matthews won plenty of games off his own fistreckon matthews was overrated. dusty is way better. won us game after game off his own boot. we need to clone him.
Defenders were smaller and less fit back then.I wanna get your opinion, why is it that people say Carey is the greatest ever? I was too young to notice how good he was but he never won a GF off his own boot
O'connor did a good job tagging Lachlan Neale.Lots of talk in the media recently about how to stop Dusty. Now Leppitsch is giving his two cents - suggests Rampe go with Dusty all day. Why the fu** are we encouraging tagging? It’s one of the worst parts of the game.
Because the “terrible” state of the game they’ve been bitching about isn’t a Richmond tactic but a competition wide tactic. The difference is when attacking we’ve been playing the free flowing fast football for 3-4 years to get through flood/zone.Lots of talk in the media recently about how to stop Dusty. Now Leppitsch is giving his two cents - suggests Rampe go with Dusty all day. Why the fu** are we encouraging tagging? It’s one of the worst parts of the game.
he was a barge who was a more than handy forward and good mid. he was one paced. couldn't jump and was average overhead. but could frighten the sh*t out of opponents. kelvin had more natural ability. leigh made the most of his ability i'll grant him that.matthews won plenty of games off his own fist
in the era when we had Bones McGhee , Carl Dietrich , Don Scott , Neil Balme , Cowboy Neale, Mal Brown
one day out at Waverly playing the Saints lowly side , us top 4 bound
Cowboy kicked a bag and all our guys had red sashes , Dick Clay Andrews & co
Cowboy was connecting with the ball and our guys faces , he made it look like an art form
my memories of matthews were if anyone tackled him like danger on Dusty in the GF
he would just dispatch them with a swift smack in the face , by elbow or first
it just seemed to be accepted
he was always in the thick of the action so teams could have tried for revenge , i suppose he did have Don Scott for a minder
Not a hard tag. I wouldn’t like it if we had a player like de Boer or Steven Baker on our list, whose only job it is to negate and suck all of the enjoyment out of the game.O'connor did a good job tagging Lachlan Neale.
If dusty were playing against Richmond. Wouldn't you want to try and lessen his impact?
Remember the gws bloke was supposed to stop martin in the grand final.Dusty would spank Rampe at stoppages.
Levi Greenwood always did well on Dusty because he is good in tight as well as a decent defender one-on-one. But he is cooked now. Can't think of any others that could do the same job.
Yeah De Boer did a number on Dusty around the ground earlier in the year but can't go with him up forward where he spends most of his time these days.Remember the gws bloke was supposed to stop martin in the grand final.
Iirc dusty went forward. Tagger went to prestia and got meatball smashed
Disappointing readAFL’s Dustin ‘Dusty’ Martin on mental health and his bad-boy image
In a very rare interview, AFL star Dustin Martin tackles questions about his upbringing, his mental-health struggles, and what he really thinks of his bad-boy image.
Patrick Carlyon, Stellar Magazine
Some snippets from the interview:
Talking with Dustin Martin is more about what he will not say than what he will.
He’s the biggest phenomenon in Australian sport, the first AFL player to win three best-on-ground medals in the grand final. Every footy fan – and plenty who never watch – knows him by his first name.
“Dusty” is AFL’s most marketable sporting commodity. Yet almost no-one really knows who he is – and that’s how he likes it. Martin says he doesn’t care what people think of him, because the only opinion that matters is his own.
As such, he tells Stellar, “I don’t know if I’m misunderstood or not. I just keep trying to be the best person I can. People are quick to pass judgement on one another, but you never really know what people are going through or have been through. We are all imperfect, we are all living and learning, and I just try to do my best every day.”
At his Stellar photo shoot on the docks of Port Melbourne, Martin is a cooperative and friendly presence. He will talk about his sponsors, the beginnings of “Dusty Inc.” and how he hopes to feature in the fashion industry after his sporting career ends.
He will expand on his love of kids, his troubles with phones (he hates phone covers and refuses to use them), and his fondness for sports documentaries, which teach him new things about elite performance.
He will show off his new tattoos, which include three premiership tatts – for 2017, 2019 and 2020 – that were inked on his thigh at about 6am the morning after last year’s grand final.
But he won’t talk about relationships.
Or the marriage breakdown of his coach, Damien Hardwick, except to say it will have “no impact” on Richmond’s plans to extend its grand-final dynasty.
As a journalist once said, Martin is a puzzle to be solved. He is hidden in plain sight, and has been since his AFL career began with 18 touches in a 2010 game.
Richmond chief executive Brendon Gale tries to explain the cult of Dusty, telling Stellar, “The public don’t know him. He’s hard to know. He’s a very soulful, passive sort of guy. [It is] a complete juxtaposition to the way he plays, which is ballistic and bombastic.”
Perhaps the most influential player of a generation, Martin’s mohawk styling denotes his warrior bearing, as though he has been lifted from a long-ago war and asked to put down his tomahawk. He harks back to footballing greats such as Wayne Carey, or Gary Ablett Sr, when the match result rests on his exploits and the other 35 players on the field double as observers.
At 29, Martin is growing up. If he’s “grateful” for the million-dollar contracts, he’s come to appreciate that the pursuit of happiness isn’t driven by material gains. He speaks of mindfulness to combat the empty feeling after he won his first flag in 2017. He reads, has kept a daily journal and taken cooking classes – all choices that don’t easily sit with his public reputation for toughness.
“I think most people at some stage in their lives go through a similar thing,” he says of his post-2017 blues. “I just think it’s important to be open and honest, and talk about your feelings with someone.”
It’s a side rarely glimpsed, along with a playfulness that’s defied the scrutiny. “He cares about things,” Gale says. “He is always evolving, learning and growing. That’s a side the public don’t see.”
After last year’s grand final, Martin sent Richmond club president Peggy O’Neal a text message: “We won, we won, we won.” His boyish exuberance extends to kids. Martin can often be spotted, on the floor, playing with the children of his teammates.
“I just remember as a kid I had a lot of great people I looked up to – my mum, dad, aunties and uncles – and they were always fun to be around and looked after me,” Martin says. “So I guess I try and be that kind of ‘fun uncle’ for the kids – and be there for them.”
Ahead of Dustin Martin's 250th game, Callum Twomey looks at what makes the champion Tiger so great - and why 400 games isn't out of the questionwww.afl.com.au
I think Cullum needed a cigarette after this write up.