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Geelong vs Richmond

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Round: 21   Venue: Kardinia Park   Date: Sat, 12-08-2017 2:10 pm   Crowd: 32,266  
Geelong 3.2.208.5.538.9.5711.14.80 C:  Chris Scott
Richmond 3.4.224.5.297.9.519.12.66 C:  Damien Hardwick
  RICH by 2GEEL by 24GEEL by 6GEEL by 14  
Weather
min temp  10.3°C      max temp  17.1°C
rainfall  0mm    humidity  51%    air pressure  1016.5mb
wind speed 28km/h      wind direction  W
Brownlow Medal 3 Patrick Dangerfield (GEEL)2 Harry Taylor (GEEL)1 Dion Prestia (RICH)

Match Report

Richmond’s recent record against Geelong has been lamentable, particularly so at the Cats' home ground, Kardinia Park, where they haven’t won since 2006. Tiger fans were hoping for a reversal of fortune for what was one of the most vital matches of the season.

Of course, the same was the case for the Cats, sitting in fourth, only half a game behind the Tigers, and still not guaranteed of a top four finish. The loss of Joel Selwood (injury)  and Tom Hawkins (suspension) was, therefore, keenly felt.

Apart from a difficult to read breeze, conditions were good for football when the match got underway at the once traditional Saturday afternoon time of 2:10. Richmond was the most impressive team early, running hard and putting heaps of pressure on the Cats at every opportunity. The early intensity was reflected on the scoreboard, with former Cat Josh Caddy goaling from a snap off the pack after only two minutes, closely followed by a strong mark and goal by the returning Jack Riewoldt.

It wasn’t until the twelve-minute mark that Rhys Stanley won a free kick and put the first goal on the board for the Cats. But this passage of play marked the turnaround for Geelong, who managed to pile on the next two goals to upend Richmond’s ascendancy. Harry Taylor, breaking free of Alex Rance, marked strongly and goaled, while the ever-improving Cam Guthrie popped another through after a speedy run. Dustin Martin, spending more time at full forward than has been the case, wrestled the lead back for the Tigers after outmarking the feisty Tom Stewart next to the behind post and then swinging around to sideswipe it through. The quarter ended with Richmond two points in front, but a man short with Caddy out for the day with a hamstring strain.

The second quarter also opened well for Richmond with Dan Butler putting one through after a free kick close to goal. But the eight-point lead this established was to be the largest margin in favour of Richmond and from that point on the local team controlled the game. A portend of Richmond’s troubles was the performance of Taylor on Rance. Two successive times in the second quarter the Geelong defender turned forward outmarked his rival, resulting in one goal, and also out-anticipated him to swoop on an awkwardly bouncing ball to put through another. As has been the case several times this season, when Rance is outplayed, and/or isolated behind the play, the Tiger defensive system flounders, and such was the case today.

Adding further to Tiger woes, Sam Simpson goaled after brilliantly roving the pack, and Daniel Menzel added another from a free - after being shepherded away from a marking contest. Just before the half time siren, after the Tigers muffed an easy chance at goal, Geelong stalwart Andrew Mackie let go a bomb to put the Cats twenty four points clear at the change.

The third quarter was a torrid affair, as Richmond strove to force their way back into the game. Geelong wasn’t letting go easily and maintained the fight, missing several chances to further their lead. But it was Richmond, through Daniel Rioli on the run after a handball receive from a Martin mark, that broke the goal drought at the twelve-minute mark. The Tigers followed up ten minutes later when Bachar Houli, who had had hitherto missing two relatively simple shots, guided one home, and it was game on. A beautifully roved goal off the pack from the skipper Cotchin reinforced that point, and at the last change, Geelong’s lead had been cut back to six points.

In keeping with the pattern of the match, the final quarter started at a frenetic pace, with both teams creating scoring opportunities but failed to capitalise. Taylor continued to be a focal point up forward, and Dangerfield was dominating around the ground, but it was the forward runners, Motlop and Menzel, who were the first to get the major scores on the board. A series of poor handballs, a problem for the Tigers all day, led to the Motlop goal, while Menzel’s was a case of great running to position and a soccer boot at the right time. About five minutes later Martin created a ‘do it yourself’ kind of goal that only he, and a few others, could, and pegged the margin back to fourteen points. It seemed the Tigers still had a sniff, but that was quickly extinguished by another Taylor mark and goal at the other end. Shane Edwards snapped a miraculous goal-line major with less than a minute to play, but it was too late for Richmond. The final margin was fourteen points.

Geelong coach Chris Scott said of the game: "It was going to be one which required consistency and unity across our whole 22 [to win and] I think we got that."

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said: "We just couldn’t get any scoring presence. I thought they just out hunted us around the contest. Essentially, we lost contested ball by 20 and what is normally a strength of ours, we were beaten up around post-clearance contested ball, which is disappointing”. "I thought their work rate, contest to contest, was better than ours and they got the result they probably deserved."

Best players for Geelong were Taylor, Dangerfield, Menegola, and Guthrie, while for the Tigers, Lambert, Vlastin, Prestia and Martin outperformed.

Next week, Geelong take on Collingwood at the M.C.G, a danger game for them, while Richmond head west to meet Fremantle, who this week suffered a 104 point loss to Sydney, whose late run for the four has astounded the footall world.

GOALS
Geelong: Taylor 4; Menzel 2; Motlop, Stanley, C.Guthrie, Mackie, Simpson
Richmond: Martin 2; Riewoldt, Houli, Butler, Caddy, Cotchin, Rioli, Edwards

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Geelong: Taylor, Dangerfield, Menegola, Kolodjashnij, Tuohy, Smith
Richmond: Lambert, Martin, Cotchin, Prestia, Grimes

BEST - THE AGE
Geelong: Taylor, Motlop, Dangerfield, Lonergan, Tuohy, Smith, Mackie
Richmond: Prestia, Martin, Cotchin, Lambert

INJURIES
Geelong: Stanley (right calf)
Richmond: Caddy (left hamstring)

UMPIRES: Stevic, Meredith, Mitchell

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Fox Footy

COMMENTATORS: Eddie McGuire, Dwayne Russell, Gerard Healy, Brad Johnson, David King

Source

Match Report by Adam Cardosi

Match stats

Geelong Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
24 Bews, Jed 7 5 6 13 0 0 0 4 0 1 23y 241d 45 3
35 Dangerfield, Patrick 15 5 15 30 0 1 0 10 5 2 27y 129d 197 222
29 Guthrie, Cameron 12 3 13 25 1 0 0 6 0 0 24y 358d 125 39
39 Guthrie, Zach 3 3 4 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 19y 43d 6 0
25 Henderson, Lachie 10 8 9 19 0 0 0 1 0 0 27y 241d 153 110
8 Kolodjashnij, Jake 10 5 10 20 0 0 0 4 3 1 22y 3d 42 0
13 Lonergan, Tom 8 3 12 20 0 0 0 3 1 1 33y 87d 205 55
4 Mackie, Andrew 16 2 5 21 1 0 0 1 3 1 33y 5d 275 100
27 Menegola, Sam 12 3 11 23 0 1 0 10 2 0 25y 158d 25 15
10 Menzel, Daniel 7 2 2 9 2 1 0 1 2 2 25y 333d 56 105
32 Motlop, Steven 13 2 6 19 1 1 0 1 0 2 26y 153d 130 171
21 Murdoch, Jordan 6 3 7 13 0 0 0 4 2 0 25y 142d 89 60
3 Parfitt, Brandan 4 2 5 9 0 1 0 3 1 0 19y 107d 11 6
34 Parsons, James 2 1 7 9 0 1 0 3 1 0 20y 122d 16 12
16 Selwood, Scott 6 1 12 18 0 0 0 13 4 1 27y 138d 149 39
37 Simpson, Sam 3 1 4 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 19y 59d 4 2
9 Smith, Zac 8 1 5 13 0 0 33 2 0 1 27y 171d 104 49
1 Stanley, Rhys 6 3 9 15 1 1 12 1 3 0 26y 254d 98 70
44 Stewart, Tom 9 4 5 14 0 0 0 1 0 0 24y 150d 16 2
7 Taylor, Harry 8 6 3 11 4 2 0 1 1 0 31y 61d 224 65
40 Thurlow, Jackson 13 10 8 21 0 1 0 1 0 2 23y 137d 38 8
2 Tuohy, Zach 11 3 13 24 0 0 0 1 0 3 27y 245d 140 46
  Rushed   4  
  Totals 189 76 171 360 11 14 45 72 28 17 25y 185d 2148 1179
Richmond Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
12 Astbury, David 6 5 9 15 0 0 0 0 0 2 26y 167d 80 8
35 Broad, Nathan 13 7 6 19 0 0 0 3 0 1 24y 119d 7 0
40 Butler, Dan 4 1 0 4 1 0 0 6 2 1 21y 70d 18 21
22 Caddy, Josh 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 24y 318d 114 93
46 Castagna, Jason 1 0 2 3 0 0 0 6 0 0 21y 31d 25 25
9 Cotchin, Trent 11 2 9 20 1 0 0 8 0 1 27y 127d 193 116
10 Edwards, Shane 8 0 9 17 1 0 0 5 2 1 28y 291d 202 137
5 Ellis, Brandon 16 5 12 28 0 0 0 3 1 4 24y 9d 130 46
32 Ellis, Corey 3 2 6 9 0 0 0 1 0 0 20y 307d 23 7
6 Grigg, Shaun 13 3 6 19 0 1 0 5 0 3 29y 115d 187 88
2 Grimes, Dylan 7 6 5 12 0 0 0 3 1 3 26y 27d 99 3
14 Houli, Bachar 15 8 7 22 1 2 0 3 1 1 29y 92d 165 36
23 Lambert, Kane 16 5 12 28 0 0 0 2 1 1 25y 259d 47 22
4 Martin, Dustin 13 3 8 21 2 1 0 7 0 2 26y 47d 173 178
33 McIntosh, Kamdyn 8 4 5 13 0 0 0 5 1 3 23y 131d 48 9
25 Nankervis, Toby 3 3 7 10 0 0 21 5 0 1 23y 0d 31 13
3 Prestia, Dion 11 3 18 29 0 1 0 9 2 0 24y 304d 112 33
18 Rance, Alex 6 5 9 15 0 0 0 2 1 0 27y 307d 170 8
8 Riewoldt, Jack 10 7 4 14 1 3 0 1 2 1 28y 285d 220 526
17 Rioli, Daniel 6 3 6 12 1 0 0 5 1 2 20y 118d 38 33
47 Soldo, Ivan 3 1 3 6 0 0 25 5 1 0 21y 120d 7 1
1 Vlastuin, Nick 16 10 8 24 0 0 0 0 1 1 23y 115d 91 19
  Rushed   4  
  Totals 190 83 152 342 9 12 46 84 17 28 24y 335d 2180 1422

Footnotes

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