AFL Grand Final
Saturday October 3rd 2015
AFL Grand Final Betting
There is an unwritten law in Australia that you never plan a wedding (or any major event, for that matter) on Grand Final Day. And if you do, you cannot be surprised or offended if you get a poor turnout. The last Saturday in September has, since ancient times, been reserved for the AFL (VFL) Grand Final, where those who are lucky enough to be a client of an ASX-listed company attend the game, and the rest of us scurry between the barbecue in the backyard, the esky in the laundry and the telly in the lounge room to watch it at a mate’s place. However this year will see an October Grand final due to the later start to the 2015 season.
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. Today’s AFL Grand Final is the biggest event on the Australian sporting calendar and AFL Grand Final betting is hot. Carlton and Essendon have won the most Grand Finals with 16 apiece – but it’d be worth checking either of those teams’ AFL Grand Final odds before jumping on the bandwagon this year!!
AFL Grand Final BBQ 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 AFL Grand Final 2015, if all seats and standing tickets are sold, the MCG’s capacity is only 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.
AFL Grand Final Winners and Runners Up
Below are the winners and runners up of the AFL Grand Final.
|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|
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
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What happened in the 2013 AFL Grand Final?
Despite a groundswell of late support for eventual runners-up Fremantle, Hawthorn won last year’s Grand Final by 15 points – deservedly so after a dominant home-and-away campaign.
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