McCarthy death affected Pies

Sportal September 16, 2012, 8:33 am

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Collingwood players weren't sure how they would get through the minute's silence for their late former team-mate John McCarthy ahead of their semi-final clash with West Coast at the MCG on Saturday night.

McCarthy, who played 18 games for the Magpies between 2008-11 before joining Port Adelaide this season, tragically lost his life earlier this week when he fell from a building in Las Vegas.

McCarthy was still close with many Collingwood players up until his untimely death which ensured the past week was a torrid one at the Westpac Centre.

And coach Nathan Buckley revealed after the Magpies' gritty 13-point win over West Coast the mood in the changerooms prior to the match was different than usual.

"It was probably quieter to be honest," Buckley said.

"I think quite a few of our boys were wondering how they were going to get through that last part with the minute's silence and then into the game.

"It's been an up-and-down week for a lot of our boys, clearly they were affected.

"But they were able to find reasons that it was important for them to perform and to give everything and they did."

Buckley admitted he wasn't sure how his players would respond to McCarthy's death against the Eagles but ultimately the team understood they had invested too much time and energy into this season to allow themselves to be adversely affected.

"When you're dealing with the type of quality individuals that we have at the club ... there clearly is a couple of ways it (the impact of McCarthy's death) could go," Buckley said.

"But we understand how much work goes into it, how much investment from a lot of people goes into the opportunity to be a part of this footy club.

"They've lost a mate and we've lost a person who represented the club with pride and distinction for his time when he was here and it was important for us to recognise the contribution of 'J-Mac' (McCarthy)."

The Collingwood coach believed McCarthy's death galvanised the group.

"The main thing we did was support each of our players, each of our coaches, each of our support staff," Buckley said.

"The fact that you're there and going through it together is in some ways a galvanising part of it but it still doesn't change the tragedy that it is and it doesn't mitigate it. It just is."

Collingwood will now face Sydney at ANZ Stadium on Friday night in the second preliminary final for the right to play in the 2012 AFL Grand Final.

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  1. Pippa Middleton03:32pm Sunday 16th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    joseph h, u just did comment. They should have all been blown up, it's what happens in their country.

  2. Pippa Middleton03:28pm Sunday 16th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    It's always easier to blame the umpiring or a 6 day break or even the heat which they live in 52 weeks a year. If 2 teams come out to play, a few of these players will always want the ball a bit more than the other and then that inspires his team mates. I thought it was a really good hard game and the umpires missed quite a few free kicks either way. It balances out in the end. A good tradesman never blames his tools, or shouldn't anyway and the players only get out of a game what they put in.The more gutsy team won on the night.

  3. joseph h01:40pm Sunday 16th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Why can't we comment on the things that matter to us, i.e. the protest in Sydney ?????

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  4. underarm_bowler01:26pm Sunday 16th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    If Macathrys death affected collingwood who do we need to bump of this week to win

  5. JB01:10pm Sunday 16th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Please bring on a Holy war asap and deal with these parasites they call M uslims

  6. Ray Bower12:32pm Sunday 16th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    That was a very good game to watch. I think Collingwood were to good where it mattered. WCE overplayed the handball and played the boundary too much. Straight down towards the goalposts is where the winners go. Let's hope the Swans, Magpies game is just as good.

  7. Rob11:50am Sunday 16th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Collingwood are my second favourite team (my favourite is Geelong). So good win Pies and I will be cheering for you up in Brissie. Bring it home, boys!

  8. ShortSnap11:46am Sunday 16th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Congratulations Collingwood on a tough, gutsy and well deserved win. Now to take on Sydney and continue our winning streak against them. Go Pies!

  9. Stefonovitch11:14am Sunday 16th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Excuses, Excuses. Go and find a dictionary so you can look up more words to describe why Collingwood should not have won. I watched the game and the best team won. As far as travelling; it's part of the game and the same happens within the NRL. It's only ever unfair when the team you support loses.

  10. Glyndon11:07am Sunday 16th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Beautiful Michael. The only reason Collingwood won was because West Coast had 2 days less recovery time after playing a final in 30 degree heat and being forced to travel across the country to play a team that lost their first finals match. Collingwood should have lost any rights to another home ground advantage final after their first final loss. But we are talking about the AFL here.