Richmond has roared into this year’s AFL grand-final and many local fans are hoping to be at the MCG this Saturday to see their beloved Tigers beat Adelaide.
It has been 37 years since the Tigers won their last premiership, in 1980 - their 10th flag since formation in 1908.
“I saw that game. It was crazy,” local jeweller Dominic Fotia commented about Richmond’s demolition job over Collingwood, winning by 81 points, 23.21.159 to 9.24.78.
“Kevin Bartlett booted seven goals, running around the forward line like a crazed man. We had Collingwood supporters all shouting us ‘how can that old scrawny man be kicking goals’.”
Dominic has followed the Tigers since his primary school days. His 27-year-old son Harrison was perplexed as to why his dad taught him to barrack for Richmond when they weren’t participating in finals.
“He told me all is forgiven and forgotten now!” his happy dad said. Also following the Tigers since primary school days is mobile hairdresser Jodi Parish.
“I loved the song and yellow strip, even though no-one in my family barracked for them,” she explained.
“When I was old enough to drive I would take myself to the games on my own and watch them through good and bad times. The one time I cried was when we won the dreaded wooden spoon.”
Jodi’s passion for her beloved Tigers is obvious. “Even though we have had more bad than good (in her time), I live for footy season every year and will love the Tigers forever,” Jodi, whose favourite player is Dusty Martin, with apologies to Matthew Richardson, said.
Shantell Purtle is rapt the Tigers are in the big one and made a prediction. “I’m just so excited. It’s finally our time,” the wife of Nick said.
Drew Haebich said he was also rapt with the Tigers. “Ít’s one of the best feelings ever,” Drew, who was just seven-years-of-age when his side last won the game on the last day in September, said.