Friday the 10th of July
Words: Tiana Bergmans – Photography: Colin Sanfilippo
Despite recent good form, Carlton were unable to hold off the Tigers at the home of football, the MCG. Richmond have now won the last 7 of their past 8 games, firmly cementing their position within the top 8.
The scoring remained very low within the first half of football, with Carlton only trailing by 4 points at the end of the first quarter. Pressure from the blues managed to keep the finals favourites to only 4 goals in the first half, leaving 16th placed blues within reach.
Friday night’s match was littered with error, which culminated in 55 free kicks being handed out, an abnormally high statistic. Carlton were notorious for fatuous errors, including Chris Yarran giving away a 50 at the end of the second quarter. Richmond profited from this careless error, which left Carlton with a deficit of 10 points at half time.
Alex Rance was potent in defence, gathering 18 disposals by half time. His impenetrable defence significantly contributed to Carlton’s low scoring throughout the match, as well as to many crucial turnovers within the defensive 50. Rance, who hails from Western Australia, gathered 22 touches throughout the game.
Richmond really took hold of the game and advantage of Carlton’s inexperience in the third quarter, which saw them kick 4 imperative goals. Key forward Jack Riewoldt was prolific, kicking 3 stellar goals throughout the game, 2 of which were in the 3rd quarter.
Richmond skipper Trent Cotchin was also phenomenal, with an excellent display of football and of leadership for the Tigers. Cotchin finished on 2 goals and 23 touches, proving he was crucial in the Richmond’s win in front of 52,564 fans at the ‘G.
Despite preponderating the tackles 74-56, Carlton were not able to convert this pressure to success on the scoreboard. Bryce Gibbs and and Matthew Kreuzer were however sensational in this area, making a combined 14 tackles on the opposition. Carlton youngster Dylan Buckely was also fantastic, applying significant defensive pressure when it was needed most.
Despite Richmond manufacturing a 35 point lead during the third quarter, Carlton orchestrated the foundations for a comeback, kicking two important goals. This left them trailing by only 22 points at the end of the third quarter and certainly within reach.
Richmond however, were simply too good in the last term. After a string of behinds for both sides, the now ‘toothless tiger’ (after an incident with Michael Jamison), Ty Vickery prevailed, kicking the first goal of the last term. Richmond star Dustin Martin then finished off the quarter for the Tigers with one last goal to seal the deal, to the tune of 30 points.
Despite a high level of competitiveness, the Blues were unable to subdue the Tigers, who reaffirmed why they are red hot final favourites.