The match did not reach any great heights during the first half, but the Pies had been the better side. They were cleaner around goal, with first-year utility Ollie Henry finding all too much and bobbing up with three majors before the long break. The Pies also repeatedly played through Brody Mihocek, who looked threatening on the lead.
Jordan De Goey was close to if not as influential as any player on the ground, continuing his strong vein of form with some bullocking brilliance. Carlton were sloppy, exemplified when Tom Williamson accidentally rushed a behind as he tried to switch play in defence.
The Pies had more of the footy, and the Blues’ pressure was lacking, until the latter part of the second term when they belatedly lifted a notch to trim the gap to within two goals at half-time.
There were several heavy knocks throughout the afternoon, with Collingwood veteran Josh Thomas’ game ending before half-time after he copped a head knock from teammate Darcy Cameron.
That one’s for you, Serge
It had been an emotional week at Carlton, following the death of club patriarch Sergio Silvagni, the father of the legendary Stephen and grandfather of modern day Blue, Jack. With his side struggling well into the second term, the third-generation Silvagni took an impressive contested mark inside 50 before going back to kick his first major of the day. Silvagni kissed his black armband and pointed skyward before being mobbed by teammates recognising the significance of the moment.
You OK, mate?
Sportsmanship was on display when Carlton great Betts copped an accidental high hit in a contest with second-year Magpie Trey Ruscoe. The West Australian was clearly concerned for the wellbeing of the champion small forward, staying with him momentarily to check on Betts’ wellbeing. Thankfully the veteran goalsneak got to his feet soon enough and was able to play out the game.
Nothing has changed
Three years ago, then Collingwood president Eddie McGuire said he would commission a new Magpies jumper to be worn for games against Carlton to avoid the clash situation caused when the Pies wear their home predominantly black jumper with white numbers, which bears only modest contrast to the Blues’ traditional navy blue jumper with white numbers. McGuire is gone from his post, but the situation remains the same, with the same combination again on display at the ’G on Sunday, another example of the AFL’s murky uniform policies.
Carlton: Walsh, Kennedy, Betts, McKay, Martin, Weitering.
Collingwood: De Goey, Noble, Elliott, Mihocek, Mayne, Henry.
Sam Walsh (Carlton) 9
Matthew Kennedy (Carlton) 7
Jordan De Goey (Collingwood) 7
Eddie Betts (Carlton) 7
Harry McKay (Carlton) 6
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