Richmond are through to their first VFL Grand Final as a standalone club after thrashing the Box Hill Hawks before a vocal crowd in the Preliminary Final at Fortburn Stadium in Port Melbourne. The Tigers burst out of the blocks booting the first seven goals of the match and were never headed, winning by 65 points - 18.11.119 to 8.6.54.
The Tigers goals were shared around with fourteen goalkickers in an even team performance, Callum Moore kicking a game-high four goals and Ben Lennon with two were the only multiples. The Tigers fielded nineteen AFL listed players and are riding the yellow and black wave, mirroring their senior AFL teammates, who are hoping to make their way into the AFL Grand Final this Saturday.
Richmond has continued the ride and dream of the yellow and black wave defeating the Casey Demons in the VFL semi-final at Fortburn Stadium in Port Melbourne. The Tigers got out to a 61-point lead midway through the third quarter but the Demons fought back to get within 20 points in the final term before running out of time, the Tigers winning 19.14.128 to 15.11.101.
The win mirrored their AFL team the night before at the MCG by booking a Preliminary Final berth. They will meet the Box Hill Hawks next Saturday back at Port Melbourne. Tyson Stengle starred for the Tigers setting up their win with four first half goals, he was well supported by Sam Lloyd with 23 touches and three goals. The Tiger's small forwards were explosive throughout the match with Shai Bolton and 23rd man Shaun Mannagh, two goals, providing fans with many highlights. A Bolton hanger (above) near on siren time to end the game was the icing on the cake for Tiger fans.