Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Essendon V Richmond - 29/08/2015 (MCG)

Ty Vickery in his 100th game on Saturday night.

The rematch against Essendon is generally less exciting than the first time we play them. This is largely because the first game is the Dreamtime and the second one is just another game, it's also late in the season and rarely has much impact on the ladder itself.

This time it was even more lack lustre. Essendon's season had fallen off the rails some weeks ago, the resulting fall out saw their coach resign. They had no hope of making the 8 and even with their recent good form against the Tigers they were still the underdogs. Richmond had managed to nail themselves into the top 8, and even a loss wouldn't see them fall out. So not a lot to play for on either side.

About the only real things of note were two milestones, one on either side. Following his best ever performance against the Pies, Ty Vickery was playing his 100th game. On the other end of the spectrum former Geelong Premiership player Paul Chapman had jumped sides to the Bombers, played for a couple of years and decided to make this match his retirement game.

Essendon players chair off the retiring Paul Chapman.

I don't think the Tigers really did it for Ty as such, but Essendon didn't do 'Chappy' any real favours either.

The rain made this a slog with poor skills. Richmond got it inside 50 a lot more, but kicked points early. Somewhere in the 3rd term the worm turned and the Tigers got well and truly on top.

The only other notable incident was the suplex tackle by Courtenay Dempsey on Brett Deledio with about 3 minutes left on the clock. Fortunately Deledio was not seriously hurt, and Dempsey got 4 weeks for doing it.

Bring on the Roos in Rd 23 and the finals!

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