THE WAY Richmond is humming at the moment, there won't be many unforced changes for its preliminary final clash against Geelong, but Connor Menadue showed he shouldn't be forgotten with an excellent VFL performance on Saturday afternoon.
As the Tigers powered away to record a 26-point win over a brave Port Melbourne side at North Port Oval to see them make next Sunday's decider, Menadue was his side's best performer, collecting 26 disposals and booting three goals.
He showed his class with that performance and coach Craig McRae was full of praise after the game.
"He got us going with his goals and then we moved him back in the last quarter and he just looked assured down there. He just set the ground up for us," McRae said.
"I couldn't be more proud of him. He buys into the program as good as any and we're in this position because of guys like him."
Richmond's VFL side belt out the song after storming past Port Melbourne. Picture: AFL Photos
The 22-year-old has lined up in six games for the senior side this season, with his most recent being in the round 13 loss to Adelaide.
Kamdyn McIntosh, who was part of Richmond's 2017 AFL flag outfit, ended up with 15 disposals.
McRae believed those numbers didn't reflect his output.
"This is probably the best Kamdyn's played with us in the last couple of games. He looked like an AFL player today I thought," McRae said.
"His contest … his experience, and we put him to a wing in the second half, and I thought he gave us something that we probably weren't getting in the first half. I think he looks ready for the AFL if something presents."
Kamdyn McIntosh attempts to break a tackle from Port's Jake Gasper. Picture: AFL Photos
Noah Balta and Mabior Chol look the most likely talls to come in if needed but neither was overly influential.
"They both had moments. There were a couple of opportunities missed … they looked dangerous," McRae said.
In attack, Callum Moore stood up in the final term and showed his contested marking prowess.
"He was sick all week and didn't train. Early, he was just struggling to get through. I was just really proud of him because he just found a way and he just stuck at it, and his strengths came through when we needed it most," McRae said.
Rookie Jake Aarts could be rubbed out of the decider after a late hit on Port Melbourne's Tom O'Sullivan.
"He's somewhat pensive as you can imagine. We're all excited about what the future holds, but he doesn't know what his does," McRae said.
The VFL side will face the winner of the other preliminary final between Williamstown and Essendon on Sunday, after defeating Port Melbourne, 14.15 (99) to 10.13 (73).