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Magpies out to make amends, says Thomas

By Melissa Woods 27/09/2010 12:24:42 PM Comments (0)

Collingwood midfielder Dale Thomas says the grand final replay will give some of his teammates a quick chance to make amends for their below par performances.

While Thomas was Collingwood's best player in the heart-stopping 68-68 draw against St Kilda, some of his other high-profile teammates turned in quiet games.

Fellow midfielder Dane Swan, who was the bookmakers' favourite for the Norm Smith medal heading into the match, was down on his own lofty standards, and goal-sneak Leon Davis, apart from a great snap in the final quarter, was disappointing with only six touches for the day.

Other such as Chris Dawes and Travis Cloke were left ruing missed goals which could have turned the result.

Thomas said the re-match presented an unusual opportunity.

"I think the best thing about the group is that many of the boys will say from their own admission that they didn't have great games," he told radio station Nova 100 on Monday.

"When you are playing in a grand final it is usually the hurt of not playing well that drives you throughout the pre-season to get back.

"Many people don't get that opportunity to get back in a grand final and redeem themselves.

"For our group it's lucky that the boys who were a little bit down get the chance, seven days later to get out there and rectify it."

Thomas admitted he was one of the players responsible for missing gettable shots at goal which would have put the Magpies out of reach in the third quarter.

"I think I have played a couple of maybe better games this year," he said.

"If it had been a win I would have claimed it to be the best game to be a part of.

"It is a bit of a hollow feeling ... you go out there for your two hours and you give pretty much everything you have to give.

"Then it is a nothing result. In that regard you don't know what to think."

Thomas said he would try to approach the replay like any other AFL match.

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