Discussion in 'Richmond Ramblings' started by terry31, Dec 18, 2015.
Hmmm ? Them's fighting words.
Big raps on Nathan Broad, a ready made AFL player according to Hardwick.
Let's hope he has similar impact to Miles.
My worry would be they play an underdone Yarran round 1 v Carlton...that may come back to bite us, but hopefully he can get on the track regularly so he can have an impact early in the season.
Footage of Dan Butler looks promising also - he is a smooth mover who looks to use the ball well - excited to see him on the park.
Dusty training highlights
It's a really good sign that he is in the midfield group as his knee was much worse than reported. It was thought he that would always restrict him to forward only. He is a very clever footballer with defensive closing skills.
Really like the article on Lloyd on the website.
Main point for me: he was picked up the same year as former AFL players Thomas, Gordon and Banfield and they're all gone and he's survived. Big year for him.
I have heard Lloyd is fitting in to the Yarran plan, whereby Yarran provides run and carry off the back line, hopefully breaking down the opposition structure with his pace, and Lloyd will be an x factor target in our forward line, taking adavantage of what Yarran brings to the table.
I am surprised they moved Gordon on, thought he played well on many occasions.
Yes. I have always believed Lloyd was underrated.
With 4 active interchanges from the start of the match Lloyd should be given much more opportunities to play AFL. Gordon was ok. I was never sold on him, but a little surprised that he was delisted.
A very smart forward, despite being a little slow. Opposition coaches might want some pace to run off him, but he'll hurt you if his opponent is up the ground and the ball comes back into our forward line quickly from a turnover. That's how I see it anyhow!
What's the word on Rhy McKenzie, anyone seen or heard how he is developing? If he shows something all of a sudden we have a very crowded pool of forward players to consider, that's a problem we could happily live with. I suspect he is slotted for more VFL action this year but if he is any good he can't be far away from being considered.
Interesting titbit there @amigo. On Gordon, he couldn't play to a plan hence the name Maddog. As our side has got better we need players to be bright enough to follow the plan and also to switch pace in unison.
Tony Greenberg tweeted that Rhys was one of the guys that has really improved his 'shape' since 2015. Others he mentioned off the top of my head were Conca, Lambert, and Menadue. There might've been one or two others but they escape me for now. I'll search for his tweet and report back.
Okay. So rifling quickly through Tone's tweets (seriously, if you're on Twitter he should be your first point of call for all things yellow and black).
This is a summary of his tweets from the couple weeks in regards to 2016
- no draftees pressing for rd1 but A Moore and Townsend pressing claims. Solid boys.
- Most noticeable body changes observed in preseason: Conca, McKenzie, Flossy, Lambert.
Clearly not putting butter on their toast. #trim ***i must've made up the Menadue thing.
He said Menadue's body is "maturing" rather than "exploding".
- lambert. Noticeably impressive. Pro.
- rioli. Quick, slippery. Hustles. No rush though.
- I've really liked Callum Moore's trackwork.
Brave & strong, with a terrific physique for a kid.
Things to improve, but an exciting project.
- Tone LOVES C Ellis. Calls him "silk" but commented that he's done all the work and doesn't mind getting his knees dirty as well.
- Dusty's flying.
That's about it. Hope he doesn't mind me summarising his tweets. Tony is also brilliant at replying to fair questions/comments from the average punter which I really appreciate. He's not a blow bag poster as a rule, meaning he is fair, balanced and honest. Doesn't mind sinking the slipper into Carlton and Collingwood if he gets the chance too.
Yeah Tone is good for a bit of banter. Not many of the "big boys" respond all that often. Many never do. He does and in fact he owes me a Giant Freddo Frog due to a bet we made a year ago. I'll have to chase him up about that.
Thanks Vossy, I'd fotgotten Gordon was known as Maddog and obviously the reason too.
Re Lloyd, prior to coming to Richmond, he had a reputation for disappearing in big high pressure games, like finals. Theory was you put a good tight defender on him and he struggles. I would have thought his game against the Hawks would have appeased to doubters.
But this may explain the logic behind leaving him out of the final against North. Though when you consider our issues with a lack of a decent small forward, and look at his replacement, Conca who played about 2 games for the whole season, I still shake my head in disbelief at that decision to drop Lloyd.
Thanks Vines, I was hoping more than Macca's shape was causing excitement but anyhow it's early days.
Watching the clip of Butler playing before he did his knee is another source of encouragement if he can come back and keep progressing.
Menadue will be a gun from what we saw of him last year.
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