Nick Daicos is proving the second 12 months blues are purely a fable with two barnstorming video games to open the season.
The supremely gifted teen who took the AFL world by storm throughout his rookie season has continued on his dominant methods.
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After enjoying throughout half again all through 2022, the 20-year-old moved right into a midfield position to kick off his second 12 months.
Regardless of Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley threatening to place a tough tag on the younger star, the Energy went away from the plan early on Saturday.
Lachie Jones went to Daicos within the early going earlier than the Energy let him roam free in a baffling resolution.
It resulted within the son of an AFL nice blazing a path across the MCG as he amassed a game-high 32 disposals, gained 661 metres and capped all of it off with two objectives.
He and brother Josh torched their rivals who had come off a monstrous opening week win because the Pies stormed away to win by 71 factors.
Nearly as good as Josh was with 26 disposals and two objectives, it was his youthful brother who as soon as once more left the footy group salivating.
Collingwood quashed any remaining doubt it’s a severe premiership contender and issued Port Adelaide a harsh actuality verify with its scintillating show.
The Magpies attacked ruthlessly to kick the Energy out of the sport inside the primary half with a series of 9 unanswered objectives, whereas their forward-half strain was intense and left their Adelaide rivals wanting listless as they looked for a approach up the sector.
It was the precise sort of “chaos sport” Port coach Ken Hinkley mentioned throughout the week his gamers have been getting ready for, however the Energy had no solutions for the Magpies’ firepower as they stormed to a 49-point halftime lead off the again of 10 particular person goalkickers.
The Daicos brothers once more had the MCG crowd heaving with a flurry of elegant finishes, as Scott Pendlebury put the youthful Daicos on a path to a purpose through a classic no-look overhead handball.
Just like the ageless Pendlebury, fellow veteran Steele Sidebottom was in all the pieces as Collingwood comprehensively received the midfield battle, with Jason Horne-Francis closely focused within the contest and Ollie Wines and Connor Rozee nicely in need of their standard impression.
The loss was a 125-point turnaround on Port Adelaide’s spherical 1 win over Brisbane, leaving severe query marks over the aspect’s means to constantly match the perfect groups within the competitors – Collingwood now is aware of for sure it’s a type of groups.
– with Ed Bourke, NCA Newswire