AFL Grand Final 2021 Grand Final - Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs - Sat, Sept 25 - 5:15pm AWST / 7:15pm AEST

Who you want to win the flag?


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HR Roughnstuf

Norm Smith Medallist
Oct 16, 2006
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I feel the opposite actually. Half this group now knows the feeling of both winning one and losing one. They'll continue to develop two of the most highly rated KPF draftees of the past decade and their gun midfield is still young. Every chance to be their at the pointy end again next season.

How you can be three goals up half way through the third quarter of a Grand Final and almost lose by 100 points is mind blowing, but on another day they may just go on with it and win by 7 goals themselves.
sure, you can write whatever narrative you like and generally it’s forgotten. Only what actually happens from here matters.

Going into the game most were saying Bulldogs midfield was so strong and was going to win them the game. I’ve never seen a team so comprehensively destroyed in the middle in a GF. Only thing that gave dogs a chance was Melbourne’s inaccuracy in the first half.
 

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burger09

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Sep 30, 2015
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The current rules have made for a much better game to watch than a couple of years ago. The Bulldogs and Cats might want to invest in a decent ruckman.
 
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theiaofseed

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Jun 17, 2019
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no excuses as I don't follow either team and you can only play to the rules of the current day which Melbourne did much better

fact is Melbourne played terrible footy for 40 minutes, for most grand finals that would see you at best come back for a tight victory
Melbourne were outplayed for a quarter and half, Bulldogs were thrashed for 2 and half quarter.
 

QuietB

Brownlow Medallist
May 13, 2008
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without the 6 - 6 - 6 they could have put some things in place
Correct - the sweeper Brown is talking about would have been a spare coming off half back last year.

The space that is the main problem for the dogs is at CHF. Clearly the Dee's players were instructed to drag their defenders away from the centre square and that is the space Melbourne exploited.

3 blokes running flat out to CHF with only one defender coming in from half back are not going to be stopped.

It is also worth noting that the Dogs torched the Dees in the same manner in the 2nd and early 3rd quarter.
 

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Xtreme

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Jul 21, 2006
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Jesus I didn't even watch Hawthorn flag replays 4 times in 48 hours.
I think I just carried on the tradition of watching the grand final x times from the 3peat era. My signature hasn't been updated in 2 years.... but granted I haven't really watched them 328947239032790 times in the last 2 years... every couple of months I'll throw a grand final on to remember the goods times. I don't always watch them in full, sometimes I'll put on a match (grand final or otherwise) as background noise while doing other tasks. Still a bit ridiculous I know, but hey people have strange habits... mine is foooooooooooooooooooooooooty :p
 

MinerBoy

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Jan 9, 2007
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Other teams?
its a bit weird that a grand final decided by ten billion points was such an engrossing game
Absolutely. The final margin doesn't really do justice to how enthralling a game it was for a large majority. And even the onslaught was magnificent viewing in its own way.
 

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