Richmond star Dustin Martin had the MCG collapsed with a Goal of the Year contender during Saturday’s clash with Hawthorn.
It’s like he never left.
Richmond superstar Dustin Martin put the MCG into meltdown with a Goal of the Year contender during Saturday afternoon’s win over Hawthorn.
The Hawks were trailing by 12 points late in the third quarter when Tigers forward Kane Lambert took down Hawthorn quarterback Jack Scrimshaw.
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Martin recovered the lost ball close to the boundary line before turning quickly and kicking towards the goalposts with his weak foot.
But despite the incredibly narrow angle, Martin somehow managed to wedge Sherrin between the big sticks while surrounded by a group of Hawks defenders.
The 30-year-old was surrounded by his ecstatic teammates as the MCG’s 40,663 spectators went into a frenzy.
Fox Footy commentator Mark Howard called it “one of the goals of the year”.
The Tigers eventually clinched a 17.15 (117) to 14.10 (94) win, their third straight win to temporarily climb to seventh in the AFL.
Tom Lynch was one of Richmond’s best players with a game-record four goals, but he could be in trouble reviewing the match after hitting Jarman Impey in the face when the Hawk dropped him on the wing in the third quarter.
And Marlion Pickett could also be in trouble for a big hit on Dylan Moore, who forced the young Hawk to be tested in the second quarter. Moore was able to continue playing.
Both teams also suffered significant injuries. Hawthorn star Jack Gunston was substituted in the second period after injuring his ankle in a quarter-half siren tagging dispute. He tried to play, but succumbed before his time.
Richmond defender Noah Balta, meanwhile, was substituted three-quarters of the time following a hamstring injury.
The Tigers rebounded from 25 points early in the second quarter to execute an impressive 48-point comeback.
To Hawthorn’s credit, they refused to give in and kicked four straight goals to get back to 10 points with just over two minutes to go.
However, Richmond goalie Jason Castagna produced the winning play when he smothered Denver Graingar-Barras’ rebound shot, grabbed the crumbs and ended up actually pulling it out of his pocket.
The result sees the Tigers retain their position in the top eight, and it’s also the first time they’ve won three straight games since they had five straight wins from the 2020 semi-final to the second round last year.
As for the Hawks, their honeymoon period under new coach Sam Mitchell is over. After starting the year 3-2, Hawthorn has now lost four games in a row.
Shai Bolton was instrumental in Richmond’s revival, finishing with 20 touches and three goals, while Martin continued his impressive first-team comeback with 20 eliminations and three goals.
In the end, Richmond’s dominance in central play (23-9) proved to be critical and his pressure was superb, finishing with 21 more tackles (75-54).
— with Ronny Lerner, NCA NewsWire