Official crowd: 55,625 at the MCG.
Round 7 - Port v Richmond
Wow was I looking forward to this game, in my home state and against one of the teams I hate the most.
Grown up hating Port as a Glenelg Supporter and nothing changed when they joined the AFL!
This for me was a real gut wrenching game, I had real bad nerves circulating in me, worried which Tiger outfit would turn up and whether we could beat an unbeaten Port...
Round 8 - Richmond v Melbourne
The big winner for the day was the emergence of Brandon Ellis, his 39 possession game was well highlighted as he shot himself into the Tiger faithfuls cheer as one of our midfielders to watch, Vlastuin was another key to watch who was still only in his first handful of games. Either way you look at it, the youth of Richmond is a deep well of skill and will each help us to be a powerhouse in the near future.
So end result was Tigers by 34 points but it wasn't a convincing win:
Round 9 - Richmond v Essendon
Dreamtime at the G is always a game both the Tigers & Bombers fans love to flock too, and this years game was no exception, over 80,000 turned up expecting a big upset by the Tigers.
The best players really sum up how the game finished with 5 of the 6 listed all from the backline, Rance & Chaplin were pushed to the limit as the ball was constantly bombarded into the backline.
Matt White came into the game during the 3rd and provided some spark but one player was not enough to lift the rest of the team and sadly the end result was the Bombers by 29 Points:
RICHMOND 2.2 4.5 6.5 9.8 (62)
ESSENDON 2.3 7.7 11.9 13.13 (91)
Essendon: Crameri 3, Watson 3, Zaharakis 2, Hibberd, Howlett, Melksham, Stanton, Winderlich
Richmond: Rance, Grigg, Chaplin, Vlastuin, Newman, Jackson
Essendon: Watson, Zaharakis, Stanton, Goddard, Hibberd, Hocking, Dempsey
Official crowd: 84, 234 at the MCGRound 10 - West Coast v Richmond
Richmond: Vlastuin 3, S Edwards 2, Newman 2, Vickery 2, Riewoldt 2, Jackson, King, Martin, White, A Edwards
West Coast: S Selwood, Naitanui, Kennedy, Shuey, Masten, Priddis
Richmond: Deledio, Jackson, Cotchin, White, Foley, Vlastuin, Martin
Official crowd: 37,781 at the Patersons Stadium
Round 12 - Richmond v Adelaide
Fresh off the bye (Still shake my head at why the AFL does this...) the Tigers were awaiting the Crows who were fresh off a 77 point thumping at the hands of Sydney.
Adelaide, still shell shocked, didn't do their homework and allowed the Tigers to roam free. Especially Brett Deledio who spent the majority of the first half roaming free and rebounding the ball off the half back with ease and zero pressure!
GOALSMaybe its just me, but this is another team I love our team to beat and beat soundly, for years the Saints were a good side behind the likes of Dal Santo, Montagna and Goddard. Now they are hit with injuries, Goddard departed for the Bombers and the Saints are no longer the powerhouse they once were.
Led by one of our fan favourites, Axel Foley took control of the game and was at every exchange, his sleek skills, quick feet and hard at the ball attitude helped the team dominate early and again smash the opposition in the 2nd quarter to have a handy lead at the half time break.
Aaron Edwards was awesome to watch, only kicked the one goal but his work rate and presence often has me calling for his inclusion rather than Vickery.. Vickery at times can be slow and lazy up forward, I just feel Edwards has alot to offer our team.
RICHMOND 4.4 10.9 15.13 17.17 (119)
ST KILDA 3.2 4.4 7.5 8.7 (55)
Richmond: Riewoldt 3, Jackson 3, Grigg 2, Foley 2, Deledio 2, Ellis, King, A. Edwards, Vickery, Conca
Richmond: Foley, Vickery, Cotchin, A. Edwards, Jackson, Conca
St Kilda: Dennis-Lane, Armitage, Ray, Steven, Jones
Official crowd: 52,184 at the MCG
Round 15 - North v Richmond
I'm going to say this now, theres no real positives I can pull from this game.
Official crowd: 45,966 at Etihad Stadium
Round 16 - Richmond v Gold Coast
The game was all about a couple of major factors, The wind and Gary Ablett.
Gold Coast: Brown, O'Meara, McKenzie, Day, Bennell, Shaw
Official crowd: 11,197 at Cazalys Stadium
Round 17 - Richmond v Fremantle
The Tigers midfield, led by our captain courageous, Trent Cotchin, pushed the ball inside 50 and increased the pressure on the Freo backline delivering pin point accuracy to Jumping Jack who finished with 4 for the day. Jacko continued his brilliant 2013 form and for me is one of the front runners for the end of year Best & Fairest, his unsung efforts are starting to be noticed!
End result was the Tigers winning by 27 points, a good hard fought win over one of the Top 4 contenders!
RICHMOND 3.3 4.6 9.9 12.12 (84)
FREMANTLE 2.2 2.5 6.6 8.9 (57)
Fremantle: Mzungu 3, Mayne 2, Walters, Silvagni, de Boer
Richmond: Cotchin, Rance, Ellis, Vlastuin, Jackson, S. Edwards
Fremantle: Mzungu, Crowley, Dawson, Clarke, Johnson, Fyfe, Mundy
Round 18 - Sydney v Richmond
A picturesque SCG was the birth place for what was an important game to Richmond, not only to see how we can match against one of the best but it was also important to get an away win and help secure the finals push.
Sydney Swans: O'Keefe, Jack, Mitchell, White, Bird, Tippett, McVeigh
Richmond: Martin, Riewoldt, Cotchin, Grigg, Jackson
Official crowd: 29,738 at SCG
Round 19 - Hawthorn v Richmond
Wow, just wow.
Full of anger and disgust I retreated outside to begin sanding my pallet for the new pallet garden we were trying out (Check it out on Sustainability & Recycling article on my blog), my son was extremely worried as I was sanding that hard the Pallet could soon be a toothpick...
The Tigers continued their stamp and dominance over the Hawks who appear to have had a stumble in their quest for the minor premiership, the Tigers nailed their 12th win of the season and stun Hawthorn by 41 Points.
RICHMOND 6.4 6.6 10.10 16.11 (107)
Hawthorn: Puopolo 2, Franklin, Lewis, Smith, Burgoyne, Guerra, Ceglar, Hodge
Richmond: Riewoldt 3, McGuane 2, Edwards 2, White 2, Jackson 2, Maric, Newman, Foley, Martin, Tuck
Hawthorn: Smith, Lake, Lewis, Puopolo
A win, the Tigers are in the finals and no one can dislodge us! Since 2001 we've been waiting for this moment, surely we can put the nail in the coffin...
But that's it - Tigers are in the Finals!!!!!!!!!! For the first time since 2001!
RICHMOND 6.2 11.7 11.9 14.13 (97)
BRISBANE LIONS 1.3 4.4 7.7 11.8 (74)
Official crowd: 46,961 at the MCG
Round 21 - Richmond v Carlton
It still pains me to say it but Mitch Robinson was the match winner, his over enthusiastic presence was the deciding factor for Carltons resurgence.
RICHMOND 8.2 10.3 12.7 14.12 (96)