At this point in the season, I have about as much confidence in the bombers as the Liberal Party seems to have in Joe Hockey, and after Richmond’s smashing of the pies last week, I wondered if a blowout was on the cards. So while I was wondering whether Essendon resistance would disappear quicker than Operation Fortitude, I wasn’t totally convinced that it would happen at all. Richmond may be a bit too good to be true (a bit like Damien Mantach) as last week’s scoreline flattered them and disguised the fact that their midfield was unable to really control the game.
It was pretty wet before the game and conditions for the opening bounce looked awful, with the resulting football about as attractive as a hipster beard/ man bun combination. Both teams were finding it hard to get the ball out of defence easily with clearances coming back more often than an ageing rocker without enough superannuation.