The Richmond Tigers have actually won their 3rd premiership in 4 years after beating the Geelong Cats 81-50 in the 2020 AFL grand last
After routing at halftime, the Tigers kipped down a dominant 2nd half to rise past the Cats, led by another exceptional grand last efficiency from Dustin Martin, who chose his record-breaking 3rd Norm Smith Medal for finest on ground.
The Richmond super star produced the match-turning minute late in the 2nd quarter. After Geelong had actually opened a 22-point lead, Martin in some way warded off Jake Kolodjashnij from a blockage and snapped throughout his body versus the run of play to pull the margin back to 15 at the significant break. It was among Martin’’ s game-best 4 objectives.
The Tigers brought the momentum from that important play into the 3rd, kicking 4 objectives to one prior to beginning the last term with the opening 3 majors.
While Geelong had actually beaten Richmond at the contest in the very first half and taken advantage of the lack of the concussed Nick Vlaustin, the Tigers got the ascendancy in close and had the ability to discover a more organised protective set-up after the significant break.
A growing Sam Menegola objective from outdoors 50 with 7 minutes to go provided the Cats a twinkle of hope, however Martin’’ s 4th and Nick Riewoldt’’ s 2nd put the outcome well beyond doubt.
The match began at breakneck speed, however was given an unexpected stop after a number of minutes due to 2 substantial injuries. A roaming Patrick Dangerfield elbow gathered Vlaustin high, leaving the Tigers protector susceptible and needing the stretcher to leave the field. In the exact same passage of play, Gary Ablett landed awkwardly in a deal with and appeared to dislocate his left shoulder.
Vlaustin didn’’ t play any more part, however Ablett had the ability to return in his last video game of AFL footy, and, while plainly hindered by the injury, still played a crucial function for the Cats, establishing a variety of objectives with some generally stylish handballs.
Once the video game returned underway, the Tigers kicked the very first 2 majors through Dion Prestia and Kamdyn McIntosh, however the Cats completed the term with a one-point lead thanks to some exceptional set-shot surfaces from Cam Guthrie and Mitch Duncan.
Chris Scott’’ s males threatened to break away in the 2nd quarter, delighting in a far much better run of the play however, while leaping out to a 35-13 lead, their supremacy wasn’’ t reviewed the scoreboard. Gryan Miers was among a handful of Cats to miss out on goalscoring chances, inexplicably using and snapping rather of returning for a set shot or running in near the goalsquare after being talented belongings deep in forward 50.
That and other missed out on chances showed important, with the Tigers capitalising on Martin’’ s exceptional objective late in the term and powering their method to a 2nd successive premiership.
.2020 AFL grand last match outcome.
Richmond Tigers 12.9 81 (Goals: Dustin Martin 4, Dion Prestia 2, Jack Riewoldt 2, Kamdyn McIntosh, Jason Castagna, Kane Lambert, Tom Lynch) def Geelong Cats 7.8 50 (Goals: Sam Menegola 2, Cam Guthrie, Mitch Duncan, Patrick Dangerfield, Tom Hawkins, Gryan Miers)