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    Richmond vs Port - Compare The Pair

    Basics:

    Both opponents well matched it seems in the Prelim last year.
    Strong midfields, good big forwards, decent enough defence.
    We played both on their home grounds with their home supporters.

    Players different:

    Richmond: Martin, Hunter, West, Schache
    Port: Sweet, Williams, Weightman, Roarke

    Pound for Pound pretty similar.

    Richmond: Lead by about 4 Goals in the second term > Huge Surge & Run of Goals > Lose by 22 Points
    Port: Lead by about 4 Goals at quarter time > Huge Surge & Run of Goals > Win by 19 Points

    The question I have is, what did we learn from the Richmond game, or what did we do better, or reduce the prevalence of (ie panic kicks), or who stood up, who lead or marshalled the structures better, how did we shut down Dixon but not Lynch, did we change the tempo to a different degree, we’re we just ‘on’ a bit better last night, was our pressure in any of the three areas better, did the personnel dramatically impact things, or what moves did Bevo make differently or different instructions?

    There’s a lot of similarities as I’ve laid out. But there’s a 41 point spread between the two results. To distill the question further, what did we do and how did we do it? Then repeat it as needed.
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    Re: Richmond vs Port - Compare The Pair

    I've been thinking about this a bit, and will watch the replay with a bit more clarity to hopefully see any tangible differences.

    It seemed their defence wasn't as compressed as Richmond's was and this coupled with better contested efforts from us on the outlet may have led to less intercept marks. We didn't seem to panic kick as you've noted, though things look worse when the ball's turned over so we may have just without the negative consequences.

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    Re: Richmond vs Port - Compare The Pair

    Quote Originally Posted by jeemak View Post
    I've been thinking about this a bit, and will watch the replay with a bit more clarity to hopefully see any tangible differences.

    It seemed their defence wasn't as compressed as Richmond's was and this coupled with better contested efforts from us on the outlet may have led to less intercept marks. We didn't seem to panic kick as you've noted, though things look worse when the ball's turned over so we may have just without the negative consequences.
    Appreciate it JMan. I’m going to watch it again too because I’m genuinely interested in what we did differently, be it skills and/or having learnt from Richmond debrief with the coaches and the players adjusted in real time accordingly. Or did Bevo make a move mid second quarter that I missed? It was a really mature win and pin pointing where we turned it around last night, as opposed to Richmond will hopefully be illuminating.
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    Re: Richmond vs Port - Compare The Pair

    Bevo in his press conference specifically mentioned not doing anything (from the coaches box) in the 2nd qtr and that the players 'manufactured' our getting thing back on even keel. When watching the game again, suggest we need to look for what the players did differently from the 15 minute mark in the second quarter.
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    Re: Richmond vs Port - Compare The Pair

    Quote Originally Posted by Smads57 View Post
    Bevo in his press conference specifically mentioned not doing anything (from the coaches box) in the 2nd qtr and that the players 'manufactured' our getting thing back on even keel. When watching the game again, suggest we need to look for what the players did differently from the 15 minute mark in the second quarter.
    Roger that. He must have felt that the players responded well to the Richmond debrief and understood how to respond. Ballsy ‘sink or swim’ call from Bevo. And now the players know exactly what to do, with room to improve still.
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    Re: Richmond vs Port - Compare The Pair

    He basically said knew the wheel would turn - our midfield is too good to stay getting beaten.

    Precise kicking under pressure and being able to find a short outlet was the difference. Tigers have a better set of forwards who apply pressure in the front half than Port do at this stage. We were more composed - but maybe better able to execute against an opponent not quite on the same level in that aspect of the game.
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    Re: Richmond vs Port - Compare The Pair

    I didn't watch it live so could kind of take the sting out of it a little but their 5-6 goal run never felt irresistable. Thought it was a pretty complete performance.
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    Re: Richmond vs Port - Compare The Pair

    IMO in the modern game, there's a disproportionate focus on the lead up play, set up and creation of scoring opportunities and not enough on the actual finishing. If We converted half of the 7 or 8 gettable misses against Richmond, several at crucial moments, we win that game.

    Everyone seemed to be in awe of how dominant Richmond were in the third, forgetting how dominant we were in the first, and the number of chances to put the game to bed we squandered. Its a game of fine margins at the highest level. and you miss your chance, you lose.

    Against Port we took the chances and won. To me it is that simple.

    Having said that no side is capable of either our best or Richmonds performance over 4 qtrs against top 4 opposition.

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    Re: Richmond vs Port - Compare The Pair

    Just to add, compare the scoring shots in the two games.

    Against Port we kick 15.6. Against Richmond 7.13. Almost identical scoring shots 21 versus 20. A single scoring shot the difference and completely different result.

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    Re: Richmond vs Port - Compare The Pair

    Quote Originally Posted by Stefcep View Post
    Just to add, compare the scoring shots in the two games.

    Against Port we kick 15.6. Against Richmond 7.13. Almost identical scoring shots 21 versus 20. A single scoring shot the difference and completely different result.
    Was the quality of the I50’s the same in both games? I can’t remember the shots in the Richmond game, were the misses from set shots or forced snaps or Richmond giving up shallow entries on angles to reduce the likelihood of conversion? We’re there any misses altogether or shots not making the distance and Richmond rushing/spoiling the ball?

    Sorry for all the questions, I don’t remember the finer points of our shots against Richmond.
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    Re: Richmond vs Port - Compare The Pair

    Not to sure what all the factors were for a much more mature performance this time but 1 big difference was Bailey Williams. We look so much better in defence when he's there competing. And much better coming from defence especially.

    Do we beat Port had we not lost to Richmond? I think we definitely learnt a lesson against the tigers that steadied us against Port for sure.
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    Re: Richmond vs Port - Compare The Pair

    Quote Originally Posted by bulldogtragic View Post
    Was the quality of the I50’s the same in both games? I can’t remember the shots in the Richmond game, were the misses from set shots or forced snaps or Richmond giving up shallow entries on angles to reduce the likelihood of conversion? We’re there any misses altogether or shots not making the distance and Richmond rushing/spoiling the ball?

    Sorry for all the questions, I don’t remember the finer points of our shots against Richmond.
    Around 8 gettable misses I think were listed by me in the Richmond game thread.

    Poor goal kicking cost St Kilda the game as well.

    Modern coaching seems to focus on winning contested ball, structure around stoppages. accumulating inside 50's. None of which matters if a goal isn't kicked.

    Seems to me they believe if you get the other things right the goal kicking will take care of itself.

    Well it doesn't, hasn't and won't and it will cost teams finals wins.

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    Re: Richmond vs Port - Compare The Pair

    Quote Originally Posted by Stefcep View Post
    Around 8 gettable misses I think were listed by me in the Richmond game thread.

    Poor goal kicking cost St Kilda the game as well.

    Modern coaching seems to focus on winning contested ball, structure around stoppages. accumulating inside 50's. None of which matters if a goal isn't kicked.

    Seems to me they believe if you get the other things right the goal kicking will take care of itself.

    Well it doesn't, hasn't and won't and it will cost teams finals wins.
    It's almost like modern day coaches refuse to put any value on things like goalkicking practice for some reason. Do they think it's too simple or something that was important back in the VFL days or do they just have different priorities they focus on nowadays? I know that we have improved our accuracy a lot (some games excepted) this year, I don't know if we have been practicing goal kicking or our entry into I50 is different or the players are lining up from closer to goal?


    One thing I do know is that a few years ago when I went to a lot of training sessions that goalkicking practice was pretty haphazard. It would invariably be at the end of a session as players were walking off. There would be nobody on the mark and no effort was made to replicate mach conditions. They haven't let anyone into training for years so it's difficult to tell if they do anything differently now.
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    Re: Richmond vs Port - Compare The Pair

    Quote Originally Posted by Twodogs View Post
    One thing I do know is that a few years ago when I went to a lot of training sessions that goalkicking practice was pretty haphazard. It would invariably be at the end of a session as players were walking off. There would be nobody on the mark and no effort was made to replicate mach conditions. They haven't let anyone into training for years so it's difficult to tell if they do anything differently now.
    They never do any goalkicking at the start of training as pretty much all goalkicking practice is under fatigue to try and get some semblance of match-day condition into the kicking.
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    Re: Richmond vs Port - Compare The Pair

    I’m nearing half time. There were a couple of skill errors that cost Port the chance the keep their run going. That aside, to my eye there were some similarities around missed tackles and poor kicks out. To me we kept our defensive set up a lot better. None of the panic kick out that lead to panic under the returning ball. I also put some stock in Duryea. At the peak of their run on the near side he laid a good tackle and got a high fend-off free paid to him. He just held the footy for longer than usual, understood to slow the momentum and give our forwards a chance to compete. On the far side he took a good contested mark with two Port players nearby. Again he slows things down again and repeat. Just now instead of the deep panic kick, Duryea hits a shorter precise kick out to Naughton.

    On the critical side, Crozier misses tackles, didn’t kill contests and later I recall a few bad kicks. I’d put several goals against Croz, with losing Wood’s calmness it was disappointing not to see the same maturity and execution that Duryea exercised. Bailey Dale with uncharacteristic skill errors.

    My take away is better structure by the players and some mature influence by Duryea from what was the end of their run to us hitting the scoreboard again. Very happy with Doc.
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