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Analysis 2023 Grand Final wrap: Liked, Learnt, and Hated?

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Do_Beta_Rapport

All Australian
Jun 23, 2022
844
1,671
AFL Club
Collingwood
Liked: A cracking game of footy. The win. The respect between both sets of fans at the game.

Learnt: Carlton supporters seem to be taking it worse than Lions supporters.

Hated: Having to figure out which way the clocks go when out celebrating.
 

flamethrower

Norm Smith Medallist
Sep 14, 2003
7,240
3,856
Williamstown
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
LA Angels, Maple Leafs
Liked - An epic Grand Final played by 2 awesome teams. An even better pregame show - KISS proving once again that they are the "hottest band in the world". They have set the bar so high that other lesser acts will be reluctant to accept the gig in the future.

Learnt - KISS should have also played half time, and done a post game concert. Bobby Hill is a star. Steele Sidebottom is the epitome of clutch. Just like Billy Swan in the 1990 VFA GF, I didn't think Steele had it in him. Adrenaline can move mountains.

Hated - Channel 7s coverage gets worse every year - ad after ad after ad - how about letting viewers enjoy the moment of a clutch last quarter goal rather than shoving gambling ads down our throats. Or let Fox Footy air the game. And commentate the game, don't provide an uneducated opinion about EVERY free kick.
 

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nobbyiscool

Brownlow Medallist
Aug 11, 2006
20,704
23,091
Democratic People's Republic of Victoria
AFL Club
Tasmania
Other Teams
Raiders/TasTigers/MV/Iggles
Liked: Incredible standard of footy, up there with 2018, 2006 and 1989 in my lifetime.

Learned: We are so badly serviced by our FTA broadcaster. Everything from about 11am onwards yesterday was complete cringe. The sooner Fox get to produce their own broadcast the better. I also miss the post-game concert, I hope that gets brought back, I feel like it's more inclusive for fans, and probably a bit safer, than just releasing drunks onto Swan St.

Hated: We have some really dumb rules. The advantage call that screwed Brisbane at the end? 100% the right call. Which is such a negative indictment on the rules.
 

All Aust

Avatar for ol' mate
Oct 29, 2020
2,419
5,056
AFL Club
Richmond
Like: There was class (Bobby & Daniher) mixed with a helluva lot of resolute determination when class didn't front.

Knew: Failure to clamp Metal Arse carries high cost.

Too old for Hating. Hope that the AFL revert back to 3 central Fluoros. Four has been a Farce.
 

PerthBoy86

Norm Smith Medallist
May 23, 2016
6,721
5,616
AFL Club
West Coast
Liked: Close, exciting game.
Hated: Lions not showing up when they needed to. But I've accepted the result, Pies were better on the day.
Learnt: Collingwood won with coaching and system. Brisbane probably need more experience on the big stage at the MCG.
 

RedBloodBlackSwan

Club Legend
Aug 29, 2021
2,039
4,128
AFL Club
Sydney
Liked: Great game of footy. Congrats to both teams for putting on such an exciting display and for great seasons.

Hated: Channel 7 coverage.

Learnt: AFL better than NRL at many things, putting on a GF isn’t one of them. Rugby League more grounded and working class, the players and commentators come through the public school system and the lack of “old boys” feeling is much more inclusive, relaxed and enjoyable. Commentators also more balanced and professional, they let themselves enjoy whichever team is playing well.
 

danster168

Norm Smith Medallist
Apr 29, 2016
9,722
8,589
AFL Club
Melbourne
Liked: Bobby Hill winning the norm
Learned: Darcy Moore overrated. Smashed by Daniher.
Hated: Collingwood fans saying they deserved to win because they dominated the shots on goal but not acknowledging that they wouldn't have even made the Granny if the dees kicked straight in the Qualifying Final. Double standards.
 

jayvee

Debutant
Sep 4, 2005
59
61
australia
AFL Club
Fremantle
Liked: Ripping game, Pies win was very well deserved, Bobby Hill was electric, Daicos was terrific, Pendlebury’s composure late in the game, Brisbane were gallant in defeat.

Learned: Fly is an outstanding coach, Brisbane had a few too many passengers on the day.

Hated: Was it just me, or was Channel 7’s camera work complete mud?
 

beerbandit

Club Legend
Mar 7, 2006
2,273
2,497
AFL Club
Collingwood
Liked: Pies Premiership/Bobby Hill winning the Norm/Brisbane fans gracious
Learnt: Darcy Moore is the AFLs best captain/ Melbourne posters in particular and Carlton posters to a degree melting on BF and sook like little babies
Hated: Nothing
 

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dean33

Brownlow Medallist
Oct 10, 2007
12,280
18,292
melb
AFL Club
Richmond
Liked - one of the great grand finals no doubt, kiss were great. Happy for Oleg to finally get his chance.

Learnt - apparently collingwood is the first team and McRae the godfather of vulnerability, having fun and creating a positive environment for his players. I must have slept through Richmond doing that for our 3 flags.

Hated - umpires ruining what should have been a truly epic last 90 seconds and robbing the lions the chance to win.
 

Raveneyes

Floreat Pica
Jul 23, 2007
16,640
37,092
AFL Club
Collingwood
Other Teams
Liverpool FC
Liked - WINNING FLAG #16. KISS. FLY AND BABY MAGGIE. BOBBY :hearteyes:

Learnt - I don't recover from hangovers as well as I used to.

Hated #1 - Channel 7's coverage. 1080p is like watching through a dirty window, and far too many ads, especially gambling ads.
Hated #2 - Grand Finals accepted as a corporate day out. Screw the suits, increase ticket allotment for competing club supporters.

Annoying - Home ground advantage comments. Pies were 0-3 vs interstate clubs in Grand Finals before this win.
But sure, let's move it.
Maybe to Adelaide then? Pretty sure Collingwood went 3-0 there this season, perhaps the only time a non-SA club has done that.
 

Tandy

TIF Award Winner
Oct 6, 2017
8,455
14,226
South West Vic
AFL Club
Geelong
Liked: That Howe, Maynard and Cox are premiership players.
Learnt: Hipwood isn't good enough to be playing in a top 4 team. Good state league level player.
Hated: Daicos playing for frees all game. Has the ball on a string and can pretty much so what he likes he's that good. No need to cheat.
 

davos44

Club Legend
May 24, 2008
1,247
1,537
Adelaide
AFL Club
Adelaide
Other Teams
SA Redbacks, Adel United
Liked: From a neutral point of view the umpiring was fine, some horrible nonsense which went both ways. Overall largely unobtrusive.

Learnt: Collingwoods 6 finals margins over the last 2 years are 4, 1, 7, 1, 20 and 6 points, with a 4-2 record. Belief personified

Hated: Whinging about the umpiring is a national sport of the runners up. If you are 8 goals up and don't give away 50M penalties it doesn't matter. Yeah, its frustrating and they ruin games with their constant nonsense but very rarely do they cost a side a game ie. if the Crows didnt play like hot slop for 3 quarters we wouldn't have to rely on some cross-eyed doink for a goal umpire to get it right and if Collingwood kicked 18.12 it wouldn't have mattered about the paid advantage.
 

Drizzy

Team Captain
Jul 26, 2023
475
930
AFL Club
Fremantle
Liked that Bobby had an unforgettable game.

Leant that Collingwoods forward line is dangerous if a bit more accurate.

Hated that Frampton is a premiership player by basically doing nothing.
 

adogsfan5

Brownlow Medallist
Jun 12, 2020
14,763
19,743
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Liked - the game in general. Fast, highly skilled, so bloody entertaining. Best GF I’ve watched.

Learnt - you don’t need superstar key position forwards to win a flag. You need a good blend of competitiveness in the air with pace and smarts around goal (my club should take note!).

Hated - McCreary not shaking the kids hand on stage.
 

BringFevBack2021

Premiership Player
May 9, 2021
4,948
11,903
AFL Club
Carlton
liked: daicos doing a backflip goal
learnt: getting german suplexed while kicking the ball is advantageous
hated: when beau put the hat on the kid, then spun the hat around 360 degrees, snatched the medal from the kid, punched the hat off of the kids head, then grabbed the mic and said "u cant see me!!!!" and dropped the kid, before giving him a five knuckle shuffle
 

Bjo187

Club Legend
Apr 30, 2020
2,858
3,600
AFL Club
Essendon
Liked: the first half was epic, 3rd quarter was a bit of a grind though.

Learnt: Collingwood have more big game players in their squad than any other team.

Hated: Having to watch through ch 7 without the option of foxtel, it ruined my enjoyment of an otherwise great game. The continual ads, the lack of any crowd noise atmosphere through the speakers (which they always do), s**t camera angles, it was endless how ordinary their coverage was.
 

Doc1763

Norm Smith Medallist
Mar 29, 2019
8,215
12,241
AFL Club
Collingwood
Liked: we are the champions, we are the champions, we are the champions of the world!

Learnt: Geelong are NOT the danger.

Hate: BT commentary.
 

HotPiesWithSauce

Club Legend
Jul 10, 2009
2,059
2,257
Adelaide, SA
AFL Club
Collingwood
Loved: that my old man ensured I remained a Pies fan, despite moving to SA when I was 2 - imagine being a Crows/Power fan, shudder

Liked: despite outside noise all year of the media jumping off and on the pies all year, we just kept our heads down and steadily got the job done

Learned: Sidebottom can kick 50+
All the negative pies "supporters" on our board throughout the year are conspicuously quiet now

Hated: I don't hate anything footy related, would like to see the bounce gone though
 

Rotayjay

Brownlow Medallist
Aug 28, 2014
11,977
23,168
Adelaide, South Australia
AFL Club
Adelaide
Liked: Collingwood are worthy premiers despite not being my preferred winners.

Hated: Channel 7's continual trashing of our great game and its greatest day of the year.

Learnt: nothing much - Collingwood were the best side all year and their stars stood up. Brisbane weren't far off, and it showed in the final margin.
 

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