NEWS Broncos take cue from Tigerland


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Broncos coach Anthony Seibold reveals he’s taken inspiration from AFL’s Richmond Tigers

Chris Honnery,
The Courier-Mail

Broncos coach Anthony Seibold says he has drawn inspiration from premiership-winning AFL team Richmond Tigers as he prepares for the upcoming pre-season at Red Hill. Speaking at the Broncos presentation evening on Friday night, Seibold thanked the club for his first year at the helm and assured them he had his eyes on helping Brisbane break their longest premiership-winning drought.

He admitted he had recently drawn inspiration from the AFL’s Richmond Tigers head coach Damien Hardwick – who was on the verge of being sacked in 2016 before leading the club to two premierships in three years. “In 2016, Damien was about to be sacked after about five or six seasons at Richmond and they finished 13th,” Seibold said.

Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

“Over the last three years, the same group of players, the same group of staff have won two premierships and beaten in a preliminary final. “There’s some things that Damien looked at. It’s worth considering for (myself) as a coach and us as a club. “The thing he noted was most important was connection between each other.

“We need to build greater connections within our playing group and within our staff. Finding the purpose and communicating properly. “It’s a great story about changing when you must, admitting your failings and learning from them more importantly and finding a balance between connection and making some tough decisions. “It’s something to think about really deeply.”

Seibold received heavy criticism in his first season at the club following his decision to release Kodi Nikorima and James Roberts earlier in the year, at a time when the club had won just two games from their opening eight rounds. He eventually led the side into eighth position before their humiliating 58-nil defeat to Parramatta at Bankwest Stadium in the first week of the finals.

Seibold will be under pressure next season. AAP Image/Glenn Hunt.

Seibold will be under pressure next season. AAP Image/Glenn Hunt.

He said the players and coaching staff were planning to improve on their performance in the upcoming 2020 season. “The 2020 will sneak up on players and staff pretty quickly,” he said. “We can’t spend too much time looking back. “We certainly need to improve in certain areas. I need to improve, players need to improve and staff need to improve.”

It comes after Broncos CEO Paul White admitted “making the finals was not a pass mark” for the club. “We aim for more than that and that will drive us into our 33rd season,” White said on Friday night. “Our players go into the off-season knowing exactly where they stand, and what is expected of them when they return to prepare for 2020.”

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NRL Captain
So no staff changes I guess mr seibold??
Doesn't sound like it , would have thought a
Better defense coach would be handy.


International Captain
So initially he was trying to learn off the best.
Now that he's stunk it up, he's now trying to learn from someone who also stunk it up, then came good.
How long before he's trying to learn from someone who's absolute dog shit but somehow hanging on to their career?


NRL Captain
lol what a nothing article.

"Yeah I looked at another guy who was under the pump but now he's a winner and I think that's what we should strive for, too"

Amazing. Did they teach you that at Harvard?


NRL Player
I work at Richmond and prior to this role I'd be the first to say that the "connection" & "purpose" stuff is a load of PR crap, but the whole Club has bought it and it's actually a real point of difference from other sides in the AFL.

The sustained growth & success of what a is still one of the young sides in the AFL is testament to that.


International Rep
Why the **** do we need to take pointers from some AFL club when we can look back at our own history?
I have no doubt that is part of it, for example, Bennett went over to the states early in his career to learn from NFL franchises.

we have been using AFL people to help us out in different areas for years (I believe we even used some of their coaches as kicking coaches in Lockyers prime years) ...

it isn't simply about just taking pointers from an AFL club, it is about learning from other successful organisations and seeing if it can be applied to us.


State of Origin Captain
Well seems like GWS has approached Cronk to help with some form of coaching... be nice if the broncos made some inquiries too

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