The ‘ untouchables’ just way too good for impressive Bombers
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.