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Steele Sidebottom subbed out of game 300 with knee injury as Collingwood Magpies prove too good for North Melbourne Kangaroos, Adelaide Crows sink Brisbane Lions


But any thoughts the Kangaroos had of eating into the deficit soon dissipated, as the Magpies piled on four quick goals to end the third term – three from close range, and the other a 50-metre Josh Daicos bomb that bounced through – and blow the margin out beyond 50 points.

Collingwood continue to take all before them ahead of a trip west to take on the bottom-placed Eagles, where they will be favoured to win an 11th match from 12 to start the season.

De Goey’s strong solo campaign has gone slightly under the radar because of second-year phenom Nick Daicos’ spectacular form, but he was already averaging career-best numbers before his exceptional performance on Sunday.

Jordan De Goey starred for the Magpies.Credit: Getty Images

He finished with an equal career-high 35 disposals, 15 contested possessions, 10 inside 50s, five clearances, and a third-quarter goal at a time that North Melbourne were providing pesky resistance and had closed within 22 points.

“I didn’t want to say anything [about De Goey’s form going under the radar] – I thought I’d keep quiet on Jordy because he’s having a ripping season. Today was out of the box,” McRae said.

Steele Sidebottom is chaired off.

Steele Sidebottom is chaired off.Credit: Getty Images

“I think the difference between Jordy maybe two or three years ago is his work ethic and his ability to cover ground.

“You watch how hard he’s running, you watch him get to a contest – and defensively as well, he’s buying right into that. That was a pretty special game.”

As for the younger Daicos, McRae gave him more time in the centre, and he responded with 32 disposals and seven clearances of his own to be a wonderful foil for De Goey’s brilliance.

Isaac Quaynor was also excellent from the outset with 11 intercept possessions, while Tom Mitchell, Josh Daicos, Jack Crisp, Scott Pendlebury and Taylor Adams also did their bit.

There were positives for the Kangaroos. Will Phillips – the No.3 selection in the 2020 draft – gathered a career-best 29 disposals, after never having more than 19 in any of his previous 22 matches. He missed all of last season after twice contracting glandular fever.

Nick Larkey played a lone hand in attack with five goals, but Hugh Greenwood and Jy Simpkin tried hard in the middle.

“I think everybody [thinks it is] doom and gloom because they look at a loss beside your name, but today was a really good step,” said caretaker coach Brett Ratten.

“What we’ve seen over a period now is the performance against Sydney was full of merit, then today wasn’t exactly what we wanted for the four quarters, but there was a bit to take away, and they are the best.”

Mason Cox.

Mason Cox.Credit: Getty Images

The other milestone men

Sidebottom became just the fourth Magpie to play 300 games for the club – behind Pendlebury, Tony Shaw and Gordon Coventry – but two other players should not be forgotten.

Mason Cox became the first American to play 100 AFL matches on the same day, while former Pie-turned-Roo Jaidyn Stephenson also brought up his century. They both kicked two goals.

Cox’s extraordinary journey from Texas is well told but should never get old because it is unlikely to be repeated anytime soon – and possibly never.

His oh-so-American personality has been a welcome addition to the league landscape, as have his parents, who flew in to watch from the stands. Dad Phil raised his arms in triumph after spotting himself on the big screen following Cox’s first goal.

Stephenson is an interesting case himself, having beaten a heart condition to be the No.6 pick in the 2017 draft before winning the Rising Star award after a 38-goal debut season.

The 24-year-old has never reached those heights again and served a 10-game ban and was fined $20,000 in 2019 for placing $36 worth of Collingwood-related bets, before being traded to North Melbourne the next year.

Sunday’s match was his sixth multi-goal effort of the year, so maybe Stephenson has turned the corner.

COLLINGWOOD 4.3 7.5 13.8 16.9 (105)
NORTH MELBOURNE 0.3 2.8 4.9 10.10 (70)

Collingwood: Mihocek 3, J. Daicos 3, Hoskin-Elliott 2, Ginnivan 2, Cox 2, N. Daicos, Adams, Johnson, De Goey.
North Melbourne: Larkey 5, Stephenson 2, Zurhaar, Scott, Howe.
Collingwood: De Goey, N. Daicos, Quaynor, J. Daicos, Mitchell, Pendlebury, Crisp, Adams.
North Melbourne: Greenwood, Phillips, Larkey, Scott, McDonald, Goldstein.
UMPIRES Deboy, Broadbent, Strybos, Power.
CROWD 39,467 at Marvel Stadium.

Walker boots three goals as Crows sink Lions

Adelaide stalwart Taylor Walker slotted three goals in a hard-fought 17-point win over the Brisbane Lions that lifts the Crows into the AFL’s top eight.

The Crows snapped the Lions’ seven-game winning streak with a 14.11 (95) to 10.18 (78) victory on a rain-soaked Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

Taylor Walker celebrates one of his three goals.

Taylor Walker celebrates one of his three goals.Credit: AFL Photos

Brisbane stalwart Dayne Zorko will attract match review scrutiny after giving away a free kick to Luke Pedlar when his fingers grappled the eye area of the young Crow.

Adelaide’s captain Jordan Dawson (32 disposals), Rory Laird (27) and Ben Keays (28 disposals, one goal) were chief ball-winners, while half-back Wayne Milera (22 touches) and Izak Rankine were stand-outs.

Walker’s three-goal haul was supported by two majors each by Pedlar, Riley Thilthorpe and Rankine, whose 23 touches featured 13 score involvements.


Brisbane’s Charlie Cameron kicked four goals, Joe Daniher scored two, and Josh Dunkley (29 disposals), Lachie Neale (24), Zac Bailey (24) and veteran Daniel Rich (24, one goal) were prominent.

Zorko gathered 22 touches and kicked a goal, but his contact with Pedlar will be studied by officials.

The incident came in a tight opening term when the Lions kicked 3.5 to 3.3, with two of Adelaide’s goals coming from Thilthorpe.

Brisbane’s slender advantage disappeared as the Crows dominated much of the second term, scoring four consecutive goals to create a 24-point lead.

Rankine was prominent in three of Adelaide’s strikes, setting up two majors for Walker – one with a handball and the other with a slick pass. And Rankine then slotted a brilliant left-foot snap from an acute angle near a boundary line.

The Crows were four goals up in the 28th minute of the quarter, but the Lions scored two late majors to reduce their half-time decifit to 11 points.


Both sides scored an early goal in a tense third term before a 22-minute goal-less period – though Lion Eric Hipwood was denied a gilt-edged chance when a pack mark directly in front of goal wasn’t paid by an umpire.

And, just as Brisbane had in the second quarter, Adelaide kicked two crucial late goals. The last, a stunning checkside from the boundary line by Josh Rachele when under pressure, gave the hosts a 15-point buffer at three quarter-time.

Daniher converted early in the last term to bring the visitors within nine points, but the Crows potted the next three majors.

ADELAIDE 3.3 7.7 10.8 14.11 (95)
BRISBANE LIONS 3.5 5.8 6.17 10.18 (78)

Adelaide: Walker 3, Pedlar 2, Rankine 2, Thilthorpe 2, Rachele, Fogarty, Keays, Soligo, McHenry.
Brisbane: Cameron 4, Daniher 2, McCluggage, Zorko, Rich, Rayner.
Adelaide: Rankine, Laird, O’Brien, Dawson.
Brisbane: Dunkley, McInerney, Neale, Bailey.
UMPIRES Hosking, Meredith, Fleer, Wallace.
CROWD 33,188 at Adelaide Oval.

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