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"Richmond, a 3rd premiership?" by LittleIrishman

Not being harsh, but Richmond Tigers used to be, for a long time in the Australian Football League (AFL), a mediocre team.

All of a sudden, in the last 4 years or so, Richmond suddenly and dramatically turned around to be one of, even the best team in the AFL.

Such a team as Richmond have turned around and won two close premierships in 2017 and 2019, with 2020 being a possible third, 3-peat.

The last premierships Richmond won were way back in 1980 and 1974.

Some very strong, but obvious questions for Richmond is, how did Richmond turn things around, and what were and have been their secrets for this sudden, successive success?

Indirectly, the Richmond team and fans, and Tiger supporters from say the West Tigers in the National Rugby League (NRL), could be invoking the spirit of the tiger for this to-be grand final match.

Even the Brisbane Lions did something similar to Richmond, after many years missing out on previous finals, playing well in 2020 to reach the last of the finals, only to lose to a better Geelong Cats side.

In 2019 for instance, Geelong finished first as minor premiers before the finals, whereas Richmond completed their season third.

Geelong, like other top, consistent teams like Hawthorn and Western Bulldogs, usually finish high on the AFL ladder, year-after-year, despite not making it into grand finals.

Geelong not at all have done as bad as Richmond, with their last, close-by premierships being a little further back in 2011, 2009, and 2007. This is almost a similar scenario to what Richmond are doing, and could be doing, with this 2020 AFL grand final.

However, a side issue, but an important one, is that it is Geelong's Gary Abblett Junior's last season and match. The team would therefore would want to finish on a high and victory to give him a proper and suitable grand final departure.

Either way, it is going to be a close, competitive encounter between Richmond and Geelong, with Richmond the winners of lately, or Geelong the victors some short years back.

As it was estimated, it was a very close game. At the end of the 3rd quarter, it was two points in it, 46-44 to Richmond. Richmond were at some point 15-30 points behind Geelong between the 2nd and 3rd quarters.

In the 4th quarter, Richmond furthered their lead to 81 points to Geelong's 30 points, to win their 3rd AFL premiership in 2020.

The game was marred by some injuries, including two head concussions to two players, first Richmond, and then Geelong. Gary Abblett junior also had an injury dislocating his left shoulder, only to solider on and return to the game later on, still somewhat battered.

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