BRISBANE, Australia: American participant Mason Cox mentioned a impolite remark from an opposing fan about catching COVID-19 impressed him to kick three essential objectives in a row in his Collingwood Magpies playoff win over the West Coast Eagles within the Aussie guidelines Australian Football League.
The Texas-born Coxs scoring burst within the first quarter set the tone for Collingwood. The lead modified palms seven occasions earlier than the Magpies edged West Coast 12.4 (76) to 11.9 (75) to advance to the second spherical of the AFL playoffs on Saturday in opposition to Geelong in Brisbane.
On Tuesday, Cox mentioned a West Coast supporter instructed him to comply with within the footsteps of U.S. President Donald Trump and catch coronavirus.
It was pleasurable going backwards and forwards and I suppose to get the primary one (objective), then speak a little bit of smack backwards and forwards, Cox instructed Australian Associated Press. One of them instructed me to go get coronavirus like your president and that didnt sit too effectively. So I kicked the second and seemed again at them once more.
But there was extra to come back.
And I kicked the third one, and I feel they had been all sitting down by that time, he mentioned. So it was pleasurable for myself simply to close folks up. West Coast supporters are very passionate and supportive of their group which is superior. But on the identical time, you sort of thrive off it.
Cox was born in suburban Dallas and attended Edward S. Marcus High School, the place he was a member of a state championship-winning soccer group. He later briefly performed faculty basketball at Oklahoma State University.
He attended a trial for potential Australian guidelines gamers in Los Angeles in 2014 and was finally drafted by Collingwood, enjoying his first recreation in Australia’s top-flight competitors in 2016 and representing one of many nation’s greatest golf equipment.
The AFL attracts the largest crowds and TV viewers of any model of soccer Down Under, with viewership commonly surpassing rugby league, rugby union and soccer. The recreation is analogous in model to Gaelic soccer in Ireland, however is performed with an oval-shaped ball, on an oval-shaped area and with 18 gamers on every group.
The 29-year-old Cox, who’s 2.11 meters (6-foot-11), mentioned hes change into accustomed to being the goal of vitriol from followers since arriving at Collingwood, an inner-city Melbourne suburb.
If you had been to inform me, Day 1, I’d be enjoying in a grand ultimate 4 years after choosing up a footy I’d most likely take a look at you sideways, he mentioned of Collingwoods loss to West Coast within the 2018 AFL championship match.
People are going to criticize me. I’m enjoying one of many positions that’s most criticized within the AFL, being a key ahead at an enormous membership. Im not too pressured about it nevertheless it does entertain me at occasions … I suppose it additionally fuels me.
On Saturday in Perth, followers voted Cox participant of the match. Both coaches agreed.
Hes displaying us his greatest soccer now, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley mentioned. Hes actually onerous to defend when he retains going to the ball on the highest level. When hes aggressive in his physique work hes actually onerous to cease. Defenders almost must sacrifice a play on the ball to have the ability to go at him.
West Coast coach Adam Simpson admitted Coxs early objectives shocked his defensive gamers.
Conceding three objectives in a row places you on the again foot,” Simpson mentioned. It didnt value us the sport, nevertheless it helped arrange the sport, for Collingwood.
Cox has kicked eight objectives in his previous three playoff matches to earn a fame as a big-game participant.
I take pleasure in a little bit of strain, I take pleasure in a little bit of the environment of a finals recreation, he instructed AAP. Its a singular expertise that not too many individuals get to be part of.
And for myself, coming from the States, I actually didnt think about myself being part of all this sort of stuff and with the ability to expertise it. You simply soak all of it in and profit from each second.
This story has been corrected to indicate Cox is 6-foot-11, not 6-foot-9.
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