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Melbourne overcame the horror in front of the goal and recorded a 22-point victory over Richmond in its blockbuster Anzac Day Eve.

The Demons have scored six of the game’s last eight goals to run 9.22 (76) to 8.6 (54) on the MCG on Sunday night.

Melbourne, which was three points behind after wasting its dominance in the first half, found another speed in its “chess battle” with Richmond and scored five goals in a row to “strangle” the Tigers.

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Clayton Oliver was unstoppable with 41 knockouts – 22 seeded, nine in 50, 10 hits and five centers, while Sam Weideman finished three goals from his five kicks.

Richmond’s effectiveness within striker 50 kept them in the match, with three goals out of seven entries. But Melbourne’s tireless pressure eventually caused the “dam wall to burst” when the Demons ran for their 13th consecutive victory.


Melbourne started worst in a month when Richmond started the game with a bang, but Dees still found a way to win the first quarter in Sunday’s blockbuster Anzac Day Eve.

Demons did not collect a goal in the opening period from the 2nd round, which entered the match at MCG.

But it was Tiger Shai Bolton who, after just two minutes, pushed through and gave Richmond a perfect start.

Tom Lynch kicked his first goal of the night, but Melbourne kept looking for his first goal.

Commentator Nathan Jones warned that the “dam wall would break” as Melbourne pushed Richmond to make mistakes across the country.

And just minutes from the first break, Ben Brown rushed to get the Demons on the scoreboard.

Sam Weideman took Melbourne for the first time in a match three seconds from a quarter of an hour.

“It’s a Melbourne thing, their foot will always be on the floor,” commentator Matthew Richardson said.

“You have to play four quarters against them. Their digging efficiency is currently only slightly better than Richmond’s.

“Several skill mistakes hurt the Tigers late.”

Jones warned that Melbourne’s pressure would always be difficult for Richmond to handle.

“Melbourne will attack you at all stages of the game,” he said.

“You can see Richmond trying to force them to defend when they have the ball on the attack, but then Melbourne will stop you or get you into a line fight.”

The demons could postpone the Tigers in the second term, dominating the breaks and the inner 50, but they were a waste in front of the goal.

“From (Lynch’s goal) is total dominance,” said commentator Hamish McLachlan.

“Melbourne has learned the most from the team they play against.”

“You’re suffocating on this ground,” Richardson added.

“Richmond couldn’t get halfway.”

“It must be perfect to try to work your way through this Melbourne defense.”

“Melbourne will try to make you play slowly.” “What we saw earlier in the game is what they will have to return to,” Jones said.

Despite winning permits and 50 minutes in the second term, the Demons lost three points in the half, as their wayward batting left Richmond’s door ajar.

The Tigers kicked just 1.6 in the second term and threw themselves at the end of the quarter, scoring three goals in less than seven minutes.

Jack Graham got first before Jack Riewoldt greeted the crowd with his first night.

Richmond managed just seven in the 50s in the second term, but came up with 3.1 for his efforts.

“They owned the last three or four minutes,” said Fox Browny’s Jonathan Brown.

Richmond’s mistakes restored the Demons to their confidence after an inattentive radar in the first half, and Nathan Broad’s attempt to clear the defensive stood his side in the third.

Demon Ed Langdon reached the end of the game and kicked for the first time in the match.

“Richmond makes too many mistakes that come from their back 50,” said commentator Matthew Richardson.

“He wanted to pass it on to Shane Edwards.”

From then on, Bayley Fritsch scored two goals in minutes, and when he delivered his shot to the goal to the unmarked Christian Petracc, the Tigers suddenly had problems and Melbourne had five goals in a row.

“No one pays homage to him – he’s one of the best players in the competition,” Richardson complained.

“Melbourne really put his foot down.”

“They’re where you’re down.” They have equipment and now they have found their offensive equipment. “

Melbourne’s dominance led them to a 21-point lead in the last change.

On the one hand, there were no later changes with Matt Parker (Richmond) and Toby Bedford (Melbourne), medical substitutes.

Matt Parker boarded as a submarine for Richmond, but the Tigers tried to find an escape to break through the demons’ defenses.

After an exhausting match of the “chess battle”, both sides ran in the deadline – each scored one goal.

But the damage was caused.

“You’ve been defending yourself against Melbourne for so long,” Richardson complained.

“You’ll get tired in the end.”

3-2-1 … (with Ben Cotton)


The prodigal demons were their own worst enemies – especially in the first half – they kicked only 3.12 to stop at the main break after the late Tigers.

Although this was unsustainable in some respects, Richmond (5.3) was significantly more effective than wearing demons that would have missed their wasted chances in the first two quarters.

“Melbourne shouldn’t be ahead in the quarter and Richmond shouldn’t be ahead at half-time,” Lions great Jonathan Brown told Fox Footy of the main break.

“They (the Demons) would be disappointed with their contributions.” The first 15 minutes of the quarter for Melbourne seemed like there was no great connection. 75 percent of the game was played in their front half. They should have done a damn better job of being able to hit their attackers. “

And although Melbourne was not exactly accurate in the third period in 5.7 kicks, it was enough impetus to open the match, including two goals by Bayley Fritsch, who found life.

“Eventually, the dam wall will break,” great Tiger Matthew Richardson said on Channel 7, while commentator Hamish McLachlan remarked it was “suddenly an avalanche.”

“The man who became really important to Melbourne in the third quarter, who didn’t like the way the game went, was Fritsch. Fritsch needs space, Fritsch needs a little more movement. He scores two goals at once, passes one to Petracca and becomes the most important striker on earth, “the great Melbourne Garry Lyon told Fox Footy in the quarter-quarter.

In the end, the Demons kicked 9.22 at 29% efficiency, but the significant difference in shot scoring (31-14) was eventually overcome by the Tigers.

In fact, for the most part, it looked more like a ‘Melbourne game’, with Simon Goodwin’s team dominating the disputed holdings (149-129), the undisputed holdings (262-192), the check-in (37-28) and the 1950s ( 64-42).

Yes, bad kicking is bad football, but Melbourne is also a damn good side and should have won a lot more.

“What happened in the end was that Melbourne clicked the light switch,” Buckley said.

“The disputed ball, the time in the front half and the connection within 50, which managed to find them the shots on goal that they could turn.”


The Tigers went with great concentration to keep the six demons always accountable and numerous, even across the field.

And although Richmond hasn’t scored four points, it’s a tactic other teams can use against advancing demons.

Melbourne’s defensive defense was such a weapon for him – and even though Jake Lever was a party – it remains a key asset for the way he controls the games.

But the Tigers sometimes slowed the game down, although they could go faster to ensure that they always had even numbers on the field.

“At least that has moved the game to a level that Richmond can control.” Because Melbourne wasn’t so bad during those fast forays in the middle of the field, “Collingwood legend Nathan Buckley told Fox Footy about the half-time.

“And Richmond managed to get the numbers back when Melbourne had a position in the field.”

The great demon Garry Lyon noted that every indicator indicated that the match had moved away from Richmond during the first half before the late onslaught, with Melbourne’s natural game “overpowering” the Tigers if they failed to get things back on track. somehow.

Buckley said keeping the game under control is Richmond’s best chance of winning, instead of being a faster and more chaotic game – ironically what the Tigers built their brand on in their golden era.

“It’s not a nice football, but Richmond is here to win this game.” And they’re trying to win against a team that, if you put the game on their terms, you don’t have a chance, so they’re trying to take it from them. “


Richmond’s defense this season is very different in an area where it has disappeared from its golden era.

Although Nick Vlastuin was great in his return with 30 knocks and 12 marks, he, Robbie Tarrant, Nathan Broad, Jayden Short, Daniel Rioli and Josh Gibcus are still learning how to play together, while the latter has just entered the system.

And the Demons scored 12 points inside a forward 50 to five Tigers, because Melbourne’s class in the back half of the country stood out – even without Jake …