The Richmond Tigers had a night to forget at the MCG on Friday and no moment stood out more than a wayward attempt on goal by Jason Castagna.
The 24-year-old was a staple of all three premiership seasons under coach Damien Hardwick but he’d probably rather forget his first quarter shank against the Cats.
After Geelong’s Cameron Guthrie lost the footy just inside 50, Richmond big man Tom Lynch was able to snaffle a quick handpass to Castagna.
The small forward looked a chance to go the distance for a major but miskicked his attempt, sending it out of bounds on the full at almost a 45 degree angle from the sticks.
Commentators were stunned by the shank.
“(He’s) completely miskicked it … horrible schmaking looking thing, wasn’t it?” said Channel 7 commentator Brian Taylor in his call of the game.
“He kicked the wrong side of the ball! Completely!”
The Tigers faded on Friday night. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)Source:Getty Images
Castagna’s Tigers started the 2020 Grand Final rematch with a spring in their step but eventually found themselves outplayed by a crisp Cats outfit.
After leading at the main break, the Tigers kicked just two goals in the second half as star Cats recruit Jeremy Cameron booted six major scores to inspire a famous victory.
From the third quarter onwards, the Geelong forward line proved a handful for the Tigers, with Tom Hawkins and Gary Rohan helping themselves to four and five goals each for the game.
“We felt like we had some firepower in our forward half which is obviously what we’ve been working towards for a little while,” Geelong coach Chris Scott said after the game.
Hardwick applauded Geelong’s effort after the loss, declaring the Cats the best side Richmond has faced so far this season.
“Geelong are a very, very good side,” Hardwick said in his post-match press conference.
“We can see the way they go about their game, they’ve added talent from last year, you add (Shaun) Higgins, you add Isaac Smith, you add Jeremy Cameron, they’re three really good players, so they’ve got better again – we’ve got to catch them.”
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