Essendon drove by 28 at three-quarter-time. After Nathan Kreuger dobbed the main major of the last term to put Collingwood inside four objectives, the scene was set.

Enter Ash Johnson, The mercurial Magpie took ownership outside 50 on a tight point, wheeled around onto his right boot, and let fly with a beast objective.

Essendon picked not to label Brownlow Award most loved Scratch Daicos and the youthful weapon piled up belongings at every turn, but without overwhelming almost immediately.

Yet, the 20-year-old had glimmers of splendor and was tasteful all through. With the game on the line in the last quarter, Daicos moved forward.

Craig McRae moved the youthful star into a really going-after midfield-forward job and he sparkled, booting two significant objectives.

He finished with 40 disposals and 604 metres gained - and an Anzac Day Medal around his neck.

Collingwood skipper Darcy Moore, "To the families of those serving and those veterans - too often your stories go untold. On behalf of the Collingwood Football Club,

CI just want to acknowledge the pain of war that runs through so many families throughout this country. So it's a real honor for us to run out here and play our game in honor of you and your service."