Pies de­liver good news


COLLING­WOOD put be­hind it two weeks of head­lines and de­liv­ered a crush­ing win over Hawthorn at Gi­ants Sta­dium last night.

Coach Nathan Buck­ley looked emo­tion­less when he should have been ec­static.

The build-up fo­cused on the Mag­pies’ two weeks in foot­ball hell, where back-to-back losses were only the back­drop to deeper off-field is­sues.

Lost in the dis­cus­sion was the fact Buck­ley en­tered with a 1-11 (8.3 per cent) record against Alas­tair Clark­son, and a star miss­ing from ev­ery line

Mi­ho­cek 4, Hoskin-El­liott 2, Kelly, Cox. Smith, McEvoy, Gun­ston.

Treloar, Mi­ho­cek, El­liott, Adams, Wills.

Si­cily, Mitchell,

Smith, McEvoy Day. in Jeremy Howe, Steele Side­bot­tom and Jor­dan De Goey.

But it was Clark­son’s turn for an un­wanted record with

Hawthorn’s 3.9 (27) not only its low­est score un­der the master coach, but its small­est to­tal since 1964.

The Mag­pies won the first seven clear­ances and shot to a 19-0 lead.

Strug­gling for­wards Jamie El­liott (four clear­ances) and Jai­dyn Stephen­son were sent to the cen­tre square and wing and the Mag­pies low­ered their eyes go­ing in­side 50m.

Brody Mi­ho­cek booted 3.1 in the first half — all from marks in space. The hit-ups limited Ben McEvoy’s in­ter­cept game as Colling­wood won the ter­ri­tory bat­tle.

The Hawks are now 0-5 at Gi­ants sta­dium with a date against Mel­bourne at the venue in Round 7.

Buck­ley called Craig Kelly on Mon­day to tell him to drive to Syd­ney be­cause son Will Kelly would be mak­ing his AFL de­but.

But the 1990 premier­ship player opted to stay home, though three min­utes in he might have rued it as Will slot­ted a goal from 50m.

Sadly in the last quar­ter Kelly clutched his arm, fin­ish­ing the game in a sling.

Team­mate Atu Bose­navu­lagi shone bright­est of the four debu­tants on the night with his blend of pace and punch.

The Fi­jian’s 16 dis­pos­als were largely dam­ag­ing.

Hawthorn’s No.13 pick Will Day needs time in the gym but looks to have a ra­zor-sharp right foot while fel­low South

Aus­tralian Josh showed his hard edge.

This sea­son the Hawks have been hot or cold, with no mid­dle ground.

They beat up on top-four teams Bris­bane Lions and Rich­mond and have now been beaten up by Geelong, the Gi­ants and Colling­wood.

Play­maker Chad Win­gard would be lead­ing the best-and­fairest with his golden ball use go­ing in­side 50m ranked No.1 in the AFL.

But last night Win­gard spent the first half play­ing in front of the ball and he had only three dis­pos­als. The game’s best “money kick” was nowhere to be seen.



LOOK­ING NORTH: Grovedale’s Nathan Deans is hop­ing to play in Queens­land this year with Port Dou­glas.

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Colling­wood's Atu Bose­navu­lagi on the move.

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