Round 5 – Melbourne v Richmond: Anzac Eve and the sounds of silence

Mandy Johnson is pleasantly surprised and moved by the Anzac ceremony before the Melbourne-Richmond game. A tight match follows, then suddenly the Tiges are six goals up and continue to run away.

Fitzroy are still going strong

Mandy’s dad lives in a dementia wing of a nursing home that he calls a “memory support wing”. In his head, Fitzroy is still running around smashing all in their wake, with all their superstars still safely in the fold, living out their proud history, makes his daughter very happy. She recalls fondly some of those memories of her dad and the footy, when the Roys were still going strong!

NAB Cup – Richmond v Melbourne: When it doesn’t matter

We all know pre-season means nothing. Non-indicative form, ridiculous rules, frivolous facial hair. So for Mandy Johnson, it was a toss-up whether to watch at all. But would her Tigers force her to care?