Richard Tambling

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Richard Tambling
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Personal information
Full name Richard Tambling
Nickname(s) Bling
Date of birth (1986-09-12) 12 September 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Northern Territory
Original team Southern Districts
Draft 4th overall, 2004
Richmond
Height/Weight 180cm / 81 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2005–2010
2011–2013
Totals
Richmond
Adelaide
108 (61)
016 0(1)
124 (62)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2013 season.

Richard Tambling (born 12 September 1986) is an Australian rules footballer who played for the Richmond Football Club and Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League.

Early life[edit]

Richard is an Indigenous Australian and his ancestry can be traced to the Woolna, a Northern Territory tribe.[1]

AFL career[edit]

Richmond Tigers[edit]

In the 2004 AFL Draft Tambling was a first round selection, the number four pick overall, and drafted to the Richmond Football Club. Richmond had the opportunity to recruit Lance Franklin, some say this was bad judgement made by the Richmond recruitment personnel.[2] In comparison to Franklin, Tambling's tenure at Richmond has been enigmatic. He had long been considered a dominant player up in the Northern Territory with his explosive speed and ability to read the play; he only confirmed that status throughout the 2004 pre-season. Terry Wallace was particularly impressed, saying he and Deledio were the "best young kids in the country".

2005 and 2006[edit]

He played in 12 games in the 2005 AFL season and a further 21 in the 2006 AFL season. In the latter stages of 2005, Tambling struggled with injury, including a broken toe and a consistent hamstring problem.

2007[edit]

The speedy youngster came under scrutiny in previous seasons, but showed what he can do when he booted four first-quarter goals against West Coast in round five.

2008[edit]

Tambling has further developed his game in season 2008 and has spent more time in the midfield. While his time on ground may not be big, Tambling has proved a handy midfielder who has the ability to win the contested football and kick goals.

2009–10[edit]

The constant criticism of the underperforming midfielder reached new heights in the round 3 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Richmond Tigers. Tambling's game was viewed by many experts as one of the worst performances of faltering career due to the amount of costly turnovers from his small total of 12 possessions. He received a bronx cheer from the Richmond fans after getting his first kick which also happened to be a turnover. Coach Terry Wallace later explained that Tambling had become a father in the two days earlier, which had affected his sleep before the match.[3] Tambling was dropped from the Richmond team for the following match against the Demons. After a week at Coburg, he returned to the AFL in arguably the best form of his career. Very influential against Sydney, Fremantle, and the West Coast Eagles, he was finally showing the ability that was expected of him with his high draft pick.

Adelaide Crows[edit]

On 6 October 2010 he was traded to the Adelaide Crows for two draft selections, a first round and third round pick.[4] On the 30th October, 2013 after only 16 games, he was delisted.

He currently plays for Sturt in the SANFL.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to end of 2012 season.[5][6]
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2005 Richmond 30 12 9 4 73 38 111 41 28 0.8 0.3 6.1 3.2 9.2 3.4 2.1
2006 Richmond 30 21 14 19 176 76 252 92 48 0.7 0.9 8.4 3.6 12.0 4.4 2.3
2007 Richmond 30 20 17 9 160 112 272 93 49 0.8 0.4 8.0 5.6 13.6 4.6 2.4
2008 Richmond 30 22 10 9 202 182 384 113 72 0.4 0.4 9.2 8.3 17.4 5.1 3.3
2009 Richmond 30 20 8 11 241 189 430 128 63 0.4 0.6 12.0 9.4 21.5 6.4 3.2
2010 Richmond 30 13 3 3 79 84 163 38 57 0.2 0.2 6.1 6.5 12.5 2.9 4.4
2011 Adelaide 1 10 0 0 68 77 145 36 28 0.0 0.0 6.8 7.7 14.5 3.6 2.8
2012 Adelaide 1 1 0 0 4 2 6 2 2 0.0 0.0 4.0 2.0 6.0 2.0 2.0
Career 119 61 55 1003 760 1763 543 344 0.5 0.5 8.4 6.4 14.8 4.6 2.9
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles

Career highlights[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ AFL Record. Round 9,2009. Slattery Publishing. pg 74.
  2. ^ Le Grand, Chip (8 February 2008) Richard Tambling's hard story told with grace; The Australian
  3. ^ Matt Burgan (13 April 2009) Wallace defends quiet Tambling
  4. ^ Katrina Gill (6 October 2010) Tiger Tambling now a Crow
  5. ^ "Richard Tambling statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Richard Tambling of the Adelaide Crows Career AFL Stats". Retrieved 19 October 2012. 

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