- Associated Press - Saturday, September 30, 2017

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - A 37-year title drought has ended for the Richmond Tigers in the Australian Football League.

The Tigers beat the Adelaide Crows 16.12 (108) to 8.12 (60) on Saturday in the Australian Football League grand final.

Richmond hadn’t won a national Australian Rules football title since 1980, and lost to Carlton when they last appeared in a grand final in 1982. Adelaide won the league title in 1998 and hadn’t been back to the final since.

The win came before a capacity crowd of 100,021 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

It was close until halftime, when Richmond led by nine points. But a dominating third quarter saw the Tigers take a 34-point lead, and they didn’t let up to open the fourth quarter, kicking the first two six-point goals to extend the lead to 45 points.

Richmond’s Dustin Martin ended his incredible AFL season by winning the Norm Smith Medal for being the best player in the grand final. Earlier this week, he won the Brownlow Medal for being the best and fairest player in the AFL this season.

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