Come September 30th when the two sides battling it out for premiership glory enter the MCG, we will find out how much Melbourne loves AFL.
With the Richmond Tigers being the only Melbourne based side capable of capturing a flag in 2017, the team will receive overwhelming support from ALL Melbournians.
With the Swans racing into premiership favourtism after their thrilling victory over Adelaide, and GWS securing a top-two finish, it’s something they may have to face.
Despite Melbourne and Essendon finding themselves in the top-eight with one round left to play in 2017, Richmond seem to be the only hope of keeping the AFL premiership cup in Melbourne.
The only other Victorian side considered a chance is Geelong, currently sitting third on the ladder.
You can never count out class players such as Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood, however recent losses to the Swans and Crows have diminished the Cats’ hopes.
The Tigers should find themselves with a second-chance come finals considering they currently sit fourth on the ladder with only the Saints left to play.
Behind Brownlow favourite Dustin Martin, Richmond has played some tremendous football this year, with a 104-point victory over Fremantle last Sunday their latest demolition.
If we do see a grand final without a Victorian team, support will be there.
The Grand Final parade the Friday before game-day is a public holiday after all, and previous grand finals without Victorian teams have proven to be incredibly popular.
2004; Brisbane v Port Adelaide – 77,671 (with a reduced capacity at the MCG that year)
2005; West Coast v Sydney – 91,828
2006; West Coast v Sydney – 97.431
An all-Sydney final will be different, and will test out the AFL’s support in Melbourne like never before.
Due to Sydney’s affiliation with south Melbourne, there will always be Swans supporters south of NSW.
However, GWS are still the new kids on the block, and Toby Greene flykicking Bulldogs midfielder Luke Dahlhaus won’t increase their supporter base in Melbourne.
With the Giants improving greatly in the last few years, and the Swans continuing to be one of the best teams in the last decade, Melbournians will be praying for a Tigers miracle.
Richmond haven’t brought home a flag since 1980, and the Tiger army would celebrate for years to come if their beloved team can finally deliver the goods come September.
If they want to cement a top-four finish this year, Richmond must defeat St Kilda on Sunday.
If the Tigers fail again, Melbourne may forget about AFL altogether and become a rugby league city following the domination from their Melbourne Storm.