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Geelong vs Richmond

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2QF   Venue: M.C.G.   Date: Fri, 08-09-2017 7:50 pm   Crowd: 95,028  
Geelong 0.4.42.4.164.9.335.10.40 C:  Chris Scott
Richmond 2.4.163.7.256.10.4613.13.91 C:  Damien Hardwick
  RICH by 12RICH by 9RICH by 13RICH by 51  
Weather
min temp  8.0°C      max temp  13.5°C
rainfall  3.2mm    humidity  78%    air pressure  1024.0mb
wind speed 6km/h      wind direction  WSW

Match Report


The Richmond juggernaut is rolling, and for long suffering Tiger fans, it’s been a long time coming. But on a crisp and dewy Friday night, in front of over 95,000 fans, the majority of whom were barracking for the yellow and black, the Tigers demolished Geelong in the Second Qualifying final, running out comprehensive winners to the tune of 51 points, in the process, overcoming several long-standing droughts.

It was the club’s first finals win since 2001, the first win in the first week of the finals since 1982, the first win against Geelong in thirteen outings since 2006, and the first win against the Cats at the M.C.G since 1999. In so doing, Richmond sets itself for an M.C.G Preliminary final in two weeks against either GWS or West Coast. It will be the Tigers first ‘home’ prelim since 1973.

For Geelong, on the other hand, the loss means it will face the in-form Sydney Swans at the M.C.G in an elimination final next Friday night. With a finals record, post the 2011 premiership, of two wins and seven losses, and never having beaten Sydney/South Melbourne in a final at the venue, things are not looking good for the beleaguered Cats.

Geelong’s problems started almost from the first bounce. The Tigers simply looked hungrier than their feline cousins and were far harder at the contest in the opening minutes. Skipper Trent Cotchin, in particular, looked to have a fiery resolve to lead from the front, and that he did, barreling into contests and making his presence felt at every opportunity. The reward came early, with Jacob Townsend starting where he left off the week before, soccering a goal from the top of the ten-metre square to get the Tiger train moving. Several behinds followed but goals were hard to come by, for both teams, notwithstanding Tiger domination of the first ten minutes, and then a Cat rebound in the next ten.

The deadlock was finally broken by a goal from ex-Cat Josh Caddy, who was on the receiving end of a pass from Dustin Martin after a strong mark on the point post set up by Jack Riewoldt. Riewoldt was in the centre of the action again shortly thereafter, strongly shepherding through a goal only for it to be disallowed for being outside the five-metre zone of the ball. Geelong had two clear chances to make the Tigers pay in the last minute of the quarter but both Mitch Duncan and Harry Taylor registered posters from set shots. The two-goal margin at the first break was slightly flattering to Geelong, but a fair reflection of the way they returned the Tiger pressure and forced them into disposal inefficiency.

The second quarter started as the first, with Richmond dominating the early play through a relentless attack on the ball. Cotchin again was strong in the packs, as were Prestia and Graham, with Vlastin and Rance keeping things tight down back. But that domination, which continued throughout the quarter and against which Geelong was unable to counter until the very last minutes of the half, did not bring the rewards it should have. Several relatively easy misses on goal added to the frustration, which was even more keenly felt when the Cats, under the pump all quarter and beginning to flounder, posted two very late goals, to Steven Motlop, and to Patrick Dangerfield, to leave the margin only nine points the difference at the long break.

Richmond should have been five goals in front given the nature of the play, so Cats supporters were surely feeling that their team had thus far escaped without undue penalty. Surely, with greater application and fierceness around the contest, their team could work its way back into the game, and sure enough, as Geelong has been want to do over the years, and especially to the Tigers, they did indeed work their way back into the contest in the third quarter.

In the early minutes of the second half it was clear that Geelong had turned a corner, but like the Tigers before them were unable to convert field superiority onto the scoreboard. A goal to James Parsons at the eight-minute mark was a just reward, but a series of behinds followed. By mid quarter the Cats had pulled level, but that was as close to the lead as they ever got. A booming 55-metre roost from Nick Vlastin pulled his team back in front, and that was followed moments later by a goal to Shane Edwards after a mark to Martin, who was steadily asserting his influence on the game. Tom Hawkins got one back after a dubious free kick to make the margin seven points as three-quarter time approached.

Then, as the quarter was coming to an end, a brilliant team goal to Richmond gave the team the momentum they needed going into the final quarter. The move started from the Tiger back 50 with the ever reliable Astbury passing to a 50-50 contest between Martin and Stewart. Dusty won out with another ‘don’t argue’ followed by a pirouette-like manoeuvre and a running dash up the wing before passing to Riewoldt who shrugged off Tuohy, spun around and shot a long low pass to Prestia standing alone in the goal square. The ‘human meatball’ popped it through and sent the Tigers into the final quarter with a 13-point break.

The fourth quarter turned out to be what the first and second quarters could have been, but were not, a total Tiger whitewash. An early goal to Grigg, again after some Dusty magic and long range vision, a movement again begun by Cotchin at the bottom of a pack, gave Richmond some breathing space. Thereafter followed a series of behinds, which inched the lead to 22 points eight minutes in, but the game was still there to be won. Richmond had been the dominant team all night, but for Tiger fans with long memories, that counted for little. Goals were what was needed, and fast. And that was exactly what was forthcoming, four of them in five minutes, in fact, enough to ice the game and book the second prelim final place.

The first of the sealer goals was from Kane Lambert, on the end of a series of handballs. The second came from Townsend, who kicked his second goal of the game from his second kick, after taking a strong overhead mark near the post point and running around. Next of the bunch was from Jason Castagna, relatively quiet and perhaps sensing the shadows of Sam Lloyd and Shai Bolton for the final spot in the next finals team, who marked and goaled confidently. Then the final nail was hammered in by Caddy, on the receiving end of another play starting from the last line of defence.

The play then settled down somewhat, until Harry Taylor, given an old-fashioned bath by Alex Rance, got one back for the Cats. Quite fittingly, the match ended with goals to two older Tiger stalwarts, Cotchin and Riewoldt, to make the final margin a whopping 51 points. The Cotchin goal, in particular, was a classic, the captain bursting into the space approaching the ball, taking possession, blind turning, and letting off a quick kick, seemingly all in one fluid movement. It epitomized the way he played all night, particularly early when the game was there to be won.

As for the coaches, Richmond’s Damien Hardwick was proud of his players, particularly the way they respnded to Geelong’s third quarter challenge: "They started to get on top in and around the clearances and we just couldn't get our hands on the ball in that period," Hardwick said. "But credit to Trent, Dustin, Alex and Jack, our leaders stood up and started to get the momentum back our way.

"It's a sign of the growing maturity of those players and our footy club overall. I'm really happy for the players. They've worked incredibly hard this season so it's a big pat on the back to them."

Geelong coach Chris Scott was philosophical: "We were on the back foot early in the game and were probably just hanging in there, the couple of goals close to half-time gave us a bit of hope. But even then we just didn't really have many players playing well if you want to simplify it," he said.

"And their late goal in the third quarter gave them a little bit of hope, but still (we were) 13 points down at three-quarter time. "Sometimes when you have a big percentage of your players not playing well and you're still in the game at three-quarter time, things can change really quickly. Unfortunately, it just really changed for them and then the dam wall burst. "We tried to open it up and score and that just made it worse."

Best players for the victors were Cotchin, Martin, Prestia, Vlastin, and Rance, with special mention to third gamer Graham who pulled off eight tackles in the first half. For the vanquished, Dangerfield was his team’s best, although his kicking efficiency was down due to constant Richmond pressure. Tuohy, Duncan, and Scott Selwood were strong, although the returning Joel Selwood looked underdone after one month on the sidelines.

GOALS
Geelong: Motlop, Dangerfield, Parsons, Hawkins, Taylor
Richmond: Townsend, Caddy 2; Butler, Vlastuin, Edwards, Prestia, Grigg, Lambert, Castagna, Cotchin, Riewoldt

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Geelong: Duncan, Tuohy, Dangerfield, S.Selwood, Lonergan, Smith
Richmond: Martin, Prestia, Rance, Cotchin, Vlastuin, Lambert

BEST - THE SATURDAY AGE
Geelong: Tuohy, Dangerfield, Lonergan, Henderson, Duncan, S. Selwood
Richmond: Martin, Rance, Cotchin, Caddy, Vlastuin, Prestia, Grimes. Edwards

INJURIES
Geelong: C.Guthrie (calf)
Richmond: Nil

UMPIRES: Stevic, Nicholls, McInerney

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

COMMENTATORS: Bruce McAvaney, Brian Taylor, Wayne Carey, Cameron Ling, Matthew Richardson

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 4 4 7 11 0 0 0 8 0 0 23y 268d 48 4
46 Blicavs, Mark 8 4 4 12 0 1 10 4 0 1 26y 164d 108 34
35 Dangerfield, Patrick 16 5 15 31 1 1 0 5 0 2 27y 156d 200 226
22 Duncan, Mitch 15 4 14 29 0 1 0 11 1 0 26y 90d 157 116
29 Guthrie, Cameron 3 2 6 9 0 0 0 2 0 1 25y 20d 128 39
39 Guthrie, Zach 5 5 8 13 0 1 0 3 0 0 19y 70d 8 0
26 Hawkins, Tom 9 6 6 15 1 0 2 2 2 1 29y 49d 209 436
25 Henderson, Lachie 5 3 3 8 0 0 0 7 1 0 27y 268d 156 111
8 Kolodjashnij, Jake 6 2 4 10 0 0 0 1 0 1 22y 30d 45 0
13 Lonergan, Tom 7 3 9 16 0 0 0 3 1 1 33y 114d 208 55
4 Mackie, Andrew 13 8 6 19 0 0 0 2 0 1 33y 32d 278 100
27 Menegola, Sam 8 1 7 15 0 0 0 4 0 1 25y 185d 28 20
32 Motlop, Steven 10 4 8 18 1 0 0 6 1 1 26y 180d 133 173
21 Murdoch, Jordan 5 1 3 8 0 0 0 6 1 1 25y 169d 92 64
3 Parfitt, Brandan 8 2 4 12 0 0 0 2 1 0 19y 134d 13 6
34 Parsons, James 5 0 1 6 1 2 0 0 0 0 20y 149d 19 14
14 Selwood, Joel 6 1 13 19 0 0 0 5 2 2 29y 105d 247 144
16 Selwood, Scott 12 2 15 27 0 0 0 8 2 1 27y 165d 152 40
9 Smith, Zac 5 2 6 11 0 0 51 5 2 1 27y 198d 107 49
44 Stewart, Tom 9 2 2 11 0 0 0 5 0 0 24y 177d 19 2
7 Taylor, Harry 5 1 3 8 1 1 0 3 1 1 31y 88d 227 67
2 Tuohy, Zach 16 4 11 27 0 1 0 2 0 1 27y 272d 143 46
  Rushed   2  
  Totals 180 66 155 335 5 10 63 94 15 17 26y 107d 2725 1746
Richmond Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
12 Astbury, David 10 4 2 12 0 0 0 3 1 2 26y 194d 83 8
35 Broad, Nathan 12 8 3 15 0 0 0 2 0 0 24y 146d 10 0
40 Butler, Dan 8 2 1 9 1 1 0 5 0 0 21y 97d 21 27
22 Caddy, Josh 13 7 4 17 2 2 0 3 1 1 24y 345d 115 95
46 Castagna, Jason 3 1 3 6 1 0 0 4 0 1 21y 58d 28 26
9 Cotchin, Trent 13 1 7 20 1 0 0 9 1 1 27y 154d 196 118
10 Edwards, Shane 11 6 13 24 1 1 0 4 1 0 28y 318d 205 139
5 Ellis, Brandon 7 2 2 9 0 0 0 4 0 0 24y 36d 133 46
34 Graham, Jack 4 0 5 9 0 0 0 9 2 0 19y 195d 3 2
6 Grigg, Shaun 16 6 3 19 1 0 0 5 0 2 29y 142d 190 92
2 Grimes, Dylan 7 2 1 8 0 0 0 4 2 0 26y 54d 102 3
14 Houli, Bachar 14 5 6 20 0 0 0 3 0 0 29y 119d 168 37
23 Lambert, Kane 12 4 12 24 1 3 0 4 1 0 25y 286d 50 26
4 Martin, Dustin 18 2 10 28 0 1 0 7 0 1 26y 74d 176 182
33 McIntosh, Kamdyn 8 5 3 11 0 0 0 1 0 1 23y 158d 51 10
25 Nankervis, Toby 5 1 5 10 0 0 32 2 2 0 23y 27d 34 14
3 Prestia, Dion 18 6 13 31 1 1 0 6 2 1 24y 331d 115 36
18 Rance, Alex 13 6 3 16 0 0 0 1 2 1 27y 334d 173 9
8 Riewoldt, Jack 13 6 3 16 1 3 1 5 1 2 28y 312d 223 534
17 Rioli, Daniel 3 1 5 8 0 0 0 4 0 0 20y 145d 41 34
21 Townsend, Jacob 2 1 1 3 2 0 0 3 0 2 24y 80d 35 17
1 Vlastuin, Nick 16 10 3 19 1 0 0 4 1 0 23y 142d 94 20
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 226 86 108 334 13 13 33 92 17 15 25y 21d 2246 1475

Footnotes

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