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I love cricket so much I once had a dream I was timed out. It was the worst nightmare I've ever had. I also support the Western Bulldogs, which, much like dressing like clowns on the street and scaring people, was weird and depressing for a very long time, briefly became amazing in late 2016 and then swiftly went back to being weird and depressing. I also occasionally tweet about things at @timejmiller.

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That’s it from me tonight. Richmond finally overcome a dogged Carlton to win by 26 points and unfurl their flag in style. Thanks for tuning in!

Richmond 17.19 (121) defeated Carlton 15.5 (95) by 26 points at the MCG.

GOALS

Richmond- Townsend 4, Riewoldt 4, Caddy 3, Butler 3, Castagna 2, Martin.

Carlton- C Curnow 5, Wright 5, Garlett 2, Fisher, Casboult.

BEST

Richmond- Martin, Caddy, Riewoldt, Townsend, Rance, Butler.

Carlton- Cripps, Simpson, C Curnow, Marchbank, Thomas.

INJURIES

Richmond- Bolton (leg).

Carlton- Kennedy (ankle), Kreuzer (groin).

CROWD- 90,151 at the MCG.

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PREDICTIVE BROWNLOW TIME!

Carlton- K. Simpson, one vote.

Awesome down back, racking up possessions at will and distributing cleanly. Teams will have to lock down on him now, because he’s too damaging to let roam free.

Carlton- P. Cripps, two votes.

One word- Herculean. 36 touches in midfield, 25 of them contested, and with Bryce Gibbs at Adelaide now, he more than picked up the slack. Also showed off his marking prowess with a couple of big overhead clunks.

Richmond- D. Martin, three votes.

The difference tonight. It’s not just about the touches he gets, it’s about what he does with them. His kicking is always dangerous, and he makes the opposition panic whenever he gets the ball. 32 touches and a goal, and probably another 3 votes for Charlie.

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The Richmond Tigers have unfurled their flag in style- though not without plenty of scares- with a 26-point victory over a plucky, but ultimately outgunned, Carlton Blues, in front of a record crowd of 90,151..

If you looked at the scoreboard and nothing, else, you’d assume the Tigers should have won this game by more. 71 inside 50s and 36 scoring shots, many of their misses gettable, compared to 47 and 20 for the Blues. But that’s why it always pays to watch a game rather than read about it afterwards.

The first ten minutes were to Carlton in 2017 like chalk is to cheese; the yellow and black faithful stunned as the Blues slammed through five goals in less than half a quarter. Too fierce at the coalface, too slick on the outside, and armed with a plethora of dangerous forwards led by the irrepressible Charlie Curnow, an upset looked on the cards.

From there on, though, this was always Richmond’s game to lose, the Tigers steadying after that opening onslaught to slowly wrest the match back on their terms. A run of four straight goals was broken by Jarrod Garlett late in that first term, but it seemed like the premiers, and their famous tackling pressure and intensity, had finally rocked up.

The Blues managed to keep their noses in front for much of the second, and keep the Tigers contained when they looked like breaking clear in the third, but with every minute the dam wall showed a bit more strain, the Blues’ gallant defence a bit closer to cracking. Keeping it at bay was the first glimpse of a rule that’s sure to rear its head again this year; six times the Tigers were pinged for encroaching on the 10-metre imaginary circle around the marker, and paid the ultimate price on four of those occasions.

But despite the best efforts of Kade Simpson, who with 35 touches at a remarkable efficiency continues to give Father Time the bird, the cork finally popped in the last, a string of Tiger goals putting the result beyond doubt.

Once again, it was Dustin Martin leading the way for Richmond, the tattooed marvel stepping up every time the Tigers were challenged with a brazen gallop forward, a one-on-one win to set up a teammate, or a scrappy win at the coalface. 32 touches and one goal doesn’t read as anything remarkable by his exceptionally lofty standards, but without him the Tigers would have lost.

Almost as good were a pair of other regular stars in Jack Riewoldt (four goals) and Alex Rance, an immovable object in defence. But contributions from lesser lights were just as critical, four goals from Jacob Townsend, three from Dan Butler, and three and 19 touches from a free-roaming Josh Caddy, showed that the Tigers don’t just have one drummer at their disposal.

For the Blues, five goals apiece to Matthew Wright and Charlie Curnow led the way up forward, but their newfound attacking style had a consequence: the miserly stinginess of the Blues in 2016 and 2017 took a hit, the Tigers scoring almost at will late in the game. Robbing Peter to pay Paul is an old cliche, but feels appropriate here.

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Casboult wins a free at half-forward, goes long, Rance with the spoil and the siren sounds! It’s the Tigers who take the chocolates tonight.

RICHMOND 17.19 (121)
CARLTON 15.5 (95)

FULL TIME

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12 seconds to play now.

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BEHIND RICHMOND- 22 Josh Caddy (3.2)

Caddy emerges from a stoppage on the wing, runs to 55 and goes for goal…just bounces on the wrong side of the post.

RICHMOND 17.19 (121)
CARLTON 15.5 (95)

Q4, 0.45 left

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Both sides will be stuffed after this one. The Blues have been fantastic, but the Tigers’ poise and composure at crucial junctures, plus those extra years in the legs, have won the day here.

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GOAL RICHMOND- 22 Josh Caddy (3.1)

Rundown tackle on Byrne by Graham in midfield opens the door for the Tigers, Castagna on the end of it to chip the ball into the pocket, and Caddy marks. 30 out on a tight but gettable angle, and he steers it through for a third! Icing on the cake.

RICHMOND 17.18 (120)
CARLTON 15.5 (95)

Q4, 1.45 left

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BEHIND CARLTON- 9 Patrick Cripps (0.1)

Blues run through the middle on tired legs, the Tigers are too stuffed to chase that hard. Ends with Cripps who wobbles a ball towards goal from 30…a point.

RICHMOND 16.18 (114)
CARLTON 15.5 (95)

Q4, 3.51 left

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BEHIND RICHMOND- RUSHED

Martin breaks from the centre square and finds Riewoldt on a high lead, right on 50. Handballs to Martin, who goes from 60…not quite got the distance, and the Blues rush it through.

RICHMOND 16.18 (114)
CARLTON 15.4 (94)

Q4, 4.17 left

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GOAL CARLTON- 5 Sam Petrevski-Seton (1.0)

Magnificent mark from Charlie Curnow at half-forward. 45 out, 45 degree angle, his kick wobbles across the face, but from the spillage, Petrevski-Seton snaps an opportunistic goal! The Blues, all credit to them, are still fighting, and it’s going to save a blowout here.

RICHMOND 16.17 (113)
CARLTON 15.4 (94)

Q4, 4.46 left

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90,151 attendance tonight. Enormous. And they’ve seen a cracking game, too.

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GOAL RICHMOND- 8 Jack Riewoldt (4.2)

Tigers break again through midfield after Rance wins a contest down back, long ball inside 50 from Grigg and Riewoldt takes a strong grab in the pocket. He runs around to improve the angle, snaps his fourth, and the Tigers have this game under control now.

RICHMOND 16.17 (113)
CARLTON 14.4 (88)

Q4, 5.38 left

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Over 30 disposals?

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GOAL CARLTON- 46 Matthew Wright (5.0)

Brilliant from Simpson in midfield to hack a quick kick away under serious pressure; the play ends with Matthew Wright on 50, who wheels around sees the vacant square and pumps it long…bounces through, and the Blues keep on trying!

RICHMOND 15.17 (107)
CARLTON 14.4 (88)

Q4, 8.05 left

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Gotta feel for Carlton here; they’ve worked so hard, done so much to keep the Tigers at bay, but it now looks like they’re going to lose by five goals plus. You pray they get some junkies, because this scoreline doesn’t reflect what’s been a sensational game.

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GOAL RICHMOND- 21 Jacob Townsend (4.2)

Butler escapes from a pack on 50 and hits up Townsend, hemmed on the boundary line. 30 out, a tough shot, but he’s kicked it magnificently! The man who nobody knew up until the finals last week has four, and making it even better, he’s kicked 4.2 from six kicks tonight!

RICHMOND 15.17 (107)
CARLTON 13.4 (82)

Q4, 10.29 left

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This is the dam wall finally bursting. It’s looked at breaking point for two and a half quarters, but it’s finally burst. The Blues look shot.

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GOAL RICHMOND- 21 Jacob Townsend (3.2)

Riewoldt marks 70 out from goal, he lowers his eyes and hits up Townsend, who marks strongly ahead of a charging Blue. 45 out, 45 degree angle, and Townsend dobs it through! He has three, and the Tigers probably have this game now.

RICHMOND 14.17 (101)
CARLTON 13.4 (82)

Q4, 10.53 left

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GOAL RICHMOND- 7 Dan Butler (3.0)

Brilliant from Butler! Is that the ball game?

Jones and Simpson both go for the same ball in midfield, and the ball spills out the back towards Lambert. The Tigers go long into a vacant 50, Butler gets their first ahead of a flagging Weitering. He stops, assesses his options, and curls through a magnificent little snap on the left boot from a tight angle!

RICHMOND 13.17 (95)
CARLTON 13.4 (82)

Q4, 12.05 left

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GOAL RICHMOND- 4 Dustin Martin (1.3)

DUSTY!

He’s been threatening to do that all day, and now he does to give the Tigers a 7-point lead! Ball spills from a stoppage, the Tigers hack it forward through McIntosh, and running on is Martin, who breaks through a sea of Blues with pure strength through Byrne, gets to 10 and checksides it through! Brilliant!

RICHMOND 12.17 (89)
CARLTON 13.4 (82)

Q4, 13.00 left

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Caddy runs to 50 from a free kick and shanks his kick horribly, wobbles about 20 metres to the side but the Tigers persist, ends with McIntosh on the other flank who runs to 50, and he shanks it out on the full! Tigers have looked awful going inside 50 a lot tonight.

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BEHIND RICHMOND- 11 Jason Castagna (2.1)

Good work from Bolton to gather in the pocket, gives to Cotchin to handballs back inboard, spills to Castagna who snaps from 25…a miss, but Richmond in front!

RICHMOND 11.17 (83)
CARLTON 13.4 (82)

Q4, 14.32 left

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Nankervis brilliantly taps down to Cotchin from a throw-in 55 out from goal, but Cotchin sprays his running shot out on the full. Scores still level.

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Hopefully this game is a sign of things to come this year; the play has been fast-paced, high-tempo, and, importantly, high-scoring.

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