Category: Tigers in the News

The Top Blues Draftee Who Richmond Would Never Have Taken

Former Richmond senior assistant coach Justin Leppitsch has revealed an insight into the club’s recent drafting style, saying they would not have taken Carlton midfielder Lochie O’Brien in the 2017 National Draft.

The Blues selected O’Brien with pick 10 and the wingman has struggled to break into the senior side under David Teague early in his career.

The 21-year-old picked up nine disposals in the club’s Round 1 loss to Richmond, his 37th game for the Blues, and was omitted the following week.

Andy Maher started the conversation, explaining that one of the criticisms Carlton fans have for the current coaching staff is the lack of tangible development in the likes of O’Brien and Paddy Dow.

“One of the broad knocks on the Carlton coaching staff has been their inability to develop the talent that has come in in recent times. That they haven’t had a great strike rate in bringing in highly credentialed draft talent and turning them into, in a rate of knots that would satisfy fans, good AFL players,” Maher told SEN’s Crunch Time on Saturday – before the club’s big win over Fremantle. 

“The two that get focused a lot on now, and the draft around them has proven to be a rich one, are Paddy Dow and Lochie O’Brien.

“I think to a degree Carlton needs to take that on board that maybe they haven’t got enough out of the talent they’ve brought into the club in the last 10 years.”

Leppitsch offered up the possibility that they potentially just picked the wrong players in the draft.

Leppitsch explained that O’Brien was a player in Richmond’s draft range, they took Jack Higgins at pick 17, but they never considered him because he wasn’t a player that fit what the reigning premier wanted.

“Lochie O’Brien is a good example. I was at Richmond at the time and obviously he’s a very talented player and his highlight tape looked amazing, but I know the messaging out of Richmond was ‘he’s not for Richmond’,” Leppitsch said. 

“Richmond has a particular type of player they like and look for. You look at some of them like scrappy-old Jason Castagna or Kamdyn McIntosh.

“With the ball, yes (O’Brien might be more talented than McIntosh as a wingman), but Richmond looks for more of a complete-type player and will take a bit less in one area, if it is offence, to have a good runner, someone who can get back and help out and win one-on-one contests.

“They rate that highly and O’Brien wouldn’t have fit that mould if you looked at his numbers, so (Richmond) would have said ‘he’s not for us’.

“The Tigers are very clear on the type of person they want. You bring him into the door and then you’re asking an assistant coach to fix the issues to make him a competitive AFL player.”

The Blues recorded their first win of the season on Sunday afternoon, beating Fremantle by 45 points.

O’Brien played in the club’s reserves game against Williamstown, kicking a goal.

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VFL Tigers overrun Magpies to reign in the heat

No matter what time of year or in what setting, Richmond taking on Collingwood always has the veil of rivalry hovering over the contest.

The fourth practice match of 2021 was a hot game in more ways than one.

With the temperature hovering around 25°C as the opening siren sounded at 10:15am and pushing closer to 30 once the final siren sounded, Richmond and Collingwood hunted the footy and the man from the get-go.

The Tigers clawed their way back from 19 points down in the third term to run out winners by 28 points at the Swinburne Centre.

Collingwood looked set to run away with the contest after kicking its fifth goal in a row early in the third quarter before a resurgent Richmond went on a tear in the final term, running out victors, 14.12 (96) to 9.14 (68).

The Tigers, trailing by just over three goals in the early stages of the third term needed a spark to initiate a turn of fortunes, and they found it in the form of a premier cricket all-rounder.

Brad Melville’s outstanding smother inside 50 set up Riley Collier-Dawkins to break Collingwood’s run of goals. The Tigers’ top-up then kicked his own after the three-quarter-time siren.

With seconds ticking away, the evergreen, returning Bachar Houli hit-up Melville inside 50 and the siren sounded as the midfielder was backing off the mark.

Melville’s set-shot pierced through the teeth of goal and his passionate fist pump and celebration said it all; the Tigers were not withering under the stinging autumn sun.

Bachar Houli’s last game was played under lights at the Gabba for the 2020 premiership, his first game of 2021 had a little less at stake, but you wouldn’t have guessed that by the way Houli attacked the game.

The triple AFL premiership player assumed his role at half-back, and while there were brief signs of rust in the first quarter, those quickly eroded as he went about his work.

All the trademarks that the Tiger Army has grown to love were on display: run and dash; calmness, clarity, courage and the raking left boot.

Houli most importantly got through the game unscathed and looks set to resume his role at AFL-level in the not too distant future.

Melville had a direct hand in the first goal after three-quarter-time as well, setting up Samson Ryan inside 50, and the emerging big man slotted his second major of the day.

The premiership midfielder from Wangaratta sealed the win later in the final term with a hack from congestion skidding through from outside 50.

As the temperature continued on its upward trajectory, so too did Richmond’s pressure and its desire to win, which will hold this young group in good stead as they display the hallmarks of playing the “Richmond Way”.

In the first quarter, the ball sizzled from end-to-end, as both sides defended grimly inside their respective back 50s and struggled to finish off their good work further up the field.

The fact there were just two goals kicked in the first quarter was not through lack of want or desire, and Jack Ross was the poster boy for both.

After being the medical sub for the opening two rounds of the AFL season, Ross looked intent on making up for lost game time.

Ross mauled Levi Greenwood at the opening bounce, he then sought body contact from anyone wearing black and white.

The unyielding midfielder slotted the opening goal of the game after being rewarded for his unflinching attack on the ball and the man.

Ross muscled his way past two Collingwood defenders to draw a free kick for high contact and then converted his set-shot.

The midfield maestro finished the game with two goals, after a thumping goal from outside 50 in the last quarter.

Ryan Garthwaite was another who enjoyed the steamy morning conditions, clunking a handful of marks in the first quarter and providing a strong focal point in the front half.

Garthwaite, a former diligent defender, has brought those traits forward and works just as hard without the ball to win it back for his side.

He was rewarded for his four-quarter efforts as Collier-Dawkins found him free inside 50 late in the match, and he kicked truly.

Patrick Naish has been somewhat of an understudy to the likes of Houli since arriving at the club in 2018 and the dashing wingman relished playing alongside his experienced teammate.

Houli has set a pretty high benchmark for players such has Naish, and judging by his opening half, Naish has his sights set on working to reach those heights in 2021.

Naish’s strengths were on-show; his sweeping right boot; his work rate from contest to contest, and running patterns, be it attacking or defending.

With just two goals kicked in the first quarter, an inaccurate Collingwood led marginally at the first change by five points.

Maurice Rioli then got things off on the right foot in the second term after swooping on a loose ball inside 50 and snapping truly over his left shoulder.

Rioli then enjoyed some midfield time, looking dangerous and clean at the centre bounce and stoppages and keeping the Magpies on their toes between the arcs.

The father-son dynamo could have had three goals up to half-time such were the chances he was creating.

Another player who will look to emulate the feats of Houli is Ryan Mansell.

The zippy and tenacious defender is hard to beat one-on-one, rebounds with verve, and is courageous in his attack on the ball.

RICHMOND 1.2 3.6 7.10 14.12 (96)
COLLINGWOOD 1.7 5.8 8.11 9.14 (68)

Richmond: Ross 2, Ryan 2, Melville 2, Rioli, Collier-Dawkins, Hicks, Martyn, Chol, Olden, Garthwaite, McDonagh

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Tessa Lavey: Why can’t I do both?

AFLW trailblazer Tessa Lavey knows she wants to be a Richmond footballer and become a dual Olympian later this year.

In this week’s episode of The Originals podcast she has shared a personal driver that’s far deeper than mere desire to excel in two sports she loves.

Lavey’s leap to join the AFL Women’s league in 2021 – a major decision that the Australian Opal, world basketball championships silver medallist, Commonwealth Games gold medal winner and Rio Olympian has revealed she made hastily – is a legacy of her late brother, Tim. Lavey has discussed his passing, and the weeks she spent by his side about a month before it last year, before her sixth AFLW match.

“He was my biggest supporter and he believed I could do anything,” Lavey says.

“It made me think about my life, where I wanted to go and who I wanted to be. And Tim was a massive Tigers supporter as well.”

Since making her AFLW debut in round three, Lavey has held her position in the Richmond side that enjoyed its first ever AFLW victory – three weeks ago, in Geelong – and last weekend notched its second triumph from three outings.

As Lavey’s football skills and confidence are clearly improving she continues to press her case for selection in the Opals squad that’s preparing for the mid-year Tokyo Olympics.

A classic elite athlete, Lavey’s life has been itinerate – guided by sporting opportunities supported by her dedicated family.

Born in Swan Hill, Victoria, Lavey has lived in Hamilton, then moved to the Australian Institute of Sport on a scholarship at age 16, was immersed in that high-performance environment until she was 18 and then moved to Bendigo to play in Australia’s top women’s basketball league for the Bendigo Spirit.

She crossed the country to become the first captain of the Perth Lynx then relocated to Melbourne to play for the Dandenong Rangers, then back to Bendigo before recently relocating to Melbourne again to join Richmond while juggling her basketball commitments.

Lavey chose basketball over athletics as a clearly very talented junior because “I wanted friends, I wanted teammates,” she says in the latest episode of The Originals. She loved Aussie Rules, indoctrinated as a Richmond supporter thanks to her parents and four older brothers, but had no pathway to pursue footy seriously.

Lavey says she was never going to put herself forward to join AFLW, as she did before the 2020 national AFLW draft, unless Richmond had a team.

Combining footy and an elite basketball program was never something she sought permission for exactly – “No one said ‘no’. I think everyone’s question was more ‘how? How are you going to do this?’,” Lavey says.

“And in my mind I was like ‘why not? Like, why not me? Why can’t I do both?‘

“Everyone’s been super supportive of it so far and I’m hopeful that will be the case moving forward.

“Who knows what’s going to happen in the next four months.

“I think they’re going to make it [the Tokyo Olympics] work, I just think it’s going to look very different to the Olympics we’re used to.”

Currently managing a very high physical load she generally trains basketball on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays, trains AFLW on Tuesdays and Thursdays and plays on weekends.

With the Tigers out of finals contention Lavey has two more weeks of juggling the unique program and says she has felt it most, physically, since her AFLW debut and subsequent string of games.

Sleep – ideally nine hours a night – nutrition, hydration and massage are crucial to Lavey’s balance.

The Australia Opals are ranked number two in the world. The great Lauren Jackson, Liz Cambage, Penny Taylor, Kristi Harrower, plus AFLW luminary Erin Phillips have all been teammates and great influences of Lavey’s.

Before joining AFLW Lavey said she felt “jealous” of the comparative visibility that accompanies playing Aussie Rules under the AFL’s competition banner, compared to the lower-profile – even if international – status of Australian Opal.

“Part of me is very irritated because I’d like that for my Australian Opals as well,” Lavey says.

“It makes me sad.

“At the moment I’m able to do both and I love doing both.

“I know at some stage there could be that hard conversation. But I’ll be ready for it.

“‘Future Tessa’ has a lot to think of, I think. It’s not a ‘Now Tessa’ problem!”

Ellie McKenzie receives Rising Star nomination

Exciting Richmond forward/midfielder Ellie McKenzie has been rewarded for a fantastic performance on Friday night by receiving a Round 5 NAB AFL Women’s Rising Star nomination.

McKenzie was electric all around the ground for the Tigers, gathering 16 disposals, five marks, and kicking a goal.

The 176cm power-athlete also showed her excellent running capacity with a strong run down the wing that included four bounces.

McKenzie, the number one selection in last year’s NAB AFL Women’s Draft, has been a consistent performer for the Tigers across the opening five rounds, averaging 13.8 disposals, 3.4 tackles, and three marks per game.

The 18-year-old becomes the first Richmond player to be nominated for the Rising Star award in the AFLW competition.

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Rhyan Mansell becomes a Tiger

Speedy defender Rhyan Mansell is officially a Tiger, with the Club lodging paperwork on Thursday to recruit the Woodville West Torrens (SANFL) premiership player.

Mansell, 20, who hails from Tasmania, where he also won three senior flags with North Launceston, has been training with the Club since January 7, as part of the AFL’s Supplementary Selection Period (SSP).

Richmond National Recruiting Manager, Matt Clarke, said Mansell had been on the Club’s radar for several years.

“We have always liked his stuff because he suited what we like in a player; super competitive, physical, (and with) really good speed,” he explained.

“He has Richmond qualities and that ability to come in hard and tackle.”

Mansell had been a relative newcomer to the main football pathways in recent years after he instead focused his energies on an elite junior cricket career throughout his teens.

“He played footy, but he was in the cricket pathways. He also played soccer mainly as a kid, so he was not in all the (football) squads like a lot of kids are,” Clarke said.

“To go into Woodville West Torrens last year under an excellent coach (Jade Sheedy) and into a great footy club and brilliantly run organisation was fantastic.

“When he went there from Tasmania, it gave us confidence he could do well, and he obviously fitted into a really good team and won a flag, which was a big tick.”

Mansell was often entrusted with playing on the opposition’s best small forward throughout the SANFL season in which he played every game and was a consistent performer.

The 180cm talent was also terrific in the premiership triumph gathering 20 disposals, including 17 kicks, eight marks and five tackles.

“We watched all his vision and the live streaming last year, but it is just not the same as actually being there,” Clarke said referring to the constraints of recruiting throughout COVID-19.

“So, to be able to get him over here to train was great and a chance for us to also see how he could fit into our system and how quickly he would be able to learn, which he has.

“We have been able to have a bit of a look at how he might adapt to the way we play and defend, and he has coped really well.”

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Akec Makur Chuot plays in #34 in honour of her siblings

What’s in a number?

For sportspeople, their playing number often bears special significance.

It might be the one they worn as a kid, based simply on luck or superstition, or inspired by a hero such as basketball superstar Michael Jordan whose famous No. 23 influenced a generation.

For Richmond AFLW player Akec Makur Chuot, the number she wears on her yellow and black guernsey is 34, a tribute to each of her siblings.

“Growing up people would ask how many siblings I had and I’d say ‘I have more than 20 brothers and sisters’,’’ she tells Weekend.

“Then a few years ago I sat down with my mum and we did an audit. In South Sudan you can have many wives. My dad, who passed when I was a baby, was a chief of his people in South Sudan when he was alive. He happened to have many wives and he was also very handsome, very kind and just a great person.

“We counted seven wives and listed the children wife by wife and it added up to 35. We’ve almost got two footy teams of us.

“The play a massive role in who I am.”

It was by chance the 28-year-old was handed the No. 34 jumper in her early football days back in Perth.

“At Swan Districts I was given a jumper to try on for size and on the back it had 34. I’d previously worn number 14 and I thought if I wear it, it really represents my siblings. I started wearing 34 at Swan Districts, when I came to Victoria I played VFLW with Carlton and wore 34 there,’’ Makur Chuot explains.

“And when I came to Richmond I said ‘you know what, there’s an opportunity to tell my family’s story’ so I wore 34 and I must say it’s been a very lucky number.

“We are so proud of our culture and who we are. When you come to Australia you live in a community with so many different people and you can find that your story may not necessarily get told, so by me sharing mine I hope it will encourage people not to feel ashamed of their culture and what is unique to them.”

Makur Chuot’s parents had eight children together. In 2013, she returned to South Sudan and connected her family tree.

“I got to meet all my dad’s wives and my brothers and sisters, it was the best thing ever. It’s so special, it’s unreal and I wish they lived in Australia with us so I could see them every day.”

She also has another family, her Richmond family.

“We are a sisterhood and I think it’s really special, especially for such a new team. It’s a big family and it almost feels like it’s not a football family but just a normal family,’’ Makur Chuot says.

“It’s this mentality of family, we all come from such different backgrounds and we all have different stories but we have one thing in common and we share a care for each other. When something happens, everyone rallies around that person. When you do something good, everyone celebrates you and makes sure you know.

“For me what is special is the bond you get to create with people you may have never met in your life otherwise, yet you have one thing in common and that’s football. That’s what I love, some of my closest friends are the people I began my football journey with in Perth. It’s a family you have forever, when there’s weddings and birthdays in the future we will be there.”

A bright spark with an infectious personality, Makur Chuot loves her Tigers tribe and the feeling is mutual.

She is a much-loved member of the den as Richmond AFLW captain Katie Brennan explains.

“We love ‘Kechy’ and what she brings to our club. She has so much energy and spirit and is always singing, laughing and dancing around the group.

“She’s such a beautiful person and we value her so much. It’s really amazing where she’s come from, the journey she’s had and we love hearing about her stories and her experiences.”

Makur Chuot grew up in a refugee camp in Kenya with her seven siblings and mother Helena Yar Enocuh. They spent nine years there before being granted visas to Australia when she was 11.

“For us we didn’t know anything different, growing up life was what you made it,’’ she says.

“Our refugee camp was a new resettlement for a lot of families and families started finding each other and connecting family trees. I had a lot of cousins there, there were many of us.

“We were able to go to school, we’d go for half a day. We just lived, the difference was we were living in a refugee camp. We waited to learn if we were going to America, Canada, Australia or Norway. It was a waiting game and you waited it out until your time came.”

An uncle in Melbourne was set to sponsor Makur Chuot’s family but when he could no longer afford to, they were transferred to Perth where two other uncles stepped in.

“It was epic. We arrived in Australia at night time and our family came and welcomed us,’’ she recalls.

“We first stayed with a host family, a fellow South Sudan family who had also migrated. It was nice, they helped us learn the ropes and then we got into our first house and started living the Australian life.

“It was different but very exciting.”

Measuring in at 178cm and with natural athleticism, sport was a perfect fit and wonderful way for Makur Chuot to connect with her new community and make friends.

“Sport was an opportunity to get outside my home and meet new people, people from different backgrounds which was cool. My mum really supported me to do it,’’ she says.

“My first time playing football, I was in year 10 and I rocked up and the other parents treated me like I was one of their own. The love shown to me that day was remarkable.

“I was so young but I really remember that day, it really stayed with me.”

For Makur Chuot, becoming an Australian citizen as a teenager remains a life highlight. So, what does it mean to her to be an Australian?

“I love that question. When I’m here in Australia I don’t get asked where I’m from but when I go overseas I’m constantly asked,’’ she says.

“In London a few years ago I was constantly asked where I was from because of my accent and I’d tell them South Sudan and they’d say ‘no’ and I’d say ‘I live in Melbourne, Australia’ and they’d say ‘yes that’s where you’re from!’

“And I was like ‘I’ve got an Aussie accent. Yes! I’ve made it!

“I think every single person is lucky to have the opportunities we have in Australia whether you’re a migrant or fifth generation but you’ve got to make the opportunity work for yourself, so I work my butt off to make sure I achieve everything I want to achieve.

“I love the life we have here, I think a lot of the time people don’t realise how good we have it in Australia.”

Makur Chuot believes you can be what you can see. Visibility is everything. And it’s something that shines through in all she does.

As an elite footballer, in her previous job as a multicultural development officer at the AFL and now her latest role, an ambassador for Cadbury’s National Women in Sport initiative alongside Australian women’s cricket team fast bowler Tayla Vlaeminck, Matildas defender Alanna Kennedy and 2019 Dally M Women’s player of the year, NRLW Star Jess Sergis.

“Growing up, I came from a community that wasn’t really accepting of sport and especially women playing sport, so it was a difficult and challenging time,” Makur Chuot recalls.

“I had a lot of male role models to look up to but I didn’t really see women of my colour and at the stage I’m now at, I only really saw Serena Williams. The only time you’d be considered important was if you were making money and they didn’t see me driving around in a Ferrari.

“I know my role in the community is very much needed and a critical aspect of today’s society, young people can see me playing football on the TV, like Chelsea Randall (Adelaide Crows premiership captain), Phoebe Monahan or Monique Conti (Richmond teammates).

“Role models are really important but being a role model from a community that’s not really well represented is also a massive thing because it’s what needed in our society right now. Young athletes can see an African woman playing football and they can be Akec Makur Chuot when they grow up, too.

“Being a role model is a big honour, it’s the ability to do what you do and let somebody else see what you do and empowering them from a distance. It’s something I take very seriously and wear being a role model with a lot of pride.”

Makur Chuot’s own role model has always been a lot closer to home.

“My mother is my biggest inspiration,’’ she says.

“She raised kids on her own for 28 years, she’s a strong, independent woman who took a punt coming to Australia, wanted to give her kids a better future, she didn’t speak English and she was able to bring us here to a new life.

“She’s incredible and especially through my football journey she’s been one of my biggest supporters. There’s been days where I just wanted to give up and stop but she won’t allow me, she won’t let me give up, she’s so adamant I have unfinished business.

“She’s a queen, everyone loves my mum. If you walk with my mum you’d be exhausted because she knows every single person who walks past.”

Away from the footy field, Makur Chuot has been busy building her own mentoring program that will launch after the AFLW season.

“A lot of the conversations I have with young kids, a lot of them don’t want to declare their dreams, talk about their dreams or go after them because they are scared of failing,’’ she says.

“For me it’s about how can we instil confidence in them so they can talk about building confidence and resilience. I think with social media there’s a lot of fake confidence, I want to build natural confidence. When a young person comes and chats with me, I want them to leave with something, even if it’s a word or something that can empower them to go and take action in their lives.

“(The program) has been a long time coming and something I really, really enjoy. It’s something I was already doing but now I’ve formalised it so more young people can have access to it, there will be an online component as well and a range of other mentors who can help young people achieve their dreams.

“I always knew I’d go down this path, through my work with the AFL I’ve always loved being around programs as a mentor.”

For now, her focus in firmly on Richmond’s second AFLW campaign which kicks off on January 31 against the Brisbane Lions at Punt Road.

The Tigers failed to win a game in their debut season in 2020.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity for growth. There was a lot of pressure on us in our first year, especially as a big club and that’s the reality,’’ Makur Chuot says.

“Everyone brings their own strengths and there’s an opportunity for each and every person to grow and for us to grow together as a team.

“When I walk out of this season I want to concentrate on the things I was happy about versus beating myself up about the losses.

“Our job is to win games but we’re also leaders in the community, we are more than just footy players.”

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Tigers take Ellie McKenzie as number one pick

Ellie McKenzie has been selected by Richmond with pick one in the 2020 NAB AFL Women’s Draft.

The 17-year-old joins Richmond on the back of standout performances playing for the Northern Knights across a number of years, as well as for Victoria Metro in the 2019 NAB AFLW Under-18 National Championships.

At 176cm, McKenzie is a powerful athlete that can play as a forward or midfielder. She has explosive speed, is an excellent stoppage player, and has a long penetrating left-foot kick.

McKenzie was a standout in the Knights’ 2019 NAB League Girls premiership team as a bottom-age player, playing alongside now Richmond teammate Sarah Sansonetti.

The exciting youngster had also made a prolific start to the 2020 campaign for the Knights, averaging 19 disposals, 4.7 inside 50s and five marks before the season was shut down due to COVID-19.

Richmond Head of Women’s Football, Kate Sheahan said McKenzie’s ball use, versatility and aggression stood out most to the Tigers’ recruiting team.

“She is just a beautiful kick of the football and a fantastic user of the ball,” she said.

“Her versatility and ability to run through the midfield is pretty handy, and she’s quite aggressive, we really like that.

“She is the sort of player we are looking for – someone that is not afraid to get their hands dirty but then on transition can run really hard and damage the opposition.

“There have only been the three games this year and she played well in all of them, but she is someone that has been setting the junior footy world alight for a long time and lots of people are aware of Ellie and her skill.”

McKenzie was first introduced to Richmond back in 2017 when she attended a Come and Try Day at the Swinburne Centre as a talented 14-year-old from the Fitzroy Junior Football Club.

“I remember the look in her eye that day and the way she observed everything and really took in her surroundings and the environment,” Sheahan said.

“She is a really nice kid who wants to work hard, wants to be the best; is a competitive beast which we love, and is someone that wants to be at our football club.

“You want to know people want to come to your club and we think she will fit in really well here with the players we already have and their collective attitude towards improvement, hard work and just getting better.

“We are pumped and just can’t wait to start working with her.”

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AFLW Sign and Trade Wrap: Tigers welcome four, 16 re-sign

The AFLW Sign and Trade Period has reached its conclusion, with Richmond securing the talents of four new Tigers.

It was a busy start for Richmond, who welcomed midfielder Sarah Hosking in the first deal of the trade period last Monday.

The first of three Sarahs added to the Tigers’ list, the former Blue arrived at Tigerland in exchange for pick 15, Richmond’s end of first-round compensation pick which had to be traded for ready-made talent.

Day two involved a complex three-way trade with Melbourne and Collingwood which resulted in three players crossing over to Richmond, Magpie duo Sarah D’Arcy and Sarah Dargan, and Demon Harriet Cordner.

The Tigers traded draft picks 17, 31 and 45 in exchange for the trio, while gaining pick 43 in a separate trade with North Melbourne in exchange for Grace Campbell.

Richmond’s Head of Women’s Football Kate Sheahan was delighted the Tigers had achieved their goal of adding experience to their 2021 list.

‘We’re extremely excited with the talent that’s coming into the program and it’s been great that we could spread it across the park,” Sheahan said.

Sixteen inaugural Tigers also recommitted to the Club throughout the Sign and Trade Period, making it a total of 27 players now locked in for 2021.

The Club has informed players Ciara Fitzgerald, Nekaela Butler and Emma Horne they will not be offered contracts for the 2021 season.

Sheahan thanked all three players for their commitment to the Tigers’ inaugural AFLW season.

“On behalf of everyone at Richmond, I would like to thank Ciara, Nekaela and Emma for their contributions to our Club,” Sheahan said.

“We wish them all the best for their future endeavours.”

Richmond also bids farewell to Lauren Tesoriero, Laura Bailey and Ella Wood, who have announced their retirements.

The Tigers currently hold selections No. 1 and 43 in the 2020 NAB AFLW Draft, and will be allocated an additional pick when the order is confirmed on Friday, August 21.

“We think the top five girls in this year’s draft are a pretty good bunch, so we weren’t prepared to overlook that opportunity to take the best talent in the country (with pick No. 1),” Sheahan said.

“We’re looking for someone who is essentially ready-made, who can step into our team and have an impact.”

The Club is yet to appoint its 2021 AFLW senior coach.

“We’re going through a thorough process to identify the right candidate for the role,” Sheahan said.

Confirmed 2021 AFLW Tigers:

Akec Makur Chuot
Alana Woodward
Alice Edmonds
Christina Bernardi
Cleo Saxon-Jones
Courtney Wakefield
Emily Harley
Gabby Seymour
Hannah Buchell
Harrier Corder
Holly Whitford
Iilish Ross
Kate Dempsey
Katie Brennan
Kodi Jacques
Laura McClelland
Maddy Brancatisano
Monique Conti
Phoebe Monahan
Rebecca Miller
Sabrina Frederick
Sarah D’Arcy
Sarah Dargan
Sarah Hosking
Sarah Sansonetti
Sophie Molan
Tayla Stahl

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Fixture for Rounds 9 to 12 Released

The AFL has announced the fixture for Rounds Nine through 12 of the 2020 Toyota AFL Premiership Season which will see matches played every day for 20 straight days.

Round Nine will commence on Wednesday 29 July and matches will be played every single day through the four rounds, 20 days straight, finishing on Monday 17 August.

The unprecedented fixture design will see 33 matches across the 20 days, with games played across Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia as well as matches in Tasmania for the first time in 2020.

The two NSW-based teams, Sydney Swans and GWS GIANTS will travel to Perth where they will play West Coast Eagles and Fremantle along with playing each other.

“Unprecedented times delivers us an unprecedented fixture for the next block of games. This is giving fans a unique opportunity to watch footy in a way we couldn’t normally produce.” AFL General Manager of Clubs and Broadcasting Travis Auld said.

“This season has had so many twists and turns but it has also driven enormous interest from our supporters across the country. Round Seven had the second highest ratings this year and our average TV ratings for games are up 20% on the 2019 average. The numbers show fans are tuning in to watch their teams and now they can watch footy every day for 20 days.”

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Revised fixture for Rounds Six and Seven of the 2020 Toyota Premiership Season

The AFL has today announced a revised fixture for Rounds Six and Seven of the 2020 Toyota Premiership Season.

Round Five will continue as fixtured and Victorian based clubs will fly out at the conclusion the round with all 10 Victorian-based teams to be temporarily relocated to other states across the country.

The amendment to the fixture has been made based on relevant State Government and Medical officer advice to firstly ensure the safety of not only the clubs, players, officials and the wider community, but also to provide certainty to clubs and fans on the next block of games.

The temporary relocation of all 10 Victorian-based teams out of the state will see them move to bases in Queensland, NSW and WA where they will undergo the various quarantine regimes while also continuing to adhere to the strict protocols the AFL has in place.

AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan said the announcement today was the next step as the AFL continued to make the necessary changes to navigate the impact of Covid-19 on the 2020 Toyota AFL Premiership season.

“The health and safety of our people and the wider community is paramount.  We will continue to make decisions that are anchored in the advice of Governments and designed to protect our people and the wider community.”

“I have said on a number of occasions that this would be a season of challenges.  And that the one certainty is that before we completed the 2020 Toyota AFL premiership season there would be more unique challenges along the way.”

“I want to thank the Governments in NSW, Queensland and WA for their support in helping us set up a series of high-performance centres that will see interstate teams based in their state in accordance with all the strict local protocols and playing games,”

“I would also like to thank all of our clubs, players, coaches, umpires and officials for their continued support and ability to adapt quickly as we navigate through the changing environment.”

“The Victorian clubs now temporarily moving interstate are playing their part in ensuring our season endures in a year that will continue to challenge us all.”

I have also often talked about the need for us to continue to be flexible and agile. As situations change across Australia so has our response. And it will continue to do so.”

Revised fixture for Rounds Six and Seven of the 2020 Toyota Premiership Season

Round Six
Geelong Cats vs. Brisbane Lions SCG (SEVEN) 7:40pm 7:40pm
Collingwood vs. Hawthorn Giants Stadium (SEVEN) 7:50pm 7:50pm
Fremantle vs. St Kilda Metricon Stadium (FOX) 12:35pm 12:35pm
West Coast Eagles vs. Adelaide Crows The Gabba (FOX) 3:05pm 3:05pm
Melbourne vs. Gold Coast SUNS Giants Stadium (FOX) 6:05pm 6:05pm
Essendon vs. North Melbourne Metricon Stadium (SEVEN) 7:40pm 7:40pm
Port Adelaide vs. GWS GIANTS Metricon Stadium (FOX) 1:05pm 1:05pm
Richmond vs. Sydney Swans The Gabba (SEVEN) 3:35pm 3:35pm
Carlton vs Western Bulldogs Metricon Stadium (FOX) 6:45pm 6:45pm
Round Seven
Geelong Cats vs. Collingwood Optus Stadium (SEVEN) 8:10pm 6:10pm
Essendon vs. Western Bulldogs Metricon Stadium (SEVEN) 7:50pm 7:50pm
GWS GIANTS vs. Brisbane Lions Giants Stadium (FOX) 1:45pm 1:45pm
Sydney Swans vs. Gold Coast SUNS SCG (FOX) 4:35pm 4:35pm
Richmond vs. North Melbourne Metricon Stadium (SEVEN) 7:40pm 7:40pm
Carlton vs. Port Adelaide The Gabba (FOX) 1:05pm 1:05pm
Hawthorn vs. Melbourne Giants Stadium (SEVEN) 3:35pm 3:35pm
Fremantle vs. West Coast Eagles Optus Stadium (FOX) 6:35pm 4:35pm
Adelaide Crows vs. St Kilda Adelaide Oval (FOX) 7:40pm 7:10pm

The Round 6 and 7 fixtures will be amended on this site later today.

Source: AFL Media Release.