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Anna Harrington

Magpies beat Brisbane in AFLW to stay in finals mix

Mikala Cann's final-quarter goal earned Collingwood a five-point AFLW win over Brisbane. (Joel Carrett/AAP PHOTOS)

Collingwood have pulled off one of the upsets of the AFLW season, stunning an inaccurate Brisbane Lions by five points away from home.

The Magpies fought back from a 16-point halftime deficit to boot the final four goals of the game and claim a dramatic 5.3 (33) to 3.10 (28) victory at Brighton Homes Arena.

The Lions kicked 1.6 in the second quarter and 0.4 for the whole second half, before Mikala Cann nabbed the winner in the final term.

"Honestly, just so proud of the girls," Collingwood captain Bri Davey told the Seven Network.

"It's just grunt and digging deep.

"We spoke about how good of a team Brissie is; to give them that respect. And we know that we can match it with the best teams.

"We just haven't really done it towards the start of the season, but we know that we're on this roll now and we're going to keep going."

Collingwood (3-3) sit outside the top eight on percentage while Brisbane (4-2) are fourth.

Davey (19 touches, seven marks and a goal), Brit Bonnici (20 disposals) and Sarah Rowe (21 touches, 490 metres gained) all had plenty of the ball for the Magpies.

Sophie Conway (16 touches), reigning AFLW best and fairest winner Ally Anderson (24 touches) and Orla O'Dwyer (16 touches) were busy for the Lions.

Collingwood's Selena Karlson and Stacey Livingstone could come under scrutiny from the match review officer for a high, late hit on Courtney Hodder and a dangerous tackle on Conway respectively.

Karlson hurt her shoulder when she landed awkwardly from an aerial contest early in the third quarter, but returned to the fray.

Nell Morris-Dalton danced through traffic to draw first blood for Collingwood, with O'Dwyer responding for Brisbane.

Davey was taken off after a collision with Hodder's knee left her bleeding from the forehead. She passed a precautionary concussion assessment.

In the dying seconds of the first quarter, Livingstone grabbed Conway and spun her around.

Conway hit her head on the ground, receiving a free kick for a dangerous tackle, before giving Brisbane the lead from her set shot.

The Lions extended their advantage early in the second term after Hodder marked and was clattered high and late by Karlson.

She received a 50-metre penalty and kicked truly to put Brisbane ahead by 14, with only a general lack of accuracy from the Lions keeping Collingwood in the game.

But Davey took a contested mark and scored in the third term, then teed up Eleri Morris for another goal to draw Collingwood within touching distance at three-quarter time.

Eliza James put the Magpies in front early in the final term, with Anderson and Taylor Smith kicking a point apiece for Brisbane before Cann's goal snared victory for the visitors.

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