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Beginnings: The Richmond Football Club was officially formed at the Royal Hotel in Richmond on 20 February 1885. A successful application for immediate admission to the Victorian Football Association followed – the VFA was the premier Australian football competition at this time. The club home was Punt Road Oval.

  • * Record Attendance: 91,936 in round 4 1977
  • * Most Games: 403 by Kevin Bartlett from 1965 to 1983
  • * Biggest finals crowd: 119,165 for the 1969 grand final at the MCG
Full Ladder Team P W L D FOR AGNST % PTS
13 Richmond 22 8 14 0 1713 2155 79.5 32

Focus on Nathan Broad

Coaches Corner: Nathan Broad In this week's edition of Coaches Corner, Development and VFL backline coach Ryan Ferguson discusses Nathan Broad's recovery from a long-term shoulder injury.

Richmond development coach Ryan Ferguson discusses the impressive return from long-term injury of the Tigers’ mature-age selection in the 2015 AFL National Draft, Nathan Broad, in this week’s ‘Coaches’ Corner’.

The nature of his injury

“It was a nasty incident (injured his AC joint at training). His shoulder was all out of whack there for a little while. He went off and got scans, even though they knew what was going on . . . it was quite apparent.”

The recovery process

“He had a bit done to his shoulder, just to secure it in place. From there it was a long way back, a lot of hard work, but he did that . . . He worked really hard over his time off and he has come back really strong. And he’s got...

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Oh we're from Tigerland: Gina Zouglakis

Oh we're from Tigerland

Stories of being Richmond

Gina Zouglakis, 46, East Kew (via Richmond)

Favourite all-time Richmond player
Mathew Richardson - “For his courage. I’ve met him a couple of times but I’m not sure he’s even seen me because he’s so tall. He’s done great things for the club, the game.”

Favourite current Richmond player
Trent Cotchin – “I’ve a very big soft spot for ‘Dusty’, I think he’s amazing. But it would have to be Cotchin, the captain. He’s spectacular. He’s been a great connector for the team.”

“I’ve lovely memories of this place,” says Gina Zouglakis, the second-born daughter of two Greek migrants who came to Melbourne in the early 1960s, married, owned a milkbar in Burnley on the river flats of Richmond, where they made a new life. “The counter of mixed lollies, me and my younger brother always out the front, around adults and interesting people, entertained...

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Griffiths a test


Richmond tall forward Ben Griffiths will train with the VFL Tigers this week. Photo: Cameron Grimes

Richmond tall forward Ben Griffiths is one of three Tigers facing fitness tests this week.

Griffiths has been sidelined since late April after suffering his second head knock this season with an elbow to the head in the VFL.

The 25-year-old will train with the VFL Tigers this week and pending he passes fitness testing, will be available for selection.

Richmond’s general manager of football, Neil Balme, said Griffiths had passed the necessary concussion tests.

“Ben has been training well and we hope to see him play this weekend,” Balme said.

“He needs to get through this week, but the signs are looking very promising at this stage.

“We have taken a conservative approach with Ben, given his history with concussion, and his welfare has always been paramount.

“The Club’s medical staff have done...

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Thunder win eleventh straight match


Bendigo Thunder hosted Kew at the Swinburne Centre last Sunday. Photos: Craig Dilks

Bendigo Thunder remains undefeated in the NFLW season after defeating Kew by 47 points at Richmond's Swinburne Centre last Sunday. 

The ladder-leading Thunder played their Round 11 clash at Punt Road Oval through the their partnership with the Tigers. 

It marked the first time Bendigo Thunder have played a match at Richmond's headquarters. 

Bendigo's Kodi Jacques and Ayrlea Bailey-Mcclanahan led the scoring with three goals each in the 9.9-63 to 2.4-16 win, while Michelle Barkla and Leah French were among Thunder's best. 

Richmond general manager of communications and marketing said the Club was proud of its partnership with Bendigo Thunder. 

"Richmond is committed to strengthening female football pathways and growing participation and our alignment with the Bendigo Thunder in central to that...

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The VFL Report: Round 12

Development and VFL backline coach, Ryan Ferguson provides an exclusive summary of the AFL and VFL-listed players from Saturday’s Round 12 VFL win over Casey.



Jacob Townsend

34 disposals, 11 clearances, 11 tackles, one goal.

One of our best. Stepped up with Miles out of the team, providing lots of clearances and tackles. Was able to have an influence on the game.


Nathan Broad

27 disposals, eight marks, five rebound-50s, one tackle.

In career best form. Took some great intercept marks, and gave us some fantastic rebound. Really strong in the contest.


Corey Ellis

24 disposals, six tackles, three marks, one goal.

Kicked a very important goal on the quarter time siren to give us some momentum, and was a steady contributor throughout the day.


Jack Graham

22 disposals, six tackles, six clearances, one mark.

Jack’s contested work was outstanding. Continues to give...

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Talking Tigers: Episode 22, 2017

The gloom of last Saturday night’s disappointing loss to St Kilda is well and truly lifted by tuning in to the latest episode of Richmond’s podcast phenomenon ‘Talking Tigers’, presented by Audio-Visual partner, Bang & Olufsen.

In inimitable style, the TT crew strike the right balance between dissection of the hefty defeat, and optimistic appraisal about what lies ahead for the Tigers’ team.

Other items of interest on this week’s show include an in-depth look at the Richmond VFL players pressing strongly for senior selection, ‘The Chief’s’ continued obsession with getting on the grass, the top 10 Tiger suburban boys, and a trademark ‘Richo’ rant.

Remember, if the Tigers turn you on make sure you turn on to Talking Tigers.

Click on the link to hear today’s show.

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Coaching greats inspire retiring Maric's next move

Ivan breaks the news Ivan Maric announces his retirement to the playing group.

AFL 2017 Round 07 - Western Bulldogs v Richmond

Ivan Maric is ready to move into coaching once he retires at the end of the year

RETIRING Richmond ruckman Ivan Maric is ready to make the transition to full-time coaching after dipping his toes in the water with the Tigers' young ruck division in 2017.

Maric, who recently announced he would retire at the end of this season, took on the vacant ruck coach role at Punt Road Oval after midfield stoppages coach Brendon Lade crossed to Port Adelaide at the end of 2016.  

The 31-year-old has since completed the Next Coach Program, run by coaching veteran David Wheadon, which cemented his ambitions as a 13-season career draws to a close.

"For me it confirmed a lot of things. It confirmed my own beliefs where there was a bit of uncertainty, and then [it helped me] to just get organised with coaching and how I'm...

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Grigg holds his head high

Round 16: Match highlights Highlights of the Round 16 match against St. Kilda.

AFL 2017 Round 16 - St Kilda v Richmond

Shaun Grigg in action against St Kilda last Saturday night

Shaun Grigg’s reputation as a valuable, consistent performer for Richmond was further enhanced at Etihad Stadium last Saturday night, despite the Tigers suffering a disappointing 67-point loss to St Kilda.

Grigg worked extremely hard right throughout the four quarters in a determined bid to lift the team against the Saints’ domination.

The experienced, hard-running midfielder finished the match with a team-high 29 disposals, eight marks, five inside-50s, three rebound-50s, one goal, nine score involvements, an equal team-high five tackles and a team-high 452 metres gained.

It was the ninth game in-a-row that Grigg has accumulated 20-plus disposals.

You have to go all the way back to Richmond’s Round 6 loss to Adelaide at Adelaide Oval for the...

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Cotchin charged, free to face Lions

Round 16: Cotchin reported Trent Cotchin had been reported for striking during the Round 16 match against St. Kilda.

Richmond captain Trent Cotchin has been charged by the AFL's Match Review Panel for striking St Kilda's Jack Lonie in last Saturday night's match at Etihad Stadium.

Cotchin can accept a $1500 sanction with an early plea and is free to face Brisbane at Etihad this Sunday afternoon.

In other Richmond-related MRP news, Saint Tim Membrey has been offered a two-week suspension for striking Dylan Grimes in last Saturday night's loss.

Incidents assessed:

Trent Cotchin, Richmond, has been charged with striking Jack Lonie, St Kilda, during the first quarter of the Round 16 match between Richmond and St Kilda, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday July 8, 2017. 

In summary, for a second classifiable offence, he can accept a $1500 sanction with an early plea.

Based on the...

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Hardwick reflects on 'wake-up call'

Round 16: Hardwick post-match Damien Hardwick speaks to the media following the Round 16 match against St. Kilda.

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick was left disappointed with his side's performance around the contest in Saturday night's 67-point loss to St Kilda at Etihad Stadium.

The result – which perhaps flattered the Tigers given they trailed by 95 points late in the third term – has left them under threat from Port Adelaide, who will replace them in fourth place if it beats West Coast at Domain Stadium on Sunday. 

The Tigers coach said the Saints "absolutely obliterated" his team in contested ball in the first half and had applied "elite" pressure.

"Our contest method today was incredibly disappointing and that's something we'll be working on this week to make sure we rectify the result in that part of the game," he said.

"It's been pretty good throughout the year, but tonight...

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Legacy of a true fighter

Almost two-and-a-half years since her tragic death, Maddie Riewoldt is still shaping and enriching lives.

The difference now, of course, is that the beneficiaries aren’t simply her loved ones, but complete strangers.

Maddie – the younger sister of St Kilda champion Nick Riewoldt and a cousin of Richmond star Jack Riewoldt – was just 26 when in February 2015 she lost a five-year battle with a relatively rare bone marrow failure syndrome called aplastic anaemia.

Amid the heartache endured by the Riewoldt family, there have been some significant, heartwarming developments.

Maddie spent the last seven months of her life in intensive care, ravaged by a debilitating illness that prevents bone marrow from producing enough blood cells and, therefore, reduces the body’s immunity to infection.

Maddie’s dying wish was for others not to suffer as she had. She wanted to make a difference. And she...

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Tigers savaged by Saints surge

Round 16: Grimes shows courage A gutsy effort by Dylan Grimes during the Round 16 match against St. Kilda.

One goal to 14 in the first half, saw Richmond heavily defeated by St Kilda at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

The Saints came out with intent at the ball and the opposition in the first half, and the Tigers couldn't withstand the heat as the home side piled on the goals.

The second term was St Kilda's best quarter ever at Richmond's expense and put an 82-point gap between the sides by half-time. That pace was never sustainable as Richmond worked back into the game, but the Saints still inflicted an emphatic 21.12 (138) to 10.11 (71) win.

The majority of St Kilda's goals came off Tiger turnovers, and the numbers in St Kilda's favour by the half-time siren were extraordinary: 248-142 disposals, 43-14 inside 50s, 23-9 clearances.

Richmond came out with intent after half-time,...

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VFL Tigers claim victory in Beaconsfield


Jack Graham and Callum Moore celebrate the VFL Tigers Round 12 win in Beaconsfield. Photos: Cameron Grimes

Richmond VFL 11.10-76 def Casey 7.6-48

The VFL Tigers recorded their fourth consecutive win on Saturday, defeating Casey to the tune of 28 points at Beaconsfield’s Holm Park Recreation Reserve.

The VFL Tigers were good value in the opening half, establishing a commanding 40-point lead at the main break before adverse weather conditions stifled both teams as they attempted to hit the scoreboard.

Richmond VFL then held strong in a competitive third term, before a handful of late Casey goals managed to reduce the deficit in the shadows of the final siren.

Key defenders Jake Batchelor and Nathan Broad were in particularly fine form, combining for 47 disposals and 13 marks in a dominant display at the back, while Jacob Townsend was the pick of the midfield bunch, gathering 34...

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Top 10 Saint-Tigers


Rex Hunt played 113 games for Richmond and 57 for St Kilda

Ahead of Saturday night’s Round 16 clash between Richmond and St Kilda at Etihad Stadium, Tony Greenberg lists (in alphabetical order) the top 10 players he’s seen represent both clubs.

1. Bill BARROT
Centreman. At Richmond (1961-70): 120 games, 91 goals. Member of the Tigers’ 1967 and 1969 premiership sides. Jack Dyer Medal winner in 1965. At St Kilda (1971): 2 games, 4 goals.

2. Graeme BOND
Small utility. At Richmond (1967-73 and 1975-77): 115 games, 61 goals. Member of the Tigers’ 1969 premiership team. At St Kilda (1977-80): 56 games, 28 goals.

3. Rex HUNT
Tall utility. At Richmond (1968-74): 113 games, 121 goals. Member of the Tigers’ 1969 and 1973 premiership teams. At St Kilda (1976-78): 57 games, 111 goals.

Small defender. At St Kilda (1972-76): 53 games, 5 goals. At Richmond (1976-83): 121 games, 10...

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Richmond v St Kilda history snapshot

Here is a concise summary of the recent and overall history of Richmond and St Kilda on-field battles . . .

Recent history

Round 22, 2016, MCG

Richmond        2.1       2.5       3.9       6.10 (46)
St Kilda                        3.5       5.8       5.10     7.13 (55)

Goals – Richmond: Rioli 2, Elton, Lambert, C. Moore, Riewoldt.
Leading possession-winners – Richmond: Martin 31, Cotchin 28, Houli 22, B. Ellis 20, Grigg 19, Lambert 19.
Goals – St Kilda: McCartin 2, Membrey 2, Billings, Gresham, Riewoldt.
Leading possession-winners – St Kilda: Ross 34, Montagna 33, Newnes 28, Acres 26, Billings 25, Roberton 24, Steven 23, Savage 22, Gilbert 21, Riewoldt 21, Armstrong 20. 

Round 16, 2015, Etihad Stadium

Richmond        2.3       8.6       13.8     13.11 (89)
St Kilda                        2.5       3.8       4.10     10.13 (73)

Goals – Richmond: Deledio 3, Lennon 3, Riewoldt 2, Grigg,...

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'Insane connection' driving Tigers: Cotchin

Cotchin's belief in group Trent Cotchin on his 'lightbulb moment', expectations and why this year's team is the best he's played with.

AFL 2017 Round 10 - Richmond v Essendon

Trent Cotchin has been in sparkling form for the Tigers this year

SKIPPER Trent Cotchin believes an "insane connection" among this year’s squad has Richmond well placed with eight games remaining.

The Tigers are fourth on the ladder heading into their round 16 match against St Kilda at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night. Their 9-5 record has them poised to challenge for a top-four spot.

Richmond played in three straight finals series from 2013-15, losing elimination finals each time.

Cotchin, in his fifth season as captain, describes the 2017 team "as probably the strongest group I’ve been part of". 

He said the Tigers had learned plenty from their disappointing 2016 campaign, which saw them finish 13th with only eight wins. He dismissed suggestions...

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Naish makes U18 All Australian team

AFL 2017 U18 Championships - Vic M v Allies

GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - JULY 05: Patrick Naish of Vic Metro in action during the 2017 AFL Under 18 Championships match between Vic Metro and the Allies at Simonds Stadium on July 05, 2017 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

Richmond father-son prospect Patrick Naish has been selected in the 2017 AFL under-18 All Australian team following the national championships.
Naish finished his impressive carnival with 26 disposals in Vic Metro’s loss to the Allies on Wednesday, further boosting his stocks as a potential early draft choice for the Tigers, where his father Chris played 143 games.
The dashing, skilful midfielder is one of nine players picked in the All Australian team from the Vic Metro side that won this year’s  under-18 title.
Also from Metro, Charlie Constable and Nick Coffield were selected in defence, Cameron Rayner, Jack Higgins and Dylan Moore were...

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VFL Tigers set to tackle Casey in Cardinia


Tough Tiger Nick Vlastuin will line up for Richmond VFL at Beaconsfield's Holm Park Recreation Reserve tomorrow.

The VFL Tigers will be on the hunt for their fourth consecutive victory when they take on Casey in Beaconsfield on Saturday.

Playing their second game for the year at their home-away-from-home, the VFL Tigers will be keen to improve on their previous visit to Holm Park Recreation Reserve, a narrow five-point loss to Werribee in Round 7.

The VFL Tigers are in a rich vein of form, having defeated Geelong, Northern Blues and Essendon in their past three outings, securing fifth on the VFL ladder in the process.

Casey, meanwhile, sit narrowly behind in seventh, trailing only by percentage after their defeat at the hands of Port Melbourne last week.

Among the inclusions for the clash is key tall Todd Elton, who returns from a shoulder injury, with Nick Vlastuin and Callum Moore...

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Naish named in Twomey's Phantom Form Guide

IT'S THAT time of the year again. The NAB AFL Under-18 Championships are over, which means we're ready to order the top group of prospects in this year's draft pool.

This is AFL.com.au's first Phantom Form Guide for 2017, where we rank the best 25 players available to clubs at this year's draft.

Just as a reminder, this is purely a ranking and does not take into account the selections held by clubs or academy and father-son prospects. 

It is also not a mock draft. It is simply a list of the best players from our view. The Phantom Form Guide will be updated monthly in the lead-up to November's draft.

POS: Half-forward/midfielder, Ht 187cm, Wt 88kg, DOB 21/10/1999
From Western Jets/Vic Metro

It's been a sharp rise this season for Rayner, who has exploded into No.1 pick contention. The powerful midfielder/half-forward ticks a lot of boxes: he's a long and penetrating kick on both feet,...

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Hunt returns

Team selection: Round 16 View the team for Richmond's Round 16 match against St Kilda.

Richmond has recalled experienced, hard-running defender Taylor Hunt for Saturday night’s big clash with St Kilda at Etihad Stadium.

It will be Hunt’s first senior appearance since this year’s season-opener against Carlton.

He has earned another opportunity at the game’s highest level following some extremely consistent football at VFL level with the Tigers.

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The 26-year-old is coming off a best-on-ground performance for the Richmond VFL side against Essendon at Windy Hill last Saturday, where he had 33 disposals, five marks, three tackles and kicked a goal in the team’s fighting win.

Richmond’s VFL coach, Craig McRae, in his weekly player report on the Club’s website, said of Hunt’s strong showing: “Continues his great...

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