Fremantle either held their defense or scored freely from the central gap with two goals from that source in each of the first two quarters.
The first shot through Will Brodie was the result of a series of handballs outside the square. The second was football at its purest when Caleb Serong kicked the lead Fife who took the ball away in front of him with defending champions Dylan Grimes in his stride.
Nick Ulastuin was hugely influential as a substitute but the Tigers couldn’t get past Alex Pearce and Luke Ryan in a frenetic final quarter in which both sides will rue their missed opportunities as the two teams played out their first draw.
Did the siren go off as Cumberland indicated?
After the ball had lain on the Tigers’ goal line for two minutes, the Dockers looked to clear the ball but Marlion Pickett won the ball and blasted the leading Cumberland in the chest. It wasn’t clear if the siren went off while the shot was in the air or after he had marked it, but he had a mark to pay. However, Cumberland believed they were at the edge of their range and played on rather than kicking at goal, with the Tigers needing only a goal to win. The young man was great, but just made an instinctive decision that didn’t work. It comes a week after Jake Aarts hit a late game against North Melbourne and Jason Castagna smothered his shot a week earlier in a game-winning effort against the Suns.
RICHMOND 3.5 5.8 6.10 7.10 (52)
FREMANTLE 3.3 5.5 5.9 7.10 (52)
Best: Richmond: Ulastuin, Tarrant, Pickett, Prestia, Cumberland. Fremantle: Young, Brayshaw, Pearce
Goals: Richmond: Bolton 2, Cumberland, Riewoldt, Balta, Mackintosh, Sauncy. Fremantle: Logue, Aish, Brodie, Fyfe, Walters, Taberner, Banfield