Grandstand Radio’s 2017 Year in Review

ABC Grandstand is celebrating a historic sporting year, combining audio highlights, interviews and expert discussion to re-visit 2017’s unforgettable moments and timeless memories.

In the second half of Grandstand’s review of 2017, following Saturday’s reflections, we dove into Richmond’s drought-breaking AFL premiership, the Australian women’s cricket team retaining the Ashes and Jeff Horn’s stunning WBO welterweight title win in Brisbane.

AFL

Damien Hardwick and Trent Cotchin cheer as they raise the premiership cup.

Richmond broke a 37-year premiership drought when it defeated Adelaide by 48 points in the grand final at the MCG. Tigers star Dustin Martin won every major accolade including the Brownlow and Norm Smith Medals.

The 2017 retiree class was headlined by AFL legends Nick Riewoldt, Sam Mitchell, Bob Murphy, Steve Johnson, Jobe Watson and Josh Gibson.

Women’s Cricket

The Southern Stars were officially renamed the Australian women’s cricket team and went on to retain the Women’s Ashes.

The Sydney Sixers took out WBBL02, defeating the Perth Scorchers by seven runs in the final at the WACA ground in Perth.

Socceroos

Mile Jedinak celebrates goal for Socceroos against Honduras

Australia finally clinched its place in a fourth consecutive World Cup with a 3-1 victory over Honduras in Sydney in the second leg of their play-off, courtesy of a Mile Jedinak hat-trick.

Ange Postecoglou announced he was stepping down as Socceroos head coach the week after they confirmed their spot at the World Cup finals in Russia.

AFLW

The Crows beat the Lions to win the first AFLW grand final.

Adelaide won the inaugural AFLW premiership, as public support for the league exceeded expectations, kicking off with a lock-out at Princes Park.

Crows star Erin Phillips won the first AFLW best and fairest and most valuable player awards.

Tennis

Ashleigh Barty smiles and holds up a medal.

Australian Ash Barty won the Newcombe Medal after finishing the year as Australia’s top-ranked player.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both achieved wonderful comebacks and Serena Williams won the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant with her first child.

Boxing

Jeff Horn (L) beat Manny Pacquiao to win the WBO welterweight title in Brisbane.

Jeff Horn defeated Manny Pacquiao in Brisbane, while 2017 was full of other blockbuster match-ups with Danny Green and Anthony Mundine colliding again and Anthony Joshua beating Carlos Takam.

Motorsport

Lewis Hamilton, with helmet off, flies the British flag.

Lewis Hamilton reclaimed the Formula One Championship, while Australia’s Jason Doyle won the World Speedway championship. Jamie Whincup won his seventh Supercars title after Scott McLaughlin received a post-race pit lane penalty.

American sports

Tom Brady led the Patriots to victory over the Falcons in the Super Bowl.

Tom Brady solidified his named in NFL glory as he led the New England Patriots to their fifth championship in a 25-point overtime comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons.

The Golden State Warriors ran through the rest of the NBA, winning their fifth championship as Kevin Durant joined their start studded line-up. Australian Nathan Walker debuted in the NHL and the Houston Astro’s won their first World Series in franchise history.

Golf

Marc Leishman during the trophy presentation after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando.

Australian Marc Leishman had a couple of wins on the US PGA Tour, while Sergio Garcia won the Masters in a play-off against Justin Thomas. Dustin Johnson and Shanshan Feng finished world number one in the respective men’s and women’s rankings.

Surfing

Action image of surfer making a turn on a wave with the shoreline in the background.

Tyler Wright won her second consecutive World Surf League title despite tearing a medial ligament in her right leg shortly before the end of the season.

Swimming

Emily Seebohm sits on the lane rope and splashes water in celebrating her world championship.

Emily Seebohm, Emma McKeon and Mack Horton left the world championships in Budapest with medals, but Australia struggled to fill many of the events races ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

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