Game Chat – Richmond v Essendon

Written by Thommo on May 25 2019

Where and when: MCG, Saturday, May 25, 7.25pm AEST

Last time they met: MCG, round 22, 2018: Richmond 12.9 (81) defeated Essendon 11.7 (73)

Missing key midfielders Trent Cotchin, Kane Lambert and Dion Prestia, the Tigers held on to seal a tight win after the Bombers kicked the last four goals of the game. Dustin Martin was Richmond’s best, while Devon Smith led the way for Essendon.

What it means for Richmond: An opportunity for a surprise top-four berth. Given Richmond’s injury list and the calibre of players on it, few would have expected the Tigers to have won as many games as they have.

What it means for Essendon: A win would go some way to stabilising a topsy-turvy season, levelling the win-loss ledger at five apiece. The Bombers have also lost 10 of their past 12 to the Tigers.

How Richmond wins: Using its multi-pronged attack to its advantage. Richmond’s forward line is starting to really hit its straps, and they should have too many avenues to goal for Essendon to counter.

How Essendon wins: Exploiting Richmond’s lack of height around the ground. Hawthorn looked dangerous while it had two fit rucks playing, both up forward and around the ground.

The stat: Saturday night marks the 15th Dreamtime at the ‘G match, with Richmond having won eight games and Essendon saluting on six occasions. Dustin Martin is the only two-time winner of the Yiooken Award for best on ground.

The match-up: Sydney Stack v Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti

An unlikely match-up at the start of the season, but it’s set to be a highly entertaining one. The pair are as tough as nails, with Stack the fourth-highest first-year player in the AFL Player Ratings (516th overall), while the Bomber is rated 82nd overall.

It’s a big week for: John Worsfold

It’s been a strange season for Essendon, recording wins over Melbourne, Brisbane, North Melbourne and Fremantle interspersed with disappointing losses. Knocking off a confident Richmond side would be a real feather and a step towards being a legitimate finals contender.

Thommo’s Tip: Tigers by 18 points

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8 thoughts on “Game Chat – Richmond v Essendon”

  1. Wow – quiet thread …

    Richmond Tigers: 10.13.73
    Bachar Houli 138
    Shane Edwards 124
    Dion Prestia 112
    Nick Vlastuin 107
    Liam Baker 104
    Jack Higgins* 99
    Dylan Grimes 95
    Dustin Martin 88
    Noah Balta 85
    David Astbury 85
    Josh Caddy 81
    Kamdyn McIntosh 78
    Brandon Ellis 68
    C. Coleman-Jones 62
    Sydney Stack 62
    Jason Castagna 57
    Nathan Broad 55
    Tom J. Lynch 49
    Shai Bolton 44
    Connor Menadue 38
    Daniel Rioli 33
    Ryan Garthwaite 32

    Essendon Bombers: 6.14.50
    Darcy Parish 136
    Tom Bellchambers 123
    Zach Merrett 103
    Kyle Langford 94
    Andrew McGrath 92
    Adam Saad 84
    David Zaharakis 77
    Dyson Heppell 77
    Shaun McKernan 73
    Dylan Shiel 71
    Cale Hooker 68
    Jayden Laverde 67
    Patrick Ambrose 61
    Conor McKenna 58
    Josh Begley 58
    Aaron Francis 56
    Michael Hurley 53
    Jake Stringer 51
    Mason Redman 49
    A. M-Tipungwuti 46
    Matt Guelfi 43
    Ben McNiece 16


    1. Can someone tell me how dusty scores 88 with 35 touches 26 kicks 8 clearances 8 inside 50s?

      Heeney 19 touches scores 82?


  2. Dusty. Given 2nd best in a winning side. 35 disposals,8 clearances. 88 points. SPARE ME!
    Analyse that in scoring anomalies!!!!!!


    1. Went at 60% efficiency and turned it over 9 times. Also gave away four free kicks (none for) and only made one tackle.


      1. I saw that he had 6 clangers – but 4 of those were the frees against. Also 26 of his touches were kicks, and he had the 2nd most clearances on the ground. The efficiency of the whole game was down due to the rain (around 64%). So his score seems a bit low. Might as well put him in the same boat as the Crouch brothers and Oliver



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