According to forward Jack Riewoldt of Richmond, his colleague Tyrone Vickery will enjoy a fine AFL season in 2015. Riewoldt believes Vickery was deeply disappointed at being left out of the team in the finals last year and is ready to bounce back in a big way this campaign. Vickery’s season ended in 2014 after he was given a four-game suspension in the 18th round for striking Dean Cox of West Coast. Richmond’s Head coach Damien Hardwick decided to leave Vickery on the bench in the finals when he went with Riewoldt and Ben Griffiths as his attackers in the 23rd round and against Port Adelaide in the elimination final. Fans of Richmond will want to back their team this year with the BetEasy AFL Grand Final Bonus Bet.
Riewoldt claims Vickery has responded well to last year’s benching by training as hard as possible to prepare himself for the 2015 campaign and reclaim his roster spot. Riewoldt stated, “His attitude has been very good, very good. He’s training extremely hard. He was very unlucky to have not been playing those last couple of games when his suspension finished, but unfortunately when you’re winning games it’s hard to change a winning side. He’s set himself up for a very big 2015 and he’s going to be a very important piece of the puzzle for our football club.”
This is good news for punters who plan on backing Richmond with their BetEasy AFL Grand Final Bonus Bet. Riewoldt added that the Tigers could use three tall forwards in their attack this year and believes that Liam McBean and newcomer Reece McKenzie are also in the mix for a spot in the squad. However, he admitted that there’s a big difference between training sessions and games, but hopes his teammates can keep up with their fine performances. Riewoldt said the emergence of the team’s young players is sure to please Richmond’s faithful fans this year.
The relationship between Hardwick and Riewoldt appeared to be a bit strained last May when the player questioned the club’s game plan after losing to Melbourne in round nine. Riewoldt felt at the time that Richmond was trying to copy the kicking game of Hawthorn and it wasn’t working out for the side. After hearing the comments at the time, Hardwick said he was disappointed that Riewoldt made them. However, Riewoldt claims that he and Hardwick still have a strong relationship and the disagreement was simply a one-off event and he was sorry for it.
“I wouldn’t say it’s been a bumpy ride; I’d say there was a small blip and that was on my behalf,” Riewoldt remarked. “The coach and I obviously have a very good working, professional relationship and we’re very good friends off the field as well. It’s the great thing about our football club, that our culture is breeding characters that are very strong whether they be players or coaches.”
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