TelstraAFL Live Pass
Main content

Latest Video

2018 Jeep match moments: 10-6

6:00am  Oct 18, 2018

Richmond Institute's trip to China

11:18am  Oct 17, 2018

Best of Lloyd at Tigerland

2:35pm  Oct 15, 2018

Latest News

Indicative draft order: Post player exchange

See how Richmond's Draft hand stacks up after the conclusion of the player Trade Period.

11:41am  Oct 18, 2018

Tigers on holidays

Check out the Tigers' latest pics as they enjoy their off-season holidays.

7:21am  Oct 18, 2018

2018 free agency and Trade Period wrap

After tonight's conclusion of the NAB AFL Trade Period for the exchange of players, richmondfc.com.au highlights the club's list changes made so far this off-season.

9:38pm  Oct 17, 2018

Garthwaite’s happy homecoming

Tony Greenberg, richmondfc.com.au  February 26, 2018 9:42 AM

JLT 1: Garthwaite post-match Ryan Garthwaite speaks to Roar Vision following Richmond's JLT Community Series win over Essendon.
  - Ryan Garthwaite

Talented, young tall utility Ryan Garthwaite had extra reason to be pleased making his first senior appearance with Richmond in last Saturday’s JLT Community Series match against Essendon at Wangaratta’s Norm Minns Oval.

It’s a ground Garthwaite has intimate knowledge of, having played many home games there at TAC Cup level for Murray Bushrangers, as well as away fixtures with Corowa-Rutherglen in the Ovens and Murray league.

The 19-year-old produced a solid first-up display in the Tigers’ senior line-up, finishing with 10 disposals, three marks, four intercepts, six score involvements, 11 pressure acts and several hit-outs, in the unfamiliar role of ruckman, when Toby Nankervis was sidelined after copping a heavy knock to the head.

“I was very lucky to be able to play the first game for Richmond at my home ground. It felt amazing,” Garthwaite told ‘Roar Vision’ in a post-match interview.

“The crowd was great, really got behind the Tiges, which was good, and it was a good win for the Club.”

Although Garthwaite’s move into the ruck was a surprise, he embraced it in typical style.

“It wasn’t planned on playing there, but pinched-hit, helped out ‘Cholly’ (Mabior Chol) and loved every minute of it . . . loved competing and challenging myself in there. It was good,” he said.

“Versatility’s something that I like to have in my game, whether it’s playing forward, ruck or back.

“I think it’s something that is one of my attributes and, hopefully, it can be utilised in the future.

“But I love playing down back. It’s so easy to play with them (the defenders), with their communication and their voice. You know when to go, you know when to hold back . . .

“Being out there with all the backs was amazing, and first game for the Club is something I’ll never forget.”

Garthwaite has straightforward aims for the 2018 season.

“Just to keep improving, at VFL or AFL level. Learning off the best defenders in the league and the best team in the league. And playing my role for the team.”

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick paid tribute to Garthwaite in his post-match press conference last Saturday.

“I thought he was terrific today,” Hardwick said.

“The thing we love about this kid is he just competes.

“Whether he plays (senior football) this year or not I’m not too sure, but we love the way he’s building on his game.

“He’s going to be a long-term player for us, I feel.

“He reminds me very much of David Astbury at the same time in his career.

“So we’ve got really high hopes for ‘Garthy’.

“He’s just got to continue to believe in himself because we certainly believe in him as a group, as coaches and players.”