Collingwood has blitzed AFL premiership favourites Geelong to record a 24-point upset win at the MCG, thereby easing pressure on embattled coach Nathan Buckley.
The Magpies did the damage in the opening half-hour, keeping the Cats goalless in the first quarter to win 104 to 80 on Saturday.
Geelong, which lacked stars Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood, spent the rest of the match playing catchup.
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After leading by 44 points at quarter-time, the Magpies’ edge was reduced to just eight in the final term as the Cats mounted their challenge.
Two goals in the final term by Tom Hawkins brought the Cats within nine points, but Collingwood clung on.
Scott Pendlebury led the Pies side with three goals and 26 disposals, while Steele Sidebottom (31 disposals) and Adam Treloar (29 disposals) also shone.
Jesse White and Alex Fasolo nabbed a pair of goals each, alongside majors to tireless runners Pendlebury, Treloar and Jack Crisp.
All three midfielders were excellent on a day when the Magpie engine, led by Sidebottom in his 150th game, had no passengers.
The four-goal result showed how quickly footy fortunes change.
Just a week ago, coach Buckley headed to Brisbane under extreme pressure with only an Anzac Day win in the past month.
On the same weekend, the Cats were installed as outright premiership flag favourites after purring to a sixth-straight win.
But on Saturday afternoon, the Magpies snapped the form-lines in stunning style, becoming the first team to beat the Cats this season in Victoria.
Adelaide smashes Gold Coast
The Crows dominated an injury-depleted Gold Coast at home by 75 points.
Adelaide was never threatened by a plucky but outclassed Suns as Taylor Walker kicked five majors, topping the Crows’ list of 13 different goal kickers.
The result seemed inevitable after Adelaide went into the Metricon Stadium clash as unbackable $1.04 favourites against a Suns outfit with just five AFL-listed players available for reserves duty.
The Suns added to their horror injury list, losing Darcy Macpherson (knee) and Callum Ah Chee (concussion) by the second term.
Eagles sink Port
West Coast buried some road demons with an eight-point AFL win against Port Adelaide – its first away win in seven trips.
Eagles star forward Josh Kennedy dominated the twilight clash, kicking five to guide his team to its 14.10 (94) to 13.8 (86) victory.
The victory was punctuated by Andrew Gaff being crudely knocked out by Port’s Tom Jonas, a third-term act certain to result in suspension.