Richmond By The Numbers is a tribute to past senior players by the Richmond Football Club Former Players and Officials Association.
Each week the “Former Tigers” will post rare and sometimes never before seen images of Richmond players from bygone era’s on their Facebook page… www.facebook.com/formertigers
This week they have started from the top with those who wore the #53 to #34 guernseys. Keep checking the Former Tigers' Galleries every week as they progressively count down and add more player galleries…
Be sure to also visit www.formertigers.com.au
Tommy Hafey Club Captains Call lunch Thursday 7th April 2016.
We often get asked, ”how do you keep coming up with such great themes”? And it has to be admitted, after 38 themed lunches, coming up with interesting and entertaining themes is a challenge.
But in the Maurice Rioli room on 7th April, we can confidently say “we did it again thanks to Kevin Sheedy, Kevin Bartlett, Chris Newman, Kane Johnson, Dale Weightman, David Cloke, Bryan Wood, Ron Branton and Trent Cotchin. All (excluding Trent) former Captains who were wonderful players and great ambassadors for the game and our Club.
We were thrilled when Sheeds agreed to MC the function and he did not disappoint, with a sparkling performance culminating in a sensational one on one with KB when the two went head to head trying to up-stage each other.
Proceedings kicked off with Sheeds and Trent Cotchin, an interview during which Sheeds did not hold back, and to his credit Trent was up to the challenge and clearly demonstrated why he is our Captain.
Our oldest living Captain, Ron Branton, was in excellent form with clear recall of his playing days in the 1950’s and 60’s. Ron was an exceptional player during a period when the Tigers were an all too regular bottom 4 side. His final year saw him Captain a night premiership, come equal second in the Brownlow and take out the Tigers best and fairest award. Then at the peak of his form, he left to coach Myrtleford and secure his future. Ron attends all THC functions and is a popular presence at Tigerland.
Next up were Bryan Wood and David Cloke. Bryan was a triple premiership player at Richmond who joined Sheeds at Essendon where he enjoyed premiership success in 1985 before continuing as Sheeds runner after a decorated playing career.
After premiership success at Tigerland in 1974 and 1980, David was Captain in 1982, the last time the Tigers have featured in a grand final. He then made the controversial switch to Collingwood, where he enjoyed a successful career before returning to the Tigers to help KB and his young cubs, climaxing a brilliant career by kicking 8 goals in his final match, even sweeter because it was against Carlton and a rare Tiger win!!
In the absence of 1980 premiership Captain Bruce Monteath, Mike Perry conducted a roving mike interview with his son Rhys before Sheeds introduced the final panel, Kane Johnson, Chris Newman and Dale Weightman.
Dale Weightman is rightly recognised as a great Tiger player spanning 15 years but he is also a full-time employee of the RFC and as such has been a continuous presence at Punt Road for close to forty years, a truly remarkable achievement.
Kane Johnson grew up in a Tiger household but was drafted by Adelaide where he enjoyed premiership success before engineering a trade back to Richmond where he resumed his love affair with the Tigers, became a key player and Captain, before handing over the reins to Chris Newman in 2009.
Chris was an inspiring player and Captain who eventually became the oldest AFL player not to play in a finals series but then enjoyed the experience of three final series in a row before retiring to pursue a coaching career. He is currently a development coach at Hawthorn.
After paying tribute to the 18 living players who acted as Captain when the appointed Captain was either out injured or suspended or on interstate duty, the day ended with an amazing double-act between Sheeds and KB. It’s impossible to write about it other than to say there’s never been more laughter and hilarity than these two legends produced. Priceless, and for the fortunate people in attendance, an unforgettable experience.
Yet again it proved the point, don’t miss a THC function or you’ll miss something special.
Award Function Report
The 2015 member cocktail and THC Award function was held on Wednesday 2nd December in the Maurice Rioli room at Punt Road. Once again it was well supported by members many of whom brought guests for the first time.
President Rob Edgley opened proceedings with a brief history of THC functions since the Club began in 2003, with 37 lunch and 13 member functions making this the 50th function to be organised in the 13 year period. During that time THC contributions to the RFC have exceeded $200,000. Rob gave a brief outline of the 2015 functions and a hint that next year would almost certainly see a major function dedicated to Tommy.
THC patron Maureen Hafey was then joined by Matthew Richardson to present the 2015 THC Award. This was awarded to Chris Newman in recognition of his wonderful contribution to the RFC over 15 years during which he captained the Tigers for 4 years and played a total of 268 games. The THC Award is an annual award made to the person deemed to have made a significant contribution to the Richmond FC and demonstrated Tommy’s 4 golden D’s: that Dedication, Discipline, Determination and Desire will deliver your Destiny. Maureen presented Chris with the bronze bust trophy of Tommy and Matthew then engaged Chris in a lively and entertaining interview about his playing career and finished by wishing him every success in his new position as Development Coach at Hawthorn.
Michael Perry then introduced the new players recruited during the trade period, Chris Yarran, Jacob Townsend and Andrew Moore, and conducted a Q & A with each. Chris, an established AFL player with over 100 games played with Carlton, joins the Tigers as a rebounding defender, Jacob an initial GWS draftee arrives with a reputation for being fierce at the contest and Andrew, brother of former Tiger Kelvin, comes to Richmond from Port Adelaide as a hard bodied, mature footballer. All boys spoke well and were enthusiastic about joining the Tigers and optimistic about 2016.
Maureen and Bobby Phillips assisted Mike in drawing the raffle, which ended formal proceedings.
Once again the catering staff at the Maurice Rioli room provided a wonderful spread of finger food, and the boys at the bar were kept busy replenishing empty glasses.
As has become a feature of these functions, there was a warm, friendly atmosphere in the room and no one was in a hurry to go home.
If you’re reading this and haven’t re-joined the THC please do so as soon as possible since your support keeps the flame of Tommy alive and contributes to the on-going success of the Club we love, Richmond.
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At the release of “The Hafey Years” the THC had 248 copies (the number of games Tommy played and coached at Richmond) bound in black leather and individually numbered. We have a limited number of these available for you through this special offer.
Against the backdrop of a game undergoing revolution, Tommy Hafey inspired his loyal charges to four premierships in a golden age that represents the high-water mark of the proud Tigers. The likes of Hart, Sheedy, Bourke, Bartlett and Balme became household names as Richmond rampaged through the competition. And it was not so much the winning of those flags, but how they were won, this was inter-club warfare, both on and off the field.
The Hafey Years captures that spirit, the characters, the stories, the controversies. This remarkable time in football has been brought roaring back to life and followers of the game will be spellbound by those who have participated in many for the first time in its telling.
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The Tommy Hafey Club 2020 event program will be announce early in the New Year.