Watching Richmond star Brett Deledio’s brilliant goalkicking blitz in the first quarter of last Friday night’s blockbuster clash with Hawthorn at the MCG, my mind wandered back 42 years, to the 1973 Grand Final.
It was Richmond versus Carlton back then, with the Tigers seeking revenge for the shock loss they had suffered at the hands of their arch rival in the previous year’s premiership-decider.
In the pressure-cooker atmosphere of the momentous occasion, Tiger star Kevin Sheedy stepped up superbly from the outset, to provide the impetus for a memorable Yellow and Black triumph.
Sheedy, formerly a tough, uncompromising back pocket, had developed into one of the best ruck-rovers in the competition.
But on Grand Final day, 1973, it was Sheedy’s ability to hit the scoreboard that proved so decisive . . .
He kicked all of Richmond’s three goals in the opening term to seize the crucial early initiative for the Tigers, who ended up leading by nine points at the first change (3.5 to 2.2).
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