Hello and welcome to what is unquestionably the match of the round and quite likely match of the season to date. The Victorian government has done footy fans a solid by allowing the MCG to be at 85 per cent capacity this weekend. Now all said fans need to do is fill every seat available for tonight’s game (shouldn’t be a problem; it’ll be a cracking contest) and then again tomorrow (again, shouldn’t be an issue given the occasion but right now I’d have to think twice given the option of watching Collingwood versus Essendon or paint drying).
But to tonight’s, ahem, blockbuster. After five wins to commence the 2021 campaign, the time has come to see where the Demons are really at. Four of those wins have come against sides sitting outside the top eight while the other victory came against Geelong, who started round six no higher than eighth but today franked the form of their loss to Melbourne with a humungous win over West Coast.
None of which is to diminish the Dees’ flying start – you can, after all, only beat what’s in front of you – but Saturday night at the ‘G against the reigning premiers will give us a much clearer view of just how far Simon Goodwin’s men have come. That blip against the Swans aside, Richmond have done little to suggest they won’t give a third premiership in three seasons an almighty shake.
It’s also a game of milestones. Congratulations to Nathan Jones (300th game), Angus Brayshaw (100th) and Daniel Rioli (100th) on getting this far. It’s a hell of an achievement to play even one game at this illustrious level.
Oh, and a bloke called Dustin Martin is making his 250th senior appearance. What in incredible player. We’re not worthy.