The AFL Grand Final will take place on Saturday afternoon when the Minor Premiers Adelaide take on the Richmond Tigers.
Adelaide: Rory Laird, Kyle Hartigan, Jake Lever; Paul Seedsman, Daniel Talia, Luke Brown; David Mackay, Rory Sloane, Rory Atkins; Charlie Cameron, Josh Jenkins, Eddie Betts; Tom Lynch, Taylor Walker, Richard Douglas; Sam Jacobs, Brad Crouch, Matt Crouch.
Richmond: Brandon Ellis, Alex Rance, Dylan Grimes; Bachar Houli, David Astbury, Nick Vlastuin; Kamdyn McIntosh, Trent Cotchin, Jacob Townsend; Kane Lambert, Dustin Martin, Josh Caddy; Dan Butler, Jack Riewoldt, Daniel Rioli; Toby Nankervis, Dion Prestia, Shaun Grigg.
A total of 35 games have been played between these sides with the Crows dominating, picking up 23 wins to the Tigers 12. The Crows have won the last three encounters comfortably, the first two by 6 goals and the most recent clash, in Round 6 this year, saw the Crows win by a huge 76 points. This will be their first clash in finals football.
Adelaide started their season against Greater Western Sydney in what was expected to be an entertaining and top quality match, but the Crows blew them off the park, winning by 8 goals. Adelaide then beat the Hawks by 4 goals and the Power by 17 points. They then dished out back-to-back hidings with very similar score lines; 153-88 against Essendon and 153-86 against the Suns. Their run continued in Round 6 with a belting of Richmond by 76 points before they came crashing to earth with back-to-back heavy losses against the Roos 145-86 and Melbourne 107-66. They bounced back with an 80 point thrashing of the Lions before flogging the Dockers by 100 in Round 10. They fell to Geelong by 22 points the following week before hammering the Saints by 57 points. The Crows have been a little shaky after the bye, losing to Hawthorn by 14 before beating lowly Carlton by 2 goals. The Crows have since stepped up their game, belting defending premiers the Western Bulldogs by 59 points, then they hammered Melbourne by 46, won the clash of the top sides by 21 points against Geelong before picking up a draw with the Magpies. The Crows then hammered neighbours Port 130-46 and then ran up a 123-80 win over the Bombers. They rounded out the year with a pair of losses to Sydney, by 3 points, and the Eagles, by 29 points. In the opening week of finals footy though, the Crows strangled the life out of the Giants attack, winning 84-48. They stormed into the Grand Final after belting th second placed Geelong last week 136-75.
Richmond won the season opening game convincingly against an inconsistent Carlton side by 43 points. They6 then overcame Collingwood by 19 points in Round 2. The Tigers managed to beat a strong West Coast side by 11 points in Round 3. They remained undefeated after hammering the Lions by 52 points. In Round 5 they held off a strong Melbourne outfit by 13 points before suffering their first loss of the season, a demoralising 76 point loss to the Crows. They then suffered 3 losses by less than a goal; to the Bulldogs by 5, The Dockers by 2 and the Giants by 3 before ending the run with a 15 point win over the Bombers and a comfortable 6 goal victory over the Kangaroo’s in Round 11. After the bye the Tigers had a tight 9 point loss to the Swans before beating Carlton by 26 and the Power by 13 points. In Round 16 the Tigers were hammered by 67 points by St Kilda before bouncing back with the first of their current four game winning streak, with a 31 points win over the Lions; the Giants by 19, the Suns by 33 and Hawthorn by 29. They then fell short to Geelong by 14 points but recovered in emphatic fashion, beating the Dockers by 104 and the Saints by 41. In the first week of the finals, the Tigers powered past Geelong 91-40 to advance to week three and get a weeks rest. Last week they shut down the Giants potent attack, winning comfortably 103-67.
Tigers defence v Crows attack – The Tigers defence has become very good at shutting down opposition attack while the Crows attack has been red hot all year.
Adelaide will be the deserved favourites, however Richmond will be on their home ground by chance and have most of Melbourne behind them.