Richmond Tigers Sweep Away 37 Years Of Heartache To Win 2017 Premiership

Richmond Tigers Sweep Away 37 Years Of Heartache To Win 2017 Premiership

Longest Premiership Drought In Richmond Football Club History Is Now Over

Victor P Taffa

Richmond Tigers has completely outclassed and outplayed Adelaide to win the 2017 Toyota AFL Grand Final.

Building upon solid finals performances Richmond left its best until the Grand Final with the Tigers dominate every position around the ground to such a degree that the result was not in doubt by half-time.

Although the Half-Time lead was only 9 points Richmond slammed on 4 goals in the 2nd Quarter whereas Adelaide had kicked only a meagre 5 points.

3rd Quarter saw Richmond dominate with 5 goals to Adelaide’s solitary goal.

Richmond booted another 4 goals in the 4th Quarter while Adelaide kicked 3 goals as the Tigers went onto win by 48 Points.

37 Years of Heartache for Richmond was swept away given the numbers of time that the Tigers just missed making the Finals.

There were 825 Games between Premierships for Richmond Supporters from 1980-2017.

 

Richmond Tigers VFL/AFL Ladder Positions 1980-2017

Season          Position       No. Of Teams      No. Of Finals Teams

2017                1                   18  Premiers         8

2016                13                    18                                8

2015                5                      18                                8

2014                8                      18                                8

2013                5                      18                                8

2012                12                    18                                8

2011                12                    17                                8

2010                15                    16                                8

2009                15                    16                                8

2008                9*                    16                                8

2007                16                    16  Last                        8

2006                9*                    16                                8

2005                12                    16                                8

2004                16                    16  Last                       8

2003                13                    16                                8

2002                14                    16                                8

2001                4                      16                                8

2000                9*                    16                                8

1999                12                    16                                8

1998                9*                    16                                8

1997                13                    16                                8

1996                9*                    16                                8

1995                3                      16                                8

1994                9*                    15                                8

1993                14                    15                                6

1992                13                    15                                6

1991                13                    15                                6

1990                11                    14                                5

1989                14                    14  Last                       5

1988                10                    14                                5

1987                14                    14  Last                       5

1986                10                    12                                5

1985                8                      12                                5

1984                8                      12                                5

1983                10                    12                                5

1982                2                      12  Runners-Up       5

1981                7                      12                                5

1980                1                  12 Premiers           5

*9th Placing outside of Top 8

 

Richmond Tigers 2017 Finals Victories

Saturday, September 30

Grand Final

Adelaide v Richmond at MCG, 2.30 pm AEST

Adelaide Final Score:            8.12. (60)

Richmond Final Score:         16.12. (108)

 

Saturday, September 23

Second Preliminary Final

Richmond v Greater Western Sydney at the MCG, 4.45 pm AEST

Richmond Final Score:                                 15.13. (103)

Greater Western Sydney Final Score:        9.13. (67)

 

Friday, September 8

Second Qualifying Final

Geelong v Richmond at the MCG, 7.50 pm AEST

Geelong Final Score:             5.10. (40)

Richmond Final Score:         13.13. (91)

 

AFL/VFL Club Records

The competition began in 1897 as the Victorian Football League (VFL). In 1990 the competition became the Australian Football League (AFL). Grand Finals were introduced in 1931.

Adelaide Crows

Year Entered Competition: 1991

Year Left Competition:

Home Ground: Football Park/ Adelaide Oval

1st Grade Premierships: (2) 1997, 1998,

Runners-Up: (1) 2017,

Richmond Tigers

Year Entered Competition: 1908

Year Left Competition:

Home Ground: Punt Road/ MCG

1st Grade Premierships: (11) 1920, 1921, 1932, 1934, 1943, 1967, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1980,

2017,

Runners-Up: (12) 1919, 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1940, 1942, 1944, 1972, 1982,

 

Adelaide Crowing Too Early About Win

Adelaide Crows were crowing about a 61 Point win over Geelong Cats in the First Preliminary Final to make their way into the Grand Final.

Television Commentators were talking about Adelaide Crows dark days and resilience.

Nothing compares to what Richmond Tigers have been through since 1980 and particularly since 1982.

In 1990 the VFL became the AFL. Club Mergers were all the rage.

Richmond with mounting debts and 6,000 members were on the verge of being kicked out of the competition.

In 1990 Editor Victor P Taffa attended the Grand Final at the MCG and walked across to Punt Road after the Grand Final to an S.O.S. Campaign.

Richmond was so broke they were charging $60.00 instead of $30.00 for a video copy of the 1980 Grand Final.

Victor gladly bought a copy because he wanted one and also to help save the Club.

Victor also joined as a Member of the Richmond Football Club.

After the Grand Final of 1982 dark days descended upon the club as documented in a Television Program.

Carlton Blues played Richmond in the 1982 Grand Final and organised a distraction for Richmond Players from winning and it worked.

Carlton won the 1982 Grand Final.

Eventually things turned around as former Player and CEO Brendon Gale among others turned financial losses into profits for the Club.

This meant a more stable financial future for the Richmond Football Club.

Editor Victor P Taffa started a supporters club in Sydney for Richmond in 1996 and bought 2 members club bricks at Punt Road.

Adelaide can crow all they like but nothing can beat the dark days that Richmond has been through.

In 2017 Richmond Tigers finally won the Grand Final and have ended the darkest chapter in the club’s long and proud history.

Richmond Tigers CEO Brendon Gale

 

 

 

 

 

Abbreviations

(S.O.S).           Save Our Skins

(AFL)              Australian Football League

(VFL)              Victorian Football League (Preceded the AFL Competition)

(CEO)             Chief Executive Officer

(MCG)            Melbourne Cricket Ground

(SCG)              Sydney Cricket Ground

(ACST)           Australian Central Standard Time

(AEST)            Australian Eastern Standard Time