RICHMOND 11.15 (81) ESSENDON 10.6 (66)
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.