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Tigers down Freo in Subiaco thriller
richmondfc.com.au
By Matt Brown 10:22 PM Sat 30 May, 2009

Fremantle     6.2   8.5   11.6   17.10 (112)
Richmond     4.3   5.9   13.9   17.13 (115)

GOALS
Fremantle: Pavlich 2, Tarrant 2, Sandilands 2, Headland 2, Johnson 2, Thornton 2, Duffield, Hasleby, Mundy, Peake, Suban
Richmond: Deledio 2, Riewoldt 2, Morton 2, Brown 2, Tuck, Tambling, Foley, Cousins, Newman, Cotchin, Nahas, McGuane, Simmonds

BEST
Fremantle: Ibbotson, Tarrant, Duffield, Sandilands, Broughton, Hasleby, Schammer
Richmond: Deledio, Tambling, Tuck, Cousins, Jackson, Newman, Collins

INJURIES
Fremantle: Hill (cork), Headland (thigh), McPharlin (knee)
Richmond: White (hamstring), Deledio (hand)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Stevic, Dalgleish, Wenn

Official crowd: 35,391 at Subiaco Oval

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RICHMOND has held off a fast-finishing Fremantle to score a courageous three-point victory at Subiaco Oval, giving Terry Wallace something to celebrate in his 500th game as a player and coach.

The win also provided a degree of redemption for Mitch Morton, who marked at the 29-minute mark of the final quarter and played on to snap truly – giving the Tigers back the lead after Fremantle appeared to have the game in control.

Richmond clung bravely to its buffer and the final siren sparked emotional celebrations with the final scores 17.13 (115) to 17.10 (112).

The Tigers' impetus came from their midfield with the dominance of Brett Deledio (27 possessions), Richard Tambling (28), Nathan Foley (28), Shane Tuck (30) and the third-quarter effort of Ben Cousins (25).

Captain Chris Newman and youngster Andrew Collins were also very important.

Garrick Ibbotson (24 touches) led the way for Fremantle with significant contributions from giant ruckman Aaron Sandilands, Chris Tarrant, Paul Hasleby and Paul Duffield.

Momentum had swung wildly throughout the second half after the Tigers kicked eight unanswered goals in the third quarter before Fremantle surged back, reclaiming the lead at the 23-minute mark of the fourth.

Fremantle got the jump on the Tigers with Sandilands pushing forward to open the scoring with just two minutes on the clock.

The home side was kicking long and direct into its attack and Des Headland took a ride on Dean Polo’s back to take a spectacular grab before converting to restore the home side’s early advantage.

When Matthew Pavlich added another a minute later, Fremantle looked like blowing the Tigers away.

But Cousins, troubled by an early tag, marked his return to Subiaco with a goal from his first kick before Foley cleverly sharked a Sandilands hit-out to put the Tigers in front.

Cousins wasn't appreciating the close attention of Byron Schammer and Matt de Boer and was also on the receiving end of hoots from the crowd.

Jack Riewoldt put the Tigers further in front but a late lapse allowed a hat-trick of goals to Headland, Sandilands and Pavlich to see the home side 11 points clear the first break.

After the 10-goal first quarter, the scoring dried up in the second as both sides struggled to find a path to goal.

Riewoldt finally broke the drought with his second goal at the 16-minute mark while the injury toll for both sides started to mount.

Richmond again let itself down by allowing Fremantle to add late goals through Johnson and Scott Thornton and trailed by 14 points at half time.

Deledio and Polo courageously shrugged off their injury concerns to spark a Richmond goal avalanche at the start of the third term.

Last season's Jack Dyer Medallist drilled from outside the arc before setting up Nathan Brown, well held by Chris Tarrant to that point, for his first.

Suddenly it was raining Tiger goals –eight on the trot – as Fremantle ground to a halt.

The Tigers were breaking lines and relentlessly sending the ball into their forward 50 and after 21 minutes were 33 points ahead.

Fremantle, missing Headland and Stephen Hill through injury, looked in trouble but somehow managed to kick three goals deep into time-on to narrow the gap to 15 points at the final break.

Tambling looked to set Richmond on its way with a goal in the opening minute of the final term but Fremantle hit back through Tarrant, Duffield and Hasleby to narrow the gap to one point.

Deledio again stood up for the Tigers with his second goal before Troy Simmonds appeared to give the Tigers the edge with a strong pack mark inside 50.

But Fremantle came back with goals to Thornton, Brett Peake and Michael Johnson, laid out in the goal square, creating a slender lead deep into time-on.

After the heartbreak of round eight's narrow loss to Port Adelaide, Tigers fans might have had their hearts in their mouths when Morton marked and played on.

This time there was a happy ending.

http://www.richmondfc.com.au/news/newsarticle/tabid/6301/newsid/77885/default.aspx

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Re: Media articles & Stats: Tigers down Freo in Subiaco thriller
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2009, 11:22:54 PM »
Richmond: Deledio, Tambling, Tuck, Cousins, Jackson, Newman, Collins

awesome, but would have had polo in there also :clapping

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Tigers roar, Terry saved (Herald-Sun)
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2009, 11:26:31 PM »

The Tigers are back on the winning list after a thrilling three-point win over Freo. Ben Cousins was in fine form, with 25 touches, while coach Terry Wallace was saved from further scrutiny. Picture: Lincoln Baker

Tigers roar, Terry saved
Glenn McFarlane | May 30, 2009 10:53pm

RICHMOND scored a stunning upset win over Fremantle at Subiaco tonight, capping off a controversial return to Perth for prodigal son Ben and a momentous milestone 500th game for embattled coach Terry Wallace.

In a remarkable game of swings and balance, the Tigers won their second game of the season after an extraordinary fortnight, thanks to a stunning eight goal third term and some gritty work in the final few minutes.

While the Dockers were able to snatch the lead back in the last term and appeared set for victory, it was forward Mitch Morton who put the Tigers in front at the 29-minute-mark of an enthralling final stanza.

Only two weeks ago Morton was soundly criticised by Wallace for playing on late in the game against Port Adelaide that many thought contributed to the Tigers' demise.

Morton played on again last night, but this time he managed to score a goal he will never forget.

The coach won't be as critical of him this time.

It made for an incredible last four minute as Richmond desperately defended and Fremantle did everything in their power to score. Both teams were dead on their feet, and with injuries aplenty, it was an incredible result.

Cousins was the focus of attention for much of the night, thanks to the jeers of the parochial Dockers crowd.

He flipped the bird in the rooms to the television cameras an hour and a half before the game, kicked a goal with his first touch for the match, had a running stoush with several Dockers players and had 25 touches.

Fremantle had the early ascendancy in a match that produced more comebacks than John Farnham has given us.

They led at the first two changes by nine and 14 points respectively before the Tigers produced a stunning third term that yielded eight consecutive goals as at one stage they opened up a 33-point lead.

But the Dockers were done with, and kept coming, in what was an outstanding final term.

Fremantle beanpole Aaron Sandilands gave Wallace plenty of headaches early, running forward in the opening minute of the game and kicking a goal to give his side the perfect start.

Wallace opted to use Troy Simmonds on Sandilands, and effectively told him to run wherever the Dockers big man was going to go. Early on, it was the same with Daniel Jackson assigned to Matthew Pavlich.

The Tigers got their first on the board four minutes later when a woeful kick across goal from Steven Dodd resulted in an eventual goal to Chris Newman.

Des Headland had a strong opening term, kicking a goal after a superb leap that gave further evidence to the fact that the ‘’speckie’’ may be back. He rode on Dean Polo's shoulders and kicked truly within six minutes.
Pavlich followed it up a few minutes later, booting an opportunistic goal with a little kick over the heads of the Richmond defenders.

Cousins may have started on the bench, but he replaced Brett Deledio within three minutes. While it took him eight minutes to get his first touch, it was well worth the weight.

A nice give-off from Shane Tuck gifted Cousins with his first goal of the game and his club's second. It prompted the jeers from Fremantle fans who clearly have little time for the former West Coast star.

Cousins was involved in a few clashes with Dockers players who took it up to him verbally.

But the next goal for Richmond, via some perfect sharking from Nathan Foley, silenced the crowd as it put the Tigers in front. Jack Riewoldt pushed it out further with a fine goal shortly after.

Headland leveled it up with his second goal for the quarter, and it was followed by successive goals to Sandilands and Pavlich to close out the quarter, giving the home side an 11-point quarter-time advantage.

After ten goals from both sides to opening the game, the second term was a much more dour affair, with both sides wasting opportunities.

A heavy clash between Stephen Hill and Polo left the Richmond defender in the hands of the trainers and off the field as both sides had a few injury issues.

It took 16 minutes of the second term to elapse before a goal was kicked. It came from Riewoldt. There should have been plenty more.

Time and time again the Tigers went forward and wasted opportunities.

In the end, it hurt them. Against the flow of play, Michael Johnson scored the Dockers' first goal of the term at the 22-minute-mark.

At one stage, Brett Peake collapsed in a heap in the middle of the ground after a clash with a Richmond player off the ball. Fremantle's 200-game Dean Solomon had no hesitation asking Peake who was responsible.

To compound the misery, Matt White hurt his hamstring and a goal to Scott Thornton after the half-time siren stretched the Dockers' lead out to 14 points - thanks largely to Richmond's wasteful 1.6 to 2.3 for the term.

But the Tigers were not done with yet, and injuries to Hill and Headland for the Dockers proved a concern.

Two quick goals from the Tigers - both of them set up by some tough work from Polo - pegged back the difference to only two points within the first four minutes of the second half.

The first came from Brett Deledio with a punishing punt from outside 50m; the second from a nice mark to Nathan Brown.

The pair combined for the next goal, too. Deledio kicked another long bomb to the loose Brown, who made no mistake from the goalsquare.

Robin Nahas was the recipient of some fine team play by the running Tigers, to put his club further in front.
Then the busy Tuck put a 15-point buffer between the teams with a goal at the half-way mark of the third term.

Trent Cotchin showed why he is such a rare talent with a creative goal at the 18-minute-mark and it was followed up a minute later with a running goal from Luke McGuane put the home side under enormous duress.

Mitch Morton kicked the Tigers' eighth goal in an amazing term to push the difference to 33 points.

The Dockers were pitiful in the third term, but managed to kick the last three goals of the term to creep the margin back to 15 points, to set up a tense last term.

Cousins started the ball rolling for the Tigers in the opening seconds of the last term, getting the ball from the clearances, and Richard Tambling finished it off with the all-important opening goal of the quarter.

Chris Tarrant, who started in defence and moved forward, gave the Dockers a glimmer of hope with his second goal three minutes later.

That set the scene for even more drama in the final term as both teams threw everything into it in the dying stages of the contest.

But the Tigers deserved their win after weeks of trying, and celebrated it with their coach last night.

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/sport/afl/story/0,26576,25562075-19742,00.html

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Stats: Tigers -v- Freo
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2009, 11:54:25 PM »
Team Stats

Disposals:       414 - 354
Efficiency%:      79 - 79
Kicks:             201 - 210
Handballs:       213 - 144
Con. Marks:      10 - 12
Uncon.Marks:  117 - 100
Tackles:           49 - 58
Clearances:      29 - 36
Clangers:         39 - 35
Hitouts:           19 - 50  (Patto 9, Simmonds 5 // Sandilands 45)
Frees:              11 - 17
Con. Possies:   106 - 100
Uncon.Possies: 213 - 247 
Inside 50s:        47 - 48
Assists:            24 - 20


Individual Stats

player           D EFF% K H G B CM UM T CL C SC SCA
 
Tuck, S           30  70 15 15 1 0 1 7 4 3 6 102 96
Foley, N          28  86   9 19 1 0 0 5 6 4 3 102 92
Tambling, R     28  86 15 13 1 0 1 6 4 2 3 131 77
Deledio, B       27  89 13 14 2 0 1 9 1 5 2 134 98
Jackson, D      27  93 13 14 0 0 0 8 1 6 2 110 81
Cousins, B      25  76   8 17 1 0 0 2 1 2 0 85 82
Collins, A        24  88   8 16 0 0 0 5 8 1 2 83 68
Newman, C     24  83 11 13 1 0 0 7 4 0 1 121 100
Pettifer, K       21  76 15   6 0 1 0 7 0 1 2 75 90
Polo, D           21  76   7 14 0 0 2 4 2 0 2 91 87
Cotchin, T      20  70 11    9 1 0 1 6 2 0 1 78 64
Nahas, R        19  58 10    9 1 1 0 4 4 1 4 52 67
McGuane, L    16 100   6 10 1 0 1 5 1 0 1 70 63
Riewoldt, J     16   81 13   3 2 1 1 7 1 1 2 92 60
Pattison, A    15   87   4  11 0 1 1 5 1 1 1 62 65
Simmonds, T 13   54   8   5 1 0 1 4 2 0 2 47 61
Bowden, J     12   83   7   5 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 55 97
Moore, K       12   75   7   5 0 1 0 4 2 0 2 42 67
Morton, M      12   58  7   5 2 3 0 5 2 1 2 70 75
Brown, N       11   73  7   4 2 1 0 5 0 0 0 55 88
White, M         7   71  4   3 0 1 0 1 2 0 1 29 72
Thursfield, W  6   83   3   3 0 0 0 4 1 1 0 35 23
   
player         FF FA CP UP I50 A   
     
Tuck, S         3 4 15 18 2 1   
Foley, N        0 2   9 19 1 0   
Tambling, R   1 1   7 21 3 1   
Deledio, B     0 1   8 19 7 4   
Jackson, D    0 1   7 21 2 0   
Cousins, B    0 0   5 20 2 0   
Collins, A      0 0   3 21 4 1   
Newman, C   1 1   3 21 1 1   
Pettifer, K     0 1   2 19 4 3   
Polo, D         1 1 11 13 2 1   
Cotchin, T     0 0   3 17 2 2   
Nahas, R       1 0   5 13 4 2   
McGuane, L   0 1   5 11 3 1   
Riewoldt, J    1 1   6   8 2 3   
Pattison, A    2 0   5 10 1 1   
Simmonds, T 0 1   2 11 2 0   
Bowden, J     0 0   2   9 1 0   
Moore, K       0 1   2 10 0 0   
Morton, M     0 0   3   9 2 1   
Brown, N      0 0   0 11 1 1   
White, M       1 1   2  6 0 1   
Thursfield, W 0 0   1  5 1 0

http://superstats.heraldsun.com.au/gamestatslive/5015520.html

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Cousins to fore as Tigers roar (Age)
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2009, 06:35:08 AM »
Cousins to fore as Tigers roar
Tim Clarke, Perth | May 31, 2009

BEN Cousins' homecoming to Perth had almost as much drama as his exit, as Richmond off-loaded some of the pressure it had been feeling onto Fremantle with a thrilling three-point win at Subiaco Oval.

The former Eagles skipper was, of course, the centre of attention in his first game at Subiaco Oval since September 1, 2007, and he did not disappoint, with a one-finger salute to the cameras before the game had even started and plenty of points made thereafter.

But after a week of build-up that was about anything but the football, given Terry Wallace's tenuous hold on his job and Cousins' return to the city he once ruled, the contest overtook the external headlines to provide one of the games of the season.

A fourth quarter of astonishing oscillation saw Fremantle reduce a deficit of 33 points to one twice — with Byron Schammer and Matt de Boer both missing gilt-edged chances to give the Dockers the lead.

In contrast, the imperious Brett Deledio kicked a wonderful goal to seemingly give the Tigers a second win of the season — until Michael Johnson kicked one off his back to give the Dockers the lead.

With seconds to go and Wallace's 500-game football life flashing in front of him, history repeated itself with Mitch Morton marking deep inside 50 metres and playing on.

Unlike Port Adelaide two weeks ago, however, where Morton's actions sparked a chain of events that almost cost Wallace his job, the former West Coast forward found the target and gave Cousins his first win in football since the last time he played in Perth.

Along with Deledio and Richard Tambling, Cousins' effort in the third term saw the Tigers kick eight straight goals to lift their season from the floor.

But the Dockers will point to the attrition which played a massive part in the result, with Des Headland and Stephen Hill ruled out of action after half-time, Johnson inconvenienced with an ankle injury and Luke McPharlin hobbling off as the Tigers ran riot.

With so much external baggage coming into the game, the actual mechanics of who would have the upper hand had been largely overlooked.

And so it was fitting that the man who overlooks every other player in the competition, Aaron Sandilands, would dominate the early portion of play, even if Cousins took many of the eyes and slotted a goal with his first kick.

The presence of the enormous Dockers ruckman prompted Wallace to employ his Docker predecessor Troy Simmonds as possibly the largest ever tagger in AFL/VFL history — with little effect.

As well as dominating the centre circle, Sandilands' towering presence earned him two goals, with Pavlich and the spritely Headland matching that output to edge the Dockers ahead.

But as they had in the early stages against the Bombers in the Dreamtime clash last weekend, the Tigers were willing and at times able, with Deledio and Tambling finally having some impact on the Tigers' season.

Sandilands' dominance became increasingly important after Johnson hobbled off with an ankle injury, and with Headland feeling his notoriously brittle hamstrings, the Tigers had their chance to pounce in the heart of the second term.

But when Wallace needed the men who were breaking the lines to also kick straight, they fluffed their chances badly.

Morton increased his chance of another spray from his beleaguered coach with two errant shots in terms one and two, before Adam Pattison and then most damningly Matt White missed clear opportunities

It was arguable what made White's night worse soon after, with a hamstring injury made more painful by the goals from Johnson and then Scott Thornton after the half-time siren edging Wallace closer to the exit door.

But if the Tigers coach was to go down, apparently he wanted to go down fighting. And so his charges responded.

As the undermanned Dockers were running to a standstill, the Tigers were finally just running, with Deledio and Cousins leading the charge.

Goals to Deledio, two to Brown and a major of beautiful interplay to Robin Nahas re-instilled belief which had been stripped away from Wallace's men with every successive loss.

And while the boos for Cousins grew in intensity as the game progressed, so did the contest, with McPharlin's bravery rendering him temporarily immobile — a state Richmond's players ran themselves to late in the third term.

The re-introduction of Sandilands back into the ruck was instrumental in the Dockers' own revival, with the ball suddenly finding Fremantle hand and foot, and all the Tigers' self-doubt returned.

Chris Tarrant's switch from defence to attack worked with two goals, and with Harvey imploring his youngsters to take the game on, they did just that — with Johnson's late goal on his back finally giving the Dockers back the lead with six minutes remaining.

But Morton's confidence, for one, was not dented, and it was he who finally settled a game which mirrored Wallace's and Richmond's turbulent last fortnight.

RICHMOND   4.3 5.9 13.9 17.13 (115)
FREMANTLE  6.2 8.5 11.6 17.10 (112)

GOALS Richmond: Riewoldt 2, Deledio 2, Morton 2, N Brown 2, Newman, Cousins, Foley, Tuck, Cotchin, McGuane, Tambling, Simmonds, Nahas. Fremantle: Headland 2, Sandilands 2, Pavlich 2, Tarrant 2, Thornton 2, Johnson 2, Suban, Mundy, Duffield, Hasleby, Peake.

BEST Richmond: Deledio, Tambling, Jackson, Tuck, Cousins. Fremantle: Sandilands, Johnson, Pavlich, Ibbotson, Broughton.

INJURIES Richmond: White (hamstring), Deledio (finger).

Fremantle: Hill (hip), Headland (hamstring), McPharlin (leg).

UMPIRES Stevic, Dalgleish, Wenn

CROWD 35,391 at Subiaco Oval, Perth

MAIN MEN
There was always only ever going to be one — Ben Cousins. A finger to the cameras, a goal with his first kick, a box-on with Matt de Boer, a running verbal stoush with the Dockers fans — all in the first quarter. As the game wore on, so Cousins wore down his young opponents

TURNING POINT
Trailing at half-time, the headline writers were sharpening their quills in readiness of Terry Wallace's imminent demise. But with Stephen Hill and Des Headland gone for the night with injuries, Brett Deledio went to work in the third term in spectacular fashion to spark five goals in 10 minutes.

THE UPSHOT
Terry Wallace will be given some breathing space with a win that was, then wasn't, then was — until they meet an inform Western Bulldogs on Friday night at least. For Mark Harvey, who had texted Wallace his support through the week, may need some of his own with a trip to Port Adelaide.

http://www.realfooty.com.au/news/rfmatchreport/cousins-to-fore-as-tigers-roar/2009/05/31/1243456792998.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1

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Sorry stats show Freo is more Richmond than Richmond (Australian)
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2009, 02:27:17 PM »
Some journo trying to be humourous...

Sorry stats show Freo is more Richmond than Richmond
George Megalogenis | June 02, 2009 | The Australian

I WOULD like to report that Richmond is either the worst-performed team of the modern era, or the ninth-best.

Either position fits with humanity's sense of where the Tigers were at, are at, and will always be at in the AFL.

What better way to send off coach Terry Wallace than with a record that says more about the club than it does about him? (Because, let's face it, every day of his last four and half years in charge at Punt Road has been about him.)

Yet each time I crunch the stats, I get the same miserable reading: Fremantle is more Richmond than Richmond.

Last Saturday the Dockers hosted the Tigers for the right to be considered the second-worst team since the national competition began 13 years ago with the entry of Port Power and the exit of the old Fitzroy Lions.

In the 12 completed seasons between 1997 and 2008, Richmond was ranked 14th with only Fremantle and Carlton below it.

Defeat on Saturday would have seen the Tigers and the Dockers swap spots on the long ladder. It is doubtful that any player knew the stakes would be so comical. But there was something about the game's mad energy that suggested enough knew they were playing for mediocrity's bragging rights.

The final margin may have been three points, but the finish was as decisive as a 10-goal drubbing. Richmond gave up a lead of almost six goals. They waited til time-on in the last quarter to put Fremantle in front. Surely the team that chokes first dies. But the Dockers gave the Tigers a second life.

Fremantle and Richmond are clubs hopeless enough to feel pity for, but not that much pity you wish them success. The reason being if these teams ever played off in a grand final, you would fear for the mental health of supporters and neutrals alike. Imagine the scene. The scores are level at three-quarter time and the two Matthews, Richardson and Pavlich, are on fire. Each has slotted nine straight, equalling Gary Ablett Sr's record haul. A final-quarter shoot-out beckons.

But they already know the chokers' script. First one Matthew misses, then the other. The last minute of the game grants each the opportunity to seal victory with a pack mark and regulation shot from the goal square. But each mimics the other with the ball tumbling out on the full. Richo draws the biggest groan because his kick shaves the point post. Grand final drawn and the replay is too harrowing to contemplate, so the AFL call it quits.

Now look at the long ladder in detail to draw the obvious high-brow conclusions: The AFL is no place for Melbourne-based clubs.

Geelong is on top, followed by a cluster of interstate sides -- Port Adelaide and Sydney, Adelaide. North Melbourne clings to fifth, then Brisbane, Essendon and West Coast.

Footy socialism, with its draft and salary cap, was supposed to give each club a reasonable crack at a premiership every 16 years. But the contest is rigged for every non-Melbourne club bar Freo.

Melbourne-based optimists would point to last season's first all-Victorian grand final since 2000 as a sign that the interstate cyclone has passed.

But break the long ladder into two six-year blocks and you can see that the Victorian era ended with Brisbane's defeat of Essendon in 2001. In the first six years, between 1997 and 2002, Melbourne clubs held three of the top four positions -- Essendon first, North Melbourne second and the Western Bulldogs fourth.

But the four strongest interstate teams were the same then as they are today -- Brisbane third, Port Adelaide fifth, Adelaide sixth and Sydney seventh. Geelong was eighth in that period.

The punchline belongs to Wallace. He left the Bulldogs in fourth place on the long ladder. Today they are 10th.

He took over a Richmond side at the end of the 2004 season that was 15th on the long ladder. Below him at the time was Fremantle.

Wallace has lifted Richmond by one rung to 14th, while Fremantle has risen by one to 15th.

You really wouldn't want to pick between the two. But last Saturday night the footy gods ruled that Freo was the bigger drama. Sorry Terry, it wasn't about you even then.

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25571804-5012432,00.html

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Re: Sorry stats show Freo is more Richmond than Richmond (Australian)
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2009, 07:00:41 PM »
Some journo trying to be humourous...

Sorry stats show Freo is more Richmond than Richmond
George Megalogenis | June 02, 2009 | The Australian


What a waste that was.  A waste of effort to write, a waste of resources to print and a waste of time to read.  Don't think I've read a more senseless article all year.  Toss-pot.