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Riewoldt's Rampage lives up to its name in AFLX win

The best highlights from a big night of AFLX There were some thrilling and entertaining moments in a great night of footy

RAMPAGE skipper Jack Riewoldt snapped a last-second goal to snatch victory over Nat Fyfe's Flyers in the realestate.com.au AFLX Grand Final by 17 points on Friday night.

In a controversial finish, Riewoldt flew and dropped a mark under pressure from Lachie Hunter, but received a free-kick near the behind post.

His team's nominated 'Gatorade Game Changer', Riewoldt, in trademark style, screwed a snap around his body and converted for a 20-point goal, securing an 84-67 triumph.

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Fittingly, Maddie Riewoldt's Vision - started after Riewoldt's late cousin's passing from Aplastic Anaemia five years ago – was handed a $30,000 cheque after Rampage won the title. 

Ronald McDonald House Charity will receive $10,500 for the 21 'super goals' kicked on the night.

It was an exciting finish to the round-robin tournament, which saw Rampage and Flyers face off in the decider after they both won two of their three games.

Eddie Betts' Deadly outfit and Patrick Dangerfield's Bolts line-up won a solitary game each.

Rampage star Patrick Cripps took home the superboot award after scoring 96 points, well clear of second-placed superstar Fyfe (62).

The Flyers made it through to the Grand Final after a last-gasp victory in their final round-robin match when Marcus Bontempelli kicked truly in the dying seconds to down the Bolts 87-76.

 

Earlier, footy showbiz arrived at Marvel Stadium, with Jack Riewoldt's Rampage team handing a 20-point defeat to Patrick Dangerfield's Bolts outfit in the opening contest.

The players promised to express themselves and entertain the fans and they delivered throughout the evening.

The pre-game 'paper, scissors, rock' contest for the choice of ends was a hit with players celebrating wildly when their teammate guessed correctly.

 

in the opening match, with Riewoldt's aptly named team going on a rampage early to lead 66-18 just after half-time before the Bolts stormed back into contention.

In the dying stages Bolts 'game changer' Tom Hawkins twice had the chance to kick a 20-pointer to reduce the margin to just one point, but he was unsuccessful with his left-foot and torpedo attempts.

Although very few torpedoes came off, and questions as to whether the oink ball was conducive to the spiral punt, the game was played at the predicted fast and furious pace, resulting in a high-scoring contest (72-52).

Rampage's Shaun Higgins nailed the first 10-point super goal with a drop punt on the run. His skipper then scored another after receiving a 50-metre penalty.

The skippers shared a comical moment in the second 10-minute half when Dangerfield looked set to take an easy set shot from close range before taking on Riewoldt on the mark with ‘Danger’ just managing a scrambled a behind as he was tackled.

The Bolts' Andrew Gaff made his first public appearance on an AFL ground since receiving a lengthy striking suspension that cost him a place in West Coast's premiership side last year.

Team Deadly – the All Indigenous line-up - was slow to get going in the tournament but came to grips with the fast-paced format and exploded in their final game to kick a tournament-high 98 points in Rampage's only loss.

 
BOLTS          52
RAMPAGE     72

BOLTS          45
DEADLY        39 

DEADLY       39
FLYERS        84 

RAMPAGE    67
FLYERS        46 

RAMPAGE     84
DEADLY        98 

BOLTS          76
FLYERS        87

Grand Final
RAMPAGE     84
FLYERS        67