Richmond Tigers 2019 AFL Season Preview & Analysis
Richmond head into 2019 as the rightful premiership favourites. Last year’s minor premiers landed the prize recruit of the off-season and look primed for another flag tilt.
Finished in 2018: 3rd (19 wins, 5 losses)
Key ins: Tom Lynch (Gold Coast) Maverick Weller (St Kilda)
Draft Picks: Riley Collier-Dawkins (#20) Jack Ross (#43) Fraser Turner (#58) Luke English (#68)
Key outs: Reece Conca (Fremantle) Sam Lloyd (Western Bulldogs) Anthony Miles (Gold Coast) Corey Ellis (Gold Coast) Tyson Stengle (Adelaide) Shaun Hampson (retired) Ben Griffiths (retired) Nathan Drummond (delisted)
Coach: Damien Hardwick
Captain(s): Trent Cotchin
Playing AFLX: Jack Riewoldt (Rampage, captain) Jack Higgins (Flyers) Alex Rance (Flyers)
Summary: The 2017 premiers were on track for back-to-back flags until they ran into a rampant Collingwood outfit on preliminary final night at the MCG. Previous to that, Richmond had won 22 straight games at the home of footy and were undefeated in Victoria all season.
The Tigers landed the prize recruit of the off-season in former Sun Tom Lynch and only adds to the potency of Richmond’s already star studded forward line. The players they have lost were only fringe players at best and the addition of Lynch gives defences a big headache with two genuine Coleman Medal contenders starting inside their attacking 50.
They rightly head into this season as the premiership favourites and will once again have the luxury of playing the majority of their matches at the MCG. It’s hard not see them winning a similar number of matches as last season, which makes us very bullish about the over 15.5 wins.
Key stat: Richmond ranked #2 for offence (95.7 ppg) and defence (72.3 ppg) in 2018. Richmond were 18-1 W/L in Victoria in 2018. There only loss was the preliminary final against Collingwood.
Round 1: Carlton vs. Richmond
Friday March 23, 07:20 PM – MCG
Best Brownlow Hope: Dustin Martin
Prediction: Richmond over 15.5 wins @ $2* with Sportsbet
*Prices correct at time of publishing