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Party Pies stun slow-starting Cats

  • Party Pies stun slow-starting Cats

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21: Ben Crocker (left) and Mason Cox of the Magpies celebrate during the 2016 AFL Round 09 match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Geelong Cats at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 21, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Collingwood have blitzed AFL premiership favourites Geelong to record a stunning 24-point upset win at the MCG.

The Magpies both shocked and awed by kicking seven unanswered first-quarter goals on Saturday on their way to 16.8 (104) to 11.14 (80) victory.

Geelong spent the rest of the match chasing the contest, and were within reach of completing the comeback when Tom Hawkins booted two goals in the final term.

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After leading by 44 points at quarter-time, the Magpies' edge was reduced to just eight in the final term as the Cats mounted their challenge.

But in front of a vocal crowd of 59,684, Collingwood weren't to be denied.

The Magpies were exuberant early and showed their steel to cling on with Brodie Grundy and Darcy Moore goals arresting the Cats' late momentum.

Nathan Buckley's side did the damage in the opening half-hour.

Jesse White and Alex Fasolo nabbed a pair of goals each, alongside majors to tireless runners Scott Pendlebury, Adam Treloar and Jack Crisp.

All three midfielders were excellent on a day when the Magpie engine, led by Steele Sidebottom in his 150th game, had no passengers.

The four-goal result showed how quickly footy fortunes change.

Just a week ago, coach Buckley headed to Brisbane under extreme pressure with only an Anzac Day win in the past month.

On the same weekend, the Cats were installed as flag favourites after purring to a sixth-straight win.

But on Saturday afternoon, the Magpies snapped the form-lines in stunning style, becoming the first team to beat the Cats this season in Victoria.

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