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NRL Grand Final

NRL Grand Final Betting - October 5th 2014

NRL Grand Final Betting

Every year since 1954, Rugby League has played a Grand Final at season end to decide the competitions’ best. The NRL Grand Final is the match every team strives to line up in; of the 26 games played prior, this is the one teams want to win most. The 2014 event will kick-off at on Sunday October 6th at ANZ Stadium. Sydney Roosters reigned supreme in 2014, claiming the coveted title of premiers over the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.

The 2014 NRL Grand Final will be like no other. The ANZ Stadium will be transformed into a carnival precinct and Grand Final ticket-holders get extra bang for their buck. Approximately two kilometres of temporary fencing will be erected around the stadium, securing the venue which will feature live music, family areas, food stalls, supporter bars, merchandise stalls, games and rides.

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Facts about the NRL Grand Final

  • The lowest score in an Australian rugby grand final is 4-2: Parramatta v Canterbury in 1986.
  • The St George Dragons hold the record for the most consecutive N SWRL/NRL premierships: 11 from 1956-66.
  • Tina Turner famously performed her hit Simply The Best at the 1995 grand final.

The most anticipated and celebrated game of the season, the NRL Grand Final attracts record crowds. The largest to date being the 1999 hit-out; the first at ANZ Stadium, this blockbuster was attended by 107,558 people. Screened live into lounge room across the globe, a television audience of over 3million metropolitan and regional viewers watched the 2011 action.

The league’s main event is played out like any game during the season; same rules, just a little more at stake. The traditional NRL Grand Final breakfast is held mid-week as a prelude to Sunday’s big match. This lavish event is attended by both Grand Final teams, coaches, league legends, media and business identities and is telecast live.

Best afield on NRL Grand Final day is awarded the Clive Churchill Medal; a prestigious individual honour. The winning team is presented with the bronze NRL trophy, which is a replica of the former Premiership trophy, the Winfield Cup and members of the victorious team receive Premiership rings.

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NRL Grand Final Past Winners and Runners Up

Below are the past winners and runners up of the NRL Grand Final.

Season Winner Score Runner Up Venue Attendance
2013 Sydney Roosters 26-18 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles ANZ Stadium, Sydney 81,988
2012 Melbourne Storm 14-4 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Stadium Australia, Sydney 82,976
2011 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 24-10 New Zealand Warriors Stadium Australia, Sydney 81,988
2010 St. George-Illawarra Dragons 32-8 Sydney Roosters Stadium Australia, Sydney 82,334
2009 Melbourne Storm 23-16 Parramatta Eels Stadium Australia, Sydney 82,538
2008 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 40-0 Melbourne Storm Stadium Australia, Sydney 80,388
2007 Melbourne Storm 34-8 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Stadium Australia, Sydney 81,392
2006 Brisbane Broncos 15-8 Melbourne Storm Stadium Australia, Sydney 79,609
2005 Wests Tigers 30-16 North Queensland Cowboys Stadium Australia, Sydney 82,453
2004 Canterbury Bulldogs 16-13 Sydney Roosters Stadium Australia, Sydney 82,127
2003 Penrith Panthers 18-6 Sydney Roosters Stadium Australia, Sydney 81,166
2002 Sydney Roosters 30-8 New Zealand Warriors Stadium Australia, Sydney 80,130
2001 Newcastle Knights 30-24 Parramatta Eels Stadium Australia, Sydney 90,414
2000 Brisbane Broncos 14-6 Sydney Roosters Stadium Australia, Sydney 94,277

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ANZ Stadium

The 2014 NRL Grand Final will be held at the home of Rugby League in Australia, ANZ Stadium. ANZ Stadium has hosted NRL’s biggest day of the year since 1999, prior to this, Sydney Football Stadium, formerly Allianz Stadium was Rugby Leagues’ home base.

Originally known as Stadium Australia, and also Telstra Stadium, it was purpose-built for the Sydney Olympics and situated within the Sydney Olympic Park compound in Homebush. ANZ Stadium hosts numerous NRL home and away matches in addition to State of Origin fixtures. A world record Rugby League crowd attended the venues’ inaugural 1999 NRL Grand Final: 107,558. The site underwent an $80million reconfiguration following the Olympics and since 2003 ANZ Stadium has a crowd capacity of 83,500 – 72,500 for an oval field when used for cricket or AFL matches – and 90% of seating is under cover.

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NRL Grand Final Historic Games

Perhaps the most talked about Grand Final in League game in history – dating back to 1954 when Grand Finals became mandatory – was the 1989 clash when Canberra trumped Balmain 19-14.

In terms of the more recent history of the game, two NSWRL/NRL Grand Finals stand out.

1999 NRL Grand Final

Melbourne Storm defeated St George 20-18 – The 1999 NRL grand Final was memorable for all the wrong reasons. With less than three minutes to full time, a controversially video referee decision awarded a Storm penalty try and inevitably the premiership. The penalty try drew the side’s level at 18 all and Craig Smith’s subsequent conversion directly in front of the posts gave the Storm a 20-18 outright victory.

1997 NRL Grand Final

Newcastle Jets defeated Manly Sea Eagles 22-16 – The 1997 decider between the Jets and the Sea Eagles was a heart pumping thriller. At 16 apiece and in the closing minute of the match, Knight’s legend Andrew Johns produced something special. Johns found some space and off-loaded to winger Darren Albert who crossed for a try with seven seconds on the clock. Johns’ accuracy in front of goal sweetened the deal.

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