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Hardest loses

mrposhman

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After the previous 3 years 2016 was meant to be different. We had shown we could play over those previous 3 years by regularity beating the likes of hawthorn Fremantle swans etc. this was the first time we were going to beat the cats in what seemed like forever, like a little brother finally getting on top in a wrestle over the older brother. We were 40 odd points up and they get us again. Deflating. Proved our mental fragility. The flogging by Sydney 2 rounds later was bitter. Can still remember KB being livid on SEN about such an indsipid performance.
That game against the Cats was horrific, far worse IMO than getting flogged the whole game. To be 40 odd points up and lose the lot in the final quarter. My daughters were 8 and 6 at the time, and I remember the oldest turning to me as that lead was decimated, proclaiming "why are they doing this" and I had nothing I could say.

All in all, I haven't been a Tiger as long as you guys, I moved to Australia in 2010, went to my first game in 2011 and I've been hooked since.

Reading through this whole thread and the hurt of some of the past games, made me think about my support of both Richmond but also about my team back in the UK (Peterborough United), some of the hard losses I'd been through there. I remember heaps, losing 5-0 at home on Boxing Day was a great Christmas haha. I remember going on an away trip to a place called Lincoln, where we were caught in traffic, ended up being 5 mins late, walking through the turnstile and we hear the home crowd cheer as they score, turn to my mum and say "Oh no we are already losing 1-0" and the steward at the gate turned to me and said "no you aren't, its 2-0!!". An away trip on a cold Tuesday night deep in winter to Walsall, we lost 5-0 and had 2 players sent off for fighting with each other, walking away from the ground 1 of their fans said to me "don't be so glum, it could have been worse" and the frustrating thing was that I couldn't argue with that haha. Its tough travelling for 3 and a half hours by yourself on a train from South London to Accrington to be leading 2-1 and then lose 3-2 with a goal in the last minute.

Reading this thread it feels like Richmond were always going to be my club as soon as I left the UK. Its like 2 peas in a pod.
 
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Baloo

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Our loss to the Blues in the elimination when they finished *smile* 9th but still got the game thanks to the Essendon drugs scandal was the worst for me. We lost an elimination final. It was against Carlton. Carlton didn't even qualify for Finals.

Nothing worse than that.

Gaspargate, when we got hammered by 35.22 (222) to 9.11 (65) bu the Cats is another that hurts. More because it seemed to be the trigger for the Cats era of domination.
 
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Ossie

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That game against the Cats was horrific, far worse IMO than getting flogged the whole game. To be 40 odd points up and lose the lot in the final quarter. My daughters were 8 and 6 at the time, and I remember the oldest turning to me as that lead was decimated, proclaiming "why are they doing this" and I had nothing I could say.

All in all, I haven't been a Tiger as long as you guys, I moved to Australia in 2010, went to my first game in 2011 and I've been hooked since.

Reading through this whole thread and the hurt of some of the past games, made me think about my support of both Richmond but also about my team back in the UK (Peterborough United), some of the hard losses I'd been through there. I remember heaps, losing 5-0 at home on Boxing Day was a great Christmas haha. I remember going on an away trip to a place called Lincoln, where we were caught in traffic, ended up being 5 mins late, walking through the turnstile and we hear the home crowd cheer as they score, turn to my mum and say "Oh no we are already losing 1-0" and the steward at the gate turned to me and said "no you aren't, its 2-0!!". An away trip on a cold Tuesday night deep in winter to Walsall, we lost 5-0 and had 2 players sent off for fighting with each other, walking away from the ground 1 of their fans said to me "don't be so glum, it could have been worse" and the frustrating thing was that I couldn't argue with that haha. Its tough travelling for 3 and a half hours by yourself on a train from South London to Accrington to be leading 2-1 and then lose 3-2 with a goal in the last minute.

Reading this thread it feels like Richmond were always going to be my club as soon as I left the UK. Its like 2 peas in a pod.
Great stories mrposhman! I can feel the pain of those games through your writing. You were very well trained to be a Tigers fan!
 

Ridley

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Jul 21, 2003
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Gaspargate, when we got hammered by 35.22 (222) to 9.11 (65) bu the Cats is another that hurts. More because it seemed to be the trigger for the Cats era of domination.
I can't recall why that game was called Gaspargate; can you please clarify Baloo?
 

Baloo

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I can't recall why that game was called Gaspargate; can you please clarify Baloo?
Wallace sacked Gaspar during that week. If I remember correctly he told Gas that he wouldn't be playing seniors again.
 

tommystigers

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The 2013 and 2015 EF losses are hard to split. Both hit me real hard. Here’s one out of left field... the last H&A game of the 1998 season when we had to win to make the 8. We got belted by Melb. Absolutely shattered. That was probably the only time I almost felt like giving up following the Tiges.
Yep Draga. That Melbourne game was by far the worst.

The scenario - Ladder after Round 21

6 Ade
21​
48​
122.8​
7 WC
21​
48​
111.5​
8 Ess
21​
48​
109.7​
9 Ric
21​
48​
109.4​

The three teams above us played on the Saturday in Round 22. Our game was on the Sunday.

Round 22
Geelong 19. 13. 127 d
Essendon 18. 9. 117

Adelaide 15. 16. 106 d
West Coast 12. 9. 81

The Round 22 ladder when we played - We were 10 points clear of 10th team Port. We needed a win - a draw - or at worst a very narrow loss.

7 WC
22​
48​
109.4​
8 Ric
21​
48​
109.4​
9 Ess
22​
48​
108.6​

We whimpered out of the race - scared - gutless - and got rag-dolled. A capitulation. It was another hope-killing Richmond performance, like so many we had seen since 1982.

Melbourne
5.5 6.10 12.14 19.19​
133​
Sun 30-Aug-1998 2:10 PM Att: 76,387 Venue: M.C.G.
Richmond
1.2 4.3 6.9 8.9​
57​
Melbourne won by 76 pts

A drop of 4.6 % - missing finals and leading to a classic Ninthmond finish to a season.

7 WC
22​
48​
109.4​
8 Ess
22​
48​
108.6​
9 Ric
22​
48​
104.8​

Some things you see can never be forgotten. This.
 
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DavidSSS

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Great stories mrposhman! I can feel the pain of those games through your writing. You were very well trained to be a Tigers fan!
When I was a kid no-one would say that, we were a powerhouse. Pain was for Collingwood supporters, or Fitzroy, South Melbourne, not for Richmond supporters.

That long period of mediocrity changed Richmond and we need to expunge it forever.

DS
 

TT33

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Feb 17, 2004
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Pause it a second earlier and the hand is nearly under the armpit. Michael continues to push back into Richo and turns as he realises he's under the ball.

It was a new rule which made it controversial. In the past Richo would've been deemed to be "holding his ground".

Which is the case again now
 
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Ossie

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When I was a kid no-one would say that, we were a powerhouse. Pain was for Collingwood supporters, or Fitzroy, South Melbourne, not for Richmond supporters.

That long period of mediocrity changed Richmond and we need to expunge it forever.

DS
Agree DS. I started when we were a power, then most of my adult life we ranged from poor to frustrating, with some good stuff sprinkled in.

Hopefully we can maintain our excellence and ensure we are always a strong club and competing team.
 

DragaTheCro

Gone but not forgotten
Apr 20, 2004
1,335
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Yep Draga. That Melbourne game was by far the worst.

The scenario - Ladder after Round 21

6 Ade
21​
48​
122.8​
7 WC
21​
48​
111.5​
8 Ess
21​
48​
109.7​
9 Ric
21​
48​
109.4​

The three teams above us played on the Saturday in Round 22. Our game was on the Sunday.

Round 22
Geelong 19. 13. 127 d
Essendon 18. 9. 117

Adelaide 15. 16. 106 d
West Coast 12. 9. 81

The Round 22 ladder when we played - We were 10 points clear of 10th team Port. We needed a win - a draw - or at worst a very narrow loss.

7 WC
22​
48​
109.4​
8 Ric
21​
48​
109.4​
9 Ess
22​
48​
108.6​

We whimpered out of the race - scared - gutless - and got rag-dolled. A capitulation. It was another hope-killing Richmond performance, like so many we had seen since 1982.

Melbourne
5.5 6.10 12.14 19.19​
133​
Sun 30-Aug-1998 2:10 PM Att: 76,387 Venue: M.C.G.
Richmond
1.2 4.3 6.9 8.9​
57​
Melbourne won by 76 pts

A drop of 4.6 % - missing finals and leading to a classic Ninthmond finish to a season.

7 WC
22​
48​
109.4​
8 Ess
22​
48​
108.6​
9 Ric
22​
48​
104.8​

Some things you see can never be forgotten. This.
Yep one big capitulation and hence the devastation after that pathetic game. Thankfully we have a ruthless Richmond these days.
 

CarnTheTiges

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Mar 8, 2004
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That game against the Cats was horrific, far worse IMO than getting flogged the whole game. To be 40 odd points up and lose the lot in the final quarter. My daughters were 8 and 6 at the time, and I remember the oldest turning to me as that lead was decimated, proclaiming "why are they doing this" and I had nothing I could say.

All in all, I haven't been a Tiger as long as you guys, I moved to Australia in 2010, went to my first game in 2011 and I've been hooked since.

Reading through this whole thread and the hurt of some of the past games, made me think about my support of both Richmond but also about my team back in the UK (Peterborough United), some of the hard losses I'd been through there. I remember heaps, losing 5-0 at home on Boxing Day was a great Christmas haha. I remember going on an away trip to a place called Lincoln, where we were caught in traffic, ended up being 5 mins late, walking through the turnstile and we hear the home crowd cheer as they score, turn to my mum and say "Oh no we are already losing 1-0" and the steward at the gate turned to me and said "no you aren't, its 2-0!!". An away trip on a cold Tuesday night deep in winter to Walsall, we lost 5-0 and had 2 players sent off for fighting with each other, walking away from the ground 1 of their fans said to me "don't be so glum, it could have been worse" and the frustrating thing was that I couldn't argue with that haha. Its tough travelling for 3 and a half hours by yourself on a train from South London to Accrington to be leading 2-1 and then lose 3-2 with a goal in the last minute.

Reading this thread it feels like Richmond were always going to be my club as soon as I left the UK. Its like 2 peas in a pod.
What your daughter said about the game reminded me of a story Peter ‘Grubby’ Stubbs (brother of Richard) told on a radio show he used to do. The family are mad keen Swans supporters (they come from South Melbourne). Grubby and his son had just seen them thrashed and it was raining and his son said ‘Dad, why do w do this?’ Grubby snapped back ‘Because we have to!’ Such a supporter thing to say. The hard times make you appreciate the good ones even more.
 
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22nd Man

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That game against the Cats was horrific, far worse IMO than getting flogged the whole game. To be 40 odd points up and lose the lot in the final quarter. My daughters were 8 and 6 at the time, and I remember the oldest turning to me as that lead was decimated, proclaiming "why are they doing this" and I had nothing I could say.

All in all, I haven't been a Tiger as long as you guys, I moved to Australia in 2010, went to my first game in 2011 and I've been hooked since.

Reading through this whole thread and the hurt of some of the past games, made me think about my support of both Richmond but also about my team back in the UK (Peterborough United), some of the hard losses I'd been through there. I remember heaps, losing 5-0 at home on Boxing Day was a great Christmas haha. I remember going on an away trip to a place called Lincoln, where we were caught in traffic, ended up being 5 mins late, walking through the turnstile and we hear the home crowd cheer as they score, turn to my mum and say "Oh no we are already losing 1-0" and the steward at the gate turned to me and said "no you aren't, its 2-0!!". An away trip on a cold Tuesday night deep in winter to Walsall, we lost 5-0 and had 2 players sent off for fighting with each other, walking away from the ground 1 of their fans said to me "don't be so glum, it could have been worse" and the frustrating thing was that I couldn't argue with that haha. Its tough travelling for 3 and a half hours by yourself on a train from South London to Accrington to be leading 2-1 and then lose 3-2 with a goal in the last minute.

Reading this thread it feels like Richmond were always going to be my club as soon as I left the UK. Its like 2 peas in a pod.
And for most English fans an away game isn't the same as your home ground or merely in another suburb of the same city. Imagine travelling every second week the distance of Ballarat, Sale, Warnnambool, swan Hill or Seymour .... Long way to get there trip home worse for the type of beatimgs discussed herein.
 

Jake

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Apr 2, 2005
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What your daughter said about the game reminded me of a story Peter ‘Grubby’ Stubbs (brother of Richard) told on a radio show he used to do. The family are mad keen Swans supporters (they come from South Melbourne). Grubby and his son had just seen them thrashed and it was raining and his son said ‘Dad, why do w do this?’ Grubby snapped back ‘Because we have to!’ Such a supporter thing to say. The hard times make you appreciate the good ones even more.
My son was born on September 8th 1995 the North final, loss. His 18th Birthday was the Carlton final, heads down the pub with mates to watch the game, another loss. Comes home as shittie as the rest of us saying" I'm jinxed, I will never see a Richmond premiership, Carlton didn't even make finals, really dirty. He goes to me "what do you reckon Dad", I reply "it wasn't as bad as 1982". But deep down I thought it wasn't much of a Birthday.
 
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capitaltige

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Nov 17, 2003
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My lowest point and hardest loss was round 19, 30th of July 2016 against GWS in Canberra- When the 2016 draw came out I was excited to see that finally the RFC was playing a game in Canberra - I got premium seating for myself, my partner, my daughter and my step son and was expecting to see a decent contest - at qtr time we were down 51 to 1 and I had never seen a more dispirited disgraceful performance from the RFC (and like most people on here I have seen plenty of poor efforts over the years), I remember walking out of Manuka oval after the game (that we lost by 88 points) and saying that we are as far away as being a decent side and winning a premiership as any time since 1980. Only 14 months later I was standing with thousands of other tiger fans at the MCG with a tear in my eye watching Cotch and Dimma hold the premiership cup thinking miracles do happen!
 
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frickenel

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I remember being gutted when Richo was called for illegal shepherding of the ball over the goal line for what would have been the winning goal against the Swans Rd4 1996 (I think). This free never gets called. Only against Richo and the Tiges. It was the same feeling as the BS hands in the back Richo copped against Essendon. Geez we had some heart breakers over the journey.
Worse still, that was a week after we went down to the cats by less than a goal i think at their pretend footy ground. In that game Chris Naish was mugged while trying to mark 20m out directly in front, and somehow there was no whisle.

Those 2 games changed the whole context of that season.
 

CarnTheTiges

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Worse still, that was a week after we went down to the cats by less than a goal i think at their pretend footy ground. In that game Chris Naish was mugged while trying to mark 20m out directly in front, and somehow there was no whisle.

Those 2 games changed the whole context of that season.
Brings up bad memories of Geelong yet again. The night Milburn (a serial thug) body slammed Sheds into the ground and then somehow managed to not get suspended on a technicality. Everything they now get from us they have earned, and it’s going to take a lot of beatings before it’s been paid back.
 
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Disco

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Brings up bad memories of Geelong yet again. The night Milburn (a serial thug) body slammed Sheds into the ground and then somehow managed to not get suspended on a technicality. Everything they now get from us they have earned, and it’s going to take a lot of beatings before it’s been paid back.
They feel now like the team we need to smash for the next decade.