The ‘ un­touch­ables’ just way too good for im­pres­sive Bombers

Townsville Bulletin - - Bizfi Nd -

THEY were The Un­touch­ables last night, Colling­wood.

If Essendon pro­duced a knife, Colling­wood pro­duced a gun.

If the Bombers pro­duced a can­non, Colling­wood pro­duced a bomb.

If the Bombers put some­one in hos­pi­tal, Colling­wood put some­one in the morgue.

No mat­ter how much pres­sure Essendon put on Colling­wood, how many times they tack­led, or chased, or how many times they thought they had mo­men­tum, and vic­tory at their fin­ger­tips, they al­ways came up a frac­tion short.

Colling­wood won the NAB Cup with­out three af their start­ing pre­mier­ship six de­fend­ers, against a dom­i­nant pres­ence in Michael Hur­ley and against an enor­mous emo­tional ef­fort by the Bombers at the start of the fi­nal quar­ter. The Bombers were very good. The Mag­pies were sen­sa­tional. It was blitz foot­ball from the start, and if it is an in­di­ca­tion of the evo­lu­tion of the game — or the evo­lu­tion of op­po­si­tion teams against Colling­wood’s press — then sea­son 2011 will be the most fre­netic we’ve seen.

Time and again last night it was at­tack and coun­ter­at­tack from de­fence.

Some­times av­enues had to be nav­i­gated through a manic mid­field area, but these two teams did not die won­der­ing.

What loomed as a com­fort­able vic­tory for Collinw­good was turned on its ear in the third quar­ter.

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