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Could Sam Lloyd be the key to Richmondís premiership defence?

Patrick Moran
theRoar.com.au
18 Feb 2018


As the JLT Community Series approaches, speculation continues to mount about how Richmond will look to defend its premiership crown.

After three consecutive Hawthorn premierships built on precision kicking, the last two seasons have seen the premiers deploy starkly different game plans to the one mastered by the Hawks.

In 2016, the Western Bulldogs surprised the competition by winning the flag through a running handball game, after finishing seventh at the end of the home-and-away season.

Last year, the Tigers focused on pressure, and achieved the remarkable feat of winning the premiership following a 13th place finish the year prior.

In short, these achievements highlight the effectiveness of finding a point of difference, providing an edge over the rest of the competition.

So, now that Richmondís tackling game has likely been analysed, picked apart, and mimicked by the other 17 clubs across the off-season, they must have a new card to play.

While applying forward pressure will ultimately be sustainable in finals football, it is no longer going to be unique to the Tigers. They, like all clubs, must constantly evolve.

So could Sam Lloyd provide the key to defending the premiership title?

Despite playing just eight senior games in 2017, Lloyd averaged 26 disposals in his 12 VFL matches last season, kicking 28 goals. He was also awarded the Norm Goss Medal for best afield in a losing VFL grand final.

Typically considered a useful small forward, and known by many for his after the siren heroics against Sydney, Lloyd developed into a ball winner last season.

Looking to build on this ability, he recently confirmed that he is looking to play a midfield role this season.

ďIíve moved into the midfield this pre-season and although itís a long list of blokes to get in front of, Iím certainly trying to put my (best) foot forwardĒ

The inclusion of Lloyd into Richmondís midfield would provide the perfect foil for the hard-bodied Dion Prestia and Jack Graham, with his attacking flair providing x-factor in the middle of the park.

This ability to break away from the contest can allow Dustin Martin and Trent Cotchin to spend more time inside forward-50.

While Martin already spends time forward of the ball, kicking 37 goals in 2017, coach Damian Hardwick has also considered using Cotchin inside forward-50.

ďTrent, like Dustin, is an incredible talent one-on-one and he can win those contests he shouldnít winĒ.

ďWe havenít been able to push him deep enough at various stages, but weíve toyed this year with whether we can have Martin and Cotchin both deep at stagesĒ.

Cotchin plays his best footy when he threatens in attack. In fact, his Brownlow Medal winning year (2012), also happens to be his most prolific in goal kicking (22 goals).

While the likes of Patrick Dangerfield still manage to hit the scoreboard (45 goals in 2017), coaches still mostly deploy these players on the football.

Dangerfield was used as a forward in two finals last year, with varying success. In the victory over the Swans, he kicked 4.3. However, against his former side the next week, he was missed in the middle despite scoring 2.3.

This is where Lloyd is pivotal. Without Dangerfield, Geelongís midfield looked one-dimensional, without the bursting speed away from the contest that the star midfielder brings. Lloyd can bring this to Richmond when Cotchin or Martin is resting forward.

With Lloyd, Cotchin, and Martin all dangerous inside the forward-50, the Tigers could utilise midfield goals significantly more than the competition status quo, and this can be their point of difference.

Breaking into a premiership side will be tough, but if he gets the chance, Lloyd could be instrumental in Richmondís premiership defence.

For the Tigers, midfield goal kicking and forward pressure add up to a potentially unique and forward thinking premiership formula.

http://www.theroar.com.au/2018/02/18/sam-lloyd-key-richmonds-premiership-defence/

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Re: Could Sam Lloyd be the key to Richmondís premiership defence? (theRoar)
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2018, 07:08:55 AM »
Iím confused, how is Lloyd pivotal?
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Re: Could Sam Lloyd be the key to Richmondís premiership defence? (theRoar)
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2018, 10:08:58 AM »
I don't recall Lloyd ever being that quick to be put in the same breath as Dangerfield. Lloyd is probably a better field kick though

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Re: Could Sam Lloyd be the key to Richmondís premiership defence? (theRoar)
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2018, 11:29:13 AM »
Short answer

NO
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Re: Could Sam Lloyd be the key to Richmondís premiership defence? (theRoar)
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2018, 01:32:00 PM »
Long answer

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Re: Could Sam Lloyd be the key to Richmondís premiership defence? (theRoar)
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2018, 01:50:24 PM »
The detailed answer.

Not in a million years.
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Re: Could Sam Lloyd be the key to Richmondís premiership defence? (theRoar)
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2018, 02:22:19 PM »
A lot worse players have played in good premiership teams, just depends on how you integrate into the structure.
Lloyd is a good footballer, going to be hard to break in to the team but we all know the same team won't be on the park if we are going for back to back.
Why not
There's lots of options and depends who gets in and grabs thier chance.

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Re: Could Sam Lloyd be the key to Richmondís premiership defence? (theRoar)
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2018, 03:05:06 PM »
A lot worse players have played in good premiership teams, just depends on how you integrate into the structure.
Lloyd is a good footballer, going to be hard to break in to the team but we all know the same team won't be on the park if we are going for back to back.
Why not
There's lots of options and depends who gets in and grabs thier chance.

True enough, but the article's question was could Sam Lloyd be the key. Seems highly unlikely.

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Re: Could Sam Lloyd be the key to Richmondís premiership defence? (theRoar)
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2018, 04:29:23 PM »
If Sam Lloyd is the key then this is the door:

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Re: Could Sam Lloyd be the key to Richmondís premiership defence? (theRoar)
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2018, 05:28:22 PM »
The detailed answer.

Not in a million years.
The long-winded pollie answer.

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Re: Could Sam Lloyd be the key to Richmondís premiership defence? (theRoar)
« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2018, 08:13:07 PM »
 :lol
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Re: Could Sam Lloyd be the key to Richmondís premiership defence? (theRoar)
« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2018, 10:31:36 PM »
The detailed answer.

Not in a million years.
The long-winded pollie answer.

Well, if you ask me for a straight answer, then I shall say that, as far as we can see, looking at it by and large, taking one thing with another in terms of the average of departments, then in the final analysis it is probably true to say, that at the end of the day, in general terms, you would probably find that, not to put too fine a point on it, there probably wasn't very much in it one way or the other. As far as one can see, at this stage.

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Re: Could Sam Lloyd be the key to Richmondís premiership defence? (theRoar)
« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2018, 10:59:29 PM »
Must have been one hell of a BJ.....
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Re: Could Sam Lloyd be the key to Richmondís premiership defence? (theRoar)
« Reply #13 on: February 18, 2018, 11:40:16 PM »
He'll be lucky to get a game, he was shocking yesterday.
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« Reply #14 on: February 18, 2018, 11:54:44 PM »
Must have been one hell of a BJ.....
Isn't he posting on BF? :shh
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