Brooke, wife of Richmond star Trent Cotchin, released CCTV footage of an Essendon fan’s bizarre act outside their home at 1.45am after the Tigers’ narrow loss to the Bombers .
Essendon’s 10.11 (71) to 10.10 (70) victory on Saturday night ended a 13-game losing streak against Richmond in their Dreamtime at ‘G clash.
It also ends the Bombers’ four-game losing streak and snaps Richmond’s eight-game winning streak at Dreamtime.
After the game, three Tigers fans were caught on video walking past the Cotchin family home, with one deciding to double back and drape a Bombers guersney over the front door for a few seconds before picking it up and walking away.
Cotchin, a mother of three, posted the bizarre sequence on Instagram the following day with the comment: “1.45 a.m. – hang their Essendon jumper over our fence”.
Brooke Cotchin, wife of Richmond star Trent Cotchin, has released CCTV footage of an Essendon fan’s bizarre act outside their home in the early hours of the morning
Bombers coach Brad Scott hailed the result on Saturday as a significant win, noting the club’s tumultuous history over the past decade following the infamous supplement scandal.
“It was really important on two fronts. It’s only been so long that you can keep talking about trying hard and playing well…it gets hard to keep getting the message out when you don’t get the result ” Scott said.
“But I would never underestimate what Essendon fans have been through over the last decade and that streak (against Richmond) has been tough for them.”
Scott also praised captain Zach Merrett, who was the undisputed winner of the Yiooken Trophy as the Dreamtime Game’s MVP.
He had a record 39 eliminations and sent Essendon home.
Scott said Merrett reminded him of playing alongside Michael Voss during their glory days in Brisbane.
“He’s a better player than I thought…he has an incredible will to win,” Scott said of Merrett.
The Bombers looked almost dead when Dustin Martin threw a bomb 50 yards a minute last quarter to give Richmond an 18-point lead.
Bombers coach Brad Scott (pictured) hailed the result on Saturday as a significant victory, noting the club’s tumultuous history over the past decade following the controversy
Scott praised captain Zach Merrett (pictured), who was the undisputed winner of the Yiooken Trophy as the most valuable player in Dreamtime’s jaw-dropping clash
And Judson Clarke made the Bombers pay for another turnover, scoring a halfway goal to give the Tigers two goals halfway 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 he never looked back.
Jake Stringer’s snap found him at the top of the goal square in the frantic last minute and he kicked the game winner.
It was a game under high pressure, with a succession of breakaways.
Rhyan Mansell had a shot on goal for Richmond late last term but, more importantly, he was fired wide and it kept the door open for Essendon.
Essendon’s 10.11 (71) to 10.10 (70) win ended a 13-game losing streak against Richmond
Midfielder Dylan Shiel (calf) was a late takedown in a blow for the Bombers, who started slow but somehow led in the quarter.
Richmond looked for much of the last term like they had a winning lead, with Essendon bombarding the ball on offense and the Tigers defenders catching up easily.
But Essendon has found its way. It became a showdown until the last minute and Durham’s game-winner – the only time Essendon led in the second half.
Martin and Bolton were best for Richmond, while Jordan Ridley impressed in defense for Essendon.
With Richmond nearly opening play at the start of last season, coach Damien Hardwick said they played “incredibly badly”.
“We just couldn’t do anything reasonably well,” he said.