The latest instalment between Hawthorn and Richmond will not be one to remember for many of the Tiger faithful – the 70-point loss equals their biggest loss since 2011 and it is also their lowest score since Jade Rawlings was caretaker coach in 2009. It was a bizarre match from both sides, until three-quarter time anyway. It was staggering to think on a perfect MCG day, the overcast conditions aside, that the Hawks and Tigers combined for 21.32 on the scoreboard. At the last break that read 10.26 and at one stage the set-shot tally was 4.14. A game bereft of any spark was an understatement.
It was only in the final term where Hawthorn looked like they had some urgency about them, whilst Richmond seemed to lack any real desire to even try make it a respectable margin. In Round 7, it was 46-points with a lot to be commended. This time around it dramatically got out to 70-points all too easily and it was horrendous to watch...nothing really commendable this time. Hawthorn kicked nine goals in the final term, six after the 17-minute mark, with Richmond having no answers with the stoic defence more or less being non-existent. The win also marks the Hawks’ first pair of wins against the Tigers in the same season since 1992 and the second time this season Hawthorn have blown Richmond apart in the last term.
Whilst Hawthorn might have lost the contested ball yet again, it mattered little. The demoralising defeat left Damien Hardwick to lament the clear gap in class between the two teams. The loss means that the Tigers now slump to 7-10 on the ladder and do not face a team below them in the final five rounds of the season – with the next opponent being Greater Western Sydney in Canberra on Saturday afternoon.
Final Score: HAW 16.18.114 to RICH 5.14.44.
TOP 3 TIGERS:
1. DUSTIN MARTIN: The midfielder may have failed to play ‘to his usual standard’ according Hardwick, but he still amassed 39 disposals; the second-highest number in his career – 12 of these game in the first quarter and another 12 of these came in the last quarter. He also had 10 clearances and 15 pressure acts.
2. SHAUN GRIGG: Perhaps an unsung hero, who never stopped trying all day. He finished with 27 disposals (10 in the second quarter and 11 in the third quarter), three intercepts, four marks, four clearances and 12 pressure acts.
3. ANTHONY MILES: Another midfielder who tried to help his team with his tireless effort. He finished with 26 disposals, four intercepts, five clearances, three tackles and 13 pressure acts.
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