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Richmond Rant / Re: Richmond 2017 AFL Premiers
« Last post by one-eyed on Yesterday at 11:54:18 PM »
The world of @AFL in 2017 was and is @Richmond_FC yellow and black. So proud of the tigerarmy and let’s be massive in 2018
Richmond Rant / Re: Season 2018
« Last post by one-eyed on Yesterday at 11:51:10 PM »
The 2018 draw will be released very shortly.

We'll get return games against 2-3 of the other top 6 which are all non-Melbourne teams; 1-2 against the middle six; and 0-1 against the bottom 6 sides.

    Top 6               Middle 6              Bottom 6
--------------     ----------------       ---------------
Adelaide             Port Adelaide        Collingwood
Geelong               Essendon             Fremantle
GWS                   Melbourne           North Melb.
Sydney               W.Bulldogs             Carlton
West Coast           St Kilda              Gold Coast
                          Hawthorn              Brisbane
“I wish he was there”: Rance saddened by ex-Tiger’s flag miss

By Justin Talent
20 October 2017

Richmond premiership star Alex Rance says he feels unhappy that former teammate Brett Deledio missed out on the club’s drought breaking premiership this year.

The now-GWS player spoke out of the “raw” feeling of missing out on the Tigers’ emphatic 2017 premiership this week, revealing that he had not watched a single minute of the game due to the fear that it would mentally affect him. Rance says that the Richmond life member’s words leaves him wishing that he was part of their Grand Final victory last month.

“I wish I played in a flag with him,” he told SEN’s The Run Home.

“A lot of my career was played with him. We slogged it out for a long period of time and that is potentially what burns him out a bit I guess.

“Being the number one man and the number one pick who was always relied upon, a multiple best and fairest, and then just said I couldn’t do it anymore.

“It’s sad that he couldn’t get the reward from a team perspective and yeah, it does make me unhappy to know that he missed out.”

The 30-year-old 2004 number one draft pick exited Richmond in the 2016 NAB AFL Trade Period, joining the Giants after 243 games in the yellow and black.

Despite the Giants being widely tipped to win the 2017 premiership, they were one of Richmond’s victims in September, stumbling to the eventual premiers by 36 points in a preliminary final.

The game at the MCG was also Deledio’s 250th AFL game.'s-flag-miss/
Rance reveals the best way he can explain Dusty

By Luke Sicari
20 October 2017

Richmond premiership defender Alex Rance has revealed how he explains Dustin Martin’s Brownlow Medal winning 2017 campaign.

Martin became the first player in AFL history to win the Brownlow, Norm Smith Medal and a premiership in the same year, cementing his status as the game’s most dominant force.

“The best way I can explain Dusty is, it’s like an under 18’s kid playing in under 12’s,” Rance told SEN’s The Run Home.

“It was like he was just taking the pee. He was just running around, kicking and hitting targets where you’d be thinking, ok, yep, I know that only you can do that. He has probably had the most unstoppable year of any player that I’ve ever seen.

“I remember commentary around Gaz [Gary Ablett] when he was flying around that he is the un-tackle-able man, you just need to corral him. You can’t even corral Dusty because if you try to corral him, he will push you into next week. He is on another level.”

Many opponents felt the wrath of Martin’s devastating ‘don’t argue’ this year, as he led the competition in broken tackles throughout the home-and-away season with 68. The second best player was Port Adelaide’s Sam Powell-Pepper, who had 24.

Rance says Richmond coach Damien Hardwick had a prize attached to whoever could bring Martin down at training – something that didn’t come to fruition regularly.

“There is no tactic. It’s luck if you get through it,” he said of Martin’s ‘don’t argue.’

“There were a couple of times at training where we were doing some handball games and Dimma would say, 10 bucks if you can tackle Dusty. He hasn’t had to pay up too often.”

Martin collected 29 disposals in the premiership victory, including 22 contested possessions, the second-most ever in a Grand Final. The 26-year-old also added nine score involvements and six clearances, while using the footy at 83 percent efficiency.

He recommitted to the Tigers in August, signing a deal that will keep him at the club for the next seven years.
The Run Home - Alex Rance in the studio:



Star Tiger reveals Grand Final emotions

By Justin Talent
20 October 2017

Premiership-winning defender Alex Rance has shared the exact moment from this year’s Grand Final when he knew Richmond had won their first flag in 37 years.

The Tigers vice-captain and 2017 All-Australian skipper says he did not accept that he had become a premiership player until the final siren, despite teammate and fellow Grand Final star performer Bachar Houli attempting to celebrate with him in the final minutes of the game.

“With two minutes to go, we’re up by I think 46 and he (Houli) goes, we’ve got it here,” Rance told SEN’s The Run Home.

“I just said, mate we’ve got two minutes to go, dial in!

“I was just far too process driven and dialled in to just have a thought.

“It was almost a surprise. When the siren went, I was like oh that’s it, we’ve won it. That was the time when emotions really kicked in.”

Rance believes that heartbreaking narrow defeats earlier in the season to Fremantle, Sydney and Greater Western Sydney had instilled a sense in him that no game was ever over until the final siren had blown.

“I never allowed myself throughout the whole game to even have an inkling because we had the Freo game, the Sydney game, the GWS game… I didn’t want that to happen again,” he said.

Rance finished third place in the Norm Smith Medal voting in the Grand Final, recording an incredible 14 one percenters alongside 11 disposals at 90.9 per cent efficiency and three contested marks.

The star defender touched on just how the club managed to overturn a disappointing 2016 campaign into premiership glory 12 months later, citing a constantly positive mentality behind closed doors as the reason for their surprise success.

“Even to the back of last year, Dimma (Damien Hardwick) would always say nothing is ever as good as it seems and it is never as bad as it seems,” Rance said.

“Going through that back end of last year when things externally looked pretty bad, we got absolutely smoked by Sydney in the last round and everyone is thinking yep, rebuild, turn everything over. They wanted a new board, they wanted a new coach, they wanted a new skipper, but it was never as bad as it seemed.

“We always knew that internally. We know we have got very good people in very good positions, just wait it out, getting the most out of every individual.

“You don’t need to be a Dustin Martin or a Trent Cotchin to have an impact within this team. We saw Jason Castagna, Dan Butler, Dylan Grimes…all those guys who know who they and what they bring and it’s their own individual brilliance.

“Those close losses during the year could have been a time again where we were ‘Richmondy’ and it could have spiralled out, but we stuck to saying, this is who we are, let’s keep bringing this.”
Richmond Rant / Re: Any Father sons to look out for?
« Last post by RedanTiger on Yesterday at 10:28:40 PM »
Geez, he's got bigger hands than Maurice.
Quite frankly don't care about how Lids is feeling about all this.

I did post before the GWS game that I hoped he had a good game, but once they were knocked out, it is all done and dusted.

Best of luck to him from here, but we have all moved on.
I heard it is going to be amputated.
Richmond Rant / Re: Any Father sons to look out for?
« Last post by Hes My Hero on Yesterday at 07:11:27 PM »


Oh my....

I can’t find the words.
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