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Star knocks out rival with vicious bump

Being blown off the park as they found themselves down 38-2, the Blues needed a spark and skipper Patrick Cripps tried to deliver it.Watch every blockbuster AFL match this weekend Live & Ad-Break Free In-Play on Kayo. New to Kayo? Start your free trial now >A long kick down the line from Adam Cerra was punched high into the air by Brisbane’s Daniel Rich and Lions teammate Callum Ah Chee camped himself underneath it.As the ball came down, Cripps came in at a hundred miles an hour and launched off the deck and flattened Ah Chee with a nasty hip and shoulder.The impact of the hit left Ah Chee flat on the Gabba surface as several Lions teammates remonstrated with Cripps.Medical staff rushed to Ah Chee’s side and he remained hunched over on his hands and knees before he was able to get back to his feet and under his own power make his way off the ground.To make matters even worse for Cripps and his upcoming date with the Match Review Panel, Ah Chee was subbed out of the game with concussion, Mitch Robinson took his place.Cripps was sixth favourite for the 2022 Brownlow Medal on TAB markets, but his name will surely contain an asterisk on the AFL’s night of nights.“He’s much more likely to be suspended than not. The AFL’s bottom line is if you choose to bump, you’re responsible for the fallout,” Jon Ralph said on Fox Footy during the halftime show.“This is a text book case. He jumps off the ground, it’s not a marking contest, he doesn’t really contest the ball, he braces rather than reaches for the ball. “Ah Chee is subbed out so it is absolutely medium impact, potentially even high impact.”Collingwood’s Brayden Maynard was rubbed out earlier in the year for a strikingly similar hit on GWS’ Daniel Lloyd that resulted in him missing two weeks.“It’s a tough one to watch,” former Carlton star Eddie Betts said on Fox Footy.Carlton’s place in the finals is on the line, currently sitting seventh on the ladder one game clear of the ninth placed St Kilda.They finish the season with games against the reigning premiers Melbourne and the running-hot Collingwood.Failing to win any and they could find themselves standing on the outside looking in and having to secure a win without their inspirational skipper could prove to be mission impossible.

‘Scary’ Daicos turns Pendles’ party into one-man show

After an engrossing contest of wild momentum swings at Adelaide Oval, it was the Magpies who finished on top in a 14.7 (91) to 13.8 (86) instant classic.The top-four hopefuls were pushed all the way by the brave Crows, who were looking for just their sixth win of a disappointing campaign.The visitors edged to a 16-point lead in the final term only to concede goals to Lachlan Murphy and Taylor Walker, who finished with three and five respectively.Adelaide went the length of the field in the frantic final minute, but couldn’t find a way through the Pies’ resolute defence.Pendlebury was influential in his milestone game, but Nick Daicos was the standout player on the ground with a breathtaking 40-possession, three-goal performance.Walker nearly dragged his side over the line, with Rory Laird also outstanding, the midfielder setting a new AFL record for tackles laid in a game with 20.PENDLES’ PARTY STARTERThe milestone man started in the middle, duly won the clearance and got away the first kick of the day.The skipper had 10 touches in a top-shelf first term, but it was the home side that enjoyed the better start.Darcy Fogarty and Walker were in the thick of the action with early goals as the Crows slammed through the first three majors of the entertaining contest.Pendlebury was important as the visitors counter-punched with a four-goal blast to lead by five points at the first break.Debutant Ash Johnson, who had earlier missed a sitter from point-blank range, was mobbed by teammates after he gave his side the lead with his first AFL goal.TACKLE-FESTBoth sides were intent on exerting tackling pressure on the opposition, which led to some big numbers on the stats sheet.Collingwood averages 59.3 tackles per game this season, but the visitors surpassed that mark with 63 in the first half.The Crows average 63.8 tackles in 2022 and had 59 in the book by the main break.For context, Gold Coast leads the competition in average tackles per game with 74.4, but Collingwood finished with 127 to Adelaide’s 108.Sam Berry, who averages a league-high 8.4 tackles a game, laid seven in a bruising first quarter played with heavy rain sweeping across the ground.The record for tackles laid in a VFL/AFL game of 19 - shared by Jack Ziebell, Tom Liberatore and Jude Bolton – was under threat early as Berry rumbled his way to 12 at half-time, with Laird on 11.While Berry slowed to finish with 17, Laird kept going to set the new mark.FRANTIC FINALEThe Crows fought back from 10 points down in the second quarter to lead by nine points at half-time and they had their tails up and the fans on their feet when they led by 16 points after Mitch Hinge converted his set shot following a questionable 50m penalty.With the contest delicately balanced, second-gamer Josh Carmichael and Pendlebury steadied the ship.Carmichael, who finished with 24 kicks and zero handballs, booted his first AFL goal and Pendlebury kicked his first major of the season soon after, the skipper stroking the ball home on the run from 50m with trademark grace.The Magpies looked to have seen off the home side’s brave challenge when they turned a three-point three-quarter time lead into a 16-point advantage, with Nick Daicos adding two goals.But the epic contest had another twist in the tail, Adelaide’s challenge finally over when Berry’s rushed kick with 20 seconds left went out of bounds on the full.CROWS 3.2 7.6 10.8 13.8 86MAGPIES 4.1 6.3 10.5 14.7 91PHELAN’S BEST CROWS: Walker, Laird, Dawson, Berry, Murphy, O’Brien. MAGPIES: N Daicos, Pendlebury, Sidebottom, Carmichael, Lipinski, J Daicos.GOALS CROWS: Walker 5, Murphy 3, Fogarty 2, Hinge, McAdam, Thilthorpe. MAGPIES: N Daicos 3, Mihocek 2, Johnson 2, Cameron, McCreery, Carmichael, Ginnivan, Pendlebury, Elliott, Sidebottom.INJURIES CROWS: Nil. MAGPIES: Nil.UMPIRES Dore, O’Gorman, Wallace.ADELAIDE OVALPLAYER OF THE YEARJASON PHELAN’S VOTES3 N Daicos (Coll)2 T Walker (Adel)1 S Pendlebury (Coll)NICK DAICOS VS ADELAIDE 350 NOT OUT — MILESTONE MAN PENDLES’ FUTURE PLANNING Jay Clark Scott Pendlebury was half expecting a bake last week. Collingwood had played poorly for three quarters to trail North Melbourne by 26 points at the last change, and Pendlebury thought McRae might finally unleash on the group. But the cook never came. Instead, McRae brimmed with positivity in his final address, urging the Magpies to “attack the game”, and “get after them”, helping spark a five-goal final term to notch their seventh-straight win of the season. Collingwood’s resurgence has been one of the stories of the season, and on Saturday against Adelaide the club’s games record holder and arguably greatest player will step out for his 350th game, becoming only the 20th man in the game’s history to reach the magical mark. Over his glittering career, Pendlebury has not only been a brilliant ballwinner, but also the calming influence and constant driving force for the club through all manner of highs and lows.But there is something special about the run Collingwood is currently on. Watch every blockbuster AFL match this weekend Live & Ad-Break Free In-Play on Kayo. New to Kayo? Start your free trial now >And not only because so few saw it coming. Remarkably, the man who has racked up the most disposals and second-most tackles since he stepped foot in the league in 2006, still has the fourth-best kick rating in the league. Stepping through traffic with that little ball fake that always seems to tempt the first tackler into a misstep, or reading the play out of a stoppage, Pendlebury has always been the sharpest switch blade when it comes to lacing out targets on his lethal left foot. And nothing has changed in season 17. But the individual accolades and adulation is not what sustains the man who has already claimed six All-Australians, five best-and-fairest awards, three Anzac Day Medals, one Norm Smith and recognition from his peers as the game’s best captain in 2020. The motivation in season 2022 is the feeling he and his teammates have about what they can achieve against all expectation this year. Who is Collingwood's greatest ever player?Only one week ago, Pendlebury experienced it once again when McRae marched to the three quarter time huddle and surprised even the skipper a little with the kind of uplifting address that is making football so enjoyable for the Collingwood champion. “You almost become a bit programmed to it in this industry in the sense that you would be standing there thinking ‘We are going to get a spray here’,” Pendlebury said.“But every time I’ve have thought that this year, it has been the complete opposite from ‘Fly’. “He has just got this great confidence in all of his players and against North at three quarter time he was like, ‘Don’t be afraid, guys. We can win this from here’. “Let’s do the things we know and play with energy, because we were pretty flat last week. But he said ‘Let’s attack. Let’s get after them.’ “We want to be really fearless. “With what I want to do (coaching) after my playing career, it has been a real eye-opener because in this industry you get conditioned, and conform to the norm. “So in certain situations you just expect a bake (from the coach). “But he is a different coach to what I have experienced with Mick (Malthouse) and ‘Bucks’ (Nathan Buckley). “It has really been a breath of fresh air. The coaches really have never-say-die attitude, they are really glass half-full all the time and I think that is really bleeding into the playing group.“I’m seeing the guys really believe.”Pendlebury, 34, is no fool, either. Winning definitely helps.And as the captain of a team more known for its defence under Buckley, this high-pressure game style – which is laced with a freed-up attacking flair – has been just the tonic for a club which crashed to second last last season. It’s chaos over control now, under McRae.And the meticulous Pendlebury remains as committed as ever, trimming down over summer to start a new leaf on the half back flank, before moving back into middle for the big win over Fremantle on the road in Round 10. Back in the centre square, the champion midfielder provides great balance, helping pinpoint the ball forward when he is not keeping the opposition out of the corridor.“We’ve good a great group in there and my job is to help put guys in spots that is going to help them flourish,” Pendlebury said. “I need to do my thing as well, and get on the end of it and help kick it inside 50m, and support the defence as well.”More than 30 of his closest family and friends will join him in Adelaide to celebrate the 350, including wife Alex and children Jax and Darcy, after breaking Tony Shaw’s 313-game record in front of largely empty stands at the Gabba two years ago.But these remarkable milestones are unlikely to be his last, as the contracted Pendlebury has no doubt about his plans to play on next season. 400? It’s within striking distance. “I’m contracted so, yeah, I am 100 per cent keen to play on next season,” Pendlebury said. “Fundamentally, I still love what I do. I love getting about of bed in the morning and going to work. I love the training, I love keeping fit. “Early on I could probably do it by myself or on my own- the gruelling running sessions and the gym work. Now I’m enjoying more and more doing all that with everyone, whether it’s Tommy Wilson, Nick Daicos or whoever. The banter. “So, I’m still loving my time here and ultimately, of course, I’m chasing another premiership. “But I also think I am playing an important role for the team. I’m not thinking I’m hanging on for dear life. “I feel like I add to the group and the same guys I help with my experiences – and I don’t think they realise this – but they help me with my energy and my motivation and enjoyment, too. “’Daics’ and ‘Ginni’, when they come to me for advice, I go to them for energy and enthusiasm and this is just what I love about our group at the moment.” “It is a great blend of guys and their personalities.”