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Big American Pie has his 'little-man' moment

Highlights: Collingwood v Port Adelaide The Magpies and Power clash in round 22
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Mason Cox has a 'little-man' moment against Port

1. Polec's Exhibit A on his trade appeal
Port Adelaide wingman Jared Polec has "quite unique offers" to mull over, as his coach Ken Hinkley put it – namely a reported $3.5 million dollar, five-year deal from North Melbourne. For all the Roos' midfield grunt, they need a line-breaking runner who can drive the ball forward. That's why it would be money well spent on Polec, who is enjoying a career-best season. He had a goal-square blunder where he dropped a chest mark and cost the Power a goal, but he quickly made up for it. Receiving the ball on the defensive side of the centre square, Polec chipped the ball forward to Aidyn Johnson, followed up to receive the handball, then twice sold candy to opponents before rifling through a magnificent left-foot goal. He's exactly what North needs, but that sexy skillset is why Hinkley and the Power are so keen to keep him, too.

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2. Plenty of candy to go around
The American Pie, Collingwood's 211cm friendly giant Mason Cox, clearly had a look at what Jared Polec did earlier. Cox found himself in a foot race with Jack Hombsch near the boundary and did wonderfully to push the Port defender off balance and barely keep the ball inside the field of play. What came next was even better – Cox used his Inspector Gadget arms to great effect, faking to go right, only to dish a handball to Brodie Grundy then follow up with a tackle. Order was restored soon after when Cox plucked a one-hander from the sky, but we'll always have the Magpie forward's 'little-man' moment.

3. Was this the turning point?
Steven Motlop was one of Port's best, but his hit to the chest of Magpie Brayden Maynard gifted Adam Oxley a 50m penalty and goal at a crucial time in the third quarter. That stretched Collingwood's margin to 12 points and was the first of eight straight black and white majors. No matter how you look at it, the Power never recovered from that moment – and the true cost will be known next Friday night when its finals hopes go on the line.

 

4. Adams contracts a severe case of leather poisoning
It's nothing new for Taylor Adams to feature prominently on the stats sheet, but his second quarter at the MCG on Saturday was outrageous even by his standards. By the time Adams banged through a 50m goal nearing half-time, he had 16 disposals (five contested), two clearances (one out of the centre), 229 metres gained and four score involvements for the term. The Magpie is often chastised for his kicking, but the most telling part of his outburst was that 13 of his possessions were effective. That should silence the doubters for another week.

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5. Jordan can De Goey anywhere
It wasn't only Jordan De Goey's new haircut that sparked discussion on Saturday. He looked up and about early in attack with a goal in the opening minute, but he had only five touches to his name at half-time. Nathan Buckley went to Plan B, switching his game-breaker into the middle in what proved a masterstroke. De Goey doubled his possession tally and ignited the Magpies in the third term just as Port Adelaide threatened to overrun them. He added four more disposals and a second goal by the time Collingwood put him on ice midway through the final term. What is De Goey's best position, you ask? The answer seems to be wherever he is most needed.

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