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FEBRUARY 23, 2004

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On Friday night, Richmond played a must-win game. It was must win as the Western Bulldogs won the wooden spoon in 2003. But, even if they did win, the Tigers were always to be reminded: it's only pre-season, and; it was only the Bulldogs. It was a case of "Damned if you do, damned if you don't".

So, with new players including Nathan Brown, Shane Morrison, Luke Weller, and Tommy Roach, Richmond started like a house on fire. Kayne Pettifer's nine-pointer in the first quarter set the tone for the first half. Richmond played some irresistable football at times, but also made simple skill errors which will need to be ironed out prior to Round 1.

The second half was a different matter. The Bulldogs got their game plan up and running, and Richmond fell to pieces in the third quarter. Daniel Bandy had a kick to get them in front late in the term, but missed, and Andrew Kellaway followed up with a captains goal to put the margin out to 10 points. Richmond consolidated in the final term to run out winners by 24 points.

Richmond has won 2 of its past 15 matches, both wins coming from the Dogs. And now it faces a St Kilda side that has come off an impressive win against Adelaide at Football Park. If Richmond and St Kilda play the way they both did over the weekend, the Saints will book themselves a Semi-final spot. The game will be at 5:10pm on Sunday afternoon, at Colonial Stadium. No doubt because Channel 10 are showing golf.

See you in the outer!

Kent Winzer is McGinlay's sports editor.


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