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RICHMOND BREAK LONG DROUGHT

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Coach Damien Hardwick is the man that took the whole club on a wonderful journey

Pre-season prognostications are bunkum.

This was supposedly the year the Greater Western Sydney juggernaut was supposed to take hold or that Lance Franklin would deliver the Swans the premiership his handsome pay packet was going to ensure.

Instead, the premiership cup now sits in the trophy cabinet at the Richmond Football Club, delivered there by a group that defender Dylan Grimes described as “not the most talented list … but we fight and scrap. We’re rough around the edges. Yes, we have our superstars, but the role players are just as important.” Richmond’s premiership win also validates the idea of the finals as an entirely new season altogether. Adelaide was the best team of the season, but the Tigers owned September and these sorts of premierships are becoming more common. Not just the Western Bulldogs last year, but Hawthorn in 2014, Sydney two years before that and the Hawks in 2008 are examples of clubs that were good all year, but really found their groove in September.