It has been an amazing week for Richmond supporters following their drought-breaking premiership in the AFL Grand Final and no former player was in the limelight more so than Matthew Richardson.
The former AFL and current football broadcaster, “Richo” was invited to present the premiership cup to captain Trent Cotchin and coach Damien Hardwick following the Tigers’ win.
The Devonport-born star said the honour came as a surprise given the strong list of players Richmond had to present the cup.
“I couldn’t believe it really when Benny Gale told me I had been nominated,” Richardson said
“I was shocked because Kevin Bartlett and players like I thought were ahead of me, but it was humbling and an unbelievable experience.”
When it came to handing over the cup to the victors, the Richmond legend said he had a clear plan how to go about it before he went on stage.
“I really didn’t want to hang around up there; Bob Davis when Geelong won in 2007 wouldn’t let go of the cup.
“That was a bit of a laugh at the time, so I thought I better not do a Bobby and get off the stage as quickly as possible.”
Richardson said he was looking to having time away from football before the momentum and anticipation builds up after Christmas.
“I have got a few things on during the racing carnival and start back at Richmond in January to get back in the cycle for a new footy season.”