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Media articles and Stats: Tiger grit not enough against Port
« on: August 29, 2010, 07:16:07 PM »
Tiger grit not enough
richmondfc.com.au
By Adam McNicol
4:48 PM Sun 29 August, 2010



RICHMOND failed to produce a fairytale finish to Ben Cousinsí career, with the Tigers falling 10 points short of a remarkable come-from-behind victory over Port Adelaide at Etihad Stadium.

Having trailed by 59 points early in the third quarter, the Tigers closed to within three at the 13-minute mark of the last term.

And they looked to have taken the lead when Troy Taylor snapped the ball through shortly after, only for the umpire to award a free kick to Port Adelaide defender Troy Chaplin for holding.

The Power then steadied late in the game to win 18.14 (122) to 16.16 (112).

The result made it five victories in the seven games since Matthew Primus took over as caretaker coach.

However, most of the 37,674-strong crowd was there to see Cousins run around in the AFL for the final time, and when he entered the fray after starting on the interchange bench, the Tiger fans cheered his every move.

Although restricted by a hamstring injury, the 2005 Brownlow Medallist battled bravely to finish with 21 possessions.

He was given a standing ovation by the Richmond supporters as he ran a lap of honour following the final siren.

Earlier in the afternoon, the Tigers booted the first two goals of the match, before their skill-errors allowed the Power to take control.

The visitors capitalised by kicking 10 goals to one in the second quarter, during which Robbie Gray provided the highlight of the term when he put through a brilliant snap from deep in the forward pocket.

By the long break, the visitors were 53 points up and match seemed over.

The second half was more of a contest, but the Power held on to win their 10th game of the season.

Travis Boak ended the game with 31 possessions and best-on-ground honours, while Daniel Stewart kicked four goals.

Mitch Morton, Dustin Martin and Brett Deledio were Richmondís most effective contributors.

Morton and Jake King both kicked three goals, while Jack Riewoldt, who had already been confirmed as the Coleman Medallist, also booted three majors, taking his seasonís tally to 78.

Richmond        2.6   3.9    9.13   16.16 (112)
Port Adelaide   2.6  12.8  14.11   18.14 (122)

GOALS
Richmond: Morton 3, King 3, White 2, Post 2, Cotchin 2, Riewoldt 2, Nahas, Collins
Port Adelaide: D Stewart 4, Boak 3, Logan 2, P Stewart 2, Gray 2, Westhoff, Brogan, Cassisi, Rodan, Davenport

BEST
Richmond: Deledio, Morton, Martin, King, Tuck, White, Cotchin
Port Adelaide: Boak, Brogan, D Stewart, Cornes, Rodan, Logan

INJURIES
Richmond: Nil
Port Adelaide: Salter and Hitchcock replaced in the selected side by Pettigrew and Davenport

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Margetts, Findlay, Bowen

Official crowd: 37,674 at Etihad Stadium

http://www.richmondfc.com.au/news/newsarticle/tabid/6301/newsid/101414/default.aspx

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Ben Cousins bows out in Richmond defeat against Port Adelaide (H-Sun)
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2010, 07:21:26 PM »
Ben Cousins bows out in Richmond defeat against Port Adelaide

    * Jon Ralph
    * From: Herald Sun
    * August 29, 2010 7:01PM


BEN Cousins waltzed around in second gear in hamstring preservation mode.

Jack Riewoldt's Coleman Medal party fizzled and spluttered like no one had got their invitation.

Yet such was the rollicking, unpredictable nature of the 10-point loss against Port Adelaide that everyone went home happy.

In a Round 22 contest that by any measure was truly inconsequential, it mattered little that Cousins ultimately ended up as a liability.

He lasted out the afternoon on one leg, the Tigers faithful got to cheer Coleman winner Riewoldt, and Port coach Matthew Primus surely got the contract-sealing win he so desired.

In between, Richmond and the Power shared 34 goals in a fast-track shootout and a period each of outright dominance.

Most of it was truly enthralling to watch.

First Port Adelaide's 10 second-quarter goals set up a 59-point lead as Richmond plumbed new depths of ineptitude.

Then Richmond had the Tiger army up and about with 10 of the next 11 goals to draw within three points.

A free kick given away as Troy Taylor looked set to snatch the lead with a goal-mouth snap was as close as Richmond got before Port Adelaide steadied.

Coach Damien Hardwick said as critical as the free kick against Andrew Collins was, no side deserves to win from 59 points down.

"(The air) certainly went out of me. I was celebrating like a two-bob watch on the sidelines,'' Hardwick said.

''It was a hand in the back, and by the letter of the law it was there."

On a day when Essendon's coach was sacked, Richmond and Hardwick would be aware the loss itself was far from terminal.

Riewoldt scrounged three goals and was totally deserving of the Coleman, but Cousins five kicks and 16 handballs were a modest return.

To be blunt, he may have run his farewell lap quicker than during his afternoon's toil, but no harm was done.

Deserving or not, he got a hero's farewell and can descent into the night with legacy intact.

Cousins aside, there was plenty of more lasting consequences for both sides.

Primus showed that if he gets the coaching position next year he will have some elite kids to work with.

Travis Boak finally started playing like Joel Selwood, the player picked one selection behind him three seasons ago.

He might have played the best game of his career, and pre-match Dean Laidley labelled injured onballer Hamish Hartlett the best kid he had ever seen.

Justin Westhoff continued his progress, Daniel and Paul Stewart shared six goals between them, and Tom Logan bobbed up with a pair of goals.

There was plenty to like about the Tiger cubs too.

Mitch Morton has saved his career of late with a move to the wing, and Troy Taylor makes mistakes by the fistful but has raw talent.

Hardwick has tried more than 40 players and even if the club dumps seven or eight players the talent is there to mould next year.

"Dylan Grimes I thought for his first game was very, very good. He won some key contests and was Dave Gourdis as well. We have to continue playing those guys,'' he said.

"What (Mitch) does is he has an ability to kick goals but he can also find the ball 25 times, which is why we moved him to the midfield. Mitch to his credit suggested that, so we have found a real damaging wingman.

"We think Troy's going to be a long-term player for us. He's had a rough 12 months, and he has taken some time to settle in Melbourne but he's now on the right track. With a great leadership group around him he's going to be a very good player for us."

Sunday, though, was about Cousins.

Everything about him has been a circus from start to finish, but Richmond will be a less colourful place without him.

Will Hardwick miss the crazy factor?

"As funny as it sounds, I reckon I will. It's amazing what a crowd he brings to the place."

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/afl-round-22-tigers-v-power/story-e6frf9jf-1225911494631

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Re: Media articles and Stats: Tiger grit not enough against Port
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2010, 08:11:46 PM »

The second half was more of a contest, ...

Really?  13-7 to 6-6 would suggest it was no more a contest than the 2nd quarter.  "The 2nd half turned the game into a contest" - maybe that would have been better to use for someone paid to write about football games.  :wallywink

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Re: Ben Cousins bows out in Richmond defeat against Port Adelaide (H-Sun)
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2010, 08:48:22 PM »
A free kick given away as Troy Taylor looked set to snatch the lead with a goal-mouth snap was as close as Richmond got before Port Adelaide steadied.

Coach Damien Hardwick said as critical as the free kick against Andrew Collins was, no side deserves to win from 59 points down.

"(The air) certainly went out of me. I was celebrating like a two-bob watch on the sidelines,'' Hardwick said.

''It was a hand in the back, and by the letter of the law it was there."
That free seemed to suck the life out of our momentum. I was up jumping around too with everyone else going nuts and celebrating until the guy in front of me turns around and says it's not a goal and the ump's paid a free. @#%&! :scream.
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Tigers of old, the good and the bad (Age)
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2010, 12:30:35 AM »
Tigers of old, the good and the bad
Martin Blake
August 30, 2010



IN the end, Richmond's day mirrored its season. It was at once a day and year of great strides, yet little tangible progress, and a 15th placing.

Fifteen minutes into the last quarter of yesterday's pulsating game at the Docklands, Damien Hardwick's emerging team was on the cusp of pulling off one of the great heists.
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Having trailed by a whopping 59 points early in the third quarter, the Tigers had booted the first four goals of the final term after a strong finish to the third to move within a kick of Port.

The momentum appeared to be unstoppable; each of the 37,674 crowd provided an extra set of legs, so it seemed.

Richmond sent the ball to the top of the square where Troy Taylor picked up the crumbs from the marking contest and left-footed it through. The crowd exulted.

Down on the boundary, even Hardwick was moved. ''I was celebrating like a two-bob watch down there,'' he said later.

But it was a mirage. Taylor's goal was disallowed, an off-the-ball free kick paid against Andrew Collins to Port's Troy Chaplin. The air fizzed out of Richmond's cause in an instant.

Port booted the next three goals to ice it, although the Tigers were still coming at the finish, trying to extract a win to send off the retiring Ben Cousins. They fell 10 points short.

Ultimately they were made to pay for a mistake-riddled second quarter in which they were opened up to the tune of 10 Port Adelaide goals, most of them from dreadful turnovers.

After the game, Hardwick poured on the perspective. ''He (Hardwick) said to us: 'Enjoy the time off, but remember we're 15th in the AFL','' said Mitch Morton, whose 28 disposals and three goals almost turned the match. ''If anyone's getting ahead of themselves, they're kidding themselves.''

Outside of that dreadful 30 minutes of the second quarter Richmond was the better side, and substantially. But what began with Robin Nahas' errant handball a minute into the second stanza turned from a spotfire to a raging blaze of ineptitude. Brett Deledio turned it over for another Port goal. It was contagious.

Hardwick, whose own description of the quarter was ''horrendous'', noted that at one point of that quarter Richmond simply refused to kick the Sherrin. It was that comedic.

Said Morton: ''We just went away from our game plan. We lost by 10 points, but we probably couldn't have played a better game in terms of what we did wrong and what we did well in terms of our game play. In the second quarter we went away from our game plan and we got blown out of the water.

''Third and fourth quarter we went back to the game plan and won the quarters. It's pretty simple. It's about having the courage to stick to it.''

Port was paced throughout by on-baller Travis Boak, who showed why there was such a fuss before the Power managed to secure his signature with a best-on-ground 31 disposals and three goals.

Boak was magnificent and when the game went on the line, he found space to kick one goal then set up the next one. He never wilted to the finish; nor did ruckman Dean Brogan, nor rookie forward Daniel Stewart, who kicked four goals.

Richmond also had fine individual players on the day. Notably Morton was inspirational, Trent Cotchin tunnelled in at the stoppages all day and Jake King completed his finest season with a great small forward's game.

Jack Riewoldt was swamped by Port defenders from start to finish but still managed to kick three goals to finish with 78 for the season and the Coleman Medal.

Port greeted him with not just one opponent [Alipate Carlile] but a few others, too. Each time it was bombed to Riewoldt, two and three Port players swept across, left their own men, and leapt over Riewoldt.

Hardwick marked the season as a pass, but only just. ''We wanted to see from a coaching point of view a style that we could say 'that's our game'. That's how it's going to pan out.

''We've still got a lot of work to do in a lot of areas.''

PLAYER WATCH
Ben Cousins (Richmond):
Came on to the ground to strong applause at the six-minute mark, having passed fitness tests on his sore hamstring. Was on and off the bench and made some slick interventions, linking up play. Fought to the end and finished with 21 disposals in his final game.

Dean Brogan (Port Adelaide): Monstered the inexperienced Angus Graham in the ruck, giving the younger man a clinic in body-positioning. Was a pivotal player in the win along with best-afield Travis Boak.

WHERE THE MATCH WAS WON
After the scores were level at quarter-time, Port smashed Richmond with 10 goals to one in the second quarter behind Dean Brogan's ruck dominance and Travis Boak's efficiency at ground level. The Tigers found the margin too great to bridge.

WHERE THE MATCH WAS LOST
Richmond's disposal and decision-making reached amateurish levels during the second term. The Tigers handed the Power a string of early goals with turnovers and sniffing a kill, Port was more than ready to take advantage. Richmond surged back to within a kick in the final quarter but an off-the-ball free kick that denied Troy Taylor his crumbed goal snuffed out the challenge.

BEST
Port Adelaide: Boak, Brogan, D Stewart, Carlile, Rodan, Logan, Westhoff, K Cornes.
Richmond: Morton, King, Cotchin, Newman, Martin, Nahas, Edwards, Moore.

http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/tigers-of-old-the-good-and-the-bad-20100829-13xle.html