The farewell game for legendary coach Alastair Clarkson and veteran Shaun Burgoyne has ended in a thrilling draw, after Jack Riewoldt kicked a goal to level the scores in the dying seconds.
In an emotional match, which was Clarkson’s 390th and final game as Hawthorn coach and also served as the last hurrah for Burgoyne and three-time premiership Tiger David Astbury, the Hawks looked home after being 31 points up late in the final term.
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But the Tigers ended the match with a flurry of goals, refusing to give Clarkson and Burgoyne the fairytale finish they craved, with the final score finishing at 12.11 (83) apiece.
Richmond was still six points down when the ball was bombed inside 50 with 18 seconds left, and in chaotic scenes, Riewoldt toe-poked the ball through the goals to secure the draw – despite Burgoyne trying valiantly to get his fingers on it before it crossed the line.
The game started off scrappy, with both sides struggling to get any fluent ball movement early.
But Richmond soon started to get its chaotic forward handball game going, which led to back-to-back goals through Jason Castagna and Mabior Chol.
Hawthorn worked itself back into the contest, kicking the next three goals to take the lead early in the second term.
Clarkson’s men entered half-time with a handy 12-point lead, as the Tigers struggled to cope …….