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Richmond Tigers coach Damien Hardwick responds to sledge at Adelaide Oval

Richmond premiership coach Damien Hardwick briefly confronted a Port fan on the Adelaide Oval on Friday evening after the supporter waved a tissue at him.

Port Adelaide produced an exciting 11.13 (79) to 11.11 (77) victory over the Tigers and within the incident occurred as Hardwick was strolling all the way down to the sphere at full-time.

Hardwick stopped and stated “sorry?” to the fan earlier than laughing and snapping again a remark as he walked off.

The coach’s safety stopped and talked to the person however Hardwick brushed it off.

The confrontation caught the eye of Fox Footy panellists who identified that Hardwick performed for Port Adelaide and even gained a flag with the membership in 2004.

“He’s been, I believe confronted by a fan,” sports activities reporter Jon Ralph stated.

“It’s clearly not the time to be insulting or making feedback of individuals.”

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has revealed the merchandise a fan waved at him which stopped him useless. Credit score: Fox Footy

Essendon traded Hardwick to Port Adelaide in 2002 and 54 of his 207 AFL video games had been with the membership.

“Mate, he’s a Port Adelaide premiership participant! A little bit of respect!” Brisbane nice Jonathan Brown stated.

Hardwick, who has gained three of the previous 4 premierships, laughed off the incident in his post-match press convention.

“A man was giving me a tissue. I believed jeez, that’s a bit harsh. We’ve gained three of the final 4 flags, mate, unsure whether or not I want a tissue,” he stated.

“Anyway, this can be a excellent spot to play footy. The bottom is excellent. I discover myself singing the bloody INXS track as I’m strolling out on the bottom, which isn’t an ideal signal.

“The Port crowd are improbable. I believe they do an ideal job supporting their boys and our Tiger followers do precisely the identical.

“Couldn’t decide a greater place to play I reckon, it’s a reasonably spectacular stadium, nice crowd as properly.”

Within the match, Port nice Robbie Grey coolly slotted a clutch set-shot to ship the two-point win.

Grey’s feat – the final purpose of the sport – got here with about 4 minutes remaining in a rugged encounter at Adelaide Oval.

Richmond have now misplaced in rounds three and 4 – their first consecutive defeats for the reason that identical rounds final season, after they went on to assert the premiership.

And Port gained valuable early respiration house on the ladder with a 3rd win from 4 begins.

The Energy prevailed regardless of dropping Zak Butters (ankle) and Xavier Duursma (concussion) within the final quarter, Rozee and defender Tom Clurey combating corked thighs and goalsneak Orazio Fantasia rolling an ankle.

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