Catchup on all the latest action from Round 11!
Filter Matches
Catchup on all the latest action from ${round}!
Loading…
Watch every match of every round live and on-demand...
View Broadcast Schedule
Loading…

No Ladder Available

There is currently no ladder available

AFL Premiership Ladder AFL Premiership Ladder

2020 Toyota AFL Premiership
Round 1 • Richmond v Carlton
105 16.9
Full Time Tigers by 24
81 12.9
Live and On-Demand on your favourite device

Match Timeline

Hover timeline to view key events

The Match Timeline Explained
-.- (-)
-.- (-)
-.- (-)
-.- (-)
-.- (-)
-.- (-)
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 ET1 ET2
-.- (-)
-.- (-)
-.- (-)
-.- (-)
-.- (-)
-.- (-)

Quarter Breakdown

The latest score breakdowns

--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 ET1 ET2
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-

Form Guide

Find out how each teams season is shaping up!

Loading…

No recent form available

There is currently no recent form available for this match
Click for More

Line-Ups

The latest team changes…

Click For More

Team Head-to-Head

How the team’s compare across their games this season

    Loading…

    No Team Stats Available

    There are currently no Stats available for this Match
    Click For More

    Players to Watch

    Players to Watch in this match

    • Goals

    • Disposals

    • Marks

    • Score Involvements

    • Tackles

    • Contested Possessions

    • Fantasy

    AFL Live Official App

    Watch every game LIVE of the 2020 Toyota AFL Premiership Season, Toyota AFL Finals Series, and Marsh Community Series. Subscribe through the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store for $4.99 per week, $16.99 per month or $99.99 for an annual pass.

    Match preview: Can Carlton force a R1 boilover?

    The Tigers and Blues kick off the 2020 season with another blockbuster clash at the MCG on Thursday night

    Trent Cotchin and Marc Murphy during the 2019 season-opener. Picture: AFL Photos

    Where and when: MCG, Thursday March 19, 7.40pm AEDT

    Last time they met: MCG, round 21, 2019: Richmond 11.7 (73) defeated Carlton 6.9 (45)

    TV and online: Click here for broadcast guide

    What it means for Richmond: A win – and a big one – will declare that the strong force that stormed to last year's premiership is just as motivated and gunning for another. 

    What it means for Carlton: It would be a massive statement to upend the premiers in the season-opener, especially given it hasn't won the round one clash since 2012.

    The stat: Will Dustin Martin get off the chain? In the last three season-openers, he's cleared 30 disposals and been an influence, especially in 2017 when he booted four goals as well.

    The match-up: Trent Cotchin v Patrick Cripps

    They starred in last year's opening round, so we're looking forward to seeing the competition's No.43-ranked midfielder from 2019 (Cotchin) versus the No.6 overall (Cripps). 

    In the spotlight: Jack Martin

    He had to go the long way around to get to the Blues from Gold Coast, and he'll be keen to show he was worth all the trouble when he runs out on the big (fan-less) stage. 

    Big call: Marlion Pickett to kick the game's first goal (and four for the night), starting his season on the same fairytale note he ended his 2019 campaign on.

    Prediction: Tigers by 23 points

    MATCH REPORT

    Fast-starting Tigers shake off brave Blues in eerie opener

    Richmond has opened the 2020 season with a comfortable win over Carlton

    Jack Riewoldt celebrates one of his three goals. Picture: AFL Photos

    AMONG all of the uncertainty that has faced the globe this year, there was something comforting about the familiarity of Richmond's first-half dominance on Thursday night.

    Beginning the season without fans in an eerie MCG atmosphere due to the supporter lockout in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, the reigning premiers did enough throughout a rampant start to the game to hold off Carlton's brave late surge.

    07:10 Mins
    Published on

    Highlights: Richmond v Carlton

    The Tigers and Blues clash in round one

    Published on

    The Tigers' 24-point win was architected in the first term, where they booted the opening five goals of the match to lay the foundations for their comfortable 16.9 (105) to 12.9 (81) victory.

    TIGERS TAME BLUES Full match coverage and stats

    Carlton kicked six of seven goals on either side of three-quarter time to ensure the contest was given late life, but the reliability of Richmond stars like Jack Riewoldt, Dustin Martin and Trent Cotchin ensured the Tigers won their 10th straight outing over the Blues.

    00:36 Mins
    Published on

    Don't look away Tigers fans, but Dusty can

    Dustin Martin doing Dustin Martin things to open the door for Jack Riewoldt's third goal

    Published on

    Riewoldt kicked three early goals, while Martin (24 disposals, one goal) and Cotchin (19 disposals, seven score involvements) ensured Richmond had the legs to hold off a late fightback from its opponents.

    Recruit Jack Martin was Carlton's standout, booting four third-quarter goals in an impressive display. But ultimately it wasn't enough as the Blues were made to rue a lethargic start.

    WEIRD NIGHT Season kicks off in silence

    Jack puts the early jets on
    Richmond's dominant opening quarter was inspired by Jack Riewoldt. The star forward took four grabs inside 50 in the first term alone, while kicking two goals and also providing another for Jason Castagna in the goal square. He manhandled his direct opponent Liam Jones, providing the Tigers with the perfect outlet to build a 31-point quarter-time lead. Of course, he was helped with some scintillating ball use through the corridor by Richmond's classy batch of midfielders. He finished with three goals from five marks and again looks like an early Coleman Medal contender. 

    00:34 Mins
    Published on

    Edwards strikes first to eerie silence

    Richmond on the board with the opening goal of the 2020 season through Shane Edwards

    Published on

    Blues have their own 'Jumping Jack'
    In the absence of more traditional marking targets, Jack Martin was the standout in the Carlton attacking group. His third quarter displayed all of the qualities he has promised throughout his 97-game Gold Coast career. He was a threat in the air, lively on ground level and showcased his trademark physicality out of possession. He kicked four goals from five disposals for the quarter alone, ensuring the Blues kept the scoreboard somewhat respectable. His recruitment via the pre-season draft already looks worth the wait.

    00:36 Mins
    Published on

    Sublime skill from exciting Carlton recruit

    Jack Martin offers a glimpse of why he is highly rated by those in navy blue

    Published on

    The goal that broke the Blues' back
    Daniel Rioli running into an open goal midway through the second quarter might have otherwise appeared rather innocuous. But it was the goal that killed Carlton. Trailing by 23 points at the time, the Blues had enjoyed 85 percent of the ball in their forward half throughout the first 12 minutes of the second quarter. Yet they'd kicked just one goal. Rioli then countered, put one through against the run of play and virtually finished the match as a contest. Just a few minutes later, Richmond's half-time lead was 46 points. 

    From a full house, to this…
    Very few players make their debut in front of 100,014 people. Even fewer play their second game in front of 0 people. Marlion Pickett has achieved that rare feat, though. It was always going to be hard for Pickett to replicate his stunning maiden appearance, which came in last year's Grand Final, but he was exciting in glimpses on Thursday night. He didn't win much of the footy, finishing with just 14 disposals for the match, but his balance in possession and his ability to ease away from stoppages with speed and class was a highlight. 

    00:33 Mins
    Published on

    Seas part for ice-cool Pickett assist

    Marlion Pickett and composure go hand-in-hand as the second-gamer finds Shai Bolton for a steadying goal

    Published on

    Weitering finally finds a way of limiting Lynch
    Tom Lynch has a long history of putting Carlton to the sword. In nine prior games against the Blues, Lynch had kicked 33 goals. But on Thursday night, Jacob Weitering finally found a way of limiting his impact. His positioning out of possession was near-perfect, while he wasn't dragged into the type of physical battles against his 199cm opponent as he has been in the past. Lynch was goalless and didn't take a mark from just nine disposals, with Weitering able to have an effective impact going the other way as well. 

    MEDICAL ROOM
    Richmond: The Tigers have had a blessed run on the injury front, but there is one concern stemming from Thursday night with defender Nick Vlastuin forced from the contest after failing a concussion test. Vlastuin copped a whack to the head midway through the third quarter and wasn't seen again.

    00:39 Mins
    Published on

    Hard-nosed Tiger cops a head knock

    Richmond defender Nick Vlastuin off the ground due to this collision

    Published on

    Carlton: The Blues were dealt an early blow midway through the first quarter, with Matthew Kreuzer landing awkwardly on his foot after a ruck contest. He wasn't seen for the remainder of the match, with Levi Casboult forced into the ruck for the rest of the game. Running defender Nic Newman appeared to hurt a taped elbow during the second quarter, but returned. Mitch McGovern also went down to the rooms after a marking contest, but finished the match. 

    00:27 Mins
    Published on

    Blue blow as big man goes down

    Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer in the hands of trainers after this clash in the ruck duel

    Published on

    NEXT UP
    Richmond is due to return to the MCG to face Collingwood next Thursday night, while Carlton is scheduled to head across town to Marvel Stadium to meet the Western Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon.

    RICHMOND    7.2     11.3     14.5     16.9 (105)
    CARLTON
            2.1      3.5       8.7       12.9 (81) 

    GOALS
    Richmond: Riewoldt 3, Castagna 3, Bolton 3, Rioli 3, Edwards, Martin, Prestia, Lambert
    Carlton: Martin 4, Cuningham 2, Casboult 2, Silvagni 2, McGovern, Newnes

    BEST
    Richmond: 
    Prestia, Martin, Riewoldt, Cotchin, Edwards, Lambert
    Carlton: 
    Martin, Cripps, Weitering, Docherty, Murphy

    INJURIES
    Richmond: Vlastuin (concussion)
    Carlton: 
    Kreuzer (foot)

    Reports: Nil

    Umpires: Meredith, O'Gorman, Williamson

    Expand match timeline Close

    Team Line-Ups

    The latest team changes…

    Player Stats

    See how the players are performing...

    Show me
    Show
    #
    Player
    AF
    G
    B
    D
    K
    H
    M
    T
    H
    CLR
    MG
    GAs
    ToG%
    CM
    i50s
    FF
    FA
    CC
    SI
    I
    Ti50
    DEf
    CP
    UP

    No Stats found

    There are currently no Stats available for this round
    #
    Player
    AF
    G
    B
    D
    K
    H
    M
    T
    H
    CLR
    MG
    GAs
    ToG%
    CM
    i50s
    FF
    FA
    CC
    SI
    I
    Ti50
    DEf
    CP
    UP

    No Stats found

    There are currently no Stats available for this round
    Loading…

    Team Stats

    See how the teams are performing…

    Disposals

    Stoppages

    Possession

    Marks

    Scoring

    Defence

    General

    Loading…

    This content is unavailable in your region. You can access more content with Watch AFL

    You need a Live Pass subscription.

    Tell Me More

    AFL Live Pass is required to view AFL.TV & Match Replays

    From 2019, fans will no longer be able to subscribe to AFL Live Pass through the AFL website. However, you can still subscribe via the Apple App Store or the Google Play.

    Tell Me More