Blog log from R1 of 2021: Richmond vs Carlton

Walsh holds Martin at a stoppage on the wing, Martin feeds Short who passes to Lynch all alone on the flank 40m out. Lynch misses near side. (Q1 0:15)
Cripps gets a free at a stoppage on the wing, plays on to find Curnow who bombs to the square, Casboult beats Balta one out to mark and boot the first goal of AFLM 2021! (Q1 5:47)
Lambert gives to Rioli who turns and shoots from 40m in the corridor but he tugs it way left and OOTF. (Q1 8:51)
Carlton handballs its way around the outer wing using a loose man, Silvagni passes to McKay on the boundary 20m out who misses badly. (Q1 9:33)
Early narrative in this game is Carlton has superior workrate but Richmond is classier in the final third. Not that we needed to be told that. (Q1 14:50)
Martin marks on his own 15m out near the boundary but shanks the checkside set shot OOTF, strangely. (Q1 15:19)
More good ball movement from behind centre by Carlton on the rebound, Murphy inside 50 to the hotspot, Gibbons roves the Casboult contest and feeds O’Brien a Joe the Goose special! (Q1 16:34)
Dow turns the ball over by hand on the defensive corner of the centre square and there are Tigers everywhere on the counter, Aarts snaps truly from 40m on a slight angle. (Q1 19:34)
Lambert roves his own contest at half forward and delivers a sensational inside handball to Prestia, but the ex-Sun rolls a grubber across the face from 30m. (Q1 20:45)
Lambert roves at half forward and pokes a pass to Castagna to mark in front of Saad deep in the pocket 30m out. Castagna plays on and screws through his first goal. (Q1 22:35)
Newnes intercepts a dump kick on the HFF and sends it back to the hotspot, Setterfield roves and gives outside to Dow who checksides a fine finish from 20m! (Q1 24:49)
Setterfield marks a Saad pass and misses a set shot from 45m on the flank after Carlton turns the ball over at half forward with good pressure. (Q1 26:34)
Curnow coughs the ball up in the centre to Edwards who sets Aarts off on another run, he goes to the square for Martin who gives a Joe the Goose special to Castagna. (Q1 27:37)
Weitering is pinged for deliberate OOB, McIntosh loads up for bear from 55m but it drops on the line for Jones to rush. (Q1 30:36)
Murphy passes to the lead of McKay 40m out on the flank, two metres of space on Grimes on that one. McKay kicks his first goal. (Q2 1:12)
Lynch marks 50m out on a slight angle, Short lurks for the give but the Blues block it, Lynch goes through with the set shot and bangs through his first goal. (Q2 6:26)
Pittonet taps a handball down after the next centre bounce, chain of handball ends with Dow going wide to Silvagni, free to Dow but Silvagni plays on and goals from 20m! (Q2 7:32)
Walsh intercepts another handball after the next centre bounce, Pittonet gives to Cripps who barnstorms through the CHF position, gives off and it’s Gibbons who goals from 30m! (Q2 9:11)
Martin roves on the HFF feigns a handball, turns and passes to Lambert 40m out on the flank. Lambert’s set shot falls on the goal line, free to Jones, no score. (Q2 10:56)
Riewoldt marks 60m out in the centre square, Curnow is pinged for encroachment to gift the goal to Richmond from the top of the goal square. (Q2 14:26)
Fisher roves a high Casboult ball that Cripps contests, he throws the ball on the boot from 25m in the pocket but it flies just wide right. (Q2 16:58)
Jones chases an aimless kick by Bolton inside 50 but chooses to deliberately fumble the ball for a point, ump not having any of that, free to Rioli but he misses. (Q2 18:45)
Edwards passes short to Rioli 40m out in the corridor, this one is right through the hi-diddle-diddle. (Q2 19:47)
Murphy passes short to Fogarty after Saad has two goes to start a rebound from behind centre. Fogarty misses badly from 30m on a slight angle. (Q2 22:00)
Martin smothers a dump kick by O’Brien, catches the footy and performs a classic fend off on Jones to get clear for a snap across the body from the hotspot, that’s good! (Q2 24:23)
Rioli taps a loose ball to Martin in the pocket, he draws a man and gives to Castagna who blazes wide from 15m. (Q2 25:58)
The Blues rebound around members wing ending with Murphy passing short to Fisher 40m out on a slight angle. Fisher tugs it right. (Q2 26:53)
The Tigers rebound around the outer wing, starting by Short and ending with Pickett finding Lynch 40m out on the flank. Lynch sprays it for no score. (Q2 28:22)
Petrevski-Seton is pinged with the new man-on-the-mark rule to bring Caddy from the wing to near the hotspot for a cheap goal. (Q2 29:57)
Pickett is well out of position and gives away an obvious front-on contact free to Casboult going for a McKay pass to 40m on the flank. The set shot is rushed. (Q2 32:27)
Walsh bounces through the centre and kicks inside 50, Bolton is pinged for tackling after disposal, downfield free to McDonald 40m out on a slight angle who converts! (Q3 2:57)
McKay gathers a bouncing ball, draws a tackler and gives off to Walsh who tries a checkside from 25m on the flank that doesn’t bend enough, disappointingly. (Q3 7:00)
McKay marks a Petrevski-Seton pass 30m out on the flank, plays on and misses badly off the left. (Q3 9:55)
Curnow feeds Setterfield who has a lash from 50m on the flank after a stoppage… fades into the post. (Q3 13:19)
Astbury elbows Plowman in the face to give away a free 45m out on the flank, Plowman gets up and launches a howitzer for a big goal! (Q3 14:50)
Bolton worries Walsh off a ground ball in the wing, Balta lets fly from fully 70m out on the outer side, the ball pitches in the pocket 15m out and dribbles for a point. (Q3 16:42)
Short passes to the lead of Riewoldt 45m out near the boundary. Riewoldt gets close to the man on the mark and the near goalpost but avoids both for a classy finish. (Q3 17:14)
Riewoldt beats Setterfield in a ground battle in the pocket but screws the wrong side of the post from 25m. (Q3 19:17)
Cripps roves a stoppage in the pocket, bullocks his way clear but misses off the left from near the hotspot. (Q3 20:07)
McKay marks a Walsh ball over Balta in the pocket, turns to play on but gets tackled and doesn’t score with a scrubbing kick. (Q3 23:23)
McDonald taps down the crumb from his own contest to McKay who hits the post. (Q3 24:03)
Martin passes short to Riewoldt 40m out on the flank after doing a one-two with Aarts at half forward. Riewoldt splits the middle, textbook stuff. (Q3 28:26)
Martin marks 50m out on a slight angle and misses to kick off Q4 scoring. (Q4 0:48)
O’Brien burns the footy by foot in midfield and Richmond counters up the guts, Martin has the sit over Saad to mark 20m out, play on and goal with ease. (Q4 5:48)
Castagna toepokes wide from 15m chasing a crumb in the pocket. (Q4 7:44)
McDonald draws a contact free on Broad 30m out on a slight angle going for a short pass by Fogarty. Crowd boos, then cheers as Oscar misses. (Q4 8:42)
Lynch feeds Bolton who snaps across his body from 40m in the corridor but it’s just wide. (Q4 10:18)
After a very slow build up, McDonald marks 50m out on the flank, wheels and surprises everyone including probably himself with a big roost for his second goal! (Q4 11:18)
Saad mows down Aarts to win a HTB free at the Tiger hotspot and stop what looked a certain score. (Q4 13:49)
Bolton passes short to Rioli 45m out on a slight angle. Rioli saunters in and just about seals the deal with his second goal. (Q4 14:49)
McKay leaps and beats Pickett in the air to juggle a mark 25m out on a slight angle. His set shot is a bit of a hook but straight enough for his second goal. (Q4 17:09)
Rioli roves and bounces a handball to Graham running forward from the bounce, his running snap is wide from 40m on the flank. (Q4 18:04)
Carlton rebounds up the guts from the kick in, Williamson kicks long to McKay who mops up and feeds Gibbons for the goal from 20m. Just a kick in it, 7:28 to go! (Q4 19:04)
Pittonet to Cripps to Fisher for the centre clearance, Walsh roves the McKay contest and gives to Dow who just misses from 25m on a slight angle. (Q4 20:07)
Jones drops a mark at half back, his man Lynch roves and bounces off Petrevski-Seton but misses from 40m on a slight angle. (Q4 21:34)
Martin beats McDonald in a ground battle on the HFF, his kick to the square is poor but Docherty fumbles to allow Aarts to pounce and goal! Oh dear. (Q4 23:34)
5:02 to go at the next bounce, Carlton is making it hard for themselves. (Q4 24:05)
Riewoldt drops a mark in the pocket, handballs over his head to Caddy who checksides wide from 20m after a chaotic passage of play. (Q4 26:05)
Carlton’s valiant defence finally gives way, Martin breaks a Walsh tackle and gives to Bolton who jinks and kicks the sealer from 20m. (Q4 27:35)
Martin marks the Ross centre clearance in front of Plowman 40m out. He tries a pass to Riewoldt… free for in the back 40m out near the boundary which he converts. (Q4 29:35)
Martin baulks around Docherty on the HFF with a flashy step and centres to Lambert 30m out on a slight angle who misses. (Q4 31:52)

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