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Blog log from R6 of 2023: Melbourne vs Richmond

Blog log for Melbourne vs Richmond, R6 of 2023

Rioli strips Chandler trying to rove 20m out but the ball squirts out to Langdon who goes back to Neal-Bullen for the first goal of the night off the right from the hotspot. (Q1 3:38)
Riewoldt contests a pass by Cotchin from the HFF to the hotspot, crumb falls over the back where Cumberland roves and snaps off his left for the first Tiger major. (Q1 5:23)
Fritsch beats Rioli in the air to mark at half forward, turns and finds Gawn on the lead ahead of Young 45m out on a slight angle. Big Max snicks the inside of the left goalpost. (Q1 8:53)
Grimes tries to tap a Fritsch drop at half forward OOB but it stays in, Petty roves and feeds Oliver who wobbles a centring ball to the hotspot for Viney to mark and goal. (Q1 13:48)
Bolton bombs long to an outnumber in the pocket but McVee is pinged for a block on Cumberland, plus 50m penalty on Lever for encroachment to ensure the goal. (Q1 17:52)
Cotchin marks forward of the wing and has to wait with a lot of players swirling inside 50, he picks out a nice pass to Hopper 45m out on a slight angle who kicks truly. (Q1 19:49)
Cumberland snaps his third goal of the quarter from 20m bobbing about in a pack like a cork in the ocean! (Q1 22:34)
Balta isn’t paid an intercept mark in the pocket that he had a lot of, Young handballs straight to Neal-Bullen who misses from 25m. (Q1 24:06)
Lever handballs wide to grass in the pocket 30m out, Martin roves and has a ping from the boundary, is it a time machine… not, hits the far post. (Q1 26:52)
Cumberland marks a Hopper kick to 50m on a slight angle in front of Lever. This for four for Q1… hooks it right and OOTF. (Q1 27:39)
Taranto feeds Mansell who tumbles through another Richmond goal off his left from 30m on a slight angle, the Tigers have the jump! (Q1 28:56)
Riewoldt gets a contact free on May near true CHF but misses to kick off Q2. (Q2 0:45)
Cotchin’s pressure causes Grundy to cough up a handball 40m out, the Tigers work it to Taranto near the hotspot who blazes OOTF off the right. (Q2 2:40)
Rioli fumbles a loose ball in the centre, Petracca roves and bombs long for Pickett who ducks through a Balta challenge for the goal from 15m. (Q2 4:17)
Hopper passes to Ryan in the pocket 30m out, he has been clunking marks tonight, something he has struggled with early in his short career. The set shot screws through! (Q2 8:06)
Rioli jnr causes a turnover in midfield with pressure, Clarke speeds ahead of Langdon and goes long to the pocket 25m out, Cumberland contests then Riewoldt wins a HTB free on Lever, goal! (Q2 13:41)
Viney passes to the sliding Fritsch 50m out on a slight angle, he kicks truly. (Q2 14:41)
Martin soccers a loose ball to the centre, Mansell spoils Langdon to start the attack, Riewoldt marks a Short pass near the hotspot and boots his second goal. (Q2 18:21)
Petty stands strong in front of Balta to mark a high Van Rooyen kick to 20m on a slight angle for his first goal. (Q2 20:30)
Viney goes long from the wing near the hotspot, six blokes milling about, Fritsch marks but it’s overturned for a free to Vlastuin, no score. (Q2 22:30)
Cotchin passes to Prestia 50m out on a slight angle, who passes to true CHF for Short who has got the leg… but the kick slices right. (Q2 24:26)
Langdon marks in the corridor 40m out, saunters in rightish but kicks straight. (Q2 26:26)
Gawn marks a Neal-Bullen kick over Balta 30m out on the flank with Ryan failing to impact the contest. Max tugs his set shot left. (Q3 1:51)
Pickett marks a Gawn pass 35m out on the boundary, plays on inside but curls the kick into the post. (Q3 2:48)
Short roves at half back but gets buffeted over by Chandler and coughs up a handball straight to him, Chandler does the rest off the left from the hotspot. (Q3 6:11)
Hunter spoils a long ball to the top of the square to prevent McIntosh marking, but Riewoldt crumbs and spins away from two defenders for his third goal from 15m! (Q3 9:24)
Riewoldt baulked both Lever and May on that play. (Q3 9:56)
Petty marks in front of Grimes 50m out on the flank on the end of a rebound started by a May spoil. His set shot is narrow right. (Q3 12:52)
Neal-Bullen spoils in the pocket leading to Vlastuin slipping and getting claimed HTB by Chandler 20m out. Chandler punches through the goal, his second. (Q3 13:52)
Taranto kicks long from the next bounce, Riewoldt brings the ball to ground, Martin roves and grubbers just wide left. (Q3 15:24)
Riewoldt somehow finds a hole to lead into on a slow play, he marks in front of May and Viney 40m out in front. His set shot is careful and straight. (Q3 17:12)
Both sides turn the ball over multiple times in midfield in greasy conditions, eventually Oliver releases Petracca to run through half forward and feed Jordon for a grubber goal. (Q3 22:12)
Some more scrambly play but Bolton wins a HTB free on Chandler in the centre and goes to Ryan to mark 35m out in front… but hit the post. (Q3 25:35)
Gawn marks in front of Rioli 55m out on the flank, plays on around the mark and lets fly from 50m… OOTF. Not quite, Max. (Q3 26:51)
Lever gives wide at half back to Brayshaw who is monstered by Maurice Rioli jnr, red hot HTB free paid, Dee fans boo as he shoots from 40m… then cheer as it’s a miss. (Q3 27:56)
Pickett is pinged for taking out the legs of Braysahw at half back, advantage paid, Sparrow centres for Oliver 40m out on a slight angle just before the 3QT siren. Clarry converts! (Q3 29:57)
Rioli sends a chaos ball bouncing through half forward, it goes past half a dozen then May takes out the legs of Miller for a free 30m out on a slight angle. He misses right. (Q4 1:09)
Grundy sends Petracca away from a stoppage on outer wing, Van Rooyen contests at the top of the square, the crumb sits up for Chandler to rove and boot his third goal! (Q4 2:31)
Van Rooyen has done bugger all this evening but he flies for a big pack mark on the back of Balta 40m out on a slight angle He extends Melbourne’s lead with his first goal! (Q4 4:31)
Young is pinged for an arm hold on Van Rooyen at much the same spot as the last set shot. The crowd hoots ROO but he misses that one. (Q4 7:06)
Van Rooyen takes another contested grab in a pack 30m out on the other flank, he has come from nowhere in Q4! Goal umpire David Rodan crabs sideways… then puts up two fingers! (Q4 8:46)
Taranto feeds a rampaging Martin who reaches true CHF and snaps… the old Dusty would have nailed that but this one is wide right. (Q4 11:48)
Vlastuin bombs long to a big pack near the hotspot where Grundy falls in front to allow Ryan to mark again. This has to go through for Richmond… wide right. (Q4 13:31)
Rivers intercepts Hopper in the back pocket but Baker picks off his rebound kick to 40m on the flank. Then he misses. (Q4 16:18)
Mansell bumps Viney after disposal inside 50, bit soft but the free was there. Pickett takes it 40m out on the boundary… falls on the goal line where Gawn goals! (Q4 19:49)
Or does he? Score review… (Q4 20:16)
David Rodan called it a goal, review can’t see through Van Rooyen’s big frame so it stays a goal despite a strong case that the boot touch was over the line. (Q4 20:47)
Van Rooyen takes another contested grab from a Petracca kick in front of Grimes at the hotspot. This for three for the quarter… it’s good! (Q4 22:47)
Cotchin sets up Martin for a junk time goal on the bounce from 40m. (Q4 27:15)

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