Venue: MCG, Saturday, May 28, 7.25pm AEST
Last 5 times:
R22, 2015, Richmond 10.14 (74) d Essendon 7.5 (47) at the MCG
R9, 2015, Richmond 10.12 (72) d Essendon 8.11 (59) at the MCG
R20, 2014, Richmond 14.11 (95) d Essendon 11.11 (77) at the MCG
R11, 2014, Essendon 15.14 (104) d Richmond 7.12 (54) at the MCG
R23, 2013, Richmond 15.14 (104) d Essendon 9.11 (65) at the MCG
Top SC scores from last match:
Bombers: Stanton 108, Baguley 108, Heppell 107
Tigers: Miles 122, Deledio 115, Maric 115
In: Dempsey, Edwards, Crowley
Out: McKenna, Polkinghorne, Redman
In: Astbury, Rioli, C.Ellis
Out: Chaplin (Hip), Menadue (Omitted), Short (Omitted)
Game Notes: The Dreamtime clash is always a special occasion to attend, no matter the circumstances. Rain, hail or shine, no matter if it’s a topped up Essendon side or not, people will turn up to this one in their droves. Our Bomber rookies, Dea and McDonald-Tipungwuti have been performing exceptionally well in defence and will be $400k shortly. The latter has overcome significant hurdles to feature in the AFL let alone on the Dreamtime stage, highlighted in this brilliant article in The Age today. Dustin Martin could be an inspired VC/C choice on the back of his impressive form, as the Tigers hope to post a third victory in succession, something that seemed extremely unlikely four weeks ago at 1-6.
The 6 Points
1. The Bombers will need to lift their scoring if they’re to beat the Tigers this week. Essendon is ranked last for points scored this season, averaging only 60 points a game.
2. This week will be the 198th meeting between the two clubs. Essendon has won 104 games to Richmond’s 89, with four draws. Since 2012 it’s five wins to three to the Tigers’ way.
3. The annual Dreamtime at the ‘G was first played in 2006, with the 10 meetings split mostly in Essendon’s favour. The Bombers have won six of the contests, and three of the last four.
4. The Bombers have proved to be a high handballing side this year, ranking second in the competition (averaging 191 a game). The Tigers play in a contrasting style, averaging 159 handballs a game (ranking 15th).
5. Richmond captain Trent Cotchin returned to the Tigers’ line-up last week in brilliant touch, gathering a career-high 39 disposals (including 18 contested possessions). He had missed the previous two weeks with a fractured cheekbone.
6. Zach Merrett’s ascent as a midfielder has been reflected in the Schick Official AFL Player Ratings. The Essendon youngster has jumped to No.122 on the overall list after starting the year ranked 151.
MJ’s Tip: Tigers by 24 points.
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