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Welcome Hugo Ralphsmith

IanG

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I believe the site can be named?, so attached from AFL.com.au is Hugo RalphSmith's old man's diary on his road to the draft:

Fascinating article and great insight. I love this bit: "The coaches' plan to let Hugo 'just enjoy his footy' works the following week in the semi-final against Calder. Hugo kicks three goals in the first quarter and virtually takes the game away from the Cannons who struggle to kick goals all day. Hugo takes his marks. Hits his targets. Plays a great game. " Because the way Richmond operates he will be encouraged to enjoy his footy and play his way.
 
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yandb

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I must admit I teared up after reading the diary particularly the last bit.

I hope his ambition to be a great player is fulfilled. (at Richmond of course)
 
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craig

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Reminiscent of the video from Corey The Witness MKII's, home video from when he was taken by the Tigers.

Geez I hope Hugo provides the RFC way more reward than Corey did.

I'm sure he will going by the reports of many Junior watchers.
 
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The_General

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It was almost worth tearing up for, but I wasn't crying for Hugo. My brother-in-law played for the Jets last season, and whilst he was regularly in their bests for most of the season - the team and he didn't finish the season very well. He got caught up with VCE pressure, getting a car/licence, working PT, football and basically suffocated himself with the fear of failing.
The clubs didn't come knocking, so he didn't even nominate for the draft.

It would have been nice to have been able to share that joy. Instead I've thought more about the hundred kids who's dreams get squished so quickly. It's a cruel way to become an adult in many respects.
 
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MD Jazz

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It would have been nice to have been able to share that joy. Instead I've thought more about the hundred kids who's dreams get squished so quickly. It's a cruel way to become an adult in many respects.
Yeh, for every joyful story like this there are 100's of dream shattered. Good luck to the kid, lets hope he fulfills his potential. He's definitely at the right club!
 
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turk-d-tiger

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Reminiscent of the video from Corey The Witness MKII's, home video from when he was taken by the Tigers.

Geez I hope Hugo provides the RFC way more reward than Corey did.

I'm sure he will going by the reports of many Junior watchers.
Hugo has the assets that Corey Ellis & Ben Lennon never had

Pace , Athleticism ,Endurance and agility
 

Tigerfan

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It was almost worth tearing up for, but I wasn't crying for Hugo. My brother-in-law played for the Jets last season, and whilst he was regularly in their bests for most of the season - the team and he didn't finish the season very well. He got caught up with VCE pressure, getting a car/licence, working PT, football and basically suffocated himself with the fear of failing.
The clubs didn't come knocking, so he didn't even nominate for the draft.

It would have been nice to have been able to share that joy. Instead I've thought more about the hundred kids who's dreams get squished so quickly. It's a cruel way to become an adult in many respects.
Your BIL could channel lambert and get to another club and just keep playing.
 

The_General

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Your BIL could channel lambert and get to another club and just keep playing.
I've pointed out a few examples like that, but it's a bit too soon for him to contemplate I think, too raw. He's only been playing footy since under 14, so still lots of improvement left in my eyes.
 

craig

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It was almost worth tearing up for, but I wasn't crying for Hugo. My brother-in-law played for the Jets last season, and whilst he was regularly in their bests for most of the season - the team and he didn't finish the season very well. He got caught up with VCE pressure, getting a car/licence, working PT, football and basically suffocated himself with the fear of failing.
The clubs didn't come knocking, so he didn't even nominate for the draft.

It would have been nice to have been able to share that joy. Instead I've thought more about the hundred kids who's dreams get squished so quickly. It's a cruel way to become an adult in many respects.
Some very salient points there General.

Sounds like life got him.

Years go by quickly so he should chase it if it is his dream.

Doesnt hurt to contact VFL clubs and ask if he can train with them if hes still good enough he's still good enough and will be snapped up.

If he's mates with Hugo maybe he can put a good word in for him.

As weve seen plenty of top liners miss the draft.
 

eZyT

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My dad has always had an oblique and poignant take on things.

when he read this great story, his first comment was 'I wonder how many of the 60 people would be around to his house to support and commiserate if he didn't get drafted?'. He wasn't accusing Hugo's visitors of being hangers-on. some would be, some wouldn't be. But he was certainly ruminating on the success hanger-onerers. Then he told me a story. He said when I was little, I was a fierce athletics competitor and pretty quick over the sprints (quickest little bloke on the whole VIC central highlands over 100 and 200m 1978-1980 - I reckon that's a dynasty?) I used to regularly ask dad before I'd race "if I win, will you buy me an ice cream?' and dad would always say 'nuh, if you lose I'll buy you an ice cream, cause you're gonna need it.' He actually saved a fair few bucks through this complex empathetic sport psychological strategy.

But, yeah, his point was/is, to the winner goes the spoils, but the loser is in need of a little spoiling.

I think my dad is one in a long line of Richmond Men
 
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eZyT

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Hugo has the assets that Corey Ellis & Ben Lennon never had

Pace , Athleticism ,Endurance and agility
Ill never forget when they had a players challenge on rfc.com where 4 players swam and threw and hit against each other.

Ben lennon seemed to finish last in everything. He swam like a stone He threw like a snake and he hit like jellyfish.

He may have been the least athletically gifted AFL footballer of his generation?

He had a great leg.
 

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Ill never forget when they had a players challenge on rfc.com where 4 players swam and threw and hit against each other.

Ben lennon seemed to finish last in everything. He swam like a stone He threw like a snake and he hit like jellyfish.

He may have been the least athletically gifted AFL footballer of his generation?

He had a great leg.
Vibrant too.:))
 
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