AFL 2022 Round 6 LIVE updates: Essendon Bombers, Collingwood Magpies take to MCG for Anzac Day clash

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  • The other grail: Collingwood’s unending quest for a key forward
  • ‘We are creating something special’: Maynard bullish about Pies’ future
  • Anzac Day footy
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ICYMI: Melbourne march on, deliver under Anzac eve spotlight

Melbourne overcame a bout of self-sabotage in attack to overwhelm Richmond by 22 points in the annual Anzac Day eve clash at the MCG to maintain their unbeaten run this year.

The Demons seized complete control with another dominant third term to break open the match after a particularly wasteful first half when kicking for goal.

Bayley Fritsch celebrates a goal with Tom Sparrow and Luke Jackson.Credit:AFL Photos

In a clash pitting the reigning premiers against the champions who preceded them, Melbourne kicked five goals in a row to break Richmond’s resistance.

The Tigers were gallant, scrapping with all their might to hold Melbourne and producing moments of magic that were reminders of their three recent premierships.


The other grail: Collingwood’s unending quest for a key forward

In their last grand final nearly four years ago, the Collingwood Football Club’s primary key forward was a seven-foot American, who did not progress from the literally dizzying heights he reached in the preliminary final of 2018.

Collingwood’s brave experiment with Mason Cox, the 211-cm Texan whose career has foundered on the rock of inconsistency and a confounding talent for dropping marks – with and without prescription sunglasses – appears to be over.

Mason Cox in 2018.Credit:Eddie Jim

It would be surprising if Cox was on the Collingwood list in 2023.

Collingwood’s lack of a bona fide key forward has been a problem for the club ever since the decline of Travis Cloke from 2014.


MCC ticketing concerns members

The Melbourne Cricket Club will continue to use a reserved seat ticketing system for major AFL matches in the Members Reserve at the MCG, despite the easing of COVID-19 restrictions over the weekend.

The “fully ticketed” system, which was first introduced due to COVID-19, requires all members to reserve a seat to obtain entry to the reserve.

The MCC will continue with a reserve seat system for members in certain blockbuster matches.Credit:Joe Armao

Traditionally, the MCC has used a walk-up system that allows full and restricted members general access to most of the MCC section, allowing them to claim a seat on the day.

The Anzac eve match between Melbourne and Richmond and the Anzac Day game between Essendon and Collingwood both used the “fully ticketed” system.


‘We are creating something special’: Maynard bullish about Pies’ future

Brayden Maynard admits he is not a player prone to overthinking things. He acts on instinct and doesn’t like to clutter his mind with too many thoughts.

So he has been better taking the handball and kicking a goal on the run from outside 50 than he is taking a set shot from closer range. He did both last round: nailed the long bomb, pulled the set shot.

Brayden Maynard has changed his game with the help of Justin Leppitsch.Credit:AFL Photos

But he has been forced to re-think things. In the pre-season he was suspended when he got GWS’ Daniel Lloyd high with the follow-through from a round-arm spoil.

“I had never been suspended, so having a couple of weeks out of the game after a massive pre-season with a new game plan, new coaches and having to miss the first couple of games, it really, really frustrated me,” he said.


Anzac Day footy

Hello, and welcome to our Anzac Day coverage of today’s AFL action.

It starts in Launceston with Hawthorn hosting Sydney.

Then, of course, our focus will turn to the MCG where Essendon and Collingwood do battle for the 27th time on Anzac Day.

Damien Ractliffe here to lead you through the first few hours, before I hand over to Roy Ward.

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