Poll: Which of the elimination final upset winners will reach the final four?
- Port Adelaide and Carlton
- Only Port Adelaide
- Only Carlton
- Don't be foolish. Geelong and Sydney will win
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This is one view at least ....
The Blues are singing the song with gusto. It's on the big screen at the 'G and the Blues fans still at the ground are joining in with passion. Where does this final rate amongst finals upsets? It was 5th v 8th after all but we mustn't forget that there were so many Richmond players without finals experience. Zero. Zilch. Not a game. It can and does make a difference. The Tigers have to take the long-term view to use this result to make them better. They've made a great leap with vast improvement in 2013. Surely not all is lost for the yellow and black.
It's an eerie feeling at the MCG. The Tigers will be absolutely gutted. A sensational comeback by Carlton but the story IS Richmond. They gave up a match-winning lead. The Blues managed 12 goals to Richmond's four in the second half. The match was up for grabs at the final break and through the final term, but it was the Blues who stood up.
Take nothing for granted in this game.
SIREN!! Carlton wins! Devastation for Richmond. A brilliant come-from-behind win by the Blues. Twelve goals to four after half-time.
GOAL!!! Garlett runs into open goal. Cream on the cake. Salt in the wounds. All of that. Blues fans find plenty of voice. Tigers coach Damien Hardwick throws a water bottle in his room. Richmond 14.11 (95) Carlton 18.8 (116)
This is done. The Blues earnt their finals spot after Essendon's penalties. Now, after finishing eighth, they'll win and have a shot next week at the prelims.
Thousands of Richmond fans will leave the MCG devastated today ... They played well in a final but, well, they faded too. Disappointing outcome for such an improved team. Soul-searching to come.
The Blues have been HUGE in the last few minutes. Henderson just took a gutsy mark as Richmond pushed forward. The clock will beat the Tigers. Less than four minutes to play now. Three majors needed.
Gibbs, Murphy and Judd are Carlton's leading ball-winners. That certainly was one of the requirements for today's outcome to unfold. They've all had great second halves.
Little more than five minutes to play. Blues are looking to adopt some 'slow-down' tactics. Huge pressure on Richmond. This has been a mighty comeback by the Blues. I didn't see it happening ....
Jackson dragged down by Garlett on the wing. The Tigers were threatening to attack. Small things make for big moments.
GOAL!!!! The Blues race to a 16-point lead. Six minutes to play. There's time for Richmond but, gee whiz, the odds are stacked against them.
The Blues surge forward as we creep into time-on. A lunging Duigan takes a mark. He'll have another shot.
94,690 at Rich v Carl - best ever week 1 crowd in the final 5/6/8 systems since 1972. — Patrick Keane (@AFL_PKeane) September 8, 2013
GOAL! We go another couple of minutes and Waite snags a vital goal. We're 18 minutes in. That's his fourth for the day. For a player who has copped plenty of heat during his career, he has stood up today. Another goal to the Blues will make it oh-so-difficult for Richmond.
GOAL!!!! Richmond. Maric snaps a beauty. The ball lands on the goal line and goes through. He immediately springs into action and does a little dance. The crowd is renewed. Margin cut to four points with about 10 minutes to play. Richmond 14.10 (94) Carlton 15.7 (98).
The figure for the MCG crowd has been posted ... 94,690 fans. Wow, wee.
GOAL!!! Judd finds space in the forward 50 and drills it! The Blues have jumped to a 10-point lead after 14 minutes. Judd was never going to miss ... he's too good a player! Even in his vintage.
GOALLL!!!!! Blues hit the front! GUESS who kicked it? Robinson with a gutsy chest mark and goal. Another element to the script. We're nine minutes into the final term .... Richmond 13.10 (88) Carlton 14.7 (91)
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GOAL. Snappy reply from Carlton. Betts drills it home from right in front ... Three points the difference. Game on!
GOAL!!!! Maric makes no mistake with the easiest of kicks. Tigers get some breathing space, out by nine points. That Robinson decision will be one of the big talking points out of the game. Regardless of the outcome. For sure.
WOW! A mind explosion from Robinson ... A ball up right in front of goal and third man up Mitch Robinson blatantly punches the ball through for a behind ... FREE KICK. Maric to shoot on goal.
The opening score of the final term is a behind to Jeff Garlett. The sound from the crowd if and when Carlton hits the lead will be fascinating ....
ANALYSIS: Massive comeback by the Blues .... There were many contributors but Juddy was the stand-out. The former skipper had 11 touches for the term to drag his team back into the contest. Duigan up forward was terrific, too. Three goals for the game. Richmond knew this win was never going to come easily .... now they're living the big moment.
Brendan Fevola is a fan of Carlton's new danger up forward ....
Nick nick nicky D welcome to the big stage��— Brendan Fevola (@BrendanFevola25) September 8, 2013
GOAL!!!! Duigan for Carlton. The late inclusion kicks straight with a set-shot. The gap is closed to just three points after 27 minutes. Duigan joins Waite as the Blues' leading goal-scorer (both with three goals). The stage is set for the final term.
Two more behinds to Richmond in time-on. A hush regularly falls across the massive MCG crowd. My feeling in the early stages of this match has returned .... we've set for a nail-biting finish. The last quarter will best anyone's nerves.
GOAL. Ellis a huge settling goal for Richmond. Phew! At least for Tigers fans. They stem the bleeding. Their lead is back out to seven points. Richmond 12.7 (79) Carlton 11.6 (72)
Judd has been instrumental in the third term. Playing on one leg he has managed nine touches. Winning plenty of centre clearances .... ENORMOUS!
GOAL!!!! Betts mark and conversion. Only one-point the difference after 17 minutes. Must admit I didn't see this coming. Richmond 11.7 (73) Carlton 11.6 (72)
GOAL!!! A great snap from Scotland. Carlton are surging. This one comes right on 15 minutes and the Blues have owned the third term. Gee, what a momentum shift. Staggering. Makes for a better final!
GOAL!!! The Blues are coming. Duigan converts despite slipping over after his kick! It was a 35m kick and it made for Carlton's third goal in about five minutes. How will the Tigers respond? Momentum has shifted ... enormously.
GOAL!!! A great running effort from Garlett. Two in barely two minutes for the Blues. This is the challenge. It simply had to come. Carlton closes to within 19 points.
GOAL. A third to Waite. You simply can't underestimate just how important that goal was. Blues still within reach
The lights are coming on at the MCG ... wouldn't have picked that two hours ago. Only makes for a better spectacle really.
GOAL!!! Richmond with the all-important first major of the second half. Another one from a free kick. Walker was holding Edwards, and the Tigers made no mistake with his set shot. It's the Tigers by more than five goals now ... dangerous signs.
ANALYSIS: Neutral observers would have to conclude that Richmond is simply a better team. They've got more class and zip around the packs and two more-than-handy forwards in Riewoldt and Vickery. It seems that when Riewoldt is down, Vickery steps up. Great to see Chris Newman leading the Richmond possession count in his first ever final. Hard to even comprehend that - the finals stat, not his stat-winning ability. The Tigers have had several good mids so far, none the least Newman (14), alongside Deledio (12), Vlastuin (12) and Martin, Jackson, Houli and Rance (all with 11 touches). Carlton badly needs more from the likes of Scotland and Simpson. Chris Judd is lacking his usual authority, too. From this point, it's hard to see Richmond not doing enough to win. We'll see ....
GOAL!!! Great kick under pressure from the Richmond captain. That makes seven goals for the term for the 'home' team. Cotchin's kick came after more than 32 minutes. Quite a term of footy from the Tiges. Seven goals ... just to remind everyone that three of those came courtesy of 50m penalties.
We're fast approaching the main break. An impressive quarter thus far from Richmond .... They attack again. Cotchin marks! The skipper is 40m out. He'll kick at goal .....This would be handy.
GOAL! Late inclusion Nick Duigan goals from a set shot. Nifty little pass from Betts. Betts was under pressure deep in the pocket but found a way to get boot to ball. Good footy Blues within 21 points after 27 minutes.
Late in the second quarter and you'd safely pick a Richmond win from this point. Nothing is guaranteed, of course, but little has gone wrong for the Tigers in their first final since 2001. They don't look panicked. In contrast, their composure should be applauded.
GOAL. Richmond. Another one from a 50m penalty! Riewoldt is the beneficiary, kicking truly from about 35 metres. Tigers race to a 4-5 goal lead after 21 minutes.
GOAL. Snappy reply from Carlton. Robinson gathered the loose ball and kicked from 40 metres. They might be getting slaughtered around the packs, but they are converting from their limited chances. Nine scoring shots from 11 inside 50s.
GOAL!!! Classy goal to Martin for Richmond. He truly kicked truly right on 15 minutes to make little mistake about Richmond's dominance .... that's their fifth for the quarter. Richmond 8.6 (54) Carlton 4.4 (28)
GOAL!! Phew, for Blues fans. Waite stems the bleeding. A terrific kick from a tight angle under the Ponsford Stand. Blues badly need another
Gold Coast's Campbell Brown has a view on some of Richmond's recent goals (hey, there were a few 50m penalties) ...
Gift gift gift— Campbell brown (@Browndogg_30x) September 8, 2013
GOAL!!! This time it's Tuck. Four quick goals to Richmond and they lead by 25 points. The ball has barely left Richmond's forward 50 at the Punt Road End. We're 11 minutes into the second term and the Blues are in big trouble.
GOAL!!! Tigers again. Edwards boots truly after another 50m penalty! The floodgates haven't opened but someone is lurking with the key. Richmond 6.5 (41) to Carlton 3.4 (22) after eight minutes.
GOAL .... Another one to Richmond. Newman is the beneficiary after a 50-metre penalty. It seemed like a short 50 but it didn't bother the Tiger. He leant back from 40m and kicked truly. The look of quiet satisfaction on his face was evident. Richmond by 13 points after six minutes.
GOAL. Vickery with an almost-immediate reply for Richmond. Two goals to their other spearhead .... just a few real danger signs for the Blues.
GOAL. Betts keeps the Blues within touch. Just one point the difference now ...
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Snap analysis: The inside 50 differential from the opening term jumps out ... Richmond (19) to Carlton (6). The Blues scored from all but one of their forward forays. Vlastuin, Deledio, Houli, Martin and Rance the big possession winners for Richmond. And they've had a better spread that Carlton. Just three touches to Riewoldt, so if he gets involved, look out!
QUARTER-TIME: Richmond 3.5 (23) Carlton 2.3 (15).
A very late behind to Warnock brings the Blues one point closer to Richmond. A good quarter of footy but Richmond should be further ahead.
Cometh the moment, cometh the man .... Cotchin GOAL!!! The Richmond skipper snaps up a sharp handball from Jackson and snaps truly on his left foot. A beautiful kick. Tigers get some slight breathing space. Less than one minute until quarter-time. Richmond 3.5 (23) Carlton 2.2 (14)
Tigers just aren't taking full advantage of their ascendancy. They've had 18 inside 50's to Carlton's four. They'd want a couple of goals on the board quickly.
Vlastun, Deledio and Martin getting plenty of early possessions .... Murphy in the thick of the action for the Blues. This is shaping as a contest that will be tight throughout. Genuine finals intensity on the cards.
GOAL. Tigers regain the lead. Petterd kicks truly from almost directly in front .... it's two goals each after 18 minutes. Richmond 2.4 (16) Carlton 2.2 (14)
We've got confirmation that Conca's game is over. The Tigers midfielder has been subbed out, replaced by the soon-to-be-retired Shane Tuck.
GOAL!! A good kick from the Blues forward. It's Carlton out by four points midway through the opening term.
Umpire!!! A free kick has been to Waite about 40 metres out from goal. In my eyes, that should have gone the other way .... an in-the-back decision to his Richmond opponent. Waite now has a shot on goal ...
We've got an injury .... Conca is off, assisted by trainers. Seems to be a hammy complaint, maybe even worse. That could be more than a hiccup for the Tigers.
Brendan Fevola is an interested observer ....
Kruz you punch when your behind.— Brendan Fevola (@BrendanFevola25) September 8, 2013
GOAL!!! Tigers on the board with their first major. Right on the 10-minute mark. Vickery marked but it was somewhat contentious. He was at the front of the pack, but 2-3 players had their paws on the ball. The umpire decreed that as the man in front, the mark was his.
There's a nervous energy around the terraces. Seven minutes in .... how can so many fans make so little noise. They're waiting for something to happen. The first significant moment that will give this game some sort of pattern.
GOAL ... At the other end it's Warnock who opens the account. The first goal to either team. The big man somehow found space in the forward 50, turned on one foot and snapped towards the goal face. It bounced through ....
BEHIND ... Well, not that great a start. The kick from Edwards misses to the left .....
Richmond picks up the opening clearance and they go deep into the forward line. Mark to .... Aaron Edwards. A terrific start by the Tigers.
Blues kicking to the Punt Road End. A remarkable roar from the crowd greets the opening bounce ....
Here's the confirmation ....
Here's some late drama just before the bounce .... the Blues have made one more change. Brock McLean appears to have hurt himself in the warm-up and is out. Duigan takes his spot in the 22. Gee, whiz.
Just about 12 minutes until the first bounce now. MCG is a sight to behold. Walking towards this great venue it was plain to see that the Richmond faithful were making the most of this moment ... the first time in years since they played finals. Yellow and black colours were to be seen everywhere.
One late change at the MCG, but Chris Judd is playing. For Carlton, Levi Casboult replaced in selected side by Andrew McInnes. Richmond as selected. Shane Tuck the substitute for the Tigers. Troy Menzel gets that role for Carlton.
Richmond fan Dugald Jellie in his finery at the MCG.
Naturally, there's been so much attention on Richmond and its fan ahead of this clash. Normally the September period is reserved for annual holidays for the yellow and black brigade. But in 2013 not only have they reached the top eight, they've finished fifth and are deserved warm favourites for this clash. It it was great to hear from Richmond fans during the week. Dugald Jellie, for one, gave us an insight into just what this means for Tiger fans.