After 37 years of pain, frustration and humiliation, the Richmond Football Club won the 2017 AFL Grand Final in incredible fashion, climbing from 13th on the ladder in 2016 to blitz the competition and taste the ultimate success.
That made the Tigers the team to beat in 2018, and back-to-back flags looked all but inevitable until they were stunned by a rampaging Collingwood side in the preliminary finals.
Now, armed with more firepower than ever after signing Tom Lynch from the Gold Coast Suns, Richmond are hell bent on returning to the top. Let’s take a look at their title odds for the 2019 AFL season and find some value for punters.
About the Richmond Tigers
|Premierships:||11 – 1920-21, 1932, 1934, 1943, 1967, 1969, 1973-74, 1980, 2017|
|2018 ladder finish:||1st|
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Updated Richmond futures betting
|2019 Premiership||Make Finals||Make Top 4||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Jan||$5||$1.12||$1.50||D Martin $8||–||T Lynch $9|
|Feb||$5||$1.12||$1.60||D Martin $6||S Bolton $34||T Lynch $9|
|Mar||$5||$1.12||$1.60||D Martin $6||N Balta $26||T Lynch $9|
|Apr||$11||$1.40||$3||T Cotchin $67||N Balta $26||T Lynch $4|
|May||$7||$1.10||$1.80||T Cotchin $151||J Ross $17||T Lynch $5.50|
|Jun||$9||$1.07||$2.40||T Cotchin $151||S Stack $6||T Lynch $10|
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- The Tigers were the team to beat all the way through to last year’s prelims, when they were jumped by Collingwood. But there is no doubting the quality of Damien Hardwick’s squad, which has only improved with the acquisition of key forward Tom Lynch. The yellow and black will be there or thereabouts again in 2019.
- After claiming the minor premiership last year, Richmond are now aiming at a hat-trick of top-four finishes. Their main rivals are the grand finalists, West Coast and Collingwood, while the likes of Essendon and Melbourne are well backed to replace Hawthorn in the upper half of the eight. Whichever way you swing it, the Tigers look a good bet to finish near the top again.
- Keen observers of the game will tell you Dustin Martin was rarely at his influential best in 2018, yet the Richmond superstar polled 19 votes to finish tied for sixth in the Brownlow Medal count. If ‘Dusty’ gets back to the levels he delivered in 2017, there are maybe only two players – Patrick Dangerfield and Nat Fyfe – who can match him.
- Jack Riewoldt delivered big value for those who backed him in the Coleman Medal betting at the start of last season, but now there is a new sheriff in town. Tom Lynch consistently booted over 40 goals a year in a rapidly declining Gold Coast Suns side and looks the better bet with Riewoldt expected to play a more team-oriented role across half-forward.
Richmond 2019 AFL fixture
|1||Carlton Blues||MCG||Thursday, March 21||7:20pm AEDT|
|2||Collingwood Magpies||MCG||Thursday, March 28||7:20pm AEDT|
|3||GWS Giants||Sydney Showground||Saturday, April 6||4:35pm AEDT|
|4||Port Adelaide Power||Adelaide Oval||Saturday, April 13||4:05pm ACST|
|5||Sydney Swans||Marvel Stadium||Saturday, April 20||7:25pm AEST|
|6||Melbourne Demons||MCG||Wednesday, April 24||7:35pm AEST|
|7||Western Bulldogs||Marvel Stadium||Saturday, May 4||7:25pm AEST|
|8||Fremantle Dockers||Optus Stadium||Sunday, May 12||3:20pm AWST|
|9||Hawthorn Hawks||MCG||Sunday, May 19||3:20pm AEST|
|10||Essendon Bombers||MCG||Saturday, May 25||7:25pm AEST|
|11||North Melbourne Kangaroos||Marvel Stadium||Friday, May 31||7:50pm AEST|
|12||Geelong Cats||MCG||Friday, June 7||7:50pm AEST|
|13||Adelaide Crows||Adelaide Oval||Thursday, June 13||7:20pm ACST|
|15||St Kilda Saints||Marvel Stadium||Sunday, June 30||1:10pm AEST|
|16||Gold Coast Suns||Metricon||Saturday, July 6||2:10pm AEST|
|17||GWS Giants||MCG||Sunday, July 14||1:10pm AEST|
|18||Port Adelaide Power||MCG||Saturday, July 20||1:45pm AEST|
|19||Collingwood Magpies||MCG||Friday, July 26||7:50pm AEST|
|20||Melbourne Demons||MCG||Saturday, August 3||7:25pm AEST|
|21||Carlton Blues||MCG||Sunday, August 11||3:20pm AEST|
|22||West Coast Eagles||MCG||Sunday, August 18||1:10pm AEST|
Richmond players to watch in 2019
Lynch’s arrival transforms the small, speedy Richmond forward line of the past few years into a veritable forest of tall timber. With support from Jack Riewoldt and Josh Caddy, the former Gold Coast Suns co-captain looks primed for his biggest year yet.
A foot injury kept Rioli out of the senior side until round 13 last year, but he slotted back in like he had never been away. The small forward is renowned for his pressure acts, but he has plenty more in his locker and will look to reach a new level in 2019.
There are a few likely types floating around the fringes of Richmond’s best 22, but Balta is the one who stood out in the JLT Community Series. The versatile tall can play just about anywhere and is all but certain to get his first taste of AFL footy this year.
Richmond Tigers records
Most matches: Kevin Bartlett – 403 (1965–1983)
Most goals kicked in one match: Doug Strang – 14 goals (R2, 1931)
Most Best & Fairest awards: Jack Dyer – 6 (1932, 1937-1940, 1946)
Most matches as coach: Tom Hafey – 248 (1966–1976)
Most goals in a season: Michael Roach – 112 (1980)
Most career goals: Jack Titus – 980 (1926–1943)
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