WIN A JIM FINE ART PRINT
Richmond fans have until Saturday to take home a signed Jim Pavlidis art print in The Sunday Age’s September Masterpieces series. All Tiger fans have to do is send us a short poem, image or even a photograph that sums up your love for the Tigers and the thrill of being back in the finals. Send your contribution to firstname.lastname@example.org and read the Psst column on Sunday to see if you’re the lucky winner.
Henri Rousseau never left France. Which begs the question, what inspired the 19th century Frenchman's famous depictions of lush jungles and exotic animals? And why call this painting Traumgarten, which means Dream Garden in German? Does this suggest a fertile imagination is all you really need to kick on in life?
If you're a football supporter, the answer is no. Each weekend, over 23 weeks, they come in their thousands and, for most, an occasional victory or honourable loss is reason enough to keep coming back.
Yet deep down everyone knows what really matters is to be on the park in September. The painting itself is listed as missing ... not unlike the Tigers in the finals these past 12 years.
Fans of the Demons and Saints have also had very little to cheer about in 2013, but at least they have recent memories of finals action to sustain them. For a dozen years now Yarra Park in spring has been not the club's Traumgarten but its Trauma Garden, a verdant reminder of another fruitless season.
This year things are different, so very different that there's a chap with very Germanic name who may not be so great on a ukulele but often has the ball on a string. It's certainly a jungle out there at finals time but, regardless of who their opponents are, the Tiges will go into the game as warm favourites. Which, as every Richmond fan knows, is traumatic in itself.