Digby Beacham’s AFL Preview: Grand Final

Richmond v Geelong, Gabba, 4.30pm

For those believing this year’s premiers should have an asterisk next to their name given the complexities of the season, it is time to reconsider. Richmond and Geelong have advanced to the decider after both spending more than 100 days in a hub environment and winning their respective preliminary finals against interstate teams playing at home.

It shows great mental strength, envious leadership and undeniable talent, not to mention high-class coaching. All four traits will need to be on display from both clubs to emerge victorious is an historic night grand final. And much of the pressure rests on Chris Scott as he endeavours to settle on the best match-up to quell Dustin Martin.

Failure to do so will more than likely lead to a loss. Port Adelaide couldn’t get it right and paid a high price. In a contest that promises to be chaos v control, system v skill, the unwavering faith and commitment the Tigers have to their game plan and ability to dial up the pressure could be the decisive factor.

Verdict: Richmond by 14 points

Norm Smith Medal: Shane Edwards

Same Game Combo: Tigers Win + Under 116.5 Total Match Points + Prestia / Martin both get 20+ Disposals @ $8

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