Richard Tambling

Richard Tambling (born 12 September 1986) is an Australian rules footballer who played for the Richmond Football Club and the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Richard Tambling
Tambling playing for Northern Territory in June 2016
Personal information
Full name Richard Tambling
Nickname(s) Bling
Date of birth (1986-09-12) 12 September 1986
Place of birth Northern Territory
Original team(s) Southern Districts
Draft 4th overall, 2004
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 81 kg (179 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2005–2010 Richmond 108 (61)
2011–2013 Adelaide 016 0(1)
Total 124 (62)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2013.
Career highlights



  • Sturt best & fairest: 2012
Sources: AFL Tables,

AFL career

Richmond (2005-2010)

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.

Adelaide (2011-2013)

On 6 October 2010 Tambling was traded to the Adelaide Crows in exchange for a first and a third round draft selection.[3] He was delisted at the end of the 2013 season, following 16 AFL matches over three years at the club.

State league football

After playing for Sturt in the SANFL, he has since played for the NT Thunder in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 NEAFL competitions.


 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2005 Richmond301294733811141280.
2006 Richmond302114191767625292480.
2007 Richmond302017916011227293490.
2008 Richmond3022109202182384113720.
2009 Richmond3020811241189430128630.40.612.09.421.56.43.2
2010 Richmond301333798416338570.
2011 Adelaide11000687714536280.
2012 Adelaide1100426220.
2013 Adelaide151036448023150.
Career[4] 124 62 55 1039 804 1843 566 359 0.5 0.4 8.4 6.5 14.9 4.6 2.9

Personal life

Richard is an Indigenous Australian and his ancestry can be traced to the Woolna, a Northern Territory tribe.[5]


  1. Le Grand, Chip (8 February 2008) Richard Tambling's hard story told with grace; The Australian
  2. Matt Burgan (13 April 2009) Wallace defends quiet Tambling
  3. Katrina Gill (6 October 2010) Tiger Tambling now a Crow Archived 29 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  4. "Richard Tambling statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  5. AFL Record. Round 9,2009. Slattery Publishing. pg 74.
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