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Your call on the best games of 2017: 5-1

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AFL.COM.AU asked you to nominate the top 10 matches from the amazing 2017 season, a year of unprecedented close finishes and classic games. 

We began on Tuesday with the matches rated from 10-6 and finish the countdown below.

Your call on the best games of 2017: 10-6

No.5

 

R8: Richmond v Fremantle

It was heaven then hell for Tiger fans. They watched their side kick the first five goals of the last quarter to erase a 30-point deficit, only for David Mundy to break their hearts – after the siren – for a second time in three seasons. Brandon Ellis put Richmond in front with 21 seconds to go, but Lachie Neale burst from the ensuing centre bounce and delivered the ball to Mundy just in time. The Freo veteran also slotted a last-minute match-winner at the Tigers' expense in 2015.

No.4

 

R19: Collingwood v Adelaide

The Magpies had eased the pressure on besieged coach Nathan Buckley with consecutive wins over Gold Coast and West Coast – and looked headed for a third. Buckley's men were 50 points up early in the third quarter over top side Adelaide, but the lead soon evaporated. The Crows cut the deficit to three in the fourth term, then had to fight back again after the Pies piled on three quick goals. A remarkable contest ended in fitting circumstances, with Mitch McGovern hauling in a huge pack mark before securing a draw with a post-siren major.

 

No.3

 

R14: Sydney Swans v Essendon

Sydney moved into the top eight for the first time with an extraordinary comeback over the Bombers. Essendon had snatched control with seven goals either side of three-quarter time to establish a 19-point buffer, 23 minutes into the last term. But things quickly went awry, capped by Brendon Goddard's decision to play on from a kick-in. Tom Papley smothered Goddard's kick out of bounds, before Dane Rampe somehow got a kick forward from the throw-in to set up a Gary Rohan mark in the goalsquare. Rohan sealed the deal with an after-the-siren goal.

 

No.2

 

Grand Final: Adelaide v Richmond

This wasn't so much about the quality of the match itself, but more what it meant to the long-suffering Tiger Army. Richmond celebrated on the biggest stage for the first time in 37 years, overwhelming the Crows from midway through the second quarter to claim its 11th premiership by 48 points. Dustin Martin became the first player to do the Norm Smith-Brownlow Medal double, completing one of the greatest individual seasons ever. Star teammates Bachar Houli and Alex Rance were also Grand Final standouts, helping to send their loyal followers into raptures.

 

No. 1

 

Elimination final: Port Adelaide v West Coast

The Eagles had to upset minor premier Adelaide just to make the finals – edging out Melbourne for eighth spot by 0.5 per cent – but clearly still had something to give. Neither the Power nor West Coast was expected to give the flag a shake, but that didn't stop them putting on a show. There were few signs of a classic contest when the Eagles surged 31 points clear in the second term. But without some Eric Mackenzie desperation and smarts to deny Port a late behind and force the ball out of bounds, they wouldn't have hung on to force extra time. The Power momentum continued in building a 13-point lead, but some rearguard West Coast action set up a grandstand finish. A head-high free kick to Luke Shuey against Jared Polec saw the Eagle become the hero, as he coolly slotted the post-siren match-winner. It was the exception in an anti-climactic finals series, after one of the all-time great home and away seasons.