Each game during the finals, Trent Adam Shields and his gang of merry men will be rating the players out of ten for their performances.

These ratings will feed directly into The Mongrel Punt Player of the Finals Award.

Here are the numbers from the Pies v Eagles clash.

 

WEST COAST:

 

[30] Jackson Nelson – 5 

The West Coast back pocket fought a tight battle with the Magpie small forwards and while he was reasonably effective in stopping them hitting the scoreboard he was not able to provide his usual dash out of the backline as only one R50 (average 4) and 160m gained (average 228) showed. Probably his best moment, a bruising tackle on Jamie Elliot was completely missed by the umpire that led to a Hoskin-Elliot goal.

 

[37] Tom Barrass – 4

Potentially harsh rating considering there is not much you can do when a beanpole decides he is going to stick them, and the fact is that Barrass’ direct opponent for the majority of the game was one of the most influential players on the ground. Tried hard to support elsewhere, a manic spoil to prevent a certain Elliot goal in the second a good example.

 

[5] Brad Sheppard – 7

The AA backman had his hands full limiting Jordan De Goey’s influence, a task he excelled at for much of the game until the Pie forced himself into the contest in several important passages during the second half. A neat game with eleven disposals at a customary 100%.

 

[25] Shannon Hurn – 6

The former skipper was as brave as always, two of his six marks on the night contested as he sat in the hole in front of marauding forwards that he’s occupied for many of his fifteen seasons. In a game of inches though a lazy tackle that gifted Jack Noble a goal was a critical error.

 

[20] Jeremy McGovern – 8

Long-time fans of the West Coast superstar would’ve been thrilled as he played all the classics, contested marks, a game-high eleven intercepts, a wonderful dual effort to deny Thomas a mark, and then wrap up Elliot as he surged towards goal in the second. However, a couple of unexpected numbers made his set, an early deliberate call that led to a Cox goal and being completely worked over by the big Texan in the goal-square that won’t make his greatest hits.

 

[14] Liam Duggan – 8

The rugged Eagles defender was literally everywhere in the first quarter, racking up 12 disposals as he repelled attack after attack from the impressive Pies. His output slowed as the game wore on but his 20-possession (at 80% efficiency) and five intercept effort allows him to hold his head high.

 

[8] Jack Redden – 6

The returning West Coast midfielder who ranked highly in the Gary Ayres Medal count in 2018 had no trouble finding the ball 18 times but was less effective than he’d have liked only running at 60%. He more than anyone seemed to miss his bash brother Yeo, who makes his teammates walk taller.

 

[11] Tim Kelly – 3

The expensive off-season recruit had a night he’d prefer to forget quick smart as he was comprehensively nullified by Levi Greenwood. 75% down on his average disposal tally, he was able to contribute twice in the second quarter latching on to clearances from Natanui to record goal assists from passes to Kennedy and Darling.

 

[3] Andrew Gaff – 7

The WCE running machine delivered what he has 214 times for his club before, 24 quality possessions, four score involvements and four I50s. Generated over 300m gained for his side and was as valuable in the final minutes as he was at the beginning.

 

[15] Jamie Cripps – 8

After not having played since the round 14 loss to the Tigers Cripps hit the ground running and didn’t miss a beat as he repeatedly won one on ones early before slipping into a groove of excellence he maintained for the entire contest. 17 disposals up from his season average of 12, a game-high seven I50, five tackles, two goal assists and a wonderful running goal after getting on the end of a chain that included Natanui, Redden, Ryan out of the centre. His only possible blemish and preventing a perfect game were two gettable behinds that ultimately would’ve made the difference.

 

[27] Jack Darling – 8

The Eagles CHF treated AA Darcy Moore with contempt in this one, running him far and wide to collect 13 disposals, holding his position in the air to clamp down on six marks (including a game-high three contested) and punishing his with 3 goals. A powerful burst through several tackles was beautifully finished by handing off to a streaking Ainsworth for a goal in the second term.

 

[2] Jake Waterman – 7

The son of AA and Premiership star Chris, Waterman is making a name for himself in the AFL and with a game-high ten marks was an influence on this game, particularly in the second term when some precise attacking kicking into the centre of the ground set up meaningful drives to goal.

 

[12] Oscar Allen – 6

The young West Coast Forward/Ruck was good in his first final, kicking two goals including a snap on the run while bring tackled to regain the lead in the dying stages of the last quarter. His good work was somewhat undone by a season-high six clangers including three free kicks against.

 

[17] Josh J. Kennedy – 7

In games decided by just 1-point it is possible to play the role of hero and villain, unfortunately that applies to Eagles champion Kennedy in this classic match. With his hands as sharp as ever pulling down six marks, and his movement ferocious such as when he mowed down Jack Noble earning a free kick just before half time, the resultant behind however, one of four for the evening (to go along with 3 goals) will be something he bemoans into the pre-season.

 

[1] Liam Ryan – 9

If there was any doubt whatsoever on Liam Ryan’s credentials as a bona fide superstar of the competition, last night’s match dispelled that forever. Exciting as a small forward, electric as a centre square midfielder, hard edged as a defender marking in front of oncoming packs, and a showman holding the ball out to Maynard after another contested mark. 16 disposals, six score involvements, two goal assists and a lovely goal after heavy lifting from Cripps and Natanui, the result the only thing keeping him from a ten.

 

[9] Nic Naitanui – 8

In the heavyweight battle at the bounce of the ball, the two-time AA Natanui was a clear winner, 24 hit outs, 17-disposals (up from a season average of 11), a game-high seven clearances, five I50s and a towering mark the output of a player at the top of his game.

 

[41] Brendon Ah Chee – 6

Willing to do the dirty work throughout the night, Ah Chee doubled his season averages for tackles (including an equal game-high two I50) and clearances as he willed himself to hold back the Magpie onslaught.

 

[13] Luke Shuey – 4

The WC skipper, star of their triumph against the same opponent in 2018 will not look back fondly on this game. Underdone courtesy of repeated soft tissue injuries, his possessions output was down by 30% (only 1 in the first term), somewhat offset by seven tackles and six clearances (four of them out of the centre), but then let down by four free kicks against.

 

[4] Dom Sheed – 6

Bouncing back strongly from a possession-less first quarter, the star Eagle was able to record four score involvements and five I50s as part of his seventeen disposals. Unable to really stamp his authority on the contest in the way counterparts Adams and Treloar did though.

 

[21] Jack Petruccelle – 1

There is no way to sugar coat this, speedy youngster Petrucelle was awful. Only 3 handballs, all before half time and no other contribution to the statsheet was the output of a player totally bereft of confidence. Collingwood won due to positive contributions from 22 players, the Eagles bottom 6 let them down badly in this one.

 

[28] Tom Cole – 4

A terrific season ended on a sour note for the WC back flanker, Cole only able to find the ball seven times down 40% on average and was one of seven Eagles not to lay a tackle.

 

[33] Brayden Ainsworth – 2

Barely avoids the Petrucelle rating due to a neatly taken goal in the second term after a cleaver releasing handball from Jack Darling. The baby-faced Ainsworth will be better for the exposure to the unforgiving nature of finals footy.

 

COLLINGWOOD:

 

[25] Jack Crisp – 7

The consistent Collingwood defender acquired significant responsibility for his team’s fortunes after Howe went down injured in the early part of the year and has responded brilliantly. Against the Eagles he was typically belligerent claiming 16 possessions including a team-high eight from intercepts which resulted in 374m gained for his team and eight bone-crunching tackles.

 

[23] Jordan Roughead – 4

The former Bulldog premiership player has enjoyed a fantastic season, barely conceding a goal, apart from the previous meeting against the Eagles when Kennedy took him apart to the tune of seven majors. Tonight, could have been a repeat save for some poor execution by the big Eagle who finished with 3.4, some credit to Roughead for forcing him wide and increasing the difficulty of the shots.

 

[44] Jack Madgen – 6

The mature-aged recruit took his chances on the big stage and was not overawed at all as he tucked the ball under the arm and broke the lines repeatedly, converting his 12 disposals into 261m for his team at 84%.

 

 

[37] Brayden Maynard – 7

Alongside Sam Menegola probably the most aggrieved at being left out of the AA side, Maynard produced another sterling performance in a career year, no doubt would have rated higher apart from the fact his direct opponent was the outrageous Liam Ryan. Despite being down 25% on disposals and metres gained, after his opponent playfully waved the ball in his face after a contested mark, Maynard had the last laugh.

 

[30] Darcy Moore – 6

The AA CHB waged a thrilling duel with Jack Darling and came off second best as the athletic Eagle produced a classic finals game. The nature of this exceptionally high standard game however was that Moore was still a very good contributor, a team leading 423m gained from 13 disposals and six intercepts. Now turns his attention to the Cats as his opponent contemplates what could have been while in an enforced seven-day quarantine.

 

[3] Isaac Quaynor – 6

Rookie sensation and rising star nominee Quaynor acquitted himself well in his first exposure to final footy under extreme pressure at the new Optus furnace. The statistics of eleven touches and 94m don’t tell the story of how his safe hands and calm decision making played it’s role in an overall team effort.

 

[1] Jaidyn Stephenson – 7

The under siege former Ron Evans Medallist was entrusted by coach Nathan Buckley to turn around his fortunes and perhaps channelling the incomparable Michael Tuck donned the long sleeves and ran hard and wide to contribute strongly to the win. 10 disposals, six marks and a whopping 357m gained gave Collingwood that integral outlet to support their slingshot game plan. While a goal on the run after several bounces would’ve been the crowning redemption it was in fact a desperate spoil in defensive 50 when Stephenson’s diving fist prevented Waterman from lining up on goal in the last quarter.

 

[19] Levi Greenwood – 8

The hard-bodied Collingwood midfielder almost certainly earned himself a new contract on the back of this performance that rendered high priced Eagle recruit Tim Kelly ineffective. A key moment in the last quarter where an under-siege Collingwood backline was rescued by a bullocking Greenwood who broke through four flailing tackles in two repeat efforts to clear the danger, added to his eight tackles he was a colossus and I’m sure there are some nervous Cats in their hub wondering if he’s eyeing them off today.

 

[26] Josh Daicos – 7

The son of a gun has proven to be so much more than a novelty, prominent throughout the night with 17 touches at 83%, his finest moment was a deft left footed lob into the path of Mihocek for his first goal in the tight third term.

 

[32] Will Hoskin-Elliott – 7

Bemoaning the promise that WHE shows at times upon missing a simple snap at goal after fumbling a clear opportunity from close range, the former Giant sprung to life loping up and down the field and becoming dangerous in front of goal. Finishing with a team-high seven marks, he was the beneficiary of a laser beam pass from De Goey which he duly goaled from after a contentious free kick wasn’t paid against Elliot.

 

[41] Brody Mihocek – 8

Matched up against the goliath McGovern for much of the game he was a definite afterthought as the Eagle did as he pleased in the first half. A gutsy contested mark and goal in the third seemed to bring him to life, and then a great mark over McGovern for another goal in the last gave the Pies a glimmer of hope. Moments later an extraordinary gather from a slick Thomas handball and speculative left footed drive that sailed straight through gave the pies the lead for good. I can imagine his manager channelling Tom Cruise from Jerry Maguire having a loud conversation with Eddie McGuire in the next few days.

 

[24] Josh Thomas – 6

Just slightly off the pace, or with defenders closing just before he’d managed to mark such as which occurred in the second quarter as he was barrelled over by McGovern was likely to be the story written about Thomas in this match until late in desperate last quarter where he gathered a loose ball stood tall in a tackle and managed to offload to Mihocek who delivered the fatal blow.

 

[5] Jamie Elliott – 7

Starved of opportunity by the tenacious Eagles small defenders, Elliot imposed his will on the game winning four clearances including two out of the centre. He also worked tirelessly to lay an equal game-high two tackles inside forward 50 and was rewarded with a goal.

 

[46] Mason Cox – 9

The argument has been settled once and for all, finals Mason Cox is the far superior model to home & away Mason Cox. A dream sequence of three of his 4 contested marks all resulting in goals in the middle of the first term a start not even Hollywood could have concocted. While he was unable to maintain that high water mark throughout the game, he was a constant threat and claimed an important outlet mark deep in the last quarter to hold off another Eagle challenge.

 

[2] Jordan De Goey – 8

The most explosive player on the Magpies list, De Goey was relatively well held by Brad Shephard for the majority of the game, but forced himself into relevance in the third term when he collected an assist from Cox and wheeled onto his left and slotted a long goal. He produced several bursts forward in the last term and capped an incredible win with a vital snapped goal from a tight angle late in the game.

 

[4] Brodie Grundy – 5

The Collingwood big man has been way down on his best all season and is almost certainly carrying an injury. He faced off against the frightening prospect of Nic Natanui at full throttle and was soundly beaten on the night, even being left on the bench to begin the second half, and during the final heart stopping moments. Small victories he can use to regain his lost confidence next week were his ability to prevent Natanui launching over his to get unimpeded hit outs and a brutal take down of Darling that earned a valuable free kick.

 

[13] Taylor Adams – 9

The newly minted Collingwood AA was in superb form last night, his 24 disposals, eight tackles and 7 score involvements a wonderful four quarter effort. An early mistake where he missed an open target inside forward 50 and was easily cut off by Shannon Hurn was almost immediately remedied by courageously sitting under a high ball to take the mark and then cop a late hit from Oscar Allen, the ensuing 50m penalty and goal gave the Pies a fourth first quarter goal.

 

[10] Scott Pendlebury – 7

The inspirational Collingwood games record holder was a consistent threat all night, not dominating like Adams, but outplaying his corresponding numbers in the Eagles midfield. A team-high six clearances complimented his 18 disposals with his best moment a sublime pass to Mason Cox leading to a De Goey goal, taking the attacking central option when the defence had set up to limit the down the line kick.

 

[7] Adam Treloar – 8

The frenetic Treloar was the leading possession winner on the ground, his 25 touches at the acceptable rate of 76% gained 400m, in addition he was a constant threat around packs claiming five clearances including three from the centre and a game-high nine score involvements. A missed snap on the left from 15m in the third the only untidy moment in another very impressive outing from the Magpie star.

 

[9] John Noble – 6

The busy Collingwood mature-age recruit played his part in keeping the West Coast forwards quiet, and celebrated his best moment of the game with a cold-as-ice execution of a set shot goal after a clumsy tackle from Shannon Hurn, only his second of the season.

 

[14] Darcy Cameron – 7

Somewhat surprisingly selected for this match the former Swan more than paid his way with three contested marks and strong competition in the centre square against both Allen and Natanui. In a game where the Eagles talls fired, it was vitally important for Cameron to stand up and be a presence, which he did with aplomb.

 

[16] Chris Mayne – 7

The former Docker marking forward reinvented himself as a ‘hards as nails’ wingman upon moving to the Holden Centre. Again he played an essential role to Buckley’s style as a link man and his 18 disposals at almost 90% efficiency were crucial in the final wash up.

 

 

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