put plenty of pressure on the young Eagles to force turnovers. A clever passage of play started Collingwood's run. Lockyer won the ball and passed to Didak who slipped a tackle and passed the ball to a running Johnson for the Pies first goal. Young forward Anthony had the next one a few minutes later. Young Eagle McGinnity cut Collingwood's lead to just one point when he kicked a nine-point goal. His game was over a few minutes later, he was knocked out by a hard hit from Magpie captain Maxwell. Two goals to Lockyer and another to Johnson gave the Magpies a 14 point lead at 1/4 time.

Collingwood's dominance continued in the second term with Pendlebury, Lockyer, Johnson, Thomas, Swan and Davis all rotating through the midfield. Midway through the term, Cox and Kerr were in the game but goals to Lockyer, Cloke and Anthony extended Collingwood's lead. Clarke booted a nine-pointer for the Pies while Cox, playing at full forward booted his side's only goal for the term and Collingwood went into half time with a 40 point lead.

The Pies were still running strongly throughout the third term and Cloke had the better of his minder Wilkes with three of his side's four goals for there term. Once again, the Pie defense held up strongly, restricting the Eagles to just one goal from Staker and nine-pointer from Kerr and Collingwood held a 52 point lead at 3/4 time.

The Magpies cruised in the final term with another three goals while the best the Eagles could do was a nine-pointer to McKinley.

For Collingwood, Didak (30 possessions) and Heath Shaw (26) repaid the club's faith in them after being suspended late last year for an off-field indiscretion. Pendlebury (31) and Lockyer (31) were simply too good against the inexperienced Eagles.

Although the Eagles and their fans had little to cheer about, second-year player Masten was impressive. Newcomers Swift and Cockie also showed promise.

ALL-STARS    5.3    7.5    10.9    14.13 (97)
ADE                 1.2    3.6      4.6       6.7 (43)

GOALS: ALL-STARS - Motlop 3, Wonaeamirri, Varcoe, Campbell 2, Burgoyne, Rioli, Pearce, Thomas, Lovett; ADE - Tippett, Vince 2, Shirley, Stevens

BEST: ALL-STARS - Campbell, Varcoe, Rioli, Motlop, Wonaeamirri, Burgoyne, Clarke; ADE - Edwards, Tippett, Armstrong, Martin

Polly Farmer Medallist: Matt Campbell

INJURY: ADE - Dangerfield (knock to head), Gallman (arm/shoulder), Walker (quad tightness), replaced in side by Armstrong

UMPIRES: Chamberlain, Wenn, Keating, Mollinson

CROWD: 9,497 at TIO Stadium, Darwin

While Collingwood was dishing out a thrashing in Perth, on the other side of the country the Indigenous All-Star team was doing the same to the Adelaide Crows. The All-Stars had speed to burn and often left their opponents in their wake. Within the first few minutes of the match, that speed was put to good use by Kangaroo Campbell and indigenous Crow Griffin. Griffin passed to Campbell who dashed through the center to set up Port's Motlop for the first goal. The Crows replied moments later with Mackay and Armstrong setting up Shirley for a goal. It was the All-Stars again with Rioli setting up the next forward foray from defense with a clever pass to Brisbane's McGrath. He found Motlop who passed to his Port teammate Burgoyne for an easy goal. Moments later, Adelaide's Dangerfield was off the ground after a heavy knock and the All-Stars blitzed Adelaide with three goals in a matter of minutes through Melbourne's Wonaeamirri, Kangaroo Garlett and Port's Pearce to take a 25 point lead at 1/4 time.

Dangerfield returned to play at the start of the second term only for his teammate Ottens to find himself in a similar predicament after a heavy hit from Motlop. That hit resulted in a 50-meter penalty (55 yards) and Adelaide's Vince kicked a goal to cut the Stars' lead. Adelaide surged but missed several shots on goal before Tippett put one through. Carlton draftee Yarran was in the thick of it for the All-Stars with a great tackle on Doughty and the Stars raced away for another goal to Motlop. Next it was Rioli again and Geelong's Varcoe goaled to give the All-Stars a 23 point lead at 1/2 time.

Rain started coming down at the start of the third term, making for slippery conditions but the All-Stars ignored it as Campbell won the ball out of the middle to set up Wonaeamirri. The Demon speedster got away from Bock for his second goal of the game. Tippett was then the beneficiary of a free kick but his teammate gave away consecutive 50 meter penalties with the resultant goal to Essendon's Lovett putting the All-Stars 39 points clear at 3/4 time.

The All-Stars continued to dominate in the final term with four goals to two. Campbell, Varcoe, Kangaroo Thomas and Motlop again all added goals to give the All-Stars a comfortable win.

Source: afl.com.au & Melbourne Age

Article last changed on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 12:12 PM EST


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