Why Richards was “incredibly embarrassed” by Essendon-Sydney trade


Ted Richards admits his trade from Essendon to Sydney in 2005 left him feeling a bit uneasy.

Richards was 22 at the time when he told the Bombers he’d like to move on after playing 33 games in four seasons in the red and black.

The defender landed at the Swans in exchange for picks 19 and 50, revealing that he was actually embarrassed with what transpired.

“I was out of contract, which makes it far easier, and I said I’d like to go to the Swans,” he told SEN’s Bob and Andy.

“I played the majority of that year at the Bendigo Bombers so I was incredibly embarrassed when Essendon put a first-round draft pick price tag on my head.

“I was even more embarrassed when the Swans said yes, we’ll pay it. I was like, hang on, I’m on the bus to Bendigo every week playing in the VFL.

“Then Essendon came back and said, ‘No, we want more. We want a third-round draft pick’. So there was a discussion around steak knives.

“So it was kind of comical what they had to pay for me. I felt quite sheepish about that.”

Richards would go on to play 228 games for the Swans and was a key part of the 2012 premiership side, landing All-Australian honours that year.

He says things could have been very different.

“I met with ‘Rocket’ (Rodney Eade) quite a few times at the Dogs. I was 22 at the time and quite keen to stay in my comfort zone in Melbourne,” he added.

“But the more I thought about it, the more I was like I actually think a new start with a new team starting off in a new city was quite a good thing.

“The reason why I wanted to go to the Swans was they played in the Grand Final in 2005. It was like three or four days before the Grand Final and they asked if I could fly up to meet with all the coaches.

“I was thinking, you’ve got a Grand Final in a few days, why do you want me to come up for. And they said we want you to be part of our plans next year.

“That was just the biggest indication to me that here’s someone that wants me. The fact me they were prepared to fly me up and with all they’ve got going on, chat with me, was probably further reinforcement that this is where I want to be.”

Initially drafted with pick 27 in the 2000 draft, Richards had no idea he would find his way to Windy Hill as North Melbourne had shown the most interest.

But it was Adrian Dodoro and the Dons who pounced.

“There was about four or five (clubs keen) which was quite a lot I thought considering I didn’t get an invite to the draft camp,” he said.

“The Kangaroos had shown the most interest.

“The night before the draft, Greg Miller who was then at the Roos, came around and said, ‘Look, we’re going to take you tomorrow. We’ve got a new sponsor on board in Russell Athletic, here’s a polo, here’s a hat. When we pick you up and say your name, can you get this on as quick as possible’.

“I recall they had quite a few picks and I was only a 17-year-old that didn’t get an invite to the draft camp. They took Drew Petrie (pick 23) and (Daniel) Harris (pick 14). I think they even had one late 20s and I was just waiting for that and then Dodoro read my name out.”







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Richmond Tigers have embarrassed Essendon Bombers, Collingwood Magpies and Carlton Blues


That investigation is being conducted by noted Indigenous academic Larissa Behrendt. It is unclear what impact, if any, Lumumba’s lawsuit will have on Collingwood’s internal probe, the Magpies having foreshadowed that a mea culpa was on the cards.

Lumumba had said he would not participate in the club’s investigation.

Carlton, meanwhile, have completed yet another season without finals, while watching the coach the Blues brutally jettisoned in 2012, Brett Ratten, coax St Kilda into finals and to a spirited effort in the semi-final against Richmond, who themselves enter this grand final week as the competition’s nonpareil club. Only Geelong have claims to rivalling the Tigers for consistent performance.

Richmond’s performances, on and off-field, over the past four seasons – despite a 2020 marred by scandals – have embarrassed Essendon, Carlton and even Collingwood.

Or they should have embarrassed those clubs, who have not kept pace with Richmond where it counts most: winning games, finals and premierships.

Essendon’s failing is the most egregious compared with their yellow-sash rivals, who have donated not only incoming coach Ben Rutten, his assistant Blake Caracella and football boss Daniel Richardson, but four decades ago, handed the then-mediocre Bombers the figure who would become the club’s most towering figure since the second world war, Kevin Sheedy.

Essendon coach Ben Rutten joined the club from Richmond.Credit:Getty Images

That Sheedy was enlisted on to the club board – having served as a paid ambassador over the past few years – was a measure of Essendon’s need to pacify increasingly angry and despondent fans.

It was a political appointment at a highly political club, which has been lumbered with the legacy of the drug saga, just as the Blues spent a long time under the weight of the 2002 draft penalties for salary cap cheating.

Richmond, for so long a laughing stock among the “big four” – or what Brian Cook, Geelong’s sage chief executive once called “The Beatles” – have out-performed Essendon, Carlton and, to a lesser extent, the Magpies on every football front: list management, coaching and conditioning.

The failings of the Dons, Blues and Pies compared with Richmond are not uniform, but a few are shared. One is that Richmond’s coaching is well ahead.

Richmond have a complex defensive system.

Richmond have a complex defensive system.Credit:Getty Images

The Tigers, third again this home and away season, do not have an overpowering level of talent in the manner of Geelong of 2007-2011 or Hawthorn of 2012-2015, though their list has depth.

Their finals-built game plan involves taking territory, pressure and embracing chaos, yet is complex defensively. A third flag with this list – in which role players such as Kane Lambert are meshed with superstars – would arguably be the greatest achievement by an AFL senior coach and his panel yet.

Significantly, the Tigers have all bar one of their nine coaches in their Gold Coast hub in a year of slashed budgets.

The Bombers, most obviously, have sought to fuse Richmond elements into their game style, without Richmond’s personnel, on-field leadership or hard-edged resilience.

Collingwood emulated aspects of Richmond’s “connection” between players and sped up their ball movement in 2018, only to fall back to a more indirect, possession-heavy style compared with the Tigers’ leaner method.

Collingwood’s main failing, relative to the Tigers, has been in list management planning, notably (not) for a key forward, as symbolised by Tom Lynch, and in some long-term legacy contracts that have seen the Pies become a bystander in free agency and with limited scope for trades.

The Lumumba situation can be contrasted with Richmond’s success in the multicultural arena. Tellingly, the Tigers have had enormous success with Indigenous talent, while Collingwood, unless they find a player this post-season, will not have one Indigenous player on the list next year after Travis Varcoe’s retirement – a reflection of each club’s support network as much as recruiting calls.

To be measured against Richmond is galling for the Magpies, given they’ve been tantalisingly close to the grail and are the only club to upend the Tigers in a cut-throat final since 2017; the inches that separate those clubs have turned into premiership miles.

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The Blues haven’t gone down a Richmond-esque path in coaching, but have imported two key figures with Richmond passports.

First was chief executive Cain Liddle, who presided over the Tigers’ membership growth in 2017 and was hired, in part, to propel that kind of groundswell within a long-dormant and disillusioned Carlton fan base.

The second executive with a tinge of Tigerland was list manager Nick Austin, who had worked in recruiting at Richmond and then the Bulldogs. Austin had replaced Stephen Silvagni, the favourite son whom Liddle had forced out.

Carlton’s aggression in acquiring Zac Williams and then seeking to trade in Saad confirmed that the club had moved past that ground-zero rebuild of 2015. The Blues, if some distance away, at least have a direction.

Essendon’s issues have been largely football-based, since the club has brilliantly recovered financially, in no small measure due to the hard toil of Brasher and chief executive Xavier Campbell.

But, as that pair have discovered, fans give administrations little credit for fiscal recitude or recovery; they care only for the win-loss ledger.

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“Disinterested” star Giant “should be embarrassed” by Blues performance


Jonathan Brown says GWS star Jeremy Cameron “should be embarrassed” by his performance against Carlton.

Cameron kicked four goals in a return to form against Fremantle last week but was well held by Blues defender Jacob Weitering in Thursday night’s nine-point win at Metricon Stadium.

The reigning Coleman Medallist went goalless and finished with just seven disposals while emerging Giants forward Jake Riccardi kicked two vital goals in the last quarter to seal the all-important victory in a low scoring affair.

Speaking on Fox Footy post-game, Brown was withering in his assessment of Cameron’s display.

“(When) Jeremy Cameron goes back and watches that replay tonight, and sees what (Jake) Riccardi did in those moments, and the way he gets around the field and the way he competes – Jeremy should be embarrassed,” the Brisbane great said.

“I’m a fan of Jeremy Cameron, but too many times this year he’s looked disinterested and he hasn’t played like a big man.

“You might say he’s a bit slight, no, he’s a key forward.

“He’s a power forward, he gets paid like a key forward, he needs to take hold in those moments with physicality, and he just hasn’t been able to do that.

“Riccardi is showing the way. A third-gamer is showing the highest-paid player in the competition the way to do it. They play the same position.”

Cameron, who remains out of contract, has kicked 22 goals in 14 matches this season.






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Footy’s highest paid star Jeremy Cameron should be ‘embarrassed’


And then there were 11.

Carlton’s season is officially over after they were overrun by the Giants in an ugly, sloppy contest that has come under fire from commentators across the league.

The Blues fell apart in the fourth quarter, giving up a 15-point lead at the final change of ends before falling 6.12 (48) to 5.9 (39).

Both sides struggled to create scoring opportunities in the dour affair which was highlighted by the Giants’ woeful half time score of 1.9 (15) — the worst accuracy in a half of football this season.

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As bad as the Giants were — the Blues were even worse.

The Blues were kept goalless in the second half of their loss to Collingwood over the weekend and only managed one in the second half against the Giants as GWS kicked five of the last six goals of the game.

In a game that was essentially an eliminator just a few weeks out from finals — neither side played like their seasons were on the line.

Carlton’s elimination leaves just 11 teams still in the race to play finals footy with the Demons, Bulldogs and Bombers standing on the outside looking in.

Collingwood champion Dane Swan said early in the second half of the ugly contest that it appeared neither team even wanted to keep their seasons alive while it means spending more time in the Queensland hub.

“It’s clearly evident on tonight’s games that no one wants 8th spot and they just want out of hub and not play for The no one cares worst premiership cup ever this year.” he posted on Twitter.

Former footy reporter at The Age Rohan Connolly posted: “God there really has been some rancid football over the last few days. #AFLGiantsBlues”.

Channel 9 journalist Tom Rehn also wrote on Twitter: “This game of football needs to be deleted from the archives before it finishes. #AFLGiantsBlues”.

After the game, Fox Footy commentator Garry Lyon described the contest as “a nothing game”.

JEREMY CAMERON ‘SHOULD BE EMBARRASSED’

Brisbane Lions legend Jonathan Brown singled out Giants forward Jeremy Cameron after the game, saying the star forward was made to look second rate by teammate Jake Riccardi.

Cameron didn’t register a score, failed to take a mark and laid just one tackle.

“When Jeremy Cameron goes back and watches the replay tonight and sees what Riccardi did in those moments and the way he gets around the field and the way he competes, Jeremy should be embarrassed,” Brown told Fox Footy.

“And I’m a fan of Jeremy Cameron’s, but too many times this year he’s looked disinterested and he hasn’t played like a big man.

“He’s a key forward. He’s a power forward. He gets paid like a key forward and he needs to take hold of those moments with physicality and he just hasn’t been able to do it. Riccardi is showing the way. A third-gamer is showing the highest-paid player in the competition the way to do it – and they play the same position.”

Trailing by 15 points at three-quarter time, Giants rising star Riccardi kicked the first two goals of the fourth quarter to make it a three-point game.

When Harry Perryman got on the end of a loose ball at the top of the square after the Giants again got in behind the Blues’ defence, the Giants had hit the front for the first time since the first quarter with 11 minutes to play.

Carlton struggled to find targets up forward and never looked like challenging the Giants at the death.

The win sees the Giants jump the Demons and claim a spot in the top eight.

The Blues’ season is over.



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Ferrari embarrassed in deflating Belgian Grand Prix qualifying disaster


Ferrari’s implosion has the once-proud team at breaking point following a qualifying disaster at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Fury and disbelief has turned to meek acceptance inside the Ferrari garage as both drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc brushed off the team’s worst day of qualifying since 2014.

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On a day when Aussie star Daniel Ricciardo equalled his best qualifying result for Renault with a tremendous fourth placed finish in qualifying, both the Scuderia Ferrari cars failed to progress to the final stage of qualifying, finishing 13th and 14th.

Even worse, the team has no explanation for the spectacular flop — and in a sign of how truly beaten they are, didn’t even act surprised at the result.

It was only the eighth time since Formula 1’s three-stage qualifying system was introduced in 2006 that both Ferrari cars failed to make Q3, according to Skysports.com.

The 2014 British Grand Prix was the last time both Ferrari drivers didn’t make the final shootout, when Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were knocked out in Q1. At least there was rain that day that they could blame.

There was no such blame available to them on Saturday night (AEST) in Spa.

At the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix Vettel and Leclerc put their Ferraris on the front row of the grid.

12 months later, the team is a rabble.

Leclerc warned Ferrari’s passionate fans not to expect any miracles — suggesting the qualifying debacle is an accurate reflection of where the team is at.

Leclerc, who claimed his maiden victory from pole position in last year’s Belgian race, admitted he and the team had no explanation for the team’s slump in form this season — ahead of the next two races which are scheduled to take place on home ground in Italy.

“It’s very difficult to find any explanation,” said Leclerc.

“It’s a big step back to the others.

“We need to find the issue and address it. It’s not a good day, but it’s like this at the moment.

“We have got to work hard and we have to keep our heads up in tough times like this.

“We can understand the fans are disappointed, but we can’t expect any miracles.” Four-time champion world Vettel who is in his final season with the team said: “This is the true picture of what our car can do. We tried everything.

“We are not where we want to be, but that’s not the first qualifying and first race where that has been the case.

“For myself, it’s my job and I still like driving. P13 and P14 is not as exciting as P1, but this morning it looked like we wouldn’t get out of Q1.

“So, obviously, it was not a success, but its what we could do.”

The team’s struggles appear certain to continue next weekend in their home race at Monza, the Italian Grand Prix, where raw power and speed is essential for success.

One week later, they could be embarrassed again at their own 1000th race celebrations at the Tuscany Grand Prix.

Ferrari haven’t won a world drivers title since 2007 when Kimi Raikkonen was crowned champion.

— with AFP



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‘Embarrassed’ Wayne Bennett to re-enter South Sydney Rabbitohs bubble as players rap Jason Demetriou


“I think JD [Demetriou] has said he sees himself as a substitute teacher role at the moment, as opposed to a head coach. It has been nice to see his approach to a semi head coach role but it’s been a great learning curve for JD and everyone around him.

“It’s been pleasing to see we can be successful when he’s running the show.”

‘Individually he’s a very passionate and honest person.They’re two things he probably gets from Wayne.’

Cameron Murray on Jason Demetriou

Demetriou has instilled a more vocal approach to running Rabbitohs training but the foundations taught by Bennett were clear to see.

“He speaks up a little bit more than Wayne does but obviously he’s been a product of Wayne for the last couple of years now,” Murray said.

“A lot of his leadership style is a product of Wayne. He’s very similar in terms of leadership and stuff like that. Individually he’s a very passionate and honest person.

“They’re two things he probably gets from Wayne. He’s not too dissimilar in those departments.

“I think they’re probably two of his biggest attributes as a coach. His honesty and his passion and how much he wants to see each person in the team succeed. A very passionate, honest coaching style.”

That coaching style has placed Souths in pole position to claim one of the last few spots available in the eight, although the Rabbitohs view themselves as a top-four team.

Tom Burgess believes it’s perfect timing for a refreshed Bennett to return to the club’s bubble and steer the team into the top four, rather than scrap for seventh or eighth.

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“He’s probably a bit embarrassed about the whole thing but he won’t make too much of it,” Burgess said when asked about Bennett’s impending return.

“I think he will just get on with his job. He realises he made a mistake and he will just want to get back on with things.”

Souths’ job this weekend is to end Manly’s season.

If they can stave off the Des Hasler’s side, they will have all but certainly secured a place in the top eight with a three-game gap to the chasing pack.

“Manly have been so close over the last couple of weeks. We understand they’re going to be a hungry side and we need to match it,” Cody Walker said.

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Giants star would be “pretty embarrassed” by effort after labelling side “hopeless”


Kane Cornes has highlighted a non-tackle from Stephen Coniglio after the GWS captain labelled his side “hopeless” during Thursday night’s 41-point loss to Sydney.

Coniglio delivered an honest assessment of the Giants’ one-goal first half performance when speaking to Fox Footy at the main break.

“Hopeless really,” the Giants star said.

“We’ve got to get in there and find an answer. We’ve been in this position twice in two weeks. (We’ve) got to find something now.

“They want it more than us. They’re carving us up going forward. It’s simply not good enough.”

Cornes says Coniglio would be “pretty embarrassed” by a missed tackle 15 seconds into the third quarter after his strong comments at half-time.

“So he called it hopeless, let’s look at his first effort straight after half-time,” the Port Adelaide champion told Channel Nine’s Sunday Footy Show.

“15 seconds into the third quarter and that’s (Luke) Parker v Coniglio. He just has to be better and you might say it’s harsh but as the captain of the footy club you’ve got to stick that (tackle) and make a statement to start the second half if you call everyone else hopeless.

“We all like Stephen Coniglio but that effort he’d be pretty embarrassed about.

“I’m not critical of him being honest, I love it. But you’re the captain of the footy club you’ve got to stick that tackle, there’s no excuses for it.

“When you make comments like that you’ve got to back it up and just in that instance he didn’t.

“It wasnt one (tackle), the effort from the Giants – and it was their senior players … I could have shown 15 clips.

“(Lachie) Whitfield missed tackles, (Nick) Haynes missed tackles, the ball use was poor. I just think that comes as a result of a lack of leadership from the Giants.”








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NRL 2020, round 7, live: Eels Vs Raiders, ‘Embarrassed’: NRL forward pass debacle


The Canberra Raiders have taken a 12-8 lead to the break against the Parramatta Eels at Bankwest Stadium on the back of a controversial forward pass.

The Raiders chanced its arm on the final tackle down the short side with Jarrod Croker passing to Nick Cotric, who kicked back on the inside, before a final pass to Elliott Whitehead to score the try.

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It was a brilliant finish to the play but the Fox Sports commentators were caught up on the clear forward pass.

Croker‘s pass was forward for sure,“ Andrew Voss said at the time. ”The pass surely was forward, I don’t know what they’ll check. What do they check?”

Voss added that the referees might have been “embarrassed” after seeing it back.

Greg Alexander added: “The pass was a yard forward.”

The Bunker can‘t rule on forward passes meaning the light came up green.

“We‘ve had a lot of passes this year that have been hard to tell whether it’s gone forward, that one was quite obvious,” Alexander said. “That was as forward as you’ll ever want it to be and the touch judge couldn’t have been in a better position to rule on it.”

Steve Roach added: “What‘s the touchie doing? That’s a deliberate forward pass, he’s right there, what’s he doing?”

Voss agreed that he called a dummy half forward pass that changed the game for the green machine.

At halftime, Cooper Cronk called it “a blatant forward pass”.

It‘s been a costly match for both sides with the Raiders’ Corey Horsburgh off with a foot injury after being caught under a defending player that led to a heated scuffle and Eels halfback Mitchell Moses seemingly suffering a torn calf injury.

Horsburgh erupted, reportedly flipping off the crowd and leaving “in tears” according to the commentators.



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