Record victory against Essendon bombers but explosion of a Richmond Tigers policeman
“Roach got his hands on some that we expected from him. Raines too. There were lots of them.
“Our area of expertise must rise. I was disappointed with the mistakes. We worked hard because of them, ”Bourke said.
Bourke’s criticism of his team was too harsh. Perhaps the Tigers didn’t get the maximum results on the scoreboard due to sloppy forward work in the first three quarters, but so far the opposition had been relentless and willful.
On the credit side, Bourke said: “The best part about winning was that it was against a team that we respect, one of the teams that we have to overcome to have a real chance of qualifying for the final.”
That said, he should agree that Essendon’s spirited play forced his players to make mistakes and contributed to their mistakes.
Bourke couldn’t have complained about Richmond’s nearly flawless final quarter.
His players moved the ball as if Essendon had come home. They took him in the center, on the flanks, from the back lines to the forwards, as only a very skilled team could do.
It was equal to Carlton at his best, but we’ll have to wait until round 10 on May 29 to see which of the two can do better.
Although most of Richmond’s 10 last quarter goals came from little men such as Robert Wiley, Kevin Bartlett, Maurice Rioli, Philip Egan and Dale Weightman, it was a complete team effort, the big men and the defenders. being also responsible for the coup de grace. delivered to bombers.
A scary thought for other clubs is that Richmond can improve this last quarter. The club’s No.1 ruckman Mark Lee, who came out with a fractured bone in his hand, is said to improve the team’s performance on center rebounds.
Plus, we can expect more from forwards Michael Roach and Brian Taylor. Taylor scored three goals yesterday and Roach two. They should have scored eight or nine between them.
Naturally enough, the most painful aspect of the game for Kevin Sheedy of Essendon was the way Richmond was allowed to run away in the final quarter.
Sheedy said, “They were much better. The thing that bothered me the most was that they managed to have such a race and we didn’t do anything about it.
“We should have been able to stop them from the central rebound after scoring two goals. “
Sheedy will try to remedy that by giving his players focused practice for the pursuit and tackle this week ahead of the North Melbourne game on Saturday.
Sheedy also showed his annoyance when told that 90,000 people had watched the game. “It’s been a long time since Essendon had 90,000 in a game and if you’re going to play in big games you have to win them.
“If we had gone to fight, I could understand it. I think of the folks at Essendon who were waiting to get into games like this. We were pretty badly driven.
Like last year when he had his players watch their players practice at Carlton and Collingwood during Grand Final week, Sheedy was determined to remember the look on the Tigers face last night.
He ordered every player to attend the Richmond Social Club for the post-game reunion.
So much for the continued claim that Hawthorn is a defensive team. . . His 29.26 (194) to 7.9 (51) for Footscray was a feast of goals worthy of the League’s most offensive team.
The 143-point win lifted the Hawks to the top of the ladder, ahead of Richmond in percentage.