The Indigenous All Stars have triumphed over Richmond, retaining an early lead to win by fifty points. The Indigenous All Stars easily out-played a youthful Richmond team at the AFL exhibition match in Alice Springs on Friday night.8350 people watched the All Stars pull away to a final score of 14.6 (90) to 6.4 (40).
The Indigenous side played with more passion and dominated Richmond from early in the match. CAAMA Radio broadcast the match live throughout its network to an estimated audience of 620,000. Match callers were Chippy, Joe, Damien, Strachy & Darryl White.
By the main break Richmond trailed by 36 points and never threatened their more nimble opponents. Gold Coast player Harley Bennell (All Stars) won the Graham “Polly” Farmer Medal for best on ground, and the Crows’ Graham Johncock kicked three goals.
Alwyn Davies, Paddy Ryder and Jarrod Harbrow were stand-out contributors for the Indigenous side.
Shane Tuck, Dustin Martin and Shane Edwards were the best of the Richmond players.
The game, played under threatening storm clouds, opened with a choreographed All Stars war-cry which saw the Indigenous players menace the Tigers before the first bounce.
The All Stars have now won six of the seven exhibition matches played since 1983.