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Talking Tigers: Episode 19, 2016

Richmond’s policy in playing the youth has extended into the club’s official podcast, Talking Tigers, with the great Matthew Richardson put on the pine for a week with an upgrade from the VFL in his place.

4:42pm  Jul 26, 2016

Round 23 fixture revealed

Richmond will face the Sydney Swans at 4.35pm on Saturday August 27 after the Round 23 fixture was confirmed today.

4:10pm  Jul 26, 2016

The VFL Report: Round 16

Richmond VFL and development coach Craig McRae provides an exclusive summary of the AFL and VFL-listed players who featured in last Sunday's 16-point win over Box Hill Hawks.

2:00pm  Jul 26, 2016

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Talking Tigers: Round 19

2:55pm  Jul 26, 2016

VFL review: Round 16

10:26am  Jul 26, 2016

VFL Round 16: 8 goal last quarter

11:08am  Jul 25, 2016


 

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.  He was the Hawks’ forward coach from 2005-07, and was in charge of their midfield for two seasons.

Hardwick has steered Richmond to the finals for three consecutive seasons, in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
BRENDON LADE  Midfield coach
A former teammate of Coach Damien Hardwick, Lade took up the role as ruck/midfield coach after his stellar 234-game career with Port Adelaide came to an end in 2009.

He 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 Coordinator

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 Coordinator

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.

He 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.  

He 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  Forwards Coach
Played 198 games for West Adelaide in the SANFL and spent three years as 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 was initially responsible for the development of the Tigers’ first and second-year players, before working as coach of the forward line group.
CRAIG MCRAE  VFL Coach

McRae, a triple premiership player at Brisbane, returns to Tigerland where he worked as a development coach from 2007-09.

After leaving Richmond, he had one year back with the Lions as a development coach, before joining Collingwood as development manager.

He enhanced his reputation for cultivating young football talent throughout a five-year stint with the Magpies, winning the AFL Coaches Association’s inaugural Development Coach of the Year Award in 2014.

 

ANDREW MCQUALTER   Development Coach

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 played a coaching and playing role with Richmond’s VFL team in 2014 and 2015.

 

RYAN FERGUSON  Development 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.

He became a full time development coach for the 2016 season.