Richmond star Dustin Martin has made a profitable return as the Tigers beat Geelong by 18 factors in their AFL observe match.
Martin performed a lot of the 4 quarters on Saturday at GMHBA Stadium and whereas he was understandably rusty, nonetheless did a lot in the 17.8 (110) to 12.20 (92) win.
The match was presupposed to go for six 30-minute durations, however the two senior groups left the sector after the primary 4 quarters had been finished.
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Principally youthful gamers had a run for the remainder of the hitout.
It was Martin’s first sport since he suffered a serious kidney injury final July, which put him in hospital and led to important weight reduction.
Martin’s gruelling pre-season program was placed on maintain in December when his father Shane died out of the blue in New Zealand.
Ivan Soldo additionally returned after lacking final season due to a knee injury, whereas Noah Balta made his first look since an ankle injury sidelined him in spherical 15 final 12 months.
Tigers star Shai Bolton lit up the sport and kicked three objectives.
Former Richmond and Adelaide participant Tyson Stengle made an attention-grabbing debut for the Cats, kicking 4 objectives.
Geelong have thrown Stengle a lifeline after the proficient small ahead’s profession was on the crossroads due to off-field incidents.
Because the scoreline suggests, Geelong had loads of possibilities and led by a purpose at three-quarter time earlier than Richmond kicked six objectives to 2 in the final.
After lacking the finals sequence final 12 months, Cats greatest and fairest defender Tom Stewart returned and was stable.
Shaun Higgins had extra time in the center, whereas captain Joel Selwood spent a variety of time on a half-forward flank.
The Tigers had been lacking Trent Cotchin, Daniel Rioli, Kane Lambert, Jack Graham and new captain Dylan Grimes.
Mitch Duncan, Sam Menegola, Jack Henry and Mark O’Connor had been among the many Geelong gamers lacking from Saturday’s sport.
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