2018 Chronology

2018 Chronology

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.