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Magpie magicians put on a show

By Sam Lienert 31/05/2008 07:48:04 PM Comments (0)

They are four of the AFL's best sharpshooters and luckily for Collingwood they are all on the one team.

Most clubs are happy to have one forward regularly capable of igniting their team with a magical goal, but Magpies Alan Didak, Leon Davis, Dale Thomas and Paul Medhurst all have that ability in abundance.

It was on show against West Coast on Saturday, as the quartet kicked 14.1 between them, including some beauties.

Thomas provided the absolute highlight, with a four-bounce, 60m weaving run through the middle of the ground before slotting home a major shortly before halftime.

But there were plenty of other gems - a Davis snap over his head in the first quarter, Didak threading one from 50m near the boundary in the second term and a similar effort from Davis in the third.

Not to be outdone, Medhurst turned the final term into his own showcase, kicking four of Collingwood's last five goals, including a clever checkside from tight in the pocket for his third of the quarter.

Between them, the four players now have 77.35 in 10 games this season, with Medhurst leading the pack with 28.12, partly because the other three spend more time in the midfield.

Thomas said it was hard work as much as natural talent that enabled the foursome to produce the inspirational around the big sticks.

"That's what you do all the practice for at training, you practice so that when you get into a game you are confident," he said.

"It's like a golf swing, the more times you do it the more confident you are over the ball."

Slotting goals from a range of positions is something they regularly rehearse.

"You have shots from the boundary and try torpedoes and muck around with ball drops and seeing how the ball sort of spins," he said.

"I suppose the best thing about having blokes like that is we all kind of feed off each other and when Dids or Mag (Didak or Davis) do something good the whole forward line lifts and it gets the rest of the boys up.

"So I think it's fantastic to have those types of guys around ... you never know what's going to happen."

But Thomas was also quick to acknowledge that eye-catching goals such as his stirring running effort on Saturday were just the icing on the cake of teammates' hard work.

"The thing I enjoyed most about it was the blocks I was able to get from the other boys, because when I first got it there was a few blokes right up my clacker," he said.

"I think it was Frase (Josh Fraser) and Johnno (Ben Johnson) came through and blocked for me.

"So that really highlights the team game that we've been playing, when blokes are able to block and I was just lucky enough to get the reward at the end."

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