Tiger is right where he wants to be

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT -

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.

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