RICHMOND kicked the last five goals of the game to snatch a remarkable draw with Hawthorn on Saturday afternoon at the MCG.
Jack Riewoldt was the saviour for the Tigers, his last-gasp kick off the ground evading the outstretched fingers of retiring Shaun Burgoyne.
In an emotional match, which was Alastair Clarkson's 390th and final game as Hawthorn coach and also served as the last hurrah for Burgoyne and three-time premiership Tiger David Astbury, the Hawks looked home after being 31 points up late in the final term.
But the Tigers ended the match with a flurry of goals, refusing to give Clarkson and Burgoyne the fairytale finish they craved, with the final score finishing at 12.11 (83) apiece.
Richmond was still six points down when the ball was bombed inside 50 with 18 seconds left, and in chaotic scenes, Riewoldt toe-poked the ball through the goals to secure the draw – despite Burgoyne trying valiantly to get his fingers on it before it crossed the line.
The game started off scrappy, with both sides struggling to get any fluent ball movement early.
But Richmond soon started to get its chaotic forward handball game going, which led to back-to-back goals through Jason Castagna and Mabior Chol.
Hawthorn worked itself back into the contest, kicking the next three goals to take the lead early in the second term.
Clarkson's men entered half-time with a handy 12-point lead, as the Tigers struggled to cope with the Hawks' immense forward-half pressure.
The Hawks continued where they left off in the third term, with Tom Phillips kicking the opening goal – his second – to extend their lead.
Jack Riewoldt finally ended a run of four Hawthorn goals with his first major, and Tom Lynch started to impose himself up forward to keep Richmond in the contest.
Richmond needed a strong start to the final term, but a costly 50m penalty saw Mitch Lewis kick a goal from point-blank range to extend Hawthorn's lead to 23 points.
But while Jack Scrimshaw kicked a goal to put Hawthorn 31 points up in the 19th minute, the Tigers finished off strongly in what turned into one of the games of the season.
RICHMOND 3.2 4.6 6.10 12.11 (83)
HAWTHORN 2.2 6.6 9.8 12.11 (83)
Richmond: Riewoldt 3, Lynch 3, Bolton 2, Stack 2, Castagna, Chol
Hawthorn: Brockman 3, Wingard 2, Phillips 2, Lewis 2, Hanrahan, Nash, Scrimshaw
Richmond: Ross, Short, Astbury, Lynch, Bolton
Hawthorn: Wingard, Mitchell, O'Meara, Nash, McEvoy
Hawthorn: Breust (knee) replaced in selected side by Brockman, Koschitzke (shoulder)
Richmond: Jake Aarts (replaced Dow)
Hawthorn: Jai Newcombe (replaced Koschitzke)