Richmond Champion Jack Riewoldt helped his team weather a shock last quarter and an entertaining comeback win against Adelaide. faltering bid for a historic “three-peat”.
The Tigers looked home and were hosed when they built a 34-point lead at the end of the third quarter after trailing four goals in the middle of the first season.
But after they got back into their shells in the middle two quarters and Richmond had scored 11 out of 13 goals in that time and lost the attack flair that put them in such a strong position at the start of the game, they started Crows to take the game back in last term.
Adelaide had nothing to lose after seeing such a huge deficit in the closing break and started the first four goals of the finals to close the deficit after 15 minutes to just nine points.
When the crows came home hard and threatened to score an impressive comeback victory, Riewoldt sensed the desperation of the occasion and took a sheet of paper from his book famous cousins Nick by taking an amazingly brave chest bridle back into a pack with the flight of the ball before a decisive set shot is converted.
In fact, he has scored the last three goals of the game to assert his authority to expand the competition.
The Tigers are now improving to a 6-5 win-loss record and after Riewoldt’s game has started the season similarly slowly in each of their last three Premiership years, you can look forward to that very well most important individual performance that led the team to finally team up in the 2021 season
In the absence of Tom Lynch, Riewoldt scored together with Callum Coleman-Jones (four), the second player, and Mabor Chol (two) to ensuring that Richmond’s provisional striker structure scored eleven goals.
The Richmond season seemed to hang by a thread as the Crows scored five straight goals in 14 minutes to try i To achieve a lead of 24 points in over three years on the way to their best quarterly result in the first season.
But the Tigers sat down and began playing the game on their terms as they increased the pressure, accelerated the pace of the competition, and forced Adelaide to make regular sales by reducing their decision-making time. In the end, they dominated marks 146-53 and, apart from the Crows breakout in the early final quarter, were able to control the game. Six goals in a row in the third season, including a pair of Hugo Ralphsmith beauties from tight corners, ultimately made the job too difficult for Adelaide.
Coleman-Jones had to wait a long time for his second senior jump after making his debut in 2019 and served his penance for breaking Covid in the Queensland bubble last year. But he played like a man desperately trying to make amends for this indiscretion and repay the faith. He was a big reason the Tigers were back in competition after the fifteen minutes.
The resurgent Taylor Walker put in another stellar performance with four goals at team level, and he was particularly hot in the first half. The highlight was a sensational goal at the beginning of the second season, which he ricocheted home from 40 meters on the borderline of being kicked by Noah Balta after accepting the handball from Shane McAdam.
Richmond has the hand in second quarter turned dramatically but it could have been a different story if Adelaide had taken more chances in front of goal. Instead, they had to settle for just one major for tenure, as Taylor Walker (twice), Riley Thilthorpe, David Mackay and Jimmy Rowe, all kicking him full in the face, all missed the missed footage.
After he had been at the center of one of the most controversial undecisions of the year last week when he deliberately and deliberately knocked the ball out of play in Melbourne’s back post in the final stages of Adelaides after beating the Demons on points, referees ensured Nick Murray by the end of the wouldn’t get away with it again in the second quarter. In some kind of harsh overcorrection, Murray was wrongly pinged for having no intention of keeping the ball in play as he attacked the loose ball in front of Callum Coleman-Jones and sent the ball off his knee. Coleman-Jones insulted the injury with a great shot from a sharp angle on the borderline to give Richmond the lead at half time.
LEARN’S BEST Tigers: Riewoldt, Bolton, Coleman-Jones, Martin, Short, Cotchin, Nankervis . Crows: Walker, Keays, Sloane, O’Brien, Doedee, Fogarty.
TARGETS Tiger: Riewoldt 5, Coleman-Jones 4, Chol 2, Ralphsmith 2, Cotchin, Bolton, Graham, Martin. Crows: Walker 4, Fogarty 3, Oâ ???? Brien, Berry, Thilthorpe, Rowe, Sholl.
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