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Blog log from R4 of 2023: Richmond vs Western Bulldogs

Blog log for Richmond vs Western Bulldogs, R4 of 2023

Liberatore is front and centre for a Richards ball to the hotspot, he grubbers wide off the left. (Q1 1:38)
Lynch catches Bontempelli HTB after a stoppage 30m out on the flank, the Bont sold him candy but he wasn’t buying. Lynch boots the first goal of the evening. (Q1 3:05)
Lobb bounces through a lovely goal after roving Naughton’s contest 20m out with a skilful right-foot checkside. Didn’t have a left boot, but didn’t matter! (Q1 8:41)
Dale intercepts a dump kick 50m out on a slight angle. He chooses a pass and finds English to mark easily in front of Pickett 25m out on the flank for the goal. (Q1 9:56)
Dale mops up an errant rebound kick by Baker and sends it back in, Bontempelli gives outside to Daniel who snaps truly from the hotspot. (Q1 13:47)
Clarke passes to Lynch 40m out in the corridor for goal number two. (Q1 17:06)
Liberatore catches a baulking Baker HTB near the hotspot, not really the conditions for that today. Libba converts. (Q1 20:31)
Prestia roves a Jones spoil at half forward and gives inside to Ralphsmith who has a ping from 50m but misses left. (Q1 22:39)
Martin beats Liberatore in a ground battle on the HFF and gives inside to Sonsie who chips wide off a step from 40m on a slight angle. (Q1 24:33)
Hopper roves a Bolton fly at the hotspot but his grubber off the left is touched through by Johannisen. (Q1 25:50)
Graham is pinged 50m to bring Macrae to 35m on a slight angle, the free kick sails through. (Q1 27:16)
Liberatore snaps off the right from 40m on the flank after a give by Naughton, the ball falls just over the goal line for his second goal! (Q1 29:06)
Ugle-Hagan kicks down the flank to a pack 25m out, the crumb sits up on the ground for English to soccer through a clever goal! (Q2 1:43)
Bolton has Ryan over the back to mark easily near the goalsquare for his first goal to stanch the flow of Doggie scores. (Q2 3:41)
Macrae runs from the next centre bounce and goes long to Naughton who marks easily in front of Young 35m out on a slight angle and converts. (Q2 4:54)
Hopper receives from Taranto in the pocket and goes to the square where Liam Jones rushes. (Q2 7:07)
Ralphsmith sends a speculator to the pack at the hotspot, Bolton is front and centre for a classic crumb and rover’s goal across the body, lovely play. (Q2 12:55)
Cumberland marks a Mansell pass over Liam Jones at half forward, plays on and rams through the goal from 45m. (Q2 14:35)
Another centre clearance for the Tigers, no one can get a handle on the greasy crumb until Clarke roves and snaps very high for the goal from 20m on the flank. (Q2 16:10)
Clarke passes to Cumberland 40m out on the flank whose set shot drops on the line to be rushed. (Q2 18:55)
Bontempelli flies prettily to clunk a Macrae ball in front of two Tigers 40m out on the flank, but he misses. (Q2 20:40)
Martin passes to Cumberland near the boundary 45m out, his kick falls in the opposite pocket where Bolton roves and centres for Hopper 20m out who converts. (Q2 22:35)
Rioli goes long to the square, Lynch draws the defenders allowing Bolton to soccer home the crumb after keeping his feet. Tigers hit the lead, surprisingly! (Q2 24:50)
Martin sharks a Dale handball at half forward and gives to Ralphsmith who props and shoots off a step from 45m on a slight angle… Lynch shepherds it through! (Q2 26:21)
Cotchin engineers the next centre clearance, Lynch contests in the pocket, Ralphsmith feeds inside for Martin who screws through s classic finish from 30m, Tigers are on FIYAH! (Q2 27:32)
Baker storms up the centre on a rebound but English catches him HTB, quick counter ends with Hannan marking 40m out on a slight angle for a miss. (Q2 29:35)
Rioli gives wide to Baker for a ping from 45m on a slight angle but that is just wide. (Q2 30:26)
Heavy rain falling as Q3 begins. (Half Time)
Ugle-Hagan marks a Baker pass in front of Grimes near the boundary 45m out, his set shot is short and rushed. (Q3 1:06)
Vlastuin turns the ball over by foot on the kick in, Naughton marks near the behind post and kicks his second goal. (Q3 1:54)
Ulge-Hagan roves a crumb caused by Dale at half forward, turns and goes short to Lobb 40m out on a slight angle who misses. (Q3 5:22)
Cumberland snaps wide from a stoppage at half forward. (Q3 10:52)
Daniel misses off the left from 20m after Hannan tried and failed while being legged, ump didn’t see it. (Q3 12:36)
Daniel crumbs a Bontempelli contest at the top of the square but snaps wide under pressure. (Q3 15:50)
Cumberland plays for and gets a high contact free after a Liam Baker kick to the top of the square. It was there. The kick misses from 20m, though. (Q3 18:07)
Pickett passes to Bolton 40m out near the boundary who misses near side. (Q3 20:42)
The Tigers triangle their way through the Dog defenders in the pocket, but Mansell’s grubber skids across the face from 20m. (Q3 22:52)
Smith intercepts Cumberland’s centring kick from the HBF and passes to Ugle-Hagan to mark over Vlastuin 35m out on the flank, who misses badly. (Q3 23:52)
Williams goes long to a pack 20m out, the crumb falls over the back but Hannan somehow soccers wide from 5m out! (Q3 25:33)
Ugle-Hagan slides in to mark a Treloar soccer kick from the first bounce of Q2, he misses from CHF. (Q4 0:27)
Martin wins a wrestle with Jones to dive and mark a Sonsie pass to the flank 45m out, two strongmen there but Dusty was stronger. The set shot flies left, though. (Q4 4:41)
Hannan roves in the pocket behind Vlastuin and squeezes through a fine finish off the left from 15m. (Q4 6:21)
Consecutive contact frees to the Dogs set up a shot at goal, first to Ugle-Hagan at CHF then to Naughton against Young 20m out on a slight angle, he goals for this third time. (Q4 7:24)
Vlastuin is pinged for contact on McComb as the go for a spillage after a stoppage 20m out in front. Fairly red hot that one. The Tiger fans boo as McComb converts. (Q4 12:27)
Cumberland passes from the HFF to Taranto who marks 15m out in the pocket, he screws through the goal off the left. (Q4 18:47)
Cumberland slips as he kicks inside 50 and doesn’t reach Lynch, clock under 4:00 and that was a spurned chance. (Q4 25:27)
Clock ticks under 3:00 with the margin still two kicks. (Q4 26:10)
Cumberland roves on the HFF and tries to find Sonsie int he pocket but it’s over for a throw-in, 2:15. (Q4 27:27)
Secondary stoppage at the Tiger hotspot, 2:08. (Q4 27:27)
Another throw-in on the Tiger HFF, 1:59. (Q4 27:27)
Ball up on the HFF for Richmond, 1:48. (Q4 28:09)
Bolton goes the hotspot, 1:33 as the ump calls another stoppage. (Q4 28:26)
You could throw a blanket over 20 blokes and the ball is a cake of soap, the Dogs are just about home. (Q4 29:11)
Hopper gets a high kick to the pocket but no one can mark, clock now at 44 seconds… Taranto feeds Bolton who snaps the goal from 25m on a slight angle off the right! (Q4 29:53)
33 seconds at the bounce, Tigers have to kick a goal to win by a point. (Q4 30:27)
Bontempelli roves the bounce but Liam Baker dispossesses, kick to half forward for the Tigers but it’s OOTF, that’s the ball game. (Q4 31:24)

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