Pigeons eyeing Matthew Richardson for Fev void

RICHMOND legend Matthew Richardson could be a surprise starter for Yarrawonga at Easter.

The Pigeons are interested in a cameo appearance by the retired Tiger as a crowd-puller for the round 1 clash against Wangaratta at Mulwala on March 31.

The club’s marquee player, Brendan Fevola, will miss the Easter match because of a one-match suspension after being found guilty of striking in the grand final win against Albury in September.

Yarrawonga president Glenn Brear said the club hadn’t ruled out making a play for Richardson, 37.

“We haven’t spoken to Richo yet,” Brear told The Border Mail yesterday.

“Fev’s our player, so we want him playing.”

Fevola, 31, is playing for Waratahs in the Northern Territory Football League, while Richardson has been an AFL commentator for the Seven Network since retiring at the end of the 2009 season after 282 games and 800 goals.

Yarrawonga has been in discussions with former Tigers forward Kayne Pettifer about a deal for next season, while triple Geelong premiership star and former Tiger Brad Ottens has been linked to the club.

Fevola played in this year’s Easter Sunday game against Lavington at Mulwala after a complicated deal involving three clubs — Narre Warren, Yarrawonga and Glenrowan.

He was cleared to Ovens and King outfit Glenrowan so he could serve a one-match ban for striking and was then issued a day permit so he could play for the Pigeons in the Ovens and Murray.

The two-time Coleman medallist booted seven goals and was reported and sent off in the draw with the Panthers, a game which attracted a bumper crowd of 8000.

If Fevola doesn’t play in round 1 next season, the full-forward’s season debut could be against Jason Akermanis’ North Albury in round 2 at Bunton Park.

Matthew Richardson at a football clinic on the Border this year.

Matthew Richardson at a football clinic on the Border this year.