Despite what some of the bookmakers seem to thing, ranking the Richmond Tigers as fifth-favourite to win the 2018 Toyota AFL Premiership completion in the coming year, midfielder Kane Lambert believes that he and his 21 mates have their best footy ahead of them.
Let us see, whom do we believe here?
Lambert is forecasting bac-to-back premierships for his side, although his reasoning in an interview on SEN Breakfast seemed to tilt mainly toward the subjective.
“We were process driven last year, that is the mind frame we come with this year,” Lambert said. “We played our best footy in the back end of last year, we also felt we could play better. Last year was such an amazing year, our best footy’s ahead of us.”
Richmond deployed a unique tactic last year, with Jack Riewoldt being the key target in the forward line. AFL coaches have had the offseason to devise counter-tactics, so what worked last year might not be so effective this.
There will also be mimics, as success so often breeds imitators.
Still, Lambert believes the Tigers have room to grow and improve.
“Dimma says the game doesn’t remember what we did last week, we do have strong leaders with Trent, Alex and Jack leading the group. We are more excited about the growth of the group,” said the midfielder. “They’ll (sic) be elements of opposition clubs that take some of the way we play; we did that with how the Bulldogs played. It’ll be interesting to see if clubs structure their forward line differently.”
Lambert’s personal plan for improvement is to do more in the forward line. That seems realistic, as he kicked 13 majors last year, even though he made 24 appearances. If he can kick a few more and maintain anything near the 515 disposals for which he accounted last year, lambert has the chance to school the bookies on what it takes to win a premiership.