Nike TN Appreciation Society
- Jul 11, 2017
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- Sheff Wed, Carolina Panthers
Melbourne took an age to break out of the Hawks physical hold at the G but once the likes of Langdon, Pickett, Salem, Petracca and Gawn broke it clear they landed 8-majors in the fourth for 104-54 and 5-0. Between the latter, Oliver and Viney, they’ve the freight to match-up and suddenly seem to have unearthed goalers everywhere, six kicking multiples with Fritsch (hand), Brown and Weideman in the frame for this. The caution is the way they got pinned at times by the Hawks which won’t have gone unnoticed by this visitor, and also the general lack of form in the 5-victims at the time they met (Dockers-Saints-Giants-Cats-Hawks), but with the defence holding to 63-average (2nd), they’re taking it close.
Richmond entered round-5 at 2-2 but the hards displayed in the late part of the loss at Port indicated the unit is coming together and although held for a while by Saints, worked that flag-pretender over. Once they knew they had them caged it turned into a procession, the 80-19 2nd-half making for 134-48 led by another bag for JR and 5-muliple-goalers including Graham (3.0). They may not dent this host so readily at the ball-get via the dominance of Martin, Edwards, and Bolton (92Ds combined, 1G each), and Nankervis (40HOs) won’t receive a free-lunch against Gawn, but when this club gets the roles in sync its proven over and over it can win any which way. They were deadly by hand (185-150) last-out but will likely milk the space off the shoe out of centre on this deck. The high-flying Dees haven’t got close recent times, 0-5 all-grounds since ’16 (average-margin 33), let alone shown they’re equipped to deal with a side that will slip you in a blink, crushing your dream before you’ve dreamt it.
Tigers by 9
I can't help but imagine the media reaction if Lynch makes the slightest contact with May's face.Reckon bringing May back is a risky thing. If he isn't right he'll be sub-standard. So JR and Big Tom Lunch may be hoping to get him