TYRONE Vickery booted five goals to help lift Richmond to a three-point win over Port Adelaide in a practice match at Alice Springs on Friday night.
In an encouraging sign for Tigers fans ahead of the season, Vickery kicked all of his goals in the second half as they held on to beat the Power 14.8 (92) to 13.11 (89).
The 200cm Tiger looks as if he might provide some assistance to Coleman medallist Jack Riewoldt, who didn’t play on Friday, in attack during this season.
But it wasn’t just the 20-year-old big man who impressed for Richmond as it opened its account for the 2011 season after NAB Cup losses to Carlton and Collingwood last week.
Richmond midfield star Trent Cotchin was among the best in his first pre-season game, while Robin Nahas and Dustin Martin had plenty of the ball.
New Tigers Bachar Houli and Brad Miller impressed with strong performances.
There was never more than three or four goals between the two sides throughout the match.
Port kicked the last goal with three minutes left and appeared as if they were a chance to steal the game.
But the Tigers defended grimly to hold them out.
Justin Westhoff kicked four goals for the Power and Daniel Motlop contributed three, while defenders Troy Chaplin and Alipate Carlile also had solid games.
Port led by 16 points eight minutes into the last term but were found wanting through the midfield and Richmond took control.
“Our backs held up fairly well under pressure, but we were beaten in the midfield,” said Port football manager Peter Rohde.
“We were overrun towards the end of the last term. But overall, across four quarters, our intensity was better.”