Dees don’t deliver despite dominating early by Steve Healy

Before the game I checked up. Collingwood and Melbourne had played 221 times, 129 of those of those at the MCG.

The Pies had taken the honours 138 times, the Dees 79, and there had been four draws. I wasn’t put off by this stat, I know that Melbourne play well against Collingwood. Collingwood are the arch-rival, that’s the mindset that I had going into this game at the MCG. No-one else thought the Dees had a chance.

Things didn’t start well, and this is before I had even got to the ground. I just missed the train and I had somehow lost the Sport section on the way to the station.

The MCG confronted me. I scanned my membership card and walked up the escalator in the Olympic Stand, and took seats 1 and 2 in Q49 (closest to MCC Members). There were a couple of Melbourne supporters around me, but the main spread were those of the black and white faithful. I told a Demons supporter that the Magpies will choke again like last week and blame it on the umpires.

Melbourne proved to be the better team early on. They ran hard, their forward line was free-flowing and they were spotting up targets inside their forward 50. Brad Miller missed his first shot on goal, but he then converted a second, both from marks in the 50. Brad Green made it 0.0 0 to 2.1 13 with another goal. I was excited, too much for my own good. Collingwood answered with two quick goals but Melbourne stood strong. Goals from Johnson, Morton and Green were kicked and Melbourne held a 13 point buffer at the first break. 5.2 from Melbourne was a great return, and all the goals were from marks inside 50. I had spent the whole of the first quarter questioning umpire decisions, rubbing in Collingwood mistakes and encouraging Demon players.

The hype by me only withstood until midway through the second quarter when the Demons were still up by two goals and still controlling the game. It all turned around with a horrible kick in from second-gamer Kyle Cheney. The kick landed in the arms of Alan Didak and he lined up and kicked a goal, which was followed up by another goal from him. Paul Medhurst marked and goaled and Collingwood were up by seven points at the long break. Signs looked ominous for Melbourne. I got out of my seat and bought a pie.

Things started horribly. Matthew Warnock got caught holding the ball in the first thirty seconds and Nathan Brown kicked the goal. Anthony kicked a good one and the margin was growing rapidly. Fraser kicked the pies sixth in a row and by this time I was shaking my head. Melbourne were just too slow. Brad Green provided Melbourne’s only highlight of the second half with a goal from the boundary, his third. Stefan Martin couldn’t keep up with Jack Anthony. It was frustrating to watch. Collingwood were up by 33 points at three quarter time, Melbourne’s only other goal kicked in the quarter was from a 50 metre penalty to Cameron Bruce. Dayne Beams kicked a goal in his first game, after coming in late for Dale Thomas, making him the second Da(y)ne to have their arm covered in tattoos to play for Collingwood.

The last quarter was a training drill for Collingwood, without using their chances effectively. The final margin was 53 points, but it could’ve been a lot more. Collingwood kicked 3.8 for the quarter, including two identical ones in a row from Travis Cloke, and the Demons’ only score was a lucky goal from Brock McLean, who had had very little influence for the second week in a row, which is inexcusable when you are one of your team’s prime movers. The siren went and the 43,176 went their separate ways, but I stayed for a little longer. I thought about the next game against Port Adelaide.

Collingwood 3.1 8.3 14.7 17.15 (117)

Melbourne 5.2 7.2 9.4 10.4 (64)


Collingwood: Anthony 4, Didak 3, Cloke 2, Lockyer 2, Beams, Swan, Davis, Fraser, Brown, Medhurst.

Melbourne: Green 3, Johnson, McLean, Petterd, Miller, Morton, Bate, Bruce.


Collingwood: Didak, Fraser, Anthony, Swan, Lockyer, Pendlebury, Davis, Beams.

Melbourne: Davey, Green, Bruce, Moloney, Jones, Morton.

Umpires: Donlon, McLaren, H. Ryan.

Crowd: 43,176 at the MCG.

Votes: 3. A. Didak (Coll)  2. Fraser (Coll)  1. Anthony (Coll)

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  1. Steve Healy says

    Not much talk here tonight.

    Its really cold today

  2. steve go on msn.
    im at my cousins, add me

  3. Steve Healy says

    oh so now someone comments!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. its called STUDYING!!!

  5. Anthony 4?

  6. Just got home from tennis training

  7. Steve Healy says

    sory, Just had dinner, whats your adress again Danni?

  8. Will saying something make other people talk?

  9. Trent Cotchin!!!

  10. Hey all… if you’re here :-)

    I don’t know if you’ve alraedy covered this in another thread, but … tips for the final this week?

  11. St Kilda, just. Nick Riewoldt will get them over the line, but i’d like to see the Doggies win it. Will be interesting to see who wins in the real Grand Final between these two.

  12. Really? I reckon the Doggies will smash the Saints. Barry Hall to kick 7

  13. St Kilda have just too much grunt through the midfield and their defence is class A. And the forward line has been in great form, Schneider and that little rat Milne have improved out of sight already this NAB Cup, Stanley has shown good signs, Riewoldt is in smokin’ form and Tom Lynch showed some good signs.

  14. St Kilda are going to go out trying not to lose this game. Regardless of what they say, they’re desperate to win this thing. They’ll be playing for the negative.

    Dogs are going out trying to win. They want their first bit of silverware in over 50 years.

    Who are the Saints going to put on Hall?

  15. They are going to try with Jason Blake, Sam Fisher and Zac Dawson. I can’t see Dawson doing much, Fisher may be too small for the job so i think Blake is their only hope.

  16. Steve Healy says

    Bulldogs by 7 points, too ferocious and quick, and they have big bag Barry. Plus, Saints are underdone and Hayes is missing

  17. They’re going to be double-teaming him, I bet. Frees up a Doggies forward. Okay, maybe the Dogs won’t blitz the Saints, but I still see them winning.

  18. Steve Healy says

    same, itll be a good game.

    I want some credit for this piece. I wrote it almost a year ago!!!!!!!!!

  19. And the funny thing is, JTH will be getting all the emails for this piece.

  20. Good article Steve, i hope the Dees go better next week against Port Adelaide..and i look forward to Jurrah’s debut against Essendon in 11 weeks, as well as Jack Watts’ in Round 11.

  21. Steve Healy says

    thanks Josh, I hope they do

  22. Don’t you just hate it when Collingwood choke one week and then take it out on your team the next week?

    Good article Steve – hopefully Melbourne’s fortunes will turn around this year.

    Maybe we should end these comments here, for the sake of JTH’s inbox :P

  23. Josh, you’re a dag, LOL

  24. 22: I just plain hate Collingwood.

    23: Thanks!

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