Dear Rouleurs, or really should I say fellow Tiges Fans,
The big game Richmond vs Geelong is on at the G at 7.50pm. MMT is very, very nervous. Last time, these teams played, Geelong treated an under strength Richmond team like witches hats at a training session, as it went on 67pt rampage. This time its Geelong that looks like its a bit underdone with some key players out. So with that in mind, MMT isn’t really thinking about work or cycling, hence this blog.
Collingwood blew Richmond off the park by half time, to be 40 odd points up, in last year’s preliminary final. MMT was about 10 metres away from the Collingwood Fan Club at the city end. MMT had to bear the agony of watching Joffa put on his gold ‘pies are gonna win this jacket’ before half time. That really sucked…..
Any how here’s something liberated/plagiarised from today’s Herald-Sun.
MMT wishes his boss was elsewhere. That way he slip off to the gym and then home. Given MMT’s level of distraction its unlikely that anything useful will get done today.
OMG…MMT is still recovering from last Saturday night where the mighty Richmond Tigers despatched a star studded GWS Giants team. Being at the MCG filled to the rafters with Richmond supporters, was an amazing experience. The amount of noise being generated by some very one-sided barracking was deafening. Apparently at its peak it reached 126 decibels which is in realm of jack hammers and jumbo jets.
The Richmond Grand Final week experience has been nothing short of amazing. Here’s the short version.
Saturday 23rd September – Richmond defeats GWS Giants by 36 points to reach the Grand Final for the first time since 1982.
Sunday 24th September – Richmond VFL loses to Port Melbourne by 4 points. Sam Lloyd is named best afield to win the Norm Goss Medal
Monday 25th September – Dustin Martin wins the 2017 Brownlow Medal. Daniel Rioli wins Goal of the Year. More importantly MMT receives a grand final ticket out of the ballot. Trent Cotchin and Brandon Ellis avoid being rubbed out by the MRP.
Tuesday 26th September – Damian Hardwick is named 2017 AFL Coach of the Year.
Friday 29th September – Grand Final Parade
So celebrate this incredible run of Richmond achievement, MMT has posted a few photos from the Preliminary Final and from his lunchtime visit to Dusty Martin’s mural/Punt Road to celebrate the impending Grand Final.
Anyhow, that’s it from MMT. I’m off to the Grand Final which starts in about 2 and 1/2 hours. Go Tiges!!!!
As a long suffering Richmond FC supporter, let tell you how good Friday night’s win was. I’ve written about what it is like as a fan to suffer Richmonditis several times in this blog. I wasn’t too hopeful about Friday night. The stats tell the truth of a one-sided contest between Richmond and Geelong going back to 2007 with a 13 game losing streak. Richmond hadn’t one a finals game since 2001. Daimen Hardwick holds the longest streak of AFL games coached (178) with out a finals win.
So how good was it…it was unbelievable 😉 The noise of 95,000 people at the G was like a grand final and I reckon Richmond fans outnumbered Geelong fans by 2 to 1.
So here’s a happy snap pilfered from The ABC.
MMT has 2 weeks to savour the afterglow of this incredible win. Next post I’ll be back on the topic of cycling.