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Richmond Tigers win historic AFL grand final

Xinhua
24 Oct 2020, 22:44 GMT+10

SYDNEY, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Richmond Tigers claimed a historic grand final win in the Australian Football League (AFL) on Saturday evening, beating the Geelong Cats 81-50.

The Tigers pulled ahead late in the third quarter and extended their lead with a dominant display in the final 15 minutes.

Having claimed three of the past four premiership titles, Richmond cemented their current line-up as one of the greatest the sport has ever seen.

Richmond favorite Dustin Martin helped clinch the win, scoring four crucial goals under difficult circumstances, two of which came in the final quarter, providing the team with their unassailable lead.

Close to 30,000 people filled Brisbane's 'Gabba' stadium, witnessing a difficult and tightly contested game of football that was hardly reflected in the final result.

It was the first time an AFL grand final had ever been played outside the game's unofficial home of Melbourne, which was at the tail end of an almost three-month COVID-19 lockdown.

Despite the change of setting, the first half of football was electric in atmosphere and the tough play saw the Tigers' Nick Vlastuin leave the field with a concussion and the Cats' Gary Ablett suffer a shoulder injury which plagued him for the rest of the match.

At the end of the day, Richmond further proved they remain the team to beat, still at the peak of their powers despite an unprecedented season.

"A season we'll never forget. A Grand Final like no other. And a victory that will stand for eternity," the club said in a statement.

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