Mon, Sep 25, 11:48am by Head Editor
The 2017 AFL Grand Final will be contested between the Adelaide Crows and Richmond Tigers.
The Crows last appearance in a Grand Final was in 1998, when they defeated St Kilda. For the Tigers, it has been 35 long, years since their last Grand Final match, and even longer since they have been victorious, with their 1980 victory over Carlton, the clubs last premiership.
In the first preliminary final, Adelaide crushed Geelong 61 points. The Crows were dominant from the first bounce, skipping away to a 31-point quarter time lead and never looking back.
Forward pocket Charlie Cameron had a career best game for the Crows, booting five goals, with Josh Jenkins chipping in with four goals.
In the second preliminary final, Richmond did not have it all their way against the Greater Western Sydney Giants at the MCG.
After kicking the first two goals of the game inside a minute, the Tigers were on fire, only for the Giants to kick the next three and silence the 95,000 strong Tiger army.
As the game settled into an arm wrestle in the second quarter, the Tigers took a one point lead heading into half-time.
The third quarter was where the Tigers broke this contest open, taking a 31-point lead into the final change, with the final margin at 36 points.
Daniel Rioli, cousin of Hawthorn star Cyril Rioli kicked four goals for the Tigers in a career best effort.
These two sides only met once during 2017, with Adelaide 76 point winners at the Adelaide Oval.
After a close first quarter, Adelaide’s forward line dominated, kicking 21 goals against a Tigers side that were ran ragged on the night.
Tyler Walker kicked five goals, with three other Crows players booting multiple goals.
Richmond was full of emotion last weekend and it’s difficult to predict if that will be a good or bad thing for them on Saturday afternoon.
With no player in either team having played in a Grand Final, this will test players from both teams, mentally and physically, like never before.
After finishing the 2017 AFL season on top of the ladder and playing some of their best football of the year in the finals thus far, Adelaide are justified favourites at $1.72 with Sportsbet to win the Grand Final.
With the entire city behind them, Richmond are $2.15 outsiders.
The line for this match is set at 5.5 favouring the Crows, at $1.92.
The Norm Smith Medal is awarded annually to the player judged best on field in the Grand Final and this year, Richmond’s Dustin Martin is favourite to win this prestigious honour at 4.75.
Crows midfielder Rory Sloane is next best at $8, as is team mate Matt Crouch at $8.
AFL Grand Final Markets – Sportsbet
Adelaide $1.72 Richmond $2.15 Line 5.5
Norm Smith Medal Markets
Dustin Martin (Richmond) $4.75
Rory Sloane (Adelaide) $8
Matt Crouch (Adelaide) $8
Trent Cotchin (Richmond) $12
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