An incredible story of sportsmanship has emerged after the Richmond star Tom Lynch was filmed seemingly consoling a devastated Port fan on Friday night.
Young fan Archer Merritt has revealed to 7NEWS he was actually the one who sought out Lynch after the Tigers won through to the grand final with victory over Port Adelaide.
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Merritt told 7NEWS he was shocked at the “bullying” the Richmond key forward was enduring both during and after the match at Adelaide Oval.
After witnessing a Port fan throwing a drink on Lynch during his interview with Channel 7, young Archer knew he had to speak to the star to congratulate him on his finals victory.
“The Port Adelaide supporters were bullying him and making…
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Hardwick hails latest AFL success
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has branded the AFL club’s latest premiership “extra significant” because of the hurdles the club overcame to get there.
The Tigers left locked-down Victoria in July to continue the season and spent more than 100 days in interstate hubs.
They endured major controversy when young players Sydney Stack and Callum Coleman-Jones were banished from Queensland for breaking strict return-to-play protocols.
And they progressed through the finals the ‘hard way’, bouncing back with three straight wins after losing their qualifying final.
Hardwick, who has coached 11 seasons, said the latest triumph would have a special place in his heart after the breakthrough premiership in 2017 and a second flag last year.
Missed chances will “eat away” at Cats
Geelong coach Chris Scott says missed opportunities will “eat away” at his side for some time after they blew a 22-point lead in the AFL grand final defeat to Richmond.
The Cats kicked five consecutive goals after conceding the first two at the Gabba on Saturday night and took control of the contest during the second quarter.
Mitch Duncan, Tom Stewart and Cam Guthrie were all influential as they dominated midfield battle.
But Geelong failed to take full advantage in attack, kicking 3.3 in the second term including a horror miss by Gryan Miers from close range.
Norm Smith Medal winner Dustin Martin kicked an important goal in the shadows of half-time to cut the margin back to 15 points and Richmond ran over the top of the Cats in the second…
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