Bizarre drawn ending for Alastair Clarkson and Shaun Burgoyne at Hawthorn
Richmond and Hawthorn have sent off their club greats with the first draw between the two sides.
Tigers forward Jack Riewoldt’s soccered goal levelled the scores in the last five seconds, leaving the two teams tied on 12.11 (83).
Hawks utility Shaun Burgoyne lunged desperately at the ball in his 407th and final game on the goal line, but the four-time premiership star could not get a hand on it.
“I sort-of wished you’d touched it,” Riewoldt told Burgoyne after the final siren.
Hawthorn looked home when they led by 25 points late in the last quarter.
But the Tigers remarkably had a five-goal burst in six minutes, the last two to Riewoldt.
It was the last game as well for Hawthorn’s four-time premiership coach Alastair Clarkson and Richmond key defender David Astbury, an integral member of their three premiership teams.
Astbury and fellow three-time premiership player Bachar Houli, who also retired during the week, were chaired off the ground.
Then Clarkson and Burgoyne walked off the MCG for the last time together in Hawthorn colours.
The result and Melbourne’s lockdown meant four people with 14 AFL flags between them ended their tenures with no club song and no crowd.
Hawks utility Chad Wingard was best afield with 30 disposals and two goals, while Richmond’s Shai Bolton also kicked two in another eye-catching game.
Riewoldt finished with three goals, as did teammate Tom Lynch and Hawks forward Tyler Brockman.
Burgoyne had 21 disposals in his last game and was put deep in attack during the last quarter when it looked like the match was won, so he could bow out with a goal.
Astbury was among Richmond’s best and had 20 possessions, three short of his career-best.
Hawks key forward Jacob Koschitzke ended the game on the bench with his arm in a sling after a collision during the third term.
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