Preliminary Final – Richmond v Collingwood: USA, USA, USA



The waiting game has been played all week. The hour long wait for tickets on the Ticketek website on Monday. The wait full of hope, nerves and anxiety that is the week leading into your team’s blockbuster knockout final. The wait to get over the West Gate Bridge when a truck is broken down in your preferred third lane. The wait to get into the ground, in a slow moving queue amongst the immense Tiger army.


The atmosphere is incredible as the teams run out. Richmond supporters clearly outnumber us in number and noise. We make plenty of noise though as De Goey snaps the opening goal of the game. Riewoldt replies for the Tigers. Cox takes a couple of strong early contested grabs, a great sign. Goals to Varcoe, Crisp, Mihocek and a second to De Goey gives the Magpies a 23 point lead at quarter time. What a start, very reminiscent of our 2010 Preliminary Final.


The American Pie, all 211cm of him, asserts himself on the game with the first three goals of the second quarter. Three strong grabs. Three straight kicks. We chant those three letters- ‘USA, USA, USA’. My voice is nearly shot already. 42 points up. Can’t help but to be filled with a sense of wonder. Richmond threaten for a period without goaling. Crisp and De Goey goal and we are 53 points up. The Tigers pepper the goals in the last two minutes, a late goal and the margin at the main break is 44 points. Wow.


Riewoldt has looked dangerous all night. He kicks the first of the second half in less than a minute. The Tiger Army are up. De Goey replies with his fourth. The Texan takes another strong mark but shanks his kick. Riewoldt kicks his third, he is almost single handedly keeping Richmond in it and lifting their supporters. He kicks another, as does Conca. 33 points at the last change. We know Richmond finish strongly. 33 points doesn’t seem enough.


As he did in the third term, Jack Riewoldt kicks the opening goal of the final quarter. Jack Higgins kicks another for the reigning premiers after an extremely dubious free right in front of goal. Our lead is just 21 points. The colisseum has erupted with the sounds of barracking. Supporters of both teams urgently urging their team to victory. Treloar snags a much needed goal to give Collingwood some breathing space. Then it is our magnificent ruckman Brodie Grundy, roving his own tap in the forward pocket from a boundary throw in and banging it through the goals. Could we be home? Trying not to think like that, there’s still time for Richmond. It’s at the 16 minute mark, with Richmond surging forward, when a Tom Langdon intercept mark is the queue for the Pies fans to fully start celebrating. We join in as “Good Old Collingwood Forever” gets sung around the ground. Our rising star Stephenson goals. The final minutes see the ball being chipped around as we acknowledge the efforts of our heroes. Grundy was immense, the most hitouts recorded in a final. Sidebottom was everywhere, racking up possessions and driving the team forward. Taylor Adams, Langdon & De Goey all stood up, playing huge roles. But this will be remembered as the night Mason Cox showed what he can do on the big stage. USA, USA!


The boys and I lap it all up. The joy from supporters inside and outside the ground. The song being sung and cries of ‘Go Pies’ all the way back to our car park in the city.


The waiting continues. We’ll wait for tickets, updates on Howe’s ankle. We’ll wait for training, for team announcements. We’ll wait for the parade, the Almanac lunch and of course, the big game. I can’t wait! Go Pies!


RICHMOND 1.3 2.8 6.10 8.10 (58)
COLLINGWOOD 5.2 10.4 12.7 15.7 (97)


Richmond: Riewoldt 5, Higgins 2, Houli
Collingwood: De Goey 4, Cox 3, Crisp 2, Mihocek 2, Varcoe, Treloar, Grundy, Stephenson


Richmond: Riewoldt, Houli, Higgins
Collingwood: Sidebottom, Grundy, Cox, Adams, Crisp, De Goey, Greenwood


Richmond: Nil
Collingwood: Howe (ankle)


Reports: Nil

Umpires: Rosebury, Stevic, Ryan

Official crowd: 94,959 at the MCG

About Luke Reynolds

Cricket and Collingwood tragic. Twitter: @crackers134


  1. Loved everything about Mason Cox’s story and game. Except that USA chant. Ick. Ugly. Bury it and use it no more.

  2. Good work Luke.

    I’ve enjoyed watching Mason Cox’s progress the last few seasons. To my knowledge only four players have been born in the USA, one being Don Pyke, whose father was working over there. I don’t count Don Pyke as a ‘septic’.

    Thus of the three bona fide ‘septics’ Mason Cox is the best. His second term destroyed Richmond. Hope he goes well on the last Saturday in September. Good for football.


  3. daniel flesch says

    Quite so , Ken Richards. Bizarre they’re chanting USA! USA !, when they could far more aptly be shouting “Mason Cox! Mason Cox!” Nobody ever shouted “Tiwi Islands ” , for Cyril Rioli .They shouted
    his first name . In an earlier match this year Mason Cpx’s father was shouting USA ! and i guess that’s where it started . Pity that’s not also where it stopped though.

  4. Peter Fuller says

    Well done your team, Luke. The fact that the Magpies have an excellent chance of crowning their season next Saturday confirms that it’s the team that peaks at the right time that wins the flag. The cruel end to the Tigers’ excellent year is reminiscent of 1999, when Essendon succumbed to the Blues in the Prelim. It’s fair to say that grand as the Blues were that day, they weren’t nearly as convincing as the Magpies last Friday.

  5. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Luke ! My voice is still gone and it’s Sunday night. What a wonderful performance from our Pies. First half blitz aside, I loved how we kept our cool and bottled it up when we needed to in the 3rd and 4th. We’re there mate. Enjoy the week and GO PIES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #16

  6. Congrats, Luke, and good luck this weekend. Loved the USA chant – people should avoid taking the world too seriously, particularly at the football. Your big men were the difference. Grundy is the first ruckman to really get a hold of Richmond. For two years they’ve been playing Russian roulette with that ruck set-up and on Friday night some Magpies finally came home to roost. Lost my voice in the first quarter of a grand final once. Went mid-shout and all.

  7. A momentus win, Crackers!
    Pies fans will remember this one for years to come.

    For what it’s worth, I recall North tried very hard to get Cox to sign with them.

  8. ELIZABETH fryers says

    well done Luke god if you win next week what a story you will tell all i can say may the best team win

  9. Huge, Crackers. Huge. Our greatest upset win since ’58. Everything went right in that first half. I thought they had us late in the third/early in the last – margin back to 21 points, Rance controlling CHB and our run had stopped …but somehow Treloar wobbled that one through on his left to give us some breathing space.
    Eagles will be tough this week. Having nightmare thats Kennedy & Darling will cause problems.

  10. Colin Ritchie says

    Hi Luke, I’m not a great Pies fan but I have to admit they were very impressive on the night. Everything seems to have come together at the right end of the season, and you have got players who are committed to the ball and to the play. I like Mihocek: a Jack Mihocek played a few games with the Bombers, in the70’s, any relation? Play like next week and you’ll have no voice at all!

  11. Col,
    Jack Mihocek is Brodie’s dad.

  12. Luke Reynolds says

    Thanks everyone for the comments.
    Dave B- totally agree with your second sentence.
    Damian- Huge alright. I’m having the same Kennedy & Darling nightmares.

  13. Love it L Reynolds.
    In the words of the great footy philosopher BT: “Wowee!”

    Excellent game.
    So impressive.

    Why not Saturday?

  14. Luke Reynolds says

    ER- why not Saturday indeed. Go Pies.

  15. Malcolm Ashwood says

    Luke great stuff plenty of emotion and personality loved the USA chant.Rance again shown up when actually has to stand some one v v much still in the foetal position after Sunday hope,Aishy is a premiership player at 6 pm on Saturday

  16. Onya, Luke.

    The Pies deserve a lot of credit for their efforts this season. Buckley was supposed to be washed up after two rounds. He deserves some kudos as well.

    But in footy, deserves got nothin’ to do with it.

    Should be a fascinating contest on Saturday.


  17. Im still crying

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