The Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers are set to clash in this years AFL Grand Final on Saturday. The Crows made easy work of the Cats on Friday night winning impressively with the Tigers coming out and winning just as well against the Giants on Saturday night. Both teams play fast hard football and it looks to be an epic clash between arguably the two best sides all season. View our AFL Grand Final Tips and odds between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers.
When: 14:30 | Saturday 30/09/2017
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The Crows could not have been more impressive in their relatively easy win over Geelong on Friday night winning by a big margin.
Adelaide have been the form side of the competition all year so there are no surprises they will start as favourites in this weekends Grand Final and there really isnt many faults to their game with the team boasting a full squad of quality players.
The Tigers battled it out with GWS in the first quarter of the Preliminary Final but class and fitness eventually prevaled with Richmond kicking away in the second half.
Richmond go into the match in season best form and have a lot of quality in their squad although they are more reliant on a handful of players such as soon to be Brownlow Medalist Dustin Martin and captain Trent Cotchin.
This looks a good match and we can’t wait.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change
AFL Grand Final news:
Richmond skipper Trent Cotchin faces the nightmare prospect of being suspended for the AFL grand final after a high bump on Greater Western Sydney’s Dylan Shiel.
Cotchin was among the Tigers’ best as they stormed their way to their first grand final since 1982 with a 36-point win over the Giants in Saturday’s preliminary final at the MCG.
But the 27-year-old faces a nervous wait to learn whether he will become the first player since Collingwood’s Anthony Rocca in 2003 to miss the premiership decider through suspension.
Shiel failed a concussion test after Cotchin barrelled into his shoulder midway through the first quarter and made contact with his jaw.
The gun midfielder initially stayed on the ground but was ruled out for the game during the second term.
Cotchin has already been fined twice this season for low-level offences, and a third would result in an automatic suspension.
A despondent Shiel emerged from the Giants’ rooms midway through the second quarter and sat on the bench with his jacket on.
Leading sports doctor Peter Larkins told 3AW Radio that Shiel had suffered blurred vision.
The AFL’s crackdown on head-high contact means Cotchin is certain to face a nervous wait for the match review panel to hand down their findings on Monday afternoon.
“It’s out of my control,” he said after the game.
“I was going for the footy.
“It will be what it will be. I can’t do anything about it.”
Tigers coach Damien Hardwick claimed not to have seen the incident but said Cotchin was a fair player – an assessment backed up by Giants counterpart Leon Cameron.
“At the end of the day, he’s a ball player,” Hardwick said.
“Other people will make their assessments and we’ll go from there.”
Potentially in Cotchin’s favour is the fact that Shiel had also copped a separate high bump from Tigers defender David Astbury later in the first term.
Hawthorn premiership player Campbell Brown said Cotchin should not be penalised for the challenge.
“Cotchin in NO trouble for contact. Went low, hard, eyes on ball and won it. Everything players are taught to do,” Brown posted on Twitter.