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VFL R12 - Richmond v Casey Demons


Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Richmond 2.5-17 7.6-48 9.8-62 11.10-76
Casey Demons 0.1-1 1.2-8 3.3-21 7.6-48



Goal Kickers: D. Bzenic 3, C. Moore 2, T. Elton 2, T. Silvestro, J. Townsend, S. Bolton, C. Ellis
Best Players: N. Broad, J. Townsend, H. Beasley, C. Moore, D. Bzenic, J. Fletcher



Goal Kickers: A. Scott 2, B. Fritsch 2, B. Kennedy, C. Maynard, A. Ferreira
Best Players: J. Trengove, C. Maynard, J. Munro, B. Fritsch, B. Kennedy, D. Johnstone
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Richmond’s best-afield Jacob Townsend.Richmond’s best-afield Jacob Townsend.

Jacob Townsend and Jacob Ballard show the way as Richmond sees off Casey

IT’S a long way from Punt Rd to Holm Park but Richmond made itself right at home in the rural setting at the Beaconsfield ground.

Up against the Demons from the neighbouring City of Casey, the VFL Tigers, led by Jacob Townsend and Jacob Ballard, dominated the first half and went on to a 28-point victory on Saturday.

It was Richmond’s second foray this year into Cardinia Shire, with whom it established a relationship to connect with its large supporter base in the region.

In the first match the Tigers lost narrowly to Werribee and their season was wobbling at 3-5.

Now they’re 7-5 and on course for a finals appearance under the coaching of former Brisbane premiership star Craig McRae.

The Tigers were quick to take the ascendancy and should have led by more than 16 points at quarter time.

No matter. They straightened up to kick 5.1 to 1.1 in the second term and had a substantial lead for the second half.

As rain arrived, the Demons lifted, but not enough to threaten the Tigers.

Richmond’s defence — Nathan Broad, Hugh Beasley, Maboir Chol, Jake Batchelor, Nick Vlaustin and Anthony Scott — was as unshifting as Ayers Rock.

McRae thought former Brisbane man Beasley had his best performance for the Tigers. Ditto for James Fletcher, from VAFA club Peninsula Old Boys. He had 25 disposals on a wing.

“I’ve held good hope for him for a long time and he probably hasn’t delivered on the promise,’’ McRae said of left-footer Fletcher. “Today was clearly his best game he’s played for us.’’

Townsend and JJ Liston Trophy hope Ballard had 62 possessions behind them and bubbly Danko Bzenic, in his first year on Richmond’s VFL list and recruited from the Essendon District league, kicked three goals, a significant contribution in the testing conditions.

Demons Corey Maynard and Sam Weideman.

The Demons had fine players in experienced pair Ben Kennedy and Jack Trengove, with both collecting more than 30 possessions to remind the Melbourne selectors of their worth.

Defender James Munro, all desperation and desire, applied 17 tackles, forward Bayley Fritsch did his things with a signature of class, and Mitch Gent (20 disposals) more than held his own through the middle and wings.

But Casey had too few doing too little in the defining period of the match and its taller types had no real influence.

Demons coach Justin Plapp said his team was “terrible’’ in the first half but he was pleased it rallied to win the second.

“I believe we won the second half convincingly and wasted opportunities too,’’ he said.

“I still we think we should have been closer. I don’t think we should have won the game but I think we should have been closer.

“Our players had a sniff, there’s no doubt …. some of our players actually started cracking in. I thought Mykelti Lefau in the last quarter was big, Bayley Fritsch’s second half was huge, (Dion) Johnstone, Munro. We had a lot of winners in the second half but we didn’t have enough in the first half.’’


Craig McRae (Richmond)

“They (Casey) were No 1 in the comp in the last five weeks for contested ball, clearance and tackles so we knew that we were in for a really good contest. I’m really proud of the boys. I reckon we not only matched them but for most of the game, other than the last quarter, we headed them in all those areas. We’ve been really proud of our defence, particularly in the last six weeks. Teams are struggling to score against us, as indicative again today.’’

Justin Plapp (Casey Demons)

“Richmond are well coached. They’re a smooth-operating team. They score really quickly — No 1 for offence scoring — and we didn’t take that away from them in the second quarter. But we certainly got the game back on our terms. I’m disappointed, make no mistake about it, but with where our club is at the moment — we’ve got some challenges going on, above (Melbourne) and within our own club — I think it was a respectable loss…’’

Richmond 2.5 7.6 9.8 11.10 (76)

Casey Demons 0.1 1.2 3.3 7.6 (48)



Richmond: Bzenic 3 Moore 2 Elton 2 Silvestro Bolton Townsend Ellis

Casey Demons: Scott 2 Fritsch 2 Kennedy Maynard Ferreira


Richmond: Broad Townsend Beasley Moore Bzenic Fletcher

Casey Demons: Trengove Maynard Munro Fritsch Kennedy Johnstone