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Friday, 21 September 2018

'They're chanting U-S-A': Pies stun Tigers


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At various stages a raucous MCG crowd chanted 'U-S-A' as the extraordinary emergence of import Mason Cox was completed with a huge preliminary final performance to springboard Collingwood into a shock grand final.

Richmond have been the short priced favourites to clinch back-to-back premierships for most of the season but the juggernaut ran out of steam at the worst possible time as they fell 15.7.(97) to 8.10.(58).

If anything that scoreline flattered them, with Collingwood more or less home and dried by half-time.

The performance of superstar Dustin Martin was symptomatic of a Tigers side with no purr as they were first shackled, then strangled, then blown away by a Magpies side that is suddenly flying.

Earlier this season Nathan Buckley's coaching was under serious scrutiny. Amazing then that it was his formula that finally brought undone a Richmond side that some thought was invincible.

Right from the opening bounce the Magpies cracked in harder and by the time they gathered in their huddle at the first change, the Tigers were in trouble.

It was Jordan de Goey, a young man who chose to stick fat with a club that had stuck with him rather than cut and run for a monster pay day, who gave Collingwood the early belief they needed when he kicked a pair of goals and his side kicked away.

De Goey's stunning opener

But it was the stunning performance of towering 27-year-old Texas native Cox that blew the game wide open, with the 211cm giant taking 11 marks, eight of them contested, and kicking three goals.

His parents must have wondered what parallel universe they had landed in as they sat in the MCG stands and watched their boy scare the all-time record of arguably the greatest player of all-time, Wayne Carey, for contested marks in a final.

Not only was he a threat in the forward 50, Cox proved unstoppable when he hunted the football further down the ground, often providing the crucial link in the chain as the Magpies transitioned from back to forward.

The target frustrated the Tigers and made it impossible for them to ever really get a foot hold in a game that will give Richmond fans nightmares for years.

More to follow...

At various stages a raucous MCG crowd chanted 'U-S-A' as the extraordinary emergence of import Mason Cox was completed with a huge preliminary final performance to springboard Collingwood into a shock grand final.

Richmond have been the short priced favourites to clinch back-to-back premierships for most of the season but the juggernaut ran out of steam at the worst possible time as they fell 15.7.(97) to 8.10.(58).

If anything that scoreline flattered them, with Collingwood more or less home and dried by half-time.

The performance of superstar Dustin Martin was symptomatic of a Tigers side with no purr as they were first shackled, then strangled, then blown away by a Magpies side that is suddenly flying.

Earlier this season Nathan Buckley's coaching was under serious scrutiny. Amazing then that it was his formula that finally brought undone a Richmond side that some thought was invincible.

Right from the opening bounce the Magpies cracked in harder and by the time they gathered in their huddle at the first change, the Tigers were in trouble.

It was Jordan de Goey, a young man who chose to stick fat with a club that had stuck with him rather than cut and run for a monster pay day, who gave Collingwood the early belief they needed when he kicked a pair of goals and his side kicked away.

De Goey's stunning opener

But it was the stunning performance of towering 27-year-old Texas native Cox that blew the game wide open, with the 211cm giant taking 11 marks, eight of them contested, and kicking three goals.

His parents must have wondered what parallel universe they had landed in as they sat in the MCG stands and watched their boy scare the all-time record of arguably the greatest player of all-time, Wayne Carey, for contested marks in a final.

Not only was he a threat in the forward 50, Cox proved unstoppable when he hunted the football further down the ground, often providing the crucial link in the chain as the Magpies transitioned from back to forward.

The target frustrated the Tigers and made it impossible for them to ever really get a foot hold in a game that will give Richmond fans nightmares for years.

More to follow...

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