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Re: Rance Retires Effectively Immediately to Focus on Family & Faith
« Reply #15 on: December 19, 2019, 11:28:09 AM »
The club will go on. Balta will be ok in this role. Not Rance but im sure Leppa and the Coaches will ramp up his development now. It could be exciting times with Balta Coleman Jones and others getting chances. We will win the flag in 2020. Im still confident.

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Re: Rance Retires Effectively Immediately to Focus on Family & Faith
« Reply #16 on: December 19, 2019, 11:50:23 AM »
It's Garthwaite time.

Garthwaires Not up to it imo. Noah Balta is our best hope. Has the rin and the drive to play a similar role.

Hopefully if Garthwaite gets his chance, he's eased in as a 4th tall, and not required to play on the number 1 forward like he did this year.
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Re: Rance Retires Effectively Immediately to Focus on Family & Faith
« Reply #17 on: December 19, 2019, 11:54:54 AM »
This is so devastating .

That's religion for you. Especially something that resembles a cult like the JW.

You're retired such a long time and Alex had some great footy ahead of him.
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Re: Rance Retires Effectively Immediately to Focus on Family & Faith
« Reply #18 on: December 19, 2019, 12:08:13 PM »
There’s a handful of players whose contribution pre and post our flag will leave a legacy which will outlast my time on this planet and Rance is one of those players.
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Re: Rance Retires Effectively Immediately to Focus on Family & Faith
« Reply #19 on: December 19, 2019, 12:23:49 PM »
"I am someone who will always give their best to what they commit to, and I’m proud of the time, energy and dedication that I’ve put towards my football career," Rance said.

"Right now, I feel I have served my purpose in terms of my on-field performance and cultural impact, and I’m so grateful to the football club for their support and care in allowing me to do that in my own unique way.

Now I feel is the right time for me to put the same time and energy into other areas of my life that need it, and to prioritise the more important things to me, such as my spiritual growth, my family and friends.

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"Alex, his manager and the club have been in regular communication about Alex’s future, and while we will miss him dearly at our football club, we understand and respect his need to step away from football to focus on his personal life," Richmond CEO Brendon Gale said.

"He leaves this club a highly decorated premiership player and it has been a privilege for all us to watch him play. He is clearly one of the greatest players to have pulled on the Richmond jumper.

"Alex has been the ultimate competitor, an incredible character of the club, and a fine example of a 'Richmond Man'.

"Although he’s stepping away from playing football, he’ll always be part of Richmond and we wish him and his family all the best for the future."

https://www.afl.com.au/news/364548/star-tiger-shocks-footy-world-with-sudden-retirement

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Re: Rance Retires Effectively Immediately to Focus on Family & Faith
« Reply #21 on: December 19, 2019, 12:40:23 PM »
No matter how it's sugar coated it sucks

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Re: Rance Retires Effectively Immediately to Focus on Family & Faith
« Reply #22 on: December 19, 2019, 12:42:14 PM »
Wallace believes Rance should go down as the best defender of the decade.

“He’s certainly got to be in the calculations (as the defender of the decade),” he said.

“There’s been some great defenders. The ones that standout to me are the ones that are offensively minded as well as being able to do a job.

“To me he is as good in that area of just being able to read the play and back himself in as nearly anyone I have seen.

“I’m a huge Matthew Scarlett fan and he’s the other one who really stands out for me, but I think Rance is the equal to anyone now.

“Alex Rance at his best, he was the All-Australian captain as a defender so I think (he was the defender of the decade).”

https://www.sen.com.au/news/2019/12/19/the-silver-lining-of-rance-retirement-for-richmond-fans/

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Re: Rance Retires Effectively Immediately to Focus on Family & Faith
« Reply #23 on: December 19, 2019, 12:55:39 PM »
He's staying on the list.... :shh
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Re: Rance Retires Effectively Immediately to Focus on Family & Faith
« Reply #24 on: December 19, 2019, 01:01:56 PM »
Benny Gale media interview just now:

* Rance had been in discussions with Blair Hartley over the last couple of days.

* Gale spoke to Rance last night.

* From selfish point of view the initial reaction was one of disappointment. That you were no longer going to see him ever play again. But it wasn't a surprise. Aware this issue had been on his mind for quite a long time.

* One of the journos asked about Rance having a gap year? Gale said he's retired and we need to move on.

* Gale on Rance: He's mad. He flips personalities. I don't understand him but he lifts the place. He brings energy. He's going to be hard to replace. He is also a 150% guy. He needs to be all-in (to be committed).

* Rance is one of the finest to play at our club. His assertiveness and confidence. Where he sits I don't know and others are better to judge but he will go down as one of the best defenders.

* Too early to discuss regarding bringing in another player via the supplementary period. There are better people than me (Gale) to make that decision.

* Best Rance game?
Round 23, 2014. We needed to win that game to make it the first time Richmond made back-to-back finals appearances since 1975. Rance single-handedly won us that game or rather single-handedly stopped Sydney from winning it.

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Re: Rance Retires Effectively Immediately to Focus on Family & Faith
« Reply #25 on: December 19, 2019, 01:02:28 PM »
Cotch interview with the media:

* It was a surprise.

* Mood in the rooms?  Rance brought his usual humour. Had his nephew with him. He said he was proud of the culture we have created. Sad he won't be there for those day to day things but we'll always be there for him.

* You need to be at your best to bring your best - physically, emotionally, mentally and also spiritually. He needed to come to his own decision to become fulfilled.

* Incredible person. He doesn't like to confide with others how is thinking. It's obvious he has been weighing this up.

* We got drafted together. He's done everything you can do in the game. He always gives his best and puts his energy into helping others.

* There's a hole there like last year when he went down with the knee. A chance for others to flourish.

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Re: Rance Retires Effectively Immediately to Focus on Family & Faith
« Reply #26 on: December 19, 2019, 01:42:24 PM »
The reasons behind Rance's early retirement

Peter Ryan
The Age
19 December 2019


Alex Rance's retirement came as a shock to most.

On Tuesday, one of his defensive sidekicks Dylan Grimes told reporters that the champion 30-year-old appeared stronger and fitter than he had been before he injured his knee in his 200th game.

But by Thursday, those close to the Tiger star were getting their heads around the finality of his decision rather than the fact he had made the call with two years remaining on a contract and was just months away from what promised to be an exciting return to play.

Immediately after the post-season break, the Tigers sensed Rance had returned with real purpose to attack 2020, his pleasure in his teammates' premiership success at the end of Richmond's triumphant 2019 one of the lasting memories of the season.

However in recent weeks, after the national draft and trade period, the club became aware that the questions Rance's always active mind posed about how he wanted to devote his time were getting louder.

His family, his faith, his work with the academy he began in 2016 were all drawing him closer, with football struggling to fulfil the often complex soul that is Rance.

The club worked with him, supported him, respected him and eventually accepted the decision he arrived at to leave behind the game he mastered after 12 years as a Tiger.

He will work on his school, The Academy, which offers a footy-focused schooling program, and spend time with his family and his community, but much of his future remains unplanned with his settlement with the club still to be worked through.

There is nothing sinister behind his departure. He was flying on the track and his mind was only filled with the emotion that comes when a person is faced with a life decision that requires them to head down a track few expect.

Rance is a thinker, a questioner, in some ways an idealist, and a person who always wants the best for others as evidenced by his work to develop a school he believed would better suit the needs of teenagers than other options.

The themes that shone through in his children's books Tiger's Roar and Rabbit's Hop were positive with the blurb for Rabbit's Hop giving, funnily enough, as good an insight as any into Rance and the logic behind his decision.

Jack Rabbit loved Rabbit Island. He loved his friends and family and all the little rabbits. He loved being the best at hopping and chomping and (nearly the best) at zigzagging.

But Jack Rabbit was restless.

A childlike sense of humour often emerged from that restlessness when Rance was on display, unafraid to engage and without reserve as he showed when he arrived at AFLX in a white suit on a skateboard while wearing headphones.

All this came from the big-hearted place that makes him a good person and one the club and his teammates grew to love.

Also in his bones is a fierce competitor, one who might have seemed contradictory to him at times, and helped him earn five consecutive All-Australian selections from 2014-2018, win a best and fairest in 2015 and finish runner-up in the club champion award behind Dustin Martin in Richmond's drought-breaking premiership year of 2017.

He was the premier defender of the decade and his generation.

As Richmond began their winning run towards this year's flag he was always present post-match in the rooms, one foot rested against the wall as he leaned into the background, his white teeth flashing easily whenever he recognised someone and offered them a warm hello.

Although the pre-Christmas timing of Rance's retirement is not ideal from a list management perspective, Richmond are not dwelling on that minor detail, more conscious of expressing gratitude for the role the grinning defender played in transforming the club from laughing stock to flag bearers.

In the short term, his call upsets the Richmond applecart but from a broader and more reflective perspective, it's perfect timing given the Tigers proved in 2019 they could succeed without the No.18 in their backline.

Most of the disappointment among football lovers relates to the realisation that Rance won't stalk the Tigers' defence at the MCG like an ancient warrior defending a castle.

That was a sight to behold as he populated the defensive 50 like the subject of multiplicity photography.

"Now I feel is the right time for me to put the same time and energy into other areas of my life that need it, and to prioritise the more important things to me, such as my spiritual growth, my family and friends," he said.

Rance has made a true life decision and no one can deny him that.

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/the-reasons-behind-rance-s-early-retirement-20191219-p53lhg.html

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Re: Rance Retires Effectively Immediately to Focus on Family & Faith
« Reply #28 on: December 19, 2019, 01:54:33 PM »
This is very shattering. This makes 2019 Premiership even greater.

Something must have happened, can't do 1 and a half months of 2020 Pre-Season and then just "retire". It is very odd. Is Rance odd? Yes but this is very, very odd.

This is the greatest defender in history we are talking about.

The other 17 clubs are rapt about this.