MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 16: Andrew McGrath of the Bombers is tackled by Alex Fasolo of the Magpies during the AFL 2017 JLT Community Series match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Essendon Bombers at Etihad Stadium on February 16, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)
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Collingwood v Essendon

In the return of seven of the banned Bombers players it was the most high-profile who stood out the most. Jobe Watson started the match like he had a point to prove, and he proved it. Although it was only a pre-season game, finishing with 19 disposals in 62% of the match was impressive.

“The Razor” Fantasia was the best player on the ground, booting 4.1 and going at 92% disposal efficiency for his 12 possessions.

For the Pies their young brigade were their best performers, which is a promising sign. Jack Crisp, Jordan De Goey and Josh Smith all played well. New recruit Will Hoskin-Elliot looks like he will add a lot to the side with his pace and flair, he finished with 13 disposals and two goals.

Tom Phillips was the Pies best player on the night, finishing with 24 disposals, 9 marks and a goal.

Best
Collingwood: Phillips, De Goey, Smith, Sidebottom, Greenwood, Ramsay
Essendon: Fantasia, Parish, Z.Merrett, Watson, McKernan, Dea

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