The Collingwood Magpies have generated a famed one-point success to finish the West Coast Eagles’ season in a thrilling removal closing in Perth.
In what had been another brilliant, topsy-turvy game to cap an outstanding opening week of the finals, the Magpies withstood a late flurry from the hosts to scrape home by one stage.
While that the Eagles kicked the opening goal of the match, the first quarter belonged to Collingwood, Mason Cox producing yet another unforgettable first-half functionality in a closing by minding three early goals as part of a streak of four consecutive majors for its Pies prior to the opening break.
However, neither side could construct a comfortable lead, together with all the Eagles coming back in the next and finally edging back in front at the onset of the third.
The hosts subsequently threatened to pull at the onset of the last quarter, kicking the first two goals of the period, but three directly to the Pies, such as a great snap from Jordan p Goey plus a written end from heavy in the pocket Brodie Mihocek — one of the three majors at night — were sufficient to get Collingwood to the semi-finals, despite Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling yanking the final margin back into one stage.
For that the Magpies, Taylor Adams put in an outstanding change, completing greatest aground with 24 touches. Levi Greenwood was excellent in restricting the effect of celebrity Eagle Tim Kelly, who just got his hands on the ball 12 times during the evening. Fellow West Coast midfielder Luke Shuey had a performance he would rather forget, handling just 14 disposals.
While Collingwood were unerringly true, kicking 12.4 for the game, the Eagles will be rueing their comparative inaccuracy. They completed with 11.9, four scoring shots than their opponents, with Kennedy the worst offender with four behinds to go for his three aims.
The win divides the Magpies to a semi-final showdown from the Geelong Cats in the Gabba next week, even while the reduction — West Coast’s initial in Perth annually — ends up the Eagles’ season.
West Coast Eagles 11. 9. 75 def. by Collingwood Magpies 12. 4. 76