The VFA introduced a grand final the following year, but Richmond lost it after winning the minor premiership.
But Matt Crouch found Rory Sloane with a chip and Sloane kicked straight for the Crows opener.
EDDIE'S READY: Eddie Betts and David Mackay during a Crows training session.
Jenkins was berated for being goal-hungry and failing to reciprocate his fellow forwards' generosity in dishing off handballs to him in the goalsquare, leading to easy goals.
Both the Crows and Tigers have been significant improvers in 2017, ending the run of familiar grand finals over the past decade - since 2005, this is only the second decider not to include one of Hawthorn, Geelong or Sydney. He centred it for Riewoldt, but a step off the mark saw the Tigers blow the chance.
"Life as a Tiger is never easy, but this month has been one hell of a ride". And they got it, courtesy of Jack Riewoldt who kicked three behinds in the first term. It certainly was on this occasion for Adelaide's Luke Brown. A few free kicks given away luckily didn't cost the Tigers.
Off the field, Cotchin has been just as enormous. In saying that, he may need to have a big day in order for Richmond to grab the victory. But go Tigers and then go Brisbane.
He finished with game-highs for forward-half score involvements (12), forward-half ground balls (10), forward-half disposals (19) and forward-half contested possessions (12).
On a day when Brandon Flowers had set the benchmark with the pre-match entertainment, it was fitting that a Tiger was there to deliver the killer blow.
Graham announced himself with his second goal three minutes into the third quarter, and Shaun Grigg added to it before a clever Kane Lambert snap extended Richmond's lead to 28 points.
Defender Brodie Smith required a knee reconstruction after being injured early in the qualifying final, while forward Mitch McGovern was ruled out of the preliminary and grand finals because of a hamstring injury.
Having been edged in the opening term, the Tigers dragged themselves back into the contest with four unanswered goals in the second quarter.
The emotion spilled over in forward Jack Riewoldt's on-field interview with Richmond legend Matthew Richardson on Channel 7.
Charlie Cameron grabbed a late consolation goal for Adelaide, but as the siren went the MCG began to resound to the strains of "We are from Tigerland", and long-suffering Richmond fans began to live their dream.