Lions have been travelling very well and were expected to be a good test for us. Vlossy was back for Markov. Hipwood goaled first. Charlie Cameron is one of the league’s in-form forwards, and he was on the board and revving his mini bike early. We found the ball and got in front by quarter time. Harris Andrews is a talented and huge man but his spoil technique handed us two goals.
The Lions now kicked the game away. After QT they kicked 2.14, which of course is oddly familiar. They kicked 8.17 in last year’s qualifying final, letting us off the hook despite 10 scoring shots to 3 in the first quarter.Embed from Getty Images
The current “Tom Lynch is a thug” movement started here, when he pushed Alex Witherden’s face into the turf. He avoided a suspension but it might have been for the best if he’d been given a week and taught to cool it.
Shai Bolton has gone to another level, seeming to glide around the midfield. He collected a ball at pace in the exact centre of the ground, continued for 5 steps then roosted the ball from all of 70 metres. Marbs shepherded it through for one of the longest goals I’ve seen.
A beaut highlight with an anti-climactic end was Kamdyn’s fancy stepovers on the outer wing, which lost McLuggage completely. Kamdyn then took about 18 steps and was whistled up for too far. He’s extraordinary.Embed from Getty Images
I have again used @Tigers_of_Old’s list of the best Tigers on ground. Dusty is in Brownlow form now IMO. Baker is going to be top 3 in the B&F in my opinion. Bolton was a very good small forward in 2019 but a revelation in midfield now. Lynch worked very hard. Jake Aarts knows where the goals are, knows his role and plays it well.
Martin 5, Baker 4, Bolton 3, Lynch 2, Aarts 1
10: Lambert, Short
8: Vlastuin, Grimes
7: Prestia, Balta
5: Higgins, Vlastuin, Cotchin, Eggmolesse-Smith, McIntosh
3: Prestia, Houli, Lynch
2: Riewoldt, Pickett, Chol
1: Castagna, Graham, Aarts