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Karaoke with The Killers: Jack kicks off Tiger party

Jack Riewoldt's cameo with The Killers He kicks goals and he duets with one of the biggest rock bands in the world

KEY FORWARD Jack Riewoldt kicked off Richmond's premiership party by jumping on stage with The Killers.

Still dressed in his match guernsey and shorts, with a premiership medal hanging around his neck, Riewoldt was handed the microphone by lead singer Brandon Flowers.

The Tiger led a raucous rendition of hit 'Mr Brightside', sure to go down in the Grand Final annals alongside Carlton skipper Stephen Kernahan's 1987 performance of Tammy Wynette's 'Stand by Your Man'.

"Premiership player and a rockstar in one day," Riewoldt told the MCG crowd.

"Dreams do come true, ladies and gentlemen."

Riewoldt helped spark the Tigers into life in the first quarter of Saturday's Grand Final, taking a huge pack mark when they were under siege by Adelaide.

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But though his Grand Final feats will live long in Tiger fans memory, Riewoldt might need longer to become a household name with The Killers.

The band took to Twitter after the premiership party to deliver a shout-out to "the guy in yellow".

Honoured past member @thekillers

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The premiership, which seemed so far away for so long, unleashed emotions that had been held in check for decades.

Club chief executive Brendon Gale, a key architect of their resurgence in the last decade, and president Peggy O'Neal were in tears as they sat together in the stands during the last quarter.

Similarly Tigers great Matthew Richardson, who presented the premiership cup, sobbed on the boundary when it became clear that victory was theirs.

As celebrations moved from the MCG, Richmond's Swan Street became a heaving mass of yellow and black. 

With thousands packing the iconic strip, comedian and Richmond diehard Mick Molloy was mobbed as he made his way through a throng of delirious supporters. 

Queues formed as a barber offered free cuts in the signature style of Norm Smith Medallist Dustin Martin, and the euphoria showed no sign of dying down as long-suffering Tiger fans prepared to party into the night.

Two more beers for Dusty

The party also kicked on at Crown Palladium, where supporters mingled with players, past and present.

A yellow-and-black scarf was the fashionable accessory, while big screens played highlights of the match and guests took selfies with the premiership cup.

A Tiger premiership 37 years in the making. All pictures: AFL Photos

The players emerged around 10pm to rowdy cheers, still wearing that infamous clash strip over a more sedate white shirt and with premiership medals firmly around their necks.

Speedster Daniel Rioli was moving a little slower than normal on crutches.

President Peggy O'Neal spoke first, thanking everyone in sight and proudly proclaiming: "The drought is over!"

A relaxed captain Trent Cotchin was up next, saying it his whole career so far had been an incredible journey.

"I haven't had a moment to reflect, really. You talk about me being at the height of my journey, and all about me, but it's not just about me, it's about the people behind me," Cotchin said.

"That's the reason we're such a special group. We've embraced it, we've enjoyed it and we love each other.

When asked about what moment in the match was the trigger for realising Richmond were premiers, Cotchin uncharacteristically cut across.

"No one cares about that. We won!"

Coach Damien Hardwick was just looking forward to one thing.

"It's going to be a long night. All right you blokes, I want you to take it easy. Dustin's [Martin] only allowed two more beers for the night," he said.

"I don't know about you, but I can't wait to get home, put my feet up on the couch, have a beer, and watch these blokes win a premiership again."

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