Richmond AFL grand final player penpix




18. Alex Rance

Age: 27. Ht: 194cm. Wt: 96kg. Games: 174. Goals: 9. Finals: 5.

All-Australian captain and once again this season, the AFL’s best key defender.

12. David Astbury

Age: 26. Ht: 195cm. Wt: 94kg. Games: 84. Goals: 8. Finals: 2.

His ability to shut down the opposition’s biggest key forward has freed up Rance to take care of business elsewhere.

2. Dylan Grimes

Age: 26. Ht: 193cm. Wt: 89kg. Games: 103. Goals: 3. Finals: 5.

Career-best campaign for the versatile backman, who can play short or tall.


14. Bachar Houli

Age: 29. Ht: 180cm. Wt: 84kg. Games: 169. Goals: 37. Finals: 5.

The long-kicking left-footer has not missed a beat since serving a four-week suspension midway through the season.

33. Kamdyn McIntosh

Age: 23. Ht: 192cm. Wt: 91kg. Games: 52. Goals: 10. Finals: 3.

Kicking can be untidy at times but is quick and a genuine line-breaker.

5. Brandon Ellis

Age: 24. Ht: 181cm. Wt: 81kg. Games: 134. Goals: 46. Finals: 5.

Has reinvented himself in 2017 as a rebounding half-back. Cleared by the MRP to play in the grand final.


3. Dion Prestia

Age: 24. Ht: 175cm. Wt: 81kg. Games: 116. Goals: 36. Finals: 2.

The former Gold Coast ball magnet has got better the longer his first season in yellow and black has gone on.

10. Shane Edwards

Age: 28. Ht: 182cm. Wt: 81kg. Games: 206. Goals: 140. Finals: 5.

Long-serving Tiger has been among his team’s best in the previous two finals wins.

1. Nick Vlastuin

Age: 23. Ht: 187cm. Wt: 86kg. Games: 95. Goals: 20. Finals: 5.

The red-bearded cult figure is fearless in backing into packs to take vital intercept marks.


9. Trent Cotchin

Age: 27. Ht: 185cm. Wt: 85kg. Games: 197. Goals: 118. Finals: 5.

The captain has been inspirational in finals wins over Geelong and GWS. Club’s flag hopes would have plummeted had he been charged for the high bump on Giant Dylan Shiel.

17. Daniel Rioli

Age: 20. Ht: 179cm. Wt: 75kg. Games: 42. Goals: 38. Finals: 2.

Did his famous surname proud with a match-winning four-goal haul in the preliminary final win over GWS.

21. Jacob Townsend

Age: 24. Ht: 187cm. Wt: 89kg. Games: 36. Goals: 18. Finals: 2.

Did not break into the senior team this year until round 22 but has grabbed the opportunity as a defensive forward.


8. Jack Riewoldt

Age: 28. Ht: 195cm. Wt: 91kg. Games: 224. Goals: 535. Finals: 5.

The two-time Coleman Medallist is playing a much more team-oriented style of football these days. Was quietish in the first two finals.

23. Kane Lambert

Age: 25. Ht: 178cm. Wt: 177kg. Games: 51. Goals: 27. Finals: 3.

Former rookie-lister who is now an important member of a largely blue-collar midfield.

40. Dan Butler

Age: 21. Ht: 182cm. Wt: 80kg. Games: 22. Goals: 29. Finals: 2.

Is very quick, has good goal sense and tackles hard – qualities which are all highly rated by coach Damien Hardwick.


25. Toby Nankervis

Age: 23. Ht: 199cm. Wt: 106kg. Games: 35. Goals: 14. Finals: 3.

Has gone from Sydney bit player to Richmond lynchpin the space of 12 months. Ruck battle with Sam Jacobs will be pivotal.

6. Shaun Grigg

Age: 29. Ht: 190cm. Wt: 85kg. Games: 191. Goals: 92. Finals: 6.

The quintessential quiet achiever whose ability to fill a variety of roles is much valued by the coaching staff.

4. Dustin Martin

Age: 26. Ht: 187cm. Wt: 88kg. Games: 177. Goals: 185. Finals: 5.

Had his status as the best player in the competition confirmed with his Brownlow Medal triumph on Monday.


35. Nathan Broad

Age: 24. Ht: 192cm. Wt: 85kg. Games: 11. Goals: 0. Finals: 2.

The unheralded defender has flown largely under the radar.

46. Jason Castagna

Age: 21. Ht: 181cm. Wt: 79kg. Games: 29. Goals: 27. Finals: 2.

Often criticised for lack of composure with the ball, but never questioned for his tough tackling or appetite for the contest.

22. Josh Caddy

Age: 25. Ht: 186cm. Wt: 88kg. Games: 116. Goals: 96. Finals: 8.

The former Sun and Cat can be equally damaging as a marking forward or a big-bodied mid.

34. Jack Graham

Age: 19. Ht: 180cm. Wt: 83kg. Games: 4. Goals: 2. Finals: 2.

Hard-tackling teenager who is living the dream and will play in a grand final in just his fifth AFL game.


15. Jayden Short

Age: 21. Ht: 177cm. Wt: 75kg. Games: 32. Goals: 8. Finals: 0.

Long-kicking defender who lost his senior spot after round 17.

16. Shaun Hampson

Age: 29. Ht: 201cm. Wt: 104kg. Games: 98. Goals: 38. Finals: 1.

Fit again after missing most of 2017 with a back injury. Now behind Nankervis in the ruck pecking order.

32. Corey Ellis

Age: 20. Ht: 184cm. Wt: 75kg. Games: 23. Goals: 7. Finals: 0.

The first-round draft pick of 2014 has shown glimpses at senior level without yet cementing a regular spot.


Damien Hardwick

Age: 48

Coaching record: Games: 181. Games won: 91. Finals: 5. Finals won: 2.

Playing record (with Essendon and Port Adelaide): Games: 207. Goals: 14. Premierships: 2.

Has reinvented himself as coach in spectacular fashion after a dispiriting 2016 campaign. But notably, however bad it got last year, he never lost the players.