Tigers down Pies as 2023 comes to a close for Collingwood

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RICHMOND spoiled Collingwood’s final chances by beating the Pies by 52 points at Victoria Park.

Both sides – hit by injuries to key players this season – will miss the final after last year’s qualification and remain one game out of the top eight after the Tigers’ 11.11 (77) to 4.1 ( 25) in Victoria Park.

Following St Kilda’s win over Carlton, Collingwood came into the match knowing it had to win by at least three goals – more to create a buffer on Sydney – to put themselves back in the final.

Halfway through the match it had only increased its percentage by 1.5 from the required 7.3 and the Pies only scored one point in the second half.

The Magpies didn’t have it all their own way early on, with the teams level within the 50s at quarter-time, but the home side were able to capitalize deep in their own attack with two goals.

Two quick set shot conversions from Richmond skipper Katie Brennan not only got her side back into the match but gave them the lead midway through the second.

But a series of Tiger deficits were quickly followed by a brace from Nell Morris-Dalton, instantly erasing the brief lead.

The Tigers owned the footy all match, winning the midfield battle and denying the Pies first use of the ball.

Mon Conti, Grace Egan and Eilish Sheerin teamed up in midfield for the Tigers, while Brennan and the returning Sarah D’Arcy were a handful in attack, with the Tigers making 22 scoring shots to five.

Briton Bonnici, Mikala Cann and Aish Sheridan fought hard in midfield for the Magpies, but it wasn’t enough as Richmond ran out 52 points winners.

COLLINGWOOD 2.0 4.0 4.0 4.1 (25)
RICHMOND 0.3 2.8 4.9 11.11 (77)

Collingwood: Morris-Dalton 2, Brazil, Smith
Richmond: Brennan 4, Greiser 2, Conti, D’Arcy, Hosking, Jones, Yassir

Collingwood: Nil
Richmond: Nil

Reports: Nil

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