Grey gloomy skies and persistent rain have made AFL legend Matthew Richardson feel right at home during his brief Far North Queensland visit.
The beloved Richmond cult figure who played 282 games for the Tigers before taking over the airwaves as a TV and radio commentator, was a guest speaker at Manunda Hawks sportsman’s afternoon, held at Cazalys yesterday.
Richardson, who had been in Townsville earlier in the week, said he was surprised to see the popularity of the game in regional Queensland.
“It’s certainly the right weather for footy,” the proud Tasmanian said yesterday.
“I feel like there’s a really good Aussie Rules culture up here. It’s great to see people playing the game in what is traditionally a rugby league state.”
The former All Australian has a connection to the Far North, having played under AFL Cape York program manager, Rick Hanlon.
Richardson said Hanlon, who launched AFL Cape York House – a boarding facility for indigenous teenagers studying in Cairns – in 2013 should be extremely proud of his work.
“Ricky was my Under 16s schoolboys coach,” he said.
“I love catching up with him. He’s doing great things at the boarding house and you can see how passionate he is.”
As a guest speaker yesterday, Richardson there was only one thing worth talking about.
“As premiers, we’ve only got 11 days of bragging rights left, so (with my address) I’ll just tell people about the grand final win and how good Richmond are,” he said on the night.
Article Courtesy of Sam Davis The Cairns Post 12th March