Richmond star Trent Cotchin’s wife, Brooke, has released CCTV footage of the bizarre act by an Essendon fan in front of their home at 1:45am after the Tigers’ narrow defeat to the Bombers.
Essendon’s 10.11 (71) to 10.10 (70) victory on Saturday night snapped a 13-match losing streak against Richmond in their Dreamtime ‘G.
It also ends the Bombers’ four-game losing streak and snaps Richmond’s eight-game winning streak on Dreamtime.
After the game, three Tigers fans were caught on video walking past the Cotchin family home, with one deciding to back off and place a Guersney Bombers over the front door for a few seconds before retrieving it and walking away.
Cotchin, a mother of three, posted the bizarre images on Instagram the next day with the comment: “1:45am – hanging her Essendon sweater over our fence.”
Brooke Cotchin, wife of Richmond star Trent Cotchin, has released CCTV footage of the bizarre act by an Essendon fan outside her home in the early hours of the morning.
Bombers coach Brad Scott hailed Saturday’s result as a significant victory, highlighting the club’s tumultuous history over the past decade in the wake of the infamous supplements scandal.
‘It was really important on two fronts. There’s only so much time where you can keep talking about effort and playing well…it gets hard to keep pushing the message when you’re not getting the result,” Scott said.
“But I would never underestimate what the Essendon fans have been through in the last decade and that run (against Richmond) has been difficult for them.”
Scott also praised captain Zach Merrett, who was the clear winner of the Yiooken Trophy for best field in the Dreamtime game.
He had a game-high 39 turnovers and sent Essendon home.
Scott said Merrett reminded him of playing alongside Michael Voss during his 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 looked all but gone when Dustin Martin dropped a 50-yard bomb a minute into the final period to put Richmond up 18 points.
Bombers coach Brad Scott (pictured) hailed the result Saturday as a significant victory, highlighting the club’s tumultuous history over the past decade in the wake of controversy.
Scott heaped praise on captain Zach Merrett (pictured), who was the clear winner of the Yiooken Trophy for best fielder in the shocking Dreamtime clash.
And Judson Clarke made the Bombers pay for another turnover, scoring a goal midway through the period to put the Tigers up two goals 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 midseason draft and has never looked back.
Jake Stringer’s cross found him high on the goal in the frantic last minute and kicked the goal of goal.
It was a game with a lot of pressure, with a succession of loose balls.
Rhyan Mansell had a shot on goal for Richmond at the end of last season but, crucially, he came all the way out and that kept the door open for Essendon.
Essendon’s 10.11 (71) to 10.10 (70) win snapped a 13-match losing streak against Richmond
Midfielder Dylan Shiel (calf) was a late retirement in a big blow for the Bombers, who started slowly but somehow led into the fourth quarter.
Richmond looked for much of the final period as though they had a game-winning lead, with Essendon bombarding the ball on offense and Tigers defenders cleaning up easily.
But Essendon found his way. He turned in a pulse until the last minute and Durham’s winner, the only time Essendon had led in the second half.
Martin and Bolton were the best for Richmond, while Jordan Ridley impressed defensively for Essendon.
While Richmond almost started the game early in the final period, coach Damien Hardwick said they had been playing “unbelievably bad”.
“Basically, we couldn’t do anything reasonably well,” he said.