Sydney 9.11 (65) defeated by Richmond 10.8 (68)
It seems sometimes fairytales do come true, even for the formerly finals cursed Richmond Footy Club. The Tigers, incredibly, won their 9th game in a row by defeating minor premier Sydney in Sydney on Saturday evening, and after starting the season with 3 wins from their first 13 games are officially finals bound. It got off on the right foot for the Tigers before the game even began, the Swans doing exactly what they said they wouldn’t in pulling out another of their stars in Buddy Franklin to rest him before the finals next week. Already without Josh Kennedy, Ben McGlynn and ruckman Mike Pike it made the Swans seem considerably less scary and no doubt put the scent of blood into the Tigers nostrils who would have sensed their opponent were much more worried about next week than the contest in front of them, and predictably that’s exactly how it began.