RICHMOND are premiers. That’s right, the team that defined mediocrity for so many years in the past are the kings of the AFL. They deservedly earned their new crown after a 48 point triumph over the Crows that sent the majority of the 100,021 fans in attendance into raptures. Not to mention the tens of thousands packed into Punt Road or into pubs around the Melbourne CBD. Here’s how it unfolded.

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In A Nutshell

  • THANKS to a late goal from Dusty the Tigers took a nine-point lead into half-time in a close intense contest. The contest changed in the ‘premiership quarter’ though with goals to Graham, Grigg and Lambert making it seven straight and giving Richmond a 59-31 lead. Back-to-back goals to Adelaide gave them a small sniff before the Tigers piled on a few more highlights for the icing on their cake.

The Four Points

The Killers ‘Killed It’
AFTER Meatloaf’s infamous 2011 debacle the Grand Final entertainment has always been a topic of speculation. Led by frontman Brandon Flowers ‘The Killers’ stepped up to the plate on the big stage and did not fail to deliver. As good as their pre-game show was the after party was where the headlines were made. Don’t believe me, just ask their newest member Jack Riewoldt.

Dimma Harwick Proved A Lot Of People Wrong
THERE is no denying Damian Hardwick was coaching for his job in season 2017. After a mixed bag of results in his first seven seasons, many were calling for his head after failing to break through in the postseason. Fast forward to the present day and he is a premiership coach receiving a ton of praise regarding his coaching and getting the most out of his list to make the Tigers a premiership team.

Dusty’s Place In Immortality
DUSTIN Martin’s record breaking year will go down in history as perhaps the greatest individual season ever. Not only did he produce a Brownlow win for the ages earlier in the week, but he became the first player to complete a rare trifecta. He coupled his Brownlow with a premiership medallion and a Norm Smith medal for his best afield performance on Saturday and writing his way into the record books.

Adelaide’s Long Offseason
THE Crows face an intriguing offseason with the future of some of their players up in the air. Regardless of the changes they make, Adelaide will stew for months over their shortcomings and will enter 2018 as the favourites to claim the cup in 12 months time.

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2018 Power Rankings

  1. Adelaide Crows
  2. Greater Western Sydney Giants
  3. Geelong Cats
  4. Sydney Swans
  5. Richmond Tigers
  6. Port Adelaide Power
  7. Melbourne Demons
  8. Western Bulldogs
  9. St Kilda Saints
  10. West Coast Eagles
  11. Essendon Bombers
  12. Collingwood Magpies
  13. Hawthorn Hawks
  14. Fremantle Dockers
  15. Carlton Blues
  16. Gold Coast Suns
  17. Brisbane Lions
  18. North Melbourne Kangaroos

IT’S WAYYYYYYYY too early to speculate how the 2018 season will pan out, but I’m going to do it anyways. Based on teams current rosters and taking trade/delisting rumours into account this is how I have teams ranked from first to worst and their chances of claiming the 2018 flag. Even with the potential losses of Lever and Cameron, I think Adelaide deserve the title of favourites and Richmond could very well pull a 2016 Bulldogs on us and drop off. The trade period will tell us a lot about how serious squads are on pursuing a premiership next year.

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