Norm Smith Medal Tips and Odds – AFL Grand Final 2017 Player Previews

Posted by Sports News First on 30/9/2017
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We take a look at today’s AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers and we dissect the player match-ups and give our tips and bets for the Norm Smith Medal.

When: 14:30 | Saturday 30/09/2017

Where: MCG

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Crows 🐦 Tips:


Tip: Sam Jacobs at $14.00


Value BET: Eddie Betts at $18.00


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Tip: Trent Cotchin at $9.00


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Player Previews:




27. Rory Laird

Age: 23. Ht: 178cm. Wt: 81kg. Games: 100. Goals: 9. Finals: 6.

All-Australian ball magnet who sets up many attacking drives with precise foot skills.

15. Kyle Hartigan

Age: 25. Ht: 195cm. Wt: 98kg. Games: 68. Goals: 1. Finals: 6.

Can play on smalls or talls, boasts a sharp turn of speed for a man of his stature.

6. Jake Lever

Age: 21. Ht: 195cm. Wt: 93kg. Games: 55. Goals: 3. Finals: 4.

Arguably the AFL’s best spoiler, with speed and slick skills to go with his size.


11. Paul Seedsman

Age: 25. Ht: 190cm. Wt: 83kg. Games: 68. Goals: 31. Finals: 3.

Utility who cemented a spot in the past three games after being sidelined by groin injury until August.

12. Daniel Talia

Age: 26. Ht: 197cm. Wt: 99kg. Games: 145. Goals: 6. Finals: 7.

Rarely beaten, especially in the air. The glue that holds Adelaide’s backline together.

16. Luke Brown

Age: 25. Ht: 183cm. Wt: 81kg. Games: 114. Goals: 11. Finals: 6.

Unsung backman treasured for putting the clamps on the opposition’s best small attacker.


14. David Mackay

Age: 29. Ht: 182cm. Wt: 77kg. Games: 184. Goals: 55. Finals: 12.

Moved from wing to the half-back spot of injured Brodie Smith, his run-and-carry are highly valued.

9. Rory Sloane

Age: 27. Ht: 183cm. Wt: 83kg. Games: 164. Goals: 104. Finals: 8.

Vice-captain and premier midfielder hailed for toughness. Can also drift forward and kick a goal.

21. Rory Atkins

Age: 23. Ht: 186cm. Wt: 85kg. Games: 56. Goals: 26. Finals: 5.

Highly-skilled dasher with a classy left foot and innate ability to dodge opponents.


23. Charlie Cameron

Age: 23. Ht: 181cm. Wt: 75kg. Games: 72. Goals: 86. Finals: 6.

Among the AFL’s quickest, an attacker coming off five goals in the prelim who can take a soaring mark.

4. Josh Jenkins

Age: 28. Ht: 200cm. Wt: 108kg. Games: 113. Goals: 228. Finals: 6.

Imposing and athletic tall forward, proven goalkicker who also offers crucial support in ruck.

18. Eddie Betts

Age: 30. Ht: 175cm. Wt: 73kg. Games: 276. Goals: 533. Finals: 12.

Cult hero with peerless attacking brilliance who makes the seemingly impossible appear normal.


27. Tom Lynch

Age: 27. Ht: 191cm. Wt: 98kg. Games: 105. Goals: 156. Finals: 6.

Tireless link between defence and attack, strong in the air and on the ground, and an accurate finisher.

13. Taylor Walker

Age: 27. Ht: 195cm. Wt: 100kg. Games: 152. Goals: 355. Finals: 9.

Inspirational captain, capable of winning a game off his own boot but also creates many goals for others.

26. Richard Douglas

Age: 30. Ht: 181cm. Wt: 80kg. Games: 219. Goals: 148. Finals: 12.

Consistent and durable midfielder with goalkicking smarts and ability to play run-with roles.


24. Sam Jacobs

Age: 29. Ht: 202cm. Wt: 102kg. Games: 173. Goals: 145. Finals: 10.

A vital cog in the Crows’ machine who was considered unlucky not to gain an All-Australian berth in 2017.

2. Brad Crouch

Age: 23. Ht: 187cm. Wt: 88kg. Games: 60. Goals: 20. Finals: 4.

Hard-at-it onballer who has enjoyed a career-best year after a tough run with injuries.

44. Matt Crouch

Age: 22. Ht: 183cm. Wt: 82kg. Games: 71. Goals: 17. Finals: 6.

The younger Crouch claimed a maiden All-Australian berth and shapes as a key factor on Saturday,.


3. Riley Knight

Age: 22. Ht: 181cm. Wt: 77kg. Games: 30. Goals: 21. Finals: 4.

Tenacious utility, has been deployed as a midfield tagger but also is a scoring threat.

8. Jake Kelly

Age: 22. Ht: 189cm. Wt: 90kg. Games: 33. Goals: 0. Finals: 2.

No-frills defender who relishes physical contact, rarely had his colours lowered in a breakout season.

20. Hugh Greenwood

Age: 25. Ht: 190cm. Wt: 90kg. Games: 14. Goals: 8. Finals: 2.

Former US college basketballer enjoying fruitful first AFL season as a contested-ball animal.

22. Andy Otten

Age: 28. Ht: 195cm. Wt: 92kg. Games: 97. Goals: 38. Finals: 4.

True utility possessing a shrewd footy brain, equally adept in attack or defence.


30. Wayne Milera

Age: 20. Ht: 184cm. Wt: 80kg. Games: 24. Goals: 13. Finals: 0.

Second-year winger who has just missed a spot in the grand-final 22.

42. Alex Keath

Age: 25. Ht: 198cm. Wt: 97kg. Games: 6. Goals: 0. Finals: 0.

Former state-level cricketer who has shown promise in a key defensive post.

43. Reilly O’Brien

Age: 22. Ht: 202cm. Wt:103kg . Games: 2. Goals: 0. Finals: 0.

Developing ruckman whose only two AFL games to date came late in 2016.





18. Alex Rance

Age: 27. Ht: 194cm. Wt: 96kg. Games: 174. Goals: 9. Finals: 5.

All-Australian captain and once again this season, the AFL’s best key defender.

12. David Astbury

Age: 26. Ht: 195cm. Wt: 94kg. Games: 84. Goals: 8. Finals: 2.

His ability to shut down the opposition’s biggest key forward has freed up Rance to take care of business elsewhere.

2. Dylan Grimes

Age: 26. Ht: 193cm. Wt: 89kg. Games: 103. Goals: 3. Finals: 5.

Career-best campaign for the versatile backman, who can play short or tall.


14. Bachar Houli

Age: 29. Ht: 180cm. Wt: 84kg. Games: 169. Goals: 37. Finals: 5.

The long-kicking left-footer has not missed a beat since serving a four-week suspension midway through the season.

33. Kamdyn McIntosh

Age: 23. Ht: 192cm. Wt: 91kg. Games: 52. Goals: 10. Finals: 3.

Kicking can be untidy at times but is quick and a genuine line-breaker.

5. Brandon Ellis

Age: 24. Ht: 181cm. Wt: 81kg. Games: 134. Goals: 46. Finals: 5.

Has reinvented himself in 2017 as a rebounding half-back. Cleared by the MRP to play in the grand final.


3. Dion Prestia

Age: 24. Ht: 175cm. Wt: 81kg. Games: 116. Goals: 36. Finals: 2.

The former Gold Coast ball magnet has got better the longer his first season in yellow and black has gone on.

10. Shane Edwards

Age: 28. Ht: 182cm. Wt: 81kg. Games: 206. Goals: 140. Finals: 5.

Long-serving Tiger has been among his team’s best in the previous two finals wins.

1. Nick Vlastuin

Age: 23. Ht: 187cm. Wt: 86kg. Games: 95. Goals: 20. Finals: 5.

The red-bearded cult figure is fearless in backing into packs to take vital intercept marks.


9. Trent Cotchin

Age: 27. Ht: 185cm. Wt: 85kg. Games: 197. Goals: 118. Finals: 5.

The captain has been inspirational in finals wins over Geelong and GWS. Club’s flag hopes would have plummeted had he been charged for the high bump on Giant Dylan Shiel.

17. Daniel Rioli

Age: 20. Ht: 179cm. Wt: 75kg. Games: 42. Goals: 38. Finals: 2.

Did his famous surname proud with a match-winning four-goal haul in the preliminary final win over GWS.

21. Jacob Townsend

Age: 24. Ht: 187cm. Wt: 89kg. Games: 36. Goals: 18. Finals: 2.

Did not break into the senior team this year until round 22 but has grabbed the opportunity as a defensive forward.


8. Jack Riewoldt

Age: 28. Ht: 195cm. Wt: 91kg. Games: 224. Goals: 535. Finals: 5.

The two-time Coleman Medallist is playing a much more team-oriented style of football these days. Was quietish in the first two finals.

23. Kane Lambert

Age: 25. Ht: 178cm. Wt: 177kg. Games: 51. Goals: 27. Finals: 3.

Former rookie-lister who is now an important member of a largely blue-collar midfield.

40. Dan Butler

Age: 21. Ht: 182cm. Wt: 80kg. Games: 22. Goals: 29. Finals: 2.

Is very quick, has good goal sense and tackles hard – qualities which are all highly rated by coach Damien Hardwick.


25. Toby Nankervis

Age: 23. Ht: 199cm. Wt: 106kg. Games: 35. Goals: 14. Finals: 3.

Has gone from Sydney bit player to Richmond lynchpin the space of 12 months. Ruck battle with Sam Jacobs will be pivotal.

6. Shaun Grigg

Age: 29. Ht: 190cm. Wt: 85kg. Games: 191. Goals: 92. Finals: 6.

The quintessential quiet achiever whose ability to fill a variety of roles is much valued by the coaching staff.

4. Dustin Martin

Age: 26. Ht: 187cm. Wt: 88kg. Games: 177. Goals: 185. Finals: 5.

Had his status as the best player in the competition confirmed with his Brownlow Medal triumph on Monday.


35. Nathan Broad

Age: 24. Ht: 192cm. Wt: 85kg. Games: 11. Goals: 0. Finals: 2.

The unheralded defender has flown largely under the radar.

46. Jason Castagna

Age: 21. Ht: 181cm. Wt: 79kg. Games: 29. Goals: 27. Finals: 2.

Often criticised for lack of composure with the ball, but never questioned for his tough tackling or appetite for the contest.

22. Josh Caddy

Age: 25. Ht: 186cm. Wt: 88kg. Games: 116. Goals: 96. Finals: 8.

The former Sun and Cat can be equally damaging as a marking forward or a big-bodied mid.

34. Jack Graham

Age: 19. Ht: 180cm. Wt: 83kg. Games: 4. Goals: 2. Finals: 2.

Hard-tackling teenager who is living the dream and will play in a grand final in just his fifth AFL game.


15. Jayden Short

Age: 21. Ht: 177cm. Wt: 75kg. Games: 32. Goals: 8. Finals: 0.

Long-kicking defender who lost his senior spot after round 17.

16. Shaun Hampson

Age: 29. Ht: 201cm. Wt: 104kg. Games: 98. Goals: 38. Finals: 1.

Fit again after missing most of 2017 with a back injury. Now behind Nankervis in the ruck pecking order.

32. Corey Ellis

Age: 20. Ht: 184cm. Wt: 75kg. Games: 23. Goals: 7. Finals: 0.

The first-round draft pick of 2014 has shown glimpses at senior level without yet cementing a regular spot.



*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change