Connect with us

2010 cheat sheet

Rockin’ a Hardwick place: Tigers pre-draft

Tigers pre-draft

As part of a club-by-club series, we look at Damien Hardwick’s journey into the depths of Hell known as Punt Road.

Richmond Tigers Training Session

Live selections: 3, 19, 35, 44, 51, 67, 71, 78
Rookie promotion selections: 89, 94 (Andrew L. Browne, Robin Nahas)

I may have been a bit harsh on the size of Brad Scott’s broom at North Melbourne a couple of posts ago, but Damien Hardwick has shown the way at Richmond. Fourteen Richmond players have retired, been traded or delisted in this offseason, leaving eight spots on the Tigers senior list to be filled in the two drafts, plus a raft of rookie slots available. Half of those 14 were top-22 material, which means holes everywhere in the depth charts. It would be quicker to name the sections that are not cut to ribbons: tall defender, where there are four decent choices; ruck, where Richmond was overblessed with numbers last year and has pruned down; and outside midfielder (of course!), where top draft picks Brett Deledio and Trent Cotchin reside.

At small defender the retirement of Joel Bowden and the trading of Andrew Raines eases the squeeze at a position where they had too many to choose from. Locking down the senior options to Chris Newman, Jordan McMahon, Jake King and Richard Tambling looks like a sound policy to me which, with the solidity in the tall back ranks, will provide more certainty for the back half.

Up forward, the structure post the retirement of Matthew Richardson and Nathan G. Brown looks better than it otherwise might have been. Jack Riewoldt and Mitch Morton took leaps and bounds in their development last year with Richo and Dr Pink either injured or given lesser roles, which puts them at least a year ahead of similar teams like Essendon who put too much faith in aging stars. Robin Nahas is an able replacement for Brown and Tyrone Vickery will be much better for an offseason building up his muscles (and perhaps cutting off those dreads). Behind those four, however, is a big fat donut as far as depth charts go, after Kayne Pettifer and Cleve Hughes were given their marching orders. An injury to any of those four wll mean that whoever gets drafted late as a long-term project player might be thrown into the deep end earlier than expected.

Finally, there is the vexed question of the Richmond inside midfield. Mark Coughlan couldn’t get his wheels turning all year and has succumbed to the clean-out. After a scintillating debut season, Nathan Foley has struggled to put up similar numbers and suffers under tags. Shane Tuck had an interesting year after his breakout season of 2008, and has similarly failed to show consistency in his game. Perhaps both Foley and Tuck will benefit from the Hardwick hard-nut polish. Or, perhaps they will continue in their underwhelming career trajectory, much like the Port Adelaide engine room players like Danyle Pearce and Travis Boak who haven’t quite hit the top echelons quite yet. That area remains an issue for Richmond, and may be solved by one the Tigers’ top 20 draft picks, particularly Dustin Martin likely to go at #3.



  1. hibbo

    November 25, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Mitch Morton an interesting one, am hoping that he spends a bit of time in the midfield similar to LeCras (late in 2009) and therefore should get extra points. But with NG Brown gone he might have to play full time forward.

    Almost locked Deledio in, I reckon he can still improve on his average – just needs to stop his slow starts to the season.

  2. Rob K

    November 25, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Lids will be the biggest lock of all time if named as a forward, but I really doubt if. Regardless, I will be picking him. He gets better every year and will be only 23 next year.

  3. hibbo

    November 25, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Good point actually, if not named as a forward then I’ll have to re-think picking him.

  4. chadwick

    November 26, 2009 at 10:50 am

    I think this is the team to keep a close eye on. many spots in the 22 up for grabs.

  5. Prospector

    November 26, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Lids at round 5/6, not B4

  6. bommaniac

    December 9, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    shane tuck for sc. hopefully he won’t be too expensive and daniel jackson will be a major smoky, he started to become more than just a tagger by the end of 09.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in 2010 cheat sheet