Collingwood Magpies goal after Mermaid sinks Adelaide Crows
The Magpies took the lead for the first time in the game when Shane O’Bree scored midway through the final quarter and then increased the lead to seven points.
But Adelaide fought back with a goal for skipper Mark Ricciuto and two behinds for Andrew McLeod in the dying minutes to regain a one-point lead.
But Magpies skipper Nathan Buckley then found Tarrant in the lead in a final flurry. And a 30-yard kick from Tarrant just sneaked in to seal the victory.
It was Collingwood’s fifth win in his last six visits to AAMI Stadium, but more importantly, it gave him a positive 4-3 win-and-lose record to shake his losing streak.
Shane Woewodin was superb all night for Collingwood with 32 eliminations, 10 points and two goals, while Paul Licuria, Buckley and O’Bree were other vital midfield contributors. Tarrant was also excellent, scoring four goals in a good duel with Adelaide’s Ben Hart.
For the Crows, Ricciuto was his team’s best player, with 31 eliminations and three goals, and he was particularly impressive in the first term, when Adelaide opened up a 31-point lead.
Simon Goodwin was also good in midfield, while Wayne Carey, in his 250th game in the AFL, and Ronnie Burns were both excellent up front for the Crows with four goals apiece.
3.2 7.4 11.5 18.6 (114)
7.3 8.7 12.10 16.13 (109)
Collingwood: Tarrant 4, Woewodin 2, Didak 2, Lonie 2, Rocca 2, Fraser, Buckley, Williams, Licuria, O’Bree, Burns.
Adelaide: Carey 4, Burns 4, Ricciuto 3, McLeod 2, Ladhams 2, Stenglein.
Collingwood: Woewodin, Buckley, Licuria, O’Bree, Holland, Tarrant.
Adelaide: Ricciuto, Carey, Clarke, Stenglein, Burns, Goodwin.
McLaren, Morris, Nicholls.
44,706 at AAMI stadium.
250: Wayne Carey played his 250th AFL game (244 for the Kangaroos from 1989 to 2002) and it was the best of his six with Adelaide. He kicked three of the Crows’ eight goals before halftime, another early in the last term and always showed up forcefully in the middle of the center-forward.
Heavy rain for much of the day soaked the ground and naturally the well-grassed surface was soft and slippery, but still in surprisingly good condition.
The Magpies face West Coast at the Telstra Dome next Saturday and the Crows face Brisbane at the Gabba next Saturday night, with bleak memories of their last game there – a 71-point victory in the second qualifying final.
Mick Malthouse (Collingwood): “I don’t remember winning after the bell. I didn’t even see the kick (Chris Tarrant wins the match after the siren). I asked myself, “Am I looking or not looking at it? ′ Through, so thank goodness I didn’t look at it. Losing this game when we were in front would have been a real kick in the teeth, I think. “
Gary Ayres (Adelaide): “Their ability to take advantage of stoppage time probably hurt us in the end. They (the Ravens) obviously feel very, very ordinary. You give as much as you can and unfortunately we must have lost out tonight. I think we play pretty reasonable footy. We’ve lost our three games by eight points (against St Kilda), 12 points (Port Adelaide) and five points (Collingwood), so we’re around the mark.