Friday, 8 August 2014
Damien Hardwick says he's "disappointed" with
AFL boss Gillon McLachlan's comments on Tigers' midfielder Reece Conca, and wants an explanation.
On Friday morning, McLachlan admitted the AFL had erred in its handling of Reece Conca's "appalling" hit on Devon Smith last weekend, and should have referred the incident directly to the Tribunal.
"Reece knows and he's disappointed with his actions as are we. I don't think we need to have the CEO come out and speak about it. It's done and dusted, let's leave it in the past," Hardwick said.
"The Match Review Panel dealt with it so let's move on. I'll be sending him a please explain."
Wednesday, 6 August 2014
Damien Hardwick says Reece Conca will learn from the "selfish" act that felled Greater Western Sydney's Devon Smith and cost the young Tiger two games.
Conca, 21, was suspended by the Match Review Panel for his uncharacteristic and undisciplined elbow to the back of Smith's head in the second quarter of Saturday's win over the Giants.
The two had engaged in a wrestle where Smith pulled Conca's jumper over his head.
Conca responded by chasing the unsuspecting Giant to the interchange gate and collecting him with his elbow.
"We like our players to play hard and tough but that was above and beyond," Hardwick said.
"Reece is a quality kid, he stepped outside the bounds, he knows that, we know that and we're really disappointed he decided to do that.
"It was really selfish on his behalf."
Saturday, 2 August 2014
Reece Conca insists he's a fair player despite being reported for striking Giant Devon Smith from behind.
Smith was leaving the ground after a scuffle with the Tiger, when Conca ran up behind him and struck the Giant in the back of the head with his elbow.
"Obviously it wasn't the smartest move," Conca admitted.
"But it's out of my control now, so I'll just let it be and see what happens. I'd like to think I'm a fair player but once you cross the line it gets a bit heated."
Saturday, 7 December 2013
Reece Conca says tearing his hamstring in Richmond's elimination final against Carlton was like being shot in the back of the leg.
"I just knew immediately. It was one of those things; it literally feels like you've been shot," Conca said.
"I just tried to get off the ground as quick as possible and a few trainers came on and helped me off."
Thursday, 5 December 2013
Reece Conca is aiming to be fit for round one after undergoing hamstring and ankle surgery at the end of the Tigers' season.
"I'm probably on target. It's just more of a temperamental thing, the hamstring," Conca said.
"Some days it can be feeling really good and some days, not so good.
"It's probably going a little bit slower than I anticipated but it's still December so there's no real rush."
Thursday, 19 September 2013
Reece Conca signs a new three-year deal with Richmond to stay at the club until the end of 2016.
"It was never in doubt that I would re-sign with Richmond. It was just a matter of sorting through the details with the Club and my manager," Conca said.
"I'm very grateful for the opportunity the club has given me over the last three seasons and I'm excited about what the future holds."
Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Reece Conca is expected to take part in nearly a full pre-season, despite being scheduled for surgery to repair the hamstring tendon he injured against Carlton in the Tigers' elimination final.
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
Reece Conca will miss at least a month of football with a right foot injury.
"The good thing is we picked it up this early. It didn't develop into a crack or stress fracture," Richmond's elite performance manager Peter Burge.
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
Reece Conca says Richmond's new found depth in 2013 has contributed to his improved form.
"I think early on in my career, we weren't going so well, we didn't have that great of depth," Conca said.
"It was more the pressure of having to perform and try and help the team win games so early in my career.
"Especially this pre-season and the last two games, with the depth we've got, I think I've become a bit more relaxed and confident in my ability and I've put out a couple of performances."
Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Richmond midfielder Reece Conca will miss the rest of the season after fracturing his toe.
"It's a relatively short-term problem, but with three games go to it means he won't play again this season," Tigers elite performance manager Matt Hornsby said.
"He'll be ready for a full pre-season in season 2013."
Monday, 20 February 2012
Reece Conca accepts a three-match ban for an off the ball bump on North Melbourne's Leigh Adams during the NAB Cup.
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Richmond has tied up Reece Conca, Dylan Grimes and Brad Helbig until the end of 2013.
"We're delighted to have re-signed this trio of young players, who we believe will develop into an integral part of our playing group," Tigers football manager Craig Cameron said.
"They possess the necessary qualities, both on and off the field, to play a key role in the team's rise over the next few years."
Monday, 23 May 2011
Richmond's Reece Conca is the round nine NAB rising star as inadvertantly leaked by Jack Riewoldt via twitter.
"Personally I just want to keep the consistent football I've got at the moment and keep developing. I've got to fix a few weaknesses like my kicking for goal," Conca said.
"Got my wish peeps, reece conca rising star r9!!!" Riewoldt tweeted before apologizing for the slip.
"Sorry bout the early hit up on Reece mate, didn't even know what the word #embargo meant until 2 hours ago!" Riewoldt later tweeted.
Saturday, 21 May 2011
Reece Conca says the young Tigers are thriving on Damien Hardwick's belief mantra.
"Belief is one of our trademarks at the club - we really thrive on it," Conca said.
"Once we got the first couple of wins this year we've really grown from there. We're definitely going in the right direction."
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has confirmed the club's top draft pick, Reece Conca, will make his debut against Carlton.
"He's a great kid and he's a very, very good football player and one that we think will play a lot of football for us," Hardwick said.
"He's got elite speed, elite agility, beautiful kick of the footy, and more importantly he's really competitive. So he's a guy we look forward to an enormous future with."