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Media articles and Stats: Tigers fall to Hawks by 42 points
« on: August 23, 2009, 02:06:28 AM »
Tigers fall to Hawks by 42 points
By Jennifer Witham
10:22 PM Sat 22 August, 2009

Richmond    2.2    7.3         9.6     14.9 (93)
Hawthorn    2.6    8.11     13.14    20.15 (135)

Richmond: Morton 3, Riewoldt 3, Deledio 2, Tuck 2, Brown, Cousins, Jackson, Tambling
Hawthorn: Franklin 5, Dowler 4, Osborne 3, Kennedy 2, McGlynn 2, Rioli 2, Hodge, Lewis

Richmond: Deledio, Brown, Simmonds, Jackson, White, Cousins
Hawthorn: Franklin, Hodge, Sewell, Dowler, Bateman, Mitchell

Richmond: Thursfield (shoulder), Cousins (concussion), Newman (knee), Jackson (ankle), Edwards (eye)
Hawthorn: Nil

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Kennedy, Nicholls, Hendrie

Official crowd: 34,779 at the MCG


RICHMOND has gone down to Hawthorn by 42 points after being overwhelmed in the second half at the MCG on Saturday night.

The Tigers trailed by just 14 points at half time, but couldn't keep up with the Hawks' 12-goal run after the main break to lose 20.15 (135) to 14.9 (93).

The result keeps the Hawks' remote finals chances alive, and leaves the Tigers with three straight losses ahead of their round 22 trip to Perth to face West Coast.

The return of Graham Polak, who played his first game after a near-fatal collision with a tram last year, was a long-awaited highlight.

Wearing a helmet, Polak started the match in the forward line opposed to Stephen Gilham but spent time at both ends of the ground.

While he amassed only six touches, he repeatedly showed a willingness to put his body on the line.

Brett Deledio was terrific with 36 touches and two goals, while Nathan Brown was prolific with 25. Troy Simmonds, in his first game since he was omitted by Jade Rawlings after round 11, was the best big man afield with 19 touches and 22 hit-outs.

Richmond was restricted after being hit hard by injuries the most serious to Will Thursfield.

The defender left the field in the first quarter with a shoulder injury following a collision with Liam Shiels.

He spent the rest of the game on the bench with his right arm in a sling. He was joined by Ben Cousins for the fourth term after the Brownlow medallist was concussed in a collision with Buddy Franklin.

Chris Newman and Daniel Jackson also picked up injuries and were on the pine when the final siren rang.

It was a slow-starting game with both sides failing to make an impression on the scoreboard early on.

The Hawks had more of the play but the Tigers didn't make life easy for them. Every time Alastair Clarkson's men made a charge, the Tigers were able to halt their momentum.

After an even first term, Franklin's third goal at the 24-minute mark put Hawthorn 27 points in front in the second.

Late goals to Brown and Richard Tambling revived Tiger hopes at the main change.

Richmond again got the first goal of the term when play restarted, with Jack Riewoldt converting after an impressive run from Luke McGuane.

The good work was undone when the next two went Hawthorn's way before Riewoldt kicked his third, but some undisciplined play at the 22-minute mark cost the Tigers dearly.

Cousins was collected by Franklin in the attacking arc, with the ball spilling free for Beau Dowler to collect and direct through for a goal. McGuane then remonstrated for the action by making contact to Osborne's stomach, which gifted the Hawk a free shot.

The double-hit blew the margin to 28 points, and virtually killed the game as a contest.

After the Hawks kicked the opening goal of the fourth through Osborne, the Tigers got a run on with two goals to Shane Tuck and another to Morton to move within 19 points.

But the Hawks kicked the next three, which was enough to end to the Tigers' late charge.

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Hawks don't get it easy in battling win (Age)
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2009, 03:42:22 AM »
Hawks don't get it easy in battling win
Martin Boulton | August 23, 2009

THE equation was simple for Hawthorn at the MCG last night, but Richmond refused to roll over and simply hand the reigning premier renewed hope of squeezing into the top eight.

After losing seven of their previous 10 games, the Hawks had to win last night to keep their finals prospects alive.

In the end, it was the familiar names of spearhead Lance Franklin, vice-captain Luke Hodge, skipper Sam Mitchell and forward magician Cyril Rioli who hauled the Hawks over the line in what began as a dour, tedious struggle between two underachieving sides.

The Tigers, lauded by many before the season as finals contenders, looked far better than their 14th spot on the ladder suggested, while the wrecking machine that did the impossible and snatched last year's flag from Geelong, simply refused to give up.

Richmond opened each of the first three quarters with a goal, but it was the composure and skill of a far more experienced and battle-hardened team that eclipsed the occasionally undisciplined Tigers persistence.

Franklin prowled his attacking 50-metre arc and looked ''on'' from the opening bounce, but failed to register a major score in the first term. However, the reigning Coleman medallist had nine touches in the opening quarter and his hard work ultimately paid off.

He finished with 5.6, 21 disposals and 10 marks, but his bump on Ben Cousins, which left the former Eagles star dazed and confused, could bring Franklin under scrutiny from the match review panel.

As ''Buddy'' threaded his fifth goal midway through the final term, Cousins was confined to the interchange bench.

Jack Riewoldt opened the scoring and when Daniel Jackson goaled from a slight angle midway through the first term the Tigers reared up.

Hawthorn peppered the goals and had eight more entries inside their 50-metre arc, but led by just four points at the first break.

When the Tigers did work forward in the first term they were chased down the wings and, more often than not, cut off by Hawthorn's desperation.

In his first game since being hit by a tram last year, Graham Polak finished with six disposals and a healthy confidence boost.

The 25-year-old finished with modest statistics, but his thirst for the contest was on show when he trapped Hodge, playing his 150th game, in the middle of the ground and dished off a quick, clean handball that led directly to a goal.

Michael Osborne finished with three goals for the Hawks, his first midway through the second quarter pushing them out to a 13-point lead.

Cousins found himself on the end of two handballs a minute later and goaled on the run, cutting the margin to seven points before Franklin was able to mark and boot his second goal.

The goal-for-goal second term rolled on with Rioli and Tigers forward Nathan Brown hitting the scoreboard before Richard Tambling's 50-metre penalty handed Rioli his second goal and the Hawks went to the main break leading by 14 points.

In a largely disappointing year for Hawthorn and coach Alastair Clarkson, Beau Dowler and Josh Kennedy are surely both among the positives.

In his 15th game, Dowler kicked four goals, while Kennedy's 11th game featured 14 contested possessions in his 22 disposals.

Mitchell's influence was keenly felt in the third term when he had 10 touches, while Hodge continued winning the ball and showing flashes of the brilliance that earnt him last year's Norm Smith Medal.

Despite pushing out to a 32-point advantage at the last break, the Hawks had the Tigers on their tail in the final, frenetic term, with goals to Tuck (two) and Morton cutting the margin to 20 points.

What appeared early to be a low-scoring affair between two slightly hesitant teams turned into a desperate struggle, with the Hawks eventually scoring 20 goals and running out 42-point winners in front of almost 35,000 people.

Hawthorn: Mitchell, Hodge, Franklin, Sewell, Kennedy, Dowler, McGlynn.
Richmond: Deledio, Jackson, Brown, Riewoldt, Tuck, Morton, Simmonds.

Richmond: Thursfield (AC joint), Cousins (concussion), Jackson (foot), Newman (knee).

Seemingly every time a pack formed last night Brad Sewell was in the middle of it - and invariably winning the ball and feeding it out to free teammates. While his 11 contested possessions and eight clearances were proof of his impact, Sewell's commitment was just as strong without the ball, finishing with a game-high 12 tackles as well. Lance Franklin has endured a torrid run against the Tigers, having kicked 4.13 in his past two matches against them, and he started in a similarly wayward manner by booting 0.3 in the first quarter. But eventually he claimed a five-goal haul thanks to a strong finish (with six behinds too).

Richmond was only 16 points down into time-on in the third quarter when Ben Cousins tried to weave his way out of Hawthorn's attacking 50 but his head was met flush by Franklin's upper left arm and he collapsed motionless to the turf. Beau Dowler kicked a goal for the Hawks from the spillage, and then Luke McGuane's undisciplined hit to the midriff of Michael Osborne gave the Hawks another goal without even going back to the centre, ending Richmond's comeback.

All Hawks fans must barrack vociferously for Fremantle today, because if Essendon wins over in Perth then the defending premier's slim hopes of a finals berth will officially be extinguished. If the Dockers win, next weekend's Hawks-Bombers clash will be crucial. While the end of the season can't come quickly enough for most Tigers supporters, for Jade Rawlings next weekend's away clash with West Coast means the end of his immediate senior coaching career. For over-30s like Nathan Brown and Troy Simmonds, it could even be their last game.

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Hawks finals fate in Dockers' hands (Age)
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2009, 03:43:46 AM »
Hawks finals fate in Dockers' hands
Jesse Hogan | August 23, 2009

HAWTHORN's morale-boosting 42-point thumping of Richmond will be in vain unless Fremantle is able to knock off Essendon today.

A seven-goal last quarter from the Hawks killed off the contest and lifted them to ninth position, level on wins with the eighth-placed Bombers. But a win by the Bombers today would lock down the final eight with the defending premier outside, courtesy of Essendon's two extra premiership points from its recent draw with the Brisbane Lions.

''I will watch it with a little bit of interest obviously because if Fremantle win then our finals chances are still alive,'' Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson said after the match.

While Hawthorn's finals chances were looking hopeless after Port Adelaide kicked 10 first-quarter goals against the Lions last night, Clarkson said the coaching panel did not hear about that lightning start - nor the Lions' ultimately successful comeback - until well after the match had finished.

''It's extraordinary the way the season's panning out, but it might all be extinguished tomorrow. It could be big smiles tonight, sad faces tomorrow,'' he said.

''We don't deserve to be playing finals footy with the way that we've played over the bulk of the season. If we manage to limp in there, we'll take it and hope we can progress as far as we can.''

Hawthorn dominated the inside-50s all night but had little to show for it, with Richmond only 16 points behind entering time-on in the third quarter when star midfielder Ben Cousins was knocked out in a collision with Hawks spearhead Lance Franklin (who also kicked five goals). Cousins' head was met strongly by Franklin's upper arm in a bump, although the Hawk may escape the attention of the match review panel because he kept his elbow in.

''It was a pretty big hit,'' Tigers caretaker coach Jade Rawlings said. ''It looked like he was pretty keen to stay on but with the way he walked he was walking in a totally different direction to where the interchange bench was, suggesting he was in a pretty bad way. It was a no-risk policy not putting him on in the last quarter.''

Luke McGuane may be cited by the match review panel for a behind-the-play blow to the midriff of Michael Osborne just after Cousins was felled. The incident cost the Tigers a free-kick, which allowed Hawthorn to kick two goals without the ball going back to the centre, increasing the Hawks' lead from 16 points to 28.

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Lance Franklin's high five as Hawthorn's finals hopes alive (Herald-Sun)
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2009, 04:25:30 AM »
Lance Franklin's high five as Hawthorn's finals hopes alive
Jay Clark | August 22, 2009 10:30pm

IT was a stage meant for Graham Polak but, like a true showman, it was Lance Franklin who stole the spotlight in the win that kept Hawthorn's finals hopes alive.

The Hawks' focal point revived bursts of his superstar form from last year to kick 5.6 in the comfortable 42-victory over Richmond at Etihad Stadium.

But the killer blow was not delivered from the meaty part of his left boot, it was the pointy part of his shoulder which levelled Tigers' ball-magnet Ben Cousins late in the third term.

Like a freight train, Franklin tucked his elbow in and cannoned into Cousins who was knocked on his back and seemingly concussed by the force of the blow.

The bump, deemed a legal one by the umpires, forced Cousins off for the rest of the game and cast doubt over whether the former Eagle will make his anticipated Perth homecoming next week.

It also left the Tigers seeing stars as Hawthorn conjured a double goal from the incident.

Beau Dowler goaled seconds after Cousins was decked and then Luke McGuane retalliated to the situation by whacking Michael Osborne inside-50m.

The two strikes built a 28-point buffer and ensured the Hawks' ran out easy winners in Luke Hodge's 150th match, 20.15 (135) to 14.9 (93).

Hodge, down for almost the entire season, was fantastic along with Brad Sewell and Sam Mitchell in a midfield brigade that tried desperately to make a stand last night.

In truth, this was a match Hawthorn should never have lost anyway given that it clearly had too much midfield class for Richmond and consequently dominated possession for most of the night.

While the Hawks reamain a faint hope of playing finals, depending on the outcome of other matches, they will certainly sweat the video review of the Franklin incident.

Firstly, there was the initial shoulder that made contact to Cousins' head, then the tangle on the ground.

Regardless, Franklin was still the star for much of the evening as he proved the difference amid an otherwise new-look Hawthorn forward line that experimented with its structure.

Richmond deserved credit for the way it fought to the end to put behind it a horrid month that almost certainly burnt any chance Jade Rawlings had of winning the Tigers' coaching job.

Richmond trailed by 14 points at the half but were blown away as the Hawks' forward machine clicked and the floodgates opened in the last term with seven goals to five.

Continuing his stellar second half of the season, Brett Deledio, with 36 touches, was the standout for Richmond displaying much of the skill and poise that made him a No. 1 draft pick.

Nathan Brown was an interesting case as he played largely midfield last night in a bid to revive a career that looked almost certain to end this year, after a shocker against Collingwood last week.

He finished with 25 possessions, and, while he was by no means spectacular, he provided an accurate kick forward at times when Richmond really needed one.

Daniel Jackson worked hard but limped off late with a leg injury while Mitch Morton and Jack Riewoldt provided classy finishes when they were presented decent opportunity.

For Josh Kennedy, the Hawk who wore the brunt of their Round 17 loss to the Cats with a ill-timed handpass to Franklin, there was an eerily similar mishap.

This time, as he ran into an open goal in the third term, Kennedy opted against handballing to a screaming Franklin in the goalsquare, and instead tried to go it alone, dodging his opponent.

The same outcome awaited him, however, as Kelvin Moore, in an act of pure desperation a la Geelong's Andrew Mackie, tackled Kennedy to the ground from behind, at point blank range.

Franklin was in everything, and had his radar been more finely-tuned, and he played with a more selfish attitude, he could have kicked a big bag.

Importantly, Franklin's work-rate was arguably the best as it has been all season as he committed himself to almost every contest with menacing intent.

Indeed, some of that familiar brilliance returned as he swooped upon a handball, brushed aside two tacklers and found space to poke a goal, amid three rivals on his non-preferred right side, to give the Hawks a 27-point buffer in the second term.

But the Tigers, admirably, never gave in, closing the gap to 15 points at the half.

Polak had a largely quiet game, although his performance on the night was irrelevant in comparison to the courage he has shown coming back from his life-threatening head injury.

Still, his effort to dive in for a hard ball that made its way through Brown into the vacant arms of Morton in the goalsquare, captaured everyone's heart in the second quarter.

Teammates rushed to Polak, who finished with six touches, providing arguably the highlight of the night, and the entire MCG appluaded him.

The second stanza was an improvement on an awfully scrappy first term fought out between two teams who have spluttered their way through a disappointing season.

It was ugly stuff, with neither side able to break free of the other from what seemed like a record number of first quarter stoppages. Imagine ants stuck in treacle.

Franklin, thankfully, threatened from the start, but his attitude was one of complete team-orientation.

His decision, for example, to chip to a manned-up teammate from the pocket where he usually loves to run around and dob goals on the left, exemplified the unselfishness.

Hawthorn: B Sewell L Franklin L Hodge S Mitchell C Rioli J Kennedy.
Richmond: B Deledio J Riewoldt S Tuck D Jackson N Brown.,26576,25966061-19742,00.html

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Stats: Tigers -v- Hawks
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2009, 04:42:21 AM »
Team Stats

Disposals:          344 - 410
Efficiency%:         70 - 73
Kicks:                191 - 187
Handballs:          153 - 223
Con. Marks:           9 - 10
Uncon. Marks:      80 - 62
Tackles:               87 - 77  :o
Clearances:          37 - 45
Clangers:             47 - 52
Hitouts:               48 - 46   ( Simmonds 22, Graham 16, Jackson 5, Rance 3 // Bailey 23, Renouf 20 )
Frees:                 23 - 20
Con. Possies:     119 - 139
Uncon.Possies:   221 - 268
Inside 50s:          39 - 66  :help
Assists:              14 - 20

Individual Stats

player          D EFF% K H G B CM UM T CL C

Deledio, B      36  78 13 23 2 1 1 4 7 4 1 
Brown, N       25  60 14 11 1 0 0 3 3 6 3 
Jackson, D     24  63 16   8 1 0 0 6 8 2 6 
Tambling, R   22  59 15   7 1 0 0 6 6 6 3
Tuck, S         22  73 11 11 2 0 3 7 2 2 4 
Simmonds, T 19  47   9 10 0 0 0 5 6 3 6 
Polo, D          18  61 13   5 0 0 1 6 5 0 1 
Cousins, B     17  71   9   8 1 0 0 4 7 1 0 
Rance, A        17  88 10   7 0 1 0 4 4 2 0 
White, M        17  76 11   6 0 0 0 4 5 1 4 
Morton, M      16  94   9   7 3 0 2 5 3 2 1 
Edwards, S    13  69   5   8 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 
McGuane, L   13   62   7   6 0 0 0 5 1 0 3
Nahas, R       13   54 10   3 0 3 0 4 8 2 2 
Thomson, A  13   69   3 10 0 0 0 0 7 4 1 
Graham, A    11   73   3   8 0 1 1 2 5 0 6 
McMahon, J   11   64   8   3 0 0 0 3 3 0 1
Newman, C   11   82   9   2 0 1 0 1 2 1 1 
Riewoldt, J    10   50   8   2 3 2 1 4 1 0 2 
Moore, K        9 100   6   3 0 0 0 4 2 1 0
Polak, G         6 100   1   5 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 
Thursfield, W 1 100   1   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 

player          FF FA CP UP I50 A   
Deledio, B      1 1 14 21 5 1     
Brown, N       0 0 10 15 4 1     
Jackson, D     2 2  6 18 3 2       
Tambling, R   0 1   6 17 3 1       
Tuck, S         1 2   9 14 3 0     
Simmonds, T 2 0   7 12 0 0       
Polo, D          2 0   6 12 2 0       
Cousins, B     0 0   2 16 2 1       
Rance, A        4 0   6 11 1 1       
White, M        2 2   7 10 2 1       
Morton, M      2 0   7   9 2 1       
Edwards, S    1 1   9   5 0 1       
McGuane, L    1 2   3   9 1 0     
Nahas, R        0 2   4   9 1 2       
Thomson, A   1 1   6   7 1 0       
Graham, A     1 5   4   7 1 0     
McMahon, J    0 0   1   9 2 0     
Newman, C    0 1   3   5 4 1     
Riewoldt, J     1 0   4   5 1 0       
Moore, K       1 0   3   6 1 1     
Polak, G        1 0   2   3 0 0       
Thursfield, W 0 0   0   1 0 0

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Rawlings aftermatch media conference
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2009, 05:18:45 AM »
Jade Rawlings in his aftermatch media conference...

Rawlings praised his players for "sticking to the task" in what he labelled "trying circumstances" towards the end of the game, when the Tigers had a heavily restricted bench.

He also said they had responded well to an honest week at the club following back to back heavy losses to the Sydney Swans and Collingwood.

"There have been unacceptable performances over the past two weeks, and we dealt with that on Monday," he said.

"It was a positive week for our leadership group. They were able to admit they were struggling mentally with where they were at, and I was probably looking to bring out the bat and crack it a little bit.

"We had a good open forum on Monday and they realised they had to accept responsibility for their performance and couldn't tuck it under the carpet.

"The way they performed this week on the track, and then they were able to commit their bodies tonight the endeavour generally was there."