Round 19 – Collingwood v Richmond: Revenge – served cold


 

There’s nothing like a battle between old rivals to bring out one-eyed perspectives, especially from the “we wuz robbed” brigade.  So let me briefly abandon my RFC-approved demeanour of Zen-like calm and give an old-fashioned yellow and black view.

 

Make no mistake, Collingwood, this was payback time.

 

As much as a game for a mere four points cannot replicate a Preliminary Final, Richmond’s win on Friday night has done as much damage to your Premiership campaign as your shock victory did to ours some 300 days ago. The stakes in this game were such that the winner would emerge a Top 4 prospect, the loser anything but. On form, fitness and fixturing, the Magpies cannot win the 2019 Flag from this point. That’s not to say the Tigers will (Collingwood know better than most that putting your worst enemy out of the Premiership race doesn’t guarantee you a Flag). But being the ones to inflict this fatal drubbing is a good enough dish of revenge for my liking.

 

The drizzly conditions prevented the game ever reaching great heights as a spectacle. Yet there were innumerable moments to savour for any of us who’d endured that awful night last year where everything the Magpies touched turned to gold.

 

The first minute, in which Mason Cox received a (predictable) soft free – and missed. Then went missing for the rest of the night. Mason, when you’re a one-trick draught horse, your time in the limelight is brief. There’s a new cult hero ruckman running around named Mabior Chol. And he can play!

 

Two pointless free kicks in front of goal awarded firstly to, then against, Brodie Grundy. The AFL’s premier ruckman missed.  Our stand-in, Ivan Soldo, didn’t.

 

Tommy Lynch’s first half master class. With the added satisfaction of knowing how desperate Collingwood were to get him.

 

Dylan Grimes’ four quarter master class.  With the added satisfaction of knowing how desperate Collingwood are to get a defender of even half his ability.

 

Watching Jordan De Goey, face and physique of a belligerent pig, huffing and puffing through the midfield, striving in vain to keep his team in the game. What a pleasant change from having to witness his prowling of the forward line, pulling goals from his ample posterior off the back of others’ hard work.

 

Adam Treloar – another great game, son. You still backed the wrong horse.

 

Collingwood’s injuries. Yeah…fair point. I suppose we should just forget that Rance, Caddy and Nankervis are still out and Cotchin played one quarter.

 

Hearing the Collingwood “faithful” turn on their own, bagging Steele Sidebottom of all people. Credit where it’s due, I’m happy to admit that Steele and quite a few of his mates fought out the game valiantly, even when it was long over as a contest. Pity so few of the “Side by Siders” stuck around to the end to acknowledge their efforts.

 

Amidst last week’s hoopla about the Tigers being Premiership contenders (nay, some have even said favourites), a few wise pundits cautioned that we hadn’t beaten anyone of note to date. On Friday’s evidence, I’m pretty sure that we still haven’t.

 

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COLLINGWOOD           1.2   3.6    5.10   9.12 (66)
RICHMOND                5.4   9.7    11.12   14.14 (98)

GOALS
Collingwood:
 Mihocek 2, Pendlebury 2, Crocker, De Goey, Elliott, Thomas, Treloar
Richmond: Lynch 5, Lambert 2, Martin 2, Bolton, Chol, Riewoldt, Soldo, Stack

BEST 
Collingwood:
 De Goey, Treloar, Grundy, Crisp, Howe
Richmond: Lynch, Martin, Prestia, Vlastuin, Bolton, Grimes

Umpires: Stephens, Nicholls, Mollison

Attendance: 78,722 at the MCG

My Votes: Grimes 3, Lynch 2, Martin 1

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About Sam Steele

Stainless (aka Sam Steele) started following Richmond in 1970 when he was 6. This occurred when his mother, under instructions to buy him a Melbourne jumper, found they were out of stock and purchased a Richmond one instead. Despite the decades of heartache and turmoil this fateful decision has brought on Stainless, after 30 September 2017 and 28 September 2019, his mum is now officially his favourite person.

Comments

  1. Maintain your rage, Stainless.

    At least until you beat us in a knockout final.

  2. I’ve missed so much footy this year and had to abandon my plans to see the Tigers play Collingwood because of an awful head cold. Great win by the boys and seeing Jack and Tom together in the forward line is exciting.

    I’m trying to be fit for next weekend to see us beat Melbourne and then I’ll put in a big effort with attendance in the run home to September.

  3. That’s cold stainless Steele

  4. E.regnans says

    Glad that has helped you, Tigers.
    Keep talking about it.
    Let it out.

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