After their first foray into the AFL finals in many years in 2013, the Richmond Football Club had big, bold plans for 2014.
The team had improved every year under coach Damien Hardwick and were ready to launch themselves at the top of the ladder in his fifth season at the helm.
But the start of the year didn’t go according to plan, with key injuries, poor performances and confidence dropping by the week, resulting in a 3-10 start to the season. This placed the Tigers equal bottom of the ladder with nine games to go.
They were written off by everyone else, as finals seemed a mathematical impossibility. No team had ever recovered from such a shambolic start and the underachieving Tigers didn’t seem like the kind of club that could beat the odds.
But they dared to dream.