Collingwood Top Of AFL Table

Collingwood survive West Coast by three points.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Separated only by percentage at the top of the ladder, Collingwood pulled off a thrilling three point win against West Coast on Saturday night.

In a possible Grand Final matchup, the battle for the top spot on the premiership ladder didn’t disappoint as Collingwood completed a thrilling win in front of nearly 63,000 at the MCG on Saturday night, defeating the West Coast Eagles by three points, 12.13.85-12.10-82.

West Coast rallied in the fourth after falling behind by as much as four goals and taking a brief lead, but a late free kick allowed Dane Beams to go back at kick the match winning goal at the 17 minute mark.

Travis Cloke was fantastic up forward with five goals while Beams and Dane Swan dominated possession.

The Pies got off to a hot start in the early stages. The advantage rule continues to confuse players and fans alike, and another contentious allowed Collingwood the perfect start courtesy of Beams. Fasolo followed it up with a thumping kick from 50 before Cloke added Collingwood’s third. It took half a quarter but Ashton Hams finally managed a goal for the Eagles and Brad Sheppard added a second in the dying stages after taking a great pack mark.

Collingwood released their tight grip on the game in the second quarter, but not before Cloke was able to run up the wing a launch a bouncing ball into a vacant inside 50 and then through the big sticks. Cloke would added another shortly after, but five West Coast goals saw the Perth based team hit the front for the first time.

The Pies looked to take control of the game in the third when Blair kicked two goals to open the quarter. Cloke then had in hand in three consecutive Pies goals, kicking two himself including one ridiculous attempt from the boundary line and shepherded through a dribbling Fasolo attempt. Despite their dominance, Kerr and Masten were able to add two goals in the later stages of the term and reduce the lead to as little as 15 points.

The Eagles came storming back; goals to Hill, Darling and Natanui pushed them into the lead but the Beams free kick was enough for the Magpies to eventually take the game.