Grand Final – Richmond v Geelong: When we use the D-Word

It’s a word you may associate with Hawthorn, Brisbane, the vanquished Cats or even Joan Collins…John Green give his thoughts on the current Richmond side and the ‘D-Word’, or rather ‘words’.

Finals Week 3 – Port Adelaide v Richmond: The better angels of our nature

I didn’t realise mild-mannered John Green had this in him. He reports on the Port-Richmond match which seems to have added bonuses.

Finals Week 2 – Richmond v St Kida: Bounding off the safety net

In the footy circus that is the AFL in 2020, John Green watched Richmond fall from the highwire only to be caught by the safety net.

Finals Week 1 – Brisbane v Richmond: Captain’s call

John Green went into Richmond’s first final confident. After avidly following the glittering career of skipper Trent Cotchin, John was let down by Richmond’s loss to the Lions.

Preliminary Final 1971 – St Kilda v Richmond: On being crucified

John Green recalls the 1971 season, when his beloved Tigers were cruelly bested by St Kilda at the final hurdle en route to the grand final – but were they robbed?

Almanac (Richmond Home and Away) Summary: The voyage of the yellow and black endeavour

Following Richmond’s Round 18 win against the Crows, John Green casts his eye over the Tigers’ season so far, spanning from controversy to stirring wins.

Almanac Poetry: Lockdown Limericks

John Green has turned to that most accessible of poetry forms, the limerick, during lockdown. Feast away, Tiger fans!

Round 2 – Collingwood v Richmond: Asterisk you take*

John Green considers the asterisk – its ancient history and its use in modern sport. And then reports on the re-boot of this 2020 season.

I miss the footy

Like many, John Green is missing footy in this time of Covid-19 but replays and reflections on history past help him through this period of social isolation.

Marsh Community Series – Richmond v Collingwood: Passing through Wangaratta

Like Ned Kelly and Stevie J before him, John Green passed through Wangaratta. His trip led to a relaxing day watching Richmond and Collingwood prepare for the season ahead.

Grand Final – Richmond v GWS: The stress-free life

      Neutral football fans love watching close grand finals. Supporters of competing clubs aren’t so sure. They can die a thousand deaths en route to the final siren. Take the classic encounter between West  Coast and Collingwood in 2018. If ever I was in the situation of watching Richmond in a nail-biting Grand [Read more]

Preliminary Final – Richmond v Geelong: The Pursuit of Mindfulness

John Green is trying to find calm, and be calm. Tough when your footy team is on the prowl.

Finals Week 1 – Brisbane v Richmond: Gabba Gabba Hey

John Green’s last encounter with a final featuring the Tigers at the Gabba was one for the history books – just not Yellow and Black history books. 18 years on, the pendulum has swung firmly in the other direction – with Tiger fans smiling (and players too!)

Round 16 – Gold Coast Suns v Richmond: The Tigerland Theme Park

It was a Tiger Wonderland up on the Gold Coast for Richmond fans as their team put on a percentage boosting display against the hapless Suns in their Round 16 match.

Round 15 – St Kilda v Richmond: When a Saint goes marching out

John Green gives his thoughts on the tenure of Alan Richardson through a personal gaze, reviewing his position as St Kilda coach after their loss to Richmond on Sunday.

Round 12 – Richmond v Geelong: For the love of Patrick Naish

The only positive for Richmond on a tough night against the powerful Geelong side was the debut of Ivanhoe local (and son of Chris) Patrick Naish, writes Tiger fan John Green.

Round 6 – Richmond v Melbourne: The Men Who Stayed Behind

John Green reflects on the monumental nature of ANZAC day and the direction of footy since the World War II period.

Round 5 – Richmond v Sydney: To Dust we shall return

To dust we shall return! The Tiges get a lift from the return of an energised Dusty Martin and are too good for the Swans at Docklands.

Round 4 – Port Adelaide v Richmond: The “Fab Four” no more

All was not lost when Paul announced the end of the Fab Four almost 50 years ago [“Imagine” and “Live and Let Die” still to come – Ed.] and for John Green, the sky has yet to fall on his hobbled Tigers as they pulled off a stunning upset of Port Adelaide sans stars.

Round 3 – GWS v Richmond: Still feeling it

John Green’s fandom will be forever coloured by the 2017 flag delivered to the Punt Rd faithful – no matter the trials that await, he’ll never forget that Richmond could again do the improbable and climb the mountain. He’s still feeling it! [Club might have been happier with a riff on “Don’t hold back” – Ed.]