Who was hot
Christian Petracca: Aside from the three who were good at half-time and continued to be good in the second half, Petracca was simply superb in the second half as Melbourne’s midfield got right on top of Collingwood. He was probably best on ground in the second half.
Darcy Moore: Excellent again, shut down Bayley Fritsch who admittedly is on one foot with his injury, until Fritsch had the drop on him in the last minutes and kicked a crucial goal. He worked intelligently with Nathan Murphy and was crucial in that last quarter in particular as Melbourne had an abundance of inside fifties but could not convert.
Isaac Qaynor: Was extremely good. Took telling marks in the final term.
Who was not
Kysaiah Pickett: Could have been best on ground by a mile but he could not hit the scoreboard. One goal, three behinds and two out on the full hurt Melbourne. ON the plus side he had his hands on the ball. The downside he missed.
Darcy Cameron: Subbed out for Jack Ginnivan, as expected one of the rucks was subbed out. Cox looked far better in the ruck, Gawn got on top around the ground when Cameron was rucking.
Jamie Elliott: Like Pickett, he should have kicked a bag. He missed two bad set shots early in the period he looked lively. Didn’t look the same after Michael Hibberd landed on the back of his ankle in a marking contest.