Daniel Rioli, Dustin Martin and Marlion Pickett all celebrate goals.
Daniel Rioli, Dustin Martin and Marlion Pickett all celebrate goals.

Magic moments: how Tigers won the flag

GREATER Western Sydney kicked the first goal after a tight tussle but from that moment it was all one way as Richmond steamrolled its way to the 2019 flag.

JON ANDERSON picks out the big moments that swept the Tigers to premiership glory.

FIRST QUARTER

20 minutes: Twenty minutes in and with just three minutes remaining in the quarter, who was going to stand up and break the deadlock and kick the first goal? Arise Jeremy Cameron from outside 50m with a typically long, racking left-foot, set-shot goal.

2min to go: A pulverising Kane ­Lambert tackle on the sublime Lachie Whitfield results in a loose ball and Dustin Martin marks, before playing on. Tigers on the board.

30 seconds left: Smooth-moving as always, Daniel Rioli gets on the end of some slick ball movement and goals to the sound of the siren.

Daniel Rioli kicks a goal just before the siren. Picture: David Caird
Daniel Rioli kicks a goal just before the siren. Picture: David Caird

 

SECOND QUARTER

7.38min: Marlion Pickett, playing like a 200-game veteran, is tearing it up early in the second. His work across half-back ultimately sets up Dusty, who ­naturally snaps truly.

9.50min: With GWS just hanging on, Pickett gets his hands on it again, enabling Rioli to find Lynch, who converts an excellent set shot from an angle.

23min: With Richmond 23 points up, enter Jumping Jack Riewoldt with a specky and conversion from 40m.

1min left: A Dusty free kick finds Riewoldt. Gun players kick them just before the bell. Jack is a gun. Goal, Tigers 35 points up. Game over?

Tigers forward Jack Riewoldt nails a goal from outside 50m. Picture: Getty Images
Tigers forward Jack Riewoldt nails a goal from outside 50m. Picture: Getty Images

 

THIRD QUARTER

7:24min: Jack Riewoldt jumps and the loose ball falls to Daniel Rioli, who conjures up some magic by hand to find Dusty, who does what he does to put the ­Tigers 48 points up.

11.09min: Marlion is alight, storming towards 50m where he finds Dusty. Rather than take a gettable set shot, Dusty returns the compliment to find ­Pickett. Black and yellow erupts as Pickett seals one of the greatest grand final stories.

Kane Lambert jumps on Marlion Pickett after his goal. Picture: Michael Klein
Kane Lambert jumps on Marlion Pickett after his goal. Picture: Michael Klein

 

Pickett is soon mobbed by his Tigers teammates. Picture: Michael Klein
Pickett is soon mobbed by his Tigers teammates. Picture: Michael Klein

 

FOURTH QUARTER

2min to go: Captain Cotchin winds the clock back to his 2012 heroics when he bursts out of the centre, takes two bounces and goals before going on a wild celebration

1min: If there was any doubt as to the rightful owner of a medal called Norm, Dusty ends it with his fourth goal from distance.

Trent Cotchin celebrates his last-quarter goal. Picture: AAP
Trent Cotchin celebrates his last-quarter goal. Picture: AAP

 

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Rioli celebrates his goal. Picture: Michael Klein
Rioli celebrates his goal. Picture: Michael Klein