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Re: Rance Retires Effectively Immediately to Focus on Family & Faith
« Reply #75 on: January 13, 2020, 06:10:12 PM »
Looks like it is all true, gutted
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Re: Rance Retires Effectively Immediately to Focus on Family & Faith
« Reply #76 on: January 13, 2020, 06:10:32 PM »
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Re: Rance Retires Effectively Immediately to Focus on Family & Faith
« Reply #77 on: January 16, 2020, 04:12:51 AM »
Rance ready for Geelong move

Tamara McDonald
Geelong Advertiser
January 16, 2020

Recently-retired AFL star Alex Rance is set to focus on his footy school, which has a campus opening in Geelong next month, full-time.

Mr Rance is the co-founder and co-director of The Academy, an elite college that already has a campus in Essendon, and provides an alternative to standard Year 11 and 12 schooling with a strong focus on AFL development.

It will be opening in Hamlyn Heights and students will graduate with VCAL qualifications and pathways to tertiary institutions.

Luke Surace, co-director at The Academy, yesterday confirmed Mr Rance would be involved “in a full-time capacity” across all campuses from 2020, leading the high performance and football aspects of the program.

Mr Rance and Mr Surace will work together on the future growth of the program in further Victorian locations.

“Alex is excited to combine his two passions, AFL and education, in a more full-time capacity,” Mr Surace said.

Mr Rance, a 2017 premiership star for Richmond and five-time All-Australian defender, announced his shock retirement last month.

https://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/news/geelong/retired-afl-star-alex-rance-taking-fulltime-reigns-of-geelong-essendon-footy-schools/news-story/e715d7e22646a9695ce8cc4cfd5845bc

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Re: Rance Retires Effectively Immediately to Focus on Family & Faith
« Reply #78 on: January 16, 2020, 06:22:54 PM »
Ch 7 and 9 news both just mentioned that later on in their respective bulletins they'll have Houli talking about Rance.

In the snippet Ch 9 showed just now Houli was saying if he (Rance) can get his life into balance he can see Rance coming back.

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Houli praying Rance will find fulfilment - and return to Richmond (Age)
« Reply #79 on: January 16, 2020, 06:27:14 PM »
Houli praying Rance will find fulfilment - and return to Richmond

Peter Ryan
The Age
16 January 2020 5:00pm


Dual premiership Tiger Bachar Houli was shocked when his teammate Alex Rance announced he was retiring just before Christmas, given Rance had presented to the group in a strategy meeting just days earlier.

The surprise has barely subsided and Houli is still hopeful Rance can find a way to return to the game where he made his name, admitting he is "praying" that Rance will come back.

As is his gentle and genuine way off the field, Houli emphasised that his prayers are more focused on Rance finding the happiness he said he was seeking when he left behind the game that has dominated his life for so long.

But he also made it clear he would like the five time All-Australian alongside him on the field, too.

"Everyone is sad that he has stepped away from the game but I pray that he comes back because he such an incredible player but more importantly an incredible person ... I pray that he comes back but more importantly we pray that he continues to be happy and to fulfil what he wants to fulfil in life," Houli said.

The two teammates caught up briefly at a funeral recently but their discussion was focused on the occasion rather than any football talk, with Houli always capable of finding perspective when required.

"Things happen and there is more to life than just football," Houli said.

"[Alex] admitted he struggled to balance his life to an extent and we all go through that. We are not perfect human beings but I am sure if he can balance other things in life and be able to incorporate all this I have confidence that he will return, but that is obviously his decision."

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/houli-praying-rance-will-find-fulfilment-and-return-to-richmond-20200116-p53s44.html

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Re: Rance Retires Effectively Immediately to Focus on Family & Faith
« Reply #80 on: January 16, 2020, 07:24:01 PM »
Richmond defender Bachar Houli says he's been praying Alex Rance will change his mind and return to the Tigers. http://7NEWS.com.au @Jacquifelgate #7NEWS
Watch here: https://twitter.com/7NewsMelbourne/status/1217716427353755648

Richmond's Bachar Houli says he's confident retired teammate Alex Rance will make a comeback. @coreynorris9 #9News
Watch here: https://twitter.com/9NewsMelb/status/1217716187112656896

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Tigers star Bachar Houli praying for Rance return (Herald-Sun)
« Reply #81 on: January 16, 2020, 07:34:23 PM »
Tigers star praying for Rance return

Peter Rolfe
Herald Sun
16 January 2020 7:00pm


Dual Richmond premiership star Bachar Houli is hopeful Alex Rance will return as an AFL footballer, admitting he was shocked by his teammate’s abrupt retirement.

All-Australian Houli declared there was more to life than football and hoped Rance found happiness after stepping away from the game last month.

But he said the timing of Rance’s retirement as the Tigers chase a second flag in three years caught the club by surprise and he hoped the Richmond great returned.

“We all wish that he comes back,’’ he said.

Houli described Rance as “one of the best humans that ever existed’’.

“He is all about family, all about happiness,’’ he said.

“Yes, everyone is sad that he stepped away from the game but I pray that he comes back.

“Because he is such an incredible player but, more importantly, an incredible person.’’

Rance, 30, has vowed to work on his private academy in the wake of his shock retirement last month, after spending most of last season on the sidelines through injury.

But Houli said the door was open for a Richmond return if the five-time All-Australian had the hunger.

“I pray that he comes back,’’ he said.

“But, more importantly, we pray that he continues to be happy and to fulfil what he wants to fulfil in life.’’

Houli revealed Richmond players were as surprised as fans when Rance – who he labelled “ a brother for life’’ announced he was stepping aside.

“I’m sure everyone was pretty shocked, I was very, very shocked to be quite honest,’’ he said.

“Because I remember two days before he announced his retirement he was standing up talking about certain plays … it sounded like he was extremely passionate and just wanted to get on the field.

“I was really shocked, but things happen.’’

Houli said leading a balanced life would be the key to any Rance return.

“Alex is a person that when he commits to something, he fully commits,’’ he said.

“He admitted that he had struggled to balance his life to an extent and we all go through that.

“We are not perfect human beings.

“But I’m sure if he can balance other things in life and be able to incorporate all this, I have confidence that he will be able to return.

“But that’s obviously his decision.

“What we want is for him to be happy because life goes beyond football.’’

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/teams/richmond/bachar-houli-says-he-hopes-alex-rance-returns-to-afl/news-story/7d05c7432f5d084a859dd5e175423ff0

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Re: Rance Retires Effectively Immediately to Focus on Family & Faith
« Reply #82 on: January 16, 2020, 08:32:45 PM »
i think we can put it to bed now any of the rumours. The great bachar has spoken!

The JW influence played a major part in this IMO.

Bonus if he comes back but i doubt it. Time for Balta to make his move.




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Re: Rance Retires Effectively Immediately to Focus on Family & Faith
« Reply #83 on: January 17, 2020, 09:00:09 AM »
Walked in at the wrong time last night, just saw come back Houli Rance. Was totally over the moon for a second there, here's hoping :pray

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Re: Rance Retires Effectively Immediately to Focus on Family & Faith
« Reply #84 on: January 17, 2020, 09:35:58 AM »
Seems to be a glimmer of hope maybe?

When Hodge, Roughead etc. retired, there were no articles about teammates praying that he might come back.  :pray
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Re: Rance Retires Effectively Immediately to Focus on Family & Faith
« Reply #85 on: January 17, 2020, 09:40:24 AM »
Would be thrilled if he came back after the bye.

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Re: Rance Retires Effectively Immediately to Focus on Family & Faith
« Reply #86 on: January 17, 2020, 12:14:48 PM »
I think the odds are shifting for him to come back. 

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Hardwick slams trolls over Rance rumours (Herald-Sun)
« Reply #87 on: January 17, 2020, 12:52:49 PM »
Hardwick slams trolls over Rance rumours

Chris Vernuccio
Herald Sun
January 17, 2020 12:26pm


Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has slammed “weak” keyboard warriors for smearing Alex Rance following his sudden AFL retirement.

Speaking for the first time about Rance’s departure, Hardwick said there was “nothing sinister” in the premiership defender’s decision to walk away the game last month with two years still to run on his contract.

“That’s what people do, I think they sit there and they hide behind keyboards and it’s weak. It’s incredibly weak and it’s incredibly disappointing from my point of view,” Hardwick said.

“There’s no truth to it, there’s nothing to it. This man is a man who’s been devoted to his family and his faith for a long period of time and there’s nothing more sinister than that.”

Hardwick said the door was open for Rance to return but wants what’s best for him, sharing the sentiments of premiership defender Bachar Houli who on Thursday said he ”prayed” his former teammate will return to footy.

Rance remains on Richmond’s list but Hardwick isn’t planning on him pulling on the yellow and black jumper this year.

“At this stage he’s retired in our plans, but plans can change,” Hardwick said.

“My more important thing is to make sure Alex is happy in his journey in life.

“Alex’s always been an incredible player for us, but his family and his faith have always been at the forefront of his mind. Whatever makes Alex happy, makes us happy.

“Is the door ajar? Probably it is but the ball is in Alex’s court from that point of view.”

Hardwick said his players preferred to acknowledge Rance’s achievements in private as he addressed the lack of social media tributes from them after the five-time All-Australian announced his retirement.

“I know we probably copped a little bit of flak with regard to that but it’s not how our club operates. We tend to leave the phones at home and the phones where they are,” he said.

“The more and more we hug, we love – all that sort of stuff is very much a part of us.

“(Rance) knows exactly how we feel about him, how important he is to the fabric of our organisation. So he’ll be heavily missed, not only as a football player, but as a person.”

Hardwick said he wasn’t caught off-guard by Rance’s early retirement despite most being shocked by the decision.

“We probably thought it may come to this at some stage – and it has,” Hardwick said.

“We would’ve liked to have got a couple of years out of him, but once again Alex’s happiness is at forefront of our mind.”

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/teams/richmond/damien-hardwick-slams-online-trolls-over-alex-rance-rumours/news-story/80a2e1ece1c6ce9a50ae58adafa13b4f

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Ball in Rance's court for retirement backflip: Hardwick (Age)
« Reply #88 on: January 17, 2020, 12:56:36 PM »
Ball in Rance's court for retirement backflip: Hardwick

Damien Ractliffe
The Age
17 January 2020 - 11:00am


Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says the door remains ajar for Alex Rance to return in a playing capacity but the Tigers are planning for life without the champion defender.

Fellow defender Bachar Houli said on Thursday that he "prayed" Rance would change his mind after announcing his retirement in the off-season and Hardwick doubled down on Friday morning, saying the option to return remained open.

"Is the door ajar? Probably it is but the ball's in Alex's court from that point of view," Hardwick said.

"We're moving on from a planning point of view that he won't be available but that may change.

"My more important thing is to make sure Alex is happy in his journey in life.

"Alex has been an outstanding player for our footy club and the biggest thing for us and our organisation is to make sure Alex is happy. He's got a bigger purpose in life and football is second to that and we understand that. Family and faith are incredibly important to him and we support him 100 per cent."

But Hardwick said Rance’s decision wasn’t necessarily surprising.

"We probably had a feeling," he said. "It's been a significant force in Alex's life, family and faith, so we have had some conversations over the last two to three years with regard to this and we probably thought it may come to this at some stage and it has.

"We obviously would have liked to get a couple [more] years out of him but once again Alex's happiness is at the forefront of our mind."

Online gossip regarding Rance's shock retirement disappointed Hardwick, but the two-time premiership coach said there was nothing sinister about Rance’s career-ending decision.

"That's what people do, they sit there and hide behind keyboards and it's weak," Hardwick said.

"It's incredibly weak and it's incredibly disappointing from my point of view but there's no truth to it.

"This man is a man that has been devoted to his family and his faith for a long period of time and there's nothing more sinister than that."

Hardwick defended his players’ decision not to rush to social media to pay tribute to their teammate.

"Our players have got a different mindset to that," he said.

"We don't necessarily have to be forefront in the social media game.

"Our guys are really heavily connected by human connection - phone calls, conversations - and I know we probably copped a little bit of flak in regard to that, but that's not how our club operates. We tend to leave the phones at home.

"The more and more we hug, we love, all that sort of stuff is very much a part of us. He knows exactly how we feel about him, how important he is to the fabric of our organisation. He'll be heavily missed, not only as football player but as a person."

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/ball-in-rance-s-court-for-retirement-backflip-hardwick-20200117-p53sas.html

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Re: Rance Retires Effectively Immediately to Focus on Family & Faith
« Reply #89 on: January 17, 2020, 01:01:19 PM »
The key will be whether we do much of a fanfare for him. Richo had 12 month farewells if we do nothing for Rance he's still a chance to come back.