Richmond sew up finals spot

By Roger Vaughan,

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    Richmond know they are going nowhere in the AFL finals if they take Saturday’s anti-climactic form into September.

    Coach Damien Hardwick confessed he did not know whether to view the glass as half-full or half-empty after the 23-point win over Brisbane at the MCG.

    The 14.13 (97) to 11.8 (74) result was Richmond’s 13th win, meaning they are all-but guaranteed of their first finals berth since 2001.

    It will be only their third finals series since losing the 1982 grand final.

    But they also squandered a 46-point lead early in the third term and were in big trouble when the Lions trailled by just 16 points at 20 minutes in the final term.

    Hardwick bemoaned their inability to make the most of an outstanding second term, when they dominated the match and only kicked 5.5.

    The Lions rallied and remarkably kept Richmond goal-less in the third term, ensuring some anxiety for the Tigers.

    “Unfortunately in this game, the way it is at the moment, you only get a certain number of shots,” Hardwick said.

    “If you don’t take yours, they certainly go back the other end.

    “They kicked some great goals … (they) kicked a couple of belters from the boundary line that certainly put a knife through my heart at various stages.”

    Hardwick continues to not buy into the Richmond finals hype, saying they are at the start of a four-game block that will determine where they finish.

    He was also philosophical about Saturday’s uneven performance.

    “”The good thing about it is we’re winning games,’ he said.

    “As funny as it is, I’m not overly happy and we’ve won by (23) points.

    “Ask me how that was two years ago – (I would) walk in with a big smile.”

    Lions coach Michael Voss was pleased his side did not give in, but referred to Richmond’s domination of most key statistics.

    “They won it, they owned it, and we didn’t,” Voss said.

    “We finished it out well, but again we’re not making the most of our starts, which is forcing us a long way back.

    “We’ve got to be better than that for us to improve as a footy team.”

    Tom Rockliff and Pearce Hanley were prominent as the Lions forced themselves back into the game.

    Lions midfielder Brent Moloney was subbed out of the game at halftime with a hamstring injury, while Richmond veteran Chris Newman was nursing a sore ankle post-match.

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    The Crowd Says (6)

    • August 11th 2013 @ 12:40pm
      JohnD said | August 11th 2013 @ 12:40pm | ! Report

      Congrats to the Tigers on making the finals first time since 2001. As a Lions fan, I was very proud of the boys as they didn’t give in and fought the game right out.

    • August 11th 2013 @ 3:41pm
      Judy Morris said | August 11th 2013 @ 3:41pm | ! Report

      I went to the game yesterday.Brisbane have such a great group of young players who try so hard to win.Unfortunately Richmond got off to a terrific start.Very good marking where as we messed up a few times.Very proud of the Brisbane team.I jokingly said we would have to pull out another Geelong effort after half time and thats exactly what nearly happened.I think they still need Brown and Black with them.Hope they go on next year.Richmond seemed very fast at times which left us lacking at those times.Enjoyed the game even though we lost.Good luck to Richmond.They’ve waited a long time for this chance.

      • August 12th 2013 @ 7:49pm
        Floyd Calhoun said | August 12th 2013 @ 7:49pm | ! Report

        Good on you Judy. Most sporting comment in a long time by anyone on this site. Seriously.

    • August 12th 2013 @ 9:19am
      Milo said | August 12th 2013 @ 9:19am | ! Report

      Think this is a bit harsh on the Lions. They have played really good football lately and were never going to be easy for Richmond, itself no AFL powerhouse. Yes the game highlighted some Richmond deficiencies at times where the tigers couldnt convert their possession game into scores but Brisbane also played well in the second half. With their emerging midfield group its possible Lions will compete strongly for finals next year whereas Richmond is probably at a level where with the current group it is playing at or near its maximum potential without much upside. Would like the Tigers to get or groom another quality forward (mcguane is not the answer), twqo or three quality mids incl a ruck to assist Eevon and a quality defender (possibly Grimes?) to take the next step into top 4.

      • August 13th 2013 @ 5:44pm
        Slane said | August 13th 2013 @ 5:44pm | ! Report

        Plenty of upside now for Brisbane. They just sacked Voss.

    • August 13th 2013 @ 9:37pm
      Judy Morris said | August 13th 2013 @ 9:37pm | ! Report

      Sad day for Brisbane Lion fans.I think Voss was too nice a guy to coach,and maybe he’s better off out of the pressure and stress that goes with coaching and winning. To go back to being one of the boys.,which he said he had trouble seperating himself from, in the beginning when he started to coach these young guys .I thought this team had improved allot..Look at the dramas going on in Victorian clubs. .Wonder if Black and Brown will stay now?Who would want to be a coach nowadays?????????Money Rules again.

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