Collingwood returned to top form with their 11th win from 12 games, defeating Geelong on Saturday night in a 2011 Grand Final rematch 17.8(110)-10.19(79).
While Geelong were sloppy all night, the Magpies mastered the wet conditions to move back atop the AFL ladder, a spot they should concede when teams two and three, West Coast and Sydney, battle tomorrow.
The Cats remains in the eight with a 9-6 win-loss record, but with a tough run home (their next four include Essendon, Adelaide, Hawthorn and West Coast, their hopes of defending the 2011 premiership could be in tatters. Geelong has not had so few wins since 2006, the last time the club failed to make the top eight.
Scott Pendlebury returned for his first game in a long time and helped bolter an already fantastic Pies midfield. He collected 36 possessions while Dane Swan had 40 and Dane Beams added 38 and two goals.
Dale Thomas collected a team-high three goals in a game that was over by quarter-time. Alex Fasolo, Chris Dawes, Chris Tarrant, and Tyson Goldsack each bagged multiple goals.
An 8.2 first quarter propelled the Magpies ahead and they never looked back, maintaining their big lead throughout.
Geelong failed to mount any type of comeback and relied too much on a few players. Their skills in the wet left a lot to be desired.
Collingwood full forward Travis Cloke was again disappointing, but Tarrant was effective in the forward fifty, as opposed to his later career role in the backline, and was one of the Pies best.