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Tigers’ hunting grounds - Marvel Stadium

In the lead-up to the release of the 2019 AFL fixture, richmondfc.com.au is taking a concise historical look at the competition’s current main playing venues from a Yellow and Black perspective. Next up is Marvel Stadium.

9:31am  Oct 24, 2018

‘Dimma’, ‘Cotch’ moving on ‘Captain Blood’

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick and captain Trent Cotchin are both poised to go past the greatest Tiger of them all, Jack Dyer, on two prominent Yellow and Black lists in season 2019.

2:09pm  Oct 23, 2018

Tigers’ hunting grounds - The Gabba

In the lead-up to the release of the 2019 AFL fixture, richmondfc.com.au is taking a concise historical look at the competition’s current main playing venues from a Yellow and Black perspective. Today, we turn our attention to the Gabba in Brisbane.

10:01am  Oct 23, 2018

Cotchin on criticism

Georgina Cahill, richmondfc.com.au  April 7, 2016 4:47 PM

Cotchin on critics Matthew Richardson goes one-on-one with Trent Cotchin to discuss the criticism of the Skipper, how to beat the Crows this Saturday, and advice on childbirth.
Richmond captain Trent Cotchin at training on Thursday.

Richmond captain Trent Cotchin at training on Thursday.

Richmond captain Trent Cotchin has opened up about the criticism his leadership has been receiving from sections of the football media.

That criticism intensified after the Tigers failed to hold on to a 17-point lead late in the final term of last Friday night’s clash with Collingwood at the MCG, despite the fact Cotchin had 38 disposals in the match and was awarded AFL Coaches Association votes by both Damien Hardwick and Nathan Buckley.

“Given the streams of social media and so forth now, it is in your face non-stop, whether it’s Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, any paper . . . all the radio stations are talking about it,” Cotchin told Tiger great Matthew Richardson on the Club’s new weekly preview podcast.

“But the reality is for me, as an individual, you need to ignore it, otherwise it does bog you down.  And in some ways, people would think that you’d start to question yourself.

“The reality is the No.1 opinions that matter for me are my teammates and coaches, and the people that I love and care about most, which is my family and friends.”

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick went in to bat for Cotchin during his press conference at the Club on Thursday morning, labelling the criticism “unjust and farcical”.

“That’s the first time I’ve heard ‘Dimma’ talking about it (publicly), so it’s fantastic support from the coach . . . They’re the conversations we have behind closed doors, and they’re the people you care most about,” Cotchin said.

The Tigers’ skipper expected his side to be stretched again, like it was against Collingwood, throughout the season, as this year “it’s anyone’s game, bottom versus top”.

“It will happen throughout the year a number of times, whether that will be the last four minutes of a game, or when we’re behind and we need to win a game,” Cotchin said.

“It’s always good to have little lessons along the way, as long as they don’t damage you too much on the back-end of (the season), which we’re hoping isn’t the case, which is why we need to win this game of footy (against Adelaide) on Saturday.”