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It all started in the center of the Gold Coast in 2020. Richmond was based inside the RACV Royal Pines Resort, just around the corner from Metricon Stadium. Often bored and looking for activities to occupy their time, they spent countless hours playing board games. This is where Kamydn McIntosh came up with the idea for Build N Buy.

The Tigers would eventually emerge from more than 100 days on the road with a third premiership win in four seasons to cement dynasty status. And McIntosh would leave Queensland with two medals – a second Premier’s Medallion and the Kevin Bartlett Medal for finishing fifth in the Best and Fairest – plus a new business idea.

Now, nearly two years later, since that season like no other ended at the Gabba, the Tigers return to the purring sunshine ahead of another series of finals under Damien Hardwick.

And what started out as something to do with his spare time in the hub turned into a real business for McIntosh. Build N Buy by KM Games launched last month and the first batch is already sold out. The plan is to continue to turn it into something bigger during the offseason. But for now, McIntosh has to get on with his day job.

The plan is to continue building something bigger and better in the offseason. Even a few real estate agencies want to use the board game as a sales tool. But for now, McIntosh is focused on the month ahead, starting with Richmond’s playoff final against Brisbane at the Gabba on Thursday night.

“We all spent a lot of time in the hub and we were playing Monopoly and I wanted a different card game that had principles about buying property in real life, a game that kids could play and parents could start conversations about buying a property,” McIntosh Told this week.

“I started printing them out on scraps of paper and cutting them out. The boys all threw paper cards around the table for a while. The hub, but I took it away, collected some Word and PowerPoint documents and I printed everything out.Then finally it started to work and the game played.

“I have all these ideas and I’m a guy who, if I put time and effort into something, I try to finish it no matter what. I just thought, what the hell? I wanted to know a bit more about the business too so I had a lot of conversations with people outside the foot club who gave me a bunch of lessons which I am very grateful.”

While Brisbane haven’t spent a single round of the season home and away outside of the eight and nestled in the top four from round three to round 20 before drifting to sixth, Richmond is arguably under the slightest pressure as September approaches.

The Tigers only cemented a place in the Finals in Round 22, but loom as the sleeping giant with the points on the board – they have 10 wins from 12 Finals since 2017 – and the knowledge they’ve done it all before.

“I think there’s (a belief that Richmond can do a deep run), definitely. I mean the way we played footy last month as a group, we started to have that belief as well and a lot of evidence,” McIntosh said.

“We sincerely believe that we are a finals football team and we have young people learning our system, but we are still growing as a club and learning. Every season is a different season; this season has been a different season. It’s a new team in a way, but belief is what you need to be a good finals team and we have that.”

After winning that flag at the Gabba and only losing on floor twice since 2004 – once in a qualifying final against Brisbane in 2020 – McIntosh says a knockout final in hostile territory is nothing to fear at the club, especially after the Tigers recovered 42 points to beat Brisbane a month ago.

“I think we travel very well. We love getting together as a group. Although it’s a finals match, it’s a time when we travel together and gel together, sit around a table and tell stories and laughed, so it’s times like that that I look forward to,” he said.

“We’re focused on the game and have had opposition encounters and line meetings, but I think we just enjoy each other’s company and that’s what really shines through on trips like this one. It’s exciting to go state to state for our first Finals game.”

In a team filled with seasoned stars – Jack Riewoldt, Trent Cotchin, Dustin Martin and Tom Lynch – and emerging stars – Shai Bolton, Liam Baker and Daniel Rioli – McIntosh plays his part week after week and has played 145 games. at the highest level.

But when it comes to the Pinjarra product, its influence cannot be measured in yards gained or hitting efficiency. The ‘McIntosh Moments’ are legend within Richmond Football Club, once documented in hilarious detail via former star Shaun Grigg in his must-see ‘Chronicles of Kamdyn’ segment on the Talking Tigers podcast.

There’s never a dull moment when McIntosh is involved; just ask Hardwick, who drew attention to the most recent story about buying electric scooters. The 28-year-old ordered 18 for players and staff directly from an overseas manufacturer earlier this year, before shipping was delayed. Not once, but twice.

McIntosh nearly got the wrong scooters back from Clayton’s warehouse when they finally arrived, after weeks of pointed comments from the head coach and buyers who were fed up with the wait. Luckily, Jayden Short met him at the warehouse with his ute to help bring them back to the club and realized the vouchers were hidden in the back.

“The background story is I’m going down the peninsula a bit between two projects I have there. I’m staying there and taking some of the boys or my family. I’ve bought myself four scooters and running gag is why the hell do i need four scooters when i only need one the boys were all bullshitting me about them but also asking if i had any more “, did he declare.

“Then I placed an order and said, whoever wants one, let me know. I ended up ordering 18 for the boys. Dimma wanted two. Grimesy wanted one, Noah Cumberland wanted two I went straight to the manufacturer overseas and that’s how I got my first batch I ordered 18 scooters and it was going to take 40 to 50 delivery I got had to pay the nine thousand dollars up front and he was slow to get the money back.

“They all get me excited all the time with when will my scooter arrive? The delay comes after 50 days and they were not happy. It was a month late because it was stuck in Singapore in the dock. Another month went by and it was delayed again because it was held here at customs. So it’s a two month delay and that didn’t concern me.

“I sewed Dimma with a ripper because he was the one who harassed me the most. He put me in front and said to me: you have 10 days for my scooter to be where you are going to be dumped.”

McIntosh isn’t the only entrepreneurial Tiger inside Punt Road. Dylan Grimes owns Mount Macedon Winery in country Victoria and has made the business a winner. Trent Cotchin runs Posisocks with his wife Brooke. Nick Vlastuin is training to become a helicopter pilot, while Jason Castagna is looking to become a tattoo artist.

None of them generate McIntosh’s hysterical stories. Expect many more to come. But first he’s back in Queensland to start another September campaign.

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