The last 20 years between Richmond and Geelong has been a period of dominance for the Cats. The subsequent margins between the two clubs have either been really close, under 10 points, or have been much more substantial – the Cats once beat the Tigers by more than 150 points. Geelong are something of a bogey side for Richmond and the lack of Tiger wins within this aforementioned period reflects that – with just six victories to speak of between 1996 to 2016.
The last time Richmond beat Geelong was all the way back in the 2006 season – a staggering 10 years ago. Their previous win to that was a six-year drought all the way back in 2000 whilst they had a victory in every year from 1996 to 1999. Throughout the aforementioned six wins, Wayne Campbell led disposals in two of the games and across the six victories – a different player led the way on the scoreboard in each of the matches. Also, four wins were at the MCG whilst single victories took place at Simonds and Etihad Stadium respectively. With regards to crowd attendance meanwhile – the biggest was 50, 633 in Round 20, 1996 at the MCG whilst the lowest was 23, 386 in Round 9, 2006 at Simonds Stadium – notice the irony of the biggest and lowest margins are 20 years apart.
Below are Richmond’s top five biggest winning margins over Geelong...
1. ROUND 8, 2000: Richmond beat Geelong 147-77, a 70-point margin in front of 35, 171 at Etihad Stadium. Joel Bowden netted 30 disposals and Matthew Rogers kicked five goals.
2. ROUND 20, 1996: Richmond beat Geelong 132-67, a 65-point margin in front of 50, 633 at the MCG. Mark Merenda netted 35 disposals and Robert Powell kicked five goals.
3. ROUND 12, 1999: Richmond beat Geelong 101-66, a 35-point margin in front of 36, 013 at the MCG. Nick Daffy netted 26 disposals and Matthew Richardson kicked six goals.
4. ROUND 9, 2006: Richmond beat Geelong 110-90, a 20-point margin in front of 23, 386 at Simonds Stadium. Mark Coughlan netted 27 disposals and Chris Hyde kicked four goals.
5. ROUND 17, 1998: Richmond beat Geelong 67-58, a nine-point margin in front of 44, 222 at the MCG. Wayne Campbell netted 31 disposals and Brett Evans kicked three goals.
5. ROUND 1, 1997: Richmond beat Geelong 104-95, another nine-point margin in front of 48, 358 at the MCG. Wayne Campbell netted 26 disposals and Nick Daffy kicked five goals
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