2011 Richmond Football Club season

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Richmond Tigers
2011 season
Nathan Brown of Richmond.jpg
President Gary March
Coach Damien Hardwick
Captain(s) Chris Newman
Home ground MCG
Pre-season competition Round 1
AFL season 12th
Jack Dyer Medal (B&F) Trent Cotchin
Leading goalkicker Jack Riewoldt
Highest home attendance 83,563
Lowest home attendance 11,506
Average home attendance N/A

The 2011 season marked the 104th season in which the Richmond Football Club participated in the AFL/VFL. This season was Damien Hardwick's second season as senior coach. It was also the first season Richmond played against the Gold Coast, and was also the first time the club played a home-and-away game at Cazaly's Stadium in Cairns. Defender Will Thursfield retired at the end of the season after playing 77 games for the club.[1]

Season Summary[edit]

The start of the 2011 season was hopeful for the Tigers. In Round 1, the Tigers were in front at three quarter time, to lose by 20 points to Carlton in the traditional blockbuster. Media commentators and AFL fans alike noted Richmond's improvement. In Round 2, the Tigers shocked the AFL world when they drew with grand finalists from the previous year, St Kilda, even with their goal kicking star Jack Riewoldt going down with a concussion in the first quarter.

In Rounds 3 and 4, the Tigers suffered significant losses to Hawthorn and Collingwood, but showed promise in their fightback in the third quarter against Collingwood. Their breakthrough came in Round 5, when they beat North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium in front of a packed crowd. This started a good run for the Tigers. Richmond defeated Brisbane in Round 6, then Fremantle in Round 7. This put them just outside the Top 8. They had a narrow loss to the Western Bulldogs in Round 8.

In Round 9, the Tigers had a big win against Essendon in the traditional "Dreamtime at the G" match after going in the underdogs. The crowd of over 80,000 people were treated to an intense game, with Richmond coming out victorious.

Richmond then had a complete form turn around, with a 15 point loss against bottom-ranked Port Adelaide in Darwin after the club decided to host the home game match interstate, a decision that was roundly questioned by fans and the media.[2] The bye followed, then another loss to Sydney. Richmond then had a return to form, beating Brisbane at the Gabba.

Richmond's poor form continued, with straight losses to Melbourne, Carlton, Essendon, Gold Coast and Geelong. The Tigers got a badly needed bye in Round 19 and then travelled to Perth in Round 20 to face the West Coast Eagles where they were beaten.

Richmond had a win against Sydney in Round 21 and then also won their next two games, against Melbourne and Adelaide, but lost their Round 24 match to North Melbourne.

Delistings at end of 2011[3][edit]

Trades[edit]

Draft selections[edit]

2011 Results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Date Score Opponent Opponent's Score Result Home/Away Venue Attendance
Friday, 4 February All-Stars Match cancelled Away TIO Stadium/
Traeger Park

Richmond was to have played an exhibition match against the Indigenous All-Stars on February 4, but the match was cancelled. The match was originally to have been played at TIO Stadium in Darwin, but monsoonal rain made the surface unplayable;[4] the league worked to move the game to Traeger Park in Alice Springs, but after concerns that either the match or the transport of players into and out of Alice Springs could have been affected by Cyclone Yasi, the match was cancelled altogether.[5]

NAB Cup[edit]

Round Date Score Opponent Opponent's Score Result Home/Away Venue Attendance
Pool Saturday, 12 February 7:15 pm 3.5 (23) Carlton 6.5 (41) Lost by 18 points Away Etihad Stadium 40,300
Pool Saturday, 12 February 8:20 pm 1.1 (7) Collingwood 7.8 (50) Lost by 43 points Home Etihad Stadium 40,300

Regular Home and Away Season[edit]

Round Date Score Opponent Opponent's Score Result Home/Away Venue Attendance Ladder
1 Thursday, 24 March 7:40 pm 13.6 (84) Carlton 14.20 (104) Lost by 20 points Away MCG 60,654 14th
2 Friday, 1 April 7:40pm 14.11 (95) St Kilda 13.17 (95) Draw Away MCG 41,465 12th
3 Saturday, 9 April 7:10pm 6.16 (52) Hawthorn 17.13 (115) Lost by 63 points Home MCG 46,369 13th
4 Friday, 15 April 7:40pm 13.12 (90) Collingwood 24.17 (161) Lost by 71 points Home MCG 58,050 14th
5 Sunday, 24 April 4:40pm 17.10 (112) North Melbourne 14.19 (103) WON by 9 points Away Etihad Stadium 36,461 12th
6 Saturday, 30 April 7:10pm 18.16 (124) Brisbane Lions 14.14 (98) WON by 26 points Home MCG 37,438 10th
7 Saturday, 7 May 4:10pm 23.10 (148) Fremantle 14.15 (99) WON by 49 points Home MCG 34,090 9th
8 Sunday, 15 May 1:10pm 18.10 (118) Western Bulldogs 23.15 (153) Lost by 35 points Away Etihad Stadium 39,141 10th
9 Saturday, 21 May 7:40pm 16.9 (105) Essendon 13.11 (89) WON by 16 points Home MCG 83,563 9th
10 Saturday, 28 May 8:10pm 10.14 (74) Port Adelaide 13.11 (89) Lost by 15 points Home TIO Stadium 11,506 9th
11 BYE 9th
12 Sunday, 12 June 2:10 pm 9.11 (65) Sydney 9.21 (75) Lost by 10 points Away SCG 23,782 11th
13 Saturday, 18 June 7:10 pm 18.17 (125) Brisbane Lions 14.10 (94) WON by 31 points Away Gabba 21,510 10th
14 Saturday, 25 June 2:10 pm 13.13 (91) Melbourne 17.16 (118) Lost by 27 points Home MCG 61,900 11th
15 Saturday, 2 July 2:10 pm 12.9 (81) Carlton 28.16 (184) Lost by 103 points Home MCG 59,650 13th
16 Saturday, 9 July 7:10 pm 9.12 (66) Essendon 15.15 (105) Lost by 39 points Away MCG 55,442 13th
17 Saturday, 16 July 2:10 pm 9.16 (70) Gold Coast 12.13 (85) Lost by 15 points Home Cazaly's Stadium 10,382 13th
18 Sunday, 24 July 1:10 pm 7.9 (51) Geelong 17.11 (113) Lost by 62 points Away Etihad Stadium 33,761 13th
19 BYE
20 Sunday, 7 August 2:40 pm 14.6 (90) West Coast 22.15 (147) Lost by 57 points Away Patersons Stadium 38,106 14th
21 Sunday, 14 August 2:10 pm 14.15 (99) Sydney 7.14 (56) WON by 43 points Home MCG 34,337 13th
22 Sunday, 21 August 4:40 pm 17.15 (117) Melbourne 17.8 (110) WON by 7 points Away MCG 36,321 12th
23 Sunday, 28 August 12:40 pm 17.19 (121) Adelaide 15.9 (99) WON by 22 points Away AAMI Stadium 38,023 11th
24 Sunday, 4 September 4:40 pm 13.13 (91) North Melbourne 15.14 (104) Lost by 13 points Home Etihad Stadium 32,890 12th

Ladder[edit]

2011 AFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 Collingwood 22 20 2 0 2592 1546 167.66 80
2 Geelong (P) 22 19 3 0 2548 1619 157.38 76
3 Hawthorn 22 18 4 0 2355 1634 144.12 72
4 West Coast 22 17 5 0 2235 1715 130.32 68
5 Carlton 22 14 7 1 2225 1700 130.88 58
6 St Kilda 22 12 9 1 1891 1677 112.76 50
7 Sydney 22 12 9 1 1897 1735 109.34 50
8 Essendon 22 11 10 1 2217 2217 100.00 46
9 North Melbourne 22 10 12 0 2106 2082 101.15 40
10 Western Bulldogs 22 9 13 0 2060 2155 95.59 36
11 Fremantle 22 9 13 0 1791 2155 83.11 36
12 Richmond 22 8 13 1 2069 2396 86.35 34
13 Melbourne 22 8 13 1 1974 2315 85.27 34
14 Adelaide 22 7 15 0 1742 2193 79.43 28
15 Brisbane Lions 22 4 18 0 1814 2240 80.98 16
16 Port Adelaide 22 3 19 0 1718 2663 64.51 12
17 Gold Coast 22 3 19 0 1534 2726 56.27 12
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against

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