In what some would describe as ‘a typical Richmond season’, the Tigers sit at -7 after the first 12 rounds of season 2016, with Round 13 being their bye. By pure coincidence, the five games ranked below are the only wins the Tigers have had so far this season then. Some have been sterling and memorable victories, whilst others have been expected or in fact, lucky.
1. ROUND 8, 2016 VS. SYDNEY: The drought-breaking victory that made Sam Lloyd a cult hero with his after-the-siren shot for goal. It was a thrilling contest that saw the Tigers do away with their conservative style of the first three quarters and put their collective foot down in the final term. Richmond won by a single point, with Brett Deledio netting 34 disposals in just his third game of the season and Ben Griffiths kicked five goals in front of 36, 014 at the MCG.
2. ROUND 9, 2016 VS. FREMANTLE: The Tigers extended Fremantle’s losing streak and outplayed them from start to finish. It was terrible conditions; that even saw the huge inflatable anchors at the ground taken down due to the gale force winds. Richmond won by 38 points in Trent Cotchin’s first game back after fracturing his cheekbone – he netted a game-high 39 disposals whilst Shane Edwards, Anthony Miles and Jack Riewoldt all kicked two goals in front of 20, 184 at Domain Stadium.
3. ROUND 10, 2016 VS. ESSENDON: Richmond won back-to-back Dreamtime games as they notched up their own three-peat. The Tigers midfield was the difference on the night, proving to be too prolific and classy. Despite winning by 38 points, Dustin Martin netting a career-high 38 disposals and both Ty Vickery and Brett Deledio kicking three goals each, Damien Hardwick labelled it as ‘an ugly win’ in front of 56, 948 at the MCG.
4. ROUND 1, 2016 VS. CARLTON: Richmond survived a scare to beat Carlton in the traditional season opener; however it was reviewed as a loss inside the four walls of the Club. The Tigers overcame a nine-point deficit at the final change to kick four goals to one in the final term. It was a game whereby Richmond never felt comfortable though and the Blues were effectively just a class away from winning. Ironically the final margin was just nine-points with Kane Lambert netting 28 disposals and Ty Vickery kicking three goals in front of 75, 706 at the MCG.
5. ROUND 12, 2016 VS. GOLD COAST: Richmond notched up back-to-back wins against the Suns, but they were lucky to get away with the victory. If it wasn’t for Dustin Martin notching up an equal career-high 38 disposals and somewhat singlehandedly pulling his side over the line, the result could have been very different. The Suns looked dangerous throughout and didn’t relent until the closing stages of the match. Martin also kicked two goals along with Ben Griffiths and Sam Lloyd, whilst Brett Deledio and Shane Edwards kicked three majors in front of 30, 448 at the MCG.
How would you rank Richmond’s wins so far this season?