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Young Tigers go down to Pies
Fri 05 March, 2010

Richmond's recent NAB Challenge form was halted by Collingwood at Visy Park today.

The Tigers went down by 28 points, but fought back from a 39-point half time deficit and gave many of the Club's youngsters a chance to play against quality opposition.

Richmond    2.0,  4.1,   8.5,     9.8.62
Collingwood 3.4, 9.10, 11.11, 11.24.90

Goals: Morton 4, King 2, Polo, Vickery, Roberts
Best: Collins, White, Webberley, Tuck, McMahon

Both teams went into the match undermanned - Richmond rested the likes of Brett Deledio, Chris Newman, Ben Cousins, Trent Cotchin and Dustin Martin.

The Magpies were wasteful - including a goalless, 13-behind fourth quarter, but an undermanned Tigers team kept in touch for the majority of the match.

The damage was done in the second quarter, when Collingwood managed six goals to two.

Richmond will play one final match in the NAB Challenge series next week. Stay tuned to for match details.

See below for a quarter-by-quarter summary of the match.

Richmond 2.0.12 to Collingwood 3.4.22
Goals: Morton, Polo
Goal sequence: R,C,R,C,C.

A free flowing contest in the first quarter. Mitch Morton kicked the first goal within a minute, and the Tigers held sway for the first 15 minutes. Dean Polo started up forward and kicked a goal on 22 minutes, but Collingwood controlled the final stages of the quarter and kicked three of the last four goals.

Richmond 4.1.25 to Collingwood 9.10.64
Goals: Morton 3, Polo
Goal sequence: C,R,C,C,C,R,C,C.

Morton's second goal of the match kept the Tigers in the hunt early in the quarter, but the Pies took over after that, kicking three quick goals to establish a handy lead. Morton then provided the highlight of the first half - a freakish snap from the boundary, 40 metres out. The Pies kicked the final two goals of the term to lead by 39 points at the main break.

Richmond 8.5.53 to Collingwood 11.11.77
Goals: Morton 4, King 2, Polo, Vickery
Goal sequence: R,R,C,C,R,R.

The Tigers came out with more fight in the third quarter, with goals to Jake King and Tyrone Vickery bringing the team within striking distance. But two quick goals from the Pies undid all the hard work, until King slammed through his second of the quarter and Morton capitalised on some Troy Taylor magic to kick his fourth of the match and give the Tigers momentum going into the final stanza.

Richmond 9.8.62 to Collingwood 11.24.90
Goals: Morton 4, King 2, Polo, Vickery, Roberts
Goal sequence: R.

Collingwood enjoyed all the possession and territory in the last quarter but couldn't put it on the scoreboard. A total of 13 behinds were kicked by the Pies before Relton Roberts produced a wonderful goal in the dying stages for the Tigers. In the end the margin was 28 points.
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Pies off line but in front (Age)
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Pies off line but in front
March 6, 2010


COLLINGWOOD 3.4 9.10 11.11 11.24 (90)
RICHMOND       2.0  4.1    8.5    9.8 (62)

Collingwood: McCarthy 2, Anthony 2, Corrie 2, Barham, Jolly, Ball, Sinclair, Lockyer. Richmond: Morton 4, King 2, Polo, Vickery, Roberts.

Collingwood: McCarthy, Lockyer, Wellingham, Anthony, Ball, Sinclair. Richmond: Tuck, Jackson, Morton.

2000 (approx) at Visy Park.

COLLINGWOOD won a lopsided NAB Challenge match against Richmond by 28 points yesterday, but still has plenty of room to improve before its season begins against the Western Bulldogs on March 28.

After controlling most of the contest at Visy Park the Magpies kicked 13 straight points in the last term, failing to register a major score.

Assistant coach Scott Watters said afterwards there was ''always positives and negatives'' in games and keeping the ball in their attacking zone at least gave them opportunity to kick goals.

''Did we convert as well as we'd like to? No, but at the start of the year it seems to be one of the last things you need to refine,'' he said.

''The good thing was we were able to keep that ball [up forward] for a long period of time.''

Both sides emerged unscathed from the game and Watters said recruits Luke Ball and ruckman Darren Jolly were both delivering in their early days at the club.

''Their impact on the field has been very good and 'Bally' put in a pretty polished performance today,'' he said.

''Darren Jolly is going to be a really handy player for us, he didn't kick well today, but he's definitely a threat when he goes into [an attacking] role.''

The Tigers struggled to get the ball forward. Mitch Morton kicked three of their four goals to half-time, while Dean Polo contributed one goal from a set shot late in the first term.

Morton kicked the first goal of the game, but Collingwood defenders Ben Reid, Simon Prestigiacomo and skipper Nick Maxwell repelled the Tigers' few forays forward in the opening half.

Richmond also suffered from turnovers and fumbled the ball at crucial times which allowed the Magpies to sweep the ball forward time and again. By half-time Collingwood had 19 scoring shots to Richmond's five.

Graham Polak played forward alongside Morton, but had little impact, while rookie Relton Roberts made the most of his chances by pumping the ball forward from half-back. The 24-year-old slipped in and out of the contest after half-time.

John Anthony had two goals for the Magpies by half-time and took several contested marks when he was outnumbered.

Without Scott Pendlebury, Alan Didak, Dane Swan, Dale Thomas, Heath Shaw, Dane Beams, Harry O'Brien, Leigh Brown and Leon Davis the Magpies still showed too much class for the Tigers, who went in without regular players Ben Cousins, Jack Riewoldt, Trent Cotchin, Nathan Foley, Richard Tambling and skipper Chris Newman. Highly rated first-round draft pick Dustin Martin was also rested after two impressive pre-season games.

Watters said the absence of so many regular Magpies gave valuable game time to less experienced players.

''Young Benny Sinclair has been a real revelation so far and some of his pressure today for a young player was outstanding,'' he said. ''Sharrod [Wellingham] stepped into a bit more of a midfield role and showed he's not out of his depth there.''

The second half began more productively for Richmond with goals from Tyrone Vickery and two from Jake King.

Morton kicked his fourth straight goal to help narrow the gap, but ex-Lion Anthony Corrie continued his good work from the first-half and bobbed up with his second goal for the Magpies.

''Corrie has probably been starved of opportunities over the past two or three weeks and he grabbed his opportunity today, a couple of great chase down tackles and his intensity was very good,'' Watters said.

Travis Cloke (with more fresh ink on his back than a printing factory) celebrated his birthday with a win, but had a quiet day for the Maggies.

The margin was back to 24 points at the last break largely due to Richmond's improved attack on the ball.

A lacklustre contest deteriorated in the final term to the point of absurdity with the Magpies failing to add a goal.

New Tiger coach Damien Hardwick has one more hit-out before his side takes on Carlton in the opening match of the season.

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Old habits back to torment Tigers (Herald-Sun)
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Old habits back to torment Tigers
  * Mark Robinson
  * Herald Sun
  * March 06, 2010

RICHMOND left most of its good habits in Yea last weekend, for yesterday's practice match was the Tigers of old, if not worse.

Understrength and underwhelming, especially in the first half, the Tigers were beaten by Collingwood by 28 points at Visy Park and if not for Mitch Morton (four goals) and midfielder Daniel Jackson, the margin would have been far greater.

And a blowout was there for the taking until Collingwood kicked 13 behinds in the final quarter.

It's not exactly doom and gloom for the Tigers, as the emphasis was on youth yesterday, but the skill errors from the yellow and blacks, which led to turnover after turnover, were intolerable.

Yesterday also gave fans their first glimpse this year of dynamic Collingwood pair Jack Anthony and Josh Fraser.

Anthony kicked two goals, while Fraser rucked solidly with Darren Jolly but did not spend a lot of time forward.

The final score was 11.24 (90) to 9.8 (62).

By halftime the Magpies had kicked 9.10 to 4.1 and dominated all over the ground.

The Tigers outscored the Pies by four goals to two in the third term, but their efforts petered out in the final quarter in a game that rapidly lost appeal.

The term's only goal came from Richmond rookie Relton Roberts.

The Tigers were without Brett Deledio, Ben Cousins, Chris Newman, Jack Riewoldt, Nathan Foley and youngster Dustin Martin, and most of the players on the park yesterday couldn't match it against the stronger, more experienced Magpies.

They too were missing stars: Alan Didak, Leon Davis, Scott Pendlebury, Dane Swan and Heath Shaw, plus Leigh Brown, Dale Thomas, Harry O'Brien, Ben Johnson and Dayne Beams.

Excluding Morton, the Tigers were average in attack against Simon Prestigiacomo, Tyson Goldsack, Nick Maxwell and a solid Ben Reid.

Tiger Alex Rance played forward and looked out of sorts, dropping or missing several attempted marks, youngster Troy Taylor had a handful of touches, at one time dancing around an opponent to hand Morton his fourth goal.

Mitch Farmer was steady across half-back, Daniel Jackson was a star in the middle, Shane Tuck worked his way into it while a fiery Jake King kicked two goals and roused the small crowd with a bit of push and shove in the final quarter with Travis Cloke and Fraser.

For the Magpies, Sharrod Wellingham found plenty of the ball but was let down by his lack of awareness, while a two-goal effort from McCarthy could spark a season in which he announces himself.

Collingwood's leading possession winners were Wellingham (22), McCarthy (20) and Luke Ball (20).