Tigers step on the gas against Blues

April 19 2022 - 5:00am
Kane Lambert in action ... another strong outing as he continues to build his fitness for an AFL return
Kane Lambert in action ... another strong outing as he continues to build his fitness for an AFL return

Richmond's VFL team has made it consecutive wins and has moved up to sixth on the ladder after humbling the previously undefeated Carlton Blues by 25 points, thanks to a second quarter blitz which saw the Tigers slam seven goals to four to build an impressive 40-point lead.

The victory was coincidentally Richmond's first appearance at Ikon Park, the very venue where it won the 2019 VFL Premiership against Williamstown.

After returning from injury last week against Footscray, three-time AFL premiership player Kane Lambert backed up last week's performance with a strong outing against the Blues in what will warm the hearts of Tigers supporters, as he continues to build his fitness for an imminent return to the AFL in coming weeks.

Stack put in his best performance of the season, showing much of his early AFL career form to put his hand up for senior selection

Lambert (25 disposals and two goals), was ably supported by fellow AFL-listed teammates in ruckman Ivan Soldo, Jake Aarts who had 32 possessions, and promising youngster Judson Clarke who kicked another two goals, taking his season tally to seven after four games.

Sydney Stack also put in his best performance of the season, showing much of his early AFL career form with three goals, 23 touches and four clearances to put his hand up for senior selection.

The Tigers ran out winners 15.7.97 to 11.6.72,

VAFA back in swing

Local Victorian Amateur Football Association fixtures were disrupted last weekend by the Easter holidays, but it will be back in swing this Saturday.

In the Division 1 Men's, the Kew Bears will take on PEGS at PEGS Sporting Field. Respectively in fourth and second position on the ladder, both sides are undefeated after two rounds and would be looking to make a statement to each other early in the season.

It is a mirror image for Kew in the Division 1 Reserves Men's, as the team also finds itself in fourth place with PEGS in second, while in the William Bucks Premier Women's, Kew will host Melbourne University Women's at Victoria Park in Kew on Saturday morning.

In Division 3 Men's, the Richmond Centrals Football Club (sixth) will face Emmaus St Leo's (fifth) at Bennettswood Sports Ground this Saturday, as both clubs look to climb the ladder early in the season. After two rounds, Richmond is 1-1 after defeating North Brunswick in round one but were outclassed by Elsternwick a week later.

A-League hattrick

Western United has taken full advantage of a weakened Perth Glory, taking all three points on offer in a 6-0 rout at Launceston, to strengthen its hold on a top two spot on the A-League ladder.

The highlight of the game came from winger Lachlan Wales whose first-half hattrick set United ablaze, with his volley just inside the 18-yard box at the 27-minute mark the pick of the lot.

Wales, who signed a new two-year extension with United last month, has impressed this season, playing in all 22 of its A League fixtures this season.

He was on fire against the Glory, taking four shots at goal, with three of those on target.

Wales is equal first at United and equal third in the A-League, alongside teammates Aleksandar Prijovic and Ben Garrucio.

The victory was a record breaking one for United as it accrued its highest points tally in a season with 41, overtaking the 39 it earnt in its inaugural A-League season in 2019-20, while it was also its biggest winning margin.

The 6-0 win was a much needed one for United, after falling off the pace in four of the last five games. Currently United is five points behind leader Melbourne City, but it does have two games in hand as it chases its maiden minor premiership.


Ian Moore


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