Published on September 2, 2018 6:30 pm

VFL RECAP: Finals Week 1 Sunday

Essendon has secured the last semi final berth in the Peter Jackson VFL ‘Love the Game’ Final Series, with a 34-point win over Collingwood.

 

ESSENDON 18.5 (114) d COLLINGWOOD 11.14 (80)

IN A NUTSHELL: Essendon led all afternoon against Collingwood, but needed to stop a number of Magpie comebacks throughout the afternoon for victory. Jumping out to a 29-point lead early in the second quarter, Callum Brown led a Collingwood revival, kicking two goals and finishing the day with 24 disposals as the Bombers lead was reduced to 11 points. It was the closest the Magpies would get for the rest of the contest, as Essendon kicked late goals via Merrett and Sibbald to finish the half 34-point leaders. Essendon took its lead out to 35 points during the second half, with Collingwood unable to by-pass the work of Aaron Francis across half back.

KEY MOMENTS: With 24 points separating the teams at three quarter time, Josh Green put the game beyond doubt for the Bombers in the final term, kicking all four final term goals for Essendon to take him tally for the day to five, and provide his team with a semi final berth against Richmond.

LEADING GOALKICKERS: Collingwood– C.Brown 3, Gallucci 2, Smith 2 / Essendon – Green 5, Merrett 4, Stewart 2, Sibbald 2

FORMLINES: The Magpies finished the season with three straight wins, but suffered its first defeat of the season to the Bombers in the final. / Essendon won its final two games, after a six game losing streak in the second half of the season. It was the first win for the Bombers against Collingwood for 2018, previously only getting within 26 points of the Magpies.

NEXT UP: Collingwood – season over / Richmond vs Essendon – semi final Stannards Stadium Saturday

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* CLICK HERE to see full results, goalkickers and best players, as well as play-by-play scores.

 

NEXT WEEK

1st SEMI FINAL: RICHMOND vs ESSENDON

Saturday September 8, 12.40pm @ Stannards Stadium (North Port Oval)

Broadcasts: Channel 7 / Aussie Digital

2nd SEMI FINAL: BOX HILL HAWKS vs GEELONG 

Sunday September 9, 2.10pm @ Stannards Stadium (North Port Oval)

Broadcasts: Channel 7 / SEN

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