AFL Finals Week 1 – Richmond v Carlton: The port stays sealed

Matt Watson inherited a bottle of Richmond’s 1980 premiership port, to be opened when the Tigers win another grand final. He’s not hopeful.

AFL Finals Week 1 – Richmond v Carlton: A Family Tree Of Tigers

Liam Quin’s grandfather was a proud Tiger. He passed away the week before their first final. A trip to Yarrawonga to bid him farewell brought many memories, all steeped in yellow and black.

AFL Finals Week 1 – Richmond v Carlton: Journey’s End.

There is always a defining moment in the match that all football faithful dread. The dark night-time of the soul for the true believers. That moment is the unwelcome arrival of reality.

AFL Finals Week 1 – Richmond v Carlton: So this is what we’ve been missing

Tigers fan John Green now wonders if it’s better not to make the finals than to endure what happened on Sunday. He longs for the familiar comfort of following a team that no-one expects to win.

AFL Finals Week 1 – Richmond v Carlton: Who Gives a Toss

After a half of uninspired Malthouse football, did someone find Ratten’s old magnet board at half time?

AFL Finals Week 1 – Richmond v Carlton: Half full/half empty

Richmond lost after leading at half time. Still, at least they finished the season above Collingwood, writes Noel McPhee.

AFL Finals Week 1 – Richmond v Carlton: How ironic

Yes, Cheryl Critchley can see the irony in the ninth-placed team beating the Tigers in their long-awaited finals appearance.