05/03/2024

Sabrina Frederick gets the win in her 50th AFLW game. (Photo: womens.afl)

Collingwood has made it three wins in a row after hard fought battle against the Cats, getting the win in Sabrina Frederick’s 50th game.

Scoring was a rarity for the match, with the defence from both sides able to absorb entries going into forward fifty. For the Magpies it was the likes of Lauren Butler and Jordyn Allen that were strong across half back with Stacey Livingstone patrolling the last line of defence. 

Speaking to The Inner Sanctum post game, Allen said that going into the match they knew it was going to be a hard fought game. 

“We scouted Geelong, we knew that their pressure was the highest in competition at the moment,” Allen said

“We either had to match it or absorb it and I think it was a bit turbulent there at times. Against Sydney last week, Sydney took it to us for a half but we knew that Geelong was going to go for longer and they certainly did, but we just capitalised on the scoreboard.” 

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Despite Collingwood winning possession for most of the first half, Geelong took control in the second half especially in the midfield. Led by Amy McDonald (14 disposals and seven clearances) and Georgie Prespakis (11 disposals and five clearances) with the work out of the stoppage allowing the Cats to send the ball inside their forward 50. 

The midfield dominance allowed Geelong to lock the ball inside their forward fifty in the third quarter, leading the inside 50’s 7-4 in the third term but didn’t have much to show for it. 

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Allen floated forward to kick the goal that put Collingwood in front in the final quarter which ended up being the sealer. Allen said that it was a childhood dream come true to kick the winning goal for her side. 

“Never kicked a set shot in my life, so I was a bit nervous and I had the ball around 40 metres out last week a couple of times and had a ping and absolutely shanked it. 

“So I just kind of tried to go through my routine and I was just happy with the point. I knew it was a draw at that stage so I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t just aiming for point post [instead of] the big goals in general but it always feels good. It’s a childhood dream to kick the winner.” 

Allen has had a strong season to date and the match against the Cats was no different playing a real key role in Collingwood’s backline. She had 17 disposals and five marks to add to her match winning goal, while she is content, she is not complacent. 

“Within my role, I think I’ve been playing quite well but I think personally, there’s still a lot of growth,” Allen explained.

“I’m quite critical of myself and I always look at the things I didn’t do right rather than what I do well. [There is] always room for growth, I’m always looking to get better but I’m gonna acknowledge that I’ve had some consistent games and absolutely not taking that for granted.”

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Collingwood will take on the reigning premiers in Adelaide at Victoria Park next week and while they’ll take confidence in winning in a close match today, the Magpies will be taking it one week at a time. 

“Adelaide are the creme de la creme and [they] have been for seven seasons now so to get close to them would be awesome. I think we’re just gonna take it one day at a time, we’re going to review Geelong and then gear up towards Adelaide,” she said.

“They’re always a team that you love coming up against because you know that they’re the team that you want to beat but they are three-time premiership winners. So it’s who you want to chase and if you can beat Adelaide then you’re in pretty good stead heading into finals.” 

Collingwood will be looking to keep its undefeated run alive when the side faces the Crows, while Geelong will head to Tasmania to face North Melbourne.

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