Richmond Tigers hold off a resilient Fremantle Dockers in 27-point win



Richmond have kept their hopes of an AFL top-four finish alive but have had to work hard for a 27-point win over Fremantle.

The Tigers were far from the team which has moved into premiership favouritism in recent weeks but had enough class to overcome the resilient Dockers with an 8.8 (56) to 4.5 (29) win at Metricon Stadium.

Tom Lynch kicked three goals, including one after the final siren, in a season-best equalling haul for the Tigers’ key forward.

Mitchell Crowden booted two goals for the Dockers, who despite playing a patient game with ball in hand failed to capitalise on periods of dominance with goals.

Out to atone for a 38-point loss to GWS last time out, the Dockers won the contested possessions count 112-108 against their more-lauded opponents with Blake Acres (27 disposals, five tackles, three clearances) influential in his role, which included successfully locking down Richmond star Dustin Martin.

Martin’s 11 disposals is his lowest return for an AFL match since round 21, 2013.

The Dockers couldn’t turn their efforts into points however, particularly in a wasteful second term where they went goalless despite having 10 inside 50s for the quarter.

Matthew Taberner’s late goal in the dying seconds of the first quarter was the only major the Dockers kicked for the half, with the big forward guilty of spurning two chances in the second quarter.

Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe also missed a set shot as the Tigers held a 19-point advantage at the main break.

Goals to Michael Walters and Crowden cut that margin to just one kick by the final term but the Tigers turned up their intensity in the last quarter to kick clear against a tiring Dockers outfit.

The win is the Tigers’ sixth in their past seven games and lifts them temporarily up to second with 42 points from 15 games.

Fremantle are now 6-8 in 14th place and face a short turnaround before Monday’s clash with Melbourne in Cairns.

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Geelong scores 27-point AFL win over Brisbane as Cats move into second spot on the ladder



A third quarter blitz from Geelong has seen them overcome injuries to midfielders Mitch Duncan and Quinton Narkle as they beat the Brisbane Lions 11.7 (73) to 6.10 (46) at the SCG.

The Cats lost both midfielders early and were down to two on the bench by quarter-time with both players out for the night but they managed without them.

Geelong were down by 10 points at half-time but came roaring back with a seven goal to zero third term as stars Patrick Dangerfield and Gary Ablett sparked the Cats, who went on a nine-goal to nought run as they dominated the game.

The bulk of the damage came in the third term — where Brisbane were hurt by the loss of Mitch Robinson to a thigh injury — and the Cats dominated the clearances 14-6.

The 7.3 third quarter by Geelong was the highest score from any side in any quarter this season.

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Former Sydney forward Gary Rohan, playing at his former stomping ground for the first time since being traded in 2018 to Geelong, booted two goals during the third quarter and was one of many Cats who helped to take the momentum back late in the opening half.

While key forward Tom Hawkins, whose duel with Harris Andrews was always going to be pivotal, started to get the better of the young gun after half-time.

Hawkins finished with three goals, including a gift when Lions defender Brandon Starcevich turned the ball over straight to him, and helped to set up many others.

Jed Bews enjoyed some crucial one-on-one victories over Charlie Cameron, who had tormented Geelong in recent clashes, while Mark Blicavs also stood tall in defence for the Cats.

Dangerfield (26 disposals and eight clearances) was the leading contender for best-on-ground honours, while underrated midfielder Sam Menegola, whose hurried shot started the Cats’ run of nine-consecutive goals, and recalled Sam Simpson were also influential.

The win moves the Cats to a temporary second place on the ladder before they travel to the WA hub next week where they will face fellow high-flyers Collingwood.

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