The only shining light forward of centre for Richmond came in the first quarter when Shai Bolton took one of the best marks seen at the MCG, sitting on Blicavs shoulder in the goal square to mark on his chest.
It was a thrilling moment as Bolton did a scissor-kick in mid-air as he levitated momentarily above Blicavs and clutched the ball in a mark reminiscent to Shaun Smith’s mark of the century taken in 1995.
He kicked three goals and was the Tigers’ best player with Dustin Martin unusually quiet after half-time.
Geelong delivered on their promise to try some different ideas with Esava Ratugolea replacing Rhys Stanley in the ruck, Mark Blicavs playing on the wing, roaming around the ground as an old fashioned follower while Jack Henry stood Riewoldt.
Stewart, who was his ever reliable self, took responsibility for Tigers star Martin when he went forward. Lachie Henderson played on Lynch and outpointed him at every turn with his career revival one of the untold stories in the past two seasons.
The moves worked, as Geelong stretched the ground and were able to find marking targets in all areas of the MCG.
Although Geelong doubled Richmond’s score, the Tigers had threatened earlier in the game often marching the ball down the ground in the first half finding Jake Aarts who kicked Richmond’s three goals for the quarter.
The downside for Geelong were injuries to Sam Simpson and Luke Dahlhaus while the Tigers will be concerned about champion midfielder Shane Edwards who limped from the ground with a jarred knee.
Best: Geelong: Cameron, Henderson, Rohan, Hawkins, Selwood, Guthrie, Duncan, Stewart. Richmond: Bolton, Aarts, Short
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