Standing ovation: Tigers faithful pay tribute to Hardwick

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The Richmond faithful have given a standing ovation in the 17th minute of Sunday’s match against Tartapuulti at the MCG in honour of three-time premiership coach Damien Hardwick who earlier in the week announced his shock resignation.

The number reflects the drought-breaking flag Richmond won under his watch in 2017.

Richmond fans pay tribute to Damien Hardwick.Credit: AFL Photos

Hardwick called it quits after 13 completed seasons and 307 games at the helm.

Tigers ground announcer Sarah Maree Cameron said pre-game there would be a “massive celebration and thank you at a later date” but concluded with a “Dimma, thank you so much for everything”.

Richmond’s banner read: “Thanks Dimma forever a Tiger”.

Hardwick chose to watch the game today from the comfort of his couch alongside his dog and with a well-earned beer in hand.

He gave a salute to his now-former side via social media: “How long to go?! Carn the Tigs”.


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