Richmond had only four players from Damien Hardwick’s coaching debut with the Club 10 years ago who appeared in last Thursday night’s 2020 season-opener victory over Carlton at the MCG – Trent Cotchin, Jack Riewoldt, Shane Edwards and Dustin Martin.
The Blues had just three members of their 2010 opening-round match who played in the Round 1, 2020 clash – Kade Simpson, Marc Murphy and Matthew Kreuzer.
In that 2010 season-opener, which Carlton won by 56 points – 18.12 (120) to 9.10 (64) – the Tigers had three debutants – Martin, Ben Nason and Relton Roberts. The team’s combined career games’ tally going into the match was 1297, compared to the Blues’ 1592.
Richmond’s most experienced player was former West Coast star Ben Cousins with 253 games. Only three other Tigers had played more than 100 games – Troy Simmonds 190, Chris Newman 154 and Brett Deledio 106.
Carlton had six 100-gamers overall, with Ryan Houlihan the most experienced (183).
A decade on, the Tigers’ Round 1, 2020 line-up contained four 200-gamers – Riewoldt 262, Edwards 255, Cotchin 234 and Martin 224 – and six 100-gamers – Josh Caddy 157, Tom Lynch 156, Dion Prestia 155, Dylan Grimes 151, Nick Vlastuin 141 and David Astbury 129.
All-up, they went into the contest with a combined games’ tally of 2437, compared to the Blues’ 2231.
Here is the list (in alphabetical order) of the 22 players that represented Richmond in the opening round of the 2010 season: Daniel Connors, Trent Cotchin, Ben Cousins, Brett Deledio, Shane Edwards, Mitch Farmer, Tom Hislop, Daniel Jackson, Dustin Martin, Luke McGuane, Kelvin Moore, Mitch Morton, Robin Nahas, Ben Nason, Chris Newman, Jack Riewoldt, Relton Roberts, Troy Simmonds, Richard Tambling, Adam Thomson, Will Thursfield, Ty Vickery.