This Saturday night marks the twelfth instalment of ‘Dreamtime at the ‘G’, the annual event and marquee match of the newly named Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round. In just these games alone, Essendon has won six and Richmond has won four. Last year’s centrepiece game was the first the Tigers had won since 2011 and prior to that they had come away with the victory in 2008.
Since 2000, when these two teams meet, Richmond has won 15 games and they have all taken place at the MCG given both sides have this as their home ground. Two of the games saw Brandon Ellis lead the way with possessions outright with an additional game whereby he lead the way equally with Anthony Miles. Two more of the games saw the now retired Nathan Foley lead the way with possessions and ironically these games fell in the same season (2008). In another game, Matthew Richardson not only led the way with possessions, but also was the leading goal kicker with an incredible nine goals late in the 2006 season.
With statistics in mind, below is a look at Richmond’s top five biggest winning margins over Essendon since 2000. Take note of #5 – it has two entries, given the exact same margin!
1. ROUND 22, 2012: Richmond beat Essendon 102-57, a 45-point margin in front of 47, 590 at the MCG. Shane Tuck and Brett Deledio both netted 33 disposals and Jack Riewoldt kicked three goals.
2. ROUND 7, 2003: Richmond beat Essendon 84-42, a 42-point margin in front of 52, 196 at the MCG. Kane Johnson netted 30 disposals and Andrew Krakouer kicked five goals.
3. ROUND 23, 2013: Richmond beat Essendon 104-65, a 39-point margin in front of 60, 979 at the MCG. Brandon Ellis netted 35 disposals and both Aaron Edwards and Ty Vickery kicked four goals.
4. ROUND 9, 2008: Richmond beat Essendon 110-72, a 38-point margin in front of 60, 333 at the MCG. Nathan Foley netted 32 disposals and both Nathan Brown and Shane Edwards kicked three goals.
5. ROUND 22, 2015: Richmond beat Essendon 74-47, a 27-point margin in front of 37, 864 at the MCG. Kamdyn McIntosh netted 27 disposals and both Brett Deledio and Ty Vickery kicked two goals.
5. ROUND 21, 2007: Richmond beat Essendon 119-92, a 27-point margin in front of 88, 468 at the MCG. Kane Johnson netted 31 disposals and Kane Pettifer, Chris Newman, Brett Deledio and Jack Riewoldt all kicked two goals.
What do you think will happen this Saturday night?