Tambling playing for Northern Territory in June 2016
|Full name||Richard Tambling|
|Date of birth||12 September 1986|
|Place of birth||Northern Territory|
|Original team(s)||Southern Districts|
4th overall, 2004|
|Height||180 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||81 kg (179 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2013.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
In the 2004 AFL Draft Tambling was a first round selection, the number four pick overall, and drafted to the Richmond Football Club. Richmond had the opportunity to recruit Lance Franklin, some say this was bad judgement made by the Richmond recruitment personnel. In comparison to Franklin, Tambling's tenure at Richmond has been enigmatic. He had long been considered a dominant player up in the Northern Territory with his explosive speed and ability to read the play; he only confirmed that status throughout the 2004 pre-season. Terry Wallace was particularly impressed, saying he and Deledio were the "best young kids in the country".
He played in 12 games in the 2005 AFL season and a further 21 in the 2006 AFL season. In the latter stages of 2005, Tambling struggled with injury, including a broken toe and a consistent hamstring problem.
By 2009 the constant criticism of the underperforming midfielder reached new heights in the round 3 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Richmond Tigers. Tambling's game was viewed by many experts as one of the worst performances of faltering career due to the amount of costly turnovers from his small total of 12 possessions. He received a bronx cheer from the Richmond fans after getting his first kick which also happened to be a turnover. Coach Terry Wallace later explained that Tambling had become a father in the two days earlier, which had affected his sleep before the match. Tambling was dropped from the Richmond team for the following match against the Demons. After a week at Coburg, he returned to the AFL in arguably the best form of his career. Very influential against Sydney, Fremantle, and the West Coast Eagles, he was finally showing the ability that was expected of him with his high draft pick.
On 6 October 2010 Tambling was traded to the Adelaide Crows in exchange for a first and a third round draft selection. He was delisted at the end of the 2013 season, following 16 AFL matches over three years at the club.
State league football
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- Le Grand, Chip (8 February 2008) Richard Tambling's hard story told with grace; The Australian
- Matt Burgan (13 April 2009) Wallace defends quiet Tambling
- Katrina Gill (6 October 2010) Tiger Tambling now a Crow Archived 29 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- "Richard Tambling statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
- AFL Record. Round 9,2009. Slattery Publishing. pg 74.
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