Richmond should completely ignore the advice given by Crowded House in their classic song ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’.
It’s Over. The three-peat dream is up in smoke and Richmond’s finals hopes are in free fall after they gave up a 29-point lead to crash to a third consecutive loss to a bottom-10 side – this time arch rival Collingwood.
After shock losses to St Kilda and Gold Coast, Richmond looked like they finally managed to lift the stubborn handbrake on the out-of-control runaway freight train that its 2021 season has become.
But seven consecutive goals from the resurgent Magpies across the third and fourth quarters sent sparks flying all over Richmond’s train tracks, causing the Tigers’ season to crash head-on into the side of a mountain.
Collingwood actually controlled the ball for most of the game, finishing with far more disposals (431-338) and marks (118-61), but due to poor ball use and skill errors, struggled to finish off their good work in the first three quarters, managing only six goals from 41 inside 50s compared to the far more efficient Richmond’s 10 from 38.
But to the Magpies’ credit, they kept coming, even after they seemingly shot themselves in the foot with Jack Crisp, Jordan De Goey and Brody Mihocek (twice) all missing gettable shots in the third quarter.
Richmond ground to a complete halt in the final term and, as they did against St Kilda last week, Collingwood ran rampant – only this time, the side ran right over the top of its opponent.
Collingwood was sitting in the bottom three and had only won four matches heading into the match, the side’s worst start to a season since 1999, but like the Saints and Suns did before them, the Magpies belied their underdog status to topple the once-mighty Tigers.
The win was Robert Harvey’s first in the hot seat at Collingwood. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)Source:Getty Images
Crisp burns Tigers
Jack Crisp was brilliant all day and was one of the reasons why the Magpies were still in it late in the contest. The dashing defender finished with a game-high 33 disposals as well as 10 intercepts, 10 marks and 601 metres gained. Jamie Elliott was also pivotal with 21 touches and three goals, while Jordan De Goey continued his resurgence with 29 and one.
Cameron cuts off Grimes
With just over 3:00 left in the game and Richmond down by nine points, Dylan Grimes won a free kick on the Tigers’ half-back flank and in a desperate attempt to get ball moving up field, he kicked across goal to Trent Cotchin in the centre square, but Collingwood big man Darcy Cameron was wise to plan and jumped over the Tigers captain to take a huge intercept mark and kill off the Tigers’ hopes.
700 up for Jack
Jack Riewoldt became just the 24th player in VFL/AFL history to kick 700 career goals, drawing level with Fremantle great Matthew Pavlich in 23rd spot on the all-time list. The triple premiership forward joined club greats Jack Titus (970), Matthew Richardson (800) and Kevin Bartlett (778) as one of only four Tigers to achieve the illustrious milestone.
Richmond hits the skids
Richmond has now lost four games in a row for the first time since 2017, and three in a row at the MCG for the first time since 2016. But unlike in their premiership season of 2017, the chance of the Tigers winning the flag this year is long gone.
TIGERS 4.0 7.2 10.3 11.5 (71)
MAGPIES 1.1 4.3 6.7 13.9 (87)
LERNER’S BEST Tigers: Short, Bolton, Lynch, Graham, McIntosh. Magpies: Crisp, Elliott, De Goey, Grundy, Adams, Mayne, Maynard.
GOALS Tigers: Lynch 3, Baker 2, Collier-Dawkins, Bolton, Martin, Riewoldt, Castagna, Pickett. Magpies: Elliott 3, Cameron 2, Thomas 2, Pendlebury, Mihocek, Adams, De Goey, Murphy, Grundy.
INJURIES Tigers: Nil. Magpies: Kelly (quad).
UMPIRES Foot, Stevic, Howorth
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
3 J.Crisp (Coll)
2 J.Elliott (Coll)
1 J.De Goey (Coll)
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