Dad Cotchin prepares for AFL grand final

It’s a safe bet that Trent Cotchin’s pre-AFL grand final relaxation will involve no more dance moves.


The Richmond captain says his two daughters will help calm any nerves before Saturday’s decider against Adelaide.

Elder daughter Harper was with him in Friday’s grand final parade and after what happened recently, he owed her the outing.

Earlier this month, her mum Brooke posted a video of dad and daughter having a dance at home.

It looked great until Cotchin tried one move too many and dropped Harper onto the lounge floor, reducing her to tears.

Brooke titled the video #dadfail.

It is possibly the only time this month the public have seen Cotchin make a false move, given his superb form and leadership in Richmond’s two finals wins.

Now Cotchin says family life will distract him before the biggest game of his career.

“The best thing about having kids, which not a lot of players know, they take the focus first and foremost,” he said.

“For me it’s very easy (before the grand final), I just be a dad.

“For others it will just be chilling out, cafe, whatever they normally would do.”

Richmond have had a massive amount of attention this week, given they are one win away from breaking their 37-year premiership drought.

Cotchin is supremely confident the Tigers have successfully navigated the middle ground between embracing the hype and staying focused for the grand final.

“From within our four walls this week is very normal … (with the parade) we’re just looking forward to accepting what is out there, there’s a lot of hype, a lot of talk, a lot of excitement which is the beauty of our game,” he said.

“It brings a lot of people together and we love that and we celebrate that but, as soon as that finishes, we’ll be ready to settle in and get ready for a game tomorrow.”