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Tiger pariah?: Selection dramas at Richmond

Richmond selection dramas

Long-term injuries and form slumps by several senior players open the door for Tiger tyros.

Richmond Tigers Training Session

If you saw the story in the Age today claiming that Robin Nahas had been elevated for Graham Polak, that’s only half the story. Yes, Kayne Pettifer is still on the long-term injury (LTI) list, but that’s only until round 3, and he has regained enough fitness for him to be reinstated to the senior list. Polak (whose first name the Age couldn’t even get right) is not on the LTI list, and the Richmond hierarchy have said all along so far that they wouldn’t put him on there, if only for his own confidence and recovery. The player Nahas replaces, however, is Kane Johnson who has been placed on the LTI list today, as reported in this thread on Punt Road End.

The multiple errors in the Age story puts into question their claims that Jordan McMahon and Will Thursfield will be scapegoated for the loss to Carlton in round 1. It is certainly true that one of Thursfield, Kelvin Moore or Luke McGuane would have to be dropped for Rance to be able to fit into the tall back structure at Richmond. McGuane didn’t do much wrong guarding Brendan Fevola, while Thursfield only touched the ball five times with no marks to Moore’s nine and three and McGuane’s 14 and seven, so he’s low man on the totem pole. As for McMahon, it’s hard to see both he and Shane Edwards in the same team as they play much the same role, though I would have thought Edwards would be last man in and first man out in that timeshare. Someone has to be sacrificed whose name isn’t Wallace, however, so those two names are as believable as anyone’s.

Past and present owners of Joel Bowden will remember his four-week holiday at Coburg early last season as Wallace was under a similar high-pressure situation and took his frustrations out on senior players. Is McMahon going to be this year’s Tiger pariah, sent out into the footy wilderness to pay for the Richmond hierarchy’s sins? Tell me how you think this is going to play out in the comments.



  1. Robert

    April 2, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    just reached the 2000 mark, alrute score i thought with raines and cousins in

  2. hamish

    April 2, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    well they both played so i dont know what they have to do with it, pretty average score. they might affect next weeks score but not this week really. 2130 for me

  3. Glenn

    April 2, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    u lads r all gay, all talkin bout haircuts instead of the actual footy. ur just jealous u cant grow a porn star moe because ur not real men

  4. fryzie

    April 2, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    @ Glenn

    You know I have a hormone disorder!

  5. korza

    April 2, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    @ Glenn dont tell me you dont like big COX or do you prefer a SWALLOW.

  6. steve

    April 2, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    The funny thing about Richmonds team is that monty kept getting bagged for leaving Cousins out for the round 1 teams cos he was underdone… looking back maybe he got that one right, even over the selection commitee

  7. hamish

    April 2, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    glenn is a richmong supporter give him a fair go boys, hes having a hard time, as hes had the last 37 years muhahaha

  8. hamish

    April 2, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    richmond*… but its probly less embarrasing as richmong anyway

  9. Sparlo

    April 2, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Tigers selection committee never got a say in whether Cousins played Rd 1 or not (including Wallace). The AFL made the decision about 6-8 weeks before when they started promoting the first game of the season as Judd Vs Cousins instead of Carlton Vs Richmond.

    They had $$$ in the eyes at the thought of 100,000 at the G in Rd 1.

  10. Andy

    April 2, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Never thought of it like that. Sparlo makes an excellent point.
    the other thing is that the advertising worked didnt it. record crowd for a rd 1 match

  11. hamish

    April 2, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    yeah i agree with sparlo, tru fact

  12. ZergMinion

    April 2, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Oddly, your score after 22 rounds is much more important than your score after one. (Although I’m saying this because I got 1960 odd)

  13. Jordan

    April 2, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    I’m doing a documentary on the NAB Cup/Challenge. What’s a good/clever title for it???

  14. happy_eagl

    April 2, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    $200 says rance will debut

  15. korza

    April 2, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    @ Monty

    Are the guru projections going to be updated,and if not, are the round 1 projections going to be removed.

    PS: I am not a fan of Dave, he got personal.

  16. bluebaggas

    April 2, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    do you know if there’s a excel spreadsheet going around like the DT decipher spreadsheet (, but for supercoach

  17. korza

    April 2, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    McMahon is outtttttttttttttttttt

  18. quelt

    April 2, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    lol @ all those jordie “Mo” mcmahon dt players….

  19. pascoe

    April 2, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    cya mcmahon! haha, why would u buy hime anyway. hopefully bowden goes back now

  20. Homer Thompson

    April 3, 2009 at 12:22 am

    i hope wallace gets sacked. then he will know what it is like..

  21. Mr Plough

    April 3, 2009 at 4:03 am

    Why do Richmond players act like they have little match awareness? Why does Wallace keep his job when he’s a low flyer? Why does Bowden not get put back in the backline, especially when you’re gettiing thrashed? Maybe Mark Harvey and Wallace could start a low flyers club? Like seriously, could anyone do any worse than these Muppets? Coaching a footy side takes moral fortitude, intellectual capacity and a selfless streak – each of them are deficient in these areas more or less.

  22. richard head

    April 3, 2009 at 11:12 am

    lol @ hamish, hahahhahahhaahhahah, good call on mcmahon to score big this week

  23. Robert

    April 3, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    @ hamish……
    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. looks like there wont be any chance of me eatin my words. the only way mcmahon will be gettin close 2 30 touches is if he afl on the playstation. oh and again hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  24. Robert

    April 3, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    whoops skipped a word
    *if he plays afl on the playstation*

  25. richard head

    April 3, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    yeah i think so robert lols. anyway mcmahon is a dud and all of use who have him are DT retards, meaning all ppl below them are on their DT death bed

  26. ryan

    April 5, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    hahah well said chad im pretty sure no 1 cares

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