Richmond manager Damien Hardwick has revealed his funniest side on Fox Footy. AFL 360 The team is a few days away from their finals against Brisbane.
The Tigers head to the Gabba on Thursday night to take on the Lions in the play-off final, just weeks after the two clubs battled it out in a thriller at the MCG.
It’s showing up. AFL 360 By video link Hardwick completely avoided the question of whether Dustin Martin would return to action by pretending to be muted in his first return from a round of 16 hamstring injury.
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“I’m just kidding Robo[show co-star Mark Robinson]it’s okay, I can’t answer that!” Hardwick said.
“You’re brilliant!” said Robinson. he replied.
Later in the interview, Hardwick’s dog could be heard barking in the background, prompting Robinson to ask Hardwick to put the pet on camera, which he briefly smiled.
“Bloody Hank (the dog)… the best friend. The Tigers coach lost his mind, before joking: “Worst TV ever, you blokes!
Robinson added: “Can you imagine doing something like this five years ago? No way, you were a cat on a hot tin roof, Dima (Hardwick) makes it to the first final.
“And (now) you’re taking your bloody dog on national television and laughing and laughing. It says quite a bit about you as a coach and your team I think.
Hardwick admits to loosening up in recent years, with a light-hearted approach from Richmond widely tipped to be the key to his resurgence in 2017, winning three of the next four flags in a golden era.
“One thing we always talk about is that we work incredibly hard on our shows to be diligent, but we want to have fun along the way,” he said.
“One thing I’ve tried to do is differentiate myself as much as possible, and it’s challenging on many levels. The dog waits for me on different levels. One of those on different levels relaxes me, too,” Hardwick said as he held a beer to the camera.
“You’re a loose mate, you’re loose!” added Robinson.
Hardwick concluded that making the playoffs should be accepted on his own — echoed by Tigers veteran Jack Riewoldt on the show, who hasn’t played in the postseason in eight years, with teammate Robbie Tarran’s fresh perspective.
The game itself is very interesting – making the finals itself – today it is very difficult, the competition is very equal, so we want to respect it, but we cannot wait for the upcoming challenge, it is a season in itself. season as we know it,” Hardwick said.
But we’re really looking forward to the challenge of getting out to Brisbane, getting the warmer weather at our backs and giving ourselves the best wishes.
We know for sure that our best footy will be able to put up a big challenge for the other sides that will be playing in September.