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  Tigers draw first blood
Posted by: Ned - 23-02-2004, 09:31 - Forum: Richmond Ramblings - No Replies

<b>Tigers draw first blood</b>
10:19:15 PM Fri 20 February, 2004
Samantha Lane

[img=left][/img=left]Richmond has progressed to the second round of the Wizard Home Loans Cup, and will meet the winner of the Adelaide and St Kilda clash - after defeating the Western Bulldogs by 24 points at Telstra Dome on Friday night.

But not without a scare.

The first half belonged solely to the Tigers, who boasted a 29 point lead at the first two breaks and had the Dogs looking the ladder anchors they were last season.

But their three goal burst in the opening seven minutes of the third term suddenly had Richmond playing the clumsy and nervous football.

The Dogs change of fortune coincided with the move of dbutant Farren Ray, the fourth pick of the 2003 national draft, to the centre.

And as his team-mates tightened up general play, the 17 year-old was influential, nailing a clever snap goal four minutes into the term that appeared to ignite his side.

Subsequent majors to Scott West, Brad Johnson and Patrick Bowden saw the margin reduced to four points - Johnsons coming after an undisciplined 50 metre penalty against Ty Zantuck, who kicked the ball into the crowd after a free kick was paid at the other end of the ground.

Peter Street and Daniel Bandy both had opportunities to goal after Bowdens major, but instead drew the side to within four points.

Andrew Kellaways late goal gave the Tigers some welcome breathing space and the side resumed where it had begun in the last term.

Shane Morrison kicked two goals within three minutes, and Jay Schultz had the lead back to 29 just minutes later.

After winning just one game in the last 14 weeks of season 2003, Richmond can feel encouraged at the prospect of adding skipper Wayne Campbell, Darren Gaspar, Matthew Richardson and Joel Bowden arguably the best four players in the side.

"We wanted to make sure we put a good, competitive peformance together, and we did that for three quarters - the first two and the last," said Tiger coach Danny Frawley.

The only injury out of the match was to Bulldog recruit Steven Koops who, after being one of the best players in the match, dislocated his elbow late in the game.

He will have scans to check for structural damage, but the club hopes he will be available for the opening round of the season proper.

The Dogs were without captain Chris Grant, Mitch Hahn, Matthew Croft, Jordan McMahon and Daniel Giansiracusa, and will now spend the next three weeks playing against fellow eliminated sides.

Nathan Brown was prominent early in his first match against his old side. He lined up in the centre alongside Brad Ottens, Kane Johnson and Mark Coughlan but was rotated in attack throughout the night.

Greg Tivendale, Brown, Brad Ottens and Shane Morrison were among the Tigers best players, while Ray, Johnson, Sam Power, Jade Rawlings and Koops were best for the Dogs.

Former Hawk Rawlings lined up close to goal, took nine marks and kicked one goal. Prized number one pick in the draft Adam Cooney showed did some good things, without being outstanding and enjoyed considerable game time in his sides attacking half.

Coach Peter Rohde noted afterwards that three of his new players were probably among the side's five best players.

"I thought that we had a lot of players who contributed for short periods during the game, not enough who contributed for long periods," he said.

Kayne Pettifer kicked the opening goal in the first official match of the season. And in keeping with the unique competition it came in the form of a nine pointer, after his bomb from outside the 50 metre arc cleared the goal line.

<b>WESTERN BULLDOGS:</b> 0.1.1, 0.4.5, 0.9.8, 0.12.9 (81)
<b>RICHMOND:</b> 1.4.3, 2.6.4, 2.8.5, 2.13.9 (105)

<b>NINE POINT GOALS: Western Bulldogs:</b> Nil.
<b>Richmond:</b> Pettifer, Fiora.
<b>SIX POINT GOALS: Western Bulldogs:</b> Johnson 3, Boyd 2, Power 2, Bandy, Rawlings, Ray, West, Bowden.
<b>Richmond:</b> Zantuck 3, Rodan 2, Morrison 2, Brown, Stafford, Ottens, A Kellaway, Schulz, Tivendale.
<b>BEST: Western Bulldogs:</b> Boyd, Johnson, Power, Smith, Cooney, Murphy.
<b>Richmond:</b> Tivendale, A Kellaway, Coughlan, Brown, Ottens, Fiora, Morrison, Newman.
<b>INJURIES: Western Bulldogs:</b> Koops (dislocated elbow).
<b>Richmond:</b> TBA.
<b>REPORTS:</b> Nil.
<b>UMPIRES:</b> McLaren, McBurney, Kevic, Fraser.
<b>CROWD:</b> 22,257 at Telstra Dome.

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  bulldogs game synopsis...
Posted by: muzzbait - 21-02-2004, 01:24 - Forum: Richmond Ramblings - No Replies

hey guys...

of the new blokes, the following impressed:

morrison; he's got the entire 'cemtre half forward' playing style and the ability to take the big mark. he doesn't appear spectacular. couldn't see him take the game by the scruff of the neck. but then again, we've got plenty of talls who can, namely richo and otto...

n. g. brown. ready made. it was as if he had been playing with the rest of the team for years...he appears to've slotted RIGHT in...

marsh did alright. can't see him being anything more than a back up or anything, but looked really solid and dependable...

typical pettifer game. flashy. gritty. in-and-under type, though, fumbling at pivotal moments...i would keep him in the side. he's got that entire 'go' about him. i can't doubt his effort. a bit goal hungry, however...

get fiora out of defense. i want him to be the bloke who the designated kick-out looks for when looking further afield...

tivendale, newman, chaffey, stafford and fleming; typical games from them. very impressed...

coughlan, johnson and ottens had very quiet games...

i don't like ray hall in defense. same with weller. they seem to appear too, if you will, unnatural in defense. ty zantuck in attack looks alright, though he too appears to be a little unnatural-looking up there...

i hope adelaide beats st. kilda. see how we go against some quality opposition...

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  Trial voting - Wizard Cup Round 1 V's Bulldogs
Posted by: Ned - 20-02-2004, 10:44 - Forum: Richmond Ramblings - No Replies

Let's see how the voting system for our RFCF Award works. You can vote using whichever system you prefer (see for all the options) to post your votes on tonight's game - Richmond V Western Bullfrogs

Ideally I'd like to see Duncan use his 0-1-2-3 system, someone to use the 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 system and Tigerandy to use the 0-1-2-3-4-5 system.

The results could be interesing! I hope the Tiges do the right thing and win so that we can have another practice run next week!

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  Luke Weller's Birthday
Posted by: Ned - 19-02-2004, 23:20 - Forum: Richmond Ramblings - No Replies

Guernsey Number: 30
Height 190cm
Weight: 93kg
Recruited From: Northern Eagles (QLD)/Brisbane
Debut: 2003
Date of Birth: 13 Jan 1982

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  Shane Tuck's Birthday
Posted by: Ned - 19-02-2004, 23:17 - Forum: Richmond Ramblings - No Replies

Guernsey Number: 21
Height 188cm
Weight: 89kg
Recruited From: Drouin/Dandenong U18/West Adelaide (SA)
Debut: -
Date of Birth: 24 Dec 1981

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  Greg Stafford's Birthday
Posted by: Ned - 19-02-2004, 23:12 - Forum: Richmond Ramblings - No Replies

Guernsey Number: 10
Height 203cm
Weight: 100kg
Recruited From: Western Suburbs (NSW)/Sydney
Debut: 1993
Date of Birth: 27 August 1974

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  Matthew Rogers' Birthday
Posted by: Ned - 19-02-2004, 22:22 - Forum: Richmond Ramblings - No Replies

Guernsey Number: 4
Height 184cm
Weight: 86kg
Recruited From: South Adelaide (SA)
Debut: 1994
Date of Birth: 25 November 1973

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  Tom Roach's Birthday
Posted by: Ned - 19-02-2004, 22:12 - Forum: Richmond Ramblings - No Replies

Guernsey Number: 22
Height 184cm
Weight: 78kg
Recruited From: Carey Grammar/Oakleigh U18
Debut: -
Date of Birth: 2 Sept 1985

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  Brad Ottens' Birthday
Posted by: Ned - 19-02-2004, 21:56 - Forum: Richmond Ramblings - No Replies

Guernsey Number: 5
Height 202cm
Weight: 105kg
Recruited From: Glenelg (SA)
Debut: 1998
Date of Birth: 25 January 1980

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  Shane Morrison's Birthday
Posted by: Ned - 19-02-2004, 21:46 - Forum: Richmond Ramblings - No Replies

Guernsey Number: 16
Height 194cm
Weight: 89kg
Recruited From: Northern Eagles (QLD)/Brisbane
Debut: 2003
Date of Birth: 10 January 1981

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