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Damien Hardwick says suspended Richmond duo Tyrone Vickery and Reece Conca doing it tough

Jon Ralph
Herald-Sun
August 23, 2014 9:50PM


RICHMOND coach Damien Hardwick says Tyrone Vickery was so traumatised by his hit on Dean Cox he had to be counselled at half-time to keep playing.

Hardwick said Reece Conca, whose hit on Devon Smith was labelled by AFL boss Gillon McLachlan as “appalling”, had also battled since his suspension with his family verbally targeted.

The brutal hits by the pair were not condoned by Hardwick, but he said they had more than learnt their lesson since their suspensions given the fallout.

Conca is an emergency but could still come in as a late change for sore forward Dustin Martin today, while Vickery is available next week after his four-week ban.

“We want our guys playing tough, hard footy but we understand there are rules to abide by,’’ Hardwick said.

“It’s funny the knock-on effect of those two players, Ty at half time was really traumatised by it to the point where I had to go into the rooms and console him and say, “It’s done. You are going to cop your fair whack and you deserve it but we need you to contribute in the second half”.

“People often don’t see that. Ty was really remorseful but it also shook him up.

“Reece is the same, we are not looking for sympathy, he did a ridiculous thing and he could have caused serious injury to Devon Smith but he was really traumatised by his actions.

“He was embarrassed by it, his parents in Perth copped a lot of flak and it’s really out of character for those guys.”

The Tigers take on St Kilda today aware they still need to win the last two games of the year to sneak into September.

Hardwick lauded the leadership of Trent Cotchin, who he said had emerged from the dark days of those early season losses to grab the playing list by the scruff of the neck.

In an interview for today’s Fox Footy pre-match show he said the Tigers had made big advances even if they finished ninth like so often before.

“We spoke about it this week. We think we have had a better year from a learning point of view this year to last year, we are pleased where we are at,’’ he said.

“We know the majority of our young talent is 25 and under and we are only going to get better.

“We have got a really young spine, we still feel our best footy is well and truly in front of us. Whether we finish short this year, from an overall perspective we are rally proud of our footy club because we have been able to dig ourselves of the hole we made for ourselves. We have hung tough and shown there is a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.”

The Tigers have Martin and Cotchin out of contract at the end of next year but Brett Deledio on a long-term deal.

They signed young midfielder Anthony Miles on a two-year deal last week and must secure key talls David Astbury and Ben Griffiths in coming weeks given the desperation of rivals to acquire key talls.

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I don't want vickery back for swans , seriously ........

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I don't want vickery back for swans , seriously ........

Griff is doing just fine. Why change a winning formula? :thumbsup

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We need Vickery back against Sydney to de-stabilise the Swans backmen.

I want to see this happen...

If we play Vickery at forward pocket and keep him there near the square he is the tall target Griffo can kick long to and this will cause havoc for Sydney as they will have to have 2 manning up on Ty this way. if that option is not going to win for us then we have Jack at full forward leading all over the place giving that extra option inside 40. We could make this work and bamboozle teams. We need to play to our strengths and utilise Griffo and Ty to our advantage. We already know what Jack can do when he has space.

Anyone flying up to Sydney? I am already got my tickets. GO you TIGES!!! YellownBlack

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Stuff being remorseful, both should have been pumped up and told let that aggression be the norm

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"Ty at half time was really traumatised by it to the point where I had to go into the rooms and console him"

 :huh3 We are talking about a young child here, also named Ty, yes?
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"Ty at half time was really traumatised by it to the point where I had to go into the rooms and console him"

 :huh3 We are talking about a young child here, also named Ty, yes?

Yeah doesn't make sense, he should have been sent back out and told to make amends for that dumb swan dive he took after the hit