Hardwick agrees with Roos' call

Sportal July 17, 2012, 4:48 pm
Damien Hardwick

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Paul Roos labelled Richmond's finish to the after-the-siren defeat to Gold Coast as 'the worst 50 seconds in the history of the AFL' and coach Damien Hardwick agrees.

Richmond had led by 10 points with less than a minute remaining before Jarrod Harbrow and Karmichael Hunt kicked goals in the final 30 seconds to claim a memorable victory in Cairns on Saturday night.

In wake of the loss, Roos appeared on Fox Footy's 'On the Couch' and was left in shock by the Tigers' performance during the final moments.

And Hardwick, who took responsibility for his team's performance, could not disagree with the premiership coach's assessment.

"You can relate 50 seconds to any period of play," he told on reporters on Tuesday.

"There were some errors that we made through fumbles and just not being clean at certain levels of the game that certainly contributed to that.

"And it's probably a fair call.

"When we are 10 points up with 33 seconds to go, you would honestly assume that we would win the game and it didn't happen."

Hardwick said several errors in the last 30 seconds cost his side but preferred his team suffered those harsh lessons now than during a finals campaign.

"We drop a chest mark that obviously didn't help matters," he said. "But then with the centre bounce, we just couldn't get the correct setup.

"The guys knew the setup but just failed to adhere to it and we went through that, it's a harsh lesson learnt.

"AFL industry these days is a matter of making correct decisions all the time and we didn't make that.

"We would rather learn it now, rather in a preliminary final whenever that may be."

Star midfielder Trent Cotchin sat on the bench at the final centre bounce after he took himself off but a lack of communication failed to see him reappear during a crucial stage of the match.

"It happens throughout periods of the game but the fact is we only had one player on the bench," Hardwick said.

"We just couldn't get him back on the ground and that was another breakdown in communication.

"Obviously there was a goal scored and expect two or three players to come to the bench at any time.

"But because we had only one player on the bench, most players were getting turned back so it was another lesson and we've got to get better in that situation."

On Monday, chief executive Brendon Gale announced Richmond would not be looking to stage home games interstate following their improved financial position.

And despite losing both games played in Cairns, Hardwick said the agreement in 2010 to sign a three-year deal worth $1.5 million was a 'sound economical decision' to get the Tigers moving forward, given their financial state at the time.

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  1. underarm_bowler01:06pm Wednesday 18th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Any parent that allows their children to follow this inept club should have legal action taken against them

  2. Derek07:20am Wednesday 18th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I fail to understand what they actually teach these guys at practice.... How does a guy be all on his won in the forward line with 10 seconds to play? They taught us to man up in mini league 30 yrs ago.

  3. Richard06:24am Wednesday 18th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Leisa, what a butch she-male comment. An embarrassment to our nations great sporting culture? Break out the trumpets and violins for Madame Mediocrity to pronounce. Change the channel. Or won't your wife let you?

  4. Leisa06:10am Wednesday 18th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The whole game is an embarrassment to our nations great sporting culture. The worst 50 seconds could easily apply to any game of vfl. The sooner it dies , along with the pretty little singlets, cute little silk shorts and feminine, glove wearing players, the better for all.

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  5. christopher03:26am Wednesday 18th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Since the contract was signed in 2010....you have to live with it..however ikt has cost 2 finals appearances and the revenue of finals footy and the boost to the club...they will recover, but give it until next year..

  6. Frank10:19pm Tuesday 17th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Follow all codes can only make it better for every one great game

  7. Dai09:19pm Tuesday 17th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    why don't people like @dinkum just get lost and leave the space for people who have an interest in the topic discussed. If you don't like AFl so much, why the hell did you read the article and the find the need to comment.. At least post something constructive, you moron

  8. Jeffrey08:46pm Tuesday 17th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    hey @dinkum, that would be RL you are thinking of- 80 minutes of blockheads trying to bash each other senseless ( great game if ur a bogan ) and often succeeding...AFL is 100 minutes for ignorati like yourselves.....cheers....

  9. Scott08:45pm Tuesday 17th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Worst 50 seconds in the history of the AFL? Not if you support the Gold Coast Suns and not if you remember the Suns vs Power game last year!!! Stop exaggerating please and let the dust settle before we judge the truly lamentable performance served up by a once great club which has traded for far too long on past glories. To the Richmond Football Club and it's supporters I say (respectfully of course) ha ha ha!

  10. michael s07:51pm Tuesday 17th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    It may have been the worst 50 seconds for the club ,not for the AFL! great spectacle one would think ...