Game Chat – Tigers v Power

Written by Motts on March 14 2015

Richmond has named a near full-strength squad for its second pre-season game, against Port Adelaide in Albury this Saturday.

Captain Trent Cotchin and injured midfielder Nathan Foley are the most notable absentees in a 29-player squad.

The likes of Brett Deledio, Ivan Maric, Dustin Martin, Jack Riewoldt and Alex Rance will play their first competitive games at AFL level this season.

In all, 12 different Tigers have been included in the squad which was defeated by the Western Bulldogs by 22 points at Whitten Oval on February 28.

“Our intention always was to have a stronger NAB 2 team,” coach Damien Hardwick said.

“It was always the way we were going to go . . . give the younger players an opportunity that NAB 1 game because it was five weeks out from Round 1. 

“Now we’re about three weeks away.  So the majority of our senior squad will be out playing this week.”

Meanwhile, for Port, it will be 651 days between AFL games for Jarrad Redden when he pulls on the teal NAB Challenge guernsey on Saturday.

The ruckman has been selected for his first game since Round 10, 2013 when the Power lost to the Bulldogs up in Darwin.

He has been named in the Power’s 29-man squad to take on Richmond in Albury today.

The game will serve as a valuable opportunity to test the mettle of some of the Power’s newest recruits and younger players.

Mitch Harvey, Darcy Byrne-Jones and Tom Logan will play their first games of this year’s NAB Challenge, while Sam Russell, Dougal Howard, Jesse Palmer and Johann Wagner, are set to make their first appearance at the elite level.

This will be one of the Power’s youngest and least experienced teams in recent memory, with the omission of Boak, Ebert, Hamish Hartlett, Robbie Gray, Kane Cornes, Alipate Carlile, Jay Schulz and Justin Westhoff.

RICHMOND

2. D. Grimes, 3. B. Deledio, 4. D. Martin, 5. B. Ellis, 6. S. Grigg, 8. J. Riewoldt, 10. S. Edwards, 11. J. Batchelor, 13. R. Petterd, 14. B. Houli, 16. S. Hampson, 18. A. Rance, 20. I. Maric, 22. N. Gordon, 25. T. Chaplin, 26. A. Miles, 27. S. Lloyd, 28. T. Hunt, 29. T. Vickery, 30. R. Conca, 31. N. Vlastuin, 33. K. McIntosh, 34. L. McBean, 35. B. Lennon, 36. M. McDonough, 38. S. Morris, 43. T. Elton, 44. M. Arnot, 48. K. Lambert.

PORT ADELAIDE

2. K. Mitchel, 3. J. Neade, 5. M. Broadbent, 11. J. Butcher, 13. C. O’Shea, 14. P. Stewart, 15. K. Amon, 16. O. Wines, 17. T. Clurey, 19. M. White. 21. J. Polec, 23. M. Lobbe, 24. J. Impey, 26. A. Moore, 29. J. Pittard, 31. M. Harvey, 32. D. Howard, 33. D. Byrne-Jones, 34. J. Redden, 36. J. Hombsch, 37. J. Palmer, 40. A. Young, 41. B. AhChee, 42. T. Jonas, 43. J. Wagner, 44. T. Logan, 46. S. Gray, 47. S. Russell, 48. N. Krakouer.

In: Polec, Broadbent, Hombsch, Russell, Logan, Wagner, Palmer, Redden, Byrne-Jones, Howard, Harvey  
Out: Boak, Ebert, Hartlett, Gray, Cornes, Carlile, Schulz, Westhoff

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11 thoughts on “Game Chat – Tigers v Power”

  1. Dustin Martin 149

    Shane Edwards 128

    Bachar Houli 115

    Brandon Ellis 111

    Jack Riewoldt 104

    Taylor Hunt 103

    Matthew Broadbent 97

    Ty Vickery 92

    Ivan Maric 87

    Shaun Grigg 87

    Aaron Young 86

    Nick Vlastuin 85

    Reece Conca 84

    Jared Polec 84

    Paul Stewart 84

    Brett Deledio 82

    Kane Mitchell 82

    Troy Chaplin 80

    Sam Lloyd 78

    Nathan Krakouer 78

    Ben Lennon 77

    Kamdyn McIntosh 71

    Tom Clurey 71

    Karl Amon 70

    Jack Hombsch 69

    Cam O’Shea 67

    Alex Rance 66

    Dylan Grimes 65

    Tom Logan 63

    Jake Neade 62

    Brendon Ah Chee 62

    Jake Batchelor 52

    Anthony Miles 51

    Jarrad Redden 50

    Kane Lambert 50

    Jasper Pittard 49

    Nathan Gordon 47

    Matt White 44

    Ricky Petterd 42

    Andrew Moore 36

    Johann Wagner 34

    Darcy Byrne-Jones 30

    Dougal Howard 29

    Sam Gray 29

    Steven Morris 22

    Mitch Harvey 21

    John Butcher 21

    Jesse Palmer 20

    Sam Russell 14

    Todd Elton 12

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  2. Just a few observations from a one-eyed Tigers supporter:

    Dusty – I know there wasn’t much opposition, but Dusty is moving beautifully at this time of year. Set and forget in the forward line. (Brad Johnson: ‘Opposition coaches are gonna have to start employing the ‘don’t argue’ Specialist Coaches to stop him’).

    Maric – full pre-season, moving fine, looking fit. If you were looking at him as a POD in the ruck, you can take him with plenty of confidence.

    Deledio – Got through the game ok, first major hitout for the year, nothing flashy. Barring any mishaps between now and April 2nd, he’s a big chance to average over 100 for an 8th season.

    Taylor Hunt – Special mention here. Thought he looked very good running through the midfield and occasionally sweeping across half-back. Job security will be an issue. The depth is getting better at Tigerland and he’s in a group of about 10-12 players that could fill the final 5-6 spots in the best 22. I’d pick him ahead of Grigg for example, but I know Hardwick, and he loves Grigg.

    Kane Lambert didn’t look out of place when he had the ball…..just didn’t get the ball too often. Fits into the same JS section as Hunt (above).

    For Port……only really kept an eye on Krakouer. Used the ball well across half-back. He might be elevated off the rookie list but he’ll need injuries to the best 22 before he gets a game (imo). Jasper Pittard goes hard at it but not really SC relevant………

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  3. I wish the AFL coaches would get together and work out which weeks they are going to play their full squads!

    Surely it would be more useful for their guns to fine tune themselves against a semi-decent side rather than VFL and SANFL sides.

    Not sure we can take anything from either game today except that there were no high-profile injuries.

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