Buckley open to Cox-Reid double act


Buckley admitted that, for the moment, Reid was making it hard for the match committee to drop him back to the VFL.

“That’s exactly the opportunity that he had and I think he took it,” Buckley said.

Magpie forward Ben Reid was inaccurate but played strongly.Credit:Paul Rovere

“That’s the question that we’ll ask ourselves and that Reidy’s asked of match committee. It’s a really good problem to have.”

Collingwood shot out of the blocks against the Power, booting the first seven goals and racing out to a 45-point lead at the first change – their equal 10th biggest quarter-time advantage in club history – and Buckley suggested it was one of the best quarters of footy the Magpies had played in his eight-year reign.

“That first 30 minutes was exceptional footy. You get to quarter-time and you’ve really got no more else to say than, ‘Geez, well done boys. That’s our footy played at its best’,” Buckley said.

“We really imposed ourselves on the opposition and set the game up when it counted.”

Another big part of the Magpies’ victory was the game played by star backman Darcy Moore who appears to be in All-Australian form.

Buckley described him as a “prototype key defender” who will ominously only get better and better.

Taylor Adams’ groin injury put a dampener on the result for Collingwood and Buckley admitted the fact that he took no further part in the game after hurting himself in the third term was a “red flag” with regards to its severity.

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Port Adelaide had started the season in bright fashion, but coach Ken Hinkley agreed that their comprehensive loss was a reminder of the gap they still needed to bridge on the competition’s top teams.

“It’s really disappointing that we didn’t give ourselves a chance in the game because the first quarter was pretty much done and dusted,” he said.

Adding salt to Port Adelaide’s wound was midfielder Brad Ebert suffering a concussion after being kneed in the back of the head, but Hinkley said he was “OK” after the game.

The Power coach was hopeful of regaining co-captain Tom Jonas (calf) next week for the Showdown against Adelaide but stressed there were “no guarantees” he would be fit.

Ronny Lerner is a Sports reporter for The Age.

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