Votes and notes this week by The Lapsed Tiger
What a week it had been for Richmond leading into the glare of Friday nights lights. Apparently ‘well connected’ and ‘long-standing Richmond families’ were plotting a clandestine coup to remove selected board members. Sitting in a restaurant, making backroom political moves and treating the club and its 70,000 members as their own fiefdom.
This is not 1984, when the less-professional Tigers were tearing at themselves. That internal struggle saw us off into the wilderness for a decade or more. This is 2016, when the template for football is for it to be run like a business, with targets goals and plans, and embracing change and managing it through.
There needs to be a reduced use of emotion at the management level, and most certainly there needs to be a divorcing of outside influence to the club management. I am fed up with board challenges and coup plotters, and most certainly fed up of people who once had a stake in running that less professional club of my youth now trying to retake control of the tiller.
Also in the maelstrom, was a week where those ordinary 70,000 plus members talked of moving on coaches, players and almost anything not bolted down.
So, how good was it to be playing Collingwood as a way for the players and staff to prove a point.
That they were better than what was delivered the week before (and lets also credit GWS as being a strong finals contender this year too – don’t lose sight of their improvement).
That the systems and talent that got us three seasons of (albeit unsuccessful) finals finishes still had the internal fortitude to play well again.
That they could avenge the 1 point loss at the start of the year, that saw us lose 5 more and basically pulled the season out from under us so early.
After a wobbly start, Big Ty then began presenting and stamping authority. Its what we want him to do, and its a welcome return.
It’s getting hard to see Rance doing anything other than trademark Rance-isms. He is no doubt the best defender in the AFL, and was brilliant again this week.
There were two other first year players who also had a great game and Short and Rioli will be a platform for Richmond for 2017 and on.
Big fan of Hampson’s effort too. Maybe Grundy shaded him for most of the game, but Hammer just kept on going.
Would really like to give a vote to Jesse White and Ben Reid too. So good were the pair of them to Richmond in coughing up the ball so often.
Down the back half the pairing of Rance and ASTBURY is beginning to bear fruit. Supported by Grimes, its a very solid back end, and Astbury played well filling in holes, linking with Rance, and starting transitions.
In the last two quarters when the game was still in the balance, DUSTY began to impose himself on the game and steady the Tiger ship. And I agree with Dugald that maybe the ‘Don’t Argue’ needs to be put back in the bag of tricks for a few weeks. Reduce predictability, and go the handball or kick first.
Early on, when we were struggling, it seemed as though MARCON got involved and helped get the engines running. Seemingly in all passages of play in the first two quarters went via the boy from Williamstown. Only his second top tier game, but a top bit of work by the mature age-er.
Another young player that did superbly was the running half back of Comrade OLEG. Good run and drive. Deep kicks that were low, hard and accurate. But most impressively was his ability to pull some of the long steps back a touch, and to dance about and get clear. Under such skill and vision, the people and p̶a̶r̶t̶y̶ team will be united!
By my read the Chimp COTCHIN set the team up in the first half. While the Pies scored early from a few dodgy ones, it was the captain who steadied the ship, set the tone and tempo, and got us righted. Spent a great deal of the game either in and under the clinches spurting out handballs, or just laying off the pack about 5 meters to collect a handball and do the Chimp’s trademark dink of a kick about 20 metres forward to another Tiger.
Led from the front. Who can question his role and captaincy now.
12: Deledio, Lloyd
7: Edwards, Grimes
5: Lambert, Grigg, Drummond, Markov
3: Townsend, Short, C. Ellis, Vlaustin, Astbury, Marcon
2: Rioli, B. Ellis
Blair Hartley Appreciation Award
Anthony Banik Best First Year Player
5: Drummond, Markov
3: Short, Marcon
Joel Bowden's Golden Left Boot
Greg Tivendale Rookie List Medal
This week the Tiges host the Cats on Sunday at the G. Liahm O’Brien will be doing the votes for us.