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The Richmond Tigers have defeated the Essendon Bombers by eight points on an eventful Friday night at the MCG, ending the Bombers 2018 season and establishing the Tigers as this year’s minor premiership.

Richmond dominated the field position all game, accumulating 14 more inside 50s and 12 more marks inside 50. However, their inefficiency and some desperate defending kept the Bombers just within touching distance.
Dustin Martin dominated both in the middle and up forward. He collected 26 disposals, took ten goals, and kicked four goals. Devon Smith was by far the Bombers best, with 28 disposals, five tackles, and a goal.
The Tigers looked to have the game sowed up when Dustin Martin ran into an open goal to stretch their lead out to 33 points half-way through the final quarter. The game turned on its head from there.
The Tiger’s run that held them in good stead all game stopped! The Bombers began to make the most of their dominance in the contest, collecting fast and clean clearances. The Bombers had their chances, but missed efforts from Cale Hooker and Zach Merrett will live to haunt the Bombers.
Tonight almost perfectly reflects the Bombers season. A lot was expected of Essendon given the exclusion of Prestia, Cotchin, and Lambert. However, they started slower than most expected. Rarely in the contest and reliant on the mistakes of Richmond to keep them in the game.
When all the chips seemed down, and no path to victory visible, the Bombers finally clicked into gear. Their runners started going, and Richmond looked defenceless against their onslaught. However, like 2018, the Bombers gave too little too late tonight, and they will have all summer to consider what could have been.

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Saad takes one last chance through the middle, but Rioli chases him down and WHAT A TACKLE THAT WAS. THE TIGERS HOLD ON DESPITE A GALLANT EFFORT FROM THE DONS.

The Tigers are minor premiers!

Richmond: 12.9.81
Essendon: 11.7.73
Full-Time

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The ball is thrown up, but a stalemate emerges, Heppell wins it out of the middle and goes long to Stringer, but the ball is thumped out 45 from the Bombers goal.

Bellchambers dominating in the ruck. The ball falls to Merrett 52 out and his kick IS RIGHT.

Richmond: 12.9.81
Essendon: 11.7.73
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GOAL ESSENDON
Merrett wins it out of the middle and Heppell finds the ball 40 out from goal, but he’s too slow and caught with the ball.

Essendon takes the ball back inside 50 and HOOKER IS FOULED 45 out. He goes back and goals. THE TIGERS HAVE JUST STOPPED. Inside two kicks now.
Richmond: 12.9.81
Essendon: 11.6.72
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GOAL ESSENDON
Langford finds Brown in the middle, but he’s too slow with the ball. Needed to just go straight away. The ball finds its way into the forward 50, but with no success.

The resulting stoppage falls to Bellchambers and he goals!

The Bombers are somehow gaining on the Tigers. They have a chance.
Richmond: 12.9.81
Essendon: 10.6.66
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Tippa has the ball on the wing, he chips it down the wing and eventually, the ball is dumped haphazardly and with little effect.
Richmond: 12.9.81
Essendon: 9.6.60
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Hooker has the ball on the wing, his kick goes deep, but the Tigers are able to win the ball and clear it without a qualm. The Bombers have been poor all night and really don’t deserve to be as close as they are.
Richmond: 12.9.81
Essendon: 9.6.60
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Conca’s kick in defence is sloppy and Brown intercepts. He finds Hooker, 25 out on a slight angle. HE GOES AROUND THE CORNER AND MISSES! KICK THE DROP PUNT. That was Essendon’s chance.
Richmond: 12.8:80
Essendon: 9.6.60
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Nankervis wins a hard ball 70 out and chips it nicely to Caddy 53 out. He goes back, but it’s not long enough and Francis takes a big mark. He goes down the middle, but Richmond tun harder defensively.
Richmond: 12.8:80
Essendon: 9.5.59
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Essendon’s foot skills are too sloppy to really pose any challenge for the Tiger’s defence. They have had the chances, but can’t make the chains effectively.
Richmond: 12.8:80
Essendon: 9.5.59
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Goal Essendon
Zaharakis gives it to Heppell, who finds Francis, and he gets it to Hooker who goals. The Bombers are coming, the Tigers have just stopped. They need to throw caution to the wind.
Richmond: 12.8:80
Essendon: 9.5.59
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Short dumps it on the left inside 50, but Goddard cuts it off. The Bombers are playing slow and they turn it over. Richmond is happy to slowly chip it around now and just take the sting out of the game.
Richmond: 12.8:80
Essendon: 8.5.53
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Goal Essendon
The Bombers go through the middle Francis lowers the kick, but it doesn’t get to its target on the full. However, a chain of slick ends up in the hands of Hooker who kicks it from the goal square.
Richmond: 12.8:80
Essendon: 8.5.53
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Goal Tigers
The tiger’s move it forward through McIntosh, who finds Lloyd, he puts it out in front of Martin and he streams into an open goal for his fourth. That was way too easy for the Tigers
Richmond: 12.8:80
Essendon: 7.5.47
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Goal Tigers
Francis takes another intercept mark down back, he’s been phenomenal so far this game. Heppell’s kick is awful and the Tigers dump it to the top of the goal square and Jack takes a mark and kicks an easy goal. Uphill climb now.
Richmond: 11.8:75
Essendon: 7.5.47
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30 minutes to keep their season alive! Stand up or spend summer regretting it. The Tigers final quarter proficiency famous and the Bombers will be up against it, but they have a chance. If there is a chance, anything can happen.
Richmond: 10.8:68
Essendon: 7.5.47
Three Quarter Time

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Goal Bombers
The Bombers win it out of the middle and Brown is infringed 45 out directly in front. He goes back and it’s perfect off the boot. KEEPS THE BOMBERS ALIVE. He flushed that.
Richmond: 10.8:68
Essendon: 7.5.47
Three Quarter Time

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Goal Tigers
McGrath dumps it out of defensive 50, but Short finds space and the ball eventually gets to Baker. He snaps and goals. The Tigers are probably too far ahead now.
Richmond: 10.8:68
Essendon: 6.5.41
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Meyers goes very deep from the centre, but the Tigers again surge the ball forward with exceptional pace, but the boundary holts their progress.

Meyers wins a free kick from the stoppage on the outer wing, but the Bombers cannot get the ball forward.
Richmond: 9.8:62
Essendon: 6.5.41
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Goal Tigers
Garthwaite is on the boundary and got the waterfall going from the forehead, scary stuff. Short finds some space and kicks it perfectly to Martin, who holds off Dea and kicks the goal. That goal stopped a good period for the Bombers.

Richmond: 9.8:62
Essendon: 6.5.41
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Goal Bombers
The Bombers go quick down the middle and Heppell finds Stringer directly in front and he makes little mistake and puts it through. A MUCH NEEDED GOAL FOR THE BOMBERS.

Richmond: 8.8:56
Essendon: 6.5.41
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Meyers has a shot, but it’s short and Vlaustin takes an easy mark. As they have all season, the Tigers go so fast the other way. and find Riewoldt on the lead. However, a reprieve as the kick is wide.
Richmond: 8.8:56
Essendon: 5.5.35
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Parish goes deep to Brown, but Essendon give away the free.

The pressure is still ridiculous in this game from Richmond. There is no time for the Bombers.
Richmond: 8.7:55
Essendon: 5.5.35
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Goal Bombers
Stringer in the ruck wins the ball himself and Darcy Parish kicks a much-needed goal for the Bombers.
Richmond: 8.7:55
Essendon: 5.5.35
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