Teams: Australia & Newcastle United
I don't know what triggered it at Punt Road, but theirs has been the greatest offseason/preseason for an AFL club since my lot picked up Darren Jarman, Shane Ellen, Troy Bond, Kym Koster, Peter Caven and a couple of exciting kids named Simon Goodwin and Kane Johnson; installed Neil Craig as fitness coach and opened the multi-million dollar training facilities at Football Park.
And fat lot of good it did us too. After being equal Premiership favourites after 4 rounds we faded into obscurity thanks mainly to a massive injury list.
Richmond are primed for a good year and they can only improve, but by how much? Time will tell.
"They picked on the wrong man - and the wrong country. It was like pouring petrol onto a fire as far as I was concerned.
There's an old saying that the dog that barks loudest never bites. They did a lot of barking but we bit them pretty hard. Uruguay's attitude just showed how scared they were of us - it was their last resort."
- Vincenzo Grella, Parma & Australia.