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Noble restores Collingwood’s 39-point lead after Sheed got the Eagles to within 33 a few minutes earlier.
With 3:07 left in the contest, the Magpies are heading towards their biggest win of the season, eclipsing their 21-point win over Carlton in Round 2.
The Eagles have now kicked four of the last five goals to get within 39 points of Collingwood with 8:50 left in the game, 5.9.39 to 12.6.78.
Cripps becomes their only multiple goalkicker in the process. But it’s too little, too late. Where was this effort from West Coast in the first three quarters?
The Eagles trim the deficit to 46 points early in the fourth quarter, thanks to goals from Darling and Kennedy.
But a six-pointer from Quaynor sandwiched in between those two majors ensures Collingwood still enjoy a comfortable advantage, 12.5.77 to 4.7.31.
The Magpies have kicked nine goals from turnover today.
The heat was well and truly taken out of this game in the first half, which probably explains why the third quarter was so uneventful – and that suits Collingwood just fine.
The Magpies have been tremendous today, especially their midfield and backline, while the Eagles have just brought no effort whatsoever, as they tend to do on the road.
Collingwood continue to dominate the disposals 324-259 and marks 120-76, yet still lead the tackles 30-23 – that sums up West Coast’s effort.
Incredibly, the Eagles have had more inside 50s (31-29), yet have only kicked two goals and trail by 51 points. Nineteen is West Coast’s lowest three-quarter time score since 2004.
Collingwood 4.1, 10.1, 11.4 (70)
West Coast 0.4, 1.5, 2.7 (19)
Collingwood: Elliott 2, Mihocek 2, Hoskin-Elliott, Sidebottom, Ginnivan, Cameron, Thomas, Bianco, Grundy
West Coast: Cripps, Yeo
Collingwood: Crisp 28, Sidebottom 28, Adams 26, De Goey 24, Maynard 22
West Coast: Gaff 26
Collingwood: Crisp 9, Maynard 7, Quaynor 5, Howe 4, Madgen 4
West Coast: McGovern 7, Rotham 4
West Coast are resembling a bunch of witches’ hats out on the ground. The sheer lack of pressure and heat that is being applied to Collingwood is breathtaking.
The Mapgies have already taken 17 marks inside 50 compared to the Eagles’ six, despite West Coast having the likes of Kennedy, Darling and Allen up forward and having registered 27 inside 50s for just one goal.
Collingwood are also dominating the uncontested marks 99-59.
The black-and-white procession continues in the second half. West Coast are showing no signs of fight at all.
Collingwood kick the first goal of the third quarter via Mihocek and the Magpies now lead by 57 points, 11.2.68 to 1.5.11.
Elliott and Mihocek are the Magpies’ multiple goalkickers and if West Coast aren’t careful, this margin could threaten triple figures by the final siren.
North Melbourne coach David Noble spoke to the media after his team’s loss to Geelong today…
Here’s some reaction to Collingwood’s magnificent first half against West Coast…
Insult to injury for West Coast