Magpies continue to enjoy riding AFL: McRae

Collingwood coach Craig McRae wants to enjoy one of the Magpies’ greatest wins of all time as the up-and-coming NFL club prepares to welcome two superstars.

After finishing their 17th season last season, Newcastle finished fourth in the top four with four rounds after winning nine consecutive games, six of them by less than 10 points.

It was a brilliant turnaround for the AFL’s strength, and it turned even better for Collingwood (13-5) on Sunday as Jimmy Elliott scored a very difficult goal after the siren to stun old rival Essendon with four points ahead of more. More than 72,000 fans of MCG.

“I just didn’t stop shaking,” said McRae, coach of the first year after the game.

“I didn’t take part in a win like that, and I think most of our players didn’t take part in a match that was decided after the siren.

“I just want to live in the moment to be honest; if we don’t enjoy this, next week will come real fast with a six-day break.

“I think I might go home, have a red wine and watch the replay.”

Controversial superstar Jordan de Joy is almost certain to return against Port Adelaide at the MCG next Saturday after two games with a quad injury.

The big rockman, Brody Grundy, is also poised to return after being eliminated with a knee injury since the Magpies’ Anzac Day win over Essendon.

Mason Cox and Darcy Cameron put in an impressive performance as the Collingwood striker duo in Grande’s absence.

“I’ve said this before, Brody is going to make us better, I’m really confident of that,” McCray said.

“We’re not going to throw him in deep, he hasn’t played for 15 weeks so we want to put him in to be the best player he can be.”

McRae hopes defender Brayden Maynard can avoid a serious injury after picking up a shoulder injury against the Bombers.

“He (Maynard) has had some shoulder issues in the past but without knowing the full medical report on him, it appears to have triggered a previous injury,” McCray said.

“I saw him after the match and he said ‘I’ll be right’.”

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