Clawless Tigers thrashed in sash clash

Richmond players were up in arms about not wearing their traditional jumper. Text & photo by Vin Maskell.

Richmond players were up in arms about not wearing their traditional jumper. Text & photo by Vin Maskell.

In what was meant to be the battle of the gold sash, Williamstown defeated Richmond by 70 points in the round three VFL game at Williamstown.

The signs were ominous for the Tigers when the game was shifted from their Punt Road Oval late in the week due to the club not yet having an occupancy certificate for its refurbished grandstand.

Then, when the players ran onto the Morris St ground they were wearing their alternate jumper – gold with a black sash, the same combination they wore when Footscray defeated them by nearly 20 goals two weeks ago. Williamstown, as it has for most of its 150 years, wore royal blue with a gold sash.

Richmond began the game brightly with a goal in the first minute but the Seagulls, with the wind at their backs,  were leading by four goals at quarter time and increased the margin each quarter.

Final scores: Williamstown 19.15 (129) Richmond 8.11 (59)

Best: Williamstown: Charleston, Ferguson, Meese, Jolley, Wheeler.
Best: Richmond: Jack Dyer, Jack Titus, Roy Wright, Kevin Bartlett, Royce Hart, Francis Bourke

Williamstown will face a sterner test next Sunday when they play Port Melbourne at home. Former Hawthorn premiership teammates Andy Collins (Williamstown) and Gary Ayres (Port Melbourne) will be both be coaching, wired for sound, from the boundary.

Richmond is expected to be reviewing its jumper policy.

Gisborne holds off fast-finishing Tigers by RICHARD JONES

 

 

10155143_10151982673361752_1050284983_nGISBORNE just managed to hold off a charging Tigers’ side to win a Good Friday Bendigo Football League thriller at the Kyneton Showgrounds by 10 points.

In front of a massive crowd and unable to buy a goal in the first three quarters, Kyneton added 5.5 in a gripping last quarter while holding the Bulldogs goalless.

Nonetheless, with 10 fewer scoring shots the Dogs sneaked over the line: 13.8 (86) to 9.22 (76). Continue reading