There has been some interesting and not so interesting battles between the Tigers and Hawks between earlier this season and all the way back to 1996. However, it is curious to note that Richmond has come away with the victory in several of Hawthorn’s premiership years, including 2008, 2013 and 2015; whilst the past 20 years, the Tigers have won 14 games against the Hawks.
The last time Richmond beat Hawthorn was just back in 2015. They also secured victories in the 2013 and 2012 seasons, but did not win between 2008-2012 or 2005-2008. Throughout the aforementioned 14 wins, 10 games were at the MCG, two games were at Etihad Stadium whilst there were solitary games at both Waverley Park and Princes Park. Specifically in relation to their 14 wins across 20 years, Wayne Campbell lead disposals in three of the games and in five games Matthew Richardson led the way on the scoreboard. With regards to crowd attendance meanwhile – the biggest was 66,305 in Round 18, 2015 at the MCG whilst the lowest was 19, 081 in Round 17, 1996 at Princes Park.
Below are Richmond’s top five biggest winning margins over Hawthorn...
1. ROUND 15, 1997: Richmond beat Hawthorn 145-69, a 76-point margin in front of 49, 217 at the MCG. Paul Broderick netted 28 disposals and both Robert Powell and Ben Harrison kicked four goals.
2. ROUND 9, 2012: Richmond beat Hawthorn 137-75, a 62-point margin in front of 51, 617 at the MCG. Shane Tuck netted 35 disposals and Jack Riewoldt kicked six goals.
3. ROUND 2, 1996: Richmond beat Hawthorn 98-51, a 47-point margin in front of 38, 263 at Waverley Park. Mark Merenda netted 26 disposals and Matthew Richardson kicked three goals.
4. ROUND 17, 1996: Richmond beat Hawthorn 114-73, a 41-point margin in front of 19, 018 at Princes Park. Chris Bond netted 32 disposals and Matthew Richardson kicked seven goals.
5. ROUND 19, 2013: Richmond beat Hawthorn 107-66, another 41-point margin in front of 64, 324 at the MCG. Trent Cotchin netted 34 disposals and Jack Riewoldt kicked three goals.
What do you think will happen this Sunday afternoon?