The Tigers Are Starting To Roar

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A second victory in three games  has not only seen Richmond move up a spot on the ladder but it has also instilled a new sense of confidence at Punt Road. The fact that the side is sitting two spots off the bottom with three victories is pretty amazing considering the side was written of f as a circus act after they were smashed by Carlton in the first round. New Coach Jade Rawlings has to take a lot of credit for planning their round 12 victory over the West Coast Eagles, but the players should also stand up and take a bow for putting up with the criticism and pressure that has been piled upon them so far this year.

Star signing Ben Cousins was once again an inspiration for his new team. A couple of injuries have hampered his year a little but against his former club he used all of his class and experience coming out of the game with 28 possessions. Another former Eagle also shined in this tie, Mitch Morton scored 5 goals and showed guts and determination all afternoon. For the Eagles star draft pick Nic Naitanui made a quiet debut but Josh Kennedy once again showed that he is a star in the making with 4 goals. despite a late come back from the Eagles Richmond held on for an impressive victory.

Can Jade Rawlings keep it and make the impossible happen. Sportsbet.com have Richmond at $101.00 to make the top eight while Rawlings is at $10.00 to be Tigers coach next year.

Top of the table St Kilda continued their amazing start to the season beating Carlton 104 to 95. The Saints didn’t have it all their own way though and only have a Chris Judd broken nose to thank for the win. Judd went off the field after he clashed heads with one of his own players and the Saints used this period to pull away from a brave Blues outfit. Carlton will feel hard done by in this one but you have to say that the signs are looking good for a bright blue future in the AFL. Carlton are $16.00 to win the flag.

Last years premiers Hawthorn had another afternoon to forget and now sit in eighth spot on the ladder. The Hawks led at half time but only scored 1 goal 7 in the second compared to  Brisbane’s 10 goals 6. Jonathon Brown was once again inspirational for his side scoring 5 goals  and being a constant menace all game. Where now for the Hawks? Get your free bet on them to claim the flag at sportsbet.com.au.

Elsewhere in the first week of a split round 12 Adelaide got on top of a low scoring affair against North Melbourne. The Crows are now fifth on the ladder while Melbourne’s dismal 24 point effort has seen them slide to 12th.

The Western Bulldogs continued their good season by giving the Port Adelaide Power a footballing lesson. The Doggies shared their goal scoring between 13 different players, which was just to much for Port who now sit just outside the eight in ninth spot.

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15 Responses to “The Tigers Are Starting To Roar”

  1. $10 for Rawlings is great value I think. If he can get a few wins on the board before the end of the season they may keep him on for a year or two

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  2. I think that appointing Rawlings means that the tigers are looking to sign a new coach next year, regardless of how Rawlings performs. The obvious choice is that they will go for Buckley, especially seeing as Voss is doing well at Brisbane. I think they should go after the Geelong Assistant Ken Hinkley though.

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  3. I agree that the original plan will have been to appoint a big name for the 2010 season and Rawlings was merely a stop gap. But what if the guy goes un beaten until the end of the season? How can he not get the job?

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  4. If he managed to pull that off, then i am all for him to take the job, but unfortunately no coach could save Richmond this season. Their skills are too poor and Rawlings doesnt have enough time to fix this problem. i think at best he will manage another 3 wins from here. When we play North Melbourne (round 16), Melbourne (18) and Sydney (19). we might be able to beat Hawthorn (21) and West Coast (22), but it all depends on how those teams go with their current injury concerns.

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  5. I agree, i think the fact that Rawlings is adding in more youth, like the recent inclusion of Sylvester into the lineup, he is clearly just setting the tigers up for the new coach and giving the young players a much needed experience boost, and also a chance to prove to who ever becomes the new coach that they are worth keeping at Richmond and helping in the rebuilding process.

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  6. But if the players respect him, play to the best of their ability for him and he has a good tactical knowledge of the game, why hire someone else?

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  7. I just got back from the Tigers v St Kilda game and after that performance Rawlings will struggle coaching at any team let alone the Tigers.

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  8. After watching last nights game, it appeared that nothing has changed, it was the same old Richmond, play well for the first quarter (or half in some cases) and then just fall apart. Richmond just seem to not be able to handle any pressure, and it has been a problem for years.

    there also appeared to be a lack any sort of game plan last night. once the saints got going, we just laid down and played into their hands. as usual we over handpassed the ball and the saints cotinually forced the turnover. some of the handballs last night were disgraceful, straight to players who were flat footed and had a saints player on their back. the tigers need a complete overhaul in the coaching department to give them any chance in the years to come.

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  9. Sportsbet agree and after the Saints game have turn him out to $14 (from $10) to coach the Tigers next year.

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  10. Lets wait and see. Yeah the Tigers got pasted by the Saints but so have most of the other teams in the league this year. I still think that if Rawlings wins 4 or 5 more games this season he will be coach next year.

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  11. I’m not sure how much to read into this but when I was watching the under 18 championships today on TV Rawlings was spotted in the crowd along with other senior coaches. Strange for a fill in coach don’t you think?

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  12. he would have to go, i am sure he doesnt know if he is going to be there next year, he is just making sure he is prepared incase he does get the job next year. i still dont think he will get the job, especially seeing as Sheedy has said he is ready to return to coaching and you can see that with Sheeds favourite now at $5.00 get on him!

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  13. Richmond need a coach that is going to help them build from the ground up. They need a coach that is going to be there in 4,5 or even 10 years time, making sure the club is going forward. So why would they appoint a coach whose best years are well and truly behind them.

    If the Tigers board have any sense on this one they will not appoint Sheeds

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  14. Thats why I originally suggested they should go for Ken Hinkley, he has been at the cats for some time, and so he has some coaching knowledge already and he should know how to get the tigers to where they need to be. Also, we tried the whole give the coach 5 years to build a team, and look how that turned out.

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