Collingwood’s Scott Pendlebury has left AFL fans in stitches after accidentally bouncing the ball on a pigeon during the Magpies’ win over North Melbourne on Saturday.
Collingwood consolidated their top-four credentials and dented North’s finals hopes with a 66-point belting at the MCG.
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But it was a belting of another kind that proved arguably the weirdest moment of the game when an unsuspecting pigeon found itself in the firing line.
Pendlebury had the ball in hand as he turned to run out of traffic, unaware that the bird was on the exact patch of grass he was about to bounce it on.
Incredibly, the ball landed right on top of the pigeon before bouncing back into his hands, with both player and bird continuing as if nothing had happened.
Fans were understandably quick to make light of the bizarre moment on social media.
In another case brought before the tribunal this week, Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury was fined $1,000 for making contact with a pigeon, successfully arguing it was careless rather than intentional. #AFLPiesNorth
— DarthTats 🤔 (@DarthTats77) July 21, 2018
My head still hurts.
— mcgpigeons (@mcgpigeons) July 21, 2018
A magpie beating up on a pigeon.
— Robbo (@RobOz01) July 21, 2018
I can’t believe he bounced the pigeon into the ball. What are the odds.
— Moss (@BrotherAmos) July 21, 2018
The Magpies superbly overcame the late withdrawal of key defender Darcy Moore to dominate the Kangaroos – racing away with a 20.10 (130) to 9.10 (64) win.
Collingwood now have 12 wins with five rounds left, confirming their first finals berth since 2013.
But it’s a question of how deep they can go into September, given they started this round in third spot.
By contrast, North are now a game outside the eight.
The Pies were potentially vulnerable on Saturday, given their seven-game winning streak ended with last Sunday’s loss to West Coast.
Then, as the teams ran out, it emerged that Moore was ruled out with hamstring soreness – a week after he had returned from a hamstring injury.
New forward Brody Mihocek kicked two goals in the opening eight minutes, immediately dispelling any notion that Collingwood might be in trouble.
As North sprayed three behinds, the Magpies slammed through six goals straight to take control.
Collingwood started with 7.2, their best first quarter of the season and the second-highest term overall this year from the Pies.
Trailing by 29 points at quarter time and then 41 early in the second, the Kangaroos rallied and worked back into the game.
But as North closed to 27 points, Collingwood killed off the match with three quick goals before halftime for a 45-point lead at the main break.
Mihocek finished with four goals and Jordan De Goey continued his hot form with four goals as well.
Taylor Adams and Pendlebury starred in the midfield, while Will Hoskin-Elliott (three goals) was also dangerous in attack.
On a bleak day for the Roos, Majak Daw kicked three goals, while Shaun Higgins and Ben Cunnington were solid in the midfield.
North defender Marley Williams will come under video scrutiny for a crude spoil on Jaidyn Stephenson.
Fellow Kangaroos backman Scott Thompson also had a dirty day, forced off the ground twice with cuts to his head.