Australian Football Live Richmond Tigers vs Adelaide Crows JLT Series AFL 2017 Pre Seasons Week 02 match will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Friday 24 February 2017 online, 19.40 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The Tigers handed over a third-round draft pick to Sydney late in the October trade period for Tasmanian ruckman Toby Nankervis. The 22-year-old played 12 games in three years at Sydney including last year’s semi-final against Adelaide, and was an emergency for the Grand Final.
But John Longmire’s decision to back Sam Naismith could be Richmond’s gain, with Nankervis in the box seat to become the Tigers’ No.1 ruckman.
With Shaun Hampson battling back issues, Nankervis has impressed in two intra-club games and will lead the ruck division in Friday night’s JLT Series clash against Adelaide.
Nankervis showed in 2016 he can get his hands on the ball at centre bounces — in seven matches, his hitout to advantage rate of 38 per cent was ranked No. 1 in the AFL — and he can be a weapon resting forward — he kicked six goals and took 11 marks in a NEAFL game against Canberra.
But it’s another aspect of his game that has caught the attention of teammates and coaches, and could make him an instant favourite of the Tiger Army.
“He’s a bull, big Toby,” defender David Astbury said on RSN927 on Thursday morning.
“He’s probably not the boom recruit of the footy club during the off-season, but he’s really surprised a lot of people.
“He’s got a lot of vigour. We all love playing with him and we can’t wait to see that showcased.”
Richmond Tigers: 1. Nick Vlastuin, 2. Dylan Grimes, 3. Dion Prestia, 4. Dustin Martin, 5. Brandon Ellis, 6. Shaun Grigg, 7. Ben Lennon, 8. Jack Riewoldt, 9. Trent Cotchin, 10. Shane Edwards, 11. Jake Batchelor, 12. David Astbury, 17. Daniel Rioli, 20. Ivan Maric, 21. Jacob Townsend, 22. Josh Caddy, 24. Ben Griffiths, 25. Toby Nankervis, 26. Anthony Miles, 27. Sam Lloyd, 28. Taylor Hunt, 30. Reece Conca, 31. Oleg Markov, 32. Corey Ellis, 33. Kamdyn McIntosh, 35. Nathan Broad, 40. Daniel Butler, 41. Mabior Chol, 46. Jason Castagna
Notable absentees: Shai Bolton, Shaun Hampson, Kane Lambert, Connor Menadue, Steven Morris, Alex Rance
Adelaide Crows: 1. Jonathon Beech, 4. Josh Jenkins, 8. Jake Kelly, 10. Harrison Wigg, 12. Daniel Talia, 13. Taylor Walker, 14. David Mackay, 15. Kyle Hartigan, 17. Curtly Hampton, 18. Eddie Betts, 20. Hugh Greenwood, 21. Rory Atkins, 22. Andy Otten, 23. Charlie Cameron, 24. Sam Jacobs, 26. Richard Douglas, 27. Tom Lynch, 28. Cam Ellis-Yolmen, 29. Rory Laird, 30. Wayne Milera, 31. Myles Poholke, 32. Troy Menzel, 33. Brodie Smith, 36. Dean Gore, 37. Paul Hunter, 38. Harry Dear, 41. Mitch McGovern, 43. Reilly O’Brien, 44. Matt Crouch
Notable absentees: Kyle Cheney, Brad Crouch, Jordan Gallucci, Jake Lever, Paul Seedsman, Rory Sloane, Scott Thompson