Richmond star Trent Cotchin’s wife Brooke posted CCTV footage of an Essendon fan acting strangely in front of their house at 1.45am after the Tigers’ narrow loss to the Bombers.
Essendon’s 10.11 (71) to 10.10 (70) win on Saturday night snapped a 13-game losing streak against Richmond in their Dreamtime ‘G clash.
It also ends the Bombers’ four-game losing streak and snaps Richmond’s run of eight Dreamtime wins.
After the match, three Tigers fans were captured on video walking past the Cotchin family home, with one deciding to turn around and drape a Bombers guersney over the front gate for a few seconds before picking it up and walking away .
Cotchin, a mother of three, posted the strange footage on Instagram the next day with the comment: ‘1.45am – hanging their Essendon jumper over our fence’.
Brooke Cotchin, wife of Richmond star Trent Cotchin, posted CCTV footage of an Essendon fan acting strangely in front of their house in the early hours of the morning.
Bombers coach Brad Scott hailed Saturday’s result as a significant win, citing the club’s troubled history over the past decade in the wake of the infamous supplements scandal.
‘This is really important on two fronts. It’s only so long you can keep talking about effort and playing well … it becomes difficult to keep pushing the message when you’re not getting the result,’ Scott said.
‘But I can never underestimate what the Essendon fans have been through over the last decade and that streak (against Richmond), that has been difficult for them.
Scott also praised captain Zach Merrett, who was the clear winner of the Yiooken Trophy as the best in the Dreamtime game.
He had a game-high 39 disposals and willed Essendon home.
Scott said Merrett reminded him of playing with Michael Voss during their glory days in Brisbane.
‘He’s a better player than I thought he was … he has an incredible will to win,’ Scott said of Merrett.
The Bombers almost lost when Dustin Martin kicked a 50-metre bomb a minute into the final term to put Richmond ahead by 18 points.
Bombers coach Brad Scott (pictured) hailed Saturday’s result as a significant win, citing the club’s troubled history over the past decade in the wake of the controversy
Scott praised captain Zach Merrett (pictured), who was the clear winner of the Yiooken Trophy as the best outfielder in the thrilling Dreamtime clash
And Judson Clarke made the Bombers pay for another turnover, snapping a goal midway through the term to put the Tigers two goals up midway through the quarter.
But the Bombers found a way.
Durham was playing for Richmond in the VFL two years ago when Essendon picked him up in the mid-season draft and hasn’t looked back.
Jake Stringer’s snap found him at the top of the goal square in the dying minutes and he kicked the match winner.
It was a high-pressure game, with a flurry of fumbles.
Rhyan Mansell had a shot on goal for Richmond late in the final term but, crucially, it went wide and kept the door open for Essendon.
Essendon’s 10.11 (71) to 10.10 (70) victory snapped a 13-match losing streak against Richmond
Midfielder Dylan Shiel (calf) was a late withdrawal in a major blow for the Bombers, who started slowly, but somehow took the lead at quarter time.
Richmond looked for much of the final term as if they had the lead in the game, with Essendon bombarding the ball in attack and the Tigers defenders mopping up with ease.
But Essendon found their way. It was an arm wrestle until the final minute and Durham’s match winner – the only time Essendon took the lead in the second half.
Martin and Bolton were best for Richmond, while Jordan Ridley impressed in defense for Essendon.
While Richmond almost broke the game early in the final term, coach Damien Hardwick said they were playing ‘incredibly poorly’.
‘Basically we can’t do anything reasonably well,’ he said.