'Nowhere near it': Richmond roasted over unwanted AFL history

Chris Young
Sports Reporter
Richmond failed to score a goal in the first quarter for the second straight week on Thursday, the first time they've gone goalless in consecutive first quarters since 1961. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Richmond’s hopes of getting their premiership defence off to a fast start have been dealt an ominous blow, with the club notching a slice of unwanted history against the Hawks on Thursday night.

The Tigers struggled to hit the scoreboard in their return to footy last Thursday, when they and Collingwood played out a dour draw that left fans wanting more.

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Their scoring issues were highlighted by their failure to kick a goal in the first quarter against the Magpies, a problem that reared its head again when facing Hawthorn.

For the first time since the 1961 season, the Tigers failed to register a first quarter goal in two consecutive games.

As the Hawks, who themselves took to the field with the oldest team in VFL/AFL history, put a stranglehold on the Tigers, fans were quick to point out the reigning premier’s woes.

Making matters worse for the Tigers was the lopsided tackle count.

Jack Riewoldt lifts the lid on brutal Pendlebury sledge

Tigers star Jack Riewoldt has revealed the cheeky sledge aimed at him after he shanked a straight forward kick short of the goal posts in Thursday night’s AFL restart against Collingwood.

AFL heavyweights Collingwood and Richmond played out their first draw in more than 100 years as football made a welcome return at the MCG.

Riewoldt was 30m out and on an angle, but unfortunately for the Tigers his kick fell short and Collingwood big man Darcy Cameron took a mark on the goal line.

Now, the Tigers star has revealed rival Scott Pendlebury had a sly dig at him following the shanked kick.

After setting up their defence to stop a Collingwood attack, Riewoldt said Pendlebury couldn’t help sledge him over the effort.

“I had a bit of a chuckle. Scott Pendlebury was on the mark and he ribbed me straight away,” Riewoldt told Fox Footy’s AFL 360.

“He goes: ‘Those hips are gone, you’re getting a bit old.’

“It was disappointing to not kick the goal … it was a pretty weird night.”

Riewoldt explained to the show that his technique let him down for the crucial shot.

“I was so focused on dropping the ball well – which I did – and then I just forgot to kick it,” he added.