Tigers earn huge win over Dockers in the context of the club’s recent history.
The Richmond Tigers all-but secured a place in this year’s AFL finals after their important 27-point win against an understrength Fremantle Dockers outfit at the MCG.
Having not made the post-season since 2001, the Toger secured their 11th win of the season and their fourth in the past five games to see them rise to sixth on the ladder.
While none of the side are getting ahead of themselves, they do realise they are on the brink of ending the longest current finals drought in the competition.
Helping their cause are games against the winless Greater Western Sydney and Brisbane which should see them earn eight points and secure a coveted place in the finals.
Chris Newman has been through the more than decade of despair for the Tigers said the side are not thinking about anything more than the game next week.
“Don’t worry, the lid is on until we are there,” Newman said.
“‘It is just good to be in the season. This time for a lot of years I have played we have been looking to the end of the season by now. It’s just nice to be in the mix and just staying alive.”
“As I have always said the (Barker) record doesn’t matter. It’s the hand I have been dealt and so be it.
“As long as we get there before we finish, I don’t care.”