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Richmond vs Fremantle

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Round: 8   Venue: M.C.G.   Date: Sun, 14-05-2017 1:10 pm   Crowd: 31,200  
Richmond 2.1.135.1.315.5.3510.10.70 C:  Damien Hardwick
Fremantle 2.3.155.6.369.11.6510.12.72 C:  Ross Lyon
  FREO by 2FREO by 5FREO by 30FREO by 2  
Weather
min temp  6.4°C      max temp  15.1°C
rainfall  0mm    humidity  71%    air pressure  1022.3mb
wind speed 7km/h      wind direction  NE
Brownlow Medal 3 Michael Walters (FREO)2 David Mundy (FREO)1 Bradley Hill (FREO)

Match Report

For the second successive week, Richmond has suffered a heartbreaking loss, going down to Fremantle by just two points at the MCG on Sunday. The Tigers lost to the Western Bulldogs last weekend, having given up a big lead, but this week's match followed a very different script, with Richmond coming from behind to snatch the lead with just 21 seconds on the clock. The Tigers looked to have stolen the win but the Dockers cleared the ball from the ensuing centre bounce, with David Mundy marking within kicking distance just before the final siren sounded. His post-siren shot was accurate, and Fremantle snatched back a match that it looked to have thrown away a minute earlier.

The Tigers went into the game as warm favourites and Jack Riewoldt got them off to a perfect start with a mark and goal inside the first two minutes. Bradley Hill responded for the Dockers four minutes later to give Fremantle a one-point lead but goals proved hard to come by after that, the next major not coming until the 18-minute mark when Mundy marked and kicked his first goal to put the Dockers seven points clear. Richmond hit back with a goal to Josh Caddy a minute later but it was Fremantle ahead by two points when the quarter-time siren sounded. 

It took only 16 second for a goal to be kicked in the second quarter, Richmond captain Trent Cotchin kicking truly after the Tigers got a clearance from the centre bounce. That put the home sound ahead, but the Dockers regained the lead five minutes later when Cotchin's counterpart Nat Fyfe goaled. The lead changed hands once more when Jason Castagna kicked his first for Richmond, but two in a row from the Dockers through Shan Kersten and Matt Taberner saw them out to an 11-point lead. The Tigers hit back through Dustin Martin and it was a five-point ball game at half time. 

Fremantle had early chances to take charge of the match in the third quarter, but Michael Walters missed twice and Kersten once as the Dockers increased their lead to eight points. The Tigers also squandered a chance, with Dan Butler missing from 40 metres out on an angle, and Fremantle then exploded into action from the 12-minutre mark, with four goals in eight minutes via Cam McCarthy, Danyle Pearce, Taberner and Kersten. That saw the Dockers' lead jump out to 31 points, and the two sides spent the time-on period trading behinds with the margin 30 points in Fremantle's favour at the last turn. 

Needing the first goal of the final term, Richmond got it quickly when Daniel Rioli marked and converted within the first minute. Riewoldt followed up with his second five minutes later and when Caddy kicked his second at the nine-minute mark, the margin was only 10 points and the momentum with the Tigers. Richmond continued to control the play but missed three shots at goal. However, when Riewoldt found the big sticks at the 23-minutre mark, the Tigers were back within three points. Shaun Grigg missed another shot two minutes later but when Brandon Ellis snapped a goal at the 28-minute mark, Richmond looked to have stolen the match. 

The Dockers had other ideas, though, and from the centre bounce Aaron Sandilands got the ball to Lachie Neale who burst through the middle of the ground and delivered a pinpoint pass to Mundy who marked. The siren sounded seconds later and with nerves of steel, Mundy went back and slotted the goal, sealing an thrilling win for Fremantle and breaking the hearts of most at the MCG.

Michael Walters was a match-winner for the Dockers, collecting 38 touches and taking seven marks, while Alex Rance (20 possessions and seven marks) played a fine defensive role for the Tigers. 

The Dockers now have a 5-3 record, with three of their wins by a margin of less than a goal, and they will have a good chance of making it 6-3 when they host Carlton at Subiaco on Sunday. Richmond, having started the season with five wins, has now lost three in a row to slip to seventh, and will face a tough task in round eight - a road trip to Sydney's west to take on GWS.

GOALS
Richmond: Riewoldt 3; Caddy 2; Cotchin, Castagna, Martin, Rioli, Ellis
Fremantle: Taberner, Kersten, Mundy 2; Hill, Fyfe, McCarthy, Pearce

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Richmond: Rance, Martin, Grigg, Cotchin, Grimes
Fremantle: Walters, Hill, Johnson, Langdon, Hamling, Mundy

BEST - THE AGE
Richmond: Edwards, Rance, Martin, Grigg, Grimes, McIntosh
Fremantle: Walters, B. Hill, Blakely, Langdon, Sandilands, Neale, Johnson, McCarth

INJURIES
Richmond: Nil
Fremantle: Sutcliffe (cut head)

UMPIRES: Rosebury, Deboy, Mollison

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Fox Footy

COMMENTATORS: Eddie McGuire, Dwayne Russell, Alastair Lynch, Cameron Mooney

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Match stats

Richmond Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
12 Astbury, David 9 6 5 14 0 0 0 4 1 2 26y 77d 68 8
11 Batchelor, Jake 5 2 4 9 0 0 0 4 1 0 25y 90d 84 4
40 Butler, Dan 4 1 7 11 0 1 0 2 0 0 20y 345d 8 9
22 Caddy, Josh 11 3 6 17 2 0 0 4 1 0 24y 228d 103 83
46 Castagna, Jason 8 1 4 12 1 0 0 1 1 0 20y 306d 13 11
9 Cotchin, Trent 11 2 14 25 1 0 0 7 2 3 27y 37d 181 106
10 Edwards, Shane 9 3 13 22 0 0 0 2 0 3 28y 201d 190 131
5 Ellis, Brandon 7 4 8 15 1 0 0 1 0 1 23y 284d 118 41
32 Ellis, Corey 7 5 5 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 20y 217d 19 4
43 Elton, Todd 5 3 1 6 0 2 3 1 1 1 24y 15d 9 1
6 Grigg, Shaun 16 5 15 31 0 2 0 2 0 0 29y 25d 175 84
2 Grimes, Dylan 6 5 11 17 0 0 0 2 1 0 25y 302d 87 3
14 Houli, Bachar 12 2 9 21 0 0 0 2 1 0 29y 2d 157 35
23 Lambert, Kane 8 3 12 20 0 0 0 4 1 0 25y 169d 35 18
31 Markov, Oleg 4 2 2 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 21y 6d 12 3
4 Martin, Dustin 14 3 13 27 1 2 0 2 0 1 25y 322d 161 163
33 McIntosh, Kamdyn 12 4 6 18 0 0 0 2 0 0 23y 41d 36 8
25 Nankervis, Toby 7 6 8 15 0 0 20 5 0 1 22y 275d 19 6
18 Rance, Alex 9 7 11 20 0 0 0 1 2 1 27y 217d 158 8
8 Riewoldt, Jack 9 4 3 12 3 2 0 1 2 2 28y 195d 210 506
17 Rioli, Daniel 8 4 6 14 1 0 0 6 1 2 20y 28d 26 24
15 Short, Jayden 12 6 4 16 0 0 0 2 1 0 21y 110d 23 7
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 193 81 167 360 10 10 23 57 16 17 24y 225d 1892 1263
Fremantle Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
19 Blakely, Connor 8 5 17 25 0 0 0 6 3 1 21y 73d 24 2
17 Crozier, Hayden 6 8 7 13 0 2 0 5 0 1 23y 141d 56 36
7 Fyfe, Nat 5 5 15 20 1 0 0 3 0 1 25y 238d 125 110
28 Grey, Brady 7 3 3 10 0 2 0 6 1 0 21y 298d 9 6
21 Hamling, Joel 5 6 11 16 0 0 0 0 1 0 24y 35d 31 0
9 Hill, Bradley 25 11 3 28 1 1 0 1 1 1 23y 309d 103 63
15 Hughes, Ethan 10 4 10 20 0 0 0 1 0 1 22y 158d 12 0
5 Ibbotson, Garrick 8 4 2 10 0 0 0 3 2 1 29y 60d 175 22
37 Johnson, Michael 12 8 10 22 0 0 0 1 1 1 32y 206d 217 65
22 Kersten, Shane 14 11 3 17 2 1 0 1 0 0 24y 60d 45 52
26 Langdon, Ed 13 5 9 22 0 1 0 3 0 0 21y 102d 23 11
23 McCarthy, Cam 9 5 6 15 1 1 0 1 1 1 22y 43d 29 48
16 Mundy, David 11 7 7 18 2 0 0 3 0 1 31y 298d 259 106
27 Neale, Lachie 12 5 11 23 0 0 0 7 1 2 23y 355d 100 51
6 Pearce, Danyle 9 4 13 22 1 0 0 4 0 1 31y 37d 251 126
31 Sandilands, Aaron 4 3 9 13 0 0 35 3 0 1 34y 159d 252 92
34 Spurr, Lee 11 6 7 18 0 0 0 1 0 1 29y 291d 112 5
33 Sutcliffe, Cam 5 1 8 13 0 0 0 7 0 1 24y 356d 91 16
20 Taberner, Matt 8 6 3 11 2 0 12 4 2 0 23y 331d 47 47
18 Tucker, Darcy 8 5 5 13 0 0 0 2 0 0 20y 111d 18 3
10 Walters, Michael 19 7 19 38 0 3 0 4 2 0 26y 127d 102 182
14 Weller, Lachie 9 1 6 15 0 0 0 3 2 1 21y 80d 33 14
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 218 120 184 402 10 12 47 69 17 16 25y 159d 2114 1057

Match highlights

Bradley Hill had 25 kicks for Fremantle vs. Richmond (AFL, Premiership Season, R8)
Lachie Neale played his 100th V/AFL game: Fremantle vs. Richmond (AFL, Premiership Season, R8)

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.