AFL 2019: Richmond Mid Season Report Card

How has Jarrod Febbraio seen Richmond’s start to 2019?

To be 7-6 after the bye is probably not something Richmond fans would have hoped for, as the 2017 premiers started their defence in round one against Carlton – seeking revenge after a disappointing end to 2018. But the one word to describe the Tiges’ season so far is injuries – something we will go into a bit later.

Despite the injuries, the Tigers got themselves into a 7-3 position, a remarkable achievement given the circumstances. But since then, Richmond have gone 0-3 against the sides in and around them, being virtually uncompetitive against two of them.

The sheer weight of injuries has seen to take a toll on them, where they now find themselves in 9th spot. Finals is no certainty. What is certain about them though, no team will want to face them if they can get themselves right by September.


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What’s gone right

The start of the season was brilliant. Injuries were present and the Tigers were able to combat them. Their win over Port Adelaide was one of the best of the season, spearheaded by recruit Tom Lynch. They have also been able to blood youth that simply wouldn’t play if they weren’t in these circumstances – something that is going to serve them well for the seasons ahead.

Players like Liam Baker, Patrick Naish, Ryan Garthwaite, Ivan Soldo and Mabior Chol will all reap the benefits of this invaluable game time in the years to come.

They also have one of the favourites for the rising star, Sydney Stack. A player also reaping reward, Stack was passed up on by every team and is now one of the most exciting players in the AFL. A staple in Richmond’s best 22, injuries or not.


What’s gone wrong

Again, injuries –

  • Alex Rance
  •  Jack Riewoldt
  •  Trent Cotchin
  •  David Astbury
  • Toby Nankervis
  •  Shane Edwards
  •  Kane Lambert

Apart from Dusty, are these Richmond’s 7 best players? You could argue so. This is also part of their current injury list.

I agree that you have a squad and injuries aren’t an excuse, but take 7 players of this caliber out of any side and they will take a 7-6 start. They have done well to get to this stage, and the bye couldn’t have come at a better time. When all of these guys come back, if the Tigers are in the hunt for finals – watch this space.


Standout player

Dion Prestia

Dion Prestia has carried the Tigers midfield throughout the season, and has been one of the only men standing at times. He is a tough nut and a battler, a man who wins the hardball and can also get it on the outside. Averaging 26 touches and 6 clearances, he is having his best season yet. He is a player that really is an x-factor come September, just as he was two seasons ago.


Run home

Richmond are lucky enough to have their last 7 matches at the MCG – but these aren’t easy. With a low percentage at the time of writing, Richmond will probably need 13 wins to secure finals. With games against St Kilda, Gold Coast, Carlton and Melbourne in their run home, they would back themselves to be able to get this.


Final Grade

C-

It’s not their fault that their season has been near ruined by injuries, but it’s happened. They now find themselves in the scrap and it will be a battle from here.


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