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Tigers roar over Melbourne

31st August, 2008

Richmond destroyed Melbourne by 80 points today in their season-ending AFL match at the MCG.

Brett Deledio kicked four goals apiece for the Tigers as they brushed aside the Demons 18.13 (121) to 6.5 (41).

As expected, Richmond finished ninth and Melbourne took the wooden spoon.

Adem Yze, Jeff White and Ben Holland played their last games for the Demons and Greg Tivendale kicked a 60m goal in his last AFL match for Richmond.

Only Holland has confirmed his retirement from football.

It is the sixth time since 1994 that the Tigers have taken ninth spot, but there is growing optimism at the club after a solid finish to the season.

Today’s insipid performance by Melbourne followed the 78-point walloping last week from Port Adelaide.

After an even first quarter, Richmond kicked seven unanswered goals either side of halftime and they blew Melbourne away.

Joel Bowden had a game-high 34 possessions, starting in defence and then kicking three goals after halftime.


Deledio was superb with 25 touches and Chris Newman and Shane Tuck also had 30 disposals apiece.

Yze was high among Melbourne’s best with 25 possessions.

Matthew Warnock also worked hard in defence for the Demons, but otherwise they looked listless and made too many errors.

Deledio kicked three goals in the final term to cap off another strong game.

The former Rising Star winner will be one of the favourites to win what would be his first Richmond best and fairest award.

As Richmond start work on next year’s crucial season, a tough summer looms for Melbourne.

They were uncompetitive for most of this season and it is tough to see where they will make quick improvement.