AXED Richmond forward Ben Lennon staked a claim for an AFL recall with a six-goal haul in a 189-point rout over North Ballarat at Punt Rd.
Lennon, dropped for the AFL clash against Brisbane, had four majors by halftime and could have finished with 10 if not for a few wasted opportunities in the 189-point rout.
Richmond coach Craig McRae said Lennon, contracted until the end of 2017, was reaping the rewards of a solid pre-season.
The No. 12 pick in the 2013 draft sought a trade at the end of last year but did not receive any interest from rival clubs.
“Last year he didn’t really do a pre-season and I don’t know how long he has been in the system but he hasn’t done a pre-season,” McRae said.
“He has worked hard, he has had moments at AFL footy, he hasn’t quite taken his chances there but every time he comes back here he plays well.”
Fellow AFL players Jacob Townsend and Sam Lloyd finished with five goals each. Lloyd also collected 27 touches.
Inside midfielder Anthony Miles picked up 35 disposals and finished with two goals.
“We’re are fortunate we have Milesy down here at this level, he is an AFL player waiting for opportunity,” McRae said.
“He was sensational, he went forward and kicked goals and was a stoppage beast.”
Defender Steven Morris showed no signs of the knee reconstruction that ended his 2016 campaign midway through last year, moving freely off a half-back flank.
It was Morris’s first competitive game since Round 11 last year when he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament against North Melbourne.
“He is moving really well, he is such a great organiser for us and we are very fortunate to have an extra coach on the ground,” McRae said.
The struggling North Ballarat trailed by more than 100 points at the main break before suffering a 33.21 (219) to 4.7 (31) loss in a result in which the Roosters’ off-field problems came home to roost.
Originally published as Richmond posts monster VFL win
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