World News – UA – Die-hard Tigers fans are (quietly) enjoying the moment in Richmond


There was no party There was no smiling player showing the Prime Minister’s Cup He was missing the hangover masses chanting Oh We’re From Tigerland about 1000 times

Instead of holding the traditional triumphant post-prime minister family day, Punt Road Oval was desperate, closed and empty on Sunday

Paying tribute: Josh Rowe and children Madeline and Archie at Richmond footballer Dustin Martin’s Lushsux mural in Kelso Street, RichmondCredit: Penny Stephens

They had all watched the game, broadcast from Brisbane, at home on television, due to COVID-19 restrictions

Now they just wanted (at a safe distance) to be near their loyal companions, and say « Go Rods! » and « How good is Dusty? » to the other yellow and black tragedies

Mandy Woodward, 59, drove from Briar Hill in northeast Melbourne to Punt Road Oval, pulled out her bike and cycled around Richmond with a cardboard cutout of a cut of Premier of the AFL stuck on the handlebars

Lyn Burton, left, members of the Richmond Support Team, and Mandy Woodward at Punt Road Oval Credit: Penny Stephens

« This is where the spirit of the Tigers is, » she said « It would normally be family day and we would be here »

She watched the grand finale at home with her husband, Ken, but was on Zoom with other members of the cheering team « to try to keep the spirit of the game »

Yet it was « hard, so hard, » said Mrs. Woodward, that she couldn’t go this year. « Last year at CWM I was in the front row with the whips, and the players came after the game and sat down with us It was too good « 

Aaron Pitt, 45, his wife Tracey, 45, and son Jack, 12, left Blackburn South thinking they wouldn’t have a park in the small oval lot of Punt Road, but there was plenty of room The police stood there with nothing to do

The family took selfies with the Jack Dyer M statue Pitt said they wanted to soak up an atmosphere « It’s very quiet It’s very low-key But I’m really happy we stayed here »

« This is the home of Richmond You wish to have a link, as the game was not played in Melbourne »

Josh Rowe, 46, of Coburg, and his children Archie, 11, and Madeline, 9, were among those who paid tribute to the ‘great man’, medalist Norm Smith Dustin Martin – or rather his mural in Kelso Street

Dressed in Richmond gear, including masks and socks, and wearing a teddy bear named Trent Cotchin, named after the Tigers’ captain, they had lunch while strolling down Swan Street

« This is to take advantage of all that is Richmond, » said M Rowe, with the added benefit of supporting « the retailers who made it tough »

Police incidents in Melbourne were down sharply from last year’s grand finale, when 43 people were kicked out of MCG – for incidents such as bites, headshots and beatings police – and, later on Swan Street, flares were set off and six people were arrested

Victoria Police said they were happy with the behavior of around 200 people who marched to Swan Street on Saturday night One person was arrested for being drunk in a public place and fined for failing to not having worn a face mask

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World News – AU – Hardcore Tigers fans (quietly) enjoy Richmond moment



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