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Round 21: Team Forecast

  • Round 21: Team Forecast

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 14: Kane Lambert of the Tigers calls for the ball during a Richmond Tigers AFL training session at ME Bank Centre on July 14, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

                   

It’s been a decade since Richmond last beat Geelong and the team the faces them on Sunday afternoon should for all intents and purposes stay relatively unchanged. However, that doesn’t mean some AFL-listed players in the VFL are not seriously staking their claim to have a crack in the remaining three games of the 2016 AFL season – because they absolutely are!

Firstly, two players missing through injury in recent weeks – Shane Edwards (calf) and Reece Conca (hamstring) – will need to pass fitness tests to be available for selection against the Cats. There is every chance that even if they do pass their respective fitness tests, other players who have not had much of a presence at senior level , for varying reasons, might get a call up. It is perhaps foreseeable that developing tall forward Liam McBean could be afforded another opportunity – in the 44-point win over the Northern Blues in the VFL last Saturday, he kicked four goals, amassed 13 disposals and took eight marks; with Richmond VFL coach Craig McRae commenting that it was his leading at the ball that really stood out –something that could be of benefit to the senior team this coming Sunday afternoon. Ben Griffiths could be omitted at his expense, after having a rather poor game against Collingwood last Friday night.

Two other AFL-listed players who played in the Richmond VFL win over the Northern Blues last Saturday afternoon who look a decent chance to make a case for senior selection are – the luckless Ben Lennon, who played arguably his best VFL game this season – amassing 23 disposals, 12 marks and kicking three goals. The other player is Kane Lambert, who has struggled with form after a rib injury he sustained earlier this season. The mature-age midfielder was an absolute gun in the latest VFL win – amassing an exceptional 37 disposals, 16 of which were contested along with five clearances, seven marks and three goals. If Lennon and Lambert make their way back into the senior team to take on the Cats, just who comes out is not so easy with many strong performances in the win over the Magpies in the previous round.

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