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Individual and team history made as Richmond bridge 37-year gap to claim AFL title

Long droughts don’t usually end in comfortable final victories, but the Crows were unable to match the Tigers’ second-half pace.

THE RICHMOND TIGERS washed away 37 years of hurt with a resounding 48-point AFL Grand Final victory over the Adelaide Crows in the Melbourne Cricket Ground this morning.

100,000 people packed into the MCG to watch the Tigers run up a 16.12 (108) to 8.12 (60) trouncing of a Crows side who had been in touch at half-time, but were unable to unleash their trademark third-quarter push while the Tigers fought relentlessly and finished clinically.

Dustin Martin was awarded the Norm Smith medal – for best on ground –  making him the first man ever to claim that, the Brownlow (for best and fairest) and a Premiership medal in one season.

There was a more surprising source of impetus for the Tigers though as Jack Graham, in just his fifth AFL match, kicked three goals and helped the fans on home turf revel in the luxury of early title celebrations in their first Grand Final appearance since 1982.

Source: Adelaide Football Club/YouTube

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