McGuire proud of Pies’ efforts
UNDENIABLY there’s pain at Collingwood after coming so close to the AFL premiership.
But there’s also a defiant sense of pride following a season which began on the brink and ended in a spectacular grand final.
Collingwood led West Coast for the majority of yesterday’s decider at the MCG but fell victim to an incredible set shot from Dom Sheed to lose by five points.
President Eddie McGuire rode every bump with his team in the stands, and looked a broken figure in the aftermath of the defeat. “You come here with hope in your heart ... that’s what big-time sport is all about,” he said.
“If you put yourself out there you’re going to feel devastation at times.
“I bought into what Nathan Buckley and the boys brought to the table this year. As it turns out, we were in front for 95 per cent of the game and behind for 5 per cent. The bottom line is, we’re behind from eternity from here.”
Ever the salesman, McGuire didn’t take long to pivot to the positives for his club.
McGuire said everyone at Collingwood had the right to feel proud of their efforts after the side regenerated from alsorans to grand final runners-up.
“It’s been enjoyable this week to see the football world look at us other than Collingwood the traditional and the hated side,” he said.