Richmond has embraced the challenge of flying in and out of Perth twice in nine days as it confronts a gruelling travel schedule following Saturday night's Dreamtime win at Optus Stadium. 

The Tigers were boarding a late-night flight from Perth to Sydney on Saturday night after their 39-point win against the Bombers but will return to WA to face West Coast in just eight days' time.

That match was brought forward from round 14 on Saturday due to border restrictions and quarantine requirements that prevented the Tigers from returning home to Melbourne between the two matches at Optus Stadium.

06:50 Mins
Published on

Round 12: Match highlights

Watch the highlights from Dreamtime in Perth against Essendon.

Published on

They will instead set up base in Sydney as they aim to win three straight matches for the first time this season, having seen off a challenge from the brave Bombers on Saturday night. 

"Our guys have done this, they did the Brisbane job last year and they look at it as a positive to be around the group and connect," Hardwick said of the looming travel challenge.

"That's really exciting for us. Our players quite enjoy the aspect of going away and spending some time together. That's not to say we don't miss home and we don't miss people we've left at home.

"We've got an understanding of what each state offers and we don't make those decisions, we just abide by the rules. 

09:57 Mins
Published on

Round 12: Hardwick post-match

Damien Hardwick addresses the media following the Dreamtime in Perth win over Essendon.

Published on

"We're prepared to do anything we can to keep the season going and keep the fans at home watching a great game of footy."

Hardwick was kicking himself early in the fourth quarter on Saturday night after forgetting to prepare his players defensively for an early surge from the Bombers in the final term. 

The Bombers kicked three quick goals to take the lead before Richmond seized the momentum back and kicked a run of seven unanswered goals to record their seventh consecutive Dreamtime win.

01:21 Mins
Published on

Round 12: Martin kicks three

Watch Dustin Martin's highlights from the Dreamtime in Perth win against Essendon.

Published on

"It was a bit of a … not an error on my part, but we sort of knew Essendon would push hard forward at three-quarter time into the last quarter," Hardwick said. 

"I forgot to mention that to the players, and it probably caught us off guard a little bit with regard to our defensive set-up for that. 

"I was a little bit disappointed in myself, but the players got it together by the end and we managed to get the result."

01:15 Mins
Published on

Round 12: Bolton kicks three

Watch Shai Bolton's highlights from the Dreamtime in Perth win over Essendon.

Published on

Hardwick endorsed Optus Stadium as a venue for any future marquee games that needed to be relocated after the Western Australian public packed the ground with 55,656 spectators. 

He said he had no complaints about the surface, despite players slipping repeatedly and changing their footwear before adjusting to the conditions.

Midfielder Dion Prestia was substituted out of the game in the fourth quarter complaining of hamstring tightness and is in doubt for the West Coast clash, Hardwick said.

Dreamtime guernsey auction

Our Dreamtime guernsey auction is live! The 2021 Dreamtime Jumper represents the strength of brotherhood and the connections made on and off the field.

BID NOW