Published: Sun, October 01, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

AFL Grand Final: Dusty presents dilemma for Dimma

AFL Grand Final: Dusty presents dilemma for Dimma

Richmond's much-maligned forward Jack Riewoldt has enjoyed the last laugh.

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

It is not just the scarcity of success that makes Richmond's eight-goal grand final win over Adelaide so special; it is where they came from in just 12 months.

Manic in their pressure, the Tigers will be determined to keep the ball away from them by controlling proceedings up field.

'Who would've thought mate, we finished 13th a year ago, beaten by 110 points in the last round mate, and now we're f**king champions'.

THE STORY: Adelaide began cleaner but Richmond simply fought, and fought, and fought.

He had 29 disposals and two goals, marshalling the Yellow and Black to a brilliant flag-winning performance.

"I think I was in Prep and someone brought a Richmond poster in when they won the flag (in 1974) and I thought that's the team to barrack for and jumped on the bandwagon".

For that reason, Townsend, Dan Butler, Jason Castagna and Jack Graham - barely known when the 2017 season started - are now Richmond heroes, while Daniel Rioli, who mixes pressure with the freakish skill his surname is associated with, is the leader of that pack.

But, speaking on the eve of the biggest game of their lives, both teams believe they are ready to embrace the unique challenge.

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For Dustin Martin, the week ended on a flawless note, with the Brownlow medallist becoming the first player to add a Norm Smith medal for best-on-ground to the league's best-and-fairest.

He did not run with the ball as often as he usually does, nor did he break too many lines. It's one of those things you're never really sure, you always dream of it and you probably doubt whether you'll ever get there.

"The Adelaide Crows are five and a half point favourites over the Richmond Tigers, and as the folks here in the (United) States know, we only take underdogs on this show, so we're backing Richmond", he said.

Martin won six clearances and added two goals, and while Cotchin was a little more subdued, Dion Prestia, Shane Edwards and Kane Lambert stepped up.

Just some of the massive circle that gathered to sing the Richmond song.

"There is almost 20,000 Crows members coming over, plus others".

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"It's easy to just focus on the 22 guys who are out there", Pyke said.

Martin was supposedly the instigator and the image sent a powerful message.

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