Sourdough bread finds its sweet spot after increased sales during COVID-19


It wasn’t just toilet paper and pasta stripped from supermarket shelves when COVID-19 took hold.

Farmers also became caught in the frenzy of panic buying, among them biodynamic grain grower Tania Walter.

Lockdown meant they could no longer sell their range of packaged grains at farmers’ markets.

Panicky consumers, fearful of food shortages, swamped them with calls, demanding bulk bags of wheat, lentils and flour.

Then cars started lining up outside their farm gate in north-west Victoria.

“Initially, we thought our wheat would go into the organic animal food market, probably leaving the farm by a truck,” Ms Walter said.

Instead, they met the demands of established customers and then tried to satisfy new ones by selling consumer-sized parcels of grain.

As home-baked sourdough breadmaking surged in popularity during lockdown, the family seized the opportunity to begin milling their wheat, oats, spelt and buckwheat into flour.

They worked around the clock for months.

Ms Walter said the upside of fear of shortages during the pandemic caused people to think more about where their food came from.

 “I think it’s opened up a lot of people’s eyes, and they’ve got an appreciation for locally grown product and how it’s grown, and it has been fantastic,” she said.

They have a new array of customers with artisan home and commercial bakers.

There’s also been a surge in sales and interest at John Farnan’s family business Zeally Bay Sourdough at Torquay on Victoria’s surf coast.

The Farnan family began baking sourdough bread in Geelong in the 1980s, years before it was fashionable.

Instead of yeast to make the bread rise, they use leaven, a combination of fermented grain and water that dates back to ancient times.

They opened a commercial bakery in 2007, baking bread from only certified organic or biodynamic grains and ingredients.

The bakery also sources unconventional and old varieties of grain produced by organic and biodynamic growers like the Walter family.

Their spelt goes into low gluten and gluten-free breads as well as a range of wholemeal loaves.

Biodynamic grain growers from Victoria’s Mallee region, the Edwards family, is a major supplier to Zeally Bay.

No chemicals or artificial fertilisers are used to grow their crops. While yields are slightly less than those grown conventionally, their grains fetch around double the price.

Their ‘gourmet grain’ goes into Zeally Bay’s ‘Mallee loaf’, a golden square-topped loaf made entirely from wheat grown on the Edwards’ farm.

Barry Edwards, a biodynamic farmer since 1986, is proud of the end result.

Baker John Farnan is full of praise.

“It’s so pure in its provenance, and the flavour is really something. When you taste it, you’ll know what I mean,'” he said.

Japanese-owned noodle maker Hakubaku in Ballarat is experiencing double-digit growth for organic products.

“We make authentic Japanese noodles. Udon, soba, ramen and soma recently as a new product,” general manager Ryuji Nakamura said.

Organic or biodynamic flour is fed into a hopper at the head of the factory’s 50-metre-long production line. It’s mixed into dough, flattened into sheets and split into noodles, which are then extruded and dried and for packaging.

The company set up in Australia in 1998, after a global search for the world’s highest quality organic wheat and varieties best suited to make Japanese-style noodles.

Until now,  a lack of volume has constrained production but growing consumer demand has some of Australia’s biggest grain growers switching to organic production.

Forty per cent of Hakubaku’s sales are to the United States and demand from Europe is also increasing.

The company will soon build a new factory to double current production.

Back among the mouth-watering aroma of freshly baked bread at Zeally Bay, John Farnan reminisces about his youth and how he embraced ‘surf culture’ principles of going back to nature and producing and eating natural foods.

He admires farmers like the Walter and Edwards families.

“We see them as ethical agriculturalists. They’re people like us that have this commitment, it’s a kind of blind faith, but it’s profound commonsense that chemicals don’t mix with food.”

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Concerns Qatar Airways passengers in Queensland quarantine contracted COVID-19 via ‘superspreader’


Queensland’s Chief Health Officer says she holds concerns for six passengers who travelled on a Qatar Airways flight who may have contracted COVID-19 from a “superspreader”.

Dr Jeannette Young said three passengers from the international flight QR898, that arrived into Queensland from Doha last month, have tested positive for the Russian variant, out of the six recorded COVID-19 cases onboard.

She said she was not worried about the Russian variant of the virus because “it’s not a particularly contagious or problematic variant”.

“The problem isn’t the variant, it’s the one individual,” Dr Young said.

“We know through this pandemic we have had instances of superspreaders. I’m concerned this individual is a superspreader.

“We’ve had plenty throughout the pandemic, we had one individual who managed to spread it in a few hours to 40 other people for instance.

“So we’ve had them all along from day one. We still don’t understand why one person spreads the virus to someone else, or to many other people and other don’t.”

Dr Young said the virus was likely to have spread on the Qatar Airways flight and possibly at the hotel.

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“There’s now six cases, so one of the people transited to New Zealand, then another person tested positive who would have had it at the time they were on the plane.

“Now they’ve then given it to two other people at least, one of them we’re confident happened on the plane but the other one I’m not as confident.

“It could have happened, unlikely, but it could have happened in the hotel because this person was in the room next to the person who was positive.”

Dr Young said she was asking eight people on floor eight of the hotel to be tested and isolate until they had a result.

Seven cases recorded in hotel quarantine

It comes as Queensland recorded no new locally transmitted cases of coronavirus overnight, but seven cases were detected in hotel quarantine from overseas travellers.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said two of those cases were linked to a man who was a passenger on the Qatar Airways flight and tested positive.

She said another five were on a chartered flight from Ok Tedi Mine in Papua New Guinea.

“We are concerned about the number of positives we’re seeing coming in on those chartered flights from the mine in Papua New Guinea,” she said.

“We have been advised the mine has suspended these flights for the next two weeks, and we welcome this announced to ensure we don’t have an abundance of cases coming in.”

Ms D’Ath said out of the 74 passengers on the Qatar Airways flight, six people had since tested positive for COVID-19.

She said as a precaution, eight people who had been quarantining at the Mercure Hotel in Brisbane on floor eight and had since left would be required to get tested and isolate.

“As two of these cases were in rooms next to each other in the Mercure Hotel, we are asking for the eight individuals who have left between the 18th and 21st of February to get tested and to isolate themselves until they get their results,” she said.

“For a number of them, their 14 days will be today or tomorrow but we just want them to get tested and quarantine until we get their results.”

Quarantine extended hours from release

Juan Pufleau and his partner travelled from Canada to Brisbane on the Qatar Airways flight.

They were four hours away from finishing their quarantine period on Wednesday when they were told it had been extended until Monday.

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Juan Pufleau travelled on the Qatar Airways flight and is now in hotel quarantine in Brisbane.(

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“It was disappointing because you are building up your whole experience, your whole 14 days towards thinking ‘this is day seven, how many more to go?'” he said.

“Then you have your last sleep and you think it’s the last night.

“If they knew there was a test somebody didn’t pass and there was a new strain, then why did they give us release papers and withdraw them at the last minute?”

Mr Pufleau said apart from the lack of fresh air, he was not worried about the virus spreading at the Mercure Hotel in Brisbane.

“We have a window but it doesn’t open so we don’t have fresh air at all — that’s the hard part,” Mr Pufleau said.

“Fresh air also has an impact on the possibility of cross-contamination room to room … but it looks like it’s happened on a different floor so I’m not really too concerned about the cross-contamination inside the hotel.”

Mr Pufleau said he and his partner was looking forward to returning home to Melbourne to see his two children on March 8 when they are released.

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NSW records three locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in hotel quarantine in Sydney



New South Wales has again recorded locally acquired coronavirus cases, after the virus was transmitted in hotel quarantine.  

The state’s health department said three people in one family acquired the virus from a family of four staying in an adjacent room in the Adina Apartment Hotel Town Hall in Sydney’s CBD. 

The two families have been diagnosed with the same viral sequence.  

All guests staying on the same floor have been retested and returned negative results.

Staff who worked on level 12 are in self-isolation and undergoing testing. 

Investigations are continuing into how the transmission occurred. 

New South Wales Health said the families arrived on different days and from different countries.

It is believed the original cases, the family of four, were infectious between Thursday, April 8 and Sunday, April 11.

Both families have been taken to the Special Health Accommodation to be treated until they are no longer infectious. 

Since 8:00pm on Saturday night, there have been no new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in NSW, and 8,088 tests had been reported.

A total of 173,852 vaccines have been administered so far.

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Adelaide wastewater COVID-19 traces remain high but decreasing, SA Health authorities say



Testing results have shown a decrease in the levels of COVID-19 traces in Adelaide’s wastewater.

SA Health authorities first reported on Sunday they had detected coronavirus in sewage from the north-eastern portion of Adelaide’s CBD, where the majority of Adelaide Fringe festival events are held.

On Thursday, SA Health said while results from testing on Wednesday night were still high, there was a decrease in levels.

SA Health said the two most likely explanations were virus shedding in old cases along with the concentration of visitors in the Adelaide CBD or undetected cases within the community.

The northern parts of Adelaide’s CBD have been frequented by tens of thousands of people during the festival season.

For several days, authorities have been urging anyone who has had any coronavirus symptoms and has been in the CBD in the past week to get a COVID-19 test.

It comes as the state recorded three new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.

One case was a woman in her thirties who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since her arrival.

The other two cases are a man in his twenties and a woman in her fifties who are both considered to have old infections.

SA Health said they had included the latter cases in South Australia’s numbers because the man and woman had not been diagnosed and counted overseas.

‘Very small’ chance positive results are from local case

Epidemiologist Catherine Bennett said the odds the positive results stemmed from a local case were very low.

“We’ve got a history now of no community transmission across Australia that extends beyond multiple incubation periods,” she said.

While the testing area does not include medi-hotels housing positive cases, it does include hotels where returned travellers carry out their quarantine period.

“Because we don’t test our returned travellers every day, it is possible they are picking up a family who is positive in hotel quarantine but hasn’t yet been detected through the internal testing process,” Ms Bennett said.

Ms Bennett said people who have had the infection can intermittently shed the virus for up to three months

“Holidays, festivals, movement of people, can shift the pattern and then you might start to detect some positives if you’ve got these ‘shedders’ moving through,” she said.

“We hope it’s that, but let’s get the testing numbers up so we detect anything else that might be going on very early and then it won’t be a problem even with the festivals underway.”

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‘This is just bad public health policy’: New Ontario measures to curb COVID-19 draw fire


Sweeping new provincial measures designed to stem the spread of COVID-19 — including allowing police and bylaw enforcement officers to stop and question people in their cars and on the street — were met with widespread criticism on Friday.

“Blanket powers for police to stop vehicles like this bends our constitutional freedoms too far, and will cause a rash of racial profiling,” said Michael Bryant, executive director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, in a statement issued Friday afternoon.

The new provincial measures, which included closing parks and playgrounds, were announced Friday afternoon by Ontario Premier Doug Ford as COVID-19 infections soared to new highs in Toronto and provincially.

The one-day total of new COVID-19 cases reported in Toronto on Friday was 1,527, a record. Provincially, the number of new cases was 4,812, also a record.

The number of weekly cases in Toronto is now 302 per 100,000 people — also a record high, according to the Star’s Ed Tubb, who has been tracking transmission data since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

The number of daily new cases in Ontario could hit 30,000 by the end of May unless drastic steps are taken, the province’s COVID-19 advisory panel of medical and scientific experts said Friday. It is currently approaching 5,000 a day, forcing local hospitals to set up tents to treat patients.

Ford said that beginning Saturday, police and bylaw officers will have the authority to stop people and ask them for their address and ask them why they’re not complying with the provincial stay-at-home order. Those who refuse to comply could face a $750 ticket.

People may still leave home to shop for groceries, to go the pharmacy or access health care.

“I am very concerned about arbitrary stops of people by police at any time and I will be reviewing the regulations extremely carefully and discussing them with the Medical Officer of Health and the Toronto Police Chief,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory in a statement.

Both the provincial declaration of emergency and stay-at-home order have been extended for two more weeks.

“We are in the midst of an absolutely brutal third wave,” said Coun. Joe Cressy (Ward 10 Spadina Fort-York), who heads the city’s Board of Health, in a statement. “The coming weeks will test us like never before.”

Existing lockdown measures have not yet slowed the spread of COVID-19, driven now by the more contagious U.K. variant, B.1.1.7.

Hospitalization rates in Toronto are the highest on record and are expected to increase, according to a press release from the city. Without strengthened public health measures, projections indicate it will take until late this summer to reduce new case counts.

Ford blamed the current problems on lack of vaccine supply from the federal government.

But epidemiologist Dr. Andrew Morris, who has been critical of the province’s handling of the crisis, said Friday that Ford and his government are to blame for the current crisis.

“We are not much further behind than other countries vis-a-vis vaccine supply,” said Morris, medical director of the Sinai Health System-University Health Network’s antimicrobial stewardship program.

“Challenges with vaccine supply should have been expected. Only Israel, the U.K., the U.S. and a few small countries have had enough. This is just bad public health policy.”

Morris said the province also needs to provide workers with paid sick leave to encourage them to stay home if they feel ill, so they don’t transmit COVID-19 to colleagues. He said the province should also focus on getting essential workers vaccinated, restricting regional travel and keeping the outdoors open for recreation. He believes non-essential businesses and places of worship should also be closed.

He said police shouldn’t be involved except for egregious flouting of public health measures, and that allowing police and bylaw officers to stop people will target the most vulnerable.

“Have them police indoor parties. Or non-essential workplaces,” said Morris.

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Dr. Martha Fulford, infectious disease specialist and associate professor at McMaster University, said the province should be taking a more targeted approach, legislating paid sick leave and ensuring essential workers and people working in factories and plants are vaccinated.

She said the last thing the province should be closing is playgrounds, especially in light of the lack of evidence to support the idea that COVID can be spread outdoors.

“It feels to me extraordinary that a year into this, we’re incapable of having targeted interventions to try to decrease the risk of COVID and not cause even more harm to the fabric of our society, because of course COVID isn’t the only thing we’re dealing with anymore — we’re dealing with mental health, we’re dealing with despair, we’re dealing with broken lives, we’re dealing with overdoses, we’re dealing with domestic abuse, we’re dealing with child abuse,” said Fulford, who has been critical of school closures because of the damage they do to children.



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Covid-19: Vaccine passports ‘unethical’, church ministers warn


More than 1,200 church ministers in the UK have urged PM Boris Johnson not to introduce coronavirus vaccine certificates, saying they are an “unethical form of coercion”.

In an open letter, Anglican and Catholic ministers warned passports could create a “surveillance state”.

A government review is looking into whether people should have to prove they have been vaccinated.

The UK equality watchdog said passports could create a “two-tier society”.

Government ministers have said that certificates would allow people to show if they have been vaccinated, had a negative test or had natural immunity from a confirmed infection in the previous six months.

As restrictions ease, certificates could play a role in reopening theatres, nightclubs and mass events like festivals, plus allow social distancing to be relaxed in hospitality venues, the government has said.

But in the letter to the prime minister, church ministers warned that introducing the passports would create a “medical apartheid”.

“This scheme has the potential to bring about the end of liberal democracy as we know it and to create a surveillance state in which the government uses technology to control certain aspects of citizens’ lives,” the letter states.

“As such, this constitutes one of the most dangerous policy proposals ever to be made in the history of British politics.”

The ministers said that, regardless of the government’s final decision, they would not refuse entry to their churches to anybody without a vaccine passport – or any other certificate which they have labelled “proof of health”.

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Olivia Muranga gets community service on downgraded charge over COVID-19 border breaches


Olivia Muranga and two friends travelled to Melbourne to holiday last July, when all of Victoria was a declared coronavirus hotspot.

When the trio flew back to Queensland via Sydney, they lied to health officials about their travel history and falsified their border documentation in an attempt to avoid mandatory hotel quarantine.

On her return, Ms Muranga, who unknowingly contracted COVID-19 in Melbourne, was active in the community for several days, visiting various locations, before she tested positive.

The woman’s movements triggered a community outbreak in Brisbane and Logan.

Upon returning a positive result, Ms Muranga was taken to hospital and a widespread emergency health response was activated, shutting down several businesses and schools and sending hospitals, aged care facilities and prisons into lockdown.

The outbreak also triggered a widespread testing and contact tracing effort. 

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Canberra GP clinics sitting on open COVID-19 vaccination appointments as others refuse calls


Matilda Smith is one of many people still waiting for a COVID-19 vaccination with no indication of when a jab might be offered — despite being part of priority phases 1a and 1b. 

The 29-year-old Canberra woman became immuno-compromised while battling a rare form of leukaemia when the pandemic first took hold in Australia. 

“But now I’m about to be one year in remission, which is really great,” Ms Smith said. 

Because she had recently fought off the blood cancer, the young woman became eligible to be vaccinated in the priority phases of the national vaccination program. 

She booked an appointment to receive the AstraZeneca shot at her local general practice as part of the Commonwealth rollout but said her appointment was cancelled and she was told to go elsewhere. 

“I was contacted by my GP and told that the original appointment that I had for my vaccine would have to be moved because they didn’t have the supply of AstraZeneca to give to me,” Ms Smith said. 

Changes to the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine due to the extremely small risk of blood clots have further stalled Australia’s already lagging rollout. 

“I feel like my GP has done a good job and they’re trying their best, but I don’t feel like I know what the answer is, and I think when you’ve been through what I’ve been through, you want answers,” Ms Smith said.

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Matilda Smith says, after having cancer and extensive treatment, the confusion around vaccines is especially frustrating.(

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In a statement, an ACT government spokeswoman said authorities were working on a plan to get priority people, including Ms Smith, vaccinated. 

“We are working closely with Capital Health Network and the Commonwealth Government to finalise plans on a referral process of how people who are eligible for a vaccination under phase 1a and 1b who are under 50 years of age can receive a Pfizer vaccine if they choose,” the ACT government spokeswoman said. 

“The Garran Surge Centre vaccination clinic is currently providing vaccinations for people who are eligible to receive their vaccination as part of the ACT government program for phase 1a and 1b.” 

The spokeswoman said these people would be contacted directly by the ACT government, and asked people not to call and attempt to make bookings at the centre.

In contrast, owner of YourGP@Crace John Deery said he had as many as 200 vaccination appointments available to be booked as early as this weekend. 

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Dr John Deery said his clinic has as many as 200 available appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations.(

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“We’re very fortunate at this practice because we have a respiratory clinic and we’ve got funding through the [Commonwealth Government] … so we can secure almost 1,000 vaccines per week,” Dr Deery explained. 

The practice hired 20 additional staff members and started operating on weekends to administer its AstraZeneca supply.

“We have been doing 700 to 800 vaccines per weekend, and we’ve still got maybe 100 to 200 [appointments] left available, which is unusual,” Dr Deery said.

Dr Deery said patients aged under 50 were still able to access the AstraZeneca shot at his clinic. 

“We are helping patients to come to the decision on an individual basis, and for a lot of patients under 50, the risk-benefit is still towards having AstraZeneca,” he said.

Dr Deery said although he had had to make the odd, frantic phone call to chase up supply so that it arrived in time to complete the appointments, overall it was going well and he was proud of the 3,500 injections his team had administered so far.

“We’ve tried to communicate with patients very frequently through email about stock and appointments,” he said.

“We want them to be informed about their choices and so I think that our [rollout] has always been fairly smooth.” 

More broadly, making the vaccination rollout smoother has become the number one focus of National Cabinet, as the nation’s leaders agree to meet twice a week. 

Since being interviewed by the ABC for this story, Dr Deery has offered Ms Smith an appointment to discuss being vaccinated at his Crace practice. 

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Emirates Airbus A380 superjumbo takes off with all passengers and crew vaccinated against COVID-19


Middle-East airline Emirates has flown a special Airbus A380 superjumbo flight with almost 400 passengers on board, all of whom had been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Flight EK2021 took off on Saturday, aimed at drawing attention to the success of the UAE’s vaccination program and encouraging confidence in travel.

Along with the vaccinated passengers, all flight and ground crew were also vaccinated. The UAE has administered nearly 9 million vaccine doses thus far to its population of 9.7 million residents, the vast majority of whom are expatriates. The UAE has one of the world’s highest rate of vaccinations at 90.22 doses per 100 people.

“Today’s flight is a showcase of the combined efforts and dedication of all stakeholders in supporting the vaccination programme, and the implementation of protocols in the past 12 months to ensure a safe travel journey, stimulate passenger traffic and set the groundwork for the ramp up of air travel in the near future,” Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates’ chairman said.

Passengers were able to check-in and board using contactless technology introduced last month, including biometric facial recognition and the ability to control the check-in kiosk from  their mobile devices. They also received rapid COVID-19 tests.

Maggie and Simon Neil, who have lived in the UAE for 20 years, were among the passengers who paid Dh2000 ($A717) each for their business class seat on board.

“We hadn’t been on a plane for over a year and we really wanted to be a part of it. We are both vaccinated which we believe is important for safe travels and to top that, our fare will go towards helping those in need,” they told Dubai’s Khaleej Times.

Proceeds from the flight went to the Emirates Airline Foundation, a non-profit charity that supports projects for disadvantaged children around the world.

The Emirates flight follows a similar trip by Qatar Airways last Tuesday, the world’s first flight to carry a full-vaccinated complement of passengers and crew. The Qatar Airbus A350 took off from and returned to Doha’s Hamad International Airport after a three-hour scenic flight.

Qatar Airways’ chief executive Akbar Al Baker said the airline’s special flight “demonstrates the next stage in the recovery of international travel is not far away.”

Both Emirates and Qatar are trialling the International Air Transport Association’s Travel Pass, which will allow airlines to confirm passengers have tested negative for COVID-19 or been vaccinated against the disease before they fly.

Qantas is trialling a similar vaccine passport app and also has plans to trial IATA’s version.

See also: What you need to know about the new ‘OK to travel’ pass airlines are adopting

See also: The last A380 superjumbo takes off on first flight



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West Coast Eagles beat Collingwood by 27 points in front of biggest AFL crowd since COVID-19 pandemic



Under fire Collingwood were left to count the cost on multiple fronts after a second-quarter masterclass from Jack Darling helped guide West Coast to a 27-point AFL victory at Perth Stadium.

Darling was unstoppable during the second quarter, booting three goals from strong marks and another major after catching speedy defender Isaac Quaynor holding the ball.

It helped propel West Coast to a 12-point lead by half-time, and they put Collingwood to the sword in the third quarter to run away with the 16.7 (103) to 11.10 (76) win in front of 54,159 fans — the biggest at an AFL game since the 2019 grand final, before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Darling finished with 5.1 from 15 disposals, while Oscar Allen was also critical with five goals and four contested marks in arguably his best game at AFL level.

Midfielder Dom Sheed iced the game late in the third quarter with three goals in the space of two minutes.

The Magpies led by 15 points after an impressive opening term on Friday night, but the loss of star duo Jordan De Goey and Jeremy Howe to injury proved costly.

De Goey was subbed out of the game after copping an accidental hip to the face from Eagles midfielder Tim Kelly in the first quarter.

Blood streamed out of De Goey’s nose as he was assisted off the ground, with the extent of the facial injuries yet to be revealed.

Howe appears set for a sizeable stint on the sidelines after injuring his right hamstring in a marking contest during the second term.

The 30-year-old immediately grabbed on the upper part of his right hamstring after landing, and he could barely bend his leg as he was helped off the ground.

Buckley rolled the dice by sending defender Darcy Moore into attack, and the All-Australian finished with three goals and eight marks from nine disposals.

Moore had four disposals and a goal in the opening term, but his next possession didn’t come until the 10-minute mark of the fourth quarter when he booted his second goal.

The injuries to De Goey and Howe come at a bad time for the Magpies, who are now 1-4 and are also without star midfielder Taylor Adams for at least another nine weeks.

West Coast suffered their own major blow during the week when Liam Ryan was cut down by a stress reaction in his shin that could sideline him for up to eight weeks.

Defender Tom Cole suffered a horrific clash of heads with teammate Josh Rotham late in Friday’s match and will be assessed for concussion.

Collingwood bucked the odds to beat West Coast by one point in last year’s elimination final in Perth, and their spirited opening quarter would have given their fans optimism of a repeat result.

Ruckman Brodie Grundy drifted forward to boot two goals from two strong marks, while Moore added one himself to give the Magpies the momentum.

But the game turned dramatically from that point on courtesy of Darling’s second-quarter rampage.

And with Allen also plucking a series of strong grabs, Collingwood’s defence wilted.

The margin blew out to 41 points at the final change, with a three-goal fightback from Collingwood early in the last quarter proving too little, too late.

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