Australian Football League News

Tigers Break Premiership Drought
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Brook “Boris” Kilpatrick reporting for AFANA from the MCG

The Richmond Tigers have pulled off a stunning Grand Final victory over the Adelaide Crows at the MCG, smashing the premiership favorites by a whopping 48 points in front of a raucous crowd of 100,021. The Tigers put any controversy about wearing their yellow “clash” strip away with a stellar performance, wiping away 37 years of pain for their massive band of loyal supporters.

2017 Premiers - The Richmond Tigers!
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  Congratulations to Richmond Tigers!

Brad Crouch tackles Dusty as brother Matt and Sloane reach for the sherrin. Photo by Kim Densham for AFANA. Winners of the 2017 AFL Grand Final

Adelaide   4.2 4.7  5.10  8.12  60
Richmond   2.3 6.4 11.8  16.12 108

Norm Smith Medalist: Dustin Martin
Attendance: 100,021
A full match report is here and Photos are here.

2017 Grand Final Live on Fox Soccer Plus, TSN2, and WatchAFL in North America
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Fox Soccer Plus (FSP) in the USA and TSN2 in Canada will carry the Grand Final between Adelaide and Richmond LIVE on Friday night / Saturday morning, September 29th / 30th. US coverage on FSP will begin at 12:23 AM EDT Saturday. Set your DVR accordingly by adding extra time before and after so you don't miss any of the medal ceremony or extra time if it occurs! Coverage will continue until approximately 4:00 AM EDT Saturday concluding after the medal ceremony. No other pre- or post-match coverage will be provided on Fox. Canadian coverage on TSN2 will begin with the pre-game at 11:30 PM Friday and the coverage at 12:23 AM EDT Saturday and run to 4:00 AM Saturday. If you have no access to any of the preceding options, the game will be live via the internet on WatchAFL (payment required, US$22) and you can sign up at this link. Use discount code "AFANA" to save 10%. WatchAFL coverage will begin at 12:23 AM EDT however, they will have earlier pre- and post-match coverage relayed on the Fox Footy feed. Fans should check our TV Schedule page for full TV listings including any repeats and our TV Info page for more information on FSP, WatchAFL, and TSN2. For those looking for parties, see our listings on our Grand Final Party page. (Note:  the only live coverage in North America is via these outlets and they are available nationally via cable and satellite services -- see our TV Info page. Asking us if there are others will not get you a different answer because there isn't one.)

Crows Crush Cats to Advance
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Brook "Boris" Kilpatrick reporting for AFANA from Adelaide Oval

The Adelaide Crows led from start to finish, cruising to a crushing 61 point Preliminary Final win over a disappointing Geelong at the Adelaide Oval on Friday night.  Pre-game concerns about their scoring capability in the absence of an injured Mitch McGovern were quickly dismissed, as the speedy Charlie Cameron kicked five goals in the Crows 61 point victory. 

Big Third Quarter From Tigers Blows Away Giants
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A huge crowd of 94,258 packed the MCG this afternoon and appeared to be about 90,000 Richmond supporters. The match got underway after an afternoon where the temperature in Melbourne had reached 90 degrees Fahrenheit, but during the first quarter a southerly change came through and dropped the temperature by 30 degrees. The swirling wind inside the ground did appear to affected the match somewhat particularly in set shots for goal. Richmond burst out of the blocks with a goal to Lambert after just 16 seconds and a second through Caddy inside the first two minutes.

Cats Sink Swans Season
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Geelong pulled off one of the upsets of the season in smashing the much fancied Sydney Swans by 59 points at the MCG on Friday night. The Cats turned around a disappointing loss to Richmond just a week before in dominating the Swans from the outset.

Crows cut down Giants
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Brook “Boris” Kilpatrick reporting from Adelaide Oval

The Adelaide Crows have strengthened their claim on premiership favoritism with a dominating 36 point victory over a disappointing Greater Western Sydney Giants in the first qualifying final at Adelaide Oval on Thursday evening.

The win takes Adelaide into a preliminary final against the winner of next weekend’s Geelong vs Sydney Swans clash at the MCG. It will be the first time Adelaide has appeared in a preliminary final since 2012 when they went down narrowly to Hawthorn.

Martin Muscle Inspires Tigers Second Qualifying Final Triumph
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An MCG full house greeted Geelong and Richmond to the all-Victorian second qualifying final with most fans already in their seats. It was particularly noticeable that the crowd was dominated by Tiger's supporters. A massive roar for the Tigers when they ran out and loud boos for Cats. A win in this match would give the winner a preliminary final against an interstate team and avoid meeting either of the form sides in Sydney and Adelaide before the grand final.

AFANA Finals Power Poll and Predictions
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By Boris Kilpatrick, special to AFANA from Australia

Just eight teams remain. In one of the tightest finishes in AFL history, the final regular season round had footy fans reaching for their calculators until the last few minutes of the final game of the year between the Adelaide Crows and the West Coast Eagles. Incredibly, the 29 point Eagles victory was enough to see them through to the final eight, while Melbourne, sitting a game and percentage inside the final eight prior to the round, saw their finals dreams shattered on the back of a shock loss to Collingwood and the Eagles win.

Another Raft of Retirements
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by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

At the conclusion of Round 23, four more players announced that 2017 would be their last season: veteran Cat defenders Andrew Mackie and Tom Lonergan, Kangaroo Lachie Hansen and Kangaroo veteran turned West Coast rookie Drew Petrie. The Cats and Eagles still have a finals campaign to navigate in September.A few days later, Saint stalwart Leigh Montagna also announced his retirement.

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