And no one would have predicted a mature-age rookie would be the one to book the Magpies‚Äô double chance, especially one who was recruited to plug a hole in defence if they lost a few down back.
But that‚Äôs what happened at Optus Stadium.
After being completely out hustled by Fremantle for most of the game, 25-year-old defender-turned-forward, Brody Mihocek, saved Collingwood‚Äôs blushes by kicking two late goals to secure the double chance.
It came after a big week for both Collingwood and Fremantle.
While the Magpies tried not to allow the ASADA investigation into Sam Murray be a distraction, the Dockers endured one of their darkest weeks in recent times.
But a week is a long time in football.
In the wake of the biggest loss in Fremantle‚Äôs history last weekend, Dockers coach Ross Lyon said nothing is as good or bad as it seems. It was hard to take after the 133-point loss to Geelong.
But seven days later, nothing is as bad as it seemed this week or even this morning.
Although it didn‚Äôt look good ten minutes in when Collingwood had the first three goals on the board. But from there, Fremantle kicked the final five goals of the quarter to finish with more points by the first break than they scored in total against the Cats last weekend.
After not firing a shot all year, Fremantle looked set to spoil Collingwood‚Äôs party until very late.
That‚Äôs when Mihocek stepped in.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm still pinching myself,‚ÄĚ Mihocek told Fox Footy after the final siren.
‚ÄúI just love that we‚Äôre in finals and the club is going well. I‚Äôm lucky enough that I‚Äôve been at great clubs and Collingwood is a great club.‚ÄĚ
Despite being plucked from Port Melbourne as a key defender, the rookie has rarely played down back since he burst onto the scene in Round 11 when he kicked four goals against the Dockers in a stunning debut.
While Will Hoskin-Elliott, Josh Thomas, Jordan De Goey and Jaidyn Stephenson have all dazzled inside 50 this year, Mihocek has now kicked 23 goals from 12 games to emerge as one of the best value draft picks from last November‚Äôs drafts.
‚ÄúHe has been unreal all year. The funny thing is he came in as a defender,‚ÄĚ Collingwood skipper Scott Pendlebury said on Fox Footy after collecting 30 disposals of his own.
‚ÄúI think he has kicked 20 odd goals for the year. He is incredibly smart football wise. It is a credit to him for sticking at it for so long.‚ÄĚ
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Many questioned Fremantle‚Äôs decision to re-sign Hayden Ballantyne before and after the Dockers‚Äô horror show in Geelong last weekend.
The All-Australian goal sneak wound back the clock to suggest he isn‚Äôt done just yet, kicking four goals for the first time since 2016 in a starring performance at Optus Stadium.
He wasn‚Äôt the only one Docker to save his best effort of 2018 for last.
Not a lot has gone right for last year‚Äôs Doig medallist Bradley Hill this year. But on Saturday, the former three-time premiership Hawk dazzled, amassing 35 disposals, 10 inside 50s and a whopping 884 metres gained.
Despite the best efforts of Ballantyne, Hill, Lachie Neale and Ed Langdon, it wasn‚Äôt enough to send off club great Michael Johnson with a win.
While it was far from pretty, Collingwood got the job done in the west. And when you consider all the obstacles they have had to overcome, it is a mighty achievement to this point.
Now, it is on to bigger and better things.
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