There was an eerie feel to Hickey Park, home to the first game with the fans being locked out due to coronavirus. The Lions seemed to have the momentum in the third quarter, but Collingwood were just too good and took the four points.
Collingwood just too good for the Lions
Collingwood kept the Lions goalless for three out of the four quarters with a score of 25-1 at half time. It was an all-round great performance for Collingwood.
Even when all the momentum was going Brisbane’s way in the third term, Collingwood’s defence put on an outstanding performance to only let the Lions earn two majors. Stacey Livingstone, Porter Casey and Chloe Molloy were true standouts in Collingwood’s backline.
With the four points going the way of the Pies, they are in with a good chance to make their first finals appearance after four years in the competition.
Britt Bonnici was everywhere
Britt Bonnici was an integral part of Collingwood’s win.
She read the play well, finding herself a part of most contests. She finished the game with an impressive 26 disposals and applied a lot of pressure on the Lions all over the ground.
With Lambert having a heavy tag for the game, Bonnici stood up in the Pies midfield and was able to spend some time down back, just to weather the storm of the Lion’s comeback.
Sophie Conway essential to the Lions Comeback attempt
Even though Conway went down with what looked to be a massive shoulder injury in the first quarter, it didn’t stop her from getting back out on the ground.
Conway finished the game with 11 disposals and used her speed to her advantage, breaking away from her opponents to deliver the ball to her teammates inside 50.
Conway was a shining light in a disappointing performance, even though her numbers weren’t high, she did a lot of things right to give the lions a chance to chase the Pies.
Bringing home the win 👏🏼👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/2app2fWSMz— Collingwood AFLW (@CollingwoodAFLW) March 14, 2020