Richmond Tigers stun Adelaide Crows to win AFL grand final

Tigers fans react to a goal at Punt Rd

Tigers fans react to a goal at Punt Rd

Sunderland had already planned to be in Melbourne on AFL grand final day: the 49-year-old will play for Queensland's over-45s team at the nationals in Geelong.

There had been a huge roar for the Tigers as the game got under way, but it was the Crows who settled better.

This time a year ago, the Tigers were reeling after they plummeted out of the top eight, having lost elimination finals in the previous three seasons.

Instead Adelaide chose the worst-possible day to produce their worst performance of the season.

His side finished 13th on the ladder, a board challenge was brewing and the knives were out for coach Damien Hardwick.

But the Richmond hierarchy kept faith with Hardwick and he repaid them with his first flag as an AFL senior coach.

"Who would have thought we finished 13th previous year, beaten by (113) points in the last round and now we're f-- premiers", Riewoldt said in his on-field interview.

Five days after claiming the Brownlow Medal, Martin was given the nod ahead of teammates Bachar Houli and Alex Rance for a 28-disposal, two-goal masterclass.

"I honestly can not believe it". It's the best feeling in the world.

"He does now. As of today, he's the best", Caddy said of Martin.


"I'm here. I'm a premiership player and I'm so grateful for the opportunity the Richmond Football Club has given me and I'm just lucky to be a part of it".

The signs were excellent early for the Crows and they led by 11 points at quarter time.

The emotion spilled over in forward Jack Riewoldt's on-field interview with Richmond legend Matthew Richardson on Channel 7.

Richmond kicked the only four goals of the second term to take a nine-point lead at the main break.

In Dustin Martin and Trent Cotchin, the Tigers have two midfield superstars, both who have enhanced their reputation significantly over the past month.

Crows defender Luke Brown was off with hamstring trouble, and it had not been a good half for the captains. The skipper held his nerve to kick the goal and keep Adelaide in it, but the momentum was lost when Graham booted his third of the game.

Even more importantly, he quelled Sloane's influence after the Adelaide vice- captain's influential start.

Again, the cornerstone was All Australian captain Alex Rance, who not only variously nullified Crows skipper Walker and the unsafe Josh Jenkins, but was so effective at taking intercept marks that Adelaide coach on Pyke was forced to shift Andy Ottens on to him as a defensive forward and drag him back towards goal.

Instead, Richmond kicked the opening two goals of the last quarter and it was time to party.

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