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Damien Patrick Hardwick (born 18 August 1972) is an Australian rules football coach and former player. He has been the senior coach of the Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL) since 2010.[1] His playing career as a defender comprised 153 games for Essendon (1994–2001) and 54 games for Port Adelaide (2002–2004). He won premierships with each club, in 2000 and 2004 respectively. He coached Richmond to the 2017 premiership, its first in 37 years. In 2019, he led the Richmond Tigers to a second premiership.

Damien Hardwick
Damien Hardwick 2017.jpg
Hardwick in June 2017
Personal information
Full name Damien Patrick Hardwick
Nickname(s) Dimma
Date of birth (1972-08-18) 18 August 1972 (age 47)
Original team(s) North Melbourne U19's/Springvale F.C
Draft No. 87, 1992 national draft
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 82 kg (181 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1994–2001 Essendon 153 (13)
2002–2004 Port Adelaide 054 0(1)
Total 207 (14)
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
2010– Richmond 235 (134-99-2)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2004.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 2019 AFL Grand Final.
Career highlights

Playing

Coaching

Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Early lifeEdit

He attended St Joseph's College in Ferntree Gully.

Hardwick was a key player in the school's football side, which was highly competitive against other private schools in the EIS sports program.

In football, Hardwick was usually on the field for most of the game and known to be a tough, hard working, and versatile player who kept stability in play for his side.

Although he was often outclassed by others on field, his all round abilities were vital to the side.

AFL playing careerEdit

Beginning his AFL career with the Essendon Football Club in 1994, Hardwick was known as a tough, solid defender. His aggressive nature sometimes got him into trouble at the AFL Tribunal. He was a crucial part of Essendon's 2000 premiership side.[2]

He was traded from Essendon to the Port Adelaide Football Club and played with the side until his retirement in 2004.[2]

He was part of Port's premiership win in 2004. In the Grand Final he won three free kicks at crucial times, including a reversal against Jason Akermanis which cost the Brisbane Lions a shot at goal.

AFL coaching careerEdit

In 2005 Hardwick began working as an assistant coach under Alastair Clarkson at Hawthorn.

In 2007 Hardwick was shortlisted for the senior coaching job at Melbourne Football Club, however he was unsuccessful, with the position going to Dean Bailey. Following this application he was also shortlisted for the senior coaching job at Essendon Football Club to replace the outgoing Kevin Sheedy however he was overlooked in favour of former Richmond captain Matthew Knights.

On August 25, 2009 Hardwick received his first senior coaching job when he was appointed as the senior coach of Richmond for three years.[3]

In March 2012, Hardwick agreed to a two-year contract extension.[4]

On 11 December 2013, club president, Peggy O'Neal, announced that Hardwick had accepted a two-year contract extension that tied him to the club at least until the end of the 2016 season.[5]

In 2016 Hardwick agreed to a two year contract extension to the end of the 2018 season.

In 2017, Hardwick coached Richmond to their first premiership since 1980 and their 11th overall with a 48 point victory over the Adelaide Crows.

In 2019, Hardwick coached Richmond to another Premiership and their 12th overall. Richmond beat GWS Giants by 89 points.

2010 seasonEdit

Hardwick's first season at Richmond did not begin well, with nine straight losses to start the season as well as a few disciplinary issues arising at the club. However, in round 10 the Tigers had a breakthrough win; defeating Port Adelaide by 47 points in extremely wet conditions in Adelaide. They also set a new record for the most tackles ever made in an AFL match (142) since records began in 1987,[6] and kept Port Adelaide to their lowest ever score.[7] The club went on to win five more games making a total of six in Hardwick’s first season. They finished the season in 15th position.[8]

2011/12 seasonEdit

Richmond over the next 2 seasons continue to show improvement winning 8 games and draw in 2011 improving that to 10 wins and draw in 2012.

2013 seasonEdit

In 2013, Hardwick coached Richmond to its first finals series since 2001, and only its third since 1982. Carlton defeated Richmond by 20 points in the elimination final after the Tigers led by 26 points at half-time, eliminating Richmond from the finals series.[9][10]

2014 seasonEdit

In 2014, Hardwick's team started the year very poorly, having a win-loss record of 3-10 at one stage. But remarkably, the Tigers went on to win their last nine matches of the home and away season to just make it into the finals. Richmond were however beaten convincingly by Port Adelaide by 57 points in the Elimination Final, finishing the season in eighth place.

2015 seasonEdit

Hardwick began the 2015 season under pressure to make amends for their past two failed Elimination Finals. It didn't start well, losing 4 out of the first 6 before recovering to finish the season in 5th place with 15 wins, same ladder position and win-loss record as 2013. Richmond came up against North Melbourne in the Elimination Final, but once again failed and Hardwick's team suffered their third consecutive first week finals exit.

2016 seasonEdit

2016 was not a successful year for Hardwick as the Tigers finished the season with just 8 wins from 22 games. The highlight was the round 8 win against the Sydney Swans when Sam Lloyd kicked a goal after the siren. They finished 13th on the premiership ladder, their worst ladder position in four seasons.

2017 seasonEdit

In 2017, Hardwick coached Richmond to their eleventh VFL/AFL premiership, defeating the Adelaide Crows by 48 points. After becoming the first coach in 37 years to guide Richmond to a Grand Final win in the 2017 AFL grand FInal, Hardwick was chosen as the AFLCA Coach of the Year.[11] He joined a very small group to win three AFL premierships with three clubs as player and coach and ending a 37 Year Drought.

2018 seasonEdit

In 2018, Damien Hardwick followed up his successful 2017 season by coaching Richmond to their first minor premiership since 1982. However, Richmond fell short in the Preliminary Final by 39 points at the hands of Collingwood.

2019 seasonEdit

In 2019, Damien Hardwick became a two time premiership coach by guiding Richmond to their second premiership in three years and twelfth overall with a resounding 89 point win over GWS Giants.

StatisticsEdit

Playing statisticsEdit

[12]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1994 Essendon 39 17 6 4 176 107 283 62 29 0.4 0.2 10.4 6.3 16.6 3.6 1.7
1995 Essendon 39 16 2 1 123 97 220 38 31 0.1 0.1 7.7 6.1 13.8 2.4 1.9
1996 Essendon 39 17 1 1 170 102 272 60 22 0.1 0.1 10.0 6.0 16.0 3.5 1.3
1997 Essendon 39 15 3 2 177 87 264 55 26 0.2 0.1 11.8 5.8 17.6 3.7 1.7
1998 Essendon 11 23 0 1 325 117 442 87 43 0.0 0.0 14.1 5.1 19.2 3.8 1.9
1999 Essendon 11 20 0 0 246 108 354 51 32 0.0 0.0 12.3 5.4 17.7 2.6 1.6
2000 Essendon 11 24 0 1 270 172 442 71 55 0.0 0.0 11.3 7.2 18.4 3.0 2.3
2001 Essendon 11 21 1 0 203 155 358 72 41 0.0 0.0 9.7 7.4 17.0 3.4 2.0
2002 Port Adelaide 11 20 0 1 182 121 303 58 50 0.0 0.1 9.1 6.1 15.2 2.9 2.5
2003 Port Adelaide 11 20 0 2 154 111 265 57 42 0.0 0.1 7.7 5.6 13.3 2.9 2.1
2004 Port Adelaide 11 14 1 0 80 86 166 34 27 0.1 0.0 5.7 6.1 11.9 2.4 1.9
Career 207 14 13 2106 1263 3369 645 398 0.1 0.1 10.2 6.1 16.3 3.1 1.9

Coaching statisticsEdit

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2018 season[13]
Legend
 W  Wins  L  Losses  D  Draws  W%  Winning percentage  LP  Ladder position  LT  League teams
Season Team Games W L D W % LP LT
2010 Richmond 22 6 16 0 27.3% 15 16
2011 Richmond 22 8 13 1 38.6% 12 17
2012 Richmond 22 10 11 1 47.7% 12 18
2013 Richmond 23 15 8 0 65.2% 5 18
2014 Richmond 23 12 11 0 52.2% 8 18
2015 Richmond 23 15 8 0 65.2% 5 18
2016 Richmond 22 8 14 0 36.4% 13 18
2017 Richmond 25 18 7 0 72.0% 3 18
2018 Richmond 24 19 5 0 79.2% 1 18
2019 Richmond 25 19 6 0 74.2% 3 18
Career totals 231 130 99 2 54.9%

Honours and achievementsEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Hardwick is married to Danielle and they have three children, two girls and a boy.[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Staff Members". Richmond Football Club. Richmond Football Club. 2014. Archived from the original on 7 May 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2003). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (5th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 293–294. ISBN 1-74095-032-1.
  3. ^ Vaughan, Roger (26 August 2009). "Hardwick appointed Richmond coach in three-year deal". Perth Now. News Ltd. Retrieved 12 December 2013.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Tigers re-sign Hardwick to new deal". ABC News. ABC. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Damien Hardwick gets two-year contract extension". The Age. Fairfax Media. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Most Tackles In A Game (1987–2012)".
  7. ^ Tigers maul Power Archived 1 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ 2010 results from AFL tables
  9. ^ Finals-bound Richmond has plenty to prove says coach Damien Hardwick, The Herald Sun, 16 August 2013
  10. ^ Carlton knocks Richmond out of finals with 20-point MCG win to qualify for AFL semi-final, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), 8 September 2013
  11. ^ McFarlane, Glenn (26 September 2017). "Damien Hardwick caps amazing Tiger turnaround by being named AFL Coach of the Year, following up with victory in the 2017 grand final against the Adelaide Crows". Herald Sun.
  12. ^ Damien Hardwick's player profile at AFL Tables
  13. ^ "Damien Hardwick's coaching profile". AFL Tables.
  14. ^ Connolly, Rohan (19 June 2010). "What have I got myself in for?". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 8 April 2014.

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