Richmond report card

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick sings the club song after a win with his players.

 

2011 RECORD

Won 8, Draw 1, Lost 13: Finished 12th

THE LIST

FINDS OF 2011

Tyrone Vickery, Robin Nahas, Reece Conca, Jake Batchelor, Alex Rance, Bachar Houli

TRADE POTENTIAL

Will Thursfield, Mitch Morton, Daniel Connors

GOING, GOING

David Gourdis, Ben Nason, Mitch Farmer

GONE

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.

COOPS’ VERDICT

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.

TOMORROW: FREMANTLE

 

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