[This is my comment on Dugald’s post that has now grown up to be its own post]
I jumped about like an idiot when Dusty scored – so I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t happy about the four points! But looking at the big picture – where is the progress in the last 12 months? If our veterans, our improving mid-range and our star youngsters all lose their bottle like that? Against Carlton, again, just like round 1, 2013.
The Vickery goal near the end was like something from an under-6 soccer game. And our miserable opposition – the worst Carlton team we have faced in years, they came out with their boots on the wrong feet, and we still couldn’t put them away?
When two teams have a traditional rivalry, pumping that up is always to the benefit of the weaker team. And I think we are currently a much better team than Carlton.
Next time we play them (you wouldn’t think they’ll make the finals so probably next year) I would like us all to treat them like the Western Bulldogs, or St Kilda. No fear, no undue respect, no hoodoo, no rivalry. Just a team who are so light on talent they still hope Jarrad Waite is going to turn into a player.
4 goals up at quarter time, 6 goals at half time, kill it off in the 3rd and in the last you have the choice; go for percentage or rest a few guns. This is what I want from Richmond!!
There’ll be plenty of time for Rivalry Razzamatazz when we are duking it out for a spot in the top 4. For now, it just plays into their hands.