Get­ting all bossy on Tigers

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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.

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