The game began at a fast and furious pace. Geelong were making their first appearance since the 1963 VFL Grand Final. The lead changed several times in the quarter. A season like no other before it will end with two Victorian teams contesting the grand final in Queensland, the first decider played under lights. Martin enters the grand final as favourite to win what would be a third Norm Smith Medal. Richmond’s first goal came after John Ronaldson, replacing the suspended Neville Crowe, was awarded a free kick in the forward pocket. Geelong was playing excellent football as Farmer palmed the ball to Goggin, who in turn passed to the dangerous Sharrock. Richmond, under the coaching of Tom Hafey, won three additional premierships: in 1969, in 1973, and in 1974. When the Cats last won a grand final in 2011 the streets of Geelong were abuzz with revelry as fans crammed into busy nightspots and spilled out onto the street. Dylan Grimes flies for a mark against the Cats earlier this year.Credit:Getty Images. best afield showing against Port Adelaide, it was the dual Brownlow medallist who split the game open. In the 1989 Grand Final, Geelong played the man, resulting in major injuries for several Hawks players, Mark Yeates knocking out Dermott Brereton at the opening bounce; Hawthorn controlled the game, leading by approximately 40 points for most of the match; in the last quarter, Geelong almost managed to come from behind to win, but fell short by six points.  Two rushed behinds gave Richmond the lead as the siren sounded for three-quarter time. Geelong have also benefited from Tom Hawkins' brute ruck force at forward-50 boundary throw-ins. Geelong scored a point followed by Richmond a few minutes later and at the 23 minute mark the scores were level again. Josh Caddy, Jake Aarts and Oleg Markov all have claims for selection at Richmond but look set to be hard-luck stories. The closing minutes played at a furious pace by both teams despite the tiredness of the players including a defensive captains' mark by Fred Swift (playing in his last VFL game) on the Geelong goal-line. The win was marred though by a hamstring injury to Tom Lynch, and more seriously, a season-ending knee injury for Tigers big man Ivan Soldo. The rivalry between Hawthorn and Geelong is defined by two Grand Finals: those of 1989 and 2008. The Richmond champion added another chapter to his extraordinary big-game reputation with a best afield showing against Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval in Friday night's thrilling preliminary final. Goggin goaled shortly after play restarted, and then Gareth Andrews then followed with a long goal, which seemed to swing back at the last moment. But Richmond have won six of their past seven knockout finals and the memory of their comfortable round 17 win looms large. Three quarter time score: Richmond 12 15 87 to Geelong 13 7 85. But there can be no such claims about Richmond and Geelong, for both have done things the hard way. A season like no other before it will end with two Victorian teams contesting the grand final … It's hard to envisage either side making an unforced change at selection this week. Then there is the other No.4. A hallmark of the Tigers' success over the past four seasons has been their desperation to keep the ball moving forward, while their glut of hard-running flankers mean they are rarely outnumbered. The Cats hit the front when Wade kicked truly from the boundary after receiving a free kick. It's become something of a cliche, but it is undeniable that this match can be portrayed as chaos (Richmond) v control (Geelong). It's the closest thing the AFL has to the Chicago Bulls' Last Dance, and Ablett is jiving to the end. Richmond was fortunate to get a goal in the final minutes. The match, attended by 109,396 spectators, was won by Richmond by a margin of 9 points. Had the preliminary final results gone the other way there would have been fresh suggestions this year's premiership deserved an asterisk given Port Adelaide and Brisbane had accommodating fixtures and spent much of their respective seasons at home. Premierships are made to go around.. Ronaldson, kicking from 55 yards on the opposite flank scored a goal at the 25 minute mark followed by Kevin Bartlett goaling at the 28 minute mark sealing the game. Geelong did not participate in the 1916, 1942 and 1943 VFL seasons due to the World Wars (indicated in grey), Known as the Victorian Football League from 1897–1989; no grand finals were held in 1897 and 1924, 1967 VFL Grand Final- September 23, 1967- Final Quarter, "CAPTAINS AND COACHES: Better Team Lost - Pianto", South Australian National Football League, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1967_VFL_Grand_Final&oldid=983978704, Use Australian English from December 2017, All Wikipedia articles written in Australian English, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 17 October 2020, at 12:23. So here we are. It was Richmond's first Grand Final since it lost the 1944 VFL Grand Final. Brad Close and Tom Atkins played a lot of footy as pressure forwards for Geelong this year but Ablett's return has led to a selection crunch and Sam Simpson has done enough since being recalled. It's a thing you dream about - but today it came true.. Richmond had been comfortable picking two ruckmen before Soldo got hurt but over the past couple of weeks have relied on Toby Nankervis getting the job done with some pinch-hitting from David Astbury. Tigers by 21 points. In 2008 Grand Final, Geelong was the heavily backed favo… It really makes it worth while playing football after today's win. Bill Barrot had started well and was driving Richmond into attack with long, penetrating kicks. The Cats were kept to just one goal in three quarters as All-Australian backman Dylan Grimes dominated proceedings for the Tigers.
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