2017 Chronology

2017 Chronology

Profit: $3.06 million
Revenue: $65.2 million

Monday 16

Rex Chadwick steps down from the Richmond board after 7 years, due to ill health

Jack Eames, who played 14 games with Richmond in 1946, dies aged 94.
He would travel on the 'Spirit of Progress' from Albury to Melbourne every Saturday morning to play.

Saturday 28
Darryl Sutton, who played 4 games with Richmond in 1982, dies aged 64.

Friday 17
Richmond takes its 2017 team photo at Punt Road Oval

Friday 24
JLT Series vs Adelaide at Docklands

Richmond 0.1.2 0.4.6 0.9.7 0.14.8 (92)
Adelaide 0.3.3 0.5.5 0.8.8 0.10.13 (73)
Goals: Castagna 3, Riewoldt 3, Lloyd, Griffiths, Vlastuin, Butler, Nankervis, McIntosh, Martin, Caddy

Team: 1. Nick Vlastuin, 2. Dylan Grimes, 3. Dion Prestia, 4. Dustin Martin, 5. Brandon Ellis, 6. Shaun Grigg, 7. Ben Lennon, 8. Jack Riewoldt, 9. Trent Cotchin, 10. Shane Edwards, 11. Jake Batchelor, 12. David Astbury, 17. Daniel Rioli, 20. Ivan Maric, 22. Josh Caddy, 24. Ben Griffiths, 25. Toby Nankervis, 26. Anthony Miles, 27. Sam Lloyd, 28. Taylor Hunt, 30. Reece Conca, 31. Oleg Markov, 32. Corey Ellis, 33. Kamdyn McIntosh, 40. Daniel Butler, 46. Jason Castagna

Sunday 26
Ray Stokes, who played 93 games for Richmond from 1946-1951, dies aged 92

Tuesday 28
Henriette Rothschild and Joe Powell have appointed to the Richmond Football Club Board

Friday 3
Basil O'Rourke, who played 4 games for Richmond in 1951 (next to his brother Jack), dies aged 87

Sunday 5
JLT Series vs Pt Adelaide at Mount Gambier, 4649

Pt Adel 0.3.2 0.4.3 0.7.4 0.7.9 (51)
Richmond 0.2.3 0.8.6 0.9.10 0.11.13 (79)

Goals: Lloyd 3, Riewoldt 2, Martin 1, Vlastuin 1, Castagna 1, Butler 1, Rioli 1, Nankervis 1

Richmond announce a partnership with Bendigo Thunder Women's Football Club. It provides that club with development opportunities, as well as allowing Bendigo Thunder to play some home games at Punt Road.

Friday 10
'Dyer St' is unveiled in the Jacques precinct in the heart of Richmond.

Saturday 11
JLT Series vs Collingwood at Moe 5,701

Richmond 0.2.2 0.6.5 0.11.7 0.16.11 (107)
Collingwood 1.6.7 1.8.11 1.15.15 1.15.15 (114)

Goals: Martin 3, Edwards 2, Prestia 2, Riewoldt 2, Chol, Caddy, Soldo, Rioli, Butler, Castagna, Stengle

Jack Riewoldt is reported for rough conduct against Collingwood’s Jackson Ramsay. The charge is dismissed by the MRP

Wednesday 22
A bronze statue of Kevin Bartlett is unveiled at the MCG, as part of the Avenue of Legends series.

Thursday 23
ROUND 1 vs Carlton, MCG, 73,137

Richmond 7.3.45 13.5.83 15.11.101 20.12.132
Carlton 4.3.27 7.4.46 12.4.76 14.5.89

Goalkickers: Martin 4, Castagna 2, Butler 2, Nankervis 2, Rioli 2, Caddy, Edwards, Grigg, Riewoldt, Cotchin, Lloyd, Prestia, Vlastuin

Black Arm Bands worn in memory of Neville Crowe, Bill Barrot and Ray Stokes
Bachar Houli's 150th game (Essendon + Richmond)
Dan Butler, Josh Caddy, Toby Nankervis, Dion Prestia debut
Alex Rance reported for rough conduct. Report dismissed.

Thursday 30
ROUND 2 vs Collingwood, MCG, 58,236

Richmond 2.4.16 3.5.23 9.8.62 14.15.99
Collingwood 2.4.16 4.9.33 7.13.55 11.14.80

Saturday 8
ROUND 3 vs West Coast , MCG, 42,523

Richmond 2.2 5.6 9.8 11.10.76
West Coast 2.6 5.13 7.14 8.17.65

Second largest crowd ever between Richmond and West Coast.
Despite being photographed wearing a helmet during the week, Dustin Martin plays with a fractured cheekbone, but does not wear a helmet

Sunday 16
ROUND 4 vs Brisbane, Gabba, 21,669

Richmond 5.6 10.9 13.14 17.17 (119)
Brisbane 3.2 4.3 8.6 10.7 (67)

Richmond Reserves 33.21.219 def Nth Ballarat 4.7.31 at Punt Road.
It is the third highest score ever by a Richmond Reserves side (37.30.252 v Gee '47, 34.22.226 v Sth '73) , and the second highest winning margin. (241pts - Rich 37.30.252 vs Geelong 1.5.11 (PR)
Richmond Reserves percentage after the opening game is 706.45%

Monday 24
ROUND 5 vs Melbourne, MCG, 85,657 (ANZAC Day eve)

Richmond 3.1 6.6 7.11 12.16 (88)
Melbourne 3.4 7.6 11.7 11.9 (75)

Goals: Riewoldt 6, Castagna 1, Butler 1, Grigg 1, Rioli 1, Martin 1, Astbury 1

Largest crowd between Richmond and Melbourne ever.
6th largest Richmond home and away crowd ever.
Trent Cotchin wearing black arm band in memory of death of aunt
Dustin Martin wears black armband
Lighting of cauldron before match by family of Corporal Cameron Baird, VC

Sunday 30
ROUND 6 vs Adelaide, Adelaide Oval, 51,069

Richmond 6.3 7.3 8.3 10.4 (64)
Adelaide 5.0 11.6 18.11 21.14 (140)

Goals: Rioli 2, Riewoldt 2, Markov 2, Butler, Martin, Lambert, Houli


Saturday 6
ROUND 7 vs Western Bulldogs, Docklands, 46,387

Richmond 5.3 7.6 9.7 11.9 (75)
WBulldogs 1.1 4.6 8.11 11.14 (80)

Goals: Riewoldt 4, Martin 2, Butler, Miles, Lambert, Caddy, Grigg

Jack Riewoldt kicks his 500th goal. He achieves the feat in his 209th game.
(5th quickest for the club behind 157 – Michael Roach, 164 – Jack Titus , 167 – Matthew Richardson , 180 – Dick Harris
209 – Jack Riewoldt , 292 – Kevin Bartlett)

Trent Cotchin captains Richmond for the 100th time. (168 Percy Bentley, 160 Jack Dyer, 104 Des Rowe, 102 Matthew Knights, 101 Alec Edmond)

Ivan Soldo (cousin of Ivan Maric) debuts.
Richmond lead by 32 points in the 2nd quarter, and lose by 5 pts

Tuesday 9
Dustin Martin, Anthony Miles, Shai Bolton and Jack Graham are turned away from Syndal South Primary School clinic for failing to have a Working With Children check.

Sunday 14
ROUND 8 vs Fremantle

Richmond 2.1 5.1 5.5 10.10 (70)
Fremantle 2.3 5.6 9.11 10.12 (72)

Goals: Riewoldt 3, Caddy 2, Cotchin, Castagna, Martin, Rioli, Ellis

In the warm up, Richmond players wears guernsey with the name of their Mother on the back.
Black Arm Bands are worn for the death of Lou Richards.
Richmond lose with a kick after the siren (David Mundy), exactly 1 year to the day, it won with a kick after the siren (Sam Lloyd)
They had led by 4 points with 21 seconds remaining.

Sunday 20
ROUND 9 vs GWS, Spotless Stadium, 10,677

RICHMOND 6.3 7.8 10.10 10.15 (75)
GWS 1.2 4.5 6.9 11.12 (78)

Goals: Riewoldt 2, Menadue 2, Cotchin 2, Castagna 2, Grigg, Lloyd

Richmond lead by 31 points in the third quarter - lose by 3 pts.

Shai Bolton debuts for Richmond. (His father Darren played for Peel Thunder in WAFL)
Bolton is presented with his guernsey by 1967 Premiership player Billy Brown.
In the last quarter, Bolton's goal is deemed touch by video review. The goal would have put Richmond 9 pts in front with a minute and half to play.

Saturday 27
Sam Darley captains the VFL side against Western Australia at North Port Oval.
Former Richmond player Justin Plapp coaches the VFL side.
WA (20.14.134) defeat the VFL side (10.11.71) in Victoria for the first time ever (they first played in Victoria back in 1904).

ROUND 10 vs Essendon, MCG, 85,656

Richmond 4.4 6.9 9.12 11.15 (81)
Essendon 6.0 8.1 10.3 10.6 (66)

Goals: Riewoldt 2, Edwards 2, Caddy 2, Lloyd, Elton, Martin, Ellis, Nankervis

Dreamtime at the G match.
Shane Edwards, Shai Bolton, and Daniel Rioli toss the coin for Richmond.
Shane Edwards wears Number 67, in recognition of the 1967 Referendum which allowed Indigenous people to be counted in the census.
The crowd of 85.656 is one person fewer than the Anzac Eve match vs Melbourne this year.
At the end of the game, several players swap guernseys with their opponents (Rance, Cotchin).
Cotchin is unable to put on Dyson Heppell's guernsey (he later said in post match interview he didn't feel comfortable wearing the guernsey leading off the team) and instead wears a Richmond jacket during the post match celebration.
Dustin Martin voted best on ground - receives the Yiooken Medal (boomerang)

Monday 29
Richmond are fined $5000 for failing to provide complete and up to date player whereabouts information to ASADA after cancelling a training session and not immediately updating its training schedule

ROUND 11 vs North Melbourne, Docklands 36,100

Richmond 3.4 6.10 12.13 14.17 (101)
Nth Melb 2.4 7.6 8.9 9.12 (66)

Goals: Riewoldt 2, Martin 2, Butler 2, Lambert 2, Castagna, Cotchin, Edwards, Ellis, Grigg, Rioli

AFL trial 4 umpires for this match (as it is a bye week and only 6 games are played)


Saturday 17
ROUND 13 vs Sydney

Richmond 5.3 7.6 9.7 10.11 (71)
Sydney 0.4 3.5 7.6 12.8 (80)

Shai Bolton kicks his first League goal, after 4 behinds across previous matches.
Trent Cotchin moves into 3rd place on Most Games as Captain for Richmond
(168 Percy Bentley, 160 Jack Dyer, 105 Trent Cotchin, 104 Des Rowe, 102 Matthew Knights, 101 Alec Edmond)
Largest home and away crowd between the two teams ever.
Sydney come back from a 36 point deficit to win.

ROUND 14 vs Carlton , MCG , 64,448

Richmond 3.3 5.10 7.13 11.18 (84)
Carlton 4.1 4.2 6.6 8.10 (58)

Goals: Riewoldt 3, Butler 2, Castagna 2, Ellis, Lambert, Bolton, Nankervis

Bachar Houli is reported for striking Lamb (Carlton) in the first quarter.
Richmond defeat Carlton for the sixth consecutive time (a record equalling 1965-1968)

Monday 26
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visits Punt Road to announce increased funding for the Bachar Houli Academy, a high performance football talent program. The funding is to be used to grow the exisiting program and include a female component for the Bachar Houli Academy and Schools Cup.

Tuesday 27
The Tribunal suspends Houli for two weeks for his strike on Lamb. Richmond present character evidence in the form of a letter from TV personality (and Richmond supporter) Waleed Aly, and audio of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull praising Houli's character in the community from an announcement at Punt Road on Monday.

Wednesday 28
The AFL announce they will appeal the Tribunal's two week suspension for Bachar Houli on the grounds "sanction was manifestly inadequate"

Thursday 29
The Appeals Tribunal uphold the AFLs argument, and rub Bachar Houli out for 4 weeks.
Ivan Maric announces to the playing group that he will retire at the end of the season.

Saturday 1''
ROUND 15 vs Port Adelaide , Adelaide Oval

Richmond 1.4 3.8 7.10 11.10 (76)
Pt Adel 1.6 5.11 6.14 8.15 (63)

Goals: Butler 3, Stengle 2, Cotchin, Rioli, Martin, Riewoldt, Lloyd, Short

Saturday 8
ROUND 16 vs StKilda , Docklands

Richmond 1.3 1.4 4.9 10.11 (71)
StKilda 5.3 14.8 19.8 21.12 (138)

Goals: Castagna 2, Cotchin, Caddy, Grigg, Martin, Butler, Lloyd, Ellis, Riewoldt

Richmond wear black arm bands for family member of Tony Singarella (match day official)
Richmond wear purple laces for the 2nd annual 'Maddie's Match
Richmond's lowest half time score vs StKilda since the same round (16) in 1961

Sunday 16
ROUND 17 vs Brisbane, Docklands 28,188

Richmond 4.4 5.8 9.13 16.16 (112)
Brisbane 1.3 4.6 6.8 12.9 (81)

Goals: Riewoldt 4, Butler 3, Martin 2, Castagna 2, Edwards, Cotchin, Prestia, Rioli, B Ellis

David Rodan, former Richmond player, is a goal umpire for this match.

Sunday 23
ROUND 18 vs GWS, MCG, 33, 467

Richmond 0.2 4.6 8.8 9.10 (64)
GWS 3.4 3.5 4.5 6.9 (45)

Goals: Riewoldt 2, Martin, McIntosh, Lambert, Castagna, Rioli, Caddy, Nankervis
Richmond wear black arm bands for Keith Williams - former Timekeeper and Life Member.

Saturday 29
ROUND 19 vs Gold Coast Suns, Carrara, 16,207

Richmond 3.4 8.8 11.11 14.14 (98)
GCSuns 4.2 5.3 8.4 10.5 (65)

Goals: Rioli 3, Nankervis 3, Castagna 3, Grigg, Caddy, Cotchin, Martin, C. Ellis

Shane Edwards 200th game.
Jack Riewoldt does not play due to eye injury
Daniel Rioli wears black arm band
Rioli kicks Richmond's first 3 goals in the first quarter.
Richmond's first win at Carrara since Rd 10 1991.

Sunday 6
ROUND 20 vs Hawthorn, MCG, 58,342

Richmond 5.4 6.8 9.10 13.15 (93)
Hawthorn 1.3 2.5 4.8 9.10 (64)

Goals: Caddy 4, C.Ellis 2, Martin 2, Rioli, Cotchin, Soldo, Prestia, Nankervis
Kamdyn McIntosh wears a black armband

Saturday 12
ROUND 21 vs Geelong, Geelong 32,266

Richmond 3.4 4.5 7.9 9.12 (66)
Geelong 3.2 8.5 8.9 11.14 (80)

Goals: Martin 2, Riewoldt, Houli, Butler, Caddy, Cotchin, Rioli, Edwards

Sunday 20
ROUND 22 vs Fremantle, Domain Stadium 34,204

Fremantle 3.4 3.5 5.7 7.9 (51)
Richmond 3.0 11.2 17.5 25.5 (155)

Goals: Townsend 6, Riewoldt 4, Lambert 3, Butler 3, Martin 2, Rioli, Houli, Edwards, McIntosh, Nankervis, Rance, Graham

Richmond's victory of 104 pts is their largest over Fremantle ever.
It was Fremantle's last game at Domain Stadium.
25.5 is their most accurate high score ever.

Sunday 27
ROUND 23 vs StKilda, MCG, 69,104

Richmond 4.1 11.5 12.7 19.8 (122)
StKilda 1.2 4.3 9.9 12.9 (81)

Goals: Townsend 5, Riewoldt 3, Grigg 3, Prestia 2, Martin 2, Butler 2, Graham, Cotchin

With this victory, Richmond take fourth spot on the ladder and get the double chance in the finals.
Second largest home and away crowd between the two teams ever.
Ian Stewart Medal won by Dustin Martin.

Wednesday 30
Dustin Martin and Alex Rance are selected in the 2017 All Australian side. Rance is also elected captain of the side.

Thursday 31
After months of speculation, Dustin Martin announces in an interview on the Ch 9 Footy Show , that he has signed on for a further 7 years at Richmond.

Saturday 8
Qualifying Final vs Geelong, MCG, 95,028

Richmond 2.4 3.7 6.10 13.13 (91)
Geelong 0.4 2.4 4.9 5.10 (40)

Goals: Townsend 2, Caddy 2, Butler, Vlastuin, Edwards, Prestia, Grigg, Lambert, Castagna, Cotchin, Riewoldt

Tigers first Finals win since 2001.
Tigers first night final win ever.
Largest crowd to see a Qualifying Final
Richmond's largest crowd in a game since the 1982 Grand Final.
Richmond's 14th largest crowd ever.

Monday 11
Jacob Townsend wins the J.J Liston Medal on 18 votes, despite not polling in the final 4 Rounds (which included a bye, and a call up to the Senior team). Jacob Ballard is named on the interchange bench of the VFL Team of the Year.

Tuesday 12
Dustin Martin is named the AFL Players' MVP with 1333 votes, with Patrick Dangerfield on 776 votes.
Daniel Rioli is named on the interchange bench of the 22Under22 Team

Saturday 23
Preliminary Final vs GWS, MCG, 94,258

Richmond 4.3 5.7 11.11 15.13 (103)
GWS 3.3 5.6 6.10 9.13 (67)

Goals: Rioli 4, Martin 3, Butler 2, Lambert, Caddy, Castagna, Townsend, Edwards, Riewoldt

Richmond reach a Grand Final for the first time since 1982.
It's their first Preliminary Final victory since 1973.
In an incident between Trent Cotchin and Dylan Shiels, Shiels appears to injure his shoulder and is later taken out of the game with concussion. An MRP review determines that Cotchin was "seeking to contest the ball and therefore contact was not unreasonable in the circumstances" No charge is laid. (A fine would have meant he served an automatic 1 week suspension)

Monday 25
Dustin Martin wins the 2017 Brownlow Medal on 36 votes. Patrick Dangerfield, who was ineligible, received 33 votes. Tom Mitchell (Haw) received 25 votes.

Daniel Rioli is awarded Goal of the Year for his boundary-line goal against West Coast in Rd3

Tuesday 26
Damien Hardwick is announced as Coach of the Year by the AFLCA.

Friday 29
Final training session before the Grand Final is held. The Punt Road ground is full to capacity. Kevin Bartlett broadcasts his radio show from the back of the Jack Dyer Grandstand.
The players then participate in the Grand Final Parade

Saturday 30

Grand Final vs Adelaide, MCG, 100,021

Richmond 2.3 6.4 11.8 16.12 (108)
Adelaide 4.2 4.7 5.10 8.12 (60)

Goals: Graham 3, Townsend 2, Martin 2, Caddy, Houli, Riewoldt, Grigg, Lambert, Castagna, Riewoldt, Prestia, Butler

Richmond win their 13th senior premiership (VFA/VFL/AFL)
Richmond win their first senior premiership since 1980.
Damien Hardwick becomes the oldest man to coach Richmond to a Premiership.
Peggy O'Neal becomes the first female president of a Premiership side.
Connor Menadue wins the 2017 Grand Final sprint at half time
Richmond wore their clash guernsey.
Richmond wore black arm bands for a bereavement in the Keane family.
Daniel Rioli breaks a foot bone during a tackle in the last quarter.
Matthew Richardson presents the premiership cup.
Jack Graham plays in a premiership in his 5th senior game. (Bill James 1, Jack Anderson 4, Ernie Taylor 5, Noel Carter 5)
In the post-game concert, Jack Riewoldt jumps on stage and sings 'Mr Brightside', with The Killers.

Dustin Martin wins the Norm Smith Medal.
(5 judges voted 3 2 1)
13 - Dustin Martin, Richmond 33331.
10 - Bachar Houli, Richmond 32221.
2 - Alex Rance, Richmond 2.
2 - Shane Edwards, Richmond 2.
2 - Dion Prestia, Richmond 11.
1 - Jack Graham, Richmond 1.

Premierships at 3 different clubs (as player/coach)
Ron Barassi, Leigh Matthews, Mick Malthouse, Damien Hardwick

For winning the premiership, the entire team is automatically bestowed life membership with the club.

Sunday 1
The team and premiership cup are presented to a packed Punt Road Oval. It is estimated some 25,000 people are present.

Monday 2
Richmond hold their 2017 Best and Fairest Awards. Dustin Martin wins his second consecutive Jack Dyer Medal.
Dan Butler wins the Best First Year Player award
Jack Riewoldt wins the Michael Roach Award for leading goal kicker.
Dylan Grimes wins the Francis Bourke 'Best Clubman' award.

Wednesday 11
Richmond is granted a VFLW licence for the 2018 season. It is a key move to ready the club for the 2020 AFLW season.
The team's home ground is Punt Road.

Richmond confirm the police are investigating a photo that has circulated social media of a topless woman with a Premiership medallion.

Tuesday 24
Police cease their investigation into the social media photo, at the request of the complainant

Wednesday 25
The AFL Integrity Unit begins an investigation into the social media photo.

Monday 30
Nathan Broad (with Richmond President Peggy O'Neal) hold a press conference where it is announced Broad's suspension of 3 matches in 2018 for sharing a private image of a young woman.
Broad's statement:
''I take full responsibility for what I have done.
"I sent a very private picture without this young woman’s consent. I am ashamed and embarrassed. I made a very bad drunken decision.
"Not only have I let down my family, my friends and the Richmond Football Club, but most of all I let down a young woman who I cared about. A young woman who I spent time with before the Grand Final. A young woman who I liked and respected.
"I’m deeply sorry for the heartache that I’ve caused this young woman and her family. It was never my intention to hurt her or her family. By sending the picture I lied to her and broke her trust.
"This young woman deserves to have her privacy respected. To the media... the longer this story keeps running the more suffering it will cause her and her family. I am the one who deserves to be punished but this woman does not deserve any more pain.
"To anybody thinking of sending this photo around I urge you to stop and delete it as it’s only causing more hurt to those involved. I hope what I have done will teach others that it is never acceptable to send these sorts of private images without permission.''

Peggy O'Neal statement:
Richmond Football Club was terribly disappointed to learn that one of its players had shared a private image of a young woman, without her consent.
As per Nathan’s statement, he has taken responsibility for his actions.
As a Club that is committed to gender equity and respect, we find these actions to be completely unacceptable.
The Club – in conjunction with the AFL - will not allow such behaviour to go unpunished and, as a result, Nathan will be suspended for the first three home and away games of the 2018 premiership season.
Throughout this matter, we have cooperated with Victoria Police and the AFL. Most importantly, we have been very mindful of the young woman and her family.
We are incredibly sorry for the distress Nathan’s actions have caused a young woman who deserved better.
The young woman’s anonymity is of paramount importance now, and into the future, and we ask that everyone respect that.
If something good is to come out of this, we hope that this very public matter serves as a serious warning to all about respectful and responsible behaviour.
As a Club, we will also be looking at how we can better educate everyone to ensure this never happens again.

Friday 24
At the 2017 National Draft, Richmond select Jack Higgins (Pick 17), Callum Coleman-Jones (Pick 20), Noah Balta (Pick 25), Patrick Naish (Pick 34 - Father/Son selection. Father is Chris Naish, Ben Miller (Pick 63)

Tuesday 28
In the Rookie Draft, Richmond selects Derek Eggmolesse-Smith as a Category B rookie (he had played 5 games with the VFL this year), and Liam Baker (from Subiaco).