American import mason Cox is acquitting himself nicely as he has transitioned from a so-so college basketball player into a more-than-so-so Aussie Rules player for the Collingwood Magpies.
He had a career hit out for the Pies in their recent game against the Essendon Bombers. He had career highs for disposals and marks, along with two goals in front of 90,000 fans at the MCG.
The 211 cm ruckman was appropriately humble after the game, which went over well. He has been closely watched since his AFL debut in 2016. He has played four time is the Toyota 2018 AFL Premiershipcompetition and he seems on pace to easily surpass the nine appearances he made in 2017 and the 11 from his inaugural year.
For the record, the pies destroyed the Dons by 49 points with a 101 – 52 result.
When praised and questioned about the good day, Cox turned the attention to others, particularly those who have served in the military, which is fitting, given that it was, after all, Anzac Day.
“Today’s about Anzacs,” Cox told reporters post-match.“What they do on a daily basis, day-in and day-out, the ones that are still on war and overseas in Afghanistan or the ones that are here and have finished up their terms — it’s more a day for them.Don’t get me wrong, footy’s a big deal for me and everything else, but today’s a day I don’t think about that as much. I really think about the people in my life that have gone over there, friends and family, and just how much it means to them to have days like this to represent them.”
The Pies seem to have an affinity for trotting Cox out on Anzac Day. He has been selected all three years since making it onto the senior list. His 2016 debut was also against the Dons.
Given their fortunes over the past several seasons, the Pies might want to consider making every round the Anzac Round and play the Bombers exclusively.