Richmond report cardPosted: September 12, 2011
Won 8, Draw 1, Lost 13: Finished 12th
FINDS OF 2011
Tyrone Vickery, Robin Nahas, Reece Conca, Jake Batchelor, Alex Rance, Bachar Houli
Will Thursfield, Mitch Morton, Daniel Connors
David Gourdis, Ben Nason, Mitch Farmer
WHAT THEY NEED
The first thing the Tigers need is a mature ruckman to complement developing big men Angus Graham and Andrew Browne. North Melbourne’s Hamish McIntosh and Adelaide’s Ivan Maric are expected to be high on the club’s shopping list. Richmond’s forward line and midfield is also in good shape, but it needs tall, skilled defenders.
Development is the word that best describes season 2011 for Richmond. They had their chances to grab a spot in the eight but losses to Port Adelaide and Gold Coast in particular, which were sold games, really hurt them. A late season surge saw the Tigers win 3 on the trot before succumbing to North Melbourne in round 24, where again, they failed to seize their chances. Former Blue Shaun Grigg and former Bomber Bachar Houli have been welcome inclusions at Punt Road and the development of key talls Tyrone Vickery and Alex Rance has been promising. The use of older heads Brad Miller and Shane Tuck must also be a plus, given the leadership and direction they give in their assistance to develop the young tiger cubs. Brett Deledio was a consistent performer in his best year yet, Nathan Foley played 21 games after a injury-stricken 2 years and Trent Cotchin came on as a player. Draftees Reece Conca and Jake Batchelor also impressed and will part of the next generation of Tigers. A positive year for Richmond gives Damien Hardwick something to build on for 2012.