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Magpies smash dismal Demons

By Sam Lienert 08/06/2009 07:36:11 PM Comments (0)

Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse says the Magpies' three-match winning streak and the return of a group of senior players has given them a sound launchpad for the second half of the AFL season.

The Magpies belted a dismal Melbourne 19.12 (126) to 8.12 (60) at a rain-soaked MCG on Monday, the victory set up when they kicked the first eight goals.

Collingwood's 66-point win was their biggest of the season and followed victories over West Coast and Port Adelaide in the previous two rounds, the Magpies' first sequence of consecutive wins for the year.

They capitalised on a dreadful Melbourne performance, the Demons failing to provide the required level of either skill or desperation as the Magpies cruised to a 50-point lead four minutes into the second quarter.

With stars Travis Cloke, Alan Didak, Dale Thomas and Leon Davis having returned to the side over the past few rounds and Paul Medhurst expected back next round against Sydney, Malthouse said it was a positive way to go into their mid-season break.

They are in the top eight with a 6-5 record, the first time all year they have had more wins than losses.

"We've got a little bit of momentum, we've got a few experienced players back," he said.

"I've always said that no one remembers who you've got out, it's just a matter of making sure you try to get yourself competitive, which we weren't for a couple of weeks four or five weeks ago.

"The experience coming back has helped and we've still been able to play some young players, in fact collectively I think we were five years younger than Melbourne today.

"It's good to be able to still keep some young players in the side even though we're bringing back some experience."

One of the youngsters to shine was 20-year-old forward pocket Brad Dick, who kicked five goals in his 11th senior game.

Dick had just six career goals to his name before snaring three against Port Adelaide last round, which was his best haul before bettering it against the Demons.

The lightweight but pacy goalsneak missed all of last season after badly injuring his knee in a pre-season game and said he was finally starting to hit top fitness and feel confident he belonged in the AFL.

"When I did my knee, halfway through the year I'd had enough, I got a bit depressed and thought I don't even want to be here because I'm not playing football," Dick said.

"But coming out and playing with the boys and wearing Collingwood's jumper, it's amazing, I love it."

While the Magpies possess a wealth of talented small forwards and the club will have to make room for Medhurst's return, Malthouse said there was room for all of them.

"Brad is a different player than Paul, as he's different again to Alan Didak and Tarkyn Lockyer," Malthouse said.

"So that variety coupled with some tall players is something that keeps the opposition certainly on their toes anyway."

He said Dick was viewed as a future midfielder, but needed to put on some more muscle first.

The one down note for Collingwood was tall defender Nathan Brown leaving the ground with a jarred knee 20 minutes into the match.

While he was on crutches after the game, the Magpies said that was precautionary and he was not believed to have sustained any structural damage.

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