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Re: Can the Tigers go back to back?
« Reply #15 on: January 07, 2018, 02:28:40 PM »
Of course we can.

We have an injury run like we did last season,  then most definitely

But we need the next wave to come through. Agree with MT, the 22 that played on GF last year arent going to be there if we make the GF in 2018.

Rrally looking forward to see how the ones who missed in 17 step up in 2018. Mrakov, C Ellis, Short, intwreated to see how they go. Looking forward to see how much Bolton, Garthwaite improve. Then there is Miles, the one that really intrigues me the most, can he get back to best 22?

Huge year coming up, massive expectations on so many different levels.

Bring it on  :gotigers
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Re: Can the Tigers go back to back?
« Reply #16 on: January 15, 2018, 12:18:10 AM »
Jude Bolton way too early AFL predictions for 2018

Jude Bolton
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Jan 11, 2018


After two incredible fairytale premiership wins, fans from all clubs -- well, maybe not North Melbourne, Gold Coast or Carlton supporters -- will be dreaming of experiencing the same glory in 2018. It's shaping up as another hugely even season, with as many as 14 potential finalists in my opinion.

I'm predicting an all-Sydney grand final, with the Swans no doubt driven by their horror start and finish to last season, while their 'younger brothers' across town are dripping with talent across every line, and are ready to go one better after deep September campaigns in the previous two years.

So, will your club improve, tread water or fall away next season? Here's my way-too-early predictions for each team.

RICHMOND

Pinch yourselves Tigers fans, not since 1981 have you started a season as the 'reigning premiers'.

After what was a dream run, Damien Hardwick now has a list that is cohesive and evenly poised to press again. On the back of strong front half pressure and leadership they unlocked what was missing to dominate throughout September and deliver big time.

Can they maintain the rage and deal with newfound pressure? A huge membership base has awoken - this is going to be fun to watch!

http://www.espn.com.au/afl/story/_/id/22011329/jude-bolton-way-too-early-afl-predictions-2018

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Re: Can the Tigers go back to back?
« Reply #17 on: February 24, 2018, 07:21:32 PM »
Preseason results mean nothing at the end of the day but having said that today was most pleasing because we showed no signs of a premiership hangover. No resting on our 2017 laurels. We came to play despite it only being a preseason game and with nothing to have to prove.

A long way to go with the real stuff still 4 weeks away before it starts but today was the first little box ticked.
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Re: Can the Tigers go back to back?
« Reply #18 on: March 08, 2018, 12:52:30 AM »
Once again only preseason but 2 wins by 157 points combined says no sign of a hangover going into round 1. The key is not getting ahead of ourselves. Noticed Dimma post-game was critical of a number of things from last night's win in spite of the 70 point margin. He was right (we lairised in the last 15 mins of that 3rd qtr) but clearly he is keeping everyone's feet firmly on the ground.
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Re: Can the Tigers go back to back?
« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2018, 08:23:13 AM »
Once again only preseason but 2 wins by 157 points combined says no sign of a hangover going into round 1. The key is not getting ahead of ourselves. Noticed Dimma post-game was critical of a number of things from last night's win in spite of the 70 point margin. He was right (we lairised in the last 15 mins of that 3rd qtr) but clearly he is keeping everyone's feet firmly on the ground.

We actually didn't play that well when we had ball in hand but gee we work hard off the ball which augers well - particularly when teams turn over the footy.
Great to see our scoring is well up this year, missed another 4 or 5 sodas again last night.
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Re: Can the Tigers go back to back?
« Reply #20 on: March 08, 2018, 01:23:16 PM »
I think the video below accurately refects Richmond compared to the rest of the competition.  Simply playing at another level . The only question is who will be our unlucky opponent we destroy in the grand final.

https://youtu.be/EWOIf0_tCnk
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Re: Can the Tigers go back to back?
« Reply #21 on: March 08, 2018, 02:49:14 PM »
Richmond's record since losing in Geelong in R21 last year (including finals and JLT games):

7 wins
0 losses
210.9%
Av points for: 119
Av points against: 56

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Re: Can the Tigers go back to back?
« Reply #22 on: June 13, 2018, 12:52:37 PM »
According to the AFL website we have already done it  ;D.


Jack Riewoldt creates another iconic moment at the MCG after Richmond's 2018 premiership.


http://www.afl.com.au/news/2018-06-13/fan-survey-australias-best-footy-stadium

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Re: Can the Tigers go back to back?
« Reply #23 on: June 13, 2018, 07:26:32 PM »
It's gonna be tough.
I was confident at the beginning of the season.

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Re: Can the Tigers go back to back?
« Reply #24 on: June 13, 2018, 10:39:35 PM »
The real contenders always make their move and click into gear in the second half of the season (after the bye). You want to be peaking in late-August and September.
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Re: Can the Tigers go back to back?
« Reply #25 on: June 14, 2018, 09:11:17 AM »
I am worried about the back end of this year but think it's paranoia

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Re: Can the Tigers go back to back?
« Reply #26 on: June 15, 2018, 01:21:07 PM »
Wonders will never cease! Barrett actually made a positive comment about us in his 'Sliding Doors' column today:

IF ... you want perspective on the Tigers’ three losses from 12 games ...

THEN ... at the same stage last year they had lost five. The premiership defence project going as well as it could be.

http://www.afl.com.au/news/2018-06-15/sliding-doors-round-13

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Back-to-back premierships a feasibility rather than fantasy

Tyler Lewis
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23 June 2018


It has become apparent at the midway point of the 2018 home-and-away season that Richmond are building a supremacy among others in the AFL.

The Richmond side are sitting pretty coming into their bye weekend with ten wins and three losses, with a colossus of a percentage of 135.01 per cent (six per cent more than second), exhibiting they still have the hunger and firepower to lift the cup again, and to achieve back-to-back flags for their first time since 1974.

The Tigers are sitting in better shape than this time last year, have picked up enough talent upon their previous rebuilding phases, and are on their way to breaking the MCG consecutive games-won record. Most importantly are in form.

This Richmond side has what it takes to build an all-time dynasty, their game style that entails immense amounts of pressure of the ball carrier and tackles inside 50 in which can be achieved in any type of weather conditions.

With three out of the top ten leaders for tackles inside 50, no defender feels comfortable with procession in Richmond’s forward half. The Tigers didn’t sit on top of the ladder at the conclusion of any round in 2017, ultimately exhibiting they are still improving, which should be frightening for 17 other coaches.

Versatile midfield/forward Josh Caddy is in career-best form, in many mid year all Australian teams for his ability to go forward and be an option in the air (28 goals) but still win big bodied clearances in the middle.

Shane Edwards also in career best form, bound to influence any contest he enters and is leading the goal assists for the league by a country mile. If Richmond finish in the top two of the AFL ladder at the end of the home-and-away season they are assured a home qualifying final with 90,000+ die hard fans barracking passionately for their side.

With their current run of 16 consecutive wins at the MCG and in their eight wins their this year scoring under 100 points only on one occasion, it is difficult to see the yellow and black losing at the home of football.

With the top four looking likely to be 2/4 interstate teams in whom haven’t got the best history at the MCG, the expectation for Damian Hardwick’s men should to be involved on the last Saturday in September at the least.

The hunger is most certainly still their within the Tigers players, mixed with young talent, this is a perfect recipe for a long stint at the top end of the ladder. Daniel Rioli upon return only compiled a 12-disposal game but seemed to be a pivotal player in the big win against top four hopeful Geelong.

Rioli laid eight tackles, five score involvements and kicked the final goal of the game to secure the win against a desperate Geelong. Rioli’s final goal begun on the broadcast wing soccering the ball forward and the laying a huge tackle inside 50 being rewarded with the free kick.

This run of play demonstrated the hunger that he has to be apart of this side. In his first AFL game since a broken foot on grand final day Rioli could have easily let the ball trickle out of bounce and regain his breath, however impressed all onlookers with his repeat efforts and looked to run himself into the ground grasping for air lining up for goal.

The depth of the tigers is extensive with many VFL players putting their hand up to be apart of the premiership favourites. Upon being dropped this week after a poor game against Port Adelaide, 21-year-old key forward Callum Moore booted five straight in his VFL return, including one of the goals of the year.

Many small forwards blessed with speed are willing and ready to slot back into the side at any given moment, Tyson Stengel is the VFL sides leading goal kicker with 17 majors from ten games and has been able to demonstrate consistency of football at a high standard, along with Shai Bolton who has shown he is a ground ball machine but can also fly for a mark unlike anyone his size in the seconds this year.

Many will always try to dispute great teams to try and bring them back down to mortality, for Richmond their only flaw this year has been the 0-3 run interstate against Adelaide, West Coast and Port Adelaide.

However for coach Damien Hardwick this is no issue, only travelling interstate two more times this year and another six games at the MCG a top two spot is almost a guarantee. The Tigers are playing their best footy while receiving no help from the umpires, down a whopping -70 free kicks this season in the free kick differential, 30 less than 17th placed GWS, the tigers are playing a generational brand of football without any easy free kicks to help them along.

Hardwick has been through it all in his nine seasons at the helm, his job being questioned after every loss or poor performance, but now has the luxury of coaching this side each week and has the chance to win his second Jock McHale medal in as many years.

https://www.theroar.com.au/2018/06/23/back-back-premierships-feasibility-rather-fantasy/

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Re: Can the Tigers go back to back?
« Reply #28 on: June 24, 2018, 12:56:50 PM »
I like this Lewis fellow.
This youngster could be the next Mike Sheahan.

Keep up the good journalism Tyler   :thumbsup
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Re: Can the Tigers go back to back?
« Reply #29 on: June 24, 2018, 01:04:12 PM »
Jeez...you'd want him to better than ol' four eyes.... :shh
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