When I was a kid, Chris Naish was my favourite player. Actually, he became my favourite player when Trent "Tassie" Nicholls left Richmond (I cried the day I read that in The Advocate). I had a footy card of Naish, with a white border, and he was at the end of his beautiful kicking motion. The specifics have faded with time but I like to remember it with Naish wearing the magnificent yellow and black jumper, flapping about ever so loosely as was the style in the 90's. He sported some grass clippings and mud on the knees, not necessarily indicative of his style of play to my memory, but it may well have been given the TV coverage was not like the saturation we get in 2016. The I loved most about that card though, was that I was exactly the same height as Naish, 173cm. I wanted to be 173cm forever, although now, I'm comfortable that I'm not and I grew thirteen more centimetres. Naish kicked goals during a period when Richmond didn't kick too many. Then, when the other cubs began to mature along with him (he still had a baby face though) he kicked more goals including my favourite ever Tiger major. On the 16th September, a month I'd never watched my team play a meaningful game of footy previously, Richmond took on Essendon in a win or go home semi-final at the MCG. Over 80000 fans packed the stadium and saw Essendon take a five goal lead into half time. i was watching it alone in my bedroom. I was shattered. During the third quarter the Tigers made their game winning comeback, including Naish's goal. Naish would kick 2.3 and be ranked as the second best Tiger by fantasy points on the day, but the measure of the man was in the moment. After a couple of unanswered goals, the moment had arrived that would see either Essendon steady, or Richmond storm back into the contest. As Naish accepted the footy at about 45m out and steadied, the game was on HIS boot. I'll let Bruce Macavaney take over... "Naish...he surely will kick the goal......HE HAS! THEY'RE BACK!!!" Just typing it, still makes my spine tingle, and it is still my favourite tiger goal from who was my favourite tiger player. I'm excited to hear there may be another Naish coming through the ranks that may also one day pull on the fabled yellow and black jumper at the MCG.