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Carlton and Richmond have drawn for the primary time in 51 years in a shocking blockbuster to begin the 2023 AFL season.
Richmond tied it up within the closing 20 seconds when Tom Lynch took an enormous pack mark and went again and slotted a purpose.
Carlton went ahead within the closing frantic 15 seconds however couldn’t discover the behind they wanted.
With Richmond saved goalless for many of the fourth quarter, it was Lynch’s solo effort that noticed them draw degree at 8.10 (58) to eight.10 (58).
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The outcome left the footy world in awe after Richmond discovered one thing additional within the tank to come back again from seven factors down within the closing dying minutes.
Each groups held ascendancy at completely different occasions within the rollercoaster battle with Richmond taking a five-point lead into the ultimate time period.
The Tigers had come from 14-points down at half time and took the lead with three unanswered targets late within the third time period.
Ultimately the competition got here down to at least one candy swing of Lynch’s boot.
“They can not consider it,” Channel 7’s James Brayshaw mentioned.
Brian Taylor mentioned in commentary: “That is nuts”.
Richmond ahead Jack Riewoldt seemed fully deflated when talking to Fox Footy straight after the sport.
“Everyone seems to be a bit flat as shark s*** in the meanwhile,” he mentioned.
“We felt we performed the sport on our phrases… however we most likely didn’t take advantage of our alternatives tonight.”
Riewoldt now holds the document for many attracts skilled by an AFL participant within the historical past of the sport with eight attracts throughout the 34-year-old’s profession.
Carlton followers should have been dreaming of a nail-biting season-opening win when Sam Docherty kicked a bomb from exterior the 50m arc to place them again in entrance early within the fourth quarter.
Nevertheless, there have been few spectators among the many crowd of 88,084 — the second largest Spherical 1 crowd ever — who would say the 4 factors didn’t should be shared.