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Magpies clinch fourth, Cats secure home final

1 septiembre 2012 15:02

The Magpies, through a mixture of their own inaccuracy and the Bombers spirit, were made to fight until the end before prevailing 14.20 (104) to 10.12 (72).

It was far from a complete performance from the Magpies, but the win nevertheless books Nathan Buckley's men a qualifying final berth against minor premiers Hawthorn at the MCG on Friday.

The match was an arm wrestle that could have easily went either way, until the final 10 minutes when the Pies piled on three goals to exaggerate the final margin.

The Bombers certainly gave themselves a chance to win in their final match of year.

But after kicking the match's opening two goals they could not muster the firepower to regain the lead, especially with Dane Swan and Dayne Beams at their match-winning best in Collingwood's midfield and a revitalised Travis Cloke irrepressible in attack.

Cloke put a season of bad form behind and looked a new man.

The power forward was a constant threat and finished with 5.4 and an accompanying 20 disposals.

But the most impressive part of the out-of-contract spearhead's night was his 16 marks, seven of which were contested.

Earlier, Geelong guaranteed themselves a home elimination final after they brushed aside a poor Sydney outfit by 34 points at Simonds Stadium.

After being challenged in the third term when Sydney grabbed a six-point lead, the Cats put the turbo boosters on by kicking the next eight goals of the match to record a comfortable 17.10 (112) to 11.12 (78) victory.

Adelaide stitched up a home qualifying final and will enter the finals with their tails up after crushing Gold Coast by 91 points at AAMI Stadium on Saturday.

Fremantle will face Geelong in the first week of the finals after a 61-point win over Melbourne at Patersons Stadium.

North Melbourne survived an early scare at Skoda Stadium to run out 28-point winners over Greater Western Sydney.

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