The Collingwood Magpies have produced a famous one-point victory to end the West Coast Eagles’ season in a thrilling elimination final in Perth.
In what was yet another brilliant, topsy-turvy match to cap off an outstanding opening week of the finals, the Magpies withstood a late flurry by the hosts to scrape home by a single point.
While the Eagles kicked the opening goal of the game, the first quarter belonged to Collingwood, Mason Cox producing another memorable first-half performance in a final by kicking three early goals as part of a run of four straight majors for the Pies before the opening break.
However, neither side were able to build a comfortable lead, with the Eagles coming back strongly in the second and eventually edging back in front at the start of the third.
The hosts then threatened to pull away at the start of the final quarter, kicking the first two goals of the term, but three straight to the Pies, including a superb snap from Jordan de Goey and a composed finish from deep in the pocket by Brodie Mihocek – one of his three majors on the night – were enough to get Collingwood into the semi-finals, even with Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling pulling the final margin back to a single point.
For the Magpies, Taylor Adams put in an outstanding shift, finishing best aground with 24 touches. Levi Greenwood was superb in limiting the influence of star Eagle Tim Kelly, who only got his hands on the ball 12 times all night. Fellow West Coast midfielder Luke Shuey also had a performance he’d rather forget, managing only 14 disposals.
While Collingwood were unerringly accurate, kicking 12.4 for the match, the Eagles will be rueing their relative inaccuracy. They finished with 11.9, four more scoring shots than their opponents, with Kennedy the worst offender with four behinds to go with his three goals.
The win propels the Magpies into a semi-final showdown against the Geelong Cats at the Gabba next week, while the loss – West Coast’s first in Perth all year – ends the Eagles’ season.
West Coast Eagles 11. 9. 75 def. by Collingwood Magpies 12. 4. 76