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‘Nank’ continues to rise

Toby Nankervis took another bold stride forward in a stellar debut season at Richmond with his performance against Fremantle at Domain Stadium yesterday.

5:26pm  Aug 21, 2017

‘Goalden’ day for Townsend and Tigers

Jacob Townsend’s stunning six-goal display in his first senior game for Richmond this season, against Fremantle at Domain Stadium yesterday, was even more impressive when you consider the following facts.

4:34pm  Aug 21, 2017

Graham tackles record

Talented, tough, young midfielder Jack Graham had the equal most tackles by an AFL player on debut in Richmond’s big win against Fremantle at Domain Stadium yesterday.

12:27pm  Aug 21, 2017

Lightning Bolton strikes

Tony Greenberg  June 18, 2017 2:46 PM

Round 13: Bolton kicks his first two Shai Bolton boots his first two goals as a Tiger.
AFL 2017 Round 13 - Richmond v Sydney

Shai Bolton was a shining light in the disappointing loss to Sydney

Amid the disappointment of Richmond’s narrow loss to Sydney at the MCG yesterday was a shining new bright light in the form of talented teenage small forward Shai Bolton.

The Tigers’ first pick (No. 29 overall) in last year’s AFL National Draft, playing just his fourth senior league game, was arguably best afield to half-time of the clash with the Swans.

Bolton, 18, was the catalyst for Richmond’s flying start, which saw it kick the first six goals of the match.

He picked up seven disposals and kicked two goals in the first quarter, then continued to showcase his exciting skills and electrifying pace across the Tigers’ forward line throughout the second term, with another five touches.

Admittedly, Bolton faded out of the contest after that, but the football he produced in the first half was an exhilarating snapshot of what the Tiger Army can expect from the ‘pocket rocket’ as he gains experience at the game’s highest level.

Richmond captain Trent Cotchin was suitably impressed with what he saw from Bolton on the wide, open spaces of the MCG.

“I think Shai started to show exactly what he’s capable of,” Cotchin told 3AW.

“With young kids, they do float in and out of games, but he was electrifying today and really clean, which is exciting for us. 

“The more games he plays, the better he’s going to show up for four quarters . . .

“Good luck trying to stop him when he does get the footy.”