Hot Pies dispatch woeful Eagles
Collingwood has spoilt Shannon Hurn's 300th AFL match, defeating a bitterly disappointing West Coast outfit by 45 points at the MCG on Saturday.
The Pies burst out of the blocks, kicking the first eight goals of the match to stun the seventh placed Eagles, who appeared sluggish from the outset and failed to fire a shot at all against a lowly ranked opponent.
Jamie Cripps slotted West Coast's first major 21 minutes into the second quarter but it hardly got any better for the Eagles as Collingwood recorded their biggest victory since round one last year.
The margin blew out to 57 points during the third term before the Eagles kicked four last-quarter goals to save some face.
It was West Coast's third embarrassing outing in Victoria this season after they lost to Geelong by 97 points in round six and to Sydney by 92 points at GMHBA Stadium earlier this month.
While the Cats and Swans are genuine finals teams, Collingwood (6-13) have endured a tumultuous season after parting ways with coach Nathan Buckley and are without injured captain Scott Pendlebury.
Acting captain Steele Sidebottom stepped up in Pendlebury's absence, collecting 33 possessions and slotting a goal.
Fellow midfielders Taylor Adams and Jordan De Goey were also outstanding, dominating West Coast's highly-rated on-ball brigade.
Collingwood had 12 different goalkickers, with Jamie Elliott and Brody Mihocek leading the way with two each.
Cripps was the only multiple goal kicker for the Eagles, who remain in seventh spot needing at least one more win to make finals.
"I thought the Pies used their brains more than we did with their ball movement, so we gave the players some clarity at halftime," Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.
"It's pretty raw at the moment. The season's still alive and we're there still abouts but we're not going to get far if we play like that.
"There's probably a little bit of guilt for a player (Hurn) that's served us so well for so many years so we're disappointed on his behalf."
West Coast will return home to play Melbourne in round 21, while Collingwood faces Hawthorn in Launceston in the club's first game in Tasmania for premiership points in their history.
IMAGE: The Age.