RICH­MOND 11.15 (81) ESSENDON 10.6 (66)

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport -

Jay­den Short was on to it first.

Un­able to slow down Short went to ground, slid from the top of the square, and sent the ball ca­reer­ing over the goal line.

Short didn’t know Green had stopped chas­ing hard. Short didn’t know he was the only one in the square.

Short didn’t see the um­pire stand­ing near the point post to his right, who, as the crowd arched for­ward, Tiger fans thank­ful, Bombers oth­er­wise, blew his whis­tle.

Um­pire Cur­tis De­boy told Short he thought it was de­lib­er­ate. It was of course, the young Tiger was only ever go­ing to do one thing. But was this too de­lib­er­ate? Green took the free kick, kicked the goal and put the Bombers in front by four points at the main break.

It could have bro­ken the Tigers. Not a-bloody-gain. But it didn’t. Josh Caddy, prom­i­nent but way­ward, found a goal early in the third term to give his team the lead. Then Dusty Martin got an­other, then Bran­don Ellis. Rich­mond was in front go­ing in to the fi­nal term.

Scores were level in the last, it rained, got messy, but the Tigers still looked bet­ter.

Then Jack Riewoldt stepped up. He nailed the first goal of the fi­nal term when it mat­tered most.

The Tigers stepped up too. This time. Fi­nally.

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