Knight ready to join AFL grand final greats

Clare's Riley Knight - in action at Friday night's preliminary final - is one of 22 Adelaide players who will play in the 2017 AFL grand final on Saturday.
Clare's Riley Knight - in action at Friday night's preliminary final - is one of 22 Adelaide players who will play in the 2017 AFL grand final on Saturday.

Riley Knight is about to step out on the biggest football stage this weekend.

He is grand final bound after being a member of the Crows’ emphatic AFL preliminary final victory over Geelong on Friday night at the Adelaide Oval.

A South Clare 2009 junior colts premiership player, Knight will endeavour to add a flag at the very top level to his list of accolades this Saturday when the Crows take on Richmond in the 2017 season decider at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground.

 Adelaide dominated its contest against the Cats and the game was over as a contest early in the second quarter, when the Crows led by an eight-goal margin.

“Knight is a footballer who is known for his versatility and ability to play both in offensive and defensive roles.”

                                                                                                                                            The Crows would go on to win their preliminary final buy a massive 61-point margin.

Knight, playing in just his 30th senior AFL match, had a noted hardness at the ball and his willingness to put his body on the line for the team was again evident.

On Friday night he finished with 14 disposals, six marks and four tackles for the contest, and kicked a goal in the final quarter as the Crows ran away 21.10 (136) to 10.15 (75) winners.

Now aged 22, Knight is a 181cm, 77kg footballer who is known for his versatility and ability to play both in offensive and defensive roles.

Knight was a South Clare Demon during his younger years as a player and then went on to play for St Peter’s College and Woodville West Torrens.

He represented Adelaide in the SANFL in the club’s maiden year and was rewarded for his hard work with the 2014 runner-up best and fairest award.

Drafted to Adelaide at the end of the 2013 season, his first game of AFL football was in round 15 of 2015, in a highly emotive game against West Coast, the match after the passing of coach Phil Walsh.

His 2016 pre-season was interrupted with an ankle injury which gave him a late call-up to the Crows side, but at that stage he continued to fall in and out of the side.

The youngster had a better lead up to 2017 and has been a main stay in line-up throughout the year.

The Crows will have a final open training session on Adelaide Oval today, September 27, before travelling to Melbourne for the grand final parade on Friday and the biggest game of the year on Saturday afternoon.

Adelaide will participate in its first grand final in 19 years and is looking for a third AFL premiership since entering the AFL in 1991.