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Richmond Tigers

Mission: Nearly impossible - Pies wary of Martin

Magpies coach Nathan Buckley says the Pies will "put some time" into Dustin Martin.

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says the Magpies have several options in their quest to stop Dustin Martin in Thursday night's highly anticipated clash with Richmond at the MCG, but concedes the Tigers talisman is "almost impossible to tackle."

Magpies 'lick wounds' ahead of Tigers blockbuster

Nathan Buckley

Having "missed" an opportunity against the Western Bulldogs, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley hopes a recent practice match against Richmond helps the Pies be ready for a blockbuster clash against the Tigers on Thursday night.

Tigers, Blues: dreams fulfilled and shattered

Trent Cotchin celebrates the Tigers' win.

On night one of the new season, it doesn't really matter who is playing, only that after the long phoney war, someone is. Richmond and Carlton it has become, because they are notionally grand rivals. But they haven't really been contemporaneous contenders since Kevin Bartlett's heyday, and he is now 70 and newly cast in bronze at the MCG. Nonetheless, more than 73,000 came for their fix.

Martin stars to steer Tigers past Blues

Dustin Martin celebrates one of his four goals.

Playing a style of football as bold as the new shade of yellow on their jumper, Richmond began a fork-in-the-road season with a win over a Carlton side that provided a fair share of excitement too, as well as a brief scare for Tigers coach Damien Hardwick.