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.
AFL Grand Final Winners and Runners Up
Below are the winners and runners up of the AFL Grand Final.
|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|
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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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.