At the beginning of the year Richmond was assessed by ( yes, I know) , Champion Data.
Their players were assessed as ( bold=Premiership Player )
Elite (3) Rance, Caddy, Edwards
Above Average (6) Cochin, Martin, Riewoldt, Miles Vlastuin, Maric
Average: (9) Macintosh, Prestia, Lloyd, Astbury, Lambert, Houli, Grigg, Griffiths, Grimes
Below Average (9) Nankervis, Rioli, Hampson,Morris,Hunt, BEllis, Batchelor,Yarran,Lennon.
Poor: (3) Cory Ellis, Short, Menadue
Unknown:(15) Butler, Castangna, Graham, Townsend
So, how did our list compare?
Elite: None, Above Average (6), Average(12) Below Average(6) Poor(6) Unknown(15)
The changes over the year probably 2 of Richmonds elite dropped down and one was elevated, so we now probably have the same number of elite players as Richmond.
Based on that, surely on paper,our playing group must be rated roughly the same as Richmond. But clearly they are a better team and have a premiership winning game plan and execution.
We need to toughen up.