Melbourne did enough to keep Richmond at bay in an entertaining 11-point win at Casey Fields on Friday9 (93) winners over incumbent prime ministers, 1210 (82)

Despite the result, the Tigers have proven they still do well after winning back-to-back flags, while the Dees showed how harmful they can be against some of the game’s top teams,

After the match is over and dusted and another hit in the preseason is pending, here are the most important lessons for both sides

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While the Dees were missing some big names, they were pretty well placed on defense, which may have made some of Richmond’s transitions a little alarming for Simon Goodwin, although their chance at scoring proved crucial to the win

More recently, it has been Melbourne’s points earned from front-half sales that has been a source of dismay for Dees fans The club finished 17th last year Place in the statistics, which was only reinforced by the fact that she was 18th in the front half Place occupied sales

More than once during Friday’s game, a Dees advance quickly turned into a quick counterattack for the Tigers

On the plus side for Melbourne, those storms combined with the Casey Fields breeze resulted in some damaging goals – with Richmond CEO Brendon Gale finding during the game that the opponent was “noticeably faster” as an outfit, while Sam Weideman said more emphasis had been placed on attacks ahead of the season

Also positive for the Dees is that while their weaknesses are similar, their star power strengths remain impressive – Max Gawn dominated the floor, Christian Petracca worked his way into the game and Clayton Oliver got it right in the middle

The important thing is that all three hit the scoreboard and Gawn has the chance to kick a bag, if not for a headstrong goalkicking

It’s a good balance that Goodwin has to balance – and it seemed to take victory on Friday

When Hugo Ralphsmith felt at home on the wing during the A game on Friday, Marlion Pickett was listed for a run for two before entering Game B in the fourth season

Two flags from 20 AFL-level games will never be forgotten by Pickett, but his place on the team in 2020 was not guaranteed and his absence from the top-level scratch match could be a sign that he is something else has to do before the actual season has to do

Pickett’s future isn’t in jeopardy – he signed a two-year extension late last year – but his immediate executive picking prospects aren’t as firm as they were at the start of last year’s successful Premiership Lean of the Year >
For his part, Ralphsmith showed promise and a willingness to run on the wing and backline during stints

The team sheets for next Friday’s AAMI Community Series game with Collingwood will be fascinating in terms of Pickett’s commitment

You would guess Damien Hardwick would be returning at Pickett, but the Tigers have been feeding on the “one soldier for another soldier in” mentality for the past few years

The meteoric rise of Jake Aarts took an unfortunate turn at the end of the 2020 season when the 26-year-old striker was dropped after the first final and missed a bang on the flag

His Friday morning performance proved he was mighty stiff to lose his place as the crafty striker scored three goals, most of all Tigers, and looked dangerous when the ball was knocked down in strikers 50

There’s no shortage of competition for spots as pushing forward in the Richmond line-up, but Aarts’ performance was certainly enough to confirm Damien Hardwick he is among the seniors to start the year

Tim Lamb, Melbourne’s list manager, told the live broadcast that the Dees would be released before the 9th cut-off date March only wanted to occupy one place on the list during the period of the additional selection

Lamb said the club wanted to make a mid-season draft vote and haven’t called yet to see if Marty Hore is an inactive player while recovering from a long-term injury

If the Dees stick to this approach, at least one player will train with the club who does not have the hope of making an AFL spot on the list

Majak Daw (North Heidelberg), Kobe Farmer (Peel Thunder) and Deakyn Smith (Dandenong Stingrays) are the three players fighting for a place

There is still a chance the Dees will change their minds and open another vacancy However, for at least one of the players, this is yet another reminder of how brutal the game can be for those on the verge of choosing


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