The Richmond Tigers were one of the more dominant sides in footy for much of last century, winning five Premierships between 1967 and 1980. This success was followed by a lengthy drought before they reclaimed their status and added a thrilling Premiership in 2017. Last year they looked the favourite to repeat, but a disappointing preliminary final showing saw them bested by a rampant Collingwood team. Entering 2019 the Tigers will look to atone for that loss, and you can catch all the action when watching live on your TV or streaming matches to a mobile device.
2019 Richmond Tigers Preview
Formed in 1885, the Tigers joined the VFL in 1908, just over a decade after the start of the league. It took them 12 years to win their first flag, and after going back-to-back in 1920 and 21 they had relatively consistent success over the next 5 decades, culminating in five Premierships between 1967 and 1980. After this sustained success a much-publicised drought followed, with the side making the finals just twice between 1982 and 2013. After three consecutive week one finals exits in 2013-15 and a 13th placed finish the year after, the Tigers spectacularly returned to the throne with a dominant 2017 finals series, breaking a 37-year AFL Grand Final title drought for what was once the biggest club in the country.
Last year saw the Tigers become the first team in history with 100,000 members, while also taking another step on the field, becoming the undisputed best side in the league and appearing close to unbeatable throughout the season – particularly on their home surface. They ultimately failed to repeat their heroics from 2017, but with a top-end boasting the likes of Dustin Martin, Alex Rance, Trent Cotchin and Jack Riewoldt, and the addition of former Gold Coast captain Tom Lynch, they will head into the 2019 AFL season as the team to beat. The Tigers will open the season with their traditional Thursday night clash against long-time rivals the Carlton Blues on 21 March in front of 90,000 screaming fans, while their Round 2 clash against Collingwood and the Dreamtime at the G on 25 May against the Bombers will also draw huge crowds.
2019 Richmond Tigers Live TV (Sydney time)
Thursday 21 March: Blues vs Tigers at 7.20pm AEDT (Seven/Foxtel/Kayo)
Thursday 28 March: Tigers vs Magpies at 7.20pm AEDT (Seven/Foxtel/Kayo)
Saturday 6 April: Giants vs Tigers at 4.35pm AEDT (Foxtel/Kayo)
Saturday 13 April: Power vs Tigers at 4.35pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Saturday 20 April: Tigers vs Swans at 7.25pm (Seven/Foxtel/Kayo)
Wednesday 24 April: Tigers vs Demons at 7.35pm (Seven/Foxtel/Kayo)
Saturday 4 May: Bulldogs vs Tigers at 7.25pm (Seven/Foxtel/Kayo)
Sunday 12 May: Dockers vs Tigers at 6.20pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Richmond Tigers Live and Free
If you enjoy AFL action then the Fox Footy channel (Foxtel/Kayo Sports) is the place for you, televising every round and all AFL teams round Live and in HD with no ad-breaks during play (grand final excluded). This includes the many contests not available on Free to Air, as well as replays of the games you may have missed.
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If you’re a resident of Australia and don’t have access to Fox Footy you may wish to review the 10 day Foxtel Now trial, which offers Richmond fans an opportunity to watch the AFL Tigers live online before the grand final with compatible internet connected devices (Mac & PC excluded).
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Channel 7 vs Fox Footy TV Fixtures
While the Channel Seven television coverage is limited to four contests per week, Fox Footy (Foxtel/Kayo) will televise every match in every Round Live, before the Grand Final, with five exclusive games each week and the option to stream the AFL online.
Thursday Night: Ch. 7 and Foxtel/Kayo
Friday Night: Ch. 7 and Foxtel/Kayo
Saturday Afternoon Game 1: Ch. 7 and Foxtel/Kayo
Saturday Afternoon Game 2: Foxtel/Kayo
Saturday Evening: Foxtel/Kayo
Saturday Night Game 1: Ch. 7 and Foxtel/Kayo
Saturday Night Game 2: Foxtel/Kayo
Sunday Afternoon Game 1: Foxtel/Kayo
Sunday Afternoon Game 2: Ch. 7 and Foxtel/Kayo
Sunday Evening: Foxtel/Kayo
Monday & Public Holidays: Ch. 7 and Foxtel/Kayo
2019 Richmond Tigers Rivalries
The Tigers have long had a strong rivalry with the Collingwood Magpies, born out of the geographical proximity of the two sides to one another along with their relatively consistent success and huge, passionate supporter bases. The Tigers poor performance over the past few decades contributed to a slight decline in the strength of the rivalry, but the preliminary final meeting between the two in front of just under 95,000 supporters last season reignited the competition between these two powerhouse clubs.
The Carlton Blues, as another member of the traditional ‘Big 4’ teams, are another long-time rival of the Tigers. The two played in a number of finals clashes in the 1970s and 80s, and though they have each had their struggles since then – the Tigers until the last few years and the Blues for much of this century – the competitiveness between the sides remains fierce. Each season since 2008, the Tigers and the Blues have opened the season with what has become a traditional Thursday night matchup, and though it hasn’t always been evenly matched it has still consistently drawn over 75,000 supporters, with over 90,000 coming through the gates for last year’s fixture and you won’t have to miss a key moment when mobile streaming the AFL.
There has always been plenty of animosity between the Tigers and the Essendon Bombers, again born out of the shared success and large supporter bases of the two clubs. Since 2006, the two have played in the Dreamtime at the G clash, celebrating the contribution of indigenous players to the league and taking place on the Saturday night of Indigenous Round. Taking place at the MCG, the game has brought in over 80,000 fans in six of the past eight years, and will likely do so again this year.