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Match Report

Tigers advance to home prelim

By Nick Bowen, AFL Media September 8, 2017 10:38 PM

QF: Match highlights

Highlights of the Qualifying Final against Geelong.

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Josh Caddy celebrates his final quarter goal against Geelong on Friday night

RICHMOND has rediscovered its finals roar after a 16-year silence, mauling Geelong with an unrelenting brand of pressure that carried them to a 51-point win in the second qualifying final at the MCG on Friday night.

Before Friday night's game, the Tigers hadn't won a final since 2001, nor a game in the first week of the finals since 1982, but Damien Hardwick's men looked at home on the big stage from the opening bounce, dominating the match with their frenzied attack on the ball and the man.

The only thing that kept Geelong in the game was Richmond's failure to convert its dominance of general play on to the scoreboard, and it looked like the Tigers might pay a heavy price for its 3.7 return in the first half when the Cats levelled the scores midway through the third term after a rare dominant burst.

If Richmond carried any finals scars, this is when they would have surfaced. But the Tigers class of 2017 proved it's made of the right stuff and, with superstar Dustin Martin leading the way yet again, they piled on 10 of the last 12 goals to notch what in time will become a famous 13.13 (91) to 5.10 (40) win.

If there were any doubts, Martin underlined how his mix of brute force and class is tailor-made for September. The Brownlow Medal favourite finished with 28 possessions, nine inside 50s, seven tackles and six clearances, but it was his game-high six score assists – double that of any other player – that best reflected his influence.

Martin set up goals on either side of three-quarter time – the first to Shane Edwards after he shook off Tom Stewart at half-back and the second to Shaun Grigg after he broke two tackles and hit his teammate with a pin-point 50m pass – that put Richmond 20 points up and broke any last remnants of Geelong resistance.

Richmond captain Trent Cotchin (20 possessions, nine tackles, seven clearances and one goal) was also outstanding and set a ferocious standard with five clearances and five tackles in the first term.

Alex Rance avenged his poor round 21 performance on Harry Taylor with a classy performance in defence, Dion Prestia was an able sidekick for Martin and Cotchin in the midfield, while Kane Lambert and Josh Caddy were dangerous in attack and Nick Vlastuin was impassable across half-back.

In winning just its third final since 1982, Richmond also broke a 13-game losing streak against Geelong that had begun with its 157-point loss in round six, 2007, at Etihad Stadium.

Although Richmond's 2017 playing group might not be as burdened by the club's sorry recent finals history as long-suffering Tigers fans, most of the group were part of three elimination finals losses under Hardwick from 2013-15.

After slumping to 13th last season, Richmond is through to its first preliminary final since its 2001 loss to the Brisbane Lions.

Geelong's loss continued its poor finals record since claiming the 2011 Grand Final, the Cats having now lost seven of their past nine finals. 

Constantly tackled, chased and harassed, the Cats looked ragged and flustered. Unable to find space or generate fluent passages of play, they went goalless in the first quarter for the first time in 2017.

It then looked like Geelong would be held goalless in a first half for the first time since round 12, 1977, before Steve Motlop goaled at the 26-minute mark of the second term.

Mitch Duncan (29 possessions, 11 tackles and seven clearances) was the Cats' best player, while Zach Tuohy (27 possessions and six rebound 50s) generated rare run from half-back.

Patrick Dangerfield (31 possessions and one goal) and Scott Selwood (27 possessions, eight inside 50s and seven clearances) battled all night, but Joel Selwood (19 possessions) understandably looked underdone after returning from a month off with an ankle injury.

MEDICAL ROOM
Geelong: Cameron Guthrie went into the Cats' rooms early in the third term with a right calf injury and did not take any further part in the game. 

Richmond: Alex Rance came from the ground midway through the first term with a head cut after ducking into a tackle from Harry Taylor. The key defender returned soon after being cleaned up on the interchange bench.

NEXT UP
The Tigers are through to a preliminary final in two weeks' time at the MCG, where they will play one of Greater Western Sydney, Port Adelaide or West Coast. The Cats will host the winner of the Sydney-Essendon elimination final at the MCG on Friday night.

GEELONG        0.4       2.4       4.9       5.10 (40)
RICHMOND     2.4       3.7       6.10     13.13 (91)

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

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

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

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Stevic, Nicholls, McInerney

Official crowd: 95,028 at the MCG

 

Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Patrick Dangerfield
    Patrick Dangerfield
    31
  • Richmond
    Dion Prestia
    31
  • Geelong Cats
    Mitch Duncan
    29
  • Richmond
    Dustin Martin
    28
  • Geelong Cats
    Scott Selwood
    27
Fantasy Leaders
  • Mitch Duncan
    Mitch Duncan
    131
  • Richmond
    Dion Prestia
    128
  • Geelong Cats
    Patrick Dangerfield
    114
  • Richmond
    Nick Vlastuin
    107
  • Richmond
    Dustin Martin
    106
Scoring Leaders
  • Josh Caddy
    Josh Caddy
    2.2
  • Richmond
    Jacob Townsend
    2.0
  • Richmond
    Kane Lambert
    1.3
  • Richmond
    Jack Riewoldt
    1.3
  • Geelong Cats
    James Parsons
    1.2

Match Stats

  • 335 Disposals 335
  • 62.1 Disposal Eff 58.5
  • 146 Contested Pos 165
  • 66 Marks 86
  • 15 Free Kicks 17
  • 40 Clearances 37
  • 38 Inside 50s 57
  • 43 Rebound 50s 32
  • 94 Tackles 92
  • 63 Hit-outs 33
  • 69 Interchanges 89

Breakdown

  • 0.4 (4)
    2.4 (16)
  • 2.4 (16)
    3.7 (25)
  • 4.9 (33)
    6.10 (46)
  • 5.10 (40)
    13.13 (91)

Player Stats

Geelong Cats

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Mitch Duncan 15 14 29 4 0 1 0 11 0 1 131
2Patrick Dangerfield 16 15 31 5 0 0 2 5 1 1 114
3Scott Selwood 12 15 27 2 0 2 1 8 0 0 103
4Zac Smith 5 6 11 2 51 2 1 5 0 0 103
5Zach Tuohy 16 11 27 4 0 0 1 2 0 1 88
6Steven Motlop 10 8 18 4 0 1 1 6 1 0 86
7Andrew Mackie 13 6 19 8 0 0 1 2 0 0 80
8Tom Hawkins 9 6 15 6 2 2 1 2 1 0 72
9Jed Bews 4 7 11 4 0 0 0 8 0 0 70
10Mark Blicavs 8 4 12 4 10 0 1 4 0 1 68
11Joel Selwood 6 13 19 1 0 2 2 5 0 0 63
12Zach Guthrie 5 8 13 5 0 0 0 3 0 1 59
13Lachie Henderson 5 3 8 3 0 1 0 7 0 0 59
14Tom Lonergan 7 9 16 3 0 1 1 3 0 0 58
15Tom Stewart 9 2 11 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 57
16Sam Menegola 8 7 15 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 54
17Brandan Parfitt 8 4 12 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 47
18Jordan Murdoch 5 3 8 1 0 1 1 6 0 0 46
19Harry Taylor 5 3 8 1 0 1 1 3 1 1 41
20Jake Kolodjashnij 6 4 10 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 33
21Cameron Guthrie 3 6 9 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 32
22James Parsons 5 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 25

Richmond

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Dion Prestia 18 13 31 6 0 2 1 6 1 1 128
2Nick Vlastuin 16 3 19 10 0 1 0 4 1 0 107
3Dustin Martin 18 10 28 2 0 0 1 7 0 1 106
4Shane Edwards 11 13 24 6 0 1 0 4 1 1 101
5Kane Lambert 12 12 24 4 0 1 0 4 1 3 98
6Trent Cotchin 13 8 21 1 0 1 1 9 1 0 98
7Shaun Grigg 16 3 19 6 0 0 2 5 1 0 92
8Josh Caddy 13 4 17 7 0 1 1 3 2 2 92
9Jack Riewoldt 13 3 16 6 1 1 2 5 1 3 88
10Bachar Houli 14 6 20 5 0 0 0 3 0 0 81
11Nathan Broad 12 3 15 8 0 0 0 2 0 0 74
12Toby Nankervis 5 5 10 1 32 2 0 2 0 0 70
13Alex Rance 13 3 16 6 0 2 1 1 0 0 66
14Jack Graham 4 5 9 0 0 2 0 9 0 0 60
15Dan Butler 8 1 9 2 0 0 0 5 1 1 59
16David Astbury 10 2 12 4 0 1 2 3 0 0 53
17Brandon Ellis 7 2 9 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 47
18Dylan Grimes 7 1 8 2 0 2 0 4 0 0 47
19Kamdyn McIntosh 8 3 11 5 0 0 1 1 0 0 46
20Daniel Rioli 3 5 8 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 38
21Jason Castagna 3 3 6 1 0 0 1 4 1 0 37
22Jacob Townsend 2 1 3 1 0 0 2 3 2 0 29

Team Lineups

Geelong Cats

B

  • Tom Stewart,
  • Tom Lonergan,
  • Jed Bews

HB

  • Zach Tuohy,
  • Lachie Henderson,
  • Jake Kolodjashnij

C

  • Zach Guthrie,
  • Joel Selwood,
  • Mitch Duncan

HF

  • Sam Menegola,
  • Harry Taylor,
  • Steven Motlop

F

  • Brandan Parfitt,
  • Tom Hawkins,
  • James Parsons

Fol

  • Zac Smith,
  • Patrick Dangerfield,
  • Cameron Guthrie

I/C

  • Andrew Mackie,
  • Scott Selwood,
  • Jordan Murdoch,
  • Mark Blicavs

No Late Change

In

  • Zach Guthrie,
  • Joel Selwood

Out

  • Daniel Menzel (Omitted),
  • Wylie Buzza (Omitted)

Milestones:

  • Patrick Dangerfield  - Played 200th game

Last updated: 10:48PM Friday, September 8, 2017