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Consistency key for AFL's Tigers

Sam Lienert 16/08/2011 04:11:27 PM Comments (0)

Young Richmond ruck-forward Ty Vickery is frustrated the Tigers can produce performances like Sunday's upset AFL win over Sydney, but let themselves down against lower-ranked sides.

The surprise 43-point win over the eighth-placed Swans at the MCG was one of the Tigers' best performances of the year.

But having had their standing hurt by shock losses to the competition's bottom two teams, Port Adelaide and Gold Coast, earlier this season, Vickery said consistency was a key to Richmond improving.

"It's obviously been really frustrating, sort of riding a rollercoaster, losing to teams where we probably went in favourites," Vickery said on Tuesday.

"That's just the consistency we're trying to develop and when we're a good team we'll consistently put together good performances."

That inconsistent form has left the Tigers in 13th spot and out of the finals hunt.

But the win over Sydney still has them confident of picking up some more victories before the season is out, starting with Sunday's clash with Melbourne.

The Demons beat Richmond by 27 points when they last met in round 14.

Since then, the two clubs have managed just one win each and the Demons have changed coaches.

But Vickery still expects a fierce contest, with the Demons still having an outside chance of a finals berth and the Tigers aiming to build some momentum and belief to take into the pre-season.

"They're playing for a finals berth, they've got a lot to play for and we're taking it pretty seriously, we want to win every game we play in for the rest of the year, so we'll be looking to do that," Vickery said.

On his own season, the promising third-year Tiger said he had enjoyed settling into a key forward role, with sporadic stints in the ruck.

Vickery has kicked 31 goals from 19 games this year, to trail only Jack Riewoldt on Richmond's tally.

He said he viewed his future predominantly in attack, rather than expanding his ruck role.

"Ithink I'm developing into a key forward and that's where I'd like to stay."

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