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Blog log from EF of 2023: Collingwood vs Melbourne

Blog log for Collingwood vs Melbourne, EF of 2023

After two goals to Hill in the first five minutes, Fritsch gets Melbourne on the board with their opener. (Q1 23:12)
Elliott marks a Lipinski pass in front of Hibberd 30m out on a slight angle but misses. (Q1 23:12)
McCreery slingshots from half back through the centre but misses Elliott in the pocket, Hibberd goes to ground but Elliott fumbles and the moment is lost. (Q1 26:10)
Lever is pinged for a rather agricultural challenge on Mihocek 45m out on a slight angle. Checkers misses the lot. (Q1 26:53)
Crisp runs left on a set shot just inside 50m on the flank and hoofs a huge kick for a big goal! (Q1 29:23)
30 blokes in the Collingwood forward 50 for a long ball after a slow play by Markov, Cameron leaps over McVee to juggle the mark 20m out on a slight angle, he pops through a goal. (Q1 32:43)
Mihocek gets a very soft holding free on Oliver at a stoppage 25m out in the pocket, footy gods push the kick wide left. (Q2 3:34)
Mihocek marks a long ball over May 40m out on a slight angle and sneaks the set shot inside the left goalpost. (Q2 6:39)
Pickett catches a smothered McDonald kick and tries a flying checkside under a tackle from 35m on the flank… just narrow. (Q2 10:38)
Fritsch marks a Chandler pass near the boundary 30m out but his screwing set shot is narrow. (Q2 14:11)
Repeat inside 50 from the resulting kick in, Pickett uses his body to mark against Howe 20m out on the flank, he converts. (Q2 15:09)
Murphy just gets back in time to touch through a Pickett ping from 50m on a slight angle. (Q2 23:43)
Murphy rushes a long set shot by Gawn from the HFF. (Q2 25:45)
After Gawn engineers another centre clearance, Smith just misses a set shot from beside true CHF to kick off the Q3 scoring. (Q3 0:58)
Melbourne’s early territory dominance tells, De Goey’s dump kick from a stoppage lands in the arms of Oliver 45m out on a slight angle. Clarry sprays it OOTF, however. (Q3 2:52)
Mitchell is pinged for encroachment to bring Fritsch from centre wing to 45m on a slight angle. Great time for Fritta to wake up from a quiet start… wide left. (Q3 6:27)
Collingwood wins a big loose footy in heavy traffic in the centre, Hill is over the back for the mark near the hotspot and his third goal. Story of the game so far. (Q3 10:27)
McStay marks a Lipinski kick from outer wing to the corridor 40m out on the end of a rebound started by Murphy. He kicks dead-eyed straight, Pies racing away now! (Q3 13:17)
Cox taps in ruck straight down to Sparrow at the Demon hotspot, the snap wobbles through. Sparrow had done absolutely nothing before that moment. (Q3 17:52)
McStay runs back with the flight in front of Rivers to mark a high centre clearance kick to the hotspot, he kicks truly. (Q3 19:07)
Daicos roves in defence but doesn’t see Neal-Bullen flying in from behind to catch him HTB, free kick from the hotspot is good. (Q3 21:18)
Another centre clearance to the Pies, De Goey receives and bombs off a step from 45m in front, that one falls in as well! (Q3 22:27)
Mitchell it was with the clearance and Crisp with the crucial rove and goal assist handball. (Q3 23:02)
Gawn to Petracca to Pickett from a stoppage at half forward, should be a goal from 25m but Kosi rushes it and blazes wide. (Q3 24:30)
Fritsch earns a contact free 45m out in front, advantage paid and Langdon misses from the pocket 20m out! Melbourne are doing it the hardest way. (Q3 28:02)
Petracca is lucky to get a holding free on Lipinski in the pocket 35m out, had the footy and knocked free. Trac hits the far post. (Q3 32:25)
Petracca gets a free on the wing for Cox falling across his foot, lucky not to break his leg… long ball to the pocket, McDonald roves and baulks clear for the goal! (Q4 2:58)
Sparrow mongrels a clearance kick inside 50 from the wing, Smith is in front of Howe to mark the floater on his chest near the hotspot. Has to go through for the Dees… and does. (Q4 4:58)
Hill roves and misses off the left from the pocket 20m out. (Q4 7:50)
McDonald marks 20m out in the pocket but shanks the set shot for a behind near side right. (Q4 11:01)
Pies can’t rrebound past half way,l May kicks blind from the wing but it lands for Fritsch 45m out on a slight angle. Tough distance in wet conditions… shanks OOTF! (Q4 15:48)
5:30 to go and the game has settled into Melbourne dominating general play but not being able to score. Has happened most of the night, Pies scoring on the counter mostly. (Q4 21:15)
Fritsch wins a wrestle with Moore to mark a long ball to the top of the square for his second goal. (Q4 24:54)
2:47 to go and seven points in it. Can Collingwood get out-Collingwooded? (Q4 25:14)
Oliver with the next clearance, Pickett is front and centre but snaps OOTF from 35m in front! Huge play! (Q4 25:58)
Elliott cuts off a Gawn inside 50 pass to prevent another Demon score. 1:30 to go. (Q4 27:14)
Ginnivan stages and gives up a HTB free on Oliver on outer wing, Petracca can’t mark, Pendlebury roves, that will do it, Pies will win! (Q4 28:29)

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