Dusty’s legend grows with historic third Norm Smith Medal

Champion midfielder Dustin Martin has elevated himself to an unmatched level of greatness, becoming the first player to win a third Norm Smith Medal. 

The Richmond superstar, who has New Zealand heritage, spearheaded his team’s third premiership in four seasons, stamped himself as the modern game’s greatest finals performer with four goals and 21 disposals against Geelong. 

After matching the achievements of dual Norm Smith medallists Gary Ayres, Andrew McLeod and Luke Hodge last season, Martin joined a club all of his own at the Gabba on Saturday night. 

The player of his generation, he became a triple premiership player and was presented with Norm Smith Medal by Port Adelaide’s 2004 winner Byron Pickett.

He was unanimously adjudged best on ground, polling 15 votes to win the medal from teammate Jayden Short (six), Shane Edwards (four), Geelong’s Mitch Duncan (three) and Nathan Broad (two).

The defining quality of Martin’s match was his ability to impose himself on the contest when the Tigers most needed it. It is what made this arguably his best performance in a decider.

He had 29 possessions and two goals against Adelaide in 2017, and 22 and four against Greater Western Sydney last year’s rout.