Carey on Lynch (the Age)

Fighting Fury

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Tale of two Toms: Time for Tiger Lynch to get moving
Wayne Carey
https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/tale-of-two-toms-time-for-tiger-lynch-to-get-moving-20190606-p51v82.html

June 6, 2019 — 4.14pm

With 25 goals from 11 games this season, Tom Lynch has hit the scoreboard.
But if Richmond are to be competitive against a Geelong side that is so good in the air, then Lynch will need to produce a level of aggression and work rate we haven't seen enough of since his move to Punt Road.
On Friday night, he'll get a front row seat to the type of player who epitomises everything Lynch must become in the back half of the season. That player is Tom Hawkins.

It's often said that it takes key position forwards longer to develop than others and with Hawkins that has been the case. But he's now enjoying the most productive years of his career.
With a mixture of experience and greater confidence in his body, last year Hawkins really was the complete forward and unlucky not to be selected in the All-Australian team. Aggressive in the contest and clean below his knees, he is much more than just a kick-mark forward.
Last year he did it despite the fact he was often under immense pressure as the focal point of the Geelong forward-line. Tom would have gone into every game knowing that such was the reliance on him that he probably needed to play well for the Cats to win.
That's not to say he wasn't a very good player previously, just that he's taken his game to a new level.

At times during his career, he's been more one-dimensional, but recently he's managed to get himself up the ground more often. Like Jack Riewoldt - who I also think has enjoyed his best footy in the past two seasons, even better than his Coleman Medal years - Hawkins has honed his craft. He knows when to push up and be a target down the line and when to stay closer to home.
It's that multi-dimensional play that Lynch needs to develop in his new surroundings. We know he can do it, because he showed us when he was on the Gold Coast.

A slower start to the pre-season following knee surgery last year would certainly have an impact, because if you don't get that solid block of training in pre-Christmas, you're generally chasing your tail for the entire season.
Without knowing the intricate details of his program, it's unlikely he would have got anywhere near the volume of running in his legs he'd need to be firing. And if you try and increase those loads now, it can make you more sluggish when it matters on the weekend.

That being said, looking at Lynch's overall numbers so far in 2019, they just aren't good enough, particularly when compared with Hawkins.
After 11 matches Hawkins has been the target inside 50 on just 21 per cent of the Cats' entries, compared with Lynch's 30 per cent for the Tigers. Yet Hawkins is averaging more touches (13.9 a game compared with 8.2 for Lynch), more marks (5.7 to 3.7) and more score involvements (8.3 to 5.0).

If Lynch is not marking the footy, he's having very little influence, and that was exploited last Friday night when he had just five touches and was pushed around by the North Melbourne defence.
The key to overcoming those types of issues is, firstly, work rate, and then an absolute commitment to the contest.
Don't allow your opponent to manipulate you. Make sure you're the one putting them in uncomfortable positions. If you tell yourself before the game you're going to be bashed and battered and you're mentally ready for any punishment that comes your way, it can become easier once the game begins.

Lynch's body language and the way he holds himself will be important not just for teammates feeding off him but also to send a message to a Geelong defence that will be looking for any weakness.
Whoever he plays on, whether it be Mark Blicavs, Tom Stewart or Harry Taylor, he's facing All-Australian quality.
Compete and create a contest when he's outnumbered, and suddenly the confidence around him also grows. For Richmond that's especially crucial because of the way they set up with so many smaller pressure forwards. They need to know where the footy is going and where it will drop.
Selflessness has been a major virtue for Riewoldt and Hawkins in recent years. Now Lynch must produce the same. Richmond's fate depends on it.
 

LeeToRainesToRoach

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Friday night, gotta have a talking point I suppose. And Lynch’s output hasn’t been great. Suspect his issues are more than just mental application.
 

tiger76

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I like Cary’s footy analysis generally, however in this article he starts by telling us what we already know, that Lynch was unable to put in the preparation required to really fire this season and play games out, and then finishes by explaining all the things that he should be doing (which he most likely would be doing more of if he got to train for more than 5 minutes before the season started)

And now fat ass Hawkins is a champ. Thanks Carey.
 

Saladin

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Pretty sure Lynch was not supposed to be playing as much as he is yet. When you other KP Fwd goes down you have to though..He's going OK.
 

zippadeee

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Spot on Article. If he isnt right dont play him. His last couple of weeks have been embarrassing.
He needs to get on his bike and start moving around.
Lynch currently is looking as bad as the beams deal.
 

Smoking Aces

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No its a rubbish article.

Its the same re-hashed rubbish that these so called experts put out when Richmond fails.
 

Coburgtiger

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Smoking Aces said:
No its a rubbish article.

Its the same re-hashed rubbish that these so called experts put out when Richmond fails.
What are you talking about?

Where else will you find insights like 'Jack Riewoldt had a better year last year than in his Coleman medal winning years. When he won a Coleman medal.'
 

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tiger76 said:
I like Cary’s footy analysis generally, however in this article he starts by telling us what we already know, that Lynch was unable to put in the preparation required to really fire this season and play games out, and then finishes by explaining all the things that he should be doing (which he most likely would be doing more of if he got to train for more than 5 minutes before the season started)

And now fat ass Hawkins is a champ. Thanks Carey.
Yes, crap article. No problems with the analysis of both where Tom and Hawkins is at.

But comparing a player returning from PCL injury to a 30 yo at peak fitness playing in the top side is laughable.
 

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Fighting Fury said:
A slower start to the pre-season following knee surgery last year would certainly have an impact, because if you don't get that solid block of training in pre-Christmas, you're generally chasing your tail for the entire season.
Without knowing the intricate details of his program, it's unlikely he would have got anywhere near the volume of running in his legs he'd need to be firing. And if you try and increase those loads now, it can make you more sluggish when it matters on the weekend.
The King is a quality analyser but he dismisses this too easily.

You have to bear in mind Lynch had a really significant version of a really significant injury. He can't be expected to lift his work rate without the physical base to do it.

I guarantee Lynch's program would have been based on Riewoldt being the high forward and covering the larger distance while Lynch played the deeper role. No that he is effectively being asked to play both roles, it is asking him to bank cheques he just doesn't have the funds to cover.

He is only ever going to offer a limited capacity in that role at this point in time and it is unfair to ask him to deliver more.
 

LeeToRainesToRoach

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Wonder what Carey would write today about Lynch's performance and effort last night against Geelong?
Hardwick was quite protective of him in the presser. Seems he is giving what he is capable of at present.
 

TigerPort

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There is a huge difference in output between Lynch and Tyrone. Take Lynch any day of the week, especially as he will only get better.
 
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