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2018 Chronology

2018 Chronology


January
Thursday 11
Ben Griffiths announces his retirement immediately to head overseas to try out as an American Football Punter.


Friday 19
Mark Ward , Managing Director of Officeworks, joins the Richmond Board, filling a casual vacancy created by the retirement of Maurice O'Shannassy.


February
Friday 16
Richmond's 2018 Team Photo is taken on this day at the Punt Road ground.


Saturday 17
Richmond plays its first ever AFLX game. Reece Conca kicks the club's first 10pt goal (Zooper goal)


Saturday 24
JLT Series vs Essendon at Wangaratta

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Richmond 4.5 8.6 16.8 19.10 (124)
Essendon 2.1 3.4 4.6 5.7 (37)

Crowd: 11,000
Goals: Bolton 3, Caddy 2, Castagna 2, Townsend 2, Riewoldt, Martin, Cotchin, Edwards, Ellis, Graham, Grigg, McIntosh, Short, Chol
Captain: Cotchin

Team: Nick Vlastuin, Dylan Grimes, Dustin Martin, Brandon Ellis, Shaun Grigg, Dan Butler, Jack Riewoldt, Trent Cotchin, Shane Edwards, Jason Castagna, David Astbury, Bachar Houli, Jayden Short, Alex Rance, Jacob Townsend, Josh Caddy, Kane Lambert, Toby Nankervis, Jack Higgins, Shai Bolton, Reece Conca, Corey Ellis, Kamdyn McIntosh, Jack Graham, Mabior Chol, Ryan Garthwaite

Notes:
20 min quarters (no time on first 15).
8 interchange players
No interchange cap
Restriction on Runners - each club permitted 1 runner, who is only allowed on ground after goal and at breaks. Must be off playing arena at centre bounce after each goal.
Riewoldt and Rance wearing black arm bands.


March
Thursday 1
Richmond's membership tally hits 80,000. The first League team to achieve that figure.


Tuesday 6
Damien Hardwick extends his coaching contract by a further 3 years. It will take him past Jack Dyer and Tom Hafey as the club's longest-serving coach.


Wednesday 7
JLT Series vs North Melb at Princes Park

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Richmond 3.4 8.6 13.10 19.14 (128)
Nth Melb 3.3 4.7 7.8 8.10 (58)


Goals: Lambert 4, Moore 2, Riewoldt 2, Butler 2, Caddy 2, Castagna, Townsend, Bolton, Lloyd, McIntosh, Grigg, Cotchin

Team: Nankervis, Lambert, Short, Caddy, Vlastuin, McIntosh, Edwards, Graham, Cotchin, Brandon Ellis, Lloyd, Grigg, Martin, Soldo, Riewoldt, Townsend, Astbury, Bolton, Butler, Corey Ellis, Jason Castagna, Callum Moore, Reece Conca, Nathan Broad, Dylan Grimes, Alex Rance.

Notes
Trent Cotchin wears black arm bands for death in family.
Crowd: 4,1097


Friday 16
The AFL unveiled re-recorded theme-songs for each club. Richmond's now includes the correct line 'risking head and shin' - it had been recorded as 'risking head and skin' for decades. Their new version also includes the singing voice of Matthew Richardson and Kevin Bartlett at the 'yellow and black' part of the song.

The Wheelchair Football League (VWFL) is launched with 5 teams - Richmond, Collingwood, Essendon, Hawthorn and StKilda.


Thursday 22
ROUND 1
vs Carlton at MCG, 90,151

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Richmond 4.4 6.11 11.14 17.19 (121)
Carlton 6.1 8.3 12.4 15.5 (95)


Goalkickers: Townsend 4, Riewoldt 4, Butler 3, Caddy 3, Castagna 2, Martin

Notes:
Richmond wear black arm bands for the death of Graeme Gahan (1959-1966)
Richmond's third largest Home and Away crowd ever.
The largest Home and Away crowd ever between Richmond and Carlton.
The first club ever to play in front of 90,000+ crowds in four consecutive games.

The 2017 premiership flag is paraded from Punt Road to the MCG, then down through the Cheer Squad, and then around the ground. 11 people hold the flag, each wearing a numbered guernsey representing a League Premiership.
Jess Bennett (Melbourne), Joan Chappell (Richmond), Nate Anderson (Perth WA), Andrew Sloman (New Zealand), Julie Mangan (Mildura), Yuanna Pappos (Melbourne), Gerard Egan (Melbourne), Vito Inserra (Frankston South), Michelle Thomas (Kinglake VIC), Ruqaya Almirgani (Melbourne), Alicia Almeida (Melbourne).

Peggy O'Neal delivers a short speech at the precise spot on the ground where the premiership cup was presented in 2017. She announced the club has reached 85,000 members.
The flag is raised jointly by Peggy O'Neal and Brendon Gale. The Richmond players do not watch the unfurling. They are in the room preparing for the match

Richmond's updated theme-song also debuts - the incorrect lyric 'skin' is now replaced with 'shin'


Thursday 29
ROUND 2
vs Adelaide at Adelaide, 49,743

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Adelaide 4.4 11.4 14.7 18.10 (118)
Richmond 4.2 9.4 10.9 12.10 (82)

Goals: Martin 5, Caddy 3, Edwards, Lambert, Bolton, Townsend

Notes:
Trent Cotchin becomes the 29th player in Richmond's history to play 200 games.
Damian Hardwick exchanged words with an Adelaide Crows supporter after the game, as he is heading to the ground through the crowd. No action was taken by the AFL.


April
Sunday 8
ROUND 3
vs Hawthorn at MCG, 70,701

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Richmond 5.3 8.7 12.11 15.12 (102)
Hawthorn 2.4 5.6 7.8 13.11 (89)


Goals: Riewoldt 4, Castagna 3, Higgins 2, Grigg, Edwards, Nankervis, Lloyd, McIntosh, Butler

Notes:
Largest crowd ever to see a Richmond vs Hawthorn match
Jack Higgins debuts.


Thursday 12
Richmond Football Club announces it has reached 90,000 members


Saturday 14
ROUND 4
vs Brisbane at MCG, 32,870

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Richmond 5.5 8.10 11.12 16.14
Brisbane 0.2 0.4 1.4 2.5


Goals:
Martin 6, Castagna 3, Townsend 3, Lambert 2, Riewoldt, Caddy

Notes:
Brisbane’s final score of 2.5 (17) with Richmond was the lowest total against the Tigers since Rd 15 1910 (StK 1.10.16).
Their score was also the equal lowest by any team against Richmond at the MCG. (Equals Carlton's 2.5.17 vs Rich, Aug 4 1894)
Richmond kept their opponent goalless in the first half since Rd 10 1973 (Sth Melb).


Tuesday 24
ROUND 5
vs Melbourne at MCG, 77,071

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Richmond 2.2 5.8 8.9 15.12 (102)
Melbourne 1.5 2.6 5.8 8.8 (56)


Goals:
Higgins 3, Lloyd 2, Castagna 2, McIntosh 2, Riewoldt 2, Lambert 2, Prestia, Cotchin

Notes:
Richmond finish on top of the League ladder at the end of a round for the first time since Rd 12 1995.
Pre match - a flame from the Shrine of Remembrance is paraded around the ground. A cauldron is list by the family of Private Greg Sher who died during operations in Afghanistan
At one point during the game, Jack Higgins had kicked 5 career goals from 8 career kicks.


Sunday 29
ROUND 6
vs Collingwood, MCG, 72,157

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Richmond 3.4 4.9 8.14 16.17.113
Collingwood 2.2 5.7 7.9 10.10.70


Goals:
Caddy 4, Riewoldt 3, Butler 3, Higgins 2, Castagna 2, Short, Martin

Notes:
Richmond's 12 consecutive wins at the MCG is a club record, besting the 11 wins from Rd 11 1974- Rd 10 1975.
Jack Higgins had now kicked 7 career goals from 17 career kicks.


May
Sunday 6
ROUND 7
vs Fremantle , MCG, 43,240

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Richmond 4.5 7.11 7.16 15.20 (110)
Fremantle 1.1 1.3 4.8 4.9 (33)


Goals: Riewoldt 3, Lambert 2, Townsend 2, Houli, Higgins, Lloyd, McIntosh, Conca, Caddy, Graham, Castagna

Notes:
Jack Riewoldt captains Richmond for the first time in Cotchin's absence. He is the first "Jack" to captain Richmond since Jack Dyer in 1949.
Bachar Houli's 150th game for Richmond.
Richmond extends it winning record at MCG to 13 consecutive wins.
Reece Conca kicks his first goal since the Elimination Final of 2015.
Before the game, over at Punt Road , supporters meet and form a giant '90' on the ground, to recognise the club being the first AFL team to reach 90,000 members.


Richmond's Wheelchair team play its first ever match. They defeat Hawthorn 51 - 13 at Boorondara Sports Complex.
Matthew Morris (Captain), Grant Maynard, Judeland Ajith Antony, Liam Fitzgerald, Nathan Wilburn, Riley Fitzgerald, Tim Nield, Yasmina McGlone


Sunday 13
ROUND 8
vs North Melbourne , Docklands, 29,153

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Richmond 3.4 8.4 9.7 12.10.82
Nth Melb 2.0 5.2 9.3 11.6.72


Goals: Caddy 4, Lambert 3, Riewoldt 2, Castagna, Cotchin, Butler


Sunday 20
ROUND 9
vs West Coast , Perth, 57,616

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Richmond 2.3 6.8 9.8 12.11.83
West Coast 6.1 7.2 14.6 20.10.130


Goals: Riewoldt 5, Short 2, Caddy, Grigg, Castagna, Conca, Houli


Friday 25
Richmond hit 95,000 members


Saturday 26
ROUND 10
vs StKilda , MCG

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Richmond
StKilda


Shaun Grigg's 200th game (he tosses the coin).
Riewoldt concussed in 1st qu takes no further part in the game.