AFL fans generally support their team and whoever is playing Collingwood so it’s no surprise rival supporters were rejoicing after the Magpies’ historic loss to Geelong last night.
Collingwood crashed to a 68-point loss in its semi-final, mustering just six points in the first half — the club’s lowest ever tally at the main break of a finals match since 1960.
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It was a tough pill to swallow, especially for Pies president Eddie McGuire, who cut a forlorn figure in the stands at the Gabba as the dam wall broke and his beloved club suffered through its worst nightmare.
The look on his face in the photo below says it all.
The result comes a week after one of Collingwood’s greatest ever finals wins, beating West Coast by a point in Perth after everyone had written it off as a premiership pretender rather than a contender.
Speaking after the match, McGuire praised Geelong and said while the loss will sting for a while, Collingwood can still be proud of its efforts during an “extraordinary” 2020.
“You know the desire’s there … sometimes a team plays one game too many and I think that’s what we were doing tonight,” McGuire told the Collingwood media team.
“It wasn’t as if there was a lack of desire, it wasn’t as if there was a lack of endeavour but they just couldn’t get to the ball and Geelong took over and gave us a comprehensive thrashing.
“We got belted today and we’re really devastated and disappointed but you have to take it in what kind of a season it is, and to have a brilliant win like we did last week against the West Coast Eagles is something to hang our hat on.
“We have to get over this and see what next year brings.
“The disappointment is there and we have to cop that for a while and then when that subsides in the cool light of day we’ll go through the year.
“In these types of situations you don’t want to go mad on the negatives, you have to look at the things that worked for you, as well as the things that didn’t, and then make decisions accordingly.”
Channel 7’s cameras regularly cut to McGuire throughout the course of the night and there was never any hint of a smile as he sat through a game that was more painful for Collingwood fans than chewing glass.
However, opposition supporters on social media had a good chuckle at watching the Pies powerbroker attract his fair share of airtime.
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The ABC’s Matt Neal tweeted: “The only thing that would make this win better is more shots of Eddie McGuire.”
Jocelyn Seip wrote: “Knowing that Eddie McGuire is quite upset now makes everything OK.”
Andrew Mueller referenced the attention McGuire was receiving, adding: “I feel like we haven’t seen enough reaction shots of Eddie McGuire.”
Former journalist and TV presenter Emma Alberici and comedian Dave Hughes also reacted to McGuire’s woes.