Beams stars as Magpies down Crows
Collingwood stunned Adelaide with a final quarter flurry to log a spirited 26-point away triumph in Saturday night’s AFL match.
Inspired by a standout display from Dayne Beams, the Magpies trailed by six points at the last change but over-ran the Crows to win 10.15 (75) to 6.13 (49) at AAMI Stadium.
Collingwood kicked five goals in the final quarter while restricting the Crows to just three points.
Beams booted two goals and collected 36 disposals in a best afield display, while his fellow midfielders Scott Pendlebury and Steele Sidebottom were influential.
The Crows struggled to find a trusted scoring avenue apart from Kurt Tippett (two goals) after Collingwood jumped them early.
The Magpies kicked two goals within the initial five minutes to stun the sell-out 44,238-strong crowd and led by seven points at halftime, 5.6 to 4.5.
Collingwood were propelled during their heartening opening half by smooth-moving Pendlebury, who set up two of his side’s goals, while Beams collected 21 disposals to the main break.
The Crows, however, rallied with a dominant third term which went largely unrewarded on the scoreboard.
Adelaide kicked a wasteful 2.5 for the quarter, with Graham Johncock also spraying a shot at goal out on the full.
But the inaccuracy in attack was complemented by a stingy defence led by 18-gamer Daniel Talia which kept the Magpies goal-less.
Collingwood mustered four behinds for the term as Adelaide created a one-goal buffer at three quarter-time.
That advantage lasted less than three minutes into the final stanza when Pendlebury snapped a classy goal to level scores.
The Magpies soon subbed Alex Fasolo with debutant Jamie Elliott, only for defender Lachlan Keefe to injure his right knee two minutes later.
Keefe’s knee collapsed in a marking contest and he was stretchered from the field with Collingwood holding a one-point edge with 15 minutes remaining.
Beams then enhanced his best on ground status when rolling through a snap around the corner from 30 metres for a crucial goal.
The Beams blow was rapidly followed by majors to teammates Sharrod Wellingham and Alan Didak as Collingwood set course for their seventh win in nine rounds – the same win-loss ratio as the Crows.© AAP 2013
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