WE have witnessed one of the most remarkable halves of football in AFL history.
Given the timing and importance of the game, the teams involved and the players doing it, that’s not an overstatement.
Collingwood had a 53 point lead against Richmond in the first half of their preliminary final and then led by 44 points at halftime.
No, this isn’t Eddie McGuire’s fan fiction. This is our absolutely bizarre reality.
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The Magpies came out firing against the premiership favourites, who have not lost in 22 matches at the MCG, leading 5.2 to 1.3 at halftime.
But then the Pies kicked five consecutive goals to set the home of footy alight, with three coming from big American Mason Cox, who doesn’t even know what ‘preliminary final’ means.
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“They took Richmond’s game away from them They have played the perfect half of football,” St Kilda great Nick Riewoldt said on Fox Footy.
“They just haven’t been able to get anything going the Tiges, off the back of Collingwood’s pressure, it’s been phenomenal.”
Hawthorn champion Jason Dunstall was also glowing when speaking about the Magpies’ performance.
“That’s the best half of football I’ve seen this year.
“And given the nature of the occasion, the quality of the opposition and all things considered, [it was] the best half of football Collingwood has played under Nathan Buckley.”
Even Collingwood’s Twitter account couldn’t seem to believe it, tweeting in all caps for much of the second quarter.
Of course, there was still one thing for Pies fans to worry about at the long break.
They led by 44 points at halftime of the 1970 Grand Final, too.