Tiger is right where he wants to be
BRANDON Ellis watched last year’s preliminary finals from a beach bar in Seminyak, Bali, far from the AFL crowds, wishing he was a part of the action.
Twelve months on, the Richmond defender finds himself preparing for the biggest game of his football life and hopes an even more significant one might come the week after.
The club’s stunning turn- around in the space of a year has been one of the AFL stories of the season, and it has mirrored Ellis’s own revival as a player after a couple of “average” seasons.
“It’s been an interesting ride,” Ellis said. “Who would have thought 12 months ago we would have been in this position.
“This time last year I was in Bali, wishing I was back (in Australia) being a part of it.
“Now, we’re into a preliminary final, it’s good we have been able to embrace that.”
Ellis, 24, said there were a host of reasons behind Richmond’s rise from 13th last year to being in a position to win the club’s first final in 16 years after demolishing Geelong in last week’s qualifying final.