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Richmond Tigers draw with Carlton Blues, reactions response, commentary, season opener, Round 1, Jack Riewoldt, coaches press conference, Damien Hardwick, Michael Voss

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Footy pundits including Nathan Buckley and Jonathan Brown have called for extra time to be added to games that are drawn in the fallout from Carlton’s dead heat with Richmond in Thursday night’s season opener.

Nearly 90,000 fans at the MCG were left in disbelief as the opening match of the new campaign ended in a draw after Tom Lynch’s set shot goal tied things up with 17 seconds left before the Blues failed to hit the scoreboard with one final last-gasp play.

The result handed two points to either side, with Richmond champion Jack Riewoldt telling Fox Footy post-match it was a “weird” and “boring” feeling in the rooms and that “everyone’s flat as shark s**t.”

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According to Swamp, Riewoldt has now played in the most draws of any player in VFL/AFL history at eight.

For Brown, extra time would be the best outcome to get a genuine result.

Thursday’s season opener ended in a draw (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)Source: FOX SPORTS

“We would love to see extra time, of course we would,” the triple-premiership Lion told Fox Footy.

“But for the clubs, it takes percentage out of the equation for them, which is always very important at the end of the year.

“The spectator in me wants to see five minutes each way. Our game is so fast, dynamic and high scoring, it could be 2.5 minutes each way. We saw what happened in the last 90 seconds here tonight!”

Buckley agreed that he’d also like to see five minutes played each way if the scores are all squared at full time.

“We heard in the play on, ‘Vossy’ (Blues coach Michael Voss) was looking for .6 of a per cent or one point — he’s still looking for that point,” the former Collingwood coach told Fox Footy.

“He probably would’ve loved the opportunity to get that in the next 10 minutes of play. Golden point or golden score? I reckon get a result.”

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Hawthorn great Jordan Lewis however held the opposite view, arguing a draw is the fairest outcome if clubs can’t get the job done over four quarters.

“I think if you’re not good enough to win on the night, bad luck,” Lewis said.

“I like the draw, once again, it’s pretty simple for me. If you’re not good enough to close out a game or stay in front — whatever it may be — then you really don’t deserve to win.”

The clubs’ coaches Damien Hardwick and Voss also weighed in on the draw debate, with the former saying “it is what it is” and that “I’m not too fussed either way”.

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“From a finals point of view, it’s probably a little bit different. But I’m not too worried. Smarter men than me will figure that out,” the Tigers boss said.

Meanwhile Voss leaned more in favour of adding extra time, but admitted it was at the back of his mind.

“There’s an interesting subject I haven’t given a second thought,” he said.

“I must admit, I wouldn’t mind the extra three or four minutes each way, but I have given that zero thought.”

Others in the footy world gave their thoughts on the draw.

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