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A Short History Of… GIANTS v Tigers

Leigh Meyrick  May 16, 2017 1:26 PM

The scoreboard at UNSW Canberra Oval the last time these two sides met in 2016.

The scoreboard at UNSW Canberra Oval the last time these two sides met in 2016.

The Tigers travel to Spotless Stadium this Saturday after three straight losses, but are coming to a venue that they’ve never lost at.

In fact the Tigers hold one of the best records in the competition against the GIANTS, winning their first five clashes before the GIANTS finally overcame Richmond in Canberra in 2016 in one of the club’s best performances of the season. 


Richmond was one of the first teams to ever play at Spotless Stadium and almost gave the GIANTS their first win at home in 2012 when on a wet and miserable June day the visitors got home by 12 points.

This was also Jon Patton’s first game of AFL after a delayed start for the number one draft pick due to a knee injury.

Their next two visits to Spotless Stadium were more successful, claiming back to back triple figure victories in 2013 and 2014. They’re the only team to have done that.

The round 22 match in 2013 was meant to be a farewell for inaugural coach Kevin Sheedy, but the club that the master coach played 251 games for steamrolled the young GIANTS by 121 points.


The following year wasn’t much better with Leon Cameron’s team giving up eight straight goals in the first term as the Tigers set up a 113 point victory.

2015 saw the GIANTS finally take it up to the yellow and black, with a courageous showing at the MCG. Three weeks after the injury massacre against Collingwood at the same venue, the undermanned GIANTS fought valiantly against the Tigers to lead at every change but go down by nine points. 

Callan Ward made history that day by becoming the first GIANTS player to receive a Brownlow vote in a match against Richmond.

But this round will always be remembered for the worst of reasons, with Adelaide coach Phil Walsh murdered in his own house.

While the Crows’ match was cancelled, the rest of the competition continued on with all teams uniting on the final siren for a minutes silence – a beautiful sign of solidarity across the league.


In 2016, the GIANTS flexed their muscles against Richmond, having secured their maiden finals berth a week earlier.

Coming off a six day break, the GIANTS played scintillating football in the first quarter, kicking 8.3 to Richmond’s solitary behind.

The GIANTS’ first win over Richmond was by 88-points and sent a message to the rest of the AFL that they were a team to be reckoned with in 2016.

And Coniglio, Scully and Shaw collected the Brownlow votes - a clean sweep for the GIANTS.

One of the GIANTS' initial zone selections Anthony Miles found his way to Richmond via the 2014 Rookie Draft and has gone on to forge a successful career at Punt Road where he has played 56 games. 

Fellow zone selection Jacob Townsend also headed to to Tigers at the end of 2015 after 28 games in the orange and charcoal.

Going the other way, Brett Deledio became the first player to switch from Richmond to the GIANTS during the 2016 trade period when the former number one pick signed a three year deal.


Deledio is one of the most decorated players in the game, playing 243 games for Richmond, being a two time club champion winner (2008 and 2009) and a two time member of the Virgin Australia All-Australian team (2012 and 2015).

Despite being yet to play a game at his new home due to a recurring calf injury, Deledio will no doubt be called upon for some insights on his former team mates this week as the GIANTS search for their first ever win over Richmond in Sydney.

Get your tickets as the GIANTS get set to take on Richmond at Spotless Stadium at 4.35pm on Saturday, May 20. Click here for tickets.