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RICHMOND fans are hoping this is the season the Tigers can end a 16-year finals hoodoo as three Victorian teams vie for the AFL premiership.

Excitement has reached a crescendo among the long-­suffering Tigers, whose club hasn’t won a final since 2001.

But the yellow-and-black ­secured the crucial double-chance with a comfortable win over St Kilda, to ensure an MCG qualifying final against Geelong.

And that also guarantees an MCG match for each week of the finals series.

Tickets for Week 1 of the ­finals will go on sale to competing club members between 9am and 1pm on Tuesday.

The general public will be able to buy tickets from 2pm.

Prices will start from $35.

Essendon’s return to the September action is a particular triumph over adversity after 12 of the Bombers’ current list were suspended for the 2016 season.

The team got the wooden spoon last year — winning just three games. But the win against Fremantle ensured the Bombers an elimination final berth against Sydney at the SCG.

While the weekend’s results brought joy for some, Melbourne fans were grappling with having cruelly missed out on a finals berth by just 0.5 of a per cent — thanks to West Coast’s 29-point victory over Adelaide in the last match of the home-and-away season.

AFL Fans Association president Gerry Eeman said the finals series had plenty of captivating storylines, but most fans did not like the weekend off before finals. “There is a sense it ruins the flow of the season,” he said.

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