Magpie De Goey fit, ready to tame Tigers
Collingwood star Jordan De Goey has declared himself fit to take on Richmond in Friday night’s preliminary final at the MCG, allaying fears over an ankle injury.
De Goey needed treatment after rolling the ankle during the first quarter of the Magpies’ 10point win over Greater Western Sydney on Saturday night, but returned to kick three goals and have a huge say in the outcome.
The dangerous forward, who missed rounds 19 and 20 because of bone stress in a lower leg, shapes as a crucial figure in his side’s bid to topple the Tigers.
“It was just one of those rolled ankles,” De Goey said yesterday. “I felt fine coming back.” Young midfielder Brayden Sier (corked thigh) was the Magpies’ only other injury concern in the semifinal but played out the match.
Collingwood are embracing the underdogs tag ahead of the match.
The Magpies have lost six of their past seven encounters with the Tigers, including the last four by an average margin of 26 points.
The Tigers are $1.38 favourites, with Collingwood $3.05 outsiders. But Pies defender Jack Crisp said they would revel in being written off before the ball is bounced.
“We’ve got a massive belief in this group,” Crisp said.
“We feel like the brand of football that we’ve played throughout the season is finals football.
“It’s contested football and the manic pressure type of thing.
“A lot of teams are trying to do it these days, but we feel like that’s our brand.”
Richmond will have had 15 more days to prepare for their first finals meeting with Collingwood since the 1980 VFL grand final, but Crisp had no concerns over the disparity with his side’s six-day break.
“The last two times we’ve played them (Richmond) we’ve been there for three quarters and then they’ve run away with it in the last,” he said.
“We just kind of backed off a little bit with our brand and our system and they’ve had the legs to overrun us in the end. You’ve got to put four quarters of football together and we really feel like we’re capable of doing that.”
Collingwood’s Jordan De Goey is tackled by Stephen Coniglio of the Giants at the MCG on Saturday night.
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