Richmond Category B rookie pick-up Oliver Hayes-Brown produced another impressive performance in just his fourth game at VFL level against Northern Bullants last Sunday.

The 208cm former basketballer was a strong contributor in the VFL Tigers’ massive 95-point win with 13 disposals, three marks, six clearances and 38 hit-outs.

Hayes-Brown had a short stint at VAFA club Old Ivanhoe before making his VFL debut with Richmond in the Round 11 match against Port Melbourne.

In his four games of VFL football, he is averaging 13.0 disposals, 5.5 clearances and 29.7 hit-outs.

Richmond VFL coach Steve Morris paid tribute to Hayes-Brown following last Sunday’s clash with the Northern Bullants.

“It was nice for him not to have to come up against a 210cm ruckman like he did last week (Carlton’s Alex Mirkov). He’s played against some pretty experienced ruckmen in his short career, and he had a bit more size on his side than his opposition today.” Morris told Richmond Media.


“His understanding and his reading of the game seems to be getting better and better each week.

“Really proud of the work he’s putting in. And he should be proud of himself because he’s turned into a really vital part of our team really quickly for us.

“It’s exciting.”