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Round 18: Team Forecast

  • Round 18: Team Forecast

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 03: Reece Conca of the Tigers runs with the ball away from Luke Hodge of the Hawks during the round 19 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Richmond Tigers at Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 3, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

The remainder of the season will be dedicated to getting senior game time into the likes of Oleg Markov, Jason Castagna and Liam McBean amongst others, Damien Hardwick has publicly admitted this. The past two weeks in particular have shown some encouraging signs as the Tigers strive to finish off a rather underwhelming 2016 season as strongly as possible.

The team that will line up against Hawthorn this Sunday afternoon, for all intents and purposes, will remain relatively unchanged. The fact that the Richmond VFL side had a bye in the previous round means that the likes of Ty Vickery, Ben Lennon, Kane Lambert and even Nathan Drummond will be unlikely to be in the calculations for selection this week, but will definitely be part of the conversation for the Round 20 clash against arch enemy Collingwood.

There is however one possible change to the team, with Brett Deledio straining his calf at halftime in the previous round. The Club will give the Tigers Vice-Captain until the end of the week to prove his fitness, though he was cleared of any major damage in a positive sign for the Richmond veteran. If Deledio does miss the game against the Hawks, his likely replacement will be Reece Conca, who was omitted from the side that beat Essendon by 19-points last Saturday afternoon. However, it might be the opportunity for star VFL performer and mature-age rookie Adam Marcon to make his senior debut...he has more than earned a chance at the big time with consistent above the level performances at VFL level.

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