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The Richmond 2017 AFL Grand Final thread

Sintiger

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Favourite moments. ‘17 Towner’s tackle on Crouch. That was where we stood up and said ‘give us all you got! We’re not taking prisoners here!’
‘19 Rioli’s goal in the first quarter, weirdly that was when I knew we were going to win it.
‘20 Dusty’s goal at the end. He surrounded 5 Geelong players and kicked what I still think is the best goal I’ve ever seen.
They were all great.

Prestia’s goal in 2017 was the moment for me. I seriously lost it.
In 2019 any lingering doubts about winning were snuffed out by Dusty’s goal at the city end after that little undergrounder from Rioli.
In 2020 it was Dusty’s 3rd which put us 22 points up. It was glorious but I still remember that all the people I wanted to jump up and hug were on the end of a zoom call
 
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Sammy Cougar

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and we ended up with prime seats - level two at the Punt Rd end. The day, the seats, the result, the aftermath. It was all perfect.
Same Here Level 2A Punt Road End Front Row best $335 spent My Mate got our tickets I didn't know where I was sitting to we met up at The G What a day Memories that will stay for ever
 
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MB78

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Still the best sporting day of my life. I was lucky to secure, 5 tickets in the ballot for a brother of mine and his 3 adult children. Seeing a credit card notification for the tickets on Sunday night was a great feeling. Our seats were in a Richmond bay second last row top of the Southern Stand.

I traveled up early on the Friday morning. Went to the GF parade. Then 5 of us went to Young and Jackson for a few beers. This turned into many. At the pub there were more Crows supporters. And there were a heap of middle aged women who were so confident that they had already had the flag. After a few hours we headed in Richmond and went to the Swan. One of my nephews who flew in from Queensland and had a mate at the Swan that was on top of the social scene in Melbourne. He said Mick Molley and Jono Brown are coming in soon to have a beer with us. I thought whatever talking it up! Anyway 20 mins later they came in. Mick Molley was getting mobbed and had to pose in many photos including one with me. He was as you would expect a very funny man. He kept telling everyone that Jono Brown didn’t rate Richmond so no one wanted a photo with him. I’m not sure if that was true but Jono Brown probably appreciated having a beer in peace. By the time the night finished up I was wreaked from over excitement and too many beers. It was a great day and night.

Saturday of the game huge hangover and big breakfast that sort of did the trick. A couple of beers had in the G to calm some nerves. Pre match entertainment brilliant. No beers during the game as I wanted to just soak it all in. Loved being at the Punt Road End in the third quarter as we kicked away. Was crying in the last quarter with my brother as we lost a few years earlier another brother who was even more passionate Richmond than us. We both knew how much he would have loved it.

Then after the game I lined up to buy the Richmond premiers T-shirt. Spend a truck load on buying 6 of them. I had more family and friends join us from Punt Road Oval as they couldn’t get tickets. We watched Jack sing and talked about how great the game was. Most of us then went to Swan Street. It was so unreal and better than the 2019 celebration. After an hour of trying to find a pub to get into and high fives to everyone I saw, we found a wine bar that wasn’t packed. None of us drank wine, but they had craft beer. There were 8 of us and we nearly drank them out. The police told the bar owners to keep service going as they cleared out the streets. By the time I left most people had moved on. This was the greatest 36 hours of my life.

PRO the next day was awesome. But no beers on the Sunday. I was happy and contented man.
 
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tigerfan1961

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Was he the same player who insisted that the mark Bolton took was touched and was still arguing the point while Richmond were lining up a goal a kick later on?
Nah, that was Menegola, what a sook he was too
2017 was the one for me, long suffering member had been to so many thrashing’s over the years and never thought I would see us salute again in my lifetime (I’m 60 just). Very fortunate to be an MCC member who had managed to get a GF ticket in the ballot for the previous 10 years or so but 2017 (and ‘19), you guessed it, missed out on a ticket both years so queuing up early the only other option.

Caught a train at 1.20am on the morning of the game and joined what was already a very long queue at around 1.55am. Night went really quick, but the stampede at around 6.00am for the compacting of the line nearly caused me to drop back a long way in the queue.
Gates opened at 8.00 I think and my Bombers Mate, a legend of a friend who joined me for the all night queuing ( did it again in 2019), charged up to level 3A and landed seats two rows from the front, prime viewing. Was a relief to get them as I’d been stressing we’d miss them due to the number of people already in the queue.
Went into city to the Squires pub and had an awesome lunch and many beers to settle the nerves. Plenty of Crows fans around , most pretty cocky confident that they’d salute. Got back to the G well in time to watch one of my favourite rock bands The Killers, and boy, they didn’t disappoint. Game started and Crows got the first two goals, and doubt crept in. But Caddy and Bachar goals settled that. After that, thought we were playing pretty good Richmond footy but never relaxed until Butlers goals in the last. Feeling of joy hearing the siren, and watching the players get their medallions is something I’ll remember forever.
Met another Mate in Swan St after the game and somehow managed to get into the London Tavern for what proved to be the best celebration night ever. So much happiness in one place and total strangers just hugging and buying anyone a drink was just the best. Managed to stagger out of there around 2.00am still not feeling too wrecked, despite the 1.00am start time.
Only downer was missing PRO the next day as the effects of GF day were something I just couldn’t overcome consoled my self by watching the replays of the QF, PF and GF shown in full on Ch7.
A day I’ll never ever forget.
 
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Baloo

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I had tickets through the Grand Final guarantee for myself and the two boys and we were planning to fly in for the match from overseas, tickets were booked. Then a doctor's visit declared me unfit to fly. Decided not to go to one of the many pubs showing the match because the nerves wouldn't have been able to deal with it. Sat alone, at home, in front of the TV and when they showed Benny lose I lost the fight and bawled like an absolute baby. I would have watched the match another 2 or 3 times that night., each viewing the final Qtr was through tears. It was tough knowing I couldn't have been there for the drought breaker, but still there will be another day like that.

It was also my birthday that day. It was amusing to see that in the morning there were plenty of messages wishing me luck for the Grand Final and nothing else. Only after we won did family and close friends start the birthday wishes. Even they knew what as more important on the day.
 
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Tigertough1974

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I had tickets through the Grand Final guarantee for myself and the two boys and we were planning to fly in for the match from overseas, tickets were booked. Then a doctor's visit declared me unfit to fly. Decided not to go to one of the many pubs showing the match because the nerves wouldn't have been able to deal with it. Sat alone, at home, in front of the TV and when they showed Benny lose I lost the fight and bawled like an absolute baby. I would have watched the match another 2 or 3 times that night., each viewing the final Qtr was through tears. It was tough knowing I couldn't have been there for the drought breaker, but still there will be another day like that.

It was also my birthday that day. It was amusing to see that in the morning there were plenty of messages wishing me luck for the Grand Final and nothing else. Only after we won did family and close friends start the birthday wishes. Even they knew what as more important on the day.

The Prelim vs GWS i was in HK for meeting (for 10 days- so left there directly for GF as i had told the Mrs if we made it and i got a ticket, im off directly...)...

The Prelim that morning i debated to go to one of many pubs in HK showing the game, decided to watch in my hotel with a stocked bar fridge, i knew i would be going nuts and didnt want to bring that to a pub..

What a day that was, only towards mid way 4th qtr was i starting to believe.... Reckon i was more nervous for the prelim, as we went into GF with the underdog tag i convinved myself if we lost then no shame, but in the off chance of us getting up, i just had to be there...

Without a doubt the best sporting moment of my life... My mum a mad tigers supporter who took me and my brother since we were 4 years old to games had passed 18 months earlier, so it was a touch sad but also a very proud moment.
 
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CarnTheTiges

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Loved them all, but 2017 was my favourite. It made up for all those games where I hoped we wouldn’t embarrass ourselves, all the crap we got from everywhere for being so inept. To see Adelaide so supremely confident and rub their noses in it made it even better.
 
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2017 for another reason. It came seemingly out of nowhere. 2016 was awful, it was like a return to the bad old days. Then to go on and win the whole thing, it added to the dreamlike feel of it all.
 
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The Big Richo

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So many great stories in this thread, it's a heartwarming read.

I've told bits of this before but here's mine now that it's safe for me to share without danger of losing a job!

I'd never been to a Grand Final before, I'd had many opportunities but didn't want to go until we were in it. After the Geelong win I was super confident, so I put my hand up to work at the under 18 all star game curtain raiser, because that meant I'd get two tickets as opposed to the one I could access anyway, thus keeping me in the good books with the wife.

Spent the eve in an AFL comped room at the Pullman, on the same floor as lots of the Crows but resisted the urge to knock and run on a few doors in the middle of the night, and then wandered over to the G nice and early (witnessed the dash described by Tigerfan31 above so probably saw him!).

Fortunately the early game was pretty uneventful as my mind was elsewhere and upon heading back into the rooms I made sure to tuck my on-field accreditation into my shirt so I could leave without handing it in.

Bit more AFL hospitality for lunch and then into my seat well before the first bounce to make sure I didn't miss a moment. Was completely on edge for the entire game, fell back into cricket superstitions and didn't leave my seat at halftime, despite food and drink being on out the back so the wife had to act as waiter.

Watching the replay, it was ridiculous how deep into the game I was still terrified. Even a couple of late Adelaide goals had me jumpy and the game was ours for at least 10 minutes at that stage.

When the siren went it was pure jubilation. Felt as close to being a part of it as any sporting moment I've ever experienced. The mixture of joy, relief, disbelief created a state that was almost shock.

I remember trying to sing the song at one stage and words wouldn't come out. After weighing up whether it was worth risking my job and at my wife's encouragement I decided to roll the dice on the fact my accreditation would work.

A quick change out of the Tiger's polo and back into the AFL gear and I was back into the rooms and down the race and on the ground. Apart from the doorman, security didn't look twice at me, they were all loving the moment as well.

I'd arrived on ground just as everyone was gathering for the presentation, I'd come from the Adelaide side of the ground so quickly skirted around to the Tigers camp. There's an overhead shot where I'm standing about 5 steps behind Brendon and Peggy, after which my phone lit up with a combination of 'legend' and 'what the hell are you doing?' messages.

The scenes then were incredible to watch. The roar when the cup went up was unreal. You could hear the players screaming for about 3 seconds before the wall of sound from the crowd hit and drowned everything out. I then did my own slow lap of honour from the inside, watching the scenes of jubilation around the fences.

I was just about to head back to find my wife when a fella I used to know from my hometown jumped into my back. After a quick hug and a look at his medals the players had gathered to head in and he asked me to come. Needless to say I didn't need to be asked twice.

To be tucked in the corner while the entire list and staff belted out the song (no issue with the words coming out this time) was incredible and the hour of so afterwards was a dream.

With the sponsors product flowing I took photos of Dustin and his family with the cup (no surprise that anytime he wanted the cup it appeared 5 seconds later while I suspect others couldn't get near it) and then I was lucky enough to get a photo with Dustin and I with the cup, me wearing his medal (Norm Smith had long gone by that stage) which I had blown up to poster sized, framed and now sits in pride of place in my bar.

After a while the players and coaches took off for some private time and I had a couple more with some of the player's families and the Richmond staff and a chat with Brandon Gale, who was the happiest man in the room I reckon.

At one point Hardwick reappeared to have a beer with the trainers and on introduction the 6 beers got hold of me and I admitted I would have sacked him in 2016. One of those moments where you wanted to ram the words back in your mouth as soon as you said them. Luckily he laughed and said I would have as well. Top shelf fella.

With that I wandered out and met the wife, we had plans of watching the Killers again and then heading out but I was done. Completely and utterly content and not wanting or needing another thing. And anytime I think back to that day I have the same feeling, all my troubles slip away and I feel that wamr glow again. I hope the players know just what it does for so many of us.
 
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So many great stories in this thread, it's a heartwarming read.

I've told bits of this before but here's mine now that it's safe for me to share without danger of losing a job!

I'd never been to a Grand Final before, I'd had many opportunities but didn't want to go until we were in it. After the Geelong win I was super confident, so I put my hand up to work at the under 18 all star game curtain raiser, because that meant I'd get two tickets as opposed to the one I could access anyway, thus keeping me in the good books with the wife.

Spent the eve in an AFL comped room at the Pullman, on the same floor as lots of the Crows but resisted the urge to knock and run on a few doors in the middle of the night, and then wandered over to the G nice and early (witnessed the dash described by Tigerfan31 above so probably saw him!).

Fortunately the early game was pretty uneventful as my mind was elsewhere and upon heading back into the rooms I made sure to tuck my on-field accreditation into my shirt so I could leave without handing it in.

Bit more AFL hospitality for lunch and then into my seat well before the first bounce to make sure I didn't miss a moment. Was completely on edge for the entire game, fell back into cricket superstitions and didn't leave my seat at halftime, despite food and drink being on out the back so the wife had to act as waiter.

Watching the replay, it was ridiculous how deep into the game I was still terrified. Even a couple of late Adelaide goals had me jumpy and the game was ours for at least 10 minutes at that stage.

When the siren went it was pure jubilation. Felt as close to being a part of it as any sporting moment I've ever experienced. The mixture of joy, relief, disbelief created a state that was almost shock.

I remember trying to sing the song at one stage and words wouldn't come out. After weighing up whether it was worth risking my job and at my wife's encouragement I decided to roll the dice on the fact my accreditation would work.

A quick change out of the Tiger's polo and back into the AFL gear and I was back into the rooms and down the race and on the ground. Apart from the doorman, security didn't look twice at me, they were all loving the moment as well.

I'd arrived on ground just as everyone was gathering for the presentation, I'd come from the Adelaide side of the ground so quickly skirted around to the Tigers camp. There's an overhead shot where I'm standing about 5 steps behind Brendon and Peggy, after which my phone lit up with a combination of 'legend' and 'what the hell are you doing?' messages.

The scenes then were incredible to watch. The roar when the cup went up was unreal. You could hear the players screaming for about 3 seconds before the wall of sound from the crowd hit and drowned everything out. I then did my own slow lap of honour from the inside, watching the scenes of jubilation around the fences.

I was just about to head back to find my wife when a fella I used to know from my hometown jumped into my back. After a quick hug and a look at his medals the players had gathered to head in and he asked me to come. Needless to say I didn't need to be asked twice.

To be tucked in the corner while the entire list and staff belted out the song (no issue with the words coming out this time) was incredible and the hour of so afterwards was a dream.

With the sponsors product flowing I took photos of Dustin and his family with the cup (no surprise that anytime he wanted the cup it appeared 5 seconds later while I suspect others couldn't get near it) and then I was lucky enough to get a photo with Dustin and I with the cup, me wearing his medal (Norm Smith had long gone by that stage) which I had blown up to poster sized, framed and now sits in pride of place in my bar.

After a while the players and coaches took off for some private time and I had a couple more with some of the player's families and the Richmond staff and a chat with Brandon Gale, who was the happiest man in the room I reckon.

At one point Hardwick reappeared to have a beer with the trainers and on introduction the 6 beers got hold of me and I admitted I would have sacked him in 2016. One of those moments where you wanted to ram the words back in your mouth as soon as you said them. Luckily he laughed and said I would have as well. Top shelf fella.

With that I wandered out and met the wife, we had plans of watching the Killers again and then heading out but I was done. Completely and utterly content and not wanting or needing another thing. And anytime I think back to that day I have the same feeling, all my troubles slip away and I feel that wamr glow again. I hope the players know just what it does for so many of us.

I'm gunna to do some forensic analysis of that tape and when I hear the.....
"Riccchhho .....Riccchhho...... Riccchhho....." chant, as the great man heads on stage......

If I see someone else fraudulently stealing that moment, arms aloft in the middle of the G ..... that's it....... you're outed!


Ps... great story ....!
 
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Willo

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So many great stories in this thread, it's a heartwarming read.

I've told bits of this before but here's mine now that it's safe for me to share without danger of losing a job!

I'd never been to a Grand Final before, I'd had many opportunities but didn't want to go until we were in it. After the Geelong win I was super confident, so I put my hand up to work at the under 18 all star game curtain raiser, because that meant I'd get two tickets as opposed to the one I could access anyway, thus keeping me in the good books with the wife.

Spent the eve in an AFL comped room at the Pullman, on the same floor as lots of the Crows but resisted the urge to knock and run on a few doors in the middle of the night, and then wandered over to the G nice and early (witnessed the dash described by Tigerfan31 above so probably saw him!).

Fortunately the early game was pretty uneventful as my mind was elsewhere and upon heading back into the rooms I made sure to tuck my on-field accreditation into my shirt so I could leave without handing it in.

Bit more AFL hospitality for lunch and then into my seat well before the first bounce to make sure I didn't miss a moment. Was completely on edge for the entire game, fell back into cricket superstitions and didn't leave my seat at halftime, despite food and drink being on out the back so the wife had to act as waiter.

Watching the replay, it was ridiculous how deep into the game I was still terrified. Even a couple of late Adelaide goals had me jumpy and the game was ours for at least 10 minutes at that stage.

When the siren went it was pure jubilation. Felt as close to being a part of it as any sporting moment I've ever experienced. The mixture of joy, relief, disbelief created a state that was almost shock.

I remember trying to sing the song at one stage and words wouldn't come out. After weighing up whether it was worth risking my job and at my wife's encouragement I decided to roll the dice on the fact my accreditation would work.

A quick change out of the Tiger's polo and back into the AFL gear and I was back into the rooms and down the race and on the ground. Apart from the doorman, security didn't look twice at me, they were all loving the moment as well.

I'd arrived on ground just as everyone was gathering for the presentation, I'd come from the Adelaide side of the ground so quickly skirted around to the Tigers camp. There's an overhead shot where I'm standing about 5 steps behind Brendon and Peggy, after which my phone lit up with a combination of 'legend' and 'what the hell are you doing?' messages.

The scenes then were incredible to watch. The roar when the cup went up was unreal. You could hear the players screaming for about 3 seconds before the wall of sound from the crowd hit and drowned everything out. I then did my own slow lap of honour from the inside, watching the scenes of jubilation around the fences.

I was just about to head back to find my wife when a fella I used to know from my hometown jumped into my back. After a quick hug and a look at his medals the players had gathered to head in and he asked me to come. Needless to say I didn't need to be asked twice.

To be tucked in the corner while the entire list and staff belted out the song (no issue with the words coming out this time) was incredible and the hour of so afterwards was a dream.

With the sponsors product flowing I took photos of Dustin and his family with the cup (no surprise that anytime he wanted the cup it appeared 5 seconds later while I suspect others couldn't get near it) and then I was lucky enough to get a photo with Dustin and I with the cup, me wearing his medal (Norm Smith had long gone by that stage) which I had blown up to poster sized, framed and now sits in pride of place in my bar.

After a while the players and coaches took off for some private time and I had a couple more with some of the player's families and the Richmond staff and a chat with Brandon Gale, who was the happiest man in the room I reckon.

At one point Hardwick reappeared to have a beer with the trainers and on introduction the 6 beers got hold of me and I admitted I would have sacked him in 2016. One of those moments where you wanted to ram the words back in your mouth as soon as you said them. Luckily he laughed and said I would have as well. Top shelf fella.

With that I wandered out and met the wife, we had plans of watching the Killers again and then heading out but I was done. Completely and utterly content and not wanting or needing another thing. And anytime I think back to that day I have the same feeling, all my troubles slip away and I feel that wamr glow again. I hope the players know just what it does for so many of us.
Wonderful story TBR.
When you’re on your trek across the Nullarbor, I’m in no doubt that if you replay those moments it will help pass the time and the warm glow will get even larger :giggle:
 
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Billy24

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The elation after the final siren of the PF is something I’ll never forget. Tiger supporters standing around singing the song half a dozen times, high fiving tiger fans I’d never met before but felt I knew them, and the knowledge that we had finally made a Grand Final. Only concern was Cotchys report and the devastation if he was suspended and missed the GF( I had experienced this in the past when Neville Crow missed a premiership thanks to an act of staging by John Nicholls). Fortunately Cotchy got off and my confidence was starting to build that we were a pretty good chance to win.
Went to the GF parade at the G and the highlight was seeing our boys up on the stage. They were clearly happy, relaxed and enjoying the moment. On the other side of the stage was the complete opposite.....no smiles, blank looks.....My confidence grew more.
Down to Swan St for lunch, bumped into Waleed Aly for the fourth time that day, told him off for stalking us and he had a great laugh. The vibe was building.
Next stop was The London as I knew there were a few PREnders there. Problem was I had never met anyone before, but soon saw a group and had the pleasure of meeting MrB, Taz, Caesar, ToO, Leysey, TOT70 and a few others. Such a welcoming group of passionate tigers. Great session, excitement building more.
On the walk up to the station we called by the Dusty mural in Rowena Pde and up past our old house.
GF morning and I’m really excited. Had managed a seat for myself in MCC ballot with a few friends, got a ticket for missus in RFC ballot and a ticket to PRO for daughter.
As we were making our final approach to the ground through the car park crossed paths with Benny Gale, shook hands, wished him luck. Confidence building even more.
The game was magnificent. So proud of our players. A couple of beers in MCC, queued up for a Premiership T-shirt, met the family and headed to Swan St. Bought a couple more T-shirt’s from a bloke with a van behind Richmond Station.
Swan Street going off of course, fantastic atmosphere, stayed for an hour or so.
Went home, more beer and watched the replay twice.
One of the best days ever!
 
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Strange when you don't see the obvious.

Just noticed that we've been wearing the AFL gold logo with 'Premiers' on it this year, last year and in 2018.

Now back to the red one.
 
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So many great stories in this thread, it's a heartwarming read.

I've told bits of this before but here's mine now that it's safe for me to share without danger of losing a job!

I'd never been to a Grand Final before, I'd had many opportunities but didn't want to go until we were in it. After the Geelong win I was super confident, so I put my hand up to work at the under 18 all star game curtain raiser, because that meant I'd get two tickets as opposed to the one I could access anyway, thus keeping me in the good books with the wife.

Spent the eve in an AFL comped room at the Pullman, on the same floor as lots of the Crows but resisted the urge to knock and run on a few doors in the middle of the night, and then wandered over to the G nice and early (witnessed the dash described by Tigerfan31 above so probably saw him!).

Fortunately the early game was pretty uneventful as my mind was elsewhere and upon heading back into the rooms I made sure to tuck my on-field accreditation into my shirt so I could leave without handing it in.

Bit more AFL hospitality for lunch and then into my seat well before the first bounce to make sure I didn't miss a moment. Was completely on edge for the entire game, fell back into cricket superstitions and didn't leave my seat at halftime, despite food and drink being on out the back so the wife had to act as waiter.

Watching the replay, it was ridiculous how deep into the game I was still terrified. Even a couple of late Adelaide goals had me jumpy and the game was ours for at least 10 minutes at that stage.

When the siren went it was pure jubilation. Felt as close to being a part of it as any sporting moment I've ever experienced. The mixture of joy, relief, disbelief created a state that was almost shock.

I remember trying to sing the song at one stage and words wouldn't come out. After weighing up whether it was worth risking my job and at my wife's encouragement I decided to roll the dice on the fact my accreditation would work.

A quick change out of the Tiger's polo and back into the AFL gear and I was back into the rooms and down the race and on the ground. Apart from the doorman, security didn't look twice at me, they were all loving the moment as well.

I'd arrived on ground just as everyone was gathering for the presentation, I'd come from the Adelaide side of the ground so quickly skirted around to the Tigers camp. There's an overhead shot where I'm standing about 5 steps behind Brendon and Peggy, after which my phone lit up with a combination of 'legend' and 'what the hell are you doing?' messages.

The scenes then were incredible to watch. The roar when the cup went up was unreal. You could hear the players screaming for about 3 seconds before the wall of sound from the crowd hit and drowned everything out. I then did my own slow lap of honour from the inside, watching the scenes of jubilation around the fences.

I was just about to head back to find my wife when a fella I used to know from my hometown jumped into my back. After a quick hug and a look at his medals the players had gathered to head in and he asked me to come. Needless to say I didn't need to be asked twice.

To be tucked in the corner while the entire list and staff belted out the song (no issue with the words coming out this time) was incredible and the hour of so afterwards was a dream.

With the sponsors product flowing I took photos of Dustin and his family with the cup (no surprise that anytime he wanted the cup it appeared 5 seconds later while I suspect others couldn't get near it) and then I was lucky enough to get a photo with Dustin and I with the cup, me wearing his medal (Norm Smith had long gone by that stage) which I had blown up to poster sized, framed and now sits in pride of place in my bar.

After a while the players and coaches took off for some private time and I had a couple more with some of the player's families and the Richmond staff and a chat with Brandon Gale, who was the happiest man in the room I reckon.

At one point Hardwick reappeared to have a beer with the trainers and on introduction the 6 beers got hold of me and I admitted I would have sacked him in 2016. One of those moments where you wanted to ram the words back in your mouth as soon as you said them. Luckily he laughed and said I would have as well. Top shelf fella.

With that I wandered out and met the wife, we had plans of watching the Killers again and then heading out but I was done. Completely and utterly content and not wanting or needing another thing. And anytime I think back to that day I have the same feeling, all my troubles slip away and I feel that wamr glow again. I hope the players know just what it does for so many of us.
Bloody fantastic. A day ripped out of the magazine of dreams.
 
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Strange when you don't see the obvious.

Just noticed that we've been wearing the AFL gold logo with 'Premiers' on it this year, last year and in 2018.

Now back to the red one.
I did not know that, I just thought it was just the worst coloured AFL logo of all time!
 
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Ricemagic

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Strange when you don't see the obvious.

Just noticed that we've been wearing the AFL gold logo with 'Premiers' on it this year, last year and in 2018.

Now back to the red one.
I would gladly have that gold logo on the guernsey yearly, considering it means we have this :cupgold
 
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