Kangas win turns heat down on Pies

Off the back of their worst start to a season in 16 years, Collingwood has returned to the winners list with an 18-point win over fellow strugglers North Melbourne, slightly easing the pressure on coach Nathan Buckley.

The Magpies had to withstand a ferocious effort from the equally desperate Kangaroos who made the going tough for much of the game but had enough poise in key moments to get their second win of the season – ending their five-game skid.

Jordan De Goey roared back into form booting six, at the other end Darcy Moore (28 disposals, 19 marks) was back to his All-Australian best as he returned to his more comfortable role in the back six.

Jaidyn Stephenson booted two in his first game against his former club after a much-publicised exit from North Melbourne in the off-season, while Aaron Hall was influential off half-back with a game-high 37 disposals.

It’s now 16 straight defeats for the Kangaroos as new coach David Noble still searches for his first win in the top job.

De Goey was on fire early, kicking two of the Magpies’ opening three of the game and making the most of his first-half match-up on Aiden Bonar.

The Kangaroos brought the heat early, forcing John Noble into a deliberate rushed behind which saw former Magpie Stephenson boot the Kangaroos’ first.

Collingwood began to assume control of the contest in the second term, making the Kangaroos pay on the scoreboard booting 5.4 to 1.4 – opening up a 30-point halftime lead.

After the major break, the Roos responded with four unanswered goals to cut the margin to six points early in the third term.

Again, Collingwood steadied and responded with a one-two punch of their own – booting four of the last five as Cameron’s second helped maintain the Magpies’ five-goal barrier heading into the final quarter.

De Goey’s sixth sealed the result for the Magpies as North squandered numerous opportunities to get back into the contest (21-10 in final term).

DARCY MOORE COMFORTABLE

Collingwood fans called for it, and they got what they wished for.

The Darcy Moore key-forward experiment came to a premature close after he was shifted to the backline and showcased why he was recognised as last season’s All-Australian centre half-back with a trademark performance.

Moore quelled the Kangaroos’ forays forward and was just as effective in kickstarting the Magpies’ rebound off half-back accumulating 28 disposals and 19 marks.

The Kangaroos threatened to take the lead throughout but couldn’t maintain pressure in their forward half. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

FATHER-SON AFFAIR

John and David Noble became only the third ever father-son duo in the history of AFL/VFL football to compete against each-other, and the first in 32 years.

David had the peculiar task of plotting his first victory as Kangaroos coach against his son John who has become a mainstay of the Magpies back six since he was picked up in the 2019 mid-season draft.

John overcame a nervous start in which he was pinged for a deliberate rushed behind to be one of the Magpies’ better contributors (career high 31 disposals) and ultimately leaving his dad searching for his maiden win.

BIZARRE ZURHAAR DELIBERATE

Is this one of the worst free kicks paid of the season?

With the game still delicately poised in the second-term, Cameron Zurhaar had a rapid-fire shot at goal which took an almighty shank and rolled out for what seemed to be a straightforward throw-in.

However, the umpire astonishingly paid a deliberate against Zurhaar which had the players and fans alike completely baffled.

ROOS 2.2, 3.6, 8.7, 11.10 (76)

PIES 3.2, 8.6, 12.10, 14.10 (94)

D’URBANO’S BEST

ROOS: Hall, Ziebell, Stephenson, Menadue, Cunnington, T.Thomas

PIES: Moore, De Goey, Maynard, Crisp, Noble, Pendlebury, Sidebottom,

GOALS

ROOS: Stephenson 2, T.Thomas 2, Mahony 2, Zurhaar 2, Campbell, Lazzaro, Turner

PIES: De Goey 6, Cameron 3, Pendlebury 2, Mihocek 2, Hoskin-Elliott

INJURIES:

ROOS: Bonar (ankle) substituted by Phillips

PIES: Murphy (concussion) substituted by C.Brown, Roughead (concussion)

VENUE: 22,329 @ Marvel Stadium

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

D’URBANO’S VOTES

3: Darcy Moore (Coll)

2: Jordan De Goey (Coll)

1: Aaron Hall (NM)

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