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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.