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Richmond Tigers Win AFL Grand Final Securing Third Flag

Richmond have staked a claim to being the greatest AFL team of the 21st century and ruined retiring Geelong champion Gary Ablett’s farewell with a 31-point win in the historic night grand final. The 12.9 (81) to 7.8 (50) victory at the Gabba on Saturday night gives the Tigers their third flag in four seasons—matching the famed Brisbane, Geelong and Hawthorn dynasties of the past two decades with a trio of triumphs. Dustin Martin cemented his legend status by claiming an unprecedented third Norm Smith Medal, starring with 21 disposals and four goals as best afield in front of a restricted crowd of 29,767. Devoted Richmond fan and women’s tennis world No.1 Ash Barty presented the premiership cup to coach Damien Hardwick and captain Trent Cotchin. “I’m super proud. It’s been an incredible year,” Cotchin said. “I mean, first and foremost credit to Geelong, they challenged us, but credit to …