Pendlebury stars as Pies win again

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    Captain Scott Pendlebury has starred in the last quarter and led his team to a gritty 16-point AFL win over Essendon at the MCG.

    Popular Magpie Steele Sidebottom celebrated his 200th game with two goals in Sunday’s 12.6 (78) to 9.8 (62) win.

    It is Collingwood’s seventh-straight win and they retained second spot on the ladder, while the Bombers are two games plus percentage outside the eight.

    Jordan De Goey kicked three goals, two of them in the last term.

    After Bombers forward Mitch Brown kicked the opening goal of the last quarter, Mark Baguley had another set shot that would have put Essendon 12 points up.

    But he missed and De Goey kicked a goal moments later.

    Brendon Goddard gave away a free and a 50m penalty to Sidebottom, who kicked a booming goal to put the Magpies back in front – the eighth lead change of the match.

    Collingwood kicked two of the next three goals to seal the win.

    Pendlebury took the game by the scruff of the neck in the last term and racked up 14 possessions.

    While the Magpies took out a pulsating game, their heavy injury toll continued as Flynn Appleby did a hamstring in the last quarter and Will Hoskin-Elliott played out the game despite an early knee injury.

    Essendon’s Patrick Ambrose also suffered a hamstring injury in the bleak, wet conditions.

    Essendon suffered a major pre-game blow when small forward Orazio Fantasia was ruled out with a sore groin.

    Jake Long came in for his first AFL game since the end of the 2016 season.

    Collingwood had a four-goal run in the opening quarter to lead by 18 points and put the Bombers under early pressure.

    But Essendon steadied, with Dyson Heppell and Andrew McGrath on top in the midfield, while Michael Hurley and Cale Hooker were solid in defence.

    The Bombers kicked 3.3 to three behinds in the second term and when they posted two of the opening three goals in the third term, were looking dangerous.

    But Collingwood hit back with two goals, before Essendon pounced on a midfield turnover to go up by a point at three-quarter time – the sixth lead change of the match.

    Essendon could have kicked another goal at the end of the quarter, but Shaun McKernan took too long having his shot.

    He passed off to Devon Smith, whose long-range kick was blocked on the goal line and Collingwood defended grimly to stop any score before the siren sounded.

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    • Roar Guru

      July 9th 2018 @ 8:07am
      Peter the Scribe said | July 9th 2018 @ 8:07am | ! Report

      Our mids were getting smashed by Heppell, McGrath and Merrett first half with only the umps keeping us in it. We needed them to step up second half and it was Pendelbury, Sidebottom and Adams who did. Pendlebury was huge in that last qtr. Missed Treloar a lot against the Bombers. Crisp was good and De Goey as full forward in the last. Grundy is a beast.

    • Roar Rookie

      July 10th 2018 @ 1:06pm
      Fat Toad said | July 10th 2018 @ 1:06pm | ! Report

      Collingwood did get a significantly higher number of frees than Essendon, but both Collingwood and Essendon’s frees were very close to their season long average. Essendon are the most penalised team in the competition. This indicates a problem with Essendon, not the umpiring. Similarly, Collingwood’s low frees against being their season long average and therefore reasonably expected.

      Although you can gripe about teams getting favoured or disadvantaged, with the number of umpires and them all being mixed up each week, individual games with poor umpiring can be expected during a season but they do not necessarily indicate a conspiracy. If Essendon’s high number of frees each week is a direct outcome of how they are coached or a conspiracy, a coaching failure is easier to explain. Arranging an effective conspiracy requires a high level of organisational capacity, but the more people involved, the shorter the time it will remain a secret. Secrecy is always a key factor in any conspiracy. If you are unsure possibly ask John Elliott and how his conspiracies worked for Carlton. Conversely, cock-ups are easier to organise, do not require secrecy, can be covered up by conspiracy theorists, and have the same out come. The cock-up here is Essendon not stamping down on the free kicks it gives away during the pre-season. While it may have been the difference in the game result against Collingwood, that is entirely up to Essendon’s coaches and no body else. Without doubt it has probably cost them a couple of games during the season.
      The other side of this is that many of the free kicks Essendon get against them are infringements in seeking to get an advantage which may have turned some games for them. For example the 50m to Sidebottom was because Goddard was not able to run with him and wasn’t to stop him getting to the next contest, most of the time this would be missed in a game unless it is in the umpire’s direct line of sight, so it was unlucky for Goddard. Similarly, for the arm chops and blocks of the ball against Cox in the forward line, if he converted at his normal rate (74%) my count for unpaid frees would have given him three additional goals. In this case lucky for Essendon, net benefit to Essendon is two goals.

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