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TOP 5: Richmond’s Best Games at the Halfway Point in Season 2016

  • TOP 5: Richmond’s Best Games at the Halfway Point in Season 2016

    MELBOURNE, VICTORIA - MAY 14: Sam Lloyd of the Tigers is congratulated by Dustin Martin, Ben Griffiths and Brandon Ellis of the Tigers after kicking the match-winning goal after the final siren during the round eight AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Sydney Swans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 14, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/AFL Media/Getty Images)

  • TOP 5: Richmond’s Best Games at the Halfway Point in Season 2016

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21: Richmond players acknowledge supporters after winning the round nine AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Richmond Tigers at Domain Stadium on May 21, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

  • TOP 5: Richmond’s Best Games at the Halfway Point in Season 2016

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28: Tigers players sing the club song after winning during the round 10 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Richmond Tigers at Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 28, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

  • TOP 5: Richmond’s Best Games at the Halfway Point in Season 2016

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 24: Dustin Martin (left) and Anthony Miles of the Tigers celebrate during the 2016 AFL Round 01 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Carlton Blues at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne on March 24, 2016. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

  • TOP 5: Richmond’s Best Games at the Halfway Point in Season 2016

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 12: Reece Conca (left) and Brandon Ellis of the Tigers celebrate during the 2016 AFL Round 12 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Gold Coast Suns at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 12, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

                   

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.

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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.

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