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|
Best Richmond bets for the 2018 AFL season
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- Can the Tigers do it all over again in 2018? The bookmakers have them on the fourth line of betting at $7, behind Sydney, GWS and Adelaide, which seems to echo the sentiments of the football public – the Tigers had an incredible season, but they’re at the longest odds of the last two decades to go back-to-back.
2017 was a perfect storm for Richmond. An incredible run with injuries, mixed together with a a helpful fixture saw Richmond place themselves in a strong position at the end of the home and away season. What followed next was incredible, as the Tigers’ tough contested style of football came to the fore.
In many ways, the Tigers’ small forward line and high-pressure game caught its opponents off-guard in 2017. Of course they can do it again, but don’t expect an easy ride back to the top, now that they’re the hunted, instead of the hunter.
There may not be a lot of faith in back-to-back Richmond premierships, but there are not many bookmakers or punters who believe Richmond will slide all the way outside of the top eight. The $1.40 available at Sportsbet for Richmond to make finals seems a monty, considering the Tigers list has not lost any of its 2017 stars and has only added to its depth. This Richmond outfit is certainly good enough to win more than 12 games – lock them in.
Who could possibly back against Dustin Martin after the season he had in 2017?
The Richmond super star won every award there was to win
- Like the Brownlow, Richmond have another favourite in this market
After a whirlwind debut in Round 22 in 2017 and being part of a premiership team in just his fifth game of senior football, Jack Graham is the favourite to be the brightest young player in the game in 2018. Graham was a stand out in the 2017 Grand Final, kicking three goals. In a field that seems more open than recent seasons, Graham’s experience in finals football last year and his mooted potential move him forward see him as the $6 favourite at Sportsbet.com.au.
There was a time when Jack Riewoldt would be in the top three of Coleman Medal betting each year. But, after Richmond won the premiership with a smaller forward line structure with less reliance on Riewoldt, the belief in Jack’s ability to kick big bags in 2018 has diminished. If you think Riewoldt will get more opportunities at goal (and he might, as he is still the line Richmond key forward) the $31 at Sportsbet for him to win the Coleman is solid value.
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 Tigers 2018 playing list
|1. Nick Vlastuin||19/4/1994||96||20||Defender||187cm, 87kg||Northern u18||Rd 5, 2013|
|2. Dylan Grimes||16/7/1991||104||3||Defender||193cm, 90kg||Northern u18||Rd 22, 2010|
|3. Dion Prestia||12/10/1992||117||37||Midfield||175cm, 82kg||Gold Coast (AFL)||Rd 2, 2011|
|4. Dustin Martin||26/6/1991||178||181||Midfield||187cm, 82kg||Bendigo u18||Rd 1, 2010|
|5. Brandon Ellis||3/8/1993||135||46||Defender||181cm, 82kg||Calder u18||Rd 1, 2012|
|6. Shaun Grigg||19/4/1988||192||93||Mid/def||190cm, 84kg||Carlton (AFL)||Rd 14, 2007|
|7. Dan Butler||3/6/1996||23||30||Forward||182cm, 80kg||Nth Ballarat u18||Rd 1, 2017|
|8. Jack Riewoldt||31/10/1988||255||537||Forward||193cm, 92kg||Tasmania u18||Rd 9, 2007|
|9. Trent Cotchin (C)||7/4/1990||198||118||Midfielder||185cm, 85kg||Northern u18||Rd 8, 2008|
|10. Shane Edwards||7/1/1988||207||140||Fwd/mid||182cm, 81kg||Nth Adelaide (SANFL)||Rd 4, 2007|
|11. Jason Casatgna||12/7/1996||30||28||Forward||182cm, 81kg||Northern u18||Rd 6, 2016|
|12. David Astbury||26/7/1991||85||8||Defender||195cm, 96kg||Nth Ballarat u18||Rd 4, 2010|
|14. Bachar Houli||12/5/1988||170||38||Midfield||180cm, 84kg||Essendon (AFL)||Rd 7, 2007|
|15. Jayden Short||24/1/1996||32||8||Midfield||178cm, 75kg||Northern u18||Rd 2, 2016|
|16. Shaun Hampson||21/3/1988||98||38||Ruck/fwd||201cm, 104kg||Carlton (AFL)||Rd 21, 2007|
|17. Daniel Rioli||16/4/1997||43||38||Forward||179cm, 76kg||Nth Ballarat u18||Rd 1, 2016|
|18. Alex Rance||19/10/1989||175||9||Defender||194cm, 94kg||Swan Districts (WAFL)||Rd 11, 2017|
|21. Jacob Townsend||20/6/1993||37||20||Midfield||187cm, 89kg||GWS Giants (AFL)||Rd 1, 2012|
|22. Josh Caddy||28/9/1992||117||92||Mid/fwd||186cm, 88kg||Geelong (AFL)||Rd 23, 2011|
|23. Kane Lambert||26/11/1991||52||28||Midfield||178cm, 77kg||Williamstown (VFL)||Rd 2, 2015|
|24. Ben Griffiths||17/9/1991||63||42||Forward||200cm, 101kg||Eastern u18||Rd 10, 2010|
|25. Toby Nankervis||12/8/1994||36||14||Ruck||199cm, 102kg||Sydney (AFL)||Rd 14, 2015|
|26. Anthony Miles||28/2/1992||70||24||Midfield||180cm, 80kg||GWS Giants (AFL)||Rd 4, 2012|
|27. Sam Lloyd||3/3/1990||50||64||Forward||180cm, 83kg||Frankston (VFL)||Rd 4, 2014|
|28. Jack Higgins||19/3/1999||–||–||Midfield||177cm, 76kg||Oakleigh u18||–|
|29. Shai Bolton||8/12/1998||6||3||Forward||175cm, 76kg||Fremantle (WAFL)||Rd 9, 2017|
|30. Reece Conca||12/8/1992||86||21||Defender||181cm, 83kg||Perth (WAFL)||Rd 1, 2011|
|31. Oleg Markov||8/5/1996||15||3||Forward||188cm, 78kg||Nth Adelaide (SANFL)||Rd 16, 2016|
|32. Corey Ellis||9/10/1996||23||7||Defender||184cm, 80kg||Western u18||Rd 5, 2015|
|33. Kamdyn McIntosh||3/4/1994||53||10||Mid/def||191cm, 91kg||Peel Thunder (WAFL)||Rd 1, 2015|
|34. Jack Graham||25/2/1998||5||5||Forward||181cm, 82kg||Nth Adelaide (SANFL)||Rd 22, 2017|
|35. Nathan Broad||15/4/1993||12||0||Mid/fwd||191cm, 89kg||Swan Districts (WAFL)||Rd 12, 2016|
|37. Connor Menadue||19/9/1996||28||10||Mid/fwd||187kg, 80cm||Western u18||Rd 7, 2015|
|38. Noah Balta||23/10/1999||–||–||Fwd/def||194cm, 94kg||Calder u18||–|
|39. Nathan Drummond||19/1/1995||5||2||Midfield||182cm, 80kg||Murray u18||Rd 4, 2015|
|40. Callum Coleman-Jones||13/6/1999||–||–||Ruck/fwd||200cm, 97kg||Sturt (SANFL)||–|
|42. Ryan Garthwaite||30/6/1998||–||–||Fwd/def||192cm, 90kg||Murray u18||–|
|45. Patrick Naish||15/1/1999||–||–||Mid/fwd||181cm, 71kg||Northern u18||–|
|46. Ben Miller||31/8/1998||–||–||Fwd/def||195cm, 94kg||Subiaco (WAFL)||–|
|47. Ivan Soldo||14/4/1996||7||1||Ruck||204cm, 106kg||Northern u18||Rd 7, 2017|
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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