This year was the 4th year in forty-five years that I didn’t head over to Melbourne to watch the AFL grand final, instead, watching it from my place down south with my four’n twenty meat pie.
The noise of the birds chirping and wind blowing in the trees was a lot different to the wild cheering and (more often than not) obnoxious crowd at the MCG. But hey! I’m not complaining either way.
The game itself was not your usual nail biting grand final, but all in all, it was a great spectacle to watch for the Richmond Football Club who won by a whopping 89 points. This is Richmond’s 2nd premiership in three years and 12th in club history, and I think it just goes to show what a great club they are.
Their professionalism, inclusiveness, and overall culture of the club is a testament to how and why they are where they are today.
To me, the grand final is an amazing story for Richmond, especially the story of Marlion Pickett who turned his life around and demonstrated exactly why he was chosen to debut on that day. He had an absolutely fantastic game and showed his talent throughout the mid field with many successful entries into Richmond’s forward fifty.
When Pickett was asked ‘when did you feel as though you were an AFL player?’, he replied, ‘ as soon as I ran on the ground’. Pickett has already shown so much potential and I hope he continues to have many more successes in the future.
The Richmond Football Club demonstrated that Together Everyone Achieves More – TEAM – which is what GWS unfortunately couldn’t bring to the MCG. Although, it is only The Giants 8th year in the competition, so I do take my hat off to them for making it that far.
Even though the score wasn’t as close as one would have wanted for an AFL grand final I enjoyed watching the Richmond players, coaches, trainers, family and all those involved in the clubs success, celebrate when the final siren sounded.
And that’s footy done and dusted for another year…
Until next time.
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