Collingwood’s Darcy Cameron celebrates 50 AFL games with stunning win over Carlton to secure top four spot

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Collingwood's Darcy Cameron celebrates with teammates on the final siren.
Camera IconCollingwood's Darcy Cameron celebrates with teammates on the final siren. Credit: Collingwood Football Club

Former North Albany ruckman Darcy Cameron played his 50th AFL game and it was one to remember as Collingwood emerged with a thrilling one-point victory over Carlton at a packed MCG on Sunday afternoon.

The Blues led by 24 points going into the last break but the Magpies mounted a stunning late comeback, booting the last five goals of the contest to charge home and break the hearts of Blues supporters.

The win helped the Magpies secure fourth spot on the ladder and a finals double chance while the Blues missed finals for the ninth year running.

Collingwood's Darcy Cameron celebrates on the final siren.
Camera IconCollingwood's Darcy Cameron celebrates on the final siren. Credit: Collingwood Football Club

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Cameron sustained a minor injury early in the contest but rallied to finish with 13 touches, 19 hit-outs and four tackles in the 11.9 (75) to 10.14 (74) epic.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling, I can’t wipe the smile off my face,” Cameron said.

“You think to the start of this year, compared to where we were last year and to say we’d be in the top four, no one would have believed us but here we are.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 21: Darcy Cameron of the Magpies marks the ball ahead of Jack Silvagni of the Blues during the 2022 AFL Round 23 match between the Carlton Blues and the Collingwood Magpies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 21, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)
Camera IconCollingwood’s Darcy Cameron marks the ball ahead of Carlton’s Jack Silvagni. Credit: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images

“I’m so excited, so proud of the group and everyone involved, the admin, everyone deserves a big pat on the back because there’s been a lot of work to get to this point and I’m so happy.

“Three years ago, I had one game to my belt and I guess looking back now I’m very proud of how far I’ve come but also the group has helped me grow.

‘I’m so happy to be a part of this team because there’s a lot of people involved that helped me to get where I am.

“It’s just a great place to be because everyone just embraces you and it brings the best out in everyone’s footy.

“I was probably carrying on like a headless chook in the end (after the game) but you just let it all out and embrace it with all the others.

“There’s not one bad bloke inside these four walls and I love being here.”

Luke and Darcy Cameron in the rooms after the win.
Camera IconLuke and Darcy Cameron in the rooms after the win. Credit: Supplied

Meanwhile, Albany-raised Mitch McGovern missed out on his chance of playing in his first final for the Blues after collecting 13 disposals, four marks and five tackles in defence.

Railways junior Jordan Clark helped Fremantle survive a scare from Greater Western Sydney in the Dockers’ 20-point victory at Manuka Oval on Saturday.

The Dockers held a one-point advantage at three-quarter-time but finished strongly in the 13.11 (89) to 10.9 (69) win.

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 20: Jordan Clark of the Dockers celebrates kicking a goal during the round 23 AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Fremantle Dockers at Manuka Oval on August 20, 2022 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)
Camera IconFremantle’s Jordan Clark celebrates kicking a goal against Greater Western Sydney. Credit: Jason McCawley/Getty Images

Clark dazzled off half-back, amassing 22 disposals, with the speedster now set to play in the Dockers’ elimination final showdown against the Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium on Saturday, September 3.

The Magpies will face Geelong at the MCG in the first qualifying final on the same day.

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