Dustin Martin joins the 300 club

New Zealand heritage player and Richmond Tigers star, Dustin Martin became the 7th Tiger to reach the 300 game milestone over the weekend.

Making his debut for the club in 2010, Martin has become one of the clubs and the games most highly decorated players, earning himself a Brownlow medal in 2017, three Premiership titles as well as two club best and fairest awards and placed in the top 3 in 7 other seasons. The forward was a key part of the club’s success where they won three premierships in four years, also winning himself a record breaking three Norm Smith Medal’s.

92,311 fans turned out to revel in the moment of Martin’s 300th, making it the 8th largest crowd for a home and away game. Martin kicked off the occasion in style, scoring the first goal of the game from a shot just outside 50, setting the crowd alight. The Tigers and Hawks remained tightly contested until the second half, where the Hawks kicked seven unanswered goals to pull away from the Tigers and spoil the celebrations.

Martin spent time after the final siren to acknowledge the massive crowd, leaving a heartfelt message to his beloved Tigers.

“Disappointing result for the Club, but I love the Tiger Army so much . . . I love this club more than anything,” he said.

“All the love I received this week has just meant the absolute world to me. So, thank you everyone who sent me a message – social media, on the radio. I felt so loved this week, so I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Appreciate it.”

“It’s been a surreal week, it really has, but I just appreciate everyone coming out tonight . . . Loved the crowd so much. I’ve been overwhelmed this week with all the support. I really can’t believe it. You really made me feel special and loved and I can’t thank everyone enough.”

“I’ve been so blessed throughout my whole career. It’s been an unbelievable journey . . . I’m just so grateful for all the support. It’s bloody awesome.”