Making their mark

I finished watching the seven-part Prime Video series "Making Their Mark" today. It was a documentary following players, coaches, and club administrators from the Australian Football League (AFL), during the pandemic interrupted 2020. I must have got a little bit of dust in my eye whilst watching the last episode, as they watered up as the mighty Richmond Tigers raised the Premiership Cup for the third time in four years.

I had a particular interest in this documentary, as it followed my team, the Richmond Tigers, through another Premiership year, their third in the past four years. I have enjoyed Richmond's recent purple patch of success and have latched onto many documentaries and books that have showcased the club's background and stories and the past four years' success.

In 2016, the Melbourne writer and Richmond supported Konrad Marshall chronicled the Richmond Football Club's inner workings. He was then going to publish a book about his favourite AFL club's machinations at the end of the year. The team performed so poorly that year, and he felt that he didn't have enough content to publish the book. So he suggested to the club that he come back in 2017 and do the same. It turned out to be the right decision, as the club rose to a Premiers in 2017 for the first time in thirty-seven years. Konrad's book was a best seller amongst the Richmond faithful.

There is nothing as exciting as to see your sporting team succeed. To relive it in writing or on-screen makes it all the more satisfying.

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