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Richmond Tigers defender Nathan Broad says extra time would be ‘pretty cool’ after drawn season opener

Richmond defender Nathan Broad has thrown his support behind playing extra time during the home and away season after the Tigers’ dramatic draw against Carlton on Thursday night.

The Blues and Tigers started the season locked on 8.10 (58) after Tom Lynch tied the scores with a goal inside the last 20 seconds.

It was the third draw in Broad’s career, which included the round 19 match against Fremantle last season. Teammate Jack Riewoldt has now played in eight draws.

Tom Lynch tied the scores in the dying stages.
Camera IconTom Lynch tied the scores in the dying stages. Credit: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images

Drawn finals are decided by extra time and the former Swan Districts defender said there was no reason the players couldn’t continue playing to find a winner.

“It’d be pretty cool I reckon,” Broad told The West Australian.

“The boys are fit. When it comes down to that, it’s just all mental. It’s who can mentally stay in it for longer.

“We had a bit of momentum there. What a way to start the season. It was a cracking game.

“That’s my third draw which is pretty weird. We were down until we kicked that goal to draw it, so we’ve got to be happy. If it was the other way around and we were up until they kicked a goal, we would have been sad. It’s crazy that 120 minutes comes down to that.”

Broad said Richmond’s ability to restrict Carlton key forwards Charlie Curnow and Harry McKay to a combined four goals and to hold the Blues to less than 60 points showed concerns of the Tigers’ backline weren’t real.

Nathan Broad tackles Jesse Motlop
Camera IconNathan Broad tackles Jesse Motlop Credit: Michael Willson/AFL Photos/AFL Photos via Getty Images

While Broad, Noah Balta, Dylan Grimes and Nick Vlastuin lack the height of some backlines, he said their ability to work together showed what they are capable of

“People doubted us and said we were too short or underdone which probably made us try harder. We kept them to 58 points which is amazing.

“They’ve got some amazing forwards. We love being the underdog. We like to be the hunters.”

For Broad, the start of the season continues a whirlwind time since the 2022 campaign, marrying his partner Tayla who is now pregnant with their first child.

Broad said his life off the field was at an all-time high.

Nathan Broad and wife Tayla on their wedding day.
Camera IconNathan Broad and wife Tayla on their wedding day. Credit: JOEYANDJASE/JOEYANDJASE

“I’ve got my beautiful wife Tayla and I couldn’t be happier. She’s doing well. She is a superstar,” Broad said.

“Life is awesome. Everyone is healthy. I’m rapt. It’s all kind of happened in one year. I got married and we’re having a little baby girl now. Life’s great.”

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