Some of the most eye-catching players in Richmond’s first intra-club match of the year didn’t play in last year’s premiership.
Desperate to break into the reigning premiership side, Sydney Stack, Noah Balta, Jack Higgins, Riley Collier-Dawkins and Mabior Chol were the ones who worked harder and did more to present themselves than most.
The surfeit of Richmond small forwards has the pressure elevated for places in the team. Stack, who could play anywhere on the ground, was clean and clever, and Daniel Rioli took the best mark of the day.
Balta shifted to defence late last season and has trained there over the summer. He was as impressive as anyone on the field.