Getting all bossy on Tigers
AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has given Richmond’s successstarved army of supporters a cheeky reminder their 37-year wait for an AFL flag hasn’t ended yet.
“Contrary to popular belief in Melbourne, Richmond actually haven’t won the premiership, I know it feels like that broadly everywhere,’” McLachlan said in Sydney before the semi-final between Greater Western Sydney and West Coast.
“Kevin Bartlett is already claiming they will win the premiership in a gold jumper and that will clash with their silver premiership medallions, apparently it’s a colour clash, but they haven’t won (yet).
“If Richmond don’t win the premiership, I’m probably going to move up here to Sydney to escape the aftermath.
“Having said that, if they do win it I may move up here as well to escape the aftermath.”
McLachlan was impressed by the masses of Tigers supporters that watched their side overwhelm Geelong in last week’s qualifying final at the MCG. He compared them to the White Walkers from the hit TV series Game of Thrones.
“There’s 100,000 of them, they can’t seem to be killed, that’s what it felt like,” he said.
Minor premier Adelaide will host the other preliminary final and McLachlan couldn’t resist having a little dig at normally dour Crows coach Don Pyke after its big win over GWS last week.
“They were so good that it’s been reported that even Don Pyke was seen smiling for half a second,” McLachlan said.