Dustin Martin shines in Richmond Tigers' AFL grand final win over Adelaide

Tigers great Matthew Richardson had the honour of presenting the AFL premiership cup

Tigers great Matthew Richardson had the honour of presenting the AFL premiership cup

"You're unique, an incredible team that's now a Premiership team".

"We never felt like they were on top of us at any stage of the game", Caddy said.

It was a personal triumph for AFL star Dusty Martin a high school drop-out from a broken home, whose father Shane Martin is a former bikie gang member now living - under protest - in his native New Zealand.

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.

Damien Hardwick, the AFL's coach of the year, is a premiership senior coach for the first time, just 12 months after his tenure was in the balance.

Richmond sealed the deal, however, in front of a crowd of 100,021 people, winning 16.12.108 to 8.12.60.

"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".

Adelaide only scored one goal in the third quarter to Richmond's five - leaving a gap of 34 points at the final break.

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.

Bachar Houli, hitherto regarded as something of a flighty back flanker prone to doing his best work on the outside, was superb for the Tigers, including in the clinches.

"But also the capacity to settle and actually start playing the game because sometimes you can get overhyped". This major was important, especially after Jack Riewoldt missed a couple of gettable shots.

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

A minute later the Tigers fans were up and about, as a quick foray forward found Martin to outmuscle his Crows opponent and mark and goal. And they got it, courtesy of Jack Riewoldt who kicked three behinds in the first term.

Much like the Bulldogs previous year, the Tigers have dominated the pre-game talk and will load the MCG with yellow and black. Riewoldt did, and the Tigers were.

Dustin Martin reacts after kicking a goal against the GWS Giants at MCG last Saturday. His snap fell short, but the Crows uncharacteristically allowed it to bounce on the line for a goal, with Jake Kelly's late lunge ruled ineffective by a score review.

After a tight contest in the opening half, with only nine points separating the teams, Richmond broke away in the 3rd quarter to secure a sizeable and comfortable victory.

And even though the 2017 season is complete, the Tiger faithful - loyal, loud and a little unhinged - are sure to energise the sporting capital for a few more days yet.

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