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Adelaide wilt under pressure as Richmond’s 37-year nightmare ends | Craig Little

The Tigers’ game has been defined by its manic, persistent pressure and the grand final was no different as the Crows were suffocated

With little more than 11 minutes remaining in the third quarter of Saturday’s grand final, Adelaide captain Taylor Walker kicked the Crows’ fifth goal to bring them to within 20 points of Richmond.

Walker carries the legacy of the late Phil Walsh perhaps closer than any of his team-mates, having been appointed captain of the club by Walsh in 2015. On the day of the appointment, Walsh said, “the message is to any young boys out there, believe in your dream and chase it as hard as you can. You might end up one day like Taylor Walker.”

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Western Bulldogs premiership star Tom Boyd comes of age in AFL triumph | Craig Little

He started the AFL season as a maligned figure, but the Western Bulldogs’ big-money forward Tom Boyd finally delivered on the grand final stage

The Western Bulldogs are five-and-a-half minutes away from the greatest story in football. But just as the story has built over the course of two hours there remains the sense there is time enough for the joy to evaporate. Too many times have we associated the Western Bulldogs with tragedy, and a nine-point margin is not under any definition “comfortable”.

Lance Franklin has the ball between wing and halfback for Sydney. In a split second he comes across as a slow study: football, which normally comes so naturally, now seems brutally hard. As does Dale Morris.

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