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Tigers battle hard against Demons
By Ben Broad
Sun 08 August, 2010

Melbourne   3.1  7.5  10.10   16.13 (109)
Richmond   2.5  7.6    9.9      11.14 (80)

Melbourne: Dunn 5, Jurrah 4, Green 3, Wonaeamirri, Jones, Watts, Jamar
Richmond:  Cousins 2, White 2, Graham 2, Morton 2, King 2, Riewoldt

Melbourne: Frawley, Jones, Davey, Dunn, Scully, Green, Jurrah, Bruce
Richmond: Cousins, Morton, Jackson, Graham, Moore, Newman
Melbourne: Brent Moloney (corked thigh) replaced in selected side by Nathan Jones
Richmond: Nil

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Vozzo, Schmitt, Jennings

Official crowd: 45,844 at MCG


A GRITTY Richmond has fought hard all day, but a 29-point defeat at the hands of the Demons was the result at the MCG on Sunday afternoon.

In a match of see-sawing momentum, the Demons trailed early before gradually grabbing the ascendancy and kicking clear in the final term to win 16.13 (109) to 11.14 (80).

Melbourne led by just seven points at the final change and its top-eight hopes were in the balance.

But after Tiger Mitch Morton curled one through two minutes in to level the scores, the Demons took control through the middle of the ground and banged home the next four goals.

Melbourne broke out to a 25-point lead before Jake King’s goal gave the Tigers a slim hope, however when Jack Watts found an unmarked Lynden Dunn in the goalquare with five minutes remaining, the unlikely hero booted his fifth to ice the game.

The Tigers were best served by Daniel Jackson (32 touches) who ran with Colin Sylvia, veteran Ben Cousins (26 disposals, two goals) and the improving Mitch Morton (23 possessions, two goals).

For the Dees, Dunn was outstanding, Aaron Davey’s run in the second half was a big factor as was Tom Scully’s, however full back James Frawley was probably best afield as he held Tiger Jack Riewoldt to just one goal and also provided drive. Liam Jurrah booted four and was a constant threat, as was Brad Green with three.

Richmond dominated the opening minutes of the match but it was Jurrah who booted the game’s first, the Demons capatalising on their first inside-50.

Dean Bailey’s men led by a couple of points at the first change but neither side could register consecutive goals until the Tigers benefited from free kicks midway through the second term.

When Morton leapt to take a beauty it was out to 16 points, however two goals in as many minutes to Dunn and one on the stroke of half-time to Green cut the margin to just a point at the long break.

A frenetic third term had plenty of intensity and got fans of both teams off their seats.

Riewoldt was benched midway through the quarter as Frawley continued his superb shut-down role, but the Tiger forward returned to boot his first and keep his team within a kick.

Dunn stepped up on the three-quarter-time siren to roost home a long-range bomb and extend the margin to seven points, although it all boiled down to the final term.

And Melbourne had the answers, keeping alive its finals prospects and setting up a tantalising duel with Hawthorn next week.

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Demons still in finals race with win over Tigers (Herald-Sun)
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2010, 07:52:30 PM »
Demons still in finals race with win over Tigers
Herald Sun
August 08, 2010

MELBOURNE beat Richmond by 29 points at the MCG today to keep its unlikely finals dream alive.

The Demons broke clear in the final term with six goals to two, winning the battle of the league's two emerging sides 16.13 (109) to 11.14 (80).

Lynden Dunn kicked a career-best haul of five goals and full-back James Frawley was outstanding, restricting the league's leading goalkicker Jack Riewoldt to only one major.

The Tigers were left ruing an inability to make the most of their chances after they led the inside 50s at three-quarter time 47-34.

Mitch Morton and Daniel Jackson impressed for the Tigers and Ben Cousins was also in their best players as speculation continues about his future.

There were eight lead changes through to early in the second term as the Tigers threatened to dominate, but the Demons kept it tight.

The Tigers led the inside-50m count 17-8 in the first term, but only led by seven points at the first change.
Richmond finally broke clear with three-straight goals in the second term for a 16-point lead.

Tigers ruckman Andrew Browne added some comedy in the second quarter when the umpire awarded a free kick, but pointed the wrong way.

Browne then nearly kicked the wrong way before realising the error.

Just as Richmond threatened to take control, Dunn kicked two-straight goals, the second a great snap from an acute angle.

Brad Green took a strong mark seconds before the halftime siren and goaled to reduce the margin to one point.

The intensity lifted in the third quarter as first the Demons kicked clear for a 12-point lead.

Melbourne should have gone further ahead, but three bad misses to Liam Jurrah and a controversial decision not to allow Paul Johnson a mark within scoring range cost them.

Two goals to the Tigers again reduced the margin to one point, but Dunn goaled on the siren from 50m.

Richmond dominated the early part of the final term and a goal to Morton levelled the scores.

But the Demons killed off the match, dominating play and kicking four goals in a decisive nine-minute period.

Melbourne: J Frawley L Dunn C Bruce B Green T Scully A Davey N Jones L Jurrah J Rivers.
Richmond: M Morton D Jackson B Cousins C Newman.

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Stats: Tigers vs Demons
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2010, 05:01:15 AM »
Team Stats

Disposals         336 - 360
Efficiency%        73 - 75
Kicks               189 - 198
Handballs        147 - 162
Con. Marks        14 - 8
Uncon. Marks     76 - 80
Tackles             53 - 65
Clearances        33 - 37
Clangers           45 - 53
Hitouts             25 - 42  ( Graham 12, Browne 11 // Jamar 29, Johnson 9 )
Frees                18 - 21
Con. Possies    129 - 132
Uncon. Possies 207 - 223
Inside 50s         58 - 47  :-\
Assists              11 - 20   

Individual Stats

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

Jackson, D      32 63 18 14 0 1 1  3 6 5 4
Cousins, B      26 65 16 10 2 0 0  7 2 2 4 
Newman, C     25 68 16   9 0 1 1  2 1 2 3
Connors, D     23 65 16   7 0 0 1  5 3 0 5
Morton, M      23 91   9 14 2 0 1  3 6 4 1
Moore, K       20 95 11   9 0 0 1 10 3 0 2
Martin, D       19 63 13   6 0 1 1  3 3 4 4
Deledio, B     18 89   8 10 0 0 0  3 1 0 0
Astbury, D     14 71   7   7 0 0 0  4 0 0 3 
Edwards, S    14 79   8   6 0 2 0  5 5 3 0 
Farmer, M     14 57  10   4 0 0 0  6 1 1 5 
Tuck, S         14 71   7   7 0 0 2  3 4 2 1 
White, M       14 79 10   4 2 0 0  4 4 1 1 
King, J          12 92   6   6 2 0 1  1 5 1 2
Browne, A     11 91   2   9 0 0 2  1 0 4 1 
Riewoldt, J    10 40   6   4 1 2 2  1 1 0 1 
Webberley, J 10 70   5   5 0 0 0  5 1 0 0 
Nason, B        9 78   3   6 0 0 0  1 1 2 4 
Thursfield, W  9 78   5   4 0 2 0  4 0 0 1 
Graham, A      7 57   5   2 2 1 0  2 2 2 1 
Hicks, R         7 71   7   0 0 2 1  2 3 0 0 
McGuane, L    5 80   1   4 0 0 0  1 1 0 2 

player           FF FA CP UP I50 A    
Jackson, D       0 2 10 21 8 0   
Cousins, B       1 0  4 20 5 1   
Newman, C      3 0  9 16 5 1   
Connors, D      0 1  6 17 4 0   
Morton, M       2 1 10 13 3 0   
Moore, K        1 1   5 16 1 0   
Martin, D        1 1 10 10 4 1   
Deledio, B      0 0   8 10 1 0   
Astbury, D      1 0   5  9 1 0   
Edwards, S     1 0   5  9 2 0   
Farmer, M       0 3  4 10 3 0   
Tuck, S           1 1  7  8 6 0   
White, M        3 1  7  6 4 3   
King, J           0 2  6  6 4 0   
Browne, A      2 1  9  2 1 0   
Riewoldt, J     0 1  8  3 0 0   
Webberley, J  0 0  2  8 1 0   
Nason, B       0 4  3  6 2 1   
Thursfield, W 1 0  3  6 0 0   
Graham, A     1 0  3  4 0 0   
Hicks, R        0 0  3  4 3 4   
McGuane, L    0 2  2  3 0 0

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Blockbuster two years early (Herald-Sun)
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2010, 05:04:44 AM »
Melbourne still in finals race with win over Richmond
Michael Horan
Herald Sun
August 09, 2010

HAD today's showdown between Melbourne and Richmond at the MCG been played in two or three years from now, it would have had blockbuster written all over it.

Instead, it was a late-season tussle between the 10th-placed Demons and the Tigers, sitting 14th.

One side which has been out of finals contention for months and one, in Melbourne's case, that has a vague hope of sneaking into eighth spot, but none of seriously challenging for the premiership even if it does.

Yet before a healthy crowd of 45,844, the two sides gave a glimpse of happier days ahead as the Demons, after an enthralling arm-wrestle over the first three quarters, ran away to win by 29 points on the back of a 6.3 to 2.5 final term.

The win kept the Dees' finals hopes alive. They still sit 10th, a game and a half behind eighth-placed Sydney.

Should the Swans or Hawthorn falter and Melbourne keeps winning, it may go head-to-head with North Melbourne in the last home-and-away game of the year - a Sunday twilight clash at the MCG - to decide the last finals berth.

Today was a match between two young and emerging sides, which was won by the team a little further down the track in its development.

Richmond had 11 more forward entries and more contested possessions, but was overrun by a better organised unit.

In the opening term the Tigers had 17 inside-50s to eight, yet held just a two-point lead.

They had eight more at halftime but led by one point. And on the siren at three-quarter time the difference was a one point Melbourne's way before Lynden Dunn stretched the difference to seven points with a superb 55m bomb after the bell.

The deficit was wiped out two minutes into the the final quarter and with the scores level for the second time in the game - and after nine lead changes - it was anyone's guess which way the battle of the young tyros would go.

The answer was Melbourne, which put a 26-point space between itself and the black and yellow when it piled on 4.2 to nil in a match-winning nine-minute burst.

And it was who stood up at the crunch that sent the Demon faithful into raptures.

Tom Scully picked up 10 possessions and Jack Watts eight. Liam Jurrah, after four wasteful misses in through the second and third terms, finished the game as he started by kicking two significant goals to finish with four.

Most impressive of the lot was key defender James Frawley. Just 21 years and 58 games young, he took Tiger star Jack Riewoldt to the cleaners, holding him to a single goal and 10 possessions while gathering 16 of his own.

Make no mistake, the better side won, but there was honour in Richmond's defeat.

Like the Dees, the Tigers are on the rise and, as has been their way since Round 10, they kept coming at Melbourne. Even when the game was iced, the endeavour - if not the execution - remained.

Amid the future stars were old heads to help.

Melbourne's final term breakaway was the largely the harvest of veteran Brad Green's polished work and for Richmond Ben Cousins made a 26-possession argument to play on next season.

As the AFL grows over the next couple of seasons with the introduction of Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney, so too will Melbourne and Richmond.

Just a year ago they filled the last two places on the AFL ladder, the Dees claiming the wooden spoon. Today they earned bragging rights and, in the not-too-distant future, both will be playing footy in September.

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Demon Frawley draws first blood (Age)
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2010, 05:08:06 AM »
Demon Frawley draws first blood
August 9, 2010


ONE day, we'll look back and give James Frawley and Jack Riewoldt a scorecard and it will be said that one or the other had the edge, in the same way that Wayne Carey was beaten more often than not by Glen Jakovich and Stephen Silvagni bested the greats of his generation.

Score the first major battle - the first encounter when they've both had form and name recognition - to Frawley, who was perhaps the most influential player afield yesterday, if not the best.

Richmond went forward with greater regularity than the Demons. Despite a one-sided final term, in which the Demons booted six goals to two, Richmond finished with 11 more forward entries. The Tigers didn't convert their attacks into goals as easily as the Dees. In part, this was attributable to superior skill, but also to the Frawley-Riewoldt contest.

''Riewoldt's going to be just a star of the competition. I know he's almost there,'' said Demon coach Dean Bailey. ''But he's going to be a very, very good player. Chipper [Frawley] knew he had his work cut out. I think he sort of stuck at it and even at the end of the game they're both sort of battling hard for that last chance … I thought the contest was terrific and it's probably going to be one that's going to be around for a long time.''

Richmond, at this stage, does't really have another threatening tall target, although Mitch Morton - a middleweight, rather than big-bodied power forward - did his job yesterday. Hence the scoring burden on Riewoldt is excessive.

Frawley did not allow Riewoldt a single mark until time-on of the third term, when Riewoldt marked on the boundary and then booted his only goal. Frawley negated their aerial contests, in which he was assisted both by sloppy Richmond delivery and his experienced teammate Jared Rivers, who is expert in playing as the third man up and lending a hand, or timely fist.

''Jared Rivers came over a few times. It really lifts your spirits when there's someone coming over and helping you out a bit,'' said Frawley.

Next week's job shapes as a tougher ask than round one of yesterday's Gen Y duel. Frawley is the probable opponent for Lance Franklin, who can shred any defence and make any defender seem cumbersome. If ''Chipper'' (so named because his uncle Danny is ''Spud'') avoids the Buddy assignment, then he will get Jarryd Roughead, Hawthorn's inaccurate one.

''I played on Franklin a couple of times,'' said Frawley. ''He's a gun player, everyone knows that.

''I suppose any backman playing on Franklin-Roughead's got his work cut out for them.''

Frawley said it would be a collective effort from the Demons' defence - ''back-line boys will have to help each other out.''

Frawley's greatest physical asset is his closing speed, a trait he shares with his defensive teammate Colin Garland. The pair combined for 15 defensive rebounds yesterday. Frawley also is quick of mind and judges the ball well in flight. Perhaps most critically, he appears to have the competitive edge that seems mandatory for an elite key defender. To be a blue-chip defender requires a blue-collar mindset.

''The thing about Chipper is that he wants to learn,'' said Bailey. ''You know, he really wants to get better. He places huge expectations on himself. He would demand that he plays well every week. And when you're a young defender, you generally play on the best forwards, so you learn pretty quick.''

The Demons had several key performers.

Brad Green booted 3.3, inserting himself into the match at important moments, such as on the half-time siren when he took a splendid stretch mark and kicked a goal. No. 1 draft pick Tom Scully raised his game in the final quarter, when the scores were level, following a Morton goal from the boundary.

Aaron Davey had a hot patch in the third term, while Liam Jurrah booted 4.4 and Linden Dunn slotted 5.1; some of the latter's goals were cheapies, but he was important nonetheless. Nathan Jones, a late inclusion for Brent Moloney, was a busy bee around the ball. Cameron Bruce was steady.

The Tigers had fewer excellent players, with Daniel Jackson, Morton, Chris Newman and Ben Cousins among the minority of effective players. This was odd, considering the inside-50 count and early play favoured Richmond.

The section of the ground where the Demons held sway throughout was their defensive 50-metre arc. In building a team, Garland and especially Frawley will be pillars.

''They're gold to have,'' said Bailey. ''They'' are Melbourne's tall backs, Frawley in particular.

Tom Scully (Melbourne):
In a game with multiple subplots involving individuals, Scully was clearly the most impressive of the top three selections in last year's draft. The No. 1 pick was a significant player in the final-quarter surge that gave the Demons the points, with 10 of his 25 possessions coming in the last term. His ability to win the ball made him among the better Demons.

Mitch Morton (Richmond): Morton has been out of favour for much of this season, with Damien Hardwick showing a clear preference for foot soldiers who follow instructions over flashy showboats. Morton's talent, though, is not in question and his two goals were specials - one from a hanger, the other a snap from the boundary. His work-rate - six tackles, 10 contested possessions - was closer to what the coach likes.

After a Morton goal levelled the scores early in the last quarter, the Demons took command all over the field, used the ball efficiently, and turned what had been a very tight contest into a comfortable margin.

The Tigers had dominated the inside-50 count for much of the game and still finished 11 ahead in what is normally a critical statistic. For much of the first half, they didn't finish or use the ball as well as Melbourne. With Riewoldt nullified, the Tigers didn't have a menacing forward target.

Melbourne: Frawley, Green, Dunn, Scully, Garland, Jones, Bruce, Davey, Jurrah.
Richmond: Jackson, Newman, Morton, Cousins.