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Sport AFL flag fire reignited in Tigers' Cotchin

03:12  06 december  2021
03:12  06 december  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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Cotchin was appointed as the Tigers ' permanent skipper at the end of 2012, aged just 22, with 188 of his 268 career games coming as captain. The 31-year-old felt the time was right to quit the role after leading the club to flags in 2017, 2019 and 2020. "The club has built a really strong leadership culture over Superstar Dustin Martin has been lauded for his leadership attributes by those at Punt Rd, but is notoriously media shy and would struggle with the off-field responsibilities of the role. Richmond chief executive Brendon Gale thanked Cotchin for his contribution as leader of the club during a golden era.

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The unusual experience of watching an AFL finals series from his couch has "reignited the fire" in Trent Cotchin before his 15th season at Richmond.

Trent Cotchin is aiming for a return to AFL finals after Richmond's 2021 season faded. © Scott Barbour/AAP PHOTOS Trent Cotchin is aiming for a return to AFL finals after Richmond's 2021 season faded.

The Tigers' triple-premiership captain announced he would stand down from the leadership role in September, around the same time he witnessed Melbourne storm to a drought-breaking flag.

Cotchin went through the same experience in 2017 as the Tigers broke through for the first of three premierships in four years, before sliding to 12th last season.

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Cotchin led the Tigers to a 31-point grand-final win against Geelong on Saturday night - his third flag in four seasons. The Tiger skipper is lauding how the Tigers coped in a Queensland hub amid the coronavirus-impacted season. "We have spoken a lot about the journey and we effectively celebrate it," he told the Seven "It has been one hell of an adventure. And to finish off with this is just simply outstanding and I couldn't be more proud of our whole organisation." Richmond came from 22 points down late in the second quarter to triumph, with Cotchin collecting 19 disposals and laying four tackles.

Rampaging Richmond Tigers thrash shell-shocked Greater Western Sydney Giants 114 to 25 in a history-making Grand Final bloodbath as Dustin Martin wins his second Norm Smith medal. Richmond Tigers have won their second premiership in three years after humiliating the GWS Giants. Trent Cotchin (left image) and Tigers head coach Damien Hardwick hold up the Australian Football League 2019 Premiership Cup after winning the 2019 AFL Grand Final while Jack Riewoldt (pictured left in the right image), Trent Cotchin (right), and Shane Edwards of the Tigers celebrate during the

"Watching finals this year was weird because I'm not a huge watcher of footy, but the finals series definitely was something that I tuned into," Cotchin said before returning to pre-season training at Punt Road on Monday.

"For me personally, the fire in the belly really reignited through that time and kick-started my off-season in a really positive way.

"Our young guys have been at it and really going great guns, so I'm really excited about what the pre-season is going to bring and also leading into round one next year."

Richmond struggled to cope with the weight of injuries last season, winning just two of their last 10 matches.

The poor run of results came as premiership stars Dustin Martin, Dion Prestia, Nick Vlastuin, Bachar Houli, Kane Lambert, Noah Balta and David Astbury all missed significant chunks of football.

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Trent William Cotchin (born 7 April 1990) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League ( AFL ). He is a Brownlow Medallist, an All-Australian, a three-time Richmond best and fairest winner and a three-time premiership winning captain.

Trent Cotchin with the ‘thank yous’. Damien Hardwick with a few of his own, including a nice little plug for Puma for enabling them to resign Dustin Martin. A special mention too for the famous Mrs Hardwick. To their credit Adelaide aren’t lying down, but their bursts of effort are being matched and raised by the Tigers in defence. Again the Crows look to be in a promising situation but again a superb defensive effort sparks a rebound that culminates in a Houli set shot from 40m that slides wide.

But Cotchin is adamant the Tigers can get fit and fire again next year.

"If we reflect truly on last season, we probably weren't up to the standard," Cotchin said.

"If you look at the teams that ended up playing in the grand final, the quality of footy that they played throughout the whole season was brilliant.

"That's the level that we want to get back to."

Cotchin was Richmond's longest-serving captain but doesn't expect to have a huge say in who his successor will be.

The playing group will have some input via a vote early next year with Martin, Vlastuin, Jack Riewoldt, Dylan Grimes and Jack Graham all in the mix.

The handover will free Cotchin up to focus more on himself for the first time in a decade.

"I'm really excited about what it looks like for me personally, but also what it looks like for the footy club," he said.

"There's going to be someone else who takes up that role, or maybe a few people, I'm not sure exactly what path we'll take.

"But they'll have amazing support, whoever that might be, within the playing group but also across the football club."

On behalf of the club, Cotchin on Monday handed over a cheque for $212,093 to Richmond's charity partner the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.

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