Ikon Park’s lighting was also a talking point after the light tower closest to the main entrance failed during halftime, was rebooted and failed again during the third and last quarters, steeping the corresponding forward pocket in darkness.
The home side had dominated the opening quarter with 12 inside 50s to two, but failed to punish the Magpies on the scoreboard, booting just one goal.
That allowed the Pies back into the game, leading the Blues by four points at the main break with six consecutive scores for 2.4.
Vescio managed to inflict the decisive blow after erring in front of goal, scoring three points in the first quarter to take her season tally to 3.8.
In a departure from coach Daniel Harford’s pre-season strategy, captain Bri Davey started up forward and finished with 20 disposals. Jaimee Lambert tried hard all night for Collingwood with 18 of her own, including seven tackles.
1.5 1.6 2.7 4.10 (34)
0.0 2.4 4.5 4.5 (29)
Carlton: A Downie, D Vescio,
M Prespakis, T Harris Collingwood:
D Guttridge, J Allen, K Lynch,
CROWD 3215 at Ikon Park