Fri, May 6, 2:50pm by Kevin Pitstock
When and Where:
4.10pm at MCG
Richmond – 14
Fremantle – 10
Draws – 0
Last Time They Met:
Richmond 15.10 (100) defeated Fremantle 11.15 (81), round 15, 2010 at Etihad Stadium
Richmond – DLLWW
Fremantle – LWWWB
Current Ladder Positions:
Richmond – 10th (2-1-3)
Fremantle – 4th (4-1)
Jack Riewoldt announced himself as a superstar of the AFL in 2010 with a 78-goal haul that won him the Coleman medal. The 22-year-old hasn’t taken a back step this season either, racing to the top of the goal kicking tally again with 21 from his first six games. In recent weeks, Riewoldt has been the beneficiary of some great work from the Tigers’ midfield, but they’ll have their work cut out against the Dockers’ centreline. The full-forward will also be matched-up on Luke McPharlin or Antoni Grover, two consistent defenders who give little away.
Kepler Bradley has been a revelation for Fremantle this season. The former Bomber had been in and out of the senior side for a few years playing as a second ruckman, but has cemented his spot now playing predominantly as a forward. An unlikely type, Bradley has remarkably kicked 11 goals from five games this season, meaning he currently sits 12th on the league’s goal kicking table. If this form continues, the Dockers will keep on winning.
Richmond Team Changes:
IN – Daniel Jackon
OUT – Shane Tuck (soreness)
Fremantle Team Changes:
IN – Greg Broughton and Clancee Pearce
OUT – Ryan Crowley and Jesse Crichton
There could be less than 30,000 people at the MCG on Saturday, but nonetheless this match shapes up as a beauty of a contest between two teams high on confidence and momentum.
For the first time in a few years, Richmond is up and about! The Tigers have won their past two games against Brisbane and North Melbourne and are playing with dash and dare we haven’t seen from a yellow and black side for a while. They have a terrific young midfield, led by Daniel Jackson, Trent Cotchin – who is benefitting from his first full pre-season – Nathan Foley and Dustin Martin, who is perhaps the sensation of the season to date.
Despite a heavy pre-season injury list, Fremantle has been another team to defy the critics in 2011. The Dockers’ new found confidence was evident during their gutsy seven-point win over Western Bulldogs in Round 5. David Mundy has finally joined Matthew Pavlich and Aaron Sandilands as A-grade players, while Nathan Fyfe represents exciting times ahead.
The Dockers’ overall record at the MCG is atrocious, so the Tigers are every chance in that sense. But this is a really good opportunity for the Dockers to announce themselves as genuine premiership contenders with a win away from home. Fremantle should produce a win that will give them enormous confidence going ahead.
Best Head-To-Head Bet:
Fremantle by 1-39 ($2.44 – Centrebet)
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