Steele Sidebottom (right) celebrates with Adam Treloar (left) after kicking a goal in the 1st Quarter against the Bombers on Anzac Day.
The Collingwood Football Club have beaten the Bombers on Monday by 69 points on a beautiful day for football at the MCG. The magpies had a lot to play for as they had been on a losing spree after losses to St Kilda & Melbourne.
On a special occasion like today, the pies could not of gotten off to a better start with big American-Pie debutant Mason Cox having his first kick in the AFL which resulted in a goal. The magpies kicked 8 goals to 1 in the first term and opened up the flood gates for the rest of the game.
With Travis Cloke getting omitted, questions started to be asked about how the pies could actually conquer the game and score goals. But Steele Sidebottom went forward off the wing and slotted 4 as well as Alex Fasolo who also kicked 4. The pies also had seen another debutant Josh Smith on Monday's clash. Smith kicked 1 goal 1 with 23 disposals.
The Essendon Bombers were obviously inexperienced with out their 12 players being suspended. It had seen top-up James Kelly come away with 29 touches and a goal and tried his hardest all day. Joe Daniher was left goalless and with only 7 touches of the ball.
For all positives, their is a negative. The news of Travis Varcoe re-injuring his hamstring had seen him miss the second half of the game and with ex-roo Levi Greenwood, being reported for striking Bombers' skipper Brendan Goddard. Leigh Matthews claimed on Channel 7 "Their was insufficient force and will most likely only get a fine at the very most".
Steele Sidebottom took away the Anzac Day medal with 4 goals and 33 touches of the ball.