Collingwood Magpies beat Melbourne Demons in AFL qualifying final at the MCG

Collingwood Magpies beat Melbourne Demons in AFL qualifying final at the MCG

Collingwood has survived a late Melbourne cost to win a tense qualifying final by seven factors in entrance of 92,636 followers at the MCG.

Bobby Hill kicked three objectives as Melbourne had been left to rue a number of missed alternatives.

Collingwood held on to win 9.6.60 to 7.11.53, regardless of having a 25-point lead at three-quarter-time.

Heavy rain earlier than the recreation left made circumstances tough early, however the floor dried out as the recreation went on, permitting extra open play.

The sport modified after a frantic first 5 minutes — the place Hill gave the Magpies a sizzling begin with two objectives — when Collingwood’s Brayden Maynard collided with Melbourne’s Angus Brayshaw, knocking him out.

Bobby Hill was the shock star for the Magpies, kicking three important objectives in opposition to Melbourne.(AFL Images through Getty Photos: Michael Willson)

He was taken off and Maynard was placed on report.

Collingwood dominated the play however missed a number of possibilities from set pictures in the opening quarter.

However when Jack Crisp nailed a kick from 50 after which Darcy Cameron transformed from shut vary after a contested mark late in the first time period, the Pies led by 4 objectives to at least one, 26-6 at the first break.

Brody Mihocek kicked the Magpies’ fifth in the second time period, placing the lead out to 27 factors.

However the Demons lastly bought one other on the board midway via the quarter, with Kysaiah Pickett kicking a aim after taking a juggled mark.

The Pies nonetheless led by 17 factors at the lengthy break.


The Demons had an opportunity inside 40 seconds of the restart, however Joel Smith missed an extended kick from 50.

Melbourne had extra of the momentum, however Collingwood managed to reply all challenges. A 4 aim to 2 third quarter left the Magpies 25 factors clear at the finish of the time period.

Brody Mihocek and Clayton Oliver got here collectively throughout a heated qualifying final.(AFL Images through Getty Photos: Michael Willson)

The Demons wanted to hit exhausting and early, they usually did precisely that with objectives to Joel Smith and Tom McDonald in the first 5 minutes of the final time period.

The depth of the recreation lifted once more, and when the Magpies made their sub, bringing on Jack Ginnivan, there was an enormous roar from the crowd.

Repeat inside 50s from Melbourne had been tiring out the Collingwood defence, however Bayley Fritsch shanked a kick for aim that might have introduced them inside seven factors.

Fritsch made up for it with lower than three minutes to go, as he dribbled a shot house to offer the Demons hope.

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