Richmond coach to bypass club legend

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This weekend, Damien Hardwick’s name will be etched further into Richmond’s history books.

Saturday’s clash with Port Adelaide at the MCG is Hardwick’s 223rd as coach of the Tigers.

It puts him second on the list of most games coached at the club, surpassing Tigers Immortal Jack Dyer (222), who captain-coached the 1943 flag.

‘Dimma’ now sits in rarefied air behind the legendary Tom Hafey who leads the way at Punt Road on 248 games. He will overtake the four-time premiership coach around this time next season.

Coincidentally, Hardwick will mark the occasion against his former club. He played 54 games for the Power, including the 2004 Grand Final triumph, which was his last game as a player.

During his 10-season tenure at the helm, the 46-year-old has overseen 121 wins highlighted by the drought-breaking 2017 premiership.

Hardwick is one of just seven men who have coached Richmond to a flag and now becomes the outright second longest serving coach of the 38 who have led the Tigers.