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Richmond prepared for finals action

Richmond is a lot better prepared for this year's final series than last year's ill-fated campaign, coach Damien Hardwick says.

12:28am  Sep 5, 2015

Likely rematch looms after Tigers trump Roos

Richmond and North Melbourne are set to meet in an elimination final next weekend after the Tigers won a cagey final-round dress rehearsal by 41 points at Etihad Stadium on Friday night.

10:39pm  Sep 4, 2015

Ricky’s roar emotion

In the wake of Ricky Petterd’s decision to retire from AFL football, the versatile Tiger caught up with Richmond great Matthew Richardson for a special ‘Roar Vision’ interview, where he provided his thoughts on a wide range of topics related to his league career and time at Tigerland.

2:54pm  Sep 4, 2015

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Round 23: Hardwick post-match

12:50am  Sep 5, 2015

Round 23: Highlights

12:49am  Sep 5, 2015


 

DAMIEN HARDWICK  Senior Coach
An uncompromising and hard-nosed defender, Hardwick played 153 games with Essendon, including the 2000 premiership, before crossing to Port Adelaide at the end of 2001. He played a further 54 games with the Power, the last of which was the 2004 premiership.

He won the Bombers’ Best and Fairest in 1998 and was named All-Australian in 2000. He represented Australia in the International Rules series in 2000 and 2001.

Hardwick started his assistant coaching career with Hawthorn in 2005 and played a significant role in the club’s premiership success last year.

He was the Hawks’ forward coach from 2005-07, and was in charge of their midfield for two seasons.
BRENDON LADE  Stoppage and midfield coach
A former teammate of Coach Damien Hardwick, Lade takes up the role as ruck/midfield coach after his stellar 234-game career with Port Adelaide came to an end last year.

The big man was a member of the Power’s inaugural premiership in 2004 and is a best and fairest winner and dual All-Australian.
ROSS SMITH   Defensive Analyst

After retiring as an AFL player, Smith immediately embarked on a coaching career.  

He led ACT club Ainslie to a premiership in his first season as its captain-coach, in 1997, and was then involved in several successful stints at TAC Cup, VFL and AFL level, before becoming an assistant coach at Hawthorn in 2005 and was a part of their successful 2008 Premiership season.

 

MARK WILLIAMS   Offensive Analyst

After three seasons at Melbourne working initially as a development coach and then as midfield coach, the former Carlton and Footscray player joined Richmond in October 2011.

Coached Sandringham to three consecutive VFL premierships from 2004-06. Looks after Richmond’s offensive structures and
its forwards.

 

BEN RUTTEN

Defenders coach

The 2005 All-Australian defender retired at the end of the 2014 season after 229 games with Adelaide.  Has a wealth of defensive intelligence after 12-year career, and coaching knowledge after spending his latter seasons workign with the Crows' backline coach Darren Milburn.
MARK WILLIAMS Senior Development Coach
Heads up Richmond’s development program after joining the club in September 2012. Previously served as senior assistant coach at GWS, where he worked under Kevin Sheedy for two seasons.

Before that he was head coach of Port Adelaide for
11 years, leading the club to its first AFL premiership in 2004. He also coached the Power to the 2007 Grand Final, losing to Geelong, before stepping down in 2010.
GREG MELLOR  Defenders Development Coach
Played 198 games for West Adelaide in the SANFL and for the past three years was head coach of West Adelaide’s Centre of Excellence. Before that, he was an assistant coach at the club to Andy Collins.

A qualified school teacher, he is responsible for the
development of the Tigers’ first and second-year players.
TIM CLARKE   VFL Coach

Spent two years as a development coach at Richmond before travelling overseas in 2012. He returned in a development role and has since been appointed senior coach of Richmond’s VFL team.

Played 96 games and kicked 39 goals for Hawthorn in an AFL playing career spanning eight seasons
(2001-08).

 

MAX BAILEY   Development Coach - Forward/Rucks

Bailey joined Richmond as a development coach just days after retiring as a premiership player with Hawthorn.

He had an eight-year career with the Hawks, where he bravely fought back from three knee reconstructions to play a key role in the Hawks’ 2013 flag. Bailey will also have a key role with Richmond’s VFL team.

 

ANDREW MCQUALTER   Development Coach - Midfield Spread

McQualter arrived at Tigerland at the end of 2013 as a development coach, after a 94-game career with St Kilda and Gold Coast.

He played in three Grand Finals for the Saints (including the 2010 GF replay against Collingwood) in an 89-game career with them, before adding a further five games at the Suns. McQualter will also play a coaching and playing role with Richmond’s VFL team in 2014.

 

RYAN FERGUSON  VFL Defenders Coach
Ferguson became Richmond's VFL defenders coach in 2015, after a five-year AFL career with Melbourne.  He played 47 games for the Demons, before switching to SANFL club West Adelaide, where he played six seasons (five as captain), and won three Best and Fairests.