What I’m Looking Forward to in Season 2018

Richmond and Melbourne will play on a Tuesday night in the annual Anzac Day eve clash in 2018

With just a few days before the Tigers take on Carlton in AFL Round 1, I thought that I’d provide an insight into what I’m looking forward to this season.

I’m really looking forward to seeing Jack Graham, Shai Bolton, and Toby Nankervis continue their development and build on their 2017 form. Of those yet play a senior game, I’m looking for Ryan Garthwaite, Jack Higgins and Callum Coleman-Jones to see what they can offer on the big stage.

The youth that have gained senior experience over the past two years should now be poised to show the consistency that is required in order to demand their place in the reigning Premier’s team (I still love saying that!). Specifically, I’m looking at Oleg Markov, Corey Ellis, Connor Menadue, Jayden Short, Jason Castagna, and Dan Butler. With the exception of the latter 2, Markov, Ellis, Short and Menadue have had tastes of playing in the seniors but have failed to hold onto their places. These players need to work hard and position themselves so that they can step into the side when regulars start to show lapses in form. Once in the side, they need to show the selectors that need to stay and not be discarded as soon as the player they replaced is ready to resume.

What is to become of Sean Hampson and Reece Conca? From what I hear, the Hampster’s back is still not right so may not see much game time again this year. A fit Conca is an important member of our senior side – not only for his “Conca Cuddles”, but for his aggression at the ball and his tackling. Conca is much maligned, but I believe is in our best 22.

Despite the Tigers winning a Premiership on the back of our speedy, clever mosquito fleet, I would still like to see a second tall forward that can bring the ball to ground so I’m also looking to two of our talls who have been VFL regulars to step up, namely Callum Moore and Marbior Chol. They have both shown good pre-season form but need to put together some consistent form in the VFL to force their way into the side. They have both shown glimpses of what is required and Chol in particular, has shown that he has pace which he could use to great effect in order to run down and tackle defenders. That would put much greater pressure on opposition teams clearing the ball.

Apart from all of the above, what I’m really looking forward to in 2018 is seeing the 2017 Premiership Flag unfurled on Thursday night, and for another finals campaign.

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  1. I’m looking forward to our forgotten man having a full season and being able to develop the promise he so briefly showed us. I’m also looking forward to Prestia as I don’t think we have seen his best yet.

  2. I am looking forward to entrenching our position as a feared opposition. Making Collingwood look like a small club and continuing enjoying my friends banter and kindness. Oh and winning the 2018 premiership.

  3. Whenever I strike up the conversation about Richmond, be it with supporters or otherwise, I ask the question - how the hell can Richmond lose this year? Then out come the following arguments or points of debate. We were the best side for the last 6 weeks of 2017, and we swept aside the other top 3 teams in the finals. We are young and supposedly we can only get better. We have a game plan that is 12 months ahead of the curve based on small defensive forward line and SPEED. It’s going to take a while for all the other teams to catch up. Accordingly, what do other sides do about Richmond? The answer to this is probably not much, apart from focussing on a game plan that will beat the other 16 sides and a hope that Richmond falls over. I say it’s going to be very interesting to see who comes second this year. So, I think the things that will stop us this year are Complacency and Injuries - and i see no evidence of complacency after watching the JLT series and comparing that to what we were like towards the end of 2016 (Vickery -ugh!)

  4. It is not just speed but repeat efforts at speed for 4 quarters.

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