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High-flying Magpies forward admits to hilarious moment of vanity


Ash Johnson couldn’t help himself.

The high-flying Collingwood forward just had to get a glimpse of himself after taking one of the AFL marks of the year.

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Johnson flew high over Carlton ruck Marc Pittonet early in the second quarter, akin to Liam Ryan’s Mark of the Year over Melbourne ruck Max Gawn in 2019, and landed with a thud when he came back down to earth.

Clearly winded and in pain from the big fall, Johnson took a moment to compose himself before going back and slotting the goal.

But even with the obvious pain he was in, the Pies goalkicker, hunched over and all, made sure he took a glance up at the big screen to watch himself fly for the spectacular mark.

“Superb grab from Ash Johnson. He’s looking at the scoreboard. He’s in pain, but he’s not sore enough that he can’t watch in replay what he just achieved. And he’s winded as a result as well,” Brian Taylor said on commentary when he took the mark.

Speaking to Cameron Ling after the game, Johnson was more than happy to admit it.

“I kept watching it over and over. I couldn’t take my eyes off it,” he said.

Ash Johnson admitted watching himself on the replay screen. Credit: Channel 7

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And Taylor and co-commentator Nathan Jones thought it was pure gold.

“You have got to love the honesty from Ash Johnson,” Taylor said.

Jones added: “We spotted it from up here! And I love that he admitted it. That was classic; it was a great interview.”

The premiership favourites went on to make another strong statement, turning up the heat on Carlton in the process, in a 28-point win over their traditional rivals.

Chasing a circuit-breaker after four losses in five weeks, the Blues were outclassed in Sunday’s fiery contest at the MCG.

Magpies captain Darcy Moore starred in defence as his side’s spread of contributors and superior pressure told the story in a 13.7 (87) to 7.15 (57) triumph.

Collingwood (9-1) comfortably secured a sixth straight victory that kept them a game clear of their nearest rivals on top of the ladder, while compounding the pressure on Carlton (4-1-5).

Brownlow Medal fancy Nick Daicos had 27 disposals under close attention at stages from Matthew Cotterill and Ed Curnow.

Nick Daicos was good again, despite close attention. Credit: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

But Daicos will come under scrutiny for a blow to Blake Acres’ stomach, which will likely attract a financial sanction.

Moore had a game-high 17 intercept possessions and off-season recruit Tom Mitchell completed plenty of grunt work, finishing with 26 disposals, 15 contested possessions and eight clearances.

Jordan De Goey (27 disposals, 13 contested possessions, five clearances) and Scott Pendlebury (21 touches, eight tackles) were also important, while Brody Mihocek (four) was the game’s leading goal-kicker.

Charlie Curnow kicked three for the Blues and looked dangerous throughout, registering a game-high eight score involvements, while Harry McKay had two majors from his eight disposals.

Fittingly in Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round, it was Johnson and Bobby Hill who had Collingwood fans in the 80,354-strong crowd off their seats in the first half.

Hill snared the first goal of the match and celebrated with an Indigenous dance before scorching the turf to set up another major for Mihocek.

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The speedster took three bounces down the wing and expertly sold the dummy to Adam Saad, then hit his teammate with a lace-out pass as the Magpies took a 35-point lead to half-time.

Johnson kicked two first-half goals; the second after launching himself onto the shoulders of Marc Pittonet and Mason Cox to pull down a spectacular mark.

Pies star Daicos and inexperienced Blues pair Oliver Hollands and Jordan Boyd all tested their respective coaches’ patience, gifting their opposition goals through 50-metre penalties.

Carlton increased their physicality and showed fight in the third quarter, narrowly outscoring the Magpies in that term.

They had a dozen scoring shots to five in the second half but couldn’t get closer than 28 points.

Adam Cerra (33 disposals, three clearances), Sam Docherty (34, five) and Sam Walsh (29, four) worked hard against the tide for the Blues.

No.1 ruckman Darcy Cameron was a late inclusion for Collingwood and had nine touches on return from a knee injury.

Johnson was substituted out for Jack Ginnivan during the final term after both players had been in doubt during the week because of illness.

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