More footage of Richmond Reserves’ 1972 finals campaign has surfaced, thanks to the digitisation efforts by former senior player, Tony Smith.

The footage shot by Smith’s mother at 11.50am on September 16, 1972 shows the 1st Semi-Final match between Richmond Reserves and Carlton Reserves at Waverley Park.

The match is one of the earliest finals games ever played at the venue.

And was a curtain-raiser to a famous senior final – when Carlton and Richmond drew 61 points apiece, forcing a replay the following week which the Tigers won.

In a close match, an inaccurate Tigers lost by 11 points and were knocked out of the Reserves Final Series. Carlton 12.8.80 def Richmond 9.15.69.

Goalkickers for Richmond were:

Anthony Hunt 3, Laurie Fowler 2, Tony Smith 1, Graham Gaunt 1, Grant Allford 1, Merv Keane 1.

Below are some screenshots from the film, followed by the footage embedded below.

The glorious scoreboard at Waverley Park, as well as one level of the outer. The Public Reserves stand would not be built around the ground until 1974.
A groggy Ian Owen is attended to by club doctor Bill Grainger, and trainer Keith Cleaver (back to camera).
Richmond's Ian Miles (No. 36) almost kicking a cracking goal from the boundary, only for it to be marked on the line by Carlton’s Peter Fyffe.

Below is the Football Record of September 16, 1972, showing the list and line-ups for the Reserves Semi-Final match. 

A reminder, if you have any footy footage hidden away at home, feel free to contact Richmond Historian Rhett Bartlett at rhettrospective@gmail.com. 

Watch the digitised footage of Richmond's 1972 Semi-Final against Carlton below.