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Blog log from PF of 2023: Collingwood vs Western Sydney

Blog log for Collingwood vs Western Sydney, PF of 2023

McStay marks on the lead to boot the first goal to bring the Collingwood hordes to full voice.
Crisp snaps the second goal of the night from a mid-range stoppage.
Brown misses a relatively easy set shot, big pressure both on an off field on the Giants so far.
McStay takes a big contested grab 25m out on a slight angle but misses.
Bedford gives to Riccardi standing next to the behind post, he tries a checkside off a step from the right boot… cannons into the near goalpost. (Q1 22:04)
Daniels marks on the lead 30m out in front but also sprays a very gettable set shot. GWS have evened the contest now, time to equilibrate the scoreboard. (Q1 24:57)
The tide was early tonight at the G and the Giants had to withstand some huge pressure from opponents and fans alike. They haven’t quite settled, but it’s still a close tussle. (Qtr Time)
Elliott’s first disposal is a soccer from a pack 20m out that goes wide. (Q2 1:58)
Ash causes a crumb for Whitfield on the HFF, he hits the corridor with a lovely pass to Brown leading to 40m… who misses again. (Q2 4:05)
Taylor intercepts on the wing over McStay and goes to Hogan for a big contested grab 45m out on a slight angle, he gives off to Greene who goals! (Q2 6:09)
GWs attacks up the corridor, riding their luck with some sloppy disposal but they get the ball via Daniels to Green 45m out in front. Green for the lead… it’s good! (Q2 8:30)
Lot of skinny side conservative footy with GWS owning territory, Greene uses strength to centre from the pocket to Cumming to mark over Sidebottom at the hotspot, goal! (Q2 13:00)
Crisp marks on a switch through midfield and goes to McCreery 45m out on the flank. McCreery hoofs it well wide right. (Q2 17:30)
Howe spoils at half back but Coniglio roves and spins away from the challenge to hit up Riccardi in the square for another one for GWS! (Q2 20:47)
Mihocek roves a chaos ball by Hoskin-Elliott near the hotspot but snaps wide off a step from the right boot. (Q2 22:20)
Collingwood rebounds around outer wing on a switch, McCreery has Nick Daicos running past for the give and shoot from 35m on the flank… checkside doesn’t bend, across the face. (Q2 25:03)
Sidebottom snaps wide from 35m after some more unstructured repeat inside 50s for the Pies. (Q2 26:03)
Cumming intercepts over Josh Daicos on the wing and goes quickly inboard to Daniels 45m out on a slight angle. His kick is wide for no score. (Q3 1:37)
From the resultant throw in, Cox taps to his feet where Greene is waiting, only a moment to measure a left-foot snap but the Tractor rams it through! (Q3 2:24)
Nick Daicos coughs up a handball after the next bounce, Whitfield passes to Lloyd 45m out on a slight angle who misses. (Q3 3:54)
Ash turns the ball over on the wing, neither side kicking well but McStay sees Hill over the back 15m out on a slight angle, this should be easy… he converts. (Q3 10:39)
Callaghan kicks to grass on centre wing but the bounce favours Markov to beat Brown to the loose ball, he goes to McStay to mark in front of Buckley 40m out on an angle, goal! (Q3 13:18)
Brown has had a poor night in front of the sticks so far but he gets a left-foot snap through from the pocket 20m out, a steadying goal for the Giants they sorely needed. (Q3 15:24)
Maynard spoils Greene in the centre after the next bounce then runs to receive for the pass inside 50 to Elliott 45m out on a slight angle. Kick is a boomer, his first goal! (Q3 17:14)
Another rebound from half back up the corridor after Howe intercepts, Hill the link man, Pendlebury long ball, McCreery front and centre for the go-ahead goal from 15m! (Q3 20:14)
Bedford gives to Lloyd who bombs off a step from 55m on a slight angle, hits the left post. (Q3 20:51)
Bedford roves, runs and shoots from 35m on the flank with a right-foot checkside… a bit limp, just a behind for GWS to retake the lead. (Q3 22:18)
Mihocek gathers a bouncing inside 50 clearance, baulks past the dive of Buckley and restores Collingwood’s lead from 40m on a slight angle! (Q3 23:19)
De Goey and Lipinski involved again after the next bounce, Crisp runs to 50m on a slight angle but hooks right. (Q3 24:23)
Moore beats Greene to a loose footy 40m out but he only taps it to Keeffe who screws a snap off a step from 40m… into the near right post. (Q3 30:13)
De Goey soccers forward towards Ginnivan who gathers and shoots very high from 50m on a slight angle… floats wide. (Q4 0:28)
Perryman wins a contest on a switch through the centre and passes to Lloyd 45m out, ump sees some fairly soft encroachment to pay 50 and gift the goal to Lloyd to level the scores! (Q4 5:17)
Sidebottom it was who was pinged under the stand rule. There, but soft. (Q4 5:47)
Cox marks strongly on the lead in front of Taylor 45m out on a slight angle from an Elliott pass from the wing, he goals. (Q4 7:13)
Frenetic play by both sides, Elliott snaps into the post under heavy pressure from the pocket 15m out. All play under heavy pressure now. (Q4 10:13)
Skilful play by the Giants to work the footy from a stoppage on outer win through heavy traffic, Hogan marks 30m out in the corridor for the huge goal! (Q4 19:38)
Five minutes to go and it’s anyone’s. (Q4 20:18)
Sidebottom gets back in time to mark a Greene snap from the boundary on the line to prevent a score. (Q4 20:18)
Collingwood playing some tempo with three minutes to go. (Q4 20:18)
Clock now two minutes, ball in Collingwood’s forward line. (Q4 20:18)
1:29, still with the ball in the Pies half. (Q4 20:18)
Pendlebury high inside 50 to the pocket, Kelly to Perryman for the rebound, stoppage in the centre, 1:06. (Q4 20:18)
Repeat ball up, 59 seconds, Pies still by a point. (Q4 20:18)
Another one with the ball behind centre for GWS, 52 seconds left. (Q4 20:18)
Lloyd surges towards the centre but too many numbers, another ball up, 43 seconds. (Q4 20:18)
Another ball up, it’s rugby now, 31 seconds. (Q4 20:18)
Elliott to outer wing, Josh Daicos sells candy to Kelly to ice the game, siren, Collingwood survives and makes the grand final! (Q4 20:18)

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