It’s hard to miss Richmond’s first finals win in 16 years if you live anywhere in Melbourne.
…but in America?
Even the NFL has caught onto Richmond snapping their finals hoodoo, giving them a shoutout and likening the drought to their own Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bengals gone even worse, last winning a playoff game way back in 1990, the worst record in the comp.
“In the AFL the Richmond Tigers broke their finals hoodoo last night,” they wrote on Facebook.
“Can the Cincinnati Bengals breaks (sic) theirs this season?”
How’s the international shoutout!
Richmond had further reason to celebrate on Saturday after their VFL team enjoyed a 27-point win over the Casey Demons to reach the preliminary final.
With a team featuring Ben Lennon, Reece Conca, Connor Menadue, Sam Lloyd and Shaun Hampson, the Tigers set up the semi-final victory with a stunning eight-goal-to-two second quarter in Port Melbourne. They booted 11 of 12 goals either side of half-time, including the last seven goals before the break, to jump to an insurmountable 61-point lead halfway through the third quarter.
They now play Box Hill Hawks next week. At the same time the senior Richmond team has the week off after their AFL qualifying final win over Geelong on Friday.
Richmond 19.14 (128) defeated the Demons 15.11 (101). Casey tried to get back into the contest courtesy of their seven-goal third quarter but the deficit was too great.
— Richmond VFL (@RichmondVFL) September 9, 2017
There was a scare for the Demons in the first half when Angus Brayshaw left the field with what was described as an ‘innocuous’ neck injury. Brayshaw, who has suffered from a series of concussions in recent years, did not take the field in the second half.
It made for a forgettable day for Casey, exiting the finals in straight sets after finishing fourth with a 12-6 record.
Richmond’s win was watched on by a host of senior players, including Trent Cotchin, Dustin Martin and Jack Riewoldt.
Port Melbourne meets Footscray in the other semi-final on Sunday with the winner to meet Williamstown next week.