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Tigers dominate Cats
By Paul Daffey
5:39 PM Sat 10 Mar, 2012

Richmond     0.5.6    0.9.9    1.12.10    1.14.15 (108)
Geelong        0.0.1    0.3.6     0.4.11      0.6.13 (49)

Richmond: Riewoldt 4, Martin 3 (one supergoal), King 2, Nahas 2, Cotchin, Vickery, Houli, Grigg
Geelong: Motlop, Brown, Duncan, Hawkins, Christensen, Byrnes

Richmond: Martin, Foley, Newman, Cotchin, Houli, Ellis, Riewoldt
Geelong: Kelly, Corey, Smedts, Stringer

Richmond: Nil
Geelong: Nil

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Wenn, Armstrong, Brown, Foot

Crowd: 9393 at Simonds Stadium


RICHMOND, so often pilloried for their disposal in recent years, showed poise and polish in shrugging off Geelong to win their third-round NAB Cup clash by 59 points at Simonds Stadium on Saturday.

Richmond put the match out of Geelong's reach by clearing away to a 10-goal lead halfway through the second quarter, and controlled the second half on the way to a comfortable 1.14.15 (108) to 0.6.13 (49) victory.

Dustin Martin was the standout player in the brief period in which the match was still alive, collecting 12 possessions in a bustling performance in the opening quarter.

Fellow midfielders Nathan Foley and Trent Cotchin were also damaging, while Jack Riewoldt was lively up forward against Tom Lonergan.

Riewoldt, who played deeper than he did last week in the 38-point loss to Fremantle, ended up with four goals without ever dominating the game.

After the Tigers kicked the first nine goals, Steven Motlop finally got the Cats on the scoreboard at the 16-minute mark of the second quarter, Geelong finally getting their hands on the football after Richmond had 10 of the first 11 centre clearances of the term.

Richmond was missing Brett Deledio (hamstring) and Reece Conca (suspension), while five players who were named in the squad of 29 were pulled out of the match and instead lined up with Coburg Tigers in the curtain-raiser.

Geelong went into the match without nine premiership players: Jimmy Bartel, Corey Enright, Joel Selwood, Andrew Mackie, Travis Varcoe, David Wojcinski, Harry Taylor, Mathew Stokes and Josh Hunt.

Hunt returns from suspension next week.

Fellow premiership players Matthew Scarlett, Joel Corey, James Kelly, Paul Chapman, Steve Johnson, James Podsiadly, and Allen Christensen all returned against the Tigers, with Kelly the best of the seven against the Tigers.

Billie Smedts was clearly the pick of Geelong's many young players, and his strong and creative game should earn him a spot in the team for the round one match against Fremantle at Patersons Stadium.

Of Richmond's young players, Brandon Ellis was clean and precise at half-back and Addam Maric was dangerous at half-forward.

By the last quarter, every Richmond player was getting his share of the ball as Geelong limped towards the final siren.

Team Stats

Disposals      361 - 235
Efficiency%     75 - 65
Kicks            227 - 152
Handballs      134 - 83
Marks           115 - 71
Con. Marks     11 - 20
Hitouts           27 - 19
Tackles           48 - 52
Frees              27 - 22
Clearances      32 - 21
Clangers         40 - 53
Inside 50s       54 - 39
Marks In50     18 - 12
Rebound 50s  29 - 33
Assists              8 - 5
Dreamteam 1592 - 1054

Individual Stats

Player Name            K     H     D     M  HO   T  FF  FA SG  G  B     DT

Nathan Foley          16     9   25   10     0   3   1   0   0   0   1   110
Bachar Houli           12   11   23     7     0   0   0   0   0   1   0     85
Dustin Martin          15     8   23     4     0   1   0   0   0   3   2     97
Shaun Grigg            16     6   22     5     0   1   1   1   0   1   0     83
Chris Newman        16     6   22     9     0   1   1   1   0   0   0     89
Shane Tuck               9   13   22     2     1   5   2   5   0   0   0     67
Trent Cotchin          12     9   21     6     0   1   1   1   0   1   1     81
Brandon Ellis              9   11   20     3     0   5   2   0   0   0   0     80
Addam Maric           17     0   17     9     0   1   0   0   0   0   3     85
Ivan Maric                 7     8   15     5   22   3   6   1   0   0   0     89
Jack Riewoldt          11     4   15     3     0   5   3   1   0   4   0     94
Jake Batchelor        11     3   14     4     0   3   1   0   0   0   0     64
Jayden Post              7     7   14     7     0   2   0   1   0   0   0     61
Alex Rance                8     6   14     5     0   3   3   0   0   0   0     66
Dylan Grimes            9     4   13     7     0   3   2   1   0   0   0     67
Jake King                  7     6   13     5     0   4   1   2   0   2   1     72
Robin Nahas            10     3   13     2     0   0   0   0   0   2   1     55
Daniel Jackson          8     4   12     1     0   2   0   0   0   0   0     43
Brad Miller                 8     4   12     7     1   1   2   3   0   0   2     53
Tyrone Vickery          8     4   12     6     3   0   1   0   0   1   1     61
Bradley Helbig           6     4   10     3     0   0   0   0   0   0   0     35
Shane Edwards         5     4     9     5     0   4   0   0   0   0   1     55

Matthew Arnot          0     0     0     0     0   0   0   0   0   0   0      0
Daniel Connors          0     0     0     0     0   0   0   0   0   0   0      0
Matt Dea                   0     0     0     0     0   0   0   0   0   0   0      0
Tom Derickx              0     0     0     0      0   0   0   0   0   0   0      0
Jeromey Webberley   0     0     0     0     0   0   0   0   0   0   0      0
Matthew White          0     0     0     0     0   0   0   0   0   0   0      0
Piva Wright                0     0     0     0     0   0   0   0   0   0   0      0

Riewoldt stars as Tigers maul Cats
March 10, 2012 - 8:15PM

RICHMOND 0.5.6  0.9.9  1.12.10  1.14.15 (108)
GEELONG 0.0.1  0.3.6  0.4.11  0.6.13 (49)

Nine pointers:
Richmond: D Martin.
Geelong: Nil.

Richmond: J Riewoldt 4 D Martin 2 J King 2 R Nahas 2 B Houli S Grigg T Cotchin T Vickery.
Geelong: A Christensen M Brown M Duncan S Byrnes S Motlop T Hawkins.

Umpires: Stuart Wenn, Jason Armstrong, Matthew Brown.

Venue: Skilled Stadium.


Geelong coach Chris Scott has refused to brush aside the Cats’ surprising  59-point defeat by Richmond in the third round of the AFL pre-season cup, saying any competitive side should be ‘‘stunned’’ by such a hefty loss.

An undermanned Cats side trailed the Tigers all day - at one point late in the final quarter the margin had blown out to 70 points - before finally going down 1.14.15 (108) to 0.6.13 (49) at Geelong.

Scott said the ramifications of the loss were hard to assess, but he made it clear he was not happy with the result, or the efforts of some of his troops.

‘‘We didn’t come just to get a bit of match practice ... We expected to play better than that,’’ said Scott.

‘‘We were poor and they were good.

‘‘In the context of the season I don’t think it matters all that much but I would hate for any of our players or our coaching staff to think it just doesn’t matter because we wanted to play well and we played poorly and that is a concern.’’

Scott said it would be ‘‘simplistic and superficial’’ to suggest that Geelong had lost the match purely because of a lack of work-rate.

‘‘Sure if was a part of it, but if we are going to cop out and say ‘nothing is wrong, we just didn’t work hard’, then we are destined for poor performances all year,’’ Scott said.

Geelong were without nine senior players from last year’s winning grand final side, including captain Joel Selwood and Jimmy Bartel.

However, they were bolstered by the inclusion of several of their most experienced stars, including champion defender Matthew Scarlett, Joel Corey, James Kelly and Steve Johnson.

The Cats will continue to bring back those stars over the coming weeks in a bid to have their best players ready for the opening of the season, but Scott said there were no promises as to who would make up the side for the round one clash against Fremantle in Perth.

‘‘We had eight or 10 guys who were playing their first game for the season and I thought most of them played that way,’’ said Scott.

‘‘But we had a big group of players that needed to play well to force their way into our team into the early rounds.

‘‘I thought some of them were OK and some of them were average, so the game meant different things to different people.

‘‘Our experienced guys, we do cut them a bit of slack but not too much, because we don’t want to be out there in competitive games of footy looking disinterested.’’

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick was delighted with the result and the effort of his side but not prepared to get carried away with the result considering the stars missing from the Geelong side.

Richmond had almost all of their best players on the field - only missing Brett Deledio (hamstring) and Reece Conca (suspension).

‘‘I thought our guys were pretty good. They were solid over four quarters,’’ said Hardwick.

‘‘But overall the stuff we are looking to implement over the course of the summer actually came out today and we were very pleased.’’

He praised his side’s hardness at the contest and also their work in the centre of the ground, where former Adelaide ruckman Ivan Maric, in his first season with Richmond, dominated.

‘‘I thought his around-the-ground ruck work and his ability to take marks was certainly paramount today, which was great,’’ said Hardwick.

Cats given a rare hiding
Peter Hanlon
March 11, 2012

RICHMOND 0.5.6 0.9.9 1.12.10 1.14.15 (108)
GEELONG 0.0.1 0.3.6 0.4.11 0.6.13 (49)

NINE-POINTERS Richmond: Martin.
Richmond: Riewoldt 4, Martin 2, King 2, Nahas 2, Houli, Grigg, Cotchin, Vickery.
Geelong: Christensen, Brown, Duncan, Byrnes, Motlop, Hawkins.

Richmond: Martin, Houli, I. Maric, Foley, Cotchin, A. Maric, Riewoldt.
Geelong: Kelly, Smedts, Corey, Stringer.

UMPIRES S Wenn, J Armstrong, M Brown.
VENUE Simonds Stadium.


SPEAKING on radio before yesterday's game, the recuperating Daniel Menzel said his Geelong teammates far preferred actually playing the preseason games to the alternative - spending the early morning of game day straining through hole-to-hole running drills at Queen's Park golf course, in Geelong.

Little more than half an hour into proceedings, many success-saturated Cat fans shifted uncomfortably in their seats, wondering if they had time to sneak in nine holes and salvage something from their Saturday afternoon.

A few of their highly credentialled heroes were playing like they were already on the 19th hole.

The Cats took a rare belting, one that was hardly of premiership hangover proportions, yet moved the coach, Chris Scott, enough to say he could not find a positive, and that Richmond had beaten his team in every facet of the game.

Geelong had won 29 games in a row at its Kardinia Park fortress before Sydney stormed the barricades late last season. This makes it two defeats on the trot, if you care to count the pre-season competition.

The AFL does when it comes to life membership, which Matthew Scarlett earned yesterday by notching his 300th all-competitions game.

He will not remember it fondly, having endured an afternoon in which everything from the bounce of the ball to the tweet of the umpire's whistle seemed intent on disrespecting the occasion. Of the premiership Cats playing their first game of the year, he had some mates; Paul Chapman managed only eight touches before he was subbed off late, Allen Christensen was quiet.

James Podsiadly's first quarter of football since a prematurely ended grand final featured a kick across the ground to a teammate who was not looking, and a 50-metre penalty conceded for back-chatting the umpire. He at least kept presenting, and shook off some rust as the game wore on.

The Tigers were a study in contrast. Dustin Martin had 10 kicks to quarter-time and might have had three goals, was quietened by Taylor Hunt in the second, but bullocked his way back to play a leading role as the finishing touches were applied to a neat day's work all round from all in yellow and black.

Ivan Maric and his magnificent mane offered far more than nostalgia for Patrick Swayze movies, bettering Trent West and Orren Stephenson with a dominant performance that again freed Tyrone Vickery to spend more time in attack, where Jack Riewoldt was lively, with four goals.

''Our contested ball was really good, our clearances were up as well,'' coach Damien Hardwick said.

''Obviously, Ivan coming in, an experienced ruckman who's been in the system seven or eight years, really adds to that. His around-the-ground ruckwork, also his ability to take marks, was paramount to us today.''

Brandon Ellis and the recycled Addam Maric also did plenty to send the Tiger faithful back along the Princes Freeway with a smile on their faces for the first time since 2006.

''He's playing good, hard, tough, footy,'' Hardwick said of Ellis. ''We knew that when we got him, and he uses the ball really well also.

''Addam is another guy who uses the ball really well. He makes really good decisions, and defensively we've been really happy with the way he's played, which was obviously the knock-on him coming over from Melbourne.''

The Cats led the clearances 9-1 at the first change, and it was 11-1 after King and Vickery capitalised on further good work in the middle at the start of the second.

Scott noted that as James Kelly, Joel Corey and Chapman had started the day in the middle with West, ''it wasn't a personnel issue''.

The Cats took until 16 minutes into the second quarter to kick a goal, and would have gone goalless at the freshly exposed western end of the ground if not for Tom Hawkins' mark 15 seconds from the three-quarter time siren.

Some insist nothing good comes out of Colac, and the wind from that direction is free to play havoc since the demolition of the Doug Wade Stand.

The trees were barely fluttering yesterday. It will doubtless be much harder on winter weekends to come, and result in what Scott predicted would be football rarely seen in the modern game.

Yesterday was merely football rarely seen from the modern Cats.

Coach says Cats should be stunned
Peter Hanlon
The Age
March 11, 2012

THE pre-season is a rehearsal, and yesterday provided Chris Scott with some unwanted practice in responding to substandard performance after Geelong succumbed to Richmond by 59 points in a manner the Cats coach said should leave his players stunned.

''It's hard to assess, but we're not happy,'' Scott said. ''We didn't come just to get a bit of match practice and not worry about the result, we expected to play better than that.

''I'm not standing here devastated, but the competitor in me and the boys should be a bit stunned, because we want to play better than that.''

The Cats brought back Matthew Scarlett, Paul Chapman, James Kelly, Joel Corey, Allen Christensen and James Podsiadly but were dominated from the first bounce on their home ground. Scott was in no mood to let his players off the hook.

''We had eight or 10 guys who were playing their first game for the season, and I thought most of them played that way,'' he said. ''Our experienced guys, we do cut them a little bit of slack, but not too much, because we don't want to be out there in competitive games of footy looking disinterested.

''We were poor, they were good. In the context of the season, I don't think it matters all that much. But I'd hate any of our players or our coaching staff to think that it just doesn't matter. We wanted to play well and we played poorly, and that's a concern.''

The stats sheet was very un-Geelong, with Scott unable to remember the last time the Cats had as few as 232 possessions (to Richmond's 361). The Tigers dominated the clearances, with Ivan Maric comfortably beating Trent West and feeding a rampant Dustin Martin and Trent Cotchin, while Richmond also had 117 more uncontested possessions than the Cats.

Scott dismissed the potential ''out'' of poor workrate, a measure he described as ''simplistic and superficial'' and ''one of the most annoying assessments'' in modern football. ''I'm sure it was a part of it, but if we're going to cop out and say nothing's wrong, we just didn't work hard enough, then we're destined for poor performances all year.''

Tigers coach Damien Hardwick kept the win in perspective, but was happy with his team's contested football and clearance work - which they won 16-9 at the centre bounces and 32-21 overall - and their ability to execute all that has been worked on over summer in these key areas.

''Let's not get too carried away,'' Hardwick said. ''The thing about it, you look at Geelong, they've got [Jimmy] Bartel, [Joel] Selwood, all those players to come back. We're under no illusions how good they are.''

He might have added Corey Enright, Harry Taylor, Andrew Mackie, Mathew Stokes, David Wojcinski, Josh Hunt and Travis Varcoe from last year's premiership team, with Scott declaring the Cats will bring several back for their last pre-season game next weekend, and be ''somewhere near our round one team''.

Brett Deledio will return for Richmond, adding to a group Hardwick said was becoming ''relatively experienced'' around the ball, where he noted the increasing maturity of Martin and Cotchin in particular. ''We don't want to put a ceiling on their development, but we certainly expect those two players to be in the upper echelon of the AFL.''

Hardwick was also pleased with his team's ball use, an area that has been criticised through the Tigers' fallow years. ''It's probably something that's been a bit of a mistruth - our ball use last year was actually quite good,'' he said.

''Unfortunately when we do turn it over at times it is quite harrowing to watch, but that's something we've worked on over the summer.''


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