Mag­pie De Goey fit, ready to tame Tigers

The West Australian - - THE GAME - Shayne Hope

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.”

Pic­ture: Adam Traf­ford/AFL Me­dia

Colling­wood’s Jor­dan De Goey is tack­led by Stephen Coniglio of the Gi­ants at the MCG on Satur­day night.

RICH­MOND v COLLING­WOOD

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