‘Absolute rat’: Collingwood star’s cheeky act

The Dockers suffered a debilitating 12.8 (80) to 6.8 (44) loss in wet conditions, their second consecutive defeat after a stellar start to the 2022 campaign.Fremantle mustered just three goals in the opening three quarters, and Ginnivan couldn’t resist rubbing salt into the wounds.Watch every blockbuster AFL match this weekend Live & Ad-Break Free In-Play on Kayo. New to Kayo? Try 14-Days Free Now >Early in the fourth quarter, Collingwood midfielder Will Hoskin-Elliott punted the Sherrin into the forward 50, with Ginnivan and Dockers defender Brennan Cox jostling under the footy.But after Cox flopped onto the deck, Ginnivan claimed the mark unchallenged and steamed towards the sticks for a comfortable goal.The cheeky 19-year-old pumped his fists at the Fremantle supporters before even kicking the major, sticking his tongue out as the ball sailed into the second tier. The locals promptly responded with a chorus of boos.Whether you’re a fan of Ginnivan’s antics or not, the teenager has provided plenty of smiles this year.Kyle Pollard tweeted: “Ginnivan is an absolute rat and I love it. Make small forwards pesky again.”Earlier this season, former Port Adelaide star Kane Cornes gave Ginnivan a spray for celebrating the Magpies’ victory over St Kilda in Round 1, suggesting he needed to earn some respect before such a public act of bravado.“They finished 17th last year. You’ve beaten St Kilda, who no one expects will do anything this year, stop carrying on,” he told Channel 9’s Sunday Footy Show.“That’s Jack Ginnivan, you’ve played six games. Just relax. Earn some respect in the game before you go on carrying on like that.”Ginnivan responded by kicking five goals against Essendon on Anzac Day, where he was awarded the medal for best player on the ground.Clearly, his self-belief hasn’t been dented.After upsetting Fremantle by 36 points, Magpies coach Craig McRae admitted to being pleased when he was saw the rain forecast. “Our style stacks up in the wet,” he told reporters at the post-match press conference.“We want to be a territory team, which is what you do in the wet weather. We were smiling when it started raining. “We like to play in the wet. We had an opportunity to display that. It’s about taking territory and fighting to get from contest to contest and make that part of the game. “We started to go away from boundary and be a bit more attacking, which suits our style anyway.” Speaking on Fox Footy, Melbourne great Garry Lyon agreed it was clear Collingwood “adapted better” to the wet footy.“This Collingwood effort is exceptional, it’s been superb I think,” he said on Sunday.“They still trail contested possession but the eye tells you they are losing nothing here.“I’m loving this forward half pressure they are bringing – there’s no easy out for Freo.“Collingwood want it more, they are up for the fight.”The victory ends Collingwood’s two-game losing streak and keeps the side within touching distance of the top eight. The Magpies will next face Carlton at the MCG on Sunday, with the first bounce scheduled for 3.20pm AEST.With Brad Elborough, NCA NewsWire