Australia Melburnians celebrate Richmond Tigers' historic AFL Grand Final win
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On May 6, 2007, a new era of dominance in the AFL officially began. Mark Thompson’s Geelong Cats were coming off a bitterly disappointing 2006 campaign that saw them unfathomably miss finals. Coming into Round 6, 2007, they had just lost their second match in a row to fall to 2-3 and were in desperate need of a steadier. They got more than they could have possibly imagined – a scarcely believable 157-point demolition of Richmond catapulted them to new heights. They’d go on to win 15 matches in a row before claiming a drought-breaking flag.
Football fans took to the streets of Melbourne to celebrate the Richmond Tigers' historic AFL Grand Final win.
Crowds dressed in yellow and black marched along Swan Street in Richmond to ring in the victory on Saturday night.
Fans chanted as they walked around while cars drove down the street honking their horns.
Carrying signs and waving flags, the Richmond supporters were ecstatic their team had clinched the Premiership Cup for 2020.
Police were on the scene to keep crowds under control amid ongoing coronavirus restrictions.
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Some 217 days after the season started without a single soul watching Richmond play Carlton live at the MCG, the strangest AFL season in history will conclude when up to 30,000 fans pack the Gabba for a historic grand final between the Tigers and the Cats. It will be the first to be played away from the MCG since 1991, the first ever to be played outside of the state of Victoria and the first to be played at night. As a symbol, a small patch of MCG grass was trucked from Melbourne up to Brisbane last week and will be transplanted into the Gabba turf.
Photos from after the match show officers shoving a man into the ground and handcuffing him.
As he was being arrested he shouted to officers he was from Richmond, reported
'You're from Burwood mate,' one of the officers said.
Stay-at-home orders remain in place across Melbourne, banning residents from travelling outside their local area.
He was later released by police.
Police threatened the crowds with threats of fines and questioned why they were out walking the streets.
Gloomy weather and coronavirus restrictions have failed to dampen Melburnians' spirits despite the AFL Grand Final being held in another city.
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It all comes down to this! I was genuinely worried we wouldn’t get here at many points throughout 2020, but this Saturday the AFL season finally concludes with a mouth-watering grand final between the Richmond Tigers and Geelong Cats. The Tigers are looking to make it three flags in four seasons and cement their status as one of the greatest teams of the modern era. Geelong, on the other hand, are hoping to put years of finals heartbreak behind them and send legend Gary Ablett Jr off with a high. The preliminary finals proved difficult to predict for everyone on the panel once more.
Saturday's end of season decider between Richmond Tigers and Geelong Cats is being played outside of Victoria for the first time in history, due to the state's deadly second wave of coronavirus infections.
Melburnians are still subject to a number of lockdown restrictions - including mandatory face masks and limits on travelling outside their local area - but still made the most of the annual sporting event on Saturday.
AFL fans flocked to the London Tavern Hotel in Richmond, Melbourne, ahead of the first bounce at 7.30pm.
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Richmond bad boy Dustin Martin and Geelong's Patrick Dangerfield might be likened to chalk and cheese off the footy ground. As far as the general public knows about it anyway. 'Dusty' Martin doesn't care much about revealing to the wider world what it is that actually makes him tick. In the wild, he's often described as aloof, arrogant and perhaps a little bit caught up in his own opinion of himself. He has good reason to think that way of course. 'Danger' is the polar opposite. The Cat superstar has participated in endless interviews for television, radio and newspapers this season.
Pubs and restaurants remain closed under current restrictions in Melbourne but venues can serve takeaway food and drink.
'Grand Final day will look a little different at the London this year but you can still celebrate with us, takeaway style,' the venue said on Facebook.
'Start the day right with a coffee and bacon and egg roll or pastry.
'Then head to the window in the afternoon to gear up for the big match with a takeaway beer and burger.'
Victoria Police attended the venue to disperse crowds that stood together in the street.
Melburnians are currently allowed to gather in groups of 10 from two households.
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Richmond won their third premiership in four years with an excellent 31-point win over Geelong. It was a comprehensive performance by the Tigers, especially in the second half, but who stood out as the very best? Nathan Broad: 6/10 Didn’t show up much on the stat sheet but he didn’t need to. Was part of a resolute Richmond back six that virtually nullified Geelong’s forwards, especially in the second half. Did well in Vlastuin’s absence though and recovered from a first-half head knock to play out the game.
Some AFL fans made the most of the eased restriction by meeting for the end of season decider.
Others decided to mark the occasion by hosting a celebratory picnic at the usually bustling Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The 2020 AFL season was forced to relocate to Queensland due to the coronavirus pandemic. Players and officials were part of a COVID-safe bubble to ensure the league could continue through the health crisis.
The Richmond Tigers are vying for their third premiership flag in four years. They won the Grand Final last year to the GWS Giants and were triumphant over Adelaide Football Club in 2017.
For the Cats, it would be their first premiership since 2011.
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