AFL 2021 LIVE updates: Collingwood Magpies, Brisbane Lions kick off round three in Melbourne

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Moore v Daniher

It’s on again, we hope, for the second time ever tonight.

The first time was Anzac Day 2019. Moore had regained fitness to become a permanent defender, and Daniher was actually on the field for the Bombers for once.

Joe kicked four goals that day. That sounds bad for Moore but without him Daniher probably would have kicked many more.

It is a one-on-one dual that stands out in the memory and hopefully we get to see it again tonight.

Joe Daniher.Credit:Michael Dodge

Lions v Pies 2002, a classic under the roof

Now our sports editor, in 2002 Chloe Saltau was charged with writing the match report in a thrilling contest between the Pies and the Lions.

This match on May 19, 2002 was the entrée to what would be a ripping rivalry over the next two years.

It would include two grand finals and in 2003 it also included a classic elimination final at the MCG (remember that Alan Didak goal from the pocket Pies fans?)

Click here to read Chloe’s match report from the 2002 regular season match. It makes good reading for Collingwood fans.

Jason Cloke falls to the ground after marking in front of Jonathon Brown.Credit:Ray Kennedy

Pies make debutant the medical sub

The Pies have named Beau McCreery as their medical sub. Taken at pick no.44 in last year’s draft, McCreery is a medium forward who had an outstanding SANFL season in 2020.

Now technically it counts as a debut even if the sub isn’t activated by Collingwood. It’s a contentious one. What do you reckon?

For the Lions, they’ve named Jaxon Prior as their sub.

Pies fans, watch out for Neale

Forward line marks crucial

Collingwood has averaged nine marks inside the forward 50 this season – ranked 15th in the league. Brisbane has averaged six marks inside 50 – ranked equal 17th . Jordan De Goey and Brody Mihocek lead the Magpies for marks inside 50 with five apiece, while Joe Daniher and Eric Hipwood have recorded three each.

Welcome footy fans …

It’s a big Thursday night of footy and a big weekend of footy.

Easter weekend 2021 kicks off tonight with the Pies playing Brisbane at Marvel Stadium.

This one was meant to be in Brisbane but because of the pandemic situation up there, the AFL moved it down to Melbourne.

Now Brisbane are in the wars. They’re 0-2 to start the season and history tells us finals are very hard to make when 0-2, let alone 0-3.

The Pies were better against a fairly poor Carlton side last week, while the Lions were nothing short of robbed against the Cats.

Big night ahead.

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