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Richmond break 37-year drought to win the AFL Grand Final

The Richmond Tigers have broken a 37-year drought to win their first premiership since 1980 in front of 100,021 people at the MCG in Melbourne.

The local favourites defeated the Adelaide Crows by 108 points to 60, pulling away from the South Australian team in the final quarter. 

Dustin Martin’s presence on the field was decisive, as was that of Jack Graham – the teenager playing in only his fifth senior game. 

After a pressure-filled first quarter the Tigers began to dominate in the second and third terms before pulling away in the last.

Adelaide rallied at the end of the final quarter, scoring two quick goals to raise hoped of a comeback, but the Tigers held on to win.

Dustin Martin of the Tigers reacts after kicking a goal during the AFL grand final between the Adelaide Crows and Richmond Tigers

Jason Castagna of the Tigers celebrates kicking a goal during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers

Jason Castagna of the Tigers celebrates kicking a goal during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers

Taylor Walker of the Crows celebrates kicking a goal during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers

Taylor Walker of the Crows celebrates kicking a goal during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers

Tigers fans show their support during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers

Tigers fans show their support during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers

The game was off to a tense start with the Crows holding their position, arms linked long after the end of the national anthem while the Tigers spread out onto the field.

First blood went to the Crows when a Matt Crouch chip kick found an unattended Rory Sloane.

The Crows star slotted the Sherrin through the big sticks, much to the delight of the Adelaide sections of the MCG sellout crowd.

Moments later Eddie Betts doubled the Crows’ total when Nick Vlastuin spilled the ball straight to him.

Dustin Martin of the Tigers wins the ball during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers

Dustin Martin of the Tigers wins the ball during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers

Taylor Walker of the Crows celebrates kicking a goal during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers

Taylor Walker of the Crows celebrates kicking a goal during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers

Tigers players celebrate a goal during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers

Tigers players celebrate a goal during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers

Trent Cotchin of the Tigers is seen in action during the AFL grand final between the Adelaide Crows and Richmond Tigers

Trent Cotchin of the Tigers is seen in action during the AFL grand final between the Adelaide Crows and Richmond Tigers

Toby Nankervis of the Tigers and Sam Jacobs of the Crows compete for the ball during the 2017 AFL Grand Final

Toby Nankervis of the Tigers and Sam Jacobs of the Crows compete for the ball during the 2017 AFL Grand Final

Down 12-0 after five minutes the Tigers started to exert some pressure of their own but Jack Riewoldt squandered multiple chances to score.

Josh Caddy scored first for Richmond with only seven minutes left in the quarter, and then Dustin Martin and Bachar Houli teamed up to put them in front but the Crows hit back to take the lead before the break.

Jake Lever and Josh Caddy were involved in a scuffle on quarter time, with Caddy’s Tigers teammates running in to assist.

Rory Sloane of the Adelaide Crows celebrates kicking the first goal of the 2017 AFL Grand Final

Rory Sloane of the Adelaide Crows celebrates kicking the first goal of the 2017 AFL Grand Final

Dustin Martin of the Tigers wins the ball during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers

Dustin Martin of the Tigers wins the ball during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers

Dustin Martin of the Tigers breaks free of a pack during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers

Dustin Martin of the Tigers breaks free of a pack during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers

Bachar Houli of the Tigers celebrates kicking a goal during the 2017 AFL Grand Final

Bachar Houli of the Tigers celebrates kicking a goal during the 2017 AFL Grand Final

Dustin Martin of the Tigers breaks free of a pack during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers

Dustin Martin of the Tigers breaks free of a pack during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers

Jack Riewoldt then opened the scoring for the Tigers in the second term, redeeming his earlier blunders.

The Crows led the quarter until just a few minutes before half-time, but Dustin Martin was again involved in a Tigers goal to put Richmond in front again.

It was a goalless quarter for the Adelaide team, their first in a second term this season, and the first time ever at the hands of Richmond.   

Dustin Martin of the Tigers and Richard Douglas of the Crows have an altercation during the 2017 AFL Grand Final

Dustin Martin of the Tigers and Richard Douglas of the Crows have an altercation during the 2017 AFL Grand Final

Jacob Townsend of the Tigers and Jake Lever of the Crows wrestle during the 2017 AFL Grand Final

Jacob Townsend of the Tigers and Jake Lever of the Crows wrestle during the 2017 AFL Grand Final

Jacob Townsend of the Tigers and Jake Lever of the Crows wrestle during the 2017 AFL Grand Final

Jacob Townsend of the Tigers and Jake Lever of the Crows wrestle during the 2017 AFL Grand Final

Dustin Martin of the Tigers and Richard Douglas of the Crows have an altercation during the 2017 AFL Grand Final

Dustin Martin of the Tigers and Richard Douglas of the Crows have an altercation during the 2017 AFL Grand Final

Jack Graham kicked his second goal at the beginning of the third term, soon followed by one from Shaun Grigg to put Richmond 22 ahead.

The Tigers’ sixth straight goal became seven when Kane Lambert scored after a turnover inside Richmond’s forward fifty. 

Dustin Martin (second from left) of the Tigers is seen in action during the AFL grand final between the Adelaide Crows and Richmond Tigers at the MCG

Dustin Martin (second from left) of the Tigers is seen in action during the AFL grand final between the Adelaide Crows and Richmond Tigers at the MCG

Jack Riewoldt of the Tigers kicks the ball during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers

Jack Riewoldt of the Tigers kicks the ball during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers

Josh Caddy of the Tigers celebrates a goal during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers

Josh Caddy of the Tigers celebrates a goal during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers

Adelaide hit back when captain Taylor Walker scored from 40 metres out, but the Tigers still led by 20.

Jack Graham then made it three for the game, the youngest player on the field making a mark in only his fifth senior match.

Next to score was Jason Castagna, leaving the Crows with a near impossible task in the final quarter.

Jacob Townsend, Josh Caddy and Jack Riewoldt of the Tigers compete for a mark during the 2017 AFL Grand Final

Jacob Townsend, Josh Caddy and Jack Riewoldt of the Tigers compete for a mark during the 2017 AFL Grand Final

Jack Riewoldt of the Tigers takes a mark over Jake Lever of the Crows during the 2017 AFL Grand Final

Jack Riewoldt of the Tigers takes a mark over Jake Lever of the Crows during the 2017 AFL Grand Final

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