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Fragile Times, Fierce Action Needed
#1
A NEGATIVE first before attempting positive reinforcement.

Richmonds pathetic effort on Thursday night means Terry Wallace has a poorer win-loss record than his predecessor, Danny Frawley.

Wallaces record stands at 35 wins from 89 games, a winning percentage of 39.32 compared to Frawleys 45 wins from 113 games at 39.82 per cent.

That Frawley was hounded from Punt Rd by the media, fans and ultimately the board in what was a dreadful period in Richmonds history, puts perspective into Wallaces position: Its delicate.

Not because Richmond lost against Carlton, but how it lost.

As for percentages, Wallace has cleaned out the list and rebuilt it in his time, and that brings inconsistency of performance, but still does not explain or forgive the Round 1 loss.

Nor would Wallace be asking for forgiveness.

Who knows how Wallace has dealt with the debacle behind closed doors, whether hes been angry, encouraging or been eye-to-eye honest, but redemption first starts on the track.

The Tigers yesterday hit Victoria Park for an arduous midweek training session.

Arduous not for its fierce tackling and defensive pressure, but for its demand for enthusiasm, hard, quick running and, in particular, rapid movement of the ball.

A famous old coach once said Its amazing what happens when you play on.

And to beat Geelong on Saturday, it appears the Tigers have decreed their football this week will be instinctive, that theyll have a get-it and move-it type attitude against Geelongs renowned pressure.

The Tigers yesterday had assistant coaches barking at player groups all over Victoria Park: One, two, three, move it, move it, MOVE.

Another drill had players searching for longer targets in handball drills, in essence to attack, be bold, find space.

As expected, enthusiasm and voice were strong.

Wallace didnt speak to the media.

In times of desperation, clubs nominate a player who usually is calm, rational and mature and, significantly, can avoid a headline.

So, Matthew Richardson was out because he wears his heart on his sleeve and would say something the club might not appreciate. Nathan Brown has already spoken. Brett Deledio was pumped by James Hird in this paper yesterday. Chris Newman was a chance for he is captain, and it wasnt a role for the kids.

That left Joel Bowden.

Bowdens so slick he wouldnt be out of place at the UN General Assembly.
Yesterday he had one word to describe what was needed this weekcompetitiveness.

He said the players reviewed the Blues match on Friday, had the weekend off to reflect and have hit the track with intent.

Geelong are a very good side. Its going to be a great challenge for us and in some ways thats a good thing for us because we have to get back on the horse and be ready to go, he said.

Everyone needs to improve, everyone has to play well.

The mood?

The moods OK, we have to make make sure we are competitive this week.

He added: Football is a very, very hard game and someone once said footys about 90 per cent mental and only 10 per cent physical.

This week against Geelong we need to go in with a very, very strong mindset that were going to go hard at the ball and play our role.

Everyone has to play their role, from the most senior to the most junior player, theyre going to have to do better, myself included . . . we have to make sure were competitive because last week we werent competitive.

Bowden, perhaps similar to most of his teammates, avoided the media at the weekend, so much so that he missed suggestions by Collingwood president Eddie McGuire that Kevin Sheedy could be coaching the Tigers by Round 4.

You know what, I missed that one, Bowden said.

The coach was off limits.

Were here to play footy, we dont speculate about the coach, we wont talk about the coachs position, thats the job of the media.

Fragile times, fierce action needed at Tigerland

Mark Robinson



Wednesday, April 01, 2009 at 11:01am


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#2
As an adjunct to this, why the feck are we still training at Skunkville?

Haven't those bloody cricketers realised it's footy season, or is it this redevelopment stuff?

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Ms Tantie Wrote:As an adjunct to this, why the feck are we still training at Skunkville?

Haven't those bloody cricketers realised it's footy season, or is it this redevelopment stuff?

Cheers!
Ms Tantie.
xox

Must be the "redevelopment" - 'cause the pitch is no longer protected space. Actually, more likely to be the playing surface. [There's not a lot of obvious redevelopment happening]
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I also noticed that with Collingwood VFL team now being a 'stand-alone' team they are campaigning to play at Vic Park.

There is some minor hiccups to get through but knowing Fat Eddy he'll smooth it all out.

Anyhow, what's the progress on Craigieburn? Thought that was supposed to be ready in the first part of the year.
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Ms Tantie Wrote:As an adjunct to this, why the feck are we still training at Skunkville?

Haven't those bloody cricketers realised it's footy season, or is it this redevelopment stuff?

Cheers!
Ms Tantie.
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Personally, I would have had them training at the farm in Werribee after last weeks debacle!
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Really caught me by surprise the TW win loss ratio is worst than Spuds'.
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Gimme Wrote:

The Tigers yesterday hit Victoria Park for an arduous midweek training session.

Arduous not for its fierce tackling and defensive pressure, but for its demand for enthusiasm, hard, quick running and, in particular, rapid movement of the ball.

Of course ! Why would we bother practicing tackling and defensive pressure ?????


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black Wrote:Of course ! Why would we bother practicing tackling and defensive pressure ?????

lolol yeah,maybe they don,t know how to do physical drills.
I don't know why we even bother with melbourne storm, teaching us tackling,
because no ones learning.
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colossus Wrote:lolol yeah,maybe they don,t know how to do physical drills.
I don't know why we even bother with melbourne storm, teaching us tackling,
because no ones learning.
Ha ! might as well bring in Man United or the Melbourne Tigers to teach us tackling next year. Maybe the Aussie Diamonds could show us a thing or two Big Grin


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Haven't we been training with the Melbourne Storm players for a couple of years now in an effort to teach tackling and physical play? What happened to that? Is that still happening? And if so, why do we still seem to be getting nowhere in this dept?
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