Mildura Weekly : Friday June 6 Vol 8 No 31
Mildura Weekly – 06/06/14 13 www.milduraphonebook.com.au Dreamtime for the Bombers, but not the Tigers! • From Page 8 Saturday night’s game showed that Essendon had far more purpose, with some lon- ger precision kicking, one-grab marks, and some tough on-ball play. The Cats must be ruing the day they let Chapman go. He was a great competitor and contributor, along with a classy Howlett (five goals), Carlisle and Goddard. And what about Dustin Fletcher! Fast approaching his 400th game, he’s like a fine red...just keeps getting better with age, turning back the tide time and again, reading the play as a good defender should, turning defence into attack as he’s done for almost two de- cades. Essendon had just about all the highlights. Other die- hard Tigers fans might argue that Jack Riewoldt’s three goals (11 last week) from limited op- portunities were highlights, but he didn’t win many fans at the way he went about his business, firstly wasting time by walking up to double-check the mark, and then, well after the game was lost, querying the umpire about keeping the required distance (and angle) from the fence before a shot for goal. Basically, Essendon came out of the blocks running, pil- ing on four goals in the open- ing 13 minutes. The Tigers managed just one point in the opening term, rallied a little in the second, only to see the Bombers finish all over them in the lead-up to the half-time break. Richmond never recovered, and Tiger fans were streaming out of the stadium early into the final term. Tigers coach Damien Hardwick was left shaking his head, and later in media inter- views putting the blame fairly and squarely on the head of himself and coaching staff. From memory he said the Tigers were “less than medio- cre.” Sad to say that didn’t say a lot for the team they punished the week before. Regardless of the outcome, regardless of the team you bar- rack for, going to a footy match at ‘The G’ is a great experience. The staff are welcoming and friendly, there’s lots of security personnel, the trains and trams offer a cheap, relatively fast, safe and comfortable travel ex- perience, and the ‘G’ empties quickly and efficiently. The footy record is well priced at $5, but if you enjoy a quiet beer or two, and want to get something to eat for tea (especially if you take the kids), make sure you’ve got a loaded wallet. All round, it’s a great expe- rience. And as for the Tigers, there’s always next week! • NO-ONE HOME: Not a player in sight, from the centre square to the goals, and bottom - some of the Dreamtime action.
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