MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 17: Dustin Martin of the Tigers and Gary Ablett of the Cats compete at a stoppage during the 2018 AFL round 13 match between the Geelong Cats and the Richmond Tigers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 17, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

There have to be standout performances should a club go on and win the ultimate prize, it takes 22 contributors if not more, but when the whips are cracking it’s the stars that separate the teams.

We take a look at the ten best players from the 2020 Grand Final.

10. Cam Guthrie (Geelong)

Guthrie topped off his career best year with a great display in the biggest game of all, he started terrifically kicking Geelong’s first goal and was everywhere as the Cats stormed to a half-time lead. But when his midfield fell away his supply lessened significantly out on the wing. He faded out of the game but it was through very little fault of his own.

GEELONG, AUSTRALIA – JULY 23: Cameron Guthrie of the Cats celebrates a goal during the 2016 AFL Round 18 match between the Geelong Cats and the Adelaide Crows at Simonds Stadium on July 23, 2016 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

9. Shai Bolton (Richmond)

Bolton was good without being great, but that was the beauty of his game. Usually one for the flashy and mercurial, on Saturday night Bolton did the simple and he did it well. His contest to set up the first goal of the game for Dion Prestia was huge and helped set the tone for his game going forward.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 18: Shai Bolton of the Tigers celebrates after scoring a goal during the round 22 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the West Coast Eagles at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 18, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

8. Dion Prestia (Richmond)

Prestia kicked the first goal of the game which is always a nice treat, but his game went far beyond that. It even went to a second goal, at the start of the last term which put a dagger in the heart of the Cats. Prestia was brilliant around the ball and proved damaging when he had ball in hand.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 30: Dion Prestia of the Tigers celebrates kicking a goal with team mates during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 30, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/AFL Media/Getty Images)

7. Tom Stewart (Geelong)

When Geelong were under the pump they offered little to no resistance, the only resistance that seemed to be there was Tom Stewart. He attempted to foil anything in his area and did so with mainly success, but there was no stopping the Tiger train when it was rolling. He was good though.

GEELONG, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 18: Tom Stewart of the Cats marks the ball during the round 22 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Fremantle Dockers at GMHBA Stadium on August 18, 2018 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

6. Toby Nankervis (Richmond) 

He was instrumental in their preliminary final win and he proved to be huge again, when Nick Vlastuin went down it sent the Tigers defence into chaos. The Cats were having a easy time of it until ‘Big Nank’ went back and made it near impossible to avoid him. He crunched packs and made life difficult for Hawkins and Dangerfield.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 17: Rhys Stanley of the Cats and Toby Nankervis of the Tigers compete in a ruck contest during the 2018 AFL round 13 match between the Geelong Cats and the Richmond Tigers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 17, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

5. Shane Edwards (Richmond)

Edwards missed most of the season, let that sink in. He has returned for finals and not missed a beat, he’s arguably been as good as he’s ever been. His skill and touch were on show as well as his as always excellent decision making, he was a critical part of the Tigers puzzle they missed all season.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 18: Shane Edwards of the Tigers celebrates after scoring a goal during the round 22 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the West Coast Eagles at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 18, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

4. Nathan Broad (Richmond)

May well have saved his best game for his last in a Richmond jumper, he may not be there next year but his performance will long live in the memory of Tigers fans. another man who stepped up in the absence of Vlastuin and helped the Tigers steady after a shaky first half.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 20: Nathan Broad, Jack Graham, Dustin Martin and Trent Cotchin of the Tigers sing the song in the rooms after winning the AFL Preliminary Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Geelong Cats at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 20, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

3. Jayden Short (Richmond)

The booming right boot of Jayden Short has become one of the Tigers’ best assets, his run and dash as well as his decision making stood tall when the pressure was on. He defended brilliantly and when the Tigers won the ball back he was off and running. His two-way work was unparalleled on the night.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 17: Jayden Short of the Tigers and Brandan Parfitt of the Cats in action during the 2018 AFL round 13 match between the Geelong Cats and the Richmond Tigers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 17, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

2. Mitch Duncan (Geelong)

He was outstanding, had one hand on the norm smith at half time. Duncan was everywhere in the first half, he went to the contest and got the ball moving his teams way and when the game opened up it was Duncan who began cutting Richmond to pieces by foot.

His goal oozed class, however when the Cats stopped winning the ball the outside ball supply dried up. Duncan still ended up with 30 disposals but his influence wasn’t what it was in the first half.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 17: Mitch Duncan of the Cats celebrates a goal during the 2017 AFL round 04 match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Geelong Cats at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 17, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

1. Dustin Martin (Richmond)

Hard to argue with the Norm Smith judges on this one, 4 goals, all of which mattered. His first goal kept them in the hunt going into half time as he grabbed the ball and guided it to his foot one-handed and in one motion. His second made him look untouchable, the third showed terrific goal sense and the last was just plane silly.

He rises to a level like we’ve never seen in finals and made a case as to why some see him as the games best ever finals performer. He was different!

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 28: Shane Edwards and Dustin Martin celebrate Richmond winning the 2019 AFL Grand Final on September 28, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mackenzie Sweetnam/Getty Images)