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Magpies' senior duo set goals for final

By Melissa Woods 24/09/2010 01:57:13 PM Comments (0)

Recalled Collingwood stalwarts Simon Prestigiacomo and Leon Davis have set their own personal goals for Saturday's AFL grand final against St Kilda.

The pair were called into the 22 for the MCG clash after missing the Magpies' emphatic preliminary final win over Geelong due to injury.

Defender Prestigiacomo has been sidelined for six weeks with a corked thigh that suffered complications requiring surgery, while Davis pulled out with a slight hamstring twinge.

The two unlucky men to be omitted were young defenders Nathan Brown and Tyson Goldsack, with Prestigiacomo admitting it was a relief to be included in the side.

"It's been a pretty nerve-wracking couple of weeks, not getting in for the prelim and things like that," he said at Friday's grand final parade.

"There's a bit of relief ... it's terrific to be back in."

He said stopping Saints spearhead Nick Riewoldt would be a key to delivering the Magpies their first flag since 1990.

"It's huge, it's always a big job to play on someone like Rooey (Riewoldt) with his fitness and his skills, it's going to be a tough job," said the 32-year-old.

"He's one of the toughest, he'd definitely be up there.

"He's one of the most elite in terms of fitness and that sort of thing."

Despite his stint on the sidelines, Prestigiacomo said he would be up to the challenge of a match-up on the goal-kicking ace.

"I've been training for a fair bit and I've done a fair bit of running and things like that so my fitness should be up to it."

Davis has been criticised for his lack of form in finals, particularly in the 2002 grand final loss, when he failed to get a touch against Brisbane.

He said he had a point to prove.

"Definitely. I'm pretty happy to be playing and fortunate enough that Mick (Malthouse) gave me the opportunity to play tomorrow so I definitely feel like I've got a point to prove," he said.

"I'll be doing everything I can to help the team win."

Davis said he didn't remember much about Collingwood's 2002 and 2003 grand final defeats.

"Just that we lost and it was a pretty sad feeling that we did lose," he said.

"It was personally disappointing on both occasions for myself and for the team, so hopefully we can rectify that and win."

Prestigiacomo, Davis, Ben Johnson and Alan Didak are the only members of the 2002-03 deciders to be selected in the 2010 grand final team, although Tarkyn Lockyer is among the emergencies.

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