Is this the greatest Tuesday game of all time? Typically, only ANZAC Day would see football played on a Tuesday. Since the Essendon - Collingwood clash became an annual affair, the two teams have rarely been at their best at the same time. This Tuesday, we get to see the defending champion take on an heir apparent. The stakes are huge. Grand final preview stamped across the tickets.
Having won two of the last three premierships, Richmond opened 2020 the betting favourite. Since then, all hell as broken loose. Whilst COVID-19 took over the world, Richmond developed an extensive unavailable list. Yet, they kept winning. Inexperienced players have been thrust into important team roles, gaining valuable learning experiences. As key players return to a team which has kept winning and helped Richmond find its identity again, the Tigers appear ready to once again feature in the games biggest day.
Brisbane - the heir apparent - playing the most consistent football in the league stand ready for their biggest challenge to date. We know Brisbane is for real; though a real message could be sent tonight. Pressure builds on the Lions, with the league practically becoming the QAFL in 2020, the Lions have been delivered a golden ticket. Redeeming it is not as simple as turning up though. The Lion's know this, hopefully, if they are able to capitalise and deliver a premiership, the public will acknowledge this.
Crucially, the stakes are huge. Losing would make it very hard for Richmond to finish above fourth given they would drop two and a half games behind Brisbane and Port whilst the Eagles enjoy a dream run in Perth. Moving 10 points clear of fifth-place, a win just about secures a top-two finish for Brisbane, with only five wins needed from their final seven you would think.
Brisbane by 4.
Tuesday night footy, can't wait!
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