AFL Final Provides a Chance for Richmond Tigers and Adelaide Crows to End Their Recent Drought
It’s been 35 years since the Richmond Tigers last tasted AFL final success and they’ll be aiming to end that drought when they take on the Adelaide Crows.
The Crows, who attract support from the majority of South Australia, haven’t featured in a Grand Final since 1998, where they crashed out in a number of prelims since that last appearance. Whilst thousands of fans will offer their encouragement, they must adapt to life without Mitch McGovern who is recovering from a hamstring injury. Crowd favourite Eddie Betts is likely to be the key player once again with the former Carlton man hoping to bring glory back to the club after several disappointing years of being also-rans.
The tragic passing of coach Phil Walsh in 2015 has badly affected the club over the last couple of years but they’ll be looking to bounce back in style here and give their vociferous fans plenty to cheer. They are likely to be well-organised and hard to break down as always and will look to thwart the Richmond Tiger’s attack.
The Richmond Tigers have their own motives and will be keen to prove they have bounced back from a tumultuous 2016, which required them to virtually re-build their squad and they’ll believe they can spring a surprise here. The game could be won in midfield and that’s where the Tigers are strongest, whilst their back-line has forged a good relationship throughout the season and could prove obstinate once again.
It’s set to be a close contest and an emotionally charged Grand Final day. Both sides have plenty to play for as they aim for long-overdue success.
Australian bookmakers have priced the Crows up as favourites for success here with bet365 offering a standout price of $1.74 to clinch the silverware.