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It's pretty bizarre the way football fans on these boards can't appreciate greatness: one-sided Grand Finals where the second best team in the comp tries their best, but gets put to the sword by an incredible team firing on all cylinders.

I'm not having a go at anyone in particular... Just people in general... Neutrals always throw a tantrum when a Grand Final isn't close and it doesn't captivate them for the entire afternoon.

It's as though the Grand Final is a Hollywood movie and the script was bad if the game isn't close. :D

Close games are entertaining and all.... But it's a pretty moronic way of remembering Grand Finals, to only ever talk about the close ones and completely dismiss the one-sided GF's.

The media have ALWAYS done exactly that from when I was a little kid... They just said the same stuff over and over and over about the 1966, 1970, 1971, 1977, 1979, 1984, and 1989 Grand Finals and basically forgot about all the other Grand Finals...

Everything gets reduced down to a single incident... or reduced to nothing at all.

1966... Breen kicks a point ("Hit the boundary!" screams Ted Whitten)
1971... Hudson stuck on 150 goals and misses 2 shots for his 151st.
1977 Replay... Phil Manassa's run & long goal.
1979... Wayne Harmes taps the ball across to Kenny Sheldon
1982... The streaker chases after Bruce Doull
1989... Ablett 9 goals.

The game's history is basically erased because dumbasses want to simplify everything to one "magic moment" and only talk about the close GFs



I don't get it.

Why bother even having a discussion thread?

We may as well just list the Grand Finals ranked by the final margin and close the thread.

2010 Collingwood 9.14 (68) drew St Kilda 10.8 (68)
2006 West Coast 12.13 (85) d. Sydney 12.12 (84)
2005 Sydney 8.10 (58) d. West Coast 7.12 (54)
2023 Collingwood 12.18 (90) d. Brisbane 13.8 (86)
2018 West Coast 11.13 (79) d. Collingwood 11.8 (74)
2002 Brisbane 10.15 (75) d. Collingwood 9.12 (66)
2012 Sydney 14.7 (91) d. Hawthorn 11.15 (81)
2009 Geelong 12.8 (80) d. St Kilda 9.14 (68)
2013 Hawthorn 11.11 (77) d. Fremantle 8.14 (62)
2001 Brisbane 15.18 (108) d. Essendon 12.10 (82)
2016 Bulldogs 13.11 (89) d. Sydney 10.7 (67)
2008 Hawthorn 18.7 (115) d. Geelong 11.23 (89)

There you go... That's all you need to know...

Just forget about all these other GF's... Nothing happened... :rolleyes:

2020 Richmond 12.9 (81) d. Geelong 7.8 (50)
2011 Geelong 18.11 (119) d. Collingwood 12.9 (81)
2004 Port Adelaide 17.11 (113) d. Brisbane 10.13 (73)
2015 Hawthorn 16.11 (107) d. West Coast 8.13 (61)
2017 Richmond 16.12 (108) d. Adelaide 8.12 (60)
2003 Brisbane 20.14 (134) d. Collingwood 12.12 (84)
2010 Collingwood 16.12 (108) d. St Kilda 7.10 (52)
2000 Essendon 19.21 (135) d. Melbourne 11.9 (75)
2014 Hawthorn 21.11 (137) d. Sydney 11.8 (74)
2021 Melbourne 21.14 (140) d. Bulldogs 10.6 (66)
2022 Geelong 20.13 (133) d. Sydney 8.4 (52)
2019 Richmond 17.12 (114) d. Giants 3.7 (25)
2007 Geelong 24.19 (163) d. Port Adelaide 6.8 (44)
Not entirely. There have been plenty of arguments for games like 2011, 2008 , 2021 (which I've brought up) being better than a game like 2005, which isn't necessarily the best game despite being a margin under a goal
 

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It's pretty bizarre the way football fans on these boards can't appreciate greatness: one-sided Grand Finals where the second best team in the comp tries their best, but gets put to the sword by an incredible team firing on all cylinders.

I'm not having a go at anyone in particular... Just people in general... Neutrals always throw a tantrum when a Grand Final isn't close and it doesn't captivate them for the entire afternoon.

It's as though the Grand Final is a Hollywood movie and the script was bad if the game isn't close
. :D

Close games are entertaining and all.... But it's a pretty moronic way of remembering Grand Finals, to only ever talk about the close ones and completely dismiss the one-sided GF's.

Absolutely spot on. Perfectly put. Too many fans now are easily brainwashed into simply believing what they're told.

I'd put most Grand finals where a long premiership drought was broken as memorable, because there would always be the thought that the side might choke. Personally I enjoyed all of 2007 (obviously), 2016, 2017, and 2021 for exactly those reasons. And all were close games until the third quarter at least. Sydney to their credit stand alone as they had the longest drought in 2005, and it was a close game, but the standard was so horrific my eyeballs are still scarred.

I'd prefer a top team firing and obliterating the opposition over a low scoring snooze any day. Not even close.
 
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Blowouts can still be entertaining if one team is playing exceptional ruthless footy start to finish (2007, 2019, even 2014 - it wasn't that Sydney were bad that day, it was Hawks were exceptional), problem is teams begin to ease up and enjoy the moment and lairise a little once it is secure and the games meander to the inevitable conclusion. Mick Malthouse is on record as letting Collingwood do this in the 2010 replay, he even sent the FB to FF for a bit of fun.
 
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The first 3 quarters of the 2004 grand final was incredible football. 2 of the best teams to go head to head in a grand final slugging it out while still keeping the scoreboard ticking over.
Doesn't get talked about nearly as much as it should because only one team showed up for the last quarter and it blew out to 6 goals
I agree, and it was the last one to feature biff.
 

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In my viewing time (say since 1986):

God tier: 1989, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2016
Just below: 2002, 2005, 2018, 2023
Good, not great: 1992, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2020, 2021
Not watching again: 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2013, 2014, 2017
The greatest mismatch but one team decided to play their best footy so it's kind of wonderful tier: 2007
Objectively awful: 1988, 1994, 1995, 2015, 2019, 2022
Cannot assess objectively: 1997, 2009, 2010 draw
My idea of hell: 2010 replay
 

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2000 was pretty lackluster, had Essendon's name written all over it, all year. The climax of 2009 and the first 2010 Grand Final were pretty entertaining, and I wanted St Kilda to win those.
 
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How could anyone enjoy 2016? I see the ranting about umpires on here for a normal standard performance in a dead rubber game, let alone the absolute farcical umpiring that day in a grand final.
 

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How could anyone enjoy 2016? I see the ranting about umpires on here for a normal standard performance in a dead rubber game, let alone the absolute farcical umpiring that day in a grand final.

The biggest underdog fairytale in AFL history.

The battlers from the Western suburbs chasing only their second flag in almost 100 years. Needing to defy history and come from 7th on the ladder to do it.

Against the AFL's love child, playing in their 5th Grand Final in 11 years off the back of a cost of living allowance that assisted them in acquiring the hottest free agent in the history of the sport.

1 point the difference half way through the final quarter.
A top tier Grand Final moment with Dale Morris chasing down Franklin and the maligned Tom Boyd scoring his third goal with a bomb from outside 50 to drive home the point that they weren't losing this game.

It was pure football magic.
 

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How could anyone enjoy 2016? I see the ranting about umpires on here for a normal standard performance in a dead rubber game, let alone the absolute farcical umpiring that day in a grand final.
This is total rubbish Edgie. I enjoy your posts on Star Wars and other things. But I’ve watched the game over 15 times often with neutrals and is great every time. Bit like re-watching any of the original trilogy. There is a bit of BigFooty jealousy that the battlers from out west upstaged the big boys so lets try and destroy their narrative. Move on and rewatch it and let us know how much you enjoy it, this time forgetting the Sydney sooks.
 
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This is total rubbish Edgie. I enjoy your posts on Star Wars and other things. But I’ve watched the game over 15 times often with neutrals and is great every time. Bit like re-watching any of the original trilogy. There is a bit of BigFooty jealousy that the battlers from out west upstaged the big boys so lets try and destroy their narrative. Move on and rewatch it and let us know how much you enjoy it, this time forgetting the Sydney sooks.

Just like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader... I sense the conflict within you.

The conflict of interest.

Like The Last Jedi, I will never enjoy rewatching.

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Absolutely spot on. Perfectly put. Too many fans now are easily brainwashed into simply believing what they're told.

I'd put most Grand finals where a long premiership drought was broken as memorable, because there would always be the thought that the side might choke. Personally I enjoyed all of 2007 (obviously), 2016, 2017, and 2021 for exactly those reasons. And all were close games until the third quarter at least. Sydney to their credit stand alone as they had the longest drought in 2005, and it was a close game, but the standard was so horrific my eyeballs are still scarred.

I'd prefer a top team firing and obliterating the opposition over a low scoring snooze any day. Not even close.

Drought was broken in 2008
 

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Melbourne's win in 2021 is the most absorbing 12-goal thumping I've ever watched...

The game felt like it was in the balance, a great battle, and the Dogs were even looking like they'd make a statement in the third...and then it just went bang, all Melbourne...

When I lived near Ipswich, there was a smell in the air when an electrical thunderstorm was brewing...it would creep up on you, the day would be sunny at 1pm and you were oblivious to the increased humidity because the day was already too f###ing hot...and then by 4pm you'd be in darkness and flood and intense lightning and thunder...then you realised it was always coming...!

Kinda like Melbourne this day...!
 

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Toby Thurstans played a blinder. One of the underrated GF efforts

Even though it was a massive flogging, I reckon he was Port's best in 2007.

Unlucky a couple of times and cracked in all day trying to make things happen in the face of an avalanche.
 
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As painful as result is for me, that game was a ripper up until the last quarter.

It's a pity Brisbane was gassed at 3 quarter time, but with our mounting injury count to our spine, it was unlikely we would have triumphed tbh despite the desperate efforts of Bradshaw, Aker, Notting all kicking multiple goals to keep us in the game, Nigel Lappin keeping the midfield afloat, and Big Mal performing an incredible shutdown on Tredrea after giving Leppitsch a bath in the first quarter.

With Voss down, we struggled to deal with the heavy tag of Kane Cornes on Simon Black, completely nullifying his influence and allowing center ball clearances out to Peter Burgoyne & Pickett, were they tore us to ribbons off the wings. Up forward Wanganeen proved too much for Chris Johnson to handle, and Toby Thurstan of all people gave Brisbane massive defensive headaches. When we did get the ball forward of center, we lacked cohesive structure due to Brown hobbling with a hip injury, and Lynch tearing his quad early in the first, resulting in Port's strong half back line of Hardwick, Chad Cornes, and Montgomery to mop us the ball with ease.

Que the second half of the 3rd quarter were the mounting injuries took their toll and Port seized the moment to gain ascendancy after fighting hard all afternoon. Port were awesome that day and hungry to strike after the preceding 3 years of finals failure, in comparison Brisbane were arrogant as the reigning premiers (Jonathan Brown admitted as much), and Port were always going to be extremely difficult to beat, dodgy home prelim or not.
Crazy you follow the Brisbane Lions and Chicago Bulls. Both teams are famous for 3 peats. lol
 

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Blowouts can still be entertaining if one team is playing exceptional ruthless footy start to finish (2007, 2019, even 2014 - it wasn't that Sydney were bad that day, it was Hawks were exceptional), problem is teams begin to ease up and enjoy the moment and lairise a little once it is secure. Mick Malthouse is on record as letting Collingwood do this in the 2010 replay, he even sent the FB to FF for a bit of fun.
Agreed. I normally detest blow out Grand Finals to end a season, but my memory of 2014 (and I'm not a Hawks fan) was that they were just ruthless and it was stunning to watch them dismantle Sydney the way they did.
 

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Agreed. I normally detest blow out Grand Finals to end a season, but my memory of 2014 (and I'm not a Hawks fan) was that they were just ruthless and it was stunning to watch them dismantle Sydney the way they did.

They were paranoid sydney would get as much momentum back, as was usual between the teams
 
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Sydney kicked 74 points in 2014, how many recent grand finals does that win? They just ran in to a behemoth that replied in double to everything Sydney did.

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