Collingwood Pull Off The Mother Of All Upsets, Beat Flag Faves Richmond

For those in or around Punt Road, I am sorry to repeat the news that Collingwood defeated Richmond 15.7 (97) to 8.10 (58) in tonight’s preliminary final.

Almost 100,000 people filled the ‘G in what a bunch of my mates called one of the biggest prelim in ages. 

Fans even flocked to Margaret Court Arena to watch the match onscreen.

On ground, it appeared Tiger fans outnumbered the Pies.

But it didn’t matter because by halftime, the Pies had a massive 44 point lead and things were starting to look grim… or great.

By three-quarter-time, the Tigers trailed by 34 points thanks to Jack Riewoldt who kicked four bloody goals.

Riewoldt, freak of nature, was keeping the Tigers in the game with another goal just minutes into the final quarter shrinking the margin to just 27 points.

Jack Higgins scored his second for the match and the Tigers’ roar was huge. 

And then it begun…

Brodie Grundy scores with just 11 minutes to go – 91-58.

Fans start to roar “Collingwood” across the ‘G.

Jaidyn Stephenson delivers the final nail on the coffin with a 39 point lead and five minutes remaining.

The GOLD JACKET comes on.

And just like that, the Tigers’ dream of being back to back champs is over.

Collingwood are into the GRAND FINAL.

Golden boy, Dustin Martin, though people believed him to be free from injury, just wasn’t playing at his best.

As the AFL tweeted earlier in the night: “Dustin Martin has only recorded five or less kicks in a game twice in his career. He managed three kicks tonight.”

Tiger fans were shattered, to say the least.

Life on the other side was fab though.