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AFL Grand Final

Saturday October 1st 2016






AFL Grand Final

Forever known as the one day in September. This year it’s also the one day in October. Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it but as long as the barbie’s fired up, the frothies are cold and you’re surrounded by mates, it’s all the same thing. The AFL Grand Final is the highest attended match in Australia of any code and also has the largest TV audience. It truly is one ofthe best days on the sporting calendar.

Although the football league that eventually became the VFL and then the AFL began in 1897, that first season was concluded with a kind of round-robin series. The first Grand Final was held at the end of the 1898 season with Fitzroy beating Essendon by 15 points. Until 1931, it was uncertain when the Grand Final would be played due to the confusing Amended Argus System, which could see a Grand Final be awarded in retrospect. For the 1931 season, the VFL switched to the Page-McIntyre System (or final four) which introduced the double chance to teams finishing first and second and ushered in what is widely regarded as the first Golden Age for the game, with Grand Final attendance records broken year on year until the outbreak of WW2.

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AFL Grand Final Winners and Runners Up

Below are the winners and runners up of the AFL Grand Final.

Season Winner Score Runner Up Score Venue Attendance
2015 Hawthorm 16.11 (107) West Coast 8.13 (61) Melbourne Cricket Ground 98,663
2014 Hawthorn 21.11 (137) Sydney 11.8 (74) Melbourne Cricket Ground 99,460
2013 Hawthorm 11.11 (77) Fremantle 8.14 (62) Melbourne Cricket Ground 100,007
2012 Sydney 14.7 (91) Hawthorn 11.15 (81) Melbourne Cricket Ground 99,683
2011 Geelong 18.11 (119) Collingwood 12.9 (81) Melbourne Cricket Ground 99,537
2010 (Replay) Collingwood 16.12 (108) St Kilda 7.10 (52) Melbourne Cricket Ground 93,853
2009 Geelong 12.8 (80) St Kilda 9.14 (68) Melbourne Cricket Ground 99,251
2008 Hawthorn 18.7 (115) Geelong 11.23 (89) Melbourne Cricket Ground 100,012
2007 Geelong 24.19 (163) Port Adelaide 6.8 (44) Melbourne Cricket Ground 97,302
2006 West Coast 12.13 (85) Sydney 12.12 (84) Melbourne Cricket Ground 97,431
2005 Sydney 8.10 (58)) West Coast 7.12 (54) Melbourne Cricket Ground 91,828
2004 Port Adelaide 17.11 (113) Brisbane Lions 10.13 (73) Melbourne Cricket Ground 77,671
2003 Brisbane Lions 20.14 (134) Collingwood 12.12 (84) Melbourne Cricket Ground 79,451
2002 Brisbane Lions 10.15 (75) Collingwood 9.12 (66) Melbourne Cricket Ground 91,817
2001 Brisbane Lions 215.18 (108) Essendon 12.10 (82) Melbourne Cricket Ground 91,482
2000 Essendon 19.21 (135) Melbourne 11.9 (75) Melbourne Cricket Ground 96,249

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Most Appearances at the AFL Grand Finals

Love them or hate them, there is no denying the Collingwood Football Club’s dominance during finals. The Victorian club has made 80 finals appearances (81 if you count 2012), while their nearest rival, Carlton, has appeared 86 times. But, if we talk in terms of modern era footy, the tables turn significantly. In the 22 years since the AFL’s inception, the West Coast Eagles has played the most finals matches. The side has featured in September action 17 out of 22 years, for a total of 40 games. Geelong is next with 38 games over 14 years. Collingwood is fourth, appearing in finals footy 11 years out of the 22 for a total of 28 matches. In terms of grand finals, Geelong has the best record, three flags from seven appearances, just ahead of the interstate invaders, West Coast, with three flags from five grand final appearances. Collingwood holds fourth position, claiming two flags since 1990 from five attempts.

AFL Grand Final Records

Team Played Won Drawn Lost
Collingwood 43 15 2 26
Carlton 28 16 0 13
Essendon 28 14 1 14
Richmond 21 10 0 11
Melbourne 18 12 1 5
Geelong 17 9 0 8
Hawthorn 15 10 1 5
Sydney 15 4 0 10
Fitzroy 13 8 0 5
North Melbourne 10 4 1 5
St. Kilda 8 1 1 6
West Coast 5 3 0 2
Brisbane Lions 4 3 0 1
Adelaide 2 2 0 0
Port Adelaide 2 1 0 1
Western Bulldogs 2 1 0 1
Greater Western Sydney 0 0 0 0
Gold Coast 0 0 0 0
University 0 0 0 0
Fremantle 0 0 0 0
Brisbane Bears 0 0 0 0

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AFL Grand Final Fast Facts

  • The highest attendance at a VFL/AFL Grand Final is 121,696 in 1970, when Carlton came from 44 points down to beat Collingwood.
  • For the 2015 Grand Final, if all seats and standing tickets are sold, the MCG’s capacity is 100,000.
  • Geelong beat Port Adelaide in 2007 by a Grand Final record of 119 points to win their first AFL Premiership in 44 years.
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