Home final now on the cards for the black and golds after huge victory.
The Richmond Tigers have tuned up for the AFL finals after thumping the Greater Western Sydney Giants by 121 points at Skoda Stadium on Sunday.
After a tense opening the Tigers blew the game wide open in the second term as they kicked 11 goals to a lone behind as they cruised to a 25.13 (163) to 6.6 (42) victory.
The boost to the Tigers’ percentage takes them above Collingwood and Essendon on the ladder into fifth, and if they can knock off the Bombers next weekend, a home final will be theirs.
With such a massive winning margin the Tigers had standout performers across the field with Reece Conca, Dustin Martin and Shaun Grigg, while Aaron Edwards (five goals) was among 12 Richmond goalkickers.
Taylor Adams, Tom Scully and Dylan Shiel showed some fight for the home side, but it was all the Tigers as the records tumbled.
The 80-point margin at half-time was the side’s second biggest ever, with the largest being 107 against North Melbourne back in 1931.
The 11.5 kicked in the second term was Richmond’s highest-scoring quarter since producing 11.7(73) in Fitzroy’s final ever game in 1996 and the equal-sixth highest score in any quarter in Tiger history.
The loss was not a fitting way for coach Kevin Sheedy to bow out of his final home game in charge of the Giants, as he prepares to step away from full-time coaching, for now, after a glittering career.