Collingwood’s love affair with ANZ Stadium has continued with the Magpies overturning a 23-point second quarter deficit to score an AFL win over the Sydney Swans.
The Magpies made it nine wins from their last ten games at the venue as they came from behind to record a 12.17 (89) to 10.9 (69) win on Saturday.
The loss dropped Sydney to 0-2, while Collingwood improved to 1-1.
Sydney led 31-8 in the second quarter, but couldn’t match Collingwood’s midfield in a hard-fought but scrappy encounter.
Sparked by champion midfielders Craig Pendlebury (33 possessions) and Dayne Beams (30), the Pies kicked seven to three in the second half.
The game was locked at 67-all early in the final quarter,but Collingwood kicked the last three goals of the game through Beams, Jamie Elliott and Clinton Young.
It was a stirring response from a Collingwood side flogged by Fremantle in their first game, while Sydney were again overrun in the final quarter as they were by GWS in their opening game.
Elliott kicked three goals and Travis Cloke and Tyson Goldsack weighed in with two apiece for the victors.
Lance Franklin was Sydney’s only multiple goalkicker with two and added 16 possessions and four marks in a better effort after his quiet debut against GWS.
The Swans kicked five straight goals either side of quarter-time after Elliott booted the first major of the match.
Heritier Lumumba racked up 13 touches in the first quarter,which Collingwood started well before Sydney got on top to lead by 11 at the first break.
The Swans outmarked the visitors 39-13 in the first quarter.
The Magpies kicked four of the last six goals of the second quarter to claw their way back to within nine points at halftime.
With Pendlebury becoming progressively more influential, the Pies slammed on the first three goals of the third quarter.
Franklin temporarily reversed the tide with a booming 55-metre goal, but Collingwood’s own spearhead, Cloke quickly replied with a major at the other end.
Collingwood kicked four goals to two in the third quarter and held a three-point lead at the final change before going on with the job.
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said it was a stronger defensive performance from his side and praised the leadership of Pendlebury, Beams and former captain Nick Maxwell, who performed well in his 200th game.
“To get the win is clearly what we’re looking for, but the way we played and the way we structured up was really a positive as well,” Buckley said.
“We’re rapt to have the win. We think we were probably five or six out of 10 with the way we played, how close we played to our optimum.”
Buckley said defender Nathan Brown popped his shoulder and it would be a couple of days before the extent of the injury was known.
Sydney coach John Longmire lamented a lack of polish from his side in their ball use.
“We didn’t have the polish we wanted to going forward and particularly in the second half and didn’t use the ball when we had it,” Longmire said.
“Towards the back end of the game, that’s what cost us. We blazed away too many times.”
A kick on the leg for Gary Rohan was Sydney’s only injury.