Blog log from R10 of 2019: Richmond vs Essendon

The rain is bucketing down here at Dreamtime at the G as the siren is about to start. And judging by the radar, it won’t be stopping anytime soon. Game on! (Q1 0:00)
Stack makes the wet footy look dry as he picks it up and slices through traffic. He offloads to Edwards who shoots from outside 50 but it’s punched over the line for a minor score. (Q1 5:01)
McIntosh’s effort to get a boot in and surge the footy forward sets up Higgins to snap on his right from 40. Jack kicks the first major of the evening! (Q1 12:16)
Castagna is able to squeeze a hurried kick on goal from the pocket but it’s affected by the tackle and barely scrapes in for a minor score. (Q1 16:33)
From the wing, Andrew McGrath sends the footy inside 50. Begley gets separation and clunks the mark in front of Broad. He lines up from 45, missing to the right. (Q1 17:32)
McDonald-Tipungwuti catches Martin HTB with a terrific chase. He sends it inside 50 where Stringer is able to crumb and snap from 35m, albeit inaccurately. (Q1 21:43)
High contact is called against Broad for sliding into McDonald-Tipungwuti’s head. Anthony’s attempt from 40m on a moderate angle misses narrowly. (Q1 28:03)
Bellchambers is penalised for high contact in a ball-up situation in Richmond’s forward pocket. Hooker shoves Lynch to the ground, giving away 50m and making Tom a certain scorer. (Q2 5:12)
Stack is caught HTB in a Laverde tackle, however, the Bomber can’t convert his 35m, 45-degree set shot. (Q2 6:41)
Houli kicks it OOTF from the goal square, gifting Heppell a look at the big sticks. From the pocket, Dyson’s checkside shot is offline. (Q2 7:46)
Balta takes it out of the ruck on the flank, linking up with Prestia. Dion’s mongrel kick from the 50 arc is knuckled over the line for a minor score. (Q2 11:11)
Amidst the congestion in Richmond’s hot spot, Baker is able to cleanly pick up the footy and finish it in style with a great right-foot snap. (Q2 12:10)
Merrett clears it from the centre bounce after some solid Bellchambers ruckwork. Begley crumbs the scraps and nabs one back from 35m for the Bombers. (Q2 14:25)
A quick Landford clearance lands in the lap of Jake Stringer within range. His 45m attempt is wide, despite an early celebration. (Q2 15:30)
Prestia picks the pocket of Saad on the flank, runs to 50, and then sends a spiralling kick through the big sticks for a formidable individual effort. (Q2 18:42)
Higgins works it out wide to Caddy who has time to turn around and straighten, but the 40m shot is offline. (Q2 21:47)
Menadue sends a kick to the top of the square. Rioli sharks the loose ball and snaps on his left but it’s wide. (Q2 26:40)
Baker bombs it to a dangerous area, as is the way it’s been all night in these conditions. Lynch is able to feed it out to Prestia but Dion’s 30m snap is offline. (Q2 28:52)
Caddy sees Bolton streaming toward the goal and is able to pop the pass into his path. His 50m shot lands on the line where Caddy, who’s run on, kicks a behind over his head. (Q2 30:53)
A 50m penalty against Heppell for not allowing Vlastuin to get to the next contest brings the Tiger defender within range. He launches a shot from 50 and hangs it to the right. (Q3 1:33)
Balta streams away from the congestion and sends a long bomb goalward from outside 50. It’s close, but not close enough, bouncing through for a minor score. (Q3 2:32)
Higgins roves Lynch’s contest and gets a quick snap away on his right boot. The 35m attempt curls a little too much and bounces wide. (Q3 4:01)
Deliberate OOB is paid against Saad in the pocket. Castagna takes the kick and splits the middle with a right-foot banana. (Q3 4:46)
Begley’s hasty kick is affected by Grimes pressure, resulting in a missed opportunity from 25m, directly in front. (Q3 6:17)
Houli and Bolton slice the Bombers up through the middle before Rioli lowers his eyes to find Lynch. Tom’s 40m set shot is on song. (Q3 11:01)
Bolton catches Saad just as he takes a bounce, making it HTB. Merrett doesn’t hear the whistle and continues on, giving away 50. Bolton kicks the easy goal from the square. (Q3 17:17)
Richmond are dominating the inside 50s this quarter. Castagna gets on the end of an Edwards entry, shoots from 45 and slots it from a tight angle. (Q3 19:26)
Ambrose attempts a barrel! Unfortunately, it misses narrowly. (Q3 21:49)
Caddy strolls to half forward and chips into the path of the first gamer, Coleman-Jones. The big man’s 40m set shot shaves the inside of the post. (Q3 23:32)
McKenna streams through the corridor before kicking kick long to the square. Grimes fails to kill the footy, allowing Langford to pounce and soccer it through. (Q3 29:47)
Redman launches a long bomb from outside 50 that’s touched on the line by Grimes. (Q4 1:17)
Begley provides the contest to bring the footy to ground inside 50. Langford is first to the loose ball and chalks up another soccer-style goal. (Q4 2:47)
Richmond bring the footy through the corridor via Caddy and Martin. Higgins’ set shot from 45, directly in front, is as good as it gets. (Q4 4:02)
Grimes again denies Essendon with a touch on the goal line, this time off the boot of Merrett from a stoppage. (Q4 5:12)
Bellchambers clunks a strong contested mark and slots the goal from 25m out with ease. (Q4 7:17)
Merrett chips a 15m kick to Laverde who will line up from 40. He strikes it beautifully to bring the margin back to four goals. (Q4 11:55)
Langford collects in the forward 50, offloads to Heppell and then clunks a one-hander off Heppell’s boot while running back with the flight. Kyle kicks truly from 30! (Q4 14:48)
It’s McGrath, Ambrose and then Merrett with a hasty snap kick toward goal that misses from 40. (Q4 16:00)
McGrath goes inside 50 where Ambrose marks diving to his right. He lines up from 45 but tugs it to the left. (Q4 17:39)
Rioli pounces on a loose ball in the pocket but his snap sails through for a behind. (Q4 28:18)
Rioli takes a huge contested mark and will shoot after the siren for some icing on the cake. He nails it before the Richmond anthem starts to play. (Full Time)

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