Jack Riewoldt First Richmond Tiger Since Michael Roach To Win Coleman Medal
Victor P Taffa
While the history books will show that the Richmond Tigers finished second last on the AFL ladder in Season 2010 what will be remembered particularly by Richmond supporters is the emergence of Jack Riewoldt not just as a promising forward but now a Coleman Medallist.
Jack Riewoldt is the first Richmond Tiger to take out the Coleman Medal since Michael Roach won the award back to back in 1980 and 1981.
Ironically Jack Riewoldt hails from Clarence, Tasmania as did Michael Roach and wears the same Number 8 on his jumper as did Michael Roach.
Jack Riewoldt kicked 78 goals to take out the Coleman Medal and this is how he achieved this great achievement:
- Round 1 vs. Carlton-2 Goals
- Round 2 vs. Western Bulldogs-0 Goals
- Round 3 vs. Sydney-3 Goals
- Round 4 vs. Melbourne-3 Goals
- Round 5 vs.Fremantle-2 Goals
- Round 6 vs. Geelong-3 Goals
- Round 7 vs. Adelaide-2 Goals
- Round 8 vs. Hawthorn-4 Goals
- Round 9 vs. Essendon-6 Goals
- Round 10 vs. Port Adelaide- 4 Goals
- Round 11 vs. St. Kilda-6 Goals
- Round 12 vs. West Coast-10 Goals
- Round 13 vs. Brisbane-3 Goals
- Round 14 vs. Sydney-5 Goals
- Round 15 vs. Fremantle-5 Goals
- Round 16 vs. North Melbourne-3 Goals
- Round 17 vs. Collingwood-2 Goals
- Round 18 vs. Adelaide-2 Goals
- Round 19 vs. Melbourne-1 Goal
- Round 20 vs. Carlton-2 Goals
- Round 21 vs. St. Kilda-7 Goals
- Round 22 vs. Port Adelaide-3 Goals
- Total: 78 Goals
The Coleman Medal was awarded for the then VFL Leading Season Goal Kicker and named the Coleman Medal upon the retirement of Essendon Great John Coleman. John Coleman topped the Goal Kicking List in Seasons 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952 and 1953.
Besides Michael Roach and now Jack Riewoldt other Richmond Tigers to top the Goal Kicking List includes:
- George Bayliss Season 1920
- Dick Harris Season 1937
- Jack Titus Season 1940
The arrival of Jack Riewoldt has sparked frenzy at Tigerland considering that the great Matthew Richardson had retired from playing and long suffering finals starved fans were searching for a new star.
Season 2010 for Richmond can also be noted for other reasons as a sign of good times over the next five years:
- Captain Chris Newman
- Ben Nason
- Andrew Collins
- Jake King
- Dustin Martin
- Mitch Morton
- Robin Nahas
- Matthew White
This list should not be read as those who were the best contributors. Many other players also ensured that Richmond can go forward over the next few years and make finals appearances again.
As someone who watched the great Kevin Bartlett play on the few occasions that Sydney television showed Richmond matches the one player who best resembles Kevin Bartlett is Ben Nason. Ben Nason is a ‘crumber’ who continually annoys his opponents and wins a lot of possession. Recruited from Central District Football Club Ben Nason will go a long way in his football career.
Richmond gave Ben Cousins a lifeline and to his credit repaid that support. Some people have criticised Ben Cousins however being drug tested 3 times a week would not have been fun. The modern scourge of drug taking is not confined to one person but the whole of our society. Editor Victor P Taffa wishes Ben Cousins well in retirement from football.