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AFL Grand Final

AFL Grand Final Betting - 2:30pm September 27th 2014

AFL Grand Final Betting

It is the AFL’s Holy Grail, the title that every team trains for and the ultimate match for any player; the AFL Grand Final. The grand prize at the end of 24 weeks, plus finals, is fought for in the last Saturday in September annually. Like the ‘Race that stops the nation‘, the AFL Grand Final captivates a nation; the mighty MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) will burst at the seams, regardless of who is playing. It is the ultimate spectator’s day and it is made that little more special if your side is lining up.

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Facts about the AFL Grand Final

  • The present-day AFL Grand Finals system was implemented in 2000.
  • In 2004, Port Adelaide defeated the Brisbane Lions win their first AFL Grand Final, and was the first AFL Grand Final not to include a Victorian team. For the next two years, the AFL Grand Finals were also contested only by interstate teams.
  • Sydney Swans defeated the West Coast Eagles in 2005, to win their first AFL Premiership.
  • 2006 saw the West Coast Eagles defeat the Sydney Swans in the first AFL Grand Final decided by a point since St. Kilda edged out Collingwood in the 1966 VFL Grand Final.
  • Geelong beat Port Adelaide in 2007 by a Grand Final record of 119 points and won their first AFL Premiership in 44 years.
  • In the 2010 AFL Grand Final, St. Kilda and Collingwood drew their first game, which was the third drawn AFL Grand Final in VFL/AFL history. Collingwood went on to win the AFL Grand Final replay the following week.

There is a buzz around Melbourne on AFL Grand Final week. The Brownlow Medal is presented on Monday night, at lunch time Thursday the Premiership Cup is on display at Federation Square. Then, on Grand Final Eve the traditional AFL Grand Final parade weaves its way through the city.

The hype becomes reality on AFL Grand Final Day with the opening bounce of the 2014 event. There is rarely a spare seat at the ‘G on Grand Final day; the stand’s awash with club colours. The 1970 VFL clash between fierce rivals Carlton and Collingwood boasts the record for the largest footy crowd (121,696). The 2010 battle between Collingwood and St Kilda threatened that record, with 100,016 in attendance.

The AFL Grand Final is the nation’s most important sporting event. The crowd at the MCG is only surpassed by the television audience; some 2.76million people tuned in for the 2010 draw. The following week’s re-match attracted 2.68million viewers. In 2011, 2.6million watched Geelong avenge St Kilda’s loss, beating the reigning premiers, Collingwood, by a convincing 38 points. The atmosphere spills out on to the street, with the game broadcast live on the big screen at Federation Square.

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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
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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MCG – Melbourne Cricket Ground

The MCG has hosted the AFL’s big day since 1902. With the exception of the WWII years – 1942 to 1945 when the site was a military base – and 1991 when the construction of the Great Southern Stand deemed capacity too sparse, every year since, the league’s deciding match has been played out at the ‘G.

Built in 1853, the MCG is the spiritual domain of the AFL. The league’s biggest and best stage, games have been played here since 1959. Situated in Yarra Park, Richmond, the oval measures 173.6m x 148.3m and the majestic ground can accommodate up to 100,000 spectators. In 2006, three conjoined grandstands were built, encompassing the entire northern side of the stadium. With facilities for members and general admission, the MCG is the premier destination for grand final footy.

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AFL Grand Final Historic Games

In recent history the leagues final hurray has been less than great footy. The millennium’s first was a 10 goal white wash, the 2003 margin was 50 points and in 2007, Geelong thumped Port Adelaide by 119 points! Finally, in 2010, Collingwood and St Kilda gave footy fans an AFL Grand Final to remember.

2010 AFL Grand Final

Collingwood and St Kilda gave footy fans an AFL Grand Final to remember. The now infamous 68 points-a-piece draw will go down in AFL history, as the first draw of the modern era and only the third in VFL/AFL history (1948 and 1977). The 114th annual AFL Grand Final saw the hot favourites, Collingwood; relinquish a 50-26 half time lead allowing the Saints to force a nail-biting draw. One of the historic games, the clash will not be remembered for its magic moments, but rather the outcry that followed. Many called for the game to be decided in extra time, but, instead, the teams lined up the following weekend for a four quarter rematch.

2006 AFL Grand Final

Other classic AFL Grand Final moments: the 2006 Eagles versus Sydney showdown, which came down to the wire. The Eagles held on by a point, after the Swans clawed their way back from 25 points down at half-time.

2005 AFL Grand Final

Who could forget Leo Barry’s leap in the dying moments of the 2005 blockbuster. The Swan’s defender secured his side’s first flag since 1933 with his rain-making mark 30m out from the Eagle’s goal square. The Swans held on to win by four points after what has been called ‘the mark of the century.’

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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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