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Having been fortunate enough to work for Richmond in 1980 and 1982, I can reflect on how exciting yet demanding the lead up to the game can be for all concerned.
No matter how hard one tries; it is a unique week and the thoughts of the big day rarely escape your mind. On the one hand, you are enjoying the thrill of the journey but on the other is the emotional burden you are carrying, even as mere Support staff! Imagine the job that players have to remain calm, focused, sleep and prepare their bodies when they are surrounded by not only people wishing them well but the social media.

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