There is an old adage in footy that a team has to lose a few finals to win one. it proved true for Richmond as they lost their first ever final in 1916 - a semi-final against Carlton. They then lost their first Grand Final to Collingwood in 1919. They lost again to Carlton in 1920 in a semi-final, but since there were only four teams eligible at that time, they were still through to the Grand Final which they won. They have since gone on to win another 10 premierships.
The Greater Western Sydney Giants have advanced to a preliminary final against Collingwood after holding on for a three-point victory over a gallant Brisbane Lions on Saturday night. In one of the games of the season, there was something for everyone. There were 10 lead changes throughout the match, plenty of aggression from both teams and some overzealous umpiring that saw a total of 54 free kicks paid for the match.
The Giants burst out of the blocks kicking the first four goals of the game while displaying the same physical style of football that helped them to a big win over the Western Bulldogs just a week earlier.
Josh Kennedy’s eleven straight goals for the West Coast Eagles were the icing on the cake as they demolished a gallant Greater Western Sydney Giants at Patersons Stadium on Mother’s Day. Kennedy, along with eleven other goal kickers for the Eagles, kicked their second highest ever score in a one way contest to see them holding seventh position in the Top Eight. West Coast had been on a steady downward slide after their opening couple of games with one of the main reasons being their poor conversion of shots on goal. They ranked dead last out of all the teams in the competition before the Round 7 game and it has cost them premiership points. All that changed in this game with straight kicking and solid marking in the forward 50 meter zone.