Game Chat – Melbourne v Richmond

Written by Thommo on April 24 2016

Venue: MCG at 7:10pm AEST

Last 5 times:

R4, 2015: Melbourne 12.11 (83) def Richmond 6.15 (81)

R9, 2014: Melbourne 14.7 (91) def Richmond 9.10 (74)

R8, 2013: Richmond 15.16 (106) def Melbourne 11.6 (72)

R15, 2012: Richmond 13.23 (101) def Melbourne 11.12 (78)

R3, 2012: Richmond 20.13 (133) def Melbourne 11.8 (74)

Best SC scorers from last match:

  • Melbourne: Hogan 109, Vandenberg 107, Garland 104
  • Richmond: Edwards 117, Maric 116, Riewoldt 103

In/outs

Melbourne

  • In: Vince, Garlett
  • Out: Oliver (Rested), M Jones (Soreness)

Richmond

  • In: Deledio, Maric, Batchelor, Miles, Morris
  • Out: Vlastuin (Leg), Moore (Om.), Hampson (Om.), Lennon (Om.), Hunt (Om.)

Game notes: This is a classic 8 point game even if AFL coaches argue that such a thing doesn’t exist. Melbourne have improved but nobody will care if they can’t compete for a top 8 spot. They are desperate to win back-to-back matches especially after capitulating to the Bombers after their last win (against GWS) and a wounded Tigers outfit offers a great opportunity. Win this and they are 3 wins, 2 losses and well and truly in the mix.

Richmond have not looked like a top side all year and at 1 win, 3 losses, their season is slipping away. It will be some relief then that their “barometer” is finally back. When Deledio plays well, Richmond are a completely different side but it will be a big ask for him to perform in his first game of the year. The return of Big Ivan and Miles will also help so hopefully “good” Richmond finally turns up.

Thommo’s Tip: Melbourne by 12 points.

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55 thoughts on “Game Chat – Melbourne v Richmond”

  1. As a demons fan and on current form I should be backing them in tonight but…. It’s Melbourne. Have we finally turned the corner?

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    1. If you haven’t, you’re at least on the right street. Richmond took a wrong turn and are heading backwards.

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  2. There is something very VERY wrong about an Anzac Eve match where the last post is broadcast for 5 seconds and then cuts away to advertising for match day sponsors.

    The Anzac “flavour” of the match should be prominent or the game shouldn’t be on at all.

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  3. Quarter Time

    Melbourne 5.1.31
    leading
    Richmond 2.3.15

    Melbourne
    11 Max Gawn 56
    12 Dom Tyson 40
    4 Jack Watts 35
    7 Jack Viney 31
    23 Bernie Vince 30
    25 Tom McDonald 30
    8 Heritier Lumumba 29
    16 Dean Kent 24
    35 Ben Kennedy 23
    42 Josh Wagner 23
    10 Angus Brayshaw 22
    2 Nathan Jones 21
    14 Lynden Dunn 19
    21 Cameron Pedersen 18
    39 Neville Jetta 17
    36 Jeff Garlett 16
    32 Tomas Bugg 16
    3 Christian Salem 11
    29 Jayden Hunt 8
    17 Sam Frost 8
    1 Jesse Hogan 7
    43 James Harmes 5

    Richmond
    18 Alex Rance 33
    12 David Astbury 28
    26 Anthony Miles 26
    6 Shaun Grigg 24
    4 Dustin Martin 18
    25 Troy Chaplin 17
    9 Trent Cotchin 16
    27 Sam Lloyd 15
    5 Brandon Ellis 14
    10 Shane Edwards 14
    17 Daniel Rioli 13
    29 Ty Vickery 13
    20 Ivan Maric 10
    11 Jake Batchelor 9
    8 Jack Riewoldt 8
    33 Kamdyn McIntosh 8
    3 Connor Menadue 4
    23 Kane Lambert 4
    38 Steven Morris 3
    14 Bachar Houli 2
    21 Jacob Townsend 2
    32 Corey Ellis 1

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  4. Welcome to the side Alex Rance.

    And, no Goldy, no worries…

    The BIG question, is Jack Watts actually becoming SC relevant?

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  5. Half Time

    Melbourne 11.3.69
    leading
    Richmond 7.5.47

    Melbourne
    11 Max Gawn 120
    12 Dom Tyson 66
    4 Jack Watts 59
    32 Tomas Bugg 57
    23 Bernie Vince 49
    3 Christian Salem 48
    7 Jack Viney 47
    8 Heritier Lumumba 43
    14 Lynden Dunn 43
    25 Tom McDonald 43
    42 Josh Wagner 42
    16 Dean Kent 36
    10 Angus Brayshaw 34
    29 Jayden Hunt 34
    2 Nathan Jones 33
    39 Neville Jetta 28
    35 Ben Kennedy 27
    21 Cameron Pedersen 25
    36 Jeff Garlett 25
    1 Jesse Hogan 19
    17 Sam Frost 13
    43 James Harmes 12

    Richmond
    18 Alex Rance 62
    26 Anthony Miles 53
    27 Sam Lloyd 52
    8 Jack Riewoldt 46
    6 Shaun Grigg 40
    20 Ivan Maric 38
    4 Dustin Martin 37
    25 Troy Chaplin 36
    9 Trent Cotchin 34
    12 David Astbury 31
    29 Ty Vickery 29
    10 Shane Edwards 28
    17 Daniel Rioli 26
    5 Brandon Ellis 23
    14 Bachar Houli 22
    33 Kamdyn McIntosh 21
    11 Jake Batchelor 15
    38 Steven Morris 15
    21 Jacob Townsend 11
    23 Kane Lambert 11
    37 Connor Menadue 7
    32 Corey Ellis 7

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  6. Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeiiiiit (in best senator clay davis voice from the Wire) – Fyfe spudding out a 50 and getting injured and my opponent doesnt have him and now of course Gawn going MASSIVE and my opponent has and I do not. Damn you Father!! Its gonna be a close one but Gawn just might get you over the edge~!

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  7. Kennedy and Houli killing my numbers – hopefully Gawn will make up for some of it. Should have gone with de Goey instead of Kennedy – sigh…

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  8. Three Quarter Time

    Melbourne 14.7.91
    leading
    Richmond 11.9.75

    Melbourne
    11 Max Gawn 140
    7 Jack Viney 99
    4 Jack Watts 79
    12 Dom Tyson 76
    36 Jeff Garlett 66
    42 Josh Wagner 66
    23 Bernie Vince 63
    32 Tomas Bugg 61
    3 Christian Salem 59
    14 Lynden Dunn 59
    16 Dean Kent 58
    8 Heritier Lumumba 52
    21 Cameron Pedersen 51
    39 Neville Jetta 51
    25 Tom McDonald 51
    10 Angus Brayshaw 47
    43 James Harmes 44
    2 Nathan Jones 43
    29 Jayden Hunt 41
    1 Jesse Hogan 32
    17 Sam Frost 31
    35 Ben Kennedy 25

    Richmond
    8 Jack Riewoldt 103
    9 Trent Cotchin 81
    18 Alex Rance 73
    27 Sam Lloyd 69
    26 Anthony Miles 66
    4 Dustin Martin 62
    6 Shaun Grigg 61
    10 Shane Edwards 56
    33 Kamdyn McIntosh 53
    5 Brandon Ellis 48
    20 Ivan Maric 48
    29 Ty Vickery 48
    12 David Astbury 46
    25 Troy Chaplin 45
    14 Bachar Houli 36
    17 Daniel Rioli 35
    21 Jacob Townsend 32
    23 Kane Lambert 26
    37 Connor Menadue 18
    11 Jake Batchelor 18
    38 Steven Morris 15
    32 Corey Ellis 9

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    1. Menadue/BenKen on field. Paps/McCarthy on bench. Sums up this round!

      For those playing at home, Menadues BE is 34 and BenKens is 56.

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      1. Kennedy stinking it up, think he’ll get the chop after this round, last few weeks haven’t been as good as his early rounds

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        1. Not sure but watching him on TV he seems to just hang on the fringes of the contest rather than going in hard & dirty seems to want the cheap posessions

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          1. This.

            The last few weeks he’s been everywhere, always around the ball. However he always finds himself in that awkward situation where there a better option.

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        1. leaving him as the C to match RooBloke in SCwriters League is hurting a bit now, maybe not as much as his leg if it’s broken … ouch!

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  9. And Rance comes in this week, and gets scrubbed out this week, for punching a downed opponent in the back of the head.

    Looked lucky that there was an umpire there, or Viney probably would have killed him.

    We’ll see if the MRP says Viney also has a case to answer.

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  10. Full Time

    Melbourne 20.9.129
    defeated
    Richmond 14.12.96

    Final Scores (Pre-Scaling)
    Melbourne
    11 Max Gawn 156
    7 Jack Viney 135
    12 Dom Tyson 102
    16 Dean Kent 99
    23 Bernie Vince 93
    4 Jack Watts 91
    36 Jeff Garlett 88
    42 Josh Wagner 78
    14 Lynden Dunn 78
    3 Christian Salem 77
    25 Tom McDonald 73
    32 Tomas Bugg 72
    8 Heritier Lumumba 71
    39 Neville Jetta 68
    21 Cameron Pedersen 64
    43 James Harmes 57
    2 Nathan Jones 56
    29 Jayden Hunt 53
    10 Angus Brayshaw 52
    35 Ben Kennedy 50
    1 Jesse Hogan 46
    17 Sam Frost 45

    Richmond
    8 Jack Riewoldt 114
    9 Trent Cotchin 106
    26 Anthony Miles 99
    27 Sam Lloyd 90
    18 Alex Rance 87
    6 Shaun Grigg 82
    10 Shane Edwards 81
    20 Ivan Maric 75
    29 Ty Vickery 75
    4 Dustin Martin 70
    5 Brandon Ellis 62
    33 Kamdyn McIntosh 62
    12 David Astbury 59
    25 Troy Chaplin 59
    14 Bachar Houli 46
    21 Jacob Townsend 42
    23 Kane Lambert 42
    17 Daniel Rioli 41
    37 Connor Menadue 36
    32 Corey Ellis 29
    38 Steven Morris 29
    11 Jake Batchelor 21

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    1. 36 points from Gawn that last half. Disgusted!

      Houli will drop 25k this week with a BE of 205 next week. Should be a nice 470ish in a few weeks, hopefully Weitering has capped 380ish by then and it will be a nice simple upgrade.

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        1. Not sure tbh. There is a lot to consider with him. There are 2 things you have to weigh up.

          1. He is super durable, 113/115 games played over the last 5.25 years.

          2. He has a very high variance
          2016; 59 – 144
          2015: 59-165
          2014: 50-125
          2013: 64-128
          2012: 35-133
          2011: 48-149

          He’s probably not the player you want for 21.5 games of the year, but if you can get him up at the right time, you are sure to right the high more than the low. I personally will re-asses in 2 weeks, another 2 average scores and I will snap him up. 2 x 100+ scores are the boat has sailed again.

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      1. Now I’m curious, there’s only a few who call me Jabba, and I do not use that name on any afl related website… 😛

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      1. I did a post and most disagreed on me doing that trade.
        I need to grow some knackers and go gut instinct next time…

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  11. So I’ve just seen the Rance brain snap for the first time. My only thought is that you must be playing bloody good footy to force what is usually a level-headed opponent to lose it like that.
    Massive ups to Jack Watts. I’ve always liked the kid; the worst thing that ever happened to him was the draft, which of course was no fault of his whatsoever. But I think he’s come out the other side of the storm now, and I’m really happy for him. Here’s hoping he can keep this form.

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