AFL top 100: Richmond's games and goals

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The first stirring of the sleeping Tiger happened in 2007 when two 18-year-olds arrived at Punt Road: Shane Edwards and Jack Riewoldt. Both players debuted that year, but it was not an auspicious start to their careers with Edwards playing 12 games before his first win and Riewoldt starting with six losses. For Richmond the […]
The first stirring of the sleeping Tiger happened in 2007 when two 18-year-olds arrived at Punt Road: Shane Edwards and Jack Riewoldt.

Both players debuted that year, but it was not an auspicious start to their careers with Edwards playing 12 games before his first win and Riewoldt starting with six losses.

For Richmond the year was a disaster with only three wins and a draw and the ignominy of a wooden spoon. Things improved markedly in 2008 with 11 wins and a draw and the arrival of Trent Cotchin, but Richmond still missed the finals as they had every year since 2001.

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Four more years in the wilderness followed with the team never finishing higher than 12th and the 1980 premiership under Tony Jewell becoming a distant memory.

But things were building. Damien Hardwick took over as coach in 2010, Jack Riewoldt won the best and fairest and started his run of being leading goal kicker at the club for the next nine years and three new talents arrived: Dustin Martin, Dylan Grimes and David Astbury.

The following year, Bachar Houli was enticed across after 26 games and nine goals at Essendon, and two years later (in 2013) David Astbury arrived.

These eight players made up the backbone of a club that would win the 2017 premiership after 37 years of trying, and then go on to win two more in the next three years.…
Stephen Shortis
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