It’s not each weekend you get to rejoice an AFL premiership – until you’re a Richmond participant by which case it’s a well-trodden path in recent times.
So the Tigers know precisely social gathering and as of Sunday afternoon star ahead Jack Riewoldt nonetheless hadn’t modified out of his taking part in jersey following their thumping win over Geelong within the grand ultimate on Saturday evening.
Riewoldt was on the golf course and consuming out of the premiership cup with fellow ahead Tom Lynch, whereas there may very well be some new ink in retailer for a number of gamers.
Norm Smith Medal winner Dustin Martin steered he’d have numerous gamers lining as much as be branded on Sunday, as ‘We Are The Champions’ roared by way of the change rooms after the sport.
“I haven‘t received any (tattoo plans) but, however George (Jason Castagna) introduced his tattoo gun up so I daresay he’ll be getting that out tomorrow,” Martin mentioned.
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It was a far cry from heaving throngs of supporters that gathered at Punt Rd and Swan St to rejoice Richmond’s earlier two premierships of their ongoing interval of AFL dominance.
Gamers, employees and households who had been a part of the membership’s journey bubble on this uncommon season mingled on Sunday within the afterglow of one other Tigers flag as main figures – chief govt Brendon Gale, coach Damien Hardwick and captain Trent Cotchin – addressed the group.
The low-key honouring of the Tigers’ newest flag success, which was sealed with a 31-point win over Geelong on the Gabba on Saturday evening, appeared to swimsuit Cotchin simply high-quality.
“One of the best ways to explain it’s it’s a bit extra like a rustic footy premiership coming again right here,” Cotchin instructed reporters on the membership’s modest Elite Gold Coast lodging.
“Clearly we now have lots of people at residence that might’ve cherished to have been part of the celebrations, as we’d’ve cherished to have had them right here.
“It was fairly distinctive in itself and a bit extra intimate.”
Profitable three premierships in 4 seasons has elevated Richmond to a place alongside aspect the triple flag-winning Brisbane, Geelong and Hawthorn groups as greats of the twenty first century.
Cotchin is considered one of 14 Tigers who’ve been a part of all three and has now gained extra premierships as Richmond captain than anybody else.
He admitted the taking part in group hasn’t but totally grasped the magnitude of what they’ve achieved.
“I’ll positively take a second or two, whether or not it’s at present or tomorrow, simply to sit down again and replicate on season 2020 and our journey as a complete over the previous couple of years,” Cotchin mentioned.
“It’s been an distinctive journey and one which we’re extremely pleased with.”
Cotchin mentioned Nick Vlastuin was “a bit worse for put on” on Sunday after being knocked out by a stray elbow from Patrick Dangerfield within the opening 5 minutes of the grand ultimate.
The powerful defender was taken from the sphere on a medicab and watched many of the match from the bench.
“Simply the braveness to get again on the market and sit on the bench was fairly superb given the hit he copped,” Cotchin mentioned.
Gale made particular point out of the 100,000-plus Richmond members who he mentioned had “successfully donated” their cash to the Tigers realizing that they’d not be capable to see any stay soccer in 2020.
– with AAP