Coach – Damien Hardwick
Points For – 15th
Points Against – 15th
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- Dustin Martin
- Alex Rance
- Trent Cotchin
- Jack Reiwoldt
- Shaun Grigg
2016 Rising Star Noms
Daniel Rioli (Rnd 22)
Ins – Toby Nankervis, Dion Prestia, Shai Bolton, Ryan Garthwaite, Tyson Stengle, Jack Graham, Josh Caddy
Outs – Troy Chaplin, Reece McKenzie, Liam McBean, Adam Marcon, Andrew Moore, Tyrone Vickery, Brett Deledio
A team that most people thought would make the eight last year if only to make up the numbers but they were smashed. They looked ordinary all over the park, the coach is in his final year of contract and a lot resting on a list which in my opinion looks weaker than the year before.
There was always a concern last year that they were light on KP defenders. They are even lighter this year. Rance is obviously still there but then it drops off rapidly. Probably looking at Astbury and Grimes to cover the talls after that. They will have some good games back there but there will also be some forward lines that are going to absolutely torch them. Even looking at the small defenders and I am not sure how they are going to be able to structure up well enough to restrict scoring opportunities.
The midfield is good at the top end. Prestia, Martin and Cotchin are a good mix. I don't know what to expect from Caddy. His best is great, it just doesnt happen nearly often enough. Throw in Ellis, Grigg and Miles and they are a reasonable midfield. Not the best but certainly a long way from the worst. They could probably use a little more outside run... actually, they could probably use Brett Deledio.
The rucks are a shambles. Maric is cooked, Nankervis is a way off and no team should have Hampson as a number one ruck. Their midfield is going to spend a lot of time trying to shark the taps of the opposition ruck.
The forward lines looks ok at best and just like the backline they are lacking depth around the talls. I am not sure the fascination with playing Reiwoldt further up the ground. He needs to be played out of the goal square. Griffiths is ok. I think they over rate him as only Richmond can. Lloyd looked good last year and Rioli certainly gives them spark. All that being said, they were the 15th best forward line last year (before trading out their 3rd top goal kicker) and I dont see a massive amount of scope for that to improve as much as it needs to.
Richmond are as close to a basketcase list as you can get. They lack quality kids, they are topping up with reasonable older players. They have a solid midfield feeding a below average forward line. The backline is dependant almost solely on one player and they have terrible rucks. I can't see Hardwick surviving past the halfway mark of the season. I think the Tigers will probably slip this year. 15-16th for mine.