1993 was very unexpected given the expectations going into the season, sure, but those expectations grew as the season went on. For me, it was the never say die mindset we had. It didn’t matter how diabolical the situation, we were never dead & I loved that about our 1993 team. There was a game mid year that season where we were down & out against Fitzroy, yet we somehow won the game by about 4pts after Joe Misiti kicked a very late goal. Lynch & Wheildon had kicked about 8-10 between them & they were 4-5 goals up for much of the first half but we got back into the game & made the most of our opportunities when we got them. I thought we were a chance that year from that moment on, I dared to dream.
I had a similar feeling one night at the G in 1999 when we were already down Hird, Lucas & Jason Johnson for the season but we lost Fletcher & Lloyd during the game. Barnard moved forward & kicked 4 or 5 goals and we rose from the ashes that night after all looked lost. Obviously we all know how 1999 turned out but expectations weren’t overly high pre season given we’d scraped into the finals the year before & were comfortably beaten by North in the “Marshmallow Final”. I think had we not won the flag in 1993 it would’ve been horribly disappointing given we were minor premiers, most people neglect to recall that fact.