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VFL Report: Round 20

VFL R20: McRae post-match Richmond's VFL senior coach, Craig McRae speaks to Richmond Media following the Round 20 win over Essendon.

VFL and development coach Craig McRae provides a summary of how the Tigers’ players performed in last Saturday's Round 20 win over Essendon.

Patrick Naish

26 disposals, one goal, 10 handball receives, four inside-50s & four rebound-50s

“He really played his role well, played a little bit forward this week as well as the wing and he continues his good form at this level.”

Callum Coleman-Jones

19 disposals (14 contested possessions), eight marks (five contested), 28 hit-outs, four clearances & one goal

“Is another who’s in terrific form, 19 disposals, 14 contested (possessions), eight marks, five of those contested which was a real feature. He dominated the aerial contest all-day and kicked a nice goal as well as having four clearances and 28 hit-outs. A pretty complete game for a 19-year old ruckman, so he’s in great form.”

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Noah Balta

18 disposals (14 contested possessions), three tackles, 21 hit-outs, seven clearances, three inside-50s & two goals

“Played in the ruck as well as a little bit forward. He’s starting to develop really well. He got us going through his clearances and two first-quarter goals—18 disposals is a good return to form from Noah.”

Kamdyn McIntosh

18 disposals, six marks, three tackles, three inside-50s & four rebound-50s

“Continues his form down back, 18 disposals and he ended up being really critical in the dying minutes of the game. He took a couple of really nice intercept marks and he looks like he’s playing above the level again which is pleasing.”

Luke English

18 disposals (13 contested possessions), two tackles & two goals

“Two weeks in a row where he’s kicked two goals, 18 disposals and similar statistics to last week, 13 of his 18 were contested. It was really pleasing to see him continue his development.”

Dan Butler

17 disposals, six handball receives, 12 tackles & two goals

“He kicked 2.1 and 12 tackles was the feature of his game. He was hard with his pressure and around the contest and 17 disposals. It was a really nice game from Dan. He kicked the winning goal to seal it for us.”

Riley Collier-Dawkins

16 disposals, seven handball receives, seven tackles & four clearances (three centre clearances)

“An inside mid(fielder) and played a little bit forward, seven tackles which was really pleasing to see, Riley’s playing his best when that part of his game is up.”

Sydney Stack

15 disposals (13 contested possessions), two tackles & five clearances

“Played extremely well, 15 disposals and had all of them up until halftime as he got injured just after half-time."

Ryan Garthwaite

15 disposals, seven marks, four spoils & five rebound-50s

“An outstanding player for us on the day. His intercept marking was a real feature. He’s got the balance between spoiling and marking right; he’s had four spoils but seven marks was a highlight. He’s playing great football for us.”

Fraser Turner

14 disposals, two tackles, five inside-50s & two rebound-50s

“It was a quieter day for Fraser. He played wing as he has been, he was down on his possession rate and he’s got some work to do on his positioning and we’re looking forward to him bouncing back next game.”

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Jacob Townsend

14 disposals, six tackles, six clearances, three inside-50s, three rebound-50s & one goal

“Just as always, gives you an amazing effort, six tackles, kicked a goal, just really tough, 10 contested possessions. Players love playing with him.”

Mav Weller

14 disposals, three marks & two inside-50s

“Returned from injury and was a little quiet on the day. He had moments where he really set-up the game well for us. He looked like he got better as the game wore on. I’m sure he’ll be better in the coming weeks.”

Marlion Pickett

14 disposals, two tackles, two spoils & two clearances

“Continued his growth as a Richmond player. Played down back and went through the midfield in the last quarter—14 disposals, 10 contested (possessions). He was diligent within the game plan and playing to his role. He was a bit down on his previous two games but he’ll learn from this performance.”

Connor Menadue

13 disposals, six handball receives, four marks, three tackles, six inside-50s & two goals

“Played forward and a bit of wing, six inside-50s was a feature. Kicked two goals, one of them at a critical time in the last quarter, it was a classy finish on the run from Connor. He’s an important player for us.”

Connor Menadue in action during Richmond VFL’s win over Essendon. Photo: Getty Images

Derek Eggmolesse-Smith

11 disposals, seven handball receives, three marks & three inside-50s

“He’s an important ball-user off half-back. He had a dangerous match-up with young (Irving) Mosquito but certainly fought on well and was important in the contest.”

Callum Moore

Eight disposals, two spoils, two marks, three inside-50s & one goal

“Second game back after a long stint (with injury). He didn’t have the same impact as his previous week. Just his ability to get out back from contests was difficult to do at times. He kicked a nice goal and I’m sure he’ll be better for the run.”

Oleg Markov

Five disposals, two marks & one inside-50

“Played forward, the game was quite stifling at times and he had limited opportunities so he had limited impact at times but he was consistently trying to impact aerially in his role and fight for the outside.”

Ben Miller

Two disposals, one tackle & one goal

“Low impact in this game, he kicked a nice goal and we’re really looking for him to improve in his contest stuff. He’s learning the craft of being a forward and this week was a good learning day for him.”

Bailey Henderson

13 disposals, three marks, two inside-50s & four rebound-50s

“Our 23rd player, he looks better and better every week. He played a little bit of forward this week as well as wing and can go to half-back as well. He’s been showing that he can play at the level if not slightly higher at times. He’s been an important player.”

Hugh Beasley

12 disposals, five marks, seven tackles, four spoils & four rebound-50s

“A key defender, didn’t have a great match-up but fought hard, seven tackles was fantastic for a big guy and it looks like he’s playing tough.”

Dan Coffield

12 disposals, four marks, six tackles, two spoils & two rebound-50s

“One of our consistent players—12 disposals, intercept marking was a feature and six tackles was a highlight on the day.”

Steve Morris

Nine disposals, two spoils, two inside-50s & three rebound-50s

“As always, leads from the front, saving goals, laying big tackles and organising others. He’s an integral part of our team. It was a great performance from Steve.”

Tom Silvestro

Six disposals, three marks & seven tackles

“He played mainly forward, he just consistently sets up the ground for us. Low possession rate but high impact—seven tackles was a feature.”