Magpies cruise to victory as Demons continue to drift along in directionless campaign
The Collingwood Magpies showed no mercy for their opponents the Melbourne Demons, as the AFL competition heavyweights thumped their cross-town rivals by 83 points.
In the first 30 minutes, the Demons probably played their best footy of the season against a legitimate team, yet kicked 1.5.
They beat Magpies in the contested ball, won the tackles, squared the inside 50s, and narrowly lost disposals but the status-quo that has been Melbourne’s horror season soon returned.
The Magpies kicked six goals in the second quarter and 10 unanswered all up across the second and third quarters as they ran away with the game, winning in the end 17.20 (122) to 5.9 (39).
Alan Didak played forward/midfield and although the opposition wasn’t of preliminary final ilk, he danced and dipped for 25 touches, six inside 50s and a goal.
Josh Thomas was another in form for the black and whites as he racked up 27 touches and two goals, while Quinten Lynch was as busy as he’s been in the past month playing high key forward.
Dane Swan and Scott Pendlebury racked the numbers, Luke Ball won the contested ball, Heath Shaw was the charge of the light brigade form deep in the defence, and Travis Cloke seemed to have a nine shots at goal: three goals, three behinds and three out of bounds on the full.
Collingwood will look to consolidate their place in the AFL top eight when they take on the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium next weekend.
Mercifully for the Demons and their fans they have the bye next weekend, before facing an out-of-sorts St Kilda side at the MCG on June 22.