Spherical 1 choice highlights (half two)

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Partly one among my Spherical 1 choice highlights, I discussed that each Jack Riewoldt and Marc Murphy would deliver up the standard milestone of 250 video games within the first recreation of the season.

In the identical recreation, Alex Rance will obtain 200 video games and develop into the fifth present day Tiger (and the 30th Richmond participant general) to realize this milestone. He can even transfer up Richmond’s prime 100 checklist, passing former champion Basil McCormack who completed on 199 video games and attracted descriptions reminiscent of “fearless”, “highly effective” “vigorous” and “a tear by way of” throughout his league profession which began in 1925 towards Hawthorn within the Hawk’s first ever recreation of VFL soccer.

McCormack obtained two prolonged suspensions throughout his 12 years of practically flawless soccer, however was additionally described as “truthful” and picked up two Greatest and Fairest awards, two Premierships and 5 different grand remaining appearances in addition to representing Victoria 13 instances. He was thought-about by a lot of his friends as the best half again flanker ever.

Initially from Rochester, he scored just one purpose throughout his profession on the Tigers and coached in Tasmania for 9 years earlier than returning to Richmond and serving on the committee for numerous years.

Bachar Houli, the one one among Richmond’s elite 9 prime 100 recreation gamers who has not had a close to injury-free run over the previous two years, will go present Richmond official Neil Balme and ‘Ray’ Martin and transfer into outright 55th place on 160 video games. Balme in his 159 video games was additionally robust and ruthless and was not past beginning some “biffo” if it favoured his group, because it did famously within the 1973 Grand Closing gained by Richmond the place he took out each champion full again Geoff Southby and Vin Waite.

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John ‘Ray’ Martin was the rover within the well-known ruck mixture of Jack Dyer, Perc Bentley and Martin – thought-about to be among the finest combos of all time – and in what seemed to be a tiger trait – was one other participant described as ‘rugged’ and ‘fearless’. A ballroom dancing champion, he performed in two premierships and gained two finest and fairest however controversially didn’t make the Tigers’ group of the century.

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Brandon Ellis will equal the video games tally of former Blackburn participant Greg Strachan who performed within the 1980 premiership aspect as a again man, and Nathan Foley, initially from Colac through the Geelong Underneath 18’s who -after an excellent profession that began in 2005 was pressured into retirement by accidents and performed his final recreation in 2014.

100 years after he performed his final recreation (1919), Percy Maybury – who captain-coached Richmond for one yr (1917) throughout his ten-year league profession – shall be joined on 128 video games by Dylan Grimes. He already shares the 86th place with “Max” Hislop – the Leo Barry of 1921 with a match-saving mark within the dying minutes of the grand remaining (his second grand remaining win) – and the South African born (to Australian mother and father)

Jack Baggott whose unique membership was Dimboola and who later coached Essendon (1936-37) and South Melbourne (1940) with restricted success. Baggott’s youthful brother, Ron had a profitable profession at Melbourne.


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