Dusty fit and firing for AFL Grand Final

Richmond’s Dustin Martin has stiff-armed any concerns he might be suffering bruised or injured ribs from last week’s game against Greater Western Sydney.

The Brownlow Medallist told Channel 9’s Footy Show it was just a minor injury from the knee in the ribs he copped GWS’ Heath Shaw.

Martin and his Richmond teammates had their final training session this morning in front of a 5000 strong Tiger army at Punt Road Oval.


Richmond coach Damien Hardwick is confident Dustin will make an impact all around the ground.

“I’d like to be able to tell Dusty where he plays but he just plays where he wants,” Harwick joked.

“He’ll play through the midfield and he’ll play up front tomorrow.”

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is backing the Tigers to win by five tomorrow.

Both Richmond and Adelaide are going into AFL’s biggest game with unchanged lineups.

Crows coach Don Pyke is confident his tall squad will be able to move the ball cleanly around Richmond’s short forward pack.

“We’ll need to use all our tools and weapons to get through Richmond’s defence,” he said.

While most one-on-one matchups have gone out of vogue in the AFL, the battle between Crows captain Taylor Walker and the Tigers’ Alex Rance is expected to be one of the best battles of the season.