The Premiership race has been thrown wide open, with a stunning finals debut from GWS in the first ever ‘Battle of the Bridge’ final. Despite going into the game as firm favourites for both this game and the flag, Sydney just didn’t have the answers to the Giants relentless pressure and precise foot skills.
Round 2 began with a fizz, as the exciting run and gun footy of round 1 seemed to vanish into thin air. This was a dour affair made exciting by the fact that the scoreboard was close. Both sides appeared to play safe (yet scrappy) football, and the game never reached any great heights. The standout player on the field was the Faz, Alex Fasolo, with 6 goals, and a hand in 3 more. Once again for Richmond, the story remains the poor decision making of some of their senior players. They made bad mistakes and decisions all night – which culminated in a fairly ordinary last 3 minutes to allow the Fasolo led Pies to storm home and take the lead with a snapped goal from Brodie Grundy with 4 seconds remaining.