Shai Bolton has been given a uncommon public clip by coach Damien Hardwick after a butchered set shot finally proved disastrous within the dramatic AFL season opener.
Bolton had a shot in entrance of aim late within the fourth quarter and elected to snap round his physique regardless of lining up straight in entrance.
His behind introduced the Tigers to inside one aim of the lead within the ultimate frantic minutes of Richmond’s rollercoaster draw with Carlton on Thursday night time on the MCG.
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With gamers wanting misplaced for phrases when the ultimate siren sounded, Bolton’s miss started to look increasingly more painful because the mud started to choose the thrilling contest.
Bolton produced one other night time of highlights, together with a really actual early contender for mark of the 12 months, but it surely was the mind fart that was the largest speaking level after the sport.
Hardwick mentioned in his post-match press convention he was annoyed his crew “missed sodas” in entrance of aim and wasn’t clear going ahead.
He mentioned of Bolton’s determination to disregard the standard dop punt: “We would like the participant to take the duty with the best way that they shoot at aim.
“For a participant of my period, drop punt, for positive. However today, gamers apply these, however they must execute. That’s the actuality of it. You reside or die by the sword, don’t you. He practices these quite a bit. He has to in all probability get higher at it. In all probability for mine he rushed it and will have taken extra time and obtained his breaths and extra relaxed along with his shot.”
He was additionally requested by a journalist: “Would you say you possibly can’t do this any extra?”
Hardwick responded: “I wouldn’t say can’t. We wish gamers to make an knowledgeable determination. As a coach we provide steerage however in actuality they play the sport. Good afternoon Jake. The actual fact of the matter they must make choices.”
Footy commentators had been significantly grouchy at seeing Bolton elect to kick round his physique with the match on the road.
Fortunately for Bolton, Tom Lynch stood up when it mattered with a bit o solo magic that drew the Tigers stage at 8.10 (58) to eight.10 (58) with 20 seconds to play.
It’s the first time in 51 years the groups have drawn.
The consequence left the footy world in awe after Richmond discovered one thing further within the tank to come back again from seven factors down within the ultimate 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’t 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 intervening time,” he mentioned.
“We felt we performed the sport on our phrases… however we in all probability didn’t take advantage of our alternatives tonight.”
Riewoldt now holds the file 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 outdoors 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 greatest Spherical 1 crowd ever — who would say the 4 factors didn’t should be shared.