AFL Geelong v Collingwood 2023: Jeremy Howe injured, Magpies pass Cats, Tom Stewart substituted

Eight unanswered goals have given a strong indication of Collingwood’s lightning-fast leg speed as the Magpies ended a 16-game winning streak of reigning Premier Geelong.

Collingwood started the 2023 season in sensational fashion with a 22-point win over reigning Premier Geelong on Friday night at the MCG – a hugely entertaining re-run of their epic qualifying final.

In front of 86,595 fans – the second largest home and away crowd for a game involving these two sides – the Pies Geelongs went on to have their second-longest winning streak of 16 games.

For much of the night, Geelong’s incredible accuracy (it was 16.1 at one point) kept it in the game.

Collingwood dominated the general game with healthy leads within the 50s and clearances for the most part, but failed to convert that advantage.

The Elsters found themselves 22 points behind in the third quarter after 26 minutes. But the more energetic Pies didn’t let up, scoring the final eight goals, including two from sub Reef McInnes, to run right over the exhausted Cats.

The Cats ran out of steam and didn’t score in the last quarter until the 29-minute mark before falling from 19.11 (125) to 16.7 (103).

They buckled under the weight of the numbers as the Magpies at Disposals (372-313), Contested Possessions (135-128), Clearances (45-36), Marks (105-69) and Inside 50s (62-46) clearly clear completed. and shots on goal (30-23).

Jordan De Goey confirmed his preseason form with an on-site best in which he recorded 25 touches and three goals

At 35, Scott Pendlebury put on an influential performance that included 27 dismounts (10 contested), eight tackles and one goal.

New captain Darcy Moore (nine intercepts) also started his reign in fine style with a dominant performance behind him. Tom Mitchell had 21 touches, 11 clearances and two goals and Bobby Hill had three goals.

Dynamic brother duo Nick (35) and Josh Daicos (27) combined owned 62.

Speaking on the Magpies’ ability to regroup late after the game, De Goey said: “Yeah, the incredible chum of the effort. We have so much heart and that’s what we’re known for coming back in the last quarter.

“I think the opposition parties are worried about that. I think we thrive on that. Hopefully we can continue like this.”

Moore said the Magpies are keen to capitalize on their superior leg speed.

“When we went up against the juggernaut of the competition for the past six, 12 months, we just refused to give up. I think that makes me so proud,” he said.

“I know the fans love it. You can hear them. They’re freaking out and it’s only lap one.

“We’ve got 22 to G left so it should be another fun ride whatever happens.

“We won’t ask each other. A lot of guys have great leg speed. So let’s use it. I think the coach is quite open when he says it should be fun to watch. So you know it’s fun to play.”


New Geelong striker – and former Magpie – Ollie Henry received a loud chorus of boos from Collingwood fans all night.

At the 17-minute mark of the second quarter, Henry converted a set shot and celebrated letting the Army of Black and White know all about it.

Six minutes later he was brilliantly run over from behind by Moore right in front of the Magpies’ cheering group.


Bobby Hill appeared to be taking his role as a replacement for the suspended Jack Ginnivan very seriously midway through the first quarter when he was tackled high.

But Hill was not awarded a free kick because the referee was right in thinking he dropped his legs to make contact.

Magpies globetrotters

The Magpies’ second goal was the result of a spectacular lead game, in which De Goey, under pressure and pressed against the boundary line, tapped the ball over his head to Pendlebury.

Under the pump, former skipper Will Hoskin-Elliott played his hand over his head, who again teamed up with Taylor Adams and De Goey to find Brody Mihocek.

Mihocek’s grandiose set shot from 45 m from an acute angle then split the big sticks.


CATS 6.0, 12.1, 16.3, 16.7 (103)

CAKES 5.3, 9.6, 14.9, 19.11 (125)


cats: Stengle, Tuohy, Ratugolea, Cameron, Bews, O. Henry.

Cake: De Goey, Pendlebury, N Daicos, Moore, J Daicos, Mitchell, Hill.


cats: Tuohy 2, Hawkins 2, Stengle 2, Rohan 2, Cameron 2, O.Henry 2, Dangerfield, Holmes, Smith, Atkins.

Cake: 3 Hill, 3 De Goey, 2 Cox, 2 Mihocek, 2 Mitchell, 2 McInnes, 2 McCreery, Adams, McStay, Pendlebury.


cats: Stewart (knee), De Koning (knee), Stengle (ankle/head).

Cake: Howe (arm/shoulder).


Power, Rosebury, O’Gorman, Williamson




3Jordan De Goey (Coll)

2 Scott Pendlebury (Coll)

1 Nick Daicos (Coll)

Originally published as AFL Geelong v Collingwood: all the news and reactions from the Magpies’ stunning battle AFL Geelong v Collingwood 2023: Jeremy Howe injured, Magpies pass Cats, Tom Stewart substituted

Chris Estrada

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