Collingwood Magpies rule Jeremy Howe out for finals


Collingwood’s star defender Jeremy Howe will play no further part in the Magpies’ season, succumbing to a knee injury he suffered in round four.

The Pies had been optimistic that Howe could get back from his ruptured PCL in 2020 but over the past week or two that hope had faded.

On Sunday the Pies officially confirmed those efforts had ended.

Jeremy Howe is aided off the field with a knee injury during round four. Credit:Getty Images

“Howey, we know, has really run out of time with his serious injury,” Collingwood football boss Geoff Walsh said. “He continues to rehab and do quite well but both he and the doctors realise that time has run out for him in terms of him getting back.”



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Scott Pendlebury says Collingwood will do some “damage in the finals


Doing “damage” in the finals is Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury’s 2020 quest as he racks up a club game’s record with the same hunger and desire he began his stellar career with.

The Magpies captain will play game 314 on Monday against Port Adelaide, passing 1990 premiership captain Tony Shaw’s games record at the club.

Pendlebury will also break his coach Nathan Buckley’s Collingwood captaincy record, leading his team out for a 162nd time, firmly entrenching himself in the debate over who is the best Magpie of all-time.

The 32-year-old is not interested in that however, instead he still wakes up every day hungry to be better, and determined to make the club’s upcoming finals campaign one to remember.

“When I retire eventually I want to make sure I didn’t leave any stone unturned and at this stage I have done that. But there’s still a little bit more to go I think,” Pendlebury said on Thursday.

“The reason why I assume most guys play is to try and get a flag and I feel like I have given myself a fair opportunity of trying to get it.

“We’re up here (in Queensland hub) for business. Whether we finish, sixth, seventh or eighth, I’m confident we can do some damage in the finals.

Pendlebury said Collingwood was growing in confidence after last week’s demolition of the Gold Coast, thanks to four goals form returning star Jordan De Goey.

The skipper was brimming with confidence about the future, knowing what he has learned from his past, which includes 23 finals, and three Grand Finals.

“Playing finals early, regardless of wins and losses, you understand the magnitude of those games and they are ones you want to be in,” he said,

“I’d love to be 3-3 from (Grand Finals), I am 1 from 3 but I have given myself the opportunity, the club has given itself the opportunity, and you’d rather be in the hunt than not at all.

“We think there’s a bit of growth in our performances, we look to build on on that on Monday night then finals and get there in good form and once we are there do some damage.”

Pendlebury said he had spoken to teammate Steele Sidebottom, who left the team hub for the birth of his first child, but didn’t even talk about the potential for him to return for the finals.

It’s believed club officials have investigated Sidebottom returning to Queensland through Darwin, where quarantine restrictions are less rigid.

“But there’s no pressure from us, and I certainly haven’t asked the question about whether he wants to come up and do the 14-days quarantine,” Pendlebury said.

“Family overrides football, so whatever Sidey and (his partner) Alicia think is best for them, we’ll support that.”

Pendlebury said reaching milestones made him reflect on how lucky he had been, but made him realise he was a long way from done.

“I don’t feel 32, I don’t feel like I have played as many games as I have … it feels like I am about 150 or 200 games in and still looking for ways to get better,” he said.

“I still think I have a bit left in the tank too.”



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Why the Sydney Swans stood down Elijah Taylor but Collingwood Magpies let Jordan De Goey play


But the clubs aren’t facing the same situations legally. Differences in the circumstances of each case have shaped their responses. The AFL, which can intervene and force a stand-down (as the NRL does in certain circumstances), has chosen to let the clubs make the calls, providing some guidance and support, including to the women concerned.

The short summary of the difference is that the Swans know more or less what they are dealing with, but Collingwood do not know.

Jordan De Goey is back playing for the Pies after a layoff due to injury.Credit:Getty Images

If the Magpies stand to lose more than the Swans, their position – as stated when De Goey was charged – is that they went immediately to the police and the AFL integrity unit in 2018 when they received the allegation about De Goey’s behaviour towards a woman in 2015. They say if protection of a star was paramount, then why did they go to the police pronto in 2018?

Sydney have solid knowledge of the charges, laid out in the charge of aggravated assault occasioning bodily harm. The club had given Taylor a series of directives before the alleged incident in Western Australia that led the charge.

The Swans have been clear that the failure to follow those directives – which followed allegations aired on social media – was a factor in the stand-down, not just the criminal charge.

Collingwood, on the other hand, do not know the detail of the allegations against their player. De Goey and his lawyer Tony Hargreaves have not yet received the brief for the charge, despite several requests.

Collingwood’s position is that they cannot stand down De Goey when the club does not know the nature of the allegations. De Goey has told the club he does not know what happened to bring the charges.

Importantly, the Magpies have reserved the right to change their position once they have seen the brief. So it is conceivable that they could still stand down De Goey once they’ve seen what’s alleged by the woman, to whom De Goey apologised for inappropriate language back in 2018 (De Goey was then managed by my brother, but is without an agent now).

The Magpies have been advised, too, that De Goey’s case is unlikely to be resolved until 2022. He is due in court for a mention hearing on October 30 this year – just after the season ends – but there’s a distinct possibility the case will not get to a contested hearing until after the 2021 season, due to a backlog in the legal system.

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Thus, if Collingwood had stood down De Goey pending the outcome of the case, he would have waiting potentially for two years or thereabouts before the outcome was settled. The long wait – and damage to a footballer’s career, who might yet be found not guilty – is clearly an issue. But crucially the league policy – reflecting community mores – on such matters is heavily based on the victim’s wishes.

Many, especially Collingwood and De Goey supporters, will cite the presumption of innocence as the bedrock legal principle. Clubs, though, haven’t always given players the benefit of the doubt and the NRL doesn’t, depending on the severity of the charge.

That the police have not yet detailed the charges against De Goey has taken the decision on his immediate playing future out of Collingwood’s, and the AFL’s, hands.

Once the Magpies know what’s been alleged against their star, they will have to make a call. It’s easy to let him play when there’s nothing specific to defend.

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Eddie McGuire, John Worsfold, Essendon, Ben Rutten, Essendon people comments, Eddie McGuire Essendon, Collingwood


Eddie McGuire has been left stunned by post-match comments from outgoing Essendon coach John Worsfold, contending that “he has just left the greatest bomb of all-time with one game to go”.

Worsfold raised eyebrows on Saturday when, following his side’s loss to Port Adelaide, he referred to “Essendon people” who expect more from their club than what has been dished up in 2020.

“I understand that Essendon people think that Essendon should be better, but they’ve also got to understand that the competition challenges clubs now to work to the same rules – the draft and the salary cap,” he said.

“No one team has any more right to be successful quicker than any other team, just because they’re a big-name club.

“You’ve got to knuckle down and commit to doing the work. Good clubs will do that and come out of it with success.”

Hearing the comments on Monday morning during Triple M’s Hot Breakfast, McGuire was floored by Worsfold’s comments as he prepares for his final game as Essendon coach before handing over the reigns to Ben Rutten.

“I reckon he has just left the greatest bomb of all-time with one game to go. He has just smashed them on the way out the door,” McGuire said.

“That is as big a backhander I’ve heard going out the door. Wow, that is unbelievable.”

After a promising start to the season, the Bombers have failed to win in all but one of their last nine games.

Worsfold has also been embroiled in a back-and-forth with club great Matthew Lloyd, who said he should have been sacked 12 months ago.

“I think they’re Matthew’s personal opinions. I’m not sure if he’s garnered any support with those, but that’s his job as a commentator, not a journalist,” Worsfold said.

“I don’t expect him to make journalistic comments, so he’s just an opinion-maker and he’s welcome to do that if that’s the way he feels.

“He’s not making them as an Essendon champion, he’s making them as someone who needs to earn his pay. If that’s how he needs to do it, then that’s fine.”

In response, Lloyd claimed he has received messages of support from former Bombers players for his criticism of Worsfold’s leadership.

“I was trying to make comments that were fair and what I saw I go with and I don’t think he has garnered much support with his comments,” Lloyd said.

“I have never had so many Essendon people get in touch with me to say thank you, thank you for showing some passion, because there is no passion, there is no emotion, there is no conviction.

“The mixed messages. They are at their wits end and for him to come out yesterday and talk about, you know, where we are at, we are a young team, we are this, we are that, it was just another piece of John just confusing everyone with his mixed messages.”



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Mason Cox running bounce, Collingwood Magpies vs Gold Coast Suns


Collingwood Magpies forward Mason Cox has sent AFL fans into a frenzy with a stunning goal during Monday evening’s victory over the Gold Coast Suns at the Gabba.

After snaring their ninth win of the 2020 season, the Magpies have officially secured a spot in the finals.

Jordan De Goey scored four goals on his return from injury, but everyone was talking about Cox’s stellar feat in the fourth quarter.

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Collingwood were ahead by just three points when midfielder Callum Brown booted the footy towards Cox near the 50m line.

The 29-year-old claimed the contested mark, but instead of preparing for the free kick, Cox caught everyone off guard by sprinting towards the posts.

The American giant then pulled off a rare running bounce before punting the Sherrin through the centre posts for his second major of the day.

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On Fox Footy, Former Hawthorn captain Jason Dunstall cried: “That is pure highlight reel stuff.

“Have a look at the expression on his face. He’s up and about.

“He’s contested, he’s competed, he’s taken marks, he’s had a bounce, turned, kicked it on the run — and that is just what the doctor ordered for the Pies.”

Hawthorn great Jordan Lewis replied: “Everything he’s touching, every contest that he’s going to, he’s having a real influence.

“That might be his first bounce in AFL football!”

In actuality, as revealed by Fox Sports reporter Tom Morris, Cox has only bounced four times before in the AFL, the most recent attempt occurring in Round 14 last year.

Racing presenter Nick Quinn tweeted: “2018 preliminary final Mason Cox is back. Richmond supporters are still convinced that night was just a bad dream.”

Herald Sun journalist Sam Landsberger posted: “Mason Cox absolutely taking the piss. Yep, it’s September.”

The Advocate reporter Alex Fair tweeted: “Tonight has been a very nice reminder of how much fun Mason Cox is to watch when he’s at his very best. The confidence to take that bounce though was something else entirely.”

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After the final siren, De Goey spoke to Fox Footy about Cox’s unforgettable bounce: “I don’t know if he should do that again. Maybe that’s a one-off, we’ll see.

“He’s a big man, so we don’t ask too much (of him). What we want him to do is make a contest and get the ball to the front and if we can be predictable like that it makes it easier for us other forwards.”

Melbourne legend Garry Lyon also praised Cox on Fox Footy’s On the Couch: “He simplified it tonight.

“His jumping at the ball was much better tonight. He took four contested marks, he kicked two goals, and he provided opportunities for a whole bunch of others.”

Cox ended the 10.8 (68) to 6.10 (46) victory with two goals, eight disposals and seven marks.

Gold Coast forward Alex Sexton snared a hat-trick of goals in the first quarter, while Collingwood midfielder Adam Treloar mustered a game-high 26 disposals.

The Magpies will finish round 17 in sixth spot on the AFL ladder, while the Suns remain down in 14th.

For their final fixtures of the regular season, Gold Coast will take on the Hawthorn Hawks at Adelaide Oval on Sunday afternoon, while Collingwood will face Port Adelaide at the Gabba next Monday evening.



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Collingwood locks in AFL finals spot by beating Gold Coast by 22 points at Gabba



Jordan De Goey has returned in style as Collingwood survived some nervous moments to beat Gold Coast by 22 points and book an AFL finals berth.

De Goey kicked four goals and set up another, while fellow returnee Adam Treloar finished with a game-high 26 disposals as the Magpies overcame the fast-starting Suns in a 10.8 (68) to 6.10 (46) Gabba win.

Ball-magnet Treloar had not played since round 10 because of a hamstring strain, while De Goey’s scent for goal was crucial in his first game back from hand surgery in late July.

Collingwood needed to win to avoid a likely must-win clash with ladder leaders Port Adelaide in the final round to make the eight.

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And it looked ominous early when Alex Sexton booted three first-quarter goals to give the Suns a five-point edge at the first break.

De Goey responded with three goals of his own by half-time, then slotted again after the Suns had pegged back the lead with the first two majors of the third term.

The Magpies star launched from 50 metres off two steps, then marked strongly in a one-on-one with Sam Collins to gift Brody Mihocek a goal.

The Suns got sloppier as the game went on, kicking 3.9 through the last three quarters.

An unaware Nick Holman was tackled while walking into an open goal.

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It would have handed the Suns a one-point lead, instead it was the Magpies by 11 when Mason Cox immediately kicked a goal at the other end to close the term.

A second Brayden Maynard shanked kick-in led to a goal when Josh Corbett threaded the needle for the quarter’s first major and a three-point game.

But Cox rose again when he outmarked Caleb Graham, played on and took a bounce before he nailed his second and celebrated appropriately.

Jack Crisp then put Collingwood 16 points clear to finally create a buffer with five minutes to play to send the Magpies finals-bound for a third-straight season.

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Collingwood Magpies vs Port Adelaide Power Tips, Teams and Odds – AFL 2020 Round 18


Round 18 of the AFL season will see Collingwood Magpies host
Port Adelaide Power
at The Gabba on Monday September 21, 2020. Port Adelaide Power are favourites for the game which is scheduled to start at 7:15 pm. We preview the game and give you our tips and information on how you can watch the Collingwood Magpies vs.
Port Adelaide Power
game live.

When: Monday September 21, 2020 at 7:15 pm

Where: The Gabba

Bet: Bet On This Match HERE

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What a great test this is going to be ahead of the finals series.

A chance to play finals could be on the line for Collingwood here and they have to play one of the premiership favourites in Port Adelaide.

Port have been flawless in recent weeks so tipping them to take the W here but this should be a great contest.

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AFL finals 2020: Top eight race, ladder predictor, Melbourne defeats GWS, finals chances, St Kilda, Bulldogs, Collingwood, Carlton


They were a quarter away from their season being over. Now they’re in the eight.

Melbourne (32 points) ensured we’ll witness a thrilling conclusion to the 2020 AFL season by coming from behind to knock off Greater Western Sydney (32 pts) on Saturday night.

With Collingwood (34 pts), the Western Bulldogs (32 pts) and Carlton (28 pts) still to play, there’s a bit to play out until we know exactly what Round 18 holds – but the Demons’ win has already changed the race.

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Melbourne Vixens beat Collingwood Magpies 61-53 to wrap up Super Netball minor premiership


Melbourne Vixens have secured the 2020 Super Netball minor premiership after a 61-53 victory over cross-town rivals Collingwood Magpies.

The Vixens overcame a slow start in Brisbane to record their 10th win of the season and lock in top spot on the ladder with two rounds left to play.

In Saturday’s earlier match, West Coast Fever jumped ahead of NSW Swifts into second place on the ladder after beating the defending champions 80-71.

The Vixens, missing star midcourter Liz Watson because of injury, had too much experience and versatility for the Magpies, with captain Kate Moloney the driving force behind the win with 36 feeds, 23 goal assists and two intercepts.

Moloney said the depth of their squad was a key factor in their rise to the top of the standings.

“We’ve seen in our shooting circle or down at our defensive end, whoever we chuck on they’re stepping up and it really is seamless,” Moloney told the Nine Network.

“We definitely need it in such a condensed season as well.”

Looking for just their second win of the season, Collingwood did not make life easy for the Vixens after scoring the first eight goals of the match on their way to a 17-12 lead at quarter-time.

But the Vixens found some momentum after Caitlin Thwaites and Mwai Kumwenda combined for three super shots in the first Power Five period, clicking into gear in the second quarter to outscore the Magpies 18-9.

Leading 30-26 at half-time, the Vixens controlled the tempo in the second half to complete a season sweep against the struggling Magpies.

Thwaites finished with a total of 23 points (19 goals, two super shots) and Kumwenda tallied 16 (12 goals, two super shots).

Shimona Nelson led the scoring for the Magpies with 43 goals.

Fowler dominates in Fever victory

Prolific shooter Jhaniele Fowler set a new Super Netball record for goals in a match in the Fever’s win over a fast-finishing Swifts side.

Records tumbled as the Fever withstood an unprecedented long-range shooting barrage from the defending champions to extend their unbeaten run to six matches.

Having set the record with 66 goals against the Adelaide Thunderbirds in 2018, Fowler eclipsed her own high mark with 69 goals at almost 96 per cent accuracy.

Fowler’s dominance under the post was a major factor in West Coast building a 17-goal advantage late in the third quarter but Sam Wallace and Sophie Garbin combined to hit seven super shots in the last five minutes to give the Swifts a glimmer of hope.

They cut the Fever’s lead to four by scoring eight of the first 10 goals in the fourth quarter but Fowler stood tall when it counted to secure the win.

Jhaniele Fowler (right) and Sam Wallace were both superb on goal.(AAP: Darren England)

Wallace finished with an impressive 10 super shots in her 45-point haul for the Swifts.

The Fever will move to third place and the Swifts to fourth on the ladder if Sunshine Coast Lightning beat Queensland Firebirds on their home court at USC Stadium on Sunday.

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