The Richmond Tigers are celebrating their second premiership in three years, after smashing the GWS Giants in yesterday’s AFL Grand Final.
The Tigers defeated the Giants 114-25, with the 89 point margin the third highest in grand final history, and the biggest since Geelong’s record 119-point win in 2007 over Port Adelaide.
Dustin Martin took out the Norm Smith Medal, after 22 disposals, four marks and four goals for the match.
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Debutant Marlon Pickett scored his first career goal in the third quarter, confirming Hardwick’s ‘controversial’ decision to name him in the side as a success.
His overall performance in the match has been hailed as ‘mesmerising’ and historical, after he was picked for the side just days after winning the Tiger’s VFL premiership.
He got 22 disposals, had eight inside 50s and a set shot goal that made the crowd go insane.
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said his team was just outstanding.
“It was a real arm wrestle for around a quarter and a half, then our boys just powered down.
“You got to give GWS credit, to play three finals, to get into a grand final, I thought it was a significant effort,” Hardwick said.
GWS Coach Leon Cameron says he’s disappointed it wasn’t a better game for the side.
“We’re rapt that we’re playing on the big stage, but disappointed that we didn’t live up to our end of the bargain and bring a better spectacle,” Cameron said.
The win solidifies the Tiger’s new dynasty.
After dropping out of the eight three years ago, it wasn’t looking good for the Richmond side – and definitely not good for coach Damian Hardwick.
Though after Hardwick took a leadership course at Harvard, and the side brought in Neil Balme as football manager, the team turned it around within a year.
Celebrations will continue at the side’s Punt Road base in Melbourne today, after a night of rowdy celebrations in Richmond’s Swan Street.
— AFL (@AFL) September 28, 2019