Richmond’s premiership defence in doubt after injuries



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    Richmond premiership trio Nathan Broad, Jack Graham and Dan Butler are set for a stint on the sidelines.

    The Tigers paid a high price for their big win over Adelaide at the MCG, with Broad (fractured cheekbone), Graham (dislocated shoulder) and Butler (ankle) all injured.

    They look set to miss between two and four games.

    Broad appears set for the longest absence after undergoing surgery on Saturday to insert plates into a cheekbone following an accidental collision with Crows defender Tom Doedee.

    “He’s quite sore and swollen at the moment … he’ll start jogging later in the week, as he feels comfortable,” Richmond performance manager Peter Burge said.

    “It’s a short-medium term injury.

    “We need to wait for the swelling to die down and for him to feel absolutely comfortable, so that if he does cop a knock to his head, at any stage, it’s not going to re-injure and break again.

    “From a fitness point of view we’ll be able to get him going pretty quickly and also non-contact skills fairly soon as well.”

    Graham’s left shoulder dislocated in the third quarter when he attempted to tackle young Crow Myles Poholke.

    “He had some scans over the weekend, which showed just a little bit of anterior labral damage, which is pretty typical of any dislocation,” Burge said.

    “So now it’s just a short period of time of rehab. It’s that shorter-medium term range injury.

    “He’s got to get full strength back in that shoulder to be able to tackle. The great news for Jack is that he’ll possibly be able to start running late this week, at worse early next week.”

    Butler rolled his ankle in the first quarter and was able to play out the game.

    But he has worn a moon boot since the Friday night encounter and will “miss a period of time”.

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    • July 10th 2018 @ 9:59am
      Dave Wilks said | July 10th 2018 @ 9:59am | ! Report

      What a ridiculous, sensationalist headline this article has – I hardly think the relatively minor injuries to these three players puts Richmond’s “premiership defence in doubt”! Especially at a club like Richmond which probably has more depth in its playing ranks than any other club in the AFL, with a VFL team stacked with guys who can immediately step up and play the role(s) of the three injured blokes. C’mon The Roar, you can do better than that – that headline doesn’t fit the article at all, it’s cheap tabloid stuff …

    • July 10th 2018 @ 2:09am
      big four sticks said | July 10th 2018 @ 2:09am | ! Report

      We don’t make excuses down at Tigerland. Hardwick has everyone on the same page. The tiger train is unstoppable, running express to back to back premierships. It’s still Tiger time folks!

    • July 10th 2018 @ 2:21am
      The Ghost said | July 10th 2018 @ 2:21am | ! Report

      The difference between champion clubs, like Richmond, and also-rans like Collingwood and Sydney, is the attitude to injuries.

      The headline is pure click bait designed to whip up anti Richmond hysteria. Richmond fans, unlike Collingwood and Sydney fans never whine about injuries.

      Eat ’em alive Tigers.

      • July 10th 2018 @ 12:57pm
        Joe B said | July 10th 2018 @ 12:57pm | ! Report

        Yep…. the comments are flooded with anti Richmond hysteria.

      • Roar Guru

        July 10th 2018 @ 1:33pm
        Peter the Scribe said | July 10th 2018 @ 1:33pm | ! Report

        The difference Ghost between Richmond and Collingwood fans is our fans don’t go missing for 37 years and re-emerge with shiny new scarves when you finally return to the pointy end. Just sayin’

        • July 10th 2018 @ 2:13pm
          big four sticks said | July 10th 2018 @ 2:13pm | ! Report

          Peter do you have this comment on repeat. Supporters like Trout have been down at Punt Road through the good and the bad times.

          • July 10th 2018 @ 3:28pm
            truetigerfan said | July 10th 2018 @ 3:28pm | ! Report

            It’s the Harry within Peter talking, big4. Not foolin’ anyone.

          • Roar Guru

            July 10th 2018 @ 4:33pm
            Peter the Scribe said | July 10th 2018 @ 4:33pm | ! Report

            I’m sure you do have supporters who have been through the bad times big four, but you also have a mass of fair weather supporters who have been in hibernation for 37 years. The Pies faithful largely stick fat, the Tigers are mostly there for the good times then go into hiding is my experience with friends, fans at the footy and work colleagues.

            • July 10th 2018 @ 5:12pm
              truetigerfan said | July 10th 2018 @ 5:12pm | ! Report

              Yet you totally ignore all those Pie supporters who ‘aren’t interested in footy’ when Collingwood aren’t a final prospect. Every side has ’em ya’ dipstick. Singling out Richmond is dumb, dumb, dumb.

            • July 10th 2018 @ 9:25pm
              RichieTiger said | July 10th 2018 @ 9:25pm | ! Report

              Peter you seem quite obesessed with Richmond and unfortunately for you your boring copy and paste comments don’t stack up with the facts.

              There is nothing wrong with crowd fluctuations depending on good times or bad, but since you think there is, I will indulge you.

              In 2010 Collingwood had an average home crowd of 63256, last year it was 46815. That is a 26% decline. It dropped every year from 2011 to 2016 before recovering in the last 2 years. So a steady decline with an increase that coincides with an improved performance – wow, what a bunch of fairweather supporters.

              I think you are getting a bit upset now that you have realised that Collingwood isn’t the biggest club in the land, but it’s not in your control so don’t take it personally.

              • July 11th 2018 @ 10:01am
                Murphy said | July 11th 2018 @ 10:01am | ! Report

                ^what a great response based on facts. Not to mention that Richmond had one of the highest membership numbers and Home and away attendance even with their 37 year drought. Show me a club who doesn’t have a spike in membership after a premiership.

              • Roar Guru

                July 11th 2018 @ 10:14am
                Cat said | July 11th 2018 @ 10:14am | ! Report

                Funny thing is the Tigers memberships have jumped massively but attendance hasn’t followed suit.

                2018: 7 games games @ 54,895 average (97,896 members)
                2017: 11 home games @ 55,958 average (72,669 members)

                25,000 more members this year, so far, but lower attendance. And yet some people still don’t find membership numbers highly suspect …

              • July 11th 2018 @ 12:45pm
                RichieTiger said | July 11th 2018 @ 12:45pm | ! Report

                Cat give me facts not circumstantial evidence. Besides 4 of our 7 home games have been against interstate teams. With Coll Geel Ess and WB to come I think our crowd figure will end up higher this year.

              • Roar Guru

                July 11th 2018 @ 3:25pm
                Cat said | July 11th 2018 @ 3:25pm | ! Report

                Those are the facts.

              • July 11th 2018 @ 4:27pm
                RichieTiger said | July 11th 2018 @ 4:27pm | ! Report

                I mean a relevant fact around your theory that membership numbers are suspicious and not just a conspiracy theory.

              • Roar Guru

                July 11th 2018 @ 4:49pm
                Peter the Scribe said | July 11th 2018 @ 4:49pm | ! Report

                Actually Richie I was having a crack back at The Ghost who has an apt name being that he only comments when the Tigers are going along beautifully then disappears like a ghost when they do get done.

    • July 10th 2018 @ 6:41pm
      powa said | July 10th 2018 @ 6:41pm | ! Report

      richmond get a home grand final even if they magically drop a few games in the next few weeks, port and the eagles are the only two teams good enough to take them on, the eagles have a patchy record at the mcg and I am not sure on ports w/l there

    • July 10th 2018 @ 9:19pm
      PeteB said | July 10th 2018 @ 9:19pm | ! Report

      Sensational headlines. None are key players.

      • Roar Guru

        July 11th 2018 @ 4:48pm
        Peter the Scribe said | July 11th 2018 @ 4:48pm | ! Report

        Gee Butler is handy, would love Butler at the Pies.

    • Roar Guru

      July 11th 2018 @ 3:08pm
      Pumping Dougie said | July 11th 2018 @ 3:08pm | ! Report

      Broad, Graham and Butler? Ha, ha, ha. These guys are fringe players who wouldn’t be automatic selections in many sides. A big contributing factor to Richmond’s impressive performances these past two seasons is their exceptional fortune with lack of injuries (and probably also good management coupled with not having to play regularly on hard surfaces, like Etihad or Perth) . Most sides experience 4-5 of their best 22 unavailable every week, including one gun. Richmond had zero injuries last year and have had not many this year, in comparison to other sides. Any of the top 14 sides in 2017 who enjoyed an injury free run like Richmond did, would have likely finished top four.