Any doubt about De Goey’s significance to Collingwood was place to bed on Monday. Actively playing his first match since round 7, he kicked 4 objectives, handed a further off and skipped a pair more in a dominant and transformative exhibit.
At a single position, as his side retreated out of their forward 50 to keep possession under Gold Coast’s strain, De Goey correctly reported “things this” and determined to acquire the ball and kick it ahead off two steps. It sailed through the plans from 50 metres out.
The 24-12 months-aged has the chutzpah and the capability to do these types of a issue – that is choose a possibility when other gamers justifiably might not have.
Cox wasn’t crushed in a marking contest, gave good reduction to Brodie Grundy in the ruck and kicked two excellent ambitions. The initially was a established shot from the boundary immediately after an ‘Inspector Gadget’ extended-arm mark, the 2nd immediately after using a self-confident bounce and kicking a aim on the run.
Adam Treloar’s return was also important. He hadn’t performed due to the fact round 10 and his potential to break lines in the midfield and then penetrate with extensive, deep kicks took pressure off his fellow midfielders.
The Pies’ patchy and unconvincing sort as a result of the middle of the season is considerably less complicated to justification when you observe them with Treloar and De Goey in the facet.
As at any time the defensive trio of Darcy Moore, Brayden Maynard and Jack Crisp were being great in the confront of recurring assaults. Maynard experienced two horror shorter kick-ins that led to two Suns aims but he created up for it with his extended kicking and really hard assault on the ball.
SUNS Incredibly hot EARLY
Gold Coastline strike the Pies’ motor place tricky from starting, successful the clearances 11 to four in the 1st quarter and applying significant pressure.
So terrific was their dominance in this place that Scott Pendlebury – who simultaneously equalled the report for online games performed for Collingwood (313) and games captaining the side (161) on Monday night – had no touches in the opening term.
Gold Coastline used their clearance dominance to move the ball speedily and it performed into the palms of the risky Alex Sexton, who gave poor Isaac Quaynor a tough night.
He kicked a few goals in the initially time period but the Pies rallied when trailing by 13 factors. They had been affected person, kicking backwards and switching the ball until the correct alternative opened up and lower the margin to 5 factors at quarter-time, then took a 1-target lead into the principal break.
Collingwood clawed back the clearance deficit, Gold Coast’s tension dropped and Collingwood began transferring the ball a lot too conveniently in the next expression.
From there, on a dewy evening, the Pies were equipped to get enough durations of clean up ball use to take the acquire and punch their finals ticket.
COLLINGWOOD 2.2 4.5 7.5 10.8 (68)
GOLD Coast 3.1 3.5 5.6 6.10 (46)
Collingwood: De Goey 4, Cox 2, Crisp, Brown, Mihocek, Hoskin-Elliott.
Gold Coastline: Sexton 3, King, Corbett, Swallow.
Collingwood: De Goey, Treloar, Crisp, Moore, Cox, Daicos.
Gold Coastline: Sexton, Weller, Greenwood, Anderson, Powell.
Gold Coastline: Sean Lemmens (corked leg).
Fisher, Margetts, Brown.
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Anthony is a sporting activities reporter at The Age.