AFL Grand Final shines spotlight on Australia's unique brand of football

Captain Trent Cotchin has not put a foot wrong in Richmond's charge to the AFL grand final

"You're unique, an incredible team that's now a Premiership team". "What that split is, it depends (on) the way the game is tracking at certain stages".

Martin, who added the Norm Smith Medal to his Brownlow Medal and swag of other awards collected this year, played a different sort of match on Saturday.

Sportscenter presenter Scott van Pelt is back on board the AFL, running through this weekend's grand final with a brilliant preview.

As deeply as the 16.12 (108) to 8.12 (60) defeat will cut his players and staff, Don Pyke is determined that some good will come of it.

"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".

With Richmond up by nine at the main break, there were concerns on both sides.

But after a shaky start - they trailed by 11 points at quarter-time - Richmond's famed pressure blunted Adelaide's class and then overwhelmed the Crows.

While Martin was judged best afield, defenders Bachar Houli and Rance were mighty.


Usually composed players like Richard Douglas and Rory Sloane were the worst offenders, but they had plenty of company, as Richmond's "mosquito fleet" of small forwards got to work.

What should not be underestimated is the way the Tigers kept Adelaide to their lowest score of the year, and completely nullified a team that looked to have as potent an attack as seen in recent years.

Dustin "Dusty" Martin was influential, although the unrelenting attention directed towards him by the Crows meant that 21 of his 28 disposals were contested and he rarely had the chance to burst clear and fully hurt the opposition.

For much of the season, the Tigers battled to find a second key forward to support spearhead Jack Riewoldt, following the departure of Tyrone Vickery.

Two goals in one minute but they're still leaving in droves!

Charlie Cameron grabbed a late consolation goal for Adelaide, but as the siren went the MCG began to resound to the strains of "We are from Tigerland", and long-suffering Richmond fans began to live their dream.

"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. In response, Jack Riewoldt tried to getting the Tigers going, taking a spectacular pack mark six minutes in.

The first came after Rance effected a desperate diving spoil to deny Taylor Walker on the lead at centre half forward. Riewoldt snapped a set shot from 40m out and it went through at foot height.

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