Richmond VFL playing coach, Steve Morris, provides a summary of how the Tigers’ players performed in last Sunday's Round 10 draw with Williamstown.
Patrick Naish (26 disposals, 12 marks, six rebound-50s, two goals)
"Patrick played on a wing on the weekend after seeing a little bit more time across half-back and half-forward in previous weeks. He provided a great outlet option for us all day. The number one thing the stood out was his composure, which was highlighted a number of times under pressure late in the game. Good to see him also hit the scoreboard."
William Martyn (25 disposals, seven clearances, three inside-50s)
"Will is progressing really nicely as an inside-mid. Once again on the weekend, he was faced with experienced opponents and acquitted himself well in and around the stoppages, highlighted by his seven clearances."
Riley Collier-Dawkins (24 disposals, six clearances, one goal)
"Riley came back to VFL level and performed really well once again. He won plenty of the footy for us and really backs his strength in the contest. Finding a better balance of when to take the game on and when to release will see him further develop his game."
Jack Ross (19 disposals, six marks, six tackles, six inside-50s)
"Jack has been set the challenge of developing the defensive side of his game across half-back whilst also utilising his work rate to assist our offensive ball movement. He worked hard up and down the ground and often drove the footy inside-50 for us, with a couple of trademark bone-crunching tackles."
Matthew Parker (19 disposals, seven marks, 11 tackles, nine inside-50s)
"A really pleasing first outing for 'MP'. He spent a lot of time around the footy and his speed was on show numerous times throughout the day. He will gain a better understanding of the way we play over the coming weeks and whilst he would be disappointed not to finish his work in front of goals, his on-field communication was also something we were really pleased with."
Daniel Rioli (17 disposals, three clearances)
"Daniel started like a house on fire, with the ball on a string in the early part of the game. He faded out of the game a little in the second half, but things happened when he had the footy in hand. It was good to see him gain more midfield experience."
Rhyan Mansell (17 disposals, five tackles, four rebound-50s)
"Like a number of our backs, he was probably slightly down in the first half but bounced back really well in the second half. He was very physical and he looked a lot more switched on with his starting points. He’s missed a fair bit of footy of late so we're looking forward to seeing him carrying the momentum he built up into next week."
Sydney Stack (17 disposals, seven marks, four tackles)
"The highlight of his day was no doubt the hanger he took intercepting the footy at half-forward. Having said that, he really set the standard with second and third efforts throughout the day. Playing a different role across half-back on the weekend, he won plenty of the footy and it was great to see the way he approached the game."
Marlion Pickett (17 disposals, seven tackles, six inside-50s)
"Like a few others, Marlion played a different role with a lot of time spent up forward. When he was in and around the footy, he showed his class but it’s also important that he gains an understanding of a couple of different roles that he may be required to play."
Hugo Ralphsmith (16 disposals, seven inside-50s)
"Hugo was a little quieter on the weekend, but there were some extremely exciting passages of play when he used his blistering pace to burn off the opposition. His work rate is always high and he often drove the ball inside 50 for us."
Thomson Dow (15 disposals, four inside-50s, one goal)
"Thomson didn’t spend quite as much time as he has previously in and around the footy. Whilst he may have been disappointed with not finding quite as much of the footy, it’s really important for his long-term development to understand different roles. He’s in really good form and his work in traffic stood out once again."
Derek Eggmolesse-Smith (15 disposals, three rebound-50s, one goal)
"Derek spent a little more time on a wing, whilst also rotating through half-back. Gaining a better understanding of the wing role will also help him when he plays across half-back so he can provide better direction. We like seeing the ball in his hands as he is a good decision-maker."
Lachlan Street (14 disposals, four marks, one goal)
"'Streety' plugged a few holes on the weekend and found himself all over the ground at different stages. He’s a big, strong body, but he also is very composed with the footy in hand. He showed his versatility by competing in the ruck when we needed him also."
Ryan Garthwaite (12 disposals, three goals, five marks)
"'Garthy' provided a really good focal point for us up forward. Kicked three goals which was pleasing, but his ability to compete when outnumbered by Williamstown players getting behind the footy was outstanding. Our ball use inside 50 probably hindered him from hitting the scoreboard more heavily."
Ben Miller (12 disposals, four marks, four rebound-50s)
"Ben was solid. It was pleasing to see him really crash a couple of contests with big spoils, something that has been a real focus for him. He continues to provide great leadership and direction down back and is hungry to improve."
Angus Hicks (12 disposals, four inside-50s)
"Got into some brilliant spots on the weekend. He was very close to having a really big impact on the game but was unable to finish his work. He’s great with ball in hand and he works hard at his game, so we look forward to seeing his finishing skills shine next week."
Garrett McDonagh (12 disposals, two rebound-50s, four tackles)
"'Gaz' has been working hard on his physicality and starting points, but as a backline, we were just a split second off on the weekend. Would love to see the ball in his hands a little more regularly as he uses the ball sensationally, as evidenced by his piercing kick-in."
Noah Cumberland (10 disposals, three marks)
"Noah worked his backside off on the weekend and hit the contest hard as always. He’s still looking to gain some consistency after his long injury lay-off. He found himself with the ball in hand in some good spots but just lacked some polish, so that’s something he’ll be focusing on as well as awareness of structures."
Samson Ryan (nine disposals, 30 hit-outs, one goal)
"The big fella had his work cut out against a really experienced ruckman on the weekend without 'Marbs' and 'CJ' alongside him. It was a great opportunity for him to gain experience and grow as a player. He competed hard as highlighted by his 30 hit-outs, but will be working on his technique in the contest after giving away a few free kicks."
Maurice Rioli Jnr (nine disposals, seven tackles)
"Maurice imposed himself on the game in the last quarter with a number of chase-down tackles and relentless pressure. He’s a very exciting player who will gain benefit from the experience of having to fight to find a way to impact the game in different ways."
Joel Nathan (six disposals, two marks)
"Joel played down back alongside 'Biggy' and 'Funky' (Miller). He’s improved greatly this season as a young tall defender and we will continue to work on adding different elements to his game. Was forced to play on small forwards at times which was good for his development also."
Bigoa Nuyon (four disposals, two tackles)
"'Biggy' was a little quieter than usual on the weekend in his first game back from injury. He was pretty sore in the second half and didn't finish the game."