S. Pendlebury (not out) 42

Another Friday night at the G and it was deja vu all over again. The Pies went behind early before an opposition star went down injured and Ben Reid pushed forward. And as with the Carlton match last week, Collingwood eased away to a nice victory.

There were milestones a plenty with Beamsy back for his first match of the season, Luke Ball playing his 200th and Sidebottom notching a century. But the highlight of the night was the performance of Scott Pendlebury. The man is simply a magician in the midfield. A Pendlebury handpass is truly more of a directive – inviting other players into space.

He was far and away the best afield and if he continues to rack up 42, might be in line for an Agar-esque Ashes birth.

Ashes Pendlebury


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