Round 2 – Richmond v Collingwood: Tigers tamed as Pies swoop!


Another cracking game of Thursday night football at the MCG, this time between the Tigers and the Pies.


For the second week in a row I’ve been entertained to a fantastic game of footy from the comfort of my armchair, with both eyes wide open, and without any care about who the eventual winner maybe. 


Big games at the MCG between major drawcards undoubtably bring in the crowds, and there’s nothing like the roar of full MCG crowd barracking for their team. Love it, even on TV!


Collingwood impressed me last week and may have been stiff in losing to the Cats while the Tigers did what they needed to do to overcome an improving Carlton. Really, the Tigers only played two good quarters of footy!


With this in mind, I picked Collingwood to win last night in the Footy Almanac tipping comp, and they did not let me down, one out of one so far!


Collingwood just did not allow Richmond to get the ball, while the Pies, once the ball was in their possession  maintained and controlled it  until attacking options opened up, and they had plenty. De Goey with 5 goals was superb, Elliott offered good support, and Mihocek was always dangerous across half forward, strongly marking and driving the ball further forward.


Darcy Moore demonstrated he will be a real asset in defence for the Pies this season generating many forward moves. The question is, I suppose, can he remain injury free? But with flowing locks reminiscent of his old man, he was a stand out figure for the Pies.


Although the Tigers edged themselves back into the game at times they just could not maintain that pressure to continue any advantage they were developing.  


They sorely missed Rance directing their backline and generating attacking moves forward,  it didn’t happen, as highlighted  by Mihocek’s outstanding game in his absence, Riewoldt injured his wrist and was ineffective for most of the game, and Dusty Martin was well held by Greenwood. Tom Lynch is taking time settling in and needs support on the forward line. Some may ask what all the hype is about!


Richmond’s quicks flashed in and out of the game but were mainly ineffectual. Their second stringers and up and comers were found wanting when the pressure was on, and couldn’t rise to the expectations  required of them.


Opposition teams have strategies in place for Richmond’s game plan and the Tigers struggled to shake off the shackles once applied to them.


I wonder if this may be the beginning of a downward slide for the Tigers, time will tell, but Collingwood were very impressive last night and will be right up there come season end.



RICHMOND           2.2     6.3     9.4      10.6 (66)
COLLINGWOOD    3.2     7.3   12.4    17.8 (110)


Richmond: Lynch 3, Higgins 2, Short 2, Edwards 2, Rioli
De Goey 5, Mihocek 2, Cox 2, Stephenson 2, Thomas, Treloar, Phillips, Mayne, Pendlebury, Elliott 


Richmond: Lynch, Edwards, Cotchin, Short, Martin
Collingwood: De Goey, Beams, Crisp, Treloar, Howe, Mayne, Pendlebury 


Richmond: Riewoldt (wrist)
Collingwood: Nil 


Reports: Nil


Umpires: Chamberlain, Foot, Gianfagna


Official crowd: 70,699 at the MCG


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About Colin Ritchie

Retired teacher who enjoys following the Bombers, listening to music especially Bob Dylan, reading, and swimming.


  1. Was a good game for the Pies. I would have Moore, who was very solid and made no mistakes, in the best players ahead of Howe, who had a few clangers.

  2. The burning question is – has Tatt Man (Dustin Martin) room for any more tatts? Surely the ink is weighing him down. Swooping ‘Pies reduced Richmond to “Kitty Kats” on the night. Apparently Richmond fans thought Collingwood had BUCKLEYS of winning – oh well, there’s always next week.

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