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Richmond fans cause Swan St, Punt Rd chaos

TIGERS fans have partied into the early hours of the morning in Richmond as they have fun their drought breaking win.

Thousands of fans packed Swan St instantly after the siren sounded and remained there till after 1am.

Odes to Dusty Martin, Jason Castagna and captain Trent Cotchin rung out as fans celebrated the win.

Police had been compelled to make use of capsicum spray to quell the group as the general public celebration stretched into Sunday.

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Fans stopped random autos — even using their bonnets and roofs — as their premiership celebrations seemingly confirmed no signal of slowing down.

A dozen or so fans surrounded one automotive on the intersection of Punt Rd and Swan St, leaping on the automobile’s roof, within the again seat and opening its boot.

But the motive force, Benji Miu, instructed the Herald Sun that he didn’t thoughts.

“As long as they don’t get in my boot,” he mentioned.

“It’s an old car so I don’t really care.”

Police moved in to quell the celebrations shortly after midnight.

A line of officers pushed fans onto footpaths as police automobiles and road sweepers adopted.

It sparked chants of “f*** off Vic Police”, in between these supporting Dusty Martin and captain Trent Cotchin.

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Despite being moved from Swan St, the horde of fans headed proper again.

Referring to a raucous celebrations, a person shouted “Dusty told us to do it”.

Ricky Dent mentioned his buddy had carried out nothing fallacious however copped the spray in response to somebody close by knocking off an officer’s hat.

Despite the police twice sweeping the Richmond road — tossing fans onto footpaths and shoving them ahead in a bid to disperse the group — the Tiger Army merely marched on.

It surged up Swan St with a fan lodging the underside of a visitors cone into the window of Collingwood headquarters on the Holden Centre.

The Tiger tour then set it sights on the CBD and continued alongside Flinders St, closing roads because it went.

When they noticed an Adelaide supporter, the group chanted “f*** off back to Adelaide, f*** off back to Adelaide”.

Odes to Dusty Martin, Jason Castagna and captain Trent Cotchin recurrently rung out, whereas the Army would spontaneously bust into the membership’s theme tune.

The tour took in Crown Casino, the place the 50-odd remaining supporters dispersed about 3am.

Earlier, police had struggled to maintain the group calm as fans clambered onto second-storey awnings, ripped road indicators from the bottom and partied on the street.

One man — egged on by the group — set hearth to an Adelaide Crows’ mascot however rapidly regretted it.

He was cuffed and led away.

Another fan set an Adelaide Crows’ scarf on hearth, once more spurred on by the large Tiger Army on Swan St.

Police say 20 folks had been evicted from the MCG and 6 folks arrested for offences together with drug possession, drunk and disorderly and deception.

Four folks had been additionally arrested for assault, with these issues presently being investigated.

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THE heaving mass of yellow and black introduced Swan St to a standstill as celebrations began to kick into full swing.

There had been early predictions of a blockade of those proportions however maybe no one might actually have foreseen one thing like this.

From Punt Rd to Church St the primary arterial was jammed full of jubilant supporters who hugged and heaved and pushed

Crowd favorite Mick Molloy made his manner up the road however he may need wished for a safer escort such was the demand from punters for an image.

Up one finish an area barber provided free haircuts to anyone who wished to appear like cult hero Dustin Martin. And there have been a lot.

One bloke sounded a trumpet. Others screamed on the prime of their lungs. Fans stood on bollards and craned their necks because the completely satisfied mob swelled.

Fans additionally celebrated at their London Tavern Hotel base, whereas tens of 1000’s of fans stayed on the MCG to catch one other glimpse of the staff with the premiership cup, the place Jack Riewoldt belted out Mr Brightside with The Killers.

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Tiger tears of pleasure as the ultimate siren sounds

TEARS are flowing in Tigerland.

They began to stream within the fourth quarter. They ran down faces of the form of blokes who’d made their first funding when the likes of Bartlett and Sheedy trudged the hallowed turf.

Richmond fans, together with Steve Leach, 60, an orderly at Dandenong Hospital, struggled to cover their feelings when the ultimate siren sounded at Punt Road Oval.

Supporter Callum Finley, from Geelong, couldn’t get tickets to the sport however watched from Punt Road Oval.

He raced to the ‘G after the ultimate siren to see the get together presentation.

“It’s been so long for us,” he mentioned.

“I just wanted to get involved.”

Mr Leach had been at Punt Road Oval for Richmond’s final win in 1980. He’d cried then. But surrounded by family members, he cried extra now.

“I wouldn’t miss this for something on the planet,’’ Mr Leach mentioned.

“I cried my eyes out final time It’s laborious to not while you go searching in any respect these folks.

“Even if we had been dropping you’d nonetheless see all of them right here. We have all caught by it even once we had been 13th on the ladder and getting flogged week after week. We all caught by it and that’s what I really like concerning the membership. We don’t rise up and depart. We keep till the ultimate siren has gone.”

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Geelong sheet employee Glen Lower, 54, shared the sentiment.

“You simply hold going to the footy and see them getting flogged and to see this … feelings simply spill over.

“It’s a sensational feeling.’’

Police had arrange a booze bus exterior the Royal Hotel by the point the win was sealed.

They had been prone to choose up a couple of offenders earlier than the day was out however there’s was nothing of their arsenal able to detecting a excessive like this.

Teenagers balanced on fences because the rolling mass headed up Swan St.

Behind them the statue of Captain Blood was draped in a yellow and black scarf. He would have roared with the remainder of them had he been alive to witness a spectacle like this.

It was all he would have hoped for in his fading years however he would possibly by no means have anticipated the flood of supporters would possibly end in street closures.

The foremost arterials out and in of Richmond had been already cactus.

The pubs there placed on additional employees and safety for this historic second.

The traces to get in had been lengthy. But the punters joked as they jostled for place on the footpaths exterior The Swan and London Tavern. They had been used to ready. And it had been a bloody very long time between drinks.

The heaving mass of yellow and black rose ahead and fell again with each tense second of the sport.

Thirty-seven years because the Tigers final made their mark, 20,000 devoted recruits assembled at Punt Rd Oval.

Squeezed out of the race for tickets to the primary dance, they had been simply as content material watching on from the membership’s non secular heartland.

They arrived early, hungry and hopeful, aspiring to be a part of the soundtrack for brand new period.

There had been loads of highlights for this membership however till late in the present day the triumphs had been a lot smaller to cling to.

And so a way of unease set in as every member of the Tiger military discovered their place on the grass.

Three wobbly set pictures from Riewoldt didn’t assist the early temper.

Tattooed fathers tapped their chins and scarfs hung low round faces.

It was the form of nerves able to rattling the traces of supporters from the porter loos to the pie stands.

It didn’t assist that the pizzas bought out.

The elixir this footy mob wanted lastly got here when Josh Caddy despatched one by late within the first and Bachar Houli adopted it with considered one of his personal.

It marked the primary second the complete crowd shuddered, standing to their ft and shouting, practically lifting the previous tin roof off the Jack Dyer stand within the course of.

The rain within the second quarter didn’t matter because the objectives continued in fast succession, lifting the scoreboard and the spirits of each fan wrapped in a brilliant yellow poncho.

By the third, the group ducked and wove with each tussle.

And because the boys confirmed little signal of slowing the group discovered a cause to sing so loud, Hafey may need heard it.

Tens of 1000’s of fans are on their ft at Punt Rd because the Tigers proceed the form of assault that supporters have ready a era for.

Grown males stood in tears and their youngsters cheered because the staff confirmed their dominance on the MCG.

At least 20,000 supporters are anticipated to have fun at Punt Rd however will be part of 1000’s extra as they flood from the MCG.

“This is like nothing we’ve got ever seen,’’ mentioned one supporter.

“This is what we’ve got been ready for.’’

A Victoria Police spokeswoman mentioned 20 folks had been evicted from the MCG, whereas six had been arrested for offences together with drug possession, drunk and disorderly and deception.

She mentioned 4 folks had been additionally arrested for assault.

“Police have praised normal crowd behaviour at in the present day’s … match (and) will proceed operations centered on public order and street security all through the night,” she mentioned.

Richmond flag heroes thank the fans

Richmond stars lined as much as laud the affect of the Tiger Army after the drought-breaking win.

Shane Edwards mentioned “they really helped us”, whereas Dylan Grimes mentioned he was “so proud to be able to give this to them”.

Toby Nankervis mentioned the staff had been underneath instruction to only “embrace” the love.

Edwards has ridden the entire Richmond ups and downs throughout a 207-game profession at Punt Rd.

And having been surrounded by one of many AFL’s largest fan bases since 2007, the midfielder is aware of simply how a lot the premiership would imply to them.

“They’re just diehards and they really, really deserve this,” Edwards instructed the Sunday Herald Sun.

“We simply rode the wave. They offer you a lot momentum.

“You see the Crows on the Adelaide Oval and the way good that’s, however the ‘G is our residence floor and we used it in the present day. They actually helped us.

“We didn’t hear the Crows fans, it felt like final week towards GWS.

“That is likely to be testomony to how we performed, however we’ve got the loudest fans, there’s little doubt about that.”

So loud was the group that Edwards mentioned he didn’t even realise the Richmond theme tune didn’t play because the staff ran out on to the bottom.

“I didn’t even know that,” he mentioned.

“But I do know one thing, I don’t know if they were stamping their feet or whatever but the ground was vibrating, I haven’t felt it like that before, it was amazing.”

Richmond has 75,000 members.

And defender Grimes, who has performed 104 video games since making his debut in 2010, mentioned “words can’t describe how proud we are” of all of the fans, whether or not they had been among the many 100,021 crowd yesterday or not.

“You’ve heard it before but we’ve really got the most passionate, the most loyal and most absolutely nuts fans in the competition and I’m so proud of them,” Grimes instructed the Sunday Herald Sun.

“As a participant I can’t put in to phrases how a lot I admire them turning up within the rain, by the shut losses and thru the down instances.

“In my first season I believe we had been Zero-9 they usually had been nonetheless exhibiting up.

“They deserve this for the religion they’ve proven in us.”

Ruckman Nankervis solely crossed from Sydney to the Tigers on the finish of final season.

But he understands absolutely why the membership selected the trail it did within the loopy closing throes of the season.

“We walk down the street and there is all that support there,” Nankervis mentioned.

“We got here collectively as a membership and thought, no, we’ve received to embrace this.

“It was mentioned that once we come to the membership it’s time to work, however exterior of that we’ve been instructed to essentially get pleasure from it as a result of we’ve earned it.”

— with Matt Windley

aaron.langmaid@information.com.au

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