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Title: One year on: Richmond's 2016 draftees (afl site)
Post by: one-eyed on October 28, 2017, 04:40:48 PM
One year on: Your club's 2016 draftees

Dinny Navaratnam
28 October 2017

A detailed assessment of how last year's draft crop and rookies performed in 2017.


Pick 29: Shai Bolton

Played six games in his first year and showed ability with his speed and pressure, but the Tigers had plenty of competition for spots with their small forwards. The flashes he showed were exciting but Bolton needs to make his presence felt for the whole game to nail down a spot.

Pick 53: Jack Graham

Hamstring and ankle injuries early in the year could have derailed the South Australian's campaign, but Graham turned it around in exceptional fashion, playing the final five games including an outstanding performance in the Grand Final victory. Having played largely forward this season, a move to the midfield eventually beckons.

Pick 72: Ryan Garthwaite
Was always unlikely the defender would break into the AFL team, considering how well the Tigers' backline performed. Showed a bit in the VFL and can be relied upon to stop his man, whether on a tall or a small. Garthwaite's work ethic should hold him in good stead and it has earned him the respect of his teammates.

Rookie selection pick 6: Tyson Stengle

Yet another in the Tigers' large pool of small forwards, Stengle kicked two goals in his round 15 debut against Port Adelaide but was out of the side a couple of games later. If he can keep up his pressure and win more of the footy, Stengle should push hard for a senior spot in 2018.