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Damien Hardwick

tigerdell

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No doubt , most loved bloke going around. I think Eddie wants time away from the game though ? . We do have X who seems to have a great repore with all the players not just the indigenous lads. A fresh voice in theory has to help, however if it’s not speaking with the main ingredients that are in the Richmond hymn book it could be like a virus. I’d be more then happy to ad Pendles to our playing/coaching list , however if possible ($) I’d like to ad another voice in the Coaches box , no idea who though
Agree with X, though I can imagine Eddie pushing Stacky to great heights.
Pendles is an interesting one, no doubt a brilliant and strategic player with high game sense (eg knowing when to take more risks and show his tricks)
Can he connect as a coach? Is he me-first (highest paid and they had their salary cap disaster strikes me as more selfish thN success driven)
I have no idea or personal information though
 

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Agree with X, though I can imagine Eddie pushing Stacky to great heights.
Pendles is an interesting one, no doubt a brilliant and strategic player with high game sense (eg knowing when to take more risks and show his tricks)
Can he connect as a coach? Is he me-first (highest paid and they had their salary cap disaster strikes me as more selfish thN success driven)
I have no idea or personal information though
Me either, I never worry about assistant appointments, most judge then on the footballers they were , which is near on irrelevant
 
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Interesting too if we go with a game plan to suit what cattle we allready have or do we start to build around a future bull in the top paddock
Good question, Mr B.
It would be easier to answer if we knew the rules before drafting/trading.
Is the AFL going to bring in more arbitrary rule changes that aren't put through the rules committee? (like the "stand" rule)? Just so wrong, the way that was done. :mad:
 
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Interesting too if we go with a game plan to suit what cattle we allready have or do we start to build around a future bull in the top paddock
With regards to our cattle I think it's a myth we are ball butchers.
Some are (on the wings) but imo we have quality ball users who have had safety first instructions.

Look at our latest incarnation with Short, DRio, Stacky, Grimes and Flossy coming out if the backline. And Balta booting it long. If we keep the Garthwaite types out of the side then we can have quick kicks rebounding it out.

If we get Dusty and Shedda delivering from half forward then we should be able to have cleaner inside 50s and more targets less bombs.

More midtime for JGraham and Prestia on the park will improve kicking efficiency.

The elephant of course is that 1/4 side are downright scrubbers.
Looking at Sydney its no different, Joey Kennedy and Parker are still their engine room and are not elite kicks.
Its the system
 

Carter

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Good question, Mr B.
It would be easier to answer if we knew the rules before drafting/trading.
Is the AFL going to bring in more arbitrary rule changes that aren't put through the rules committee? (like the "stand" rule)? Just so wrong, the way that was done. :mad:

yep I'm pretty sure Benny G will be politely asking behind the scenes, emphasizing that a lot rides on hastily introduced rules like the stand rule. i mean, you can recruit around it FFS.

the AFL is such a backwater sometimes
 
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Hope Hardwick has the right people around him and can reflect on a poor year for him the way he did in 2016.

Messy handling of his personal life, too much whinging, the 3AW shambles, and most importantly a team playing schizophrenic football in terms of game style and structure.

History says it will be very difficult for us to contend again, if it to happen it is going to need some hard examinations of everyone, starting with the coach.
 
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Bennnny

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We won because of Emma Murray. She improved our mental strength others gave now caught up.
In one of my jobs i was collating statistics on workplace accidents.
Every 5 years they went up. People forget the message.
We need a retune.
We lost a lot of great coaches last year.
Hardwick has thrived with help.
More concerned with the coaches than the players.
 
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MB78

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12 years today since he was appointed coach. Hardwick is an Tiger great and needs to be considered in our top 10 most influential Tigers of all time, along with Dusty and Benny Gale.

I’m not sure if he has got enough appreciation here for what he has helped deliver.
 
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Born_a_Tiger78

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Wasn’t Dimma original recruiting phrase along the lines of “if you can’t kick, you don’t play for Richmond “?
Nah … it was… putting your head over the ball
nah it was ... at various stages I want you blokes to compete ... to be fair
I thought it was guys who would compete and if good character
Yeah, he keeps on changing his mind. It's getting confusing.

He changed his mindset from helping make Richmond be competitive, to helping Richmond win our 11th Premiership, then changed again to helping us win the 12th Premiership, and then again he changed his mind to helping Richmond win the 13th Premiership.

This season gone, he changed again, trying to help Richmond win the 14th Premiership.

To be fair, there's no wonder the players are getting confused with all the mixed messaging...
 
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King Kong

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Yeah, he keeps on changing his mind. It's getting confusing.

He changed his mindset from helping make Richmond be competitive, to helping Richmond win our 11th Premiership, then changed again to helping us win the 12th Premiership, and then again he changed his mind to helping Richmond win the 13th Premiership.

This season gone, he changed again, trying to help Richmond win the 14th Premiership.

To be fair, there's no wonder the players are getting confused with all the mixed messaging...
It was originally if you can't win your own ball you can't play at Richmond. He said it during his appointment press conference.
 
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Carter

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The first half of the game vs the Hawks gave a glimpse into what we can expect from the Tigers game plan next year. Careful control as opposed to ballistic chaos.
Challenging time for Hardwick as he looks to reshape our previously successful high pressure, contested game plan to the SHocking new format.
I must admit I'm saddened by this departure but if you can't beat them join them.:confused:

Agree ToO, but the stand rule is no certainty to survive. Everyone has to wait to see if Danger gets the flag he is entitled to first.
 
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Agree ToO, but the stand rule is no certainty to survive. Everyone has to wait to see if Danger gets the flag he is entitled to first.
We tried to play the chip kick game plan in 2016. It ended up completely falling apart and was a disaster. I fear the same again. We need a game plan that involves offensive frenzy but man on man when defending. Its the zone defense that's let us down badly this year. Clubs picked us apart and we couldn't generate turnovers as the pressure on the ball carrier wasn't sufficient.
 

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Agree ToO, but the stand rule is no certainty to survive. Everyone has to wait to see if Danger gets the flag he is entitled to first.
Doesn't matter that it's lead to the lowest scoring in 50+ years Carts. Knowing the AFL's stubbornness & propensity to double down, the rule will definitely survive. They've even recently introduced it to AFLW.
Maybe they'll introduce another rule to compensate but it will remain. Who *smile* knows what the game looks like next year?
 
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We developed and formulated a game plan that gave us a massive point of difference which other clubs couldn't emulate. We played a completely different game to the other 17 teams and it delivered us 3 flags in 4 years.

My fear is if we change to the way the rest are playing we'll be a fair way behind them and could spend a bit of time near the bottom.

The dilemma Hardwick has is determining whether the rule change was the main driver of our poor year or was it due to other factors like injuries fatigue strength and conditioning, an ageing list etc?

The season review conducted by the footy department will be vital. We need to be 100% certain in our collective minds that its the new rules that impedes us from competing before we flip our game plan. We don't want to throw the baby out with the bathwater and give up on a game plan that's delivered us so much excitement and success.
 
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Midsy

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If no-one takes any marks, then there's no man on the mark rule. Keep the chaos - kick it to space. Our clanger stats will rise and kicking skills will get questioned, but it eliminates the issue.

The elephant in the room is whether our small forwards are good enough anymore. Butler gone, Castagna on shaky ground, Aarts not up to it, DRioli down back, MRJ too inexperienced to be effectual, Baker maybe, JGraham a high pressure midfielder, Bolton I guess, Parker not up to it... who else is there?
 

frangalis4eva

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We developed and formulated a game plan that gave us a massive point of difference which other clubs couldn't emulate. We played a completely different game to the other 17 teams and it delivered us 3 flags in 4 years.

My fear is if we change to the way the rest are playing we'll be a fair way behind them and could spend a bit of time near the bottom.

The dilemma Hardwick has is determining whether the rule change was the main driver of our poor year or was it due to other factors like injuries fatigue strength and conditioning, an ageing list etc?

The season review conducted by the footy department will be vital. We need to be 100% certain in our collective minds that its the new rules that impedes us from competing before we flip our game plan. We don't want to throw the baby out with the bathwater and give up on a game plan that's delivered us so much excitement and success.
this is exactly my thoughts. Hope they make the right decision
 

Carter

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We developed and formulated a game plan that gave us a massive point of difference which other clubs couldn't emulate. We played a completely different game to the other 17 teams and it delivered us 3 flags in 4 years.

My fear is if we change to the way the rest are playing we'll be a fair way behind them and could spend a bit of time near the bottom.

The dilemma Hardwick has is determining whether the rule change was the main driver of our poor year or was it due to other factors like injuries fatigue strength and conditioning, an ageing list etc?

The season review conducted by the footy department will be vital. We need to be 100% certain in our collective minds that its the new rules that impedes us from competing before we flip our game plan. We don't want to throw the baby out with the bathwater and give up on a game plan that's delivered us so much excitement and success.

Yes, Haz. We’d wanna be sure either way. I agree that flipping the plan too much might see us down the ladder.

The problem is how teams defend now. Half a season into the stand rule teams started flooding D50 instead of trying to defend the short pass. As our entries are usually agricultural anyway, we were picked off at will.

A remedy for this is to become a center clearance side, if not a general stoppage side. Soldo should help in this regard, along with a Hopper type free agent. If RCD, Dow and Ross can breakout, our clearances should improve.

Keep the turnover game to win the ball back, but dominate centre clearances to capitalise on the 666 and our premier ruck tandem in Nank/Soldo.

This would add something we developed and refined in 2019/2020 but lost this year due to injury and fatigue.
 
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dmc

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Yes, Haz. We’d wanna be sure either way. I agree that flipping the plan too much might see us down the ladder.

The problem is how teams defend now. Half a season into the stand rule teams started flooding D50 instead of trying to defend the short pass. As our entries are usually agricultural anyway, we were picked off at will.

A remedy for this is to become a center clearance side, if not a general stoppage side. Soldo should help in this regard, along with a Hopper type free agent. If RCD, Dow and Ross can breakout, our clearances should improve.

Keep the turnover game to win the ball back, but dominate centre clearances to capitalise on the 666 and our premier ruck tandem in Nank/Soldo.

This would add something we developed and refined in 2019/2020 but lost this year due to injury and fatigue.
100% Agree. We just need to get better at winning clearances, stoppages etc.