It really was a spectacular effort to be in with a chance to win, with just two minutes left in the match, given the players missing, and the in-game injuries.
Both teams suffered, Collingwood losing Daniel Wells to another serious knee injury, while the Swans had to make do without their two best clearance midfielders, Josh Kennedy and George Hewett. Incredibly, they lost both players at almost the same time - Hewett to a concussion, and Kennedy to a medial strain in his left knee - in the third quarter.
It was a brilliant third quarter turnaround by the Swans. Callum Sinclair, comprehensively beaten in the first half, started giving his starving midfielders first use, and they made sure they used it well, booting 5.1.31 to 2.2.14. The last three goals of the quarter - two of them to Sam Reid, capped off a great fightback, that showcased some of the Sydney's strongest football, and really demonstrated what they're capable of.
But they couldn't capitalise on their dominance early in the fourth quarter, missing two gilt-edged opportunities through ruckman Callum Sinclair and forward Will Hayward - who would go on to miss another easy set shot 30 metres out. Collingwood responded by kicking four of the next five goals to seal the win, with Rampe giving away a 50 metre penalty with just over two minutes remaining, gifting Mayne the winning goal.
B: Callum Mills, Lewis Melican, Dane Rampe
HB: Jake Lloyd, Aliir Aliir, Colin O'Riordan
C: Jordan Dawson, Tom Papley, Oliver Florent
HF: Ryan Clarke, Sam Reid, Tom McCartin
F: Will Hayward, Lance Franklin, Luke Parker
FOL: Callum Sinclair, George Hewett, Josh P. Kennedy
I/C: Isaac Heeney, Jackson Thurlow, Nick Blakey, Robbie Fox
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