Interesting they have Broad as key position depth, based on my conversation with Rico I'm not so sure about that. We actually seem very thin in defence, pray that Rance, Grimes & Chaplin maintain their fitness.
THREE years and three elimination final exits.Also known as the Tiger conundrum or the stuff of nightmares for coach Damien Hardwick.Yet, not much needs to change for Richmond to head deep into September next year, with its best 22 largely unchanged from this season.But one Tiger will be hoping something does change â€” his luck.Ben Griffiths was part of the Tigersâ€™ three-pronged tall forward attack before a shocking run of injuries disrupted the form heâ€™d been trying to find for years.Not only did he miss games through concussion and a minor calf strain, but he was also sidelined for eight weeks after requiring two separate surgeries on his shoulder and finger.â€śThe off season gives you a lot of time to reflect and look at the stuff that you need to work on,â€ť Ben Griffiths told the club website.â€śYou can go back to the drawing board, and start afresh on day one of preseason.â€śThe way im going at the moment, Iâ€™m definitely pushing myself to new levels.â€śIâ€™ve trimmed down a little bit to try and increase my endurance, but for me, the main thing is contested marking, as it is for most of the taller guys.â€ťDespite missing a large chunk of the season, Griffiths returned for the Tigersâ€™ elimination final loss to North Melbourne.Outmuscled by the eighth-placed Kangaroos, Griffiths says the Tigersâ€™ focus this off-season has been on their physicality.â€śWe need to get that ruthlessness about us and I think weâ€™re all working extremely hard against each other and against ourselves to drive better standards and get better,â€ť Griffiths said.â€śThe competition within the club is great because it forces each and every one of us to train harder and get better, which in turn is a better thing for the club so the competition can only be a really positive thing for us.â€ťLOCKSAlex Rance, Bachar Houli, Trent Cotchin, Jack Riewoldt, Ivan Maric, Anthony Miles, Brett DeledioRISING STARDaniel RioliThe standout at this yearâ€™s draft combine, Rioli has elite speed and endurance, not to mention that very famous surname. Originally from the Tiwi Islands, Rioli recorded the fastest time in the 30 metre repeat sprints, and finished in the top 10 in four other categories to receive the award for best all-round performer at the combine. Already, heâ€™s confident that heâ€™s faster than â€ścousinâ€ť Cyril Rioli.THE BUBBLEKamdyn McIntoshThe 21-year-oldâ€™s AFL debut in Round 1 was outstanding. Not only did he collect 23 disposals, nine marks and a goal, but was also awarded with a Rising Star nomination. He went on to play in all 23 games for the Tigers, averaging 15.4 disposals in what was an impressively consistent debut season. With another preseason under his belt, the WA native possesses all the qualities to become one of the Tigersâ€™ elite players next year.ITâ€™S A BIG YEAR FOR ...Dustin MartinAnd not because the 24-year-old needs to prove himself on the field. Rarely beaten one-on-one, Martin capped off his wonderful 2015 season with a second placing in the Richmond best and fairest. But then December happened and the well-documented chopstick incident, which is now the subject of a police investigation. Regardless of the outcome, itâ€™s going to be a big year for Martin, who will face some kind of internal sanction from the Tigers.RICHMONDâ€™S BEST 22B: Jake Batchelor, Alex Rance, Dylan GrimesHB: Bachar Houli, Troy Chaplin, Nick VlaustinC: Brandon Ellis, Trent Cotchin, Chris YarranHF: Dustin Martin, Tyrone Vickery, Brett DeledioF: Shane Edwards, Jack Riewoldt, Ben GriffithsFOLL: Ivan Maric, Anthony Miles, Kane LambertI/C: Shaun Grigg, Reece Conca, Taylor Hunt, Kamdyn McIntoshEMERGENCY: Ben Lennon, Sam Lloyd, Steve MorrisOTHERS: David Astbury, Nathan Broad, Daniel Butler, Nathan Drummond, Corey Ellis, Todd Elton, Oleg Markov, Liam McBean, Reece McKenzie, Connor Menadue, Andrew Moore, Shaun Hampson, Daniel Rioli, Jacob TownsendROOKIES: Jason Castagna, Mabior Chol, Adam Marcon, Callum Moore, Jayden Short, Ivan Soldo
You all are missing Richmond's most important player in their best 22 The shrink
Yaz is battling a calf issue and probably won't play for the first 'third' of the year according to Dimma. Means one more spot for a bunch of blokes to battle over.