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Richmond vs Sydney

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Round: 13   Venue: M.C.G.   Date: Sat, 17-06-2017 1:45 pm   Crowd: 58,721  
Richmond 5.3.337.6.489.7.6110.11.71 C:  Damien Hardwick
Sydney 0.4.43.5.237.6.4812.8.80 C:  John Longmire
  RICH by 29RICH by 25RICH by 13SYD by 9  
Weather
min temp  4.2°C      max temp  15.5°C
rainfall  0mm    humidity  66%    air pressure  1025.4mb
wind speed 7km/h      wind direction  SSW
Brownlow Medal 3 Josh Kennedy (SYD)2 Jake Lloyd (SYD)1 Alex Rance (RICH)

Match Report


For Richmond supporters, Saturday afternoon’s game against the Sydney Swans was déjà vu all over again, as the Tigers squandered a substantial early lead to go down by nine points in a thriller. However, unlike several of the recent nail-bitters in which even neutral observers felt that Richmond had been unlucky to lose, the Swans fully deserved their win, outplaying the Tigers for a majority of the game after a shocking first quarter. 

Both teams had reason to be confident going into the match. Sydney had fully recovered from their woeful start to the year and had won four of their last five, while Richmond had won their last two and had beaten Sydney in their last outing against them at the ‘G’ in 2016, with a kick after the siren by Sam Lloyd.

The game started scrappily but it was the Tigers who were the first to settle and a chain of passes saw Jack Riewoldt mark and goal, the first major of the game. Kieran Jack appeared to have replied in kind for the Swans but a video review, which from the naked eye looked to be inconclusive, saw the decision overturned. Within minutes the yellow and black army were thinking of the good old days when a certain number 29 roved the pack to snap a brilliant goal. Reminiscent of the famed KB was an 18-year old fourth gamer by the name of Shai Bolton, who finally posted the first goal of his career after numerous close calls in the previous month.

Sustained forward pressure has been the Tigers hallmark this season and it was in evidence again, with a third goal, this time from skipper Trent Cotchin at the 12-minute mark, a direct result of such pressure. The Swans were having no trouble getting the ball into their forward 50, but having a great deal of trouble converting, the blanketing effort of Alex Rance on Buddy Franklin effectively closing off that option.

Repeated forward thrusts by Sydney were repelled, and as so often happens, the failure to convert when the momentum is with you is followed by seemingly effortless goals by the opposition on the rebound. And that's what happened as the Tigers scored the next two goals, both from stoppages, to Martin and Bolton, to set up a solid 29 point lead at the first break. It could have been worse for Sydney had Toby Nankervis, having a solid game against his former club, converted after the siren.

The second term opened as the first had ended, with Richmond holding the upper hand over the Swans, albeit by virtue of the latter’s mistakes as much as their own good play. Turnovers in general, and intercept marks in the Swan’s back half, in particular, had been telling and the first goal of the quarter followed that pattern, from a mark to Dustin Martin. While ‘Dusty’ had been relatively quiet, his megastar counterpart on the Swans side, ‘Buddy’ Franklin was getting what could be called 'the Rance treatment', and was struggling to make an impact, until that is, he was awarded a dubious mark by the fourth umpire. A long shot fell short but Bud was able to follow up the ricocheting ball and snap a much-needed goal, the Swans first.

The Swans defence soon came under renewed pressure, and it told in the otherwise unflappable Dean Rampe giving away two undisciplined frees and a 50-metre penalty. Sam Lloyd missed from in front, but the other beneficiary, Jason Castagna, didn’t, and the lead was stretched to 36 points and held at that figure until the 16-minute mark. It was to be the high-water mark of the Tigers’ afternoon.

A free and goal to George Hewitt gave the Swans hope, but the Tigers still appeared in control. Some vigourous attacks on the ball, and the man, from Franklin seemed to stem from frustration, but at least he gave his teammates a reminder that this game was still there to be won. A Tiger turnover late in the term that led to a Sam Reid major confirmed the Swans were still in it at the half time break. The goal had come from the last of seven consecutive inside 50s, so was a just reward for effort.

The third quarter belonged to the Swans, and although they only pegged back the margin by two goals overall, much of the momentum belonged to them, as it had from late in the second. An early goal by Jake Lloyd, a strong performer all day, set the tone, but it was two quick replies by the Tigers, to Shane Edwards and to Sam Lloyd against the general flow of the play, that sustained Tiger belief that they could counter anything the Swans threw at them. Rance and his backline buddy, David Astbury, continued to outperform, while Bashar Houli was heavily involved, yet the Swans keep chipping away and whittling down the margin, with successive goals to Isaac Heaney, Luke Parker, and Will Haywood. The game hung in the balance.

At the final change Richmond held a 13-point lead, and with a renewed surge early looked like they could reverse the tide, but crucial misses cost them dearly. Five inside fifties ended in three behinds, and then, against the run of play, Sam Reid goaled for the Swans after a Shaun Grigg clanger, and Tom Papley snapped truly several minutes later. A centre circle infringement by Franklin resulted in Riewoldt getting one back but Josh Kennedy, storming back into the game after a quiet first half, responded no less than a minute later. The Swans were dominating clearances and stoppages, yet for all that, the Tigers maintained scoreboard ascendency until the 20-minute mark of the term when a wonderful goal from Jack put the Northerners in front for the first time in the match.

The next ten minutes was a battle royale that saw the Swans continually inside their forward 50 only to be denied by Rance, Astbury, and company. The game was still in the balance when, with nine seconds still left on the clock, Rowen broke free and kicked the sealer. Overall, Sydney was the better team on the day and deserved the win, but no one could accuse Richmond of not giving a one hundred percent effort. In the end, turnovers and a failure to convert chances had cost them dearly, again!

For the winners, the unheralded Nic Newman and Jake Lloyd were standouts, with Kennedy and Dan Hannebery prominent in the second half. For the losers, Rance was best afield, Houli and Astbury did everything they could down back, and Cotchin was strong in the middle.

Next up, Sydney face Essendon at the SCG and on recent form would be favoured to win, while Richmond takes on traditional rivals Carlton in a match they simply have to win to maintain contact with the top four.

GOALS
Richmond: Riewoldt, Martin, Bolton 2; Cotchin, Castagna, Edwards, Lloyd
Sydney: Reid 2; Franklin, Hewett, Lloyd, Heeney, Parker, Hayward, Papley, Kennedy, K.Jack, Rohan

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Richmond: Rance, Houli, Cotchin, B.Ellis, Astbury, Martin
Sydney: Lloyd, Newman, Heeney, Jones, Mills, Hannebery, Reid

BEST - THE AGE
Richmond: Rance, Houli, Cotchin, Ellis, Grimes, Martin
Sydney: Lloyd, Newman, Jones, Mills, Heeney, Papley

INJURIES
Richmond: Grimes (lower leg)
Sydney: Nil

REPORTS: Franklin (Sydney) for rough conduct on Menadue (Richmond) in the second quarter.

UMPIRES: O'Gorman, Nicholls, Williamson

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Fox Footy

COMMENTATORS: Sandy Roberts, Anthony Hudson, Jason Dunstall, Paul Roos, Cameron Mooney

Source

Match Report by Adam Cardosi

Match stats

Richmond Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
12 Astbury, David 14 13 5 19 0 0 0 1 1 0 26y 111d 72 8
29 Bolton, Shai 7 3 7 14 2 0 0 1 0 1 18y 191d 4 2
40 Butler, Dan 2 0 2 4 0 1 0 3 0 1 21y 14d 10 11
22 Caddy, Josh 14 9 9 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 24y 262d 106 85
46 Castagna, Jason 6 2 3 9 1 2 0 0 3 0 20y 340d 17 15
9 Cotchin, Trent 18 8 10 28 1 0 0 4 2 3 27y 71d 185 110
10 Edwards, Shane 7 1 5 12 1 1 0 3 0 0 28y 235d 194 135
5 Ellis, Brandon 16 7 9 25 0 0 0 4 1 2 23y 318d 122 43
6 Grigg, Shaun 12 7 8 20 0 1 0 2 1 1 29y 59d 179 86
2 Grimes, Dylan 8 5 12 20 0 0 0 6 2 0 25y 336d 91 3
14 Houli, Bachar 19 6 9 28 0 0 0 6 0 1 29y 36d 161 35
23 Lambert, Kane 9 4 10 19 0 0 0 9 1 0 25y 203d 39 20
27 Lloyd, Sam 12 6 7 19 1 1 0 1 2 0 27y 106d 47 62
4 Martin, Dustin 15 4 8 23 2 0 0 4 2 1 25y 356d 165 168
33 McIntosh, Kamdyn 13 5 7 20 0 0 0 2 1 0 23y 75d 40 8
37 Menadue, Connor 8 4 4 12 0 0 0 4 1 1 20y 271d 25 10
25 Nankervis, Toby 3 1 6 9 0 2 21 9 2 3 22y 309d 23 7
3 Prestia, Dion 9 5 14 23 0 0 0 4 0 0 24y 248d 105 31
18 Rance, Alex 12 5 9 21 0 0 0 0 3 2 27y 251d 162 8
8 Riewoldt, Jack 9 8 6 15 2 1 0 2 1 1 28y 229d 214 514
17 Rioli, Daniel 6 1 2 8 0 0 0 7 0 1 20y 62d 30 25
15 Short, Jayden 14 3 3 17 0 0 0 1 0 0 21y 144d 27 7
  Rushed   2  
  Totals 233 107 155 388 10 11 21 73 23 18 24y 258d 2018 1393
Sydney Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
23 Franklin, Lance 'Buddy' 11 6 5 16 1 1 0 1 4 5 30y 138d 259 823
39 Grundy, Heath 5 3 8 13 0 0 0 0 0 2 31y 15d 225 23
4 Hannebery, Dan 15 4 10 25 0 0 0 3 1 2 26y 113d 182 90
9 Hayward, Will 7 4 3 10 1 0 0 1 1 0 18y 234d 11 12
5 Heeney, Isaac 13 5 9 22 1 2 0 7 1 0 21y 43d 46 51
29 Hewett, George 7 6 10 17 1 0 0 2 1 0 21y 170d 36 22
15 Jack, Kieren 7 2 6 13 1 1 0 3 1 1 29y 354d 217 148
10 Jones, Zak 11 3 15 26 0 0 0 4 0 0 22y 94d 43 9
12 Kennedy, Josh 9 4 14 23 1 0 0 8 0 1 28y 362d 195 125
44 Lloyd, Jake 14 5 11 25 1 0 0 2 1 1 23y 270d 81 20
31 Marsh, Harry 4 4 4 8 0 0 0 3 1 1 23y 155d 16 0
14 Mills, Callum 11 5 8 19 0 0 0 2 0 1 20y 76d 34 1
35 Naismith, Sam 3 2 5 8 0 0 24 1 1 0 24y 336d 20 3
28 Newman, Nic 19 4 7 26 0 0 0 7 1 0 24y 153d 9 3
41 Papley, Tom 13 6 6 19 1 2 0 7 1 1 20y 339d 29 41
26 Parker, Luke 11 2 9 20 1 0 0 5 3 1 24y 235d 139 110
24 Rampe, Dane 11 3 5 16 0 0 0 2 0 2 27y 15d 103 6
20 Reid, Sam 12 10 3 15 2 1 0 0 0 0 25y 172d 110 113
16 Rohan, Gary 5 2 6 11 1 0 0 2 0 0 26y 10d 84 71
18 Sinclair, Callum 5 1 4 9 0 0 26 2 1 4 27y 267d 55 32
40 Smith, Nick 5 6 1 6 0 0 0 4 0 1 29y 5d 179 10
22 Towers, Dean 3 1 3 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 27y 44d 37 20
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 201 88 152 353 12 8 50 67 18 23 25y 81d 2110 1733

Match highlights

58,721 attended Richmond vs. Sydney at M.C.G. (AFL, Premiership Season, R13)

Footnotes

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