Essendon FINALLY show some fight! Andrew McGrath sparks fiery clash with Richmond


Essendon FINALLY show some fight! Andrew McGrath sparks fiery clash with Tom Lynch as Bombers stars look to prove the doubters wrong – but Richmond prove a class above with comfortable win at the MCG

  • Essendon copped criticism from all angles for their lack of fight this week 
  • The Bombers failed to stand up for team-mate Dylan Shiel at Sydney Swans 
  • Ben Ratten’s side came out firing at the MCG and looked up for the fight
  • Andrew McGrath sparked a fiery clash with Tom Lynch in the first quarter  

Essendon copped criticism from all angles this week about their lack of fight, so it came as a relief for Bombers fans to see their side up for the battle against Richmond on Saturday.

The Bombers were pummeled last time out in Sydney, but it was their failure to stand up for team-mate Dylan Shiel that riled fans and pundits after the massacre at the SCG. 

Swans star Luke Parker went unchallenged after taunting Shiel for his supposed lack of braveness, and no Essendon player came to the midfielder’s defence.

Essendon finally showed a bit of fight during their Dreamtime clash with Richmond at the G

The Bombers were accused of shirking the fight during last week's defeat against Sydney

The Bombers were accused of shirking the fight during last week’s defeat against Sydney

Yet they were quick to attack any flare up and young Ben Hobbs had his jumper ripped

Yet they were quick to attack any flare up and young Ben Hobbs had his jumper ripped

Club captain Dyson Heppell’s bizarre appearance on Fox Footy in midweek inadvertently poured fuel on the fire, so there was plenty of eyes on the Bombers as they took to the field for their highly-anticipated clash with Richmond.

And it was young leader Andrew McGrath who was determined to send a strong message to his team-mates, fans and the wider competition in the early knockings of the game.

Tigers forward Tom Lynch’s late arrival to an aerial contest saw him clip his rival on the head, and McGrath charged towards the big man and a shoving contest ensued among a number of players from both sides. 

However, their fight did not make up for their lack of quality as they fell to defeat on Saturday

However, their fight did not make up for their lack of quality as they fell to defeat on Saturday

Flare ups were the theme of the night at the MCG, with Bombers players quick to react to any sign of an altercation. Things spilled over in the third term when young Ben Hobbs’ jumper was ripped in the midst of a a flare up, but it didn’t put him off as he slotted a classy goal from a set mark. 

While the hostility from the Bombers players served as a welcome sight for supporters, their desire failed to mask their lack of quality – with Richmond opening up a comfortable lead at the MCG. 

 More to follow.  

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