Normally I would agree that not playing the kids who aren't ready can actually be better for their development, but I think this year is different.Last year a bad Richmond still won at the G
We'd not beaten Brisbane for a while either.
You can only deal with the opponent in front of you on the day.
We are clearly playing poorly right now but it's not like we've not got issues with our younger bloke's as well.
We've got players in their prime years not playing well but the focus is on the guys who've won flags only it seem.
Playing more kids won't automatically make us better and it's not necessarily the best thing for those kids development either, assuming the club sees a future for them which it may not.
I'm worried that without the normal structures of regular VFL games and less development staff, those not playing are more likely to stagnate than in previous years. Additionally, we will potentially need a major list cull if list numbers are reduced next year. In my view, this year, more than any other we need to be prepared to suffer some short term pain to get games into kids we are confident will be long term players for the club (Day, Scrimshaw, Maginness, Lewis?, Walker?), and younger players who are on the fringes of being cut (Moore, Nash, Cousins? Hanrahan? Glass?).
Might need to happen in any event if we have to play a clump of games with short turnaround..