Commentators weren't buying it for one second on Monday night when Jack Riewoldt cheekily tried to claim he wasn't aware he'd kicked his 400th AFL goal at the MCG. The Richmond veteran achieved the milestone in his side's clash with Melbourne, becoming just the third player in history to do so.
With his second goal of the night and 766th of his career, Riewoldt joined Matthew Richardson (464) and Matthew Lloyd (461) as the only players to kick 400 goals at the G. He was asked about the feat by Channel 7 boundary rider Dale Thomas during the half-time break.
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“Did you know that was your 400th on the ‘G?” Thomas asked. Riewoldt responded with a smile: “No, I didn’t - but thank you for letting me know."
However the claim didn't cut the mustard with Channel 7's commentary team, who were well aware that Riewoldt is a student of the game and probably would have been aware. Richardson said with a laugh: “He knew. That’s one of the biggest lies he’s ever told. Most forwards definitely know how many goals they’ve kicked, there’s no doubt about that.”
Daisy Pearce joked "he is a bad liar", while Hamish McLachlan added: "A lot of players know exactly where they stand in terms of numbers. Jack appears to be on of those that’s got a great understanding of his game, but also the history of the game.”
Pearce later lauded Riewoldt for his passion and courage after he copped a nasty gash on his head last week. “Just going back to Jack, I just love - 330 games he’s played, three premierships - he’s done it all," she said.
"And then it’s a round six game at this stage in his career and he still plays with as much passion as anyone out there. It’s brilliant, isn’t it? He’s just a competitor as well. I mean, how many staples has he got in his head?”
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Has a player defied the footy obituaries more often than Jack Riewoldt? Just keeps on keeping on #AFLDeesTigers
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He amazing player. Will missed him when he does live that team (one day ) number 1 for me 😊🐯❤️.
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Most goals at a V/@AFL ground
679 GCoventry at Victoria Park
565 JDunstall at Waverley
471 JTitus at Punt Road
464 MRichardson at MCG
461 MLloyd at MCG
452 NRiewoldt at Docklands
413 DWade at Kardinia Park
400 MPavlich at Subiaco
400 JACK RIEWOLDT @MCG
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Jacob van Rooyen emerges as star in Melbourne win
Riewoldt ended up with three goals on the night, but his efforts weren't enough to secure Richmond the win. Young forward Jacob van Rooyen took a soaring mark and booted three clutch goals as the Demons erased a half-time deficit to win by 18 points.
Van Rooyen kicked two goals in a four-minute burst early in the final quarter, and then added the match-sealer in his side's 15.6 (96) to 11.12 (78) win. Inspired by Noah Cumberland's three-goal first quarter, Richmond led by 25 points before half-time in front of 83,985 fans.
But the Tigers coughed up nine goals to three after the main break in a fourth-straight defeat that leaves their season hanging by a thread. Richmond are now 1-1-4 on the season and sitting in 16th place - their lowest spot on the ladder since 2014.
"It was a win full of character, coming from 25 points down," Demons coach Simon Goodwin said after his side improved to 4-2. "Sometimes you've got to win differently and tonight was one of those times. You can start to build on these experiences as the year goes on and I think that's really important for us as a club."
The 20-year-old van Rooyen had just four touches in the first three quarters, before bursting to life late in the game. "It's a great thing for Jacob," Goodwin said.
"At three-quarter time he certainly wasn't having the best night and at one stage we were thinking about subbing him, so thank God we didn't do that. He managed to turn it around ... and he had a really good last quarter."
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