Best grand final of the modern era (since 1998)

Best grand final of the modern era/since 1998

  • 2007 - Geelong vs Port Adelaide

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  • 2013 - Hawthorn vs Fremantle

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  • 2015 - Hawthorn vs West Coast

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  • 2019 - Richmond vs GWS

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  • Total voters
    303

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kranky al

Has NEVER sh@t himself in maccas
Jun 30, 2009
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Deroesfromgero
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2007.

The deck was absolutely stacked against Geelong, but somehow we prevailed by 119 points.
And to come from behind and win by one……………………………………………………………………hundred and seventeen points - what an effort after they scored the first point.
 

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Biggy_Boy

Brownlow Medallist
Aug 8, 2007
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Geelong
2007.

The deck was absolutely stacked against Geelong, but somehow we prevailed by 119 points.
Patchy form too. Only just scraped over the line against a battle-weary Pies outfit while Port obliterated the Kangaroos by 87 points. Port also had a number of players with experience playing in, and winning, grand finals. Everything stacked against Geelong. One of the greatest triumphs against adversity of all time.
 

Ricky Vaughn

Premiership Player
Feb 9, 2015
4,160
8,184
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Geelong
And to come from behind and win by one……………………………………………………………………hundred and seventeen points - what an effort after they scored the first point.

Just further deck stacking we were able to overcome. Mathew Stokes also got injured in the first quarter. Those decks were just so ******* stacked!
 

lumpinee

MK ULTRA
Jul 18, 2019
2,834
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across the park from commission flats
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Richmond
its gotta be 2020,Scotts constant whinging of Richmonds home ground advantage null and void,Dangerfields assault on Vlaustins face and getting let off
Houli doing a calf in the 1st qtr,the media's biased obsession with sending Ablett out with a flag all made that Premiership the sweetest and at 1/2 time it was all going to script much to the medias unbridled glee which they couldnt contain,and then,🎇🎇,7 minutes into the 3rd and the games been turned upside down,sweeeeeeet 🍦🍦🍦🍦
 

Punt Road Feral

Premiership Player
Aug 23, 2007
3,275
2,973
Punt Road's Manure Pit
AFL Club
Richmond
2018 has got to be up there.

The game itself was really good with multiple momentum shifts and some really key moments that stick to the memory bank that made the GF a stand out.

If anyone hasn’t seen the YouTube clip of the breakdown of the match winning play with McGovern, Vardy, Ryan and Sheed it’s a must watch.

Basically all of those were against the odds of even being on the field at the moment (McGovern will a huge injury concern in the lead up, Vardy only playing because Nic Nat going down, Ryan was called to be benched but didn’t hear the runner and Sheed for coming in for Gaff’s suspension)

Absolutely spine tingling stuff where literally every single moment ‘clicked’ when there was literally no margin for error in execution from each player.

That’s how fine the margin was in this game and was the difference between winning and losing.
 

Captain_Bender

Premiership Player
May 21, 2015
3,893
5,689
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Richmond
its gotta be 2020,Scotts constant whinging of Richmonds home ground advantage null and void,Dangerfields assault on Vlaustins face and getting let off
Houli doing a calf in the 1st qtr,the media's biased obsession with sending Ablett out with a flag all made that Premiership the sweetest and at 1/2 time it was all going to script much to the medias unbridled glee which they couldnt contain,and then,🎇🎇,7 minutes into the 3rd and the games been turned upside down,sweeeeeeet 🍦🍦🍦🍦
The funny thing is that despite Richmond being the higher ranking team we still beat them at their "home" ground during the hub the Gabba, instead of our "home" ground during the hub Metricon
 

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Meteoric Rise

Premiership Player
Feb 4, 2008
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Richmond
2018 has got to be up there.

The game itself was really good with multiple momentum shifts and some really key moments that stick to the memory bank that made the GF a stand out.

If anyone hasn’t seen the YouTube clip of the breakdown of the match winning play with McGovern, Vardy, Ryan and Sheed it’s a must watch.

Basically all of those were against the odds of even being on the field at the moment (McGovern will a huge injury concern in the lead up, Vardy only playing because Nic Nat going down, Ryan was called to be benched but didn’t hear the runner and Sheed for coming in for Gaff’s suspension)

Absolutely spine tingling stuff where literally every single moment ‘clicked’ when there was literally no margin for error in execution from each player.

That’s how fine the margin was in this game and was the difference between winning and losing.

It is all so true because even Jack the blind miner knew that Darling would drop a sitter of an uncontested mark one metre from goal after that play ended in full points, because it was a Grand Final and he hadn’t done it yet. 😉

Hang on, is Jack Darling actually Jack the blind miner, and that is why he dropped the mark that would have relegated this GF from a classic finish to a comfortable winning margin?
 

Lsta062

Brownlow Medallist
Jul 15, 2014
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It’s between 2012 and 2018 for me. I went with 2012 only because of how Sydney defeated a strong Hawthorn at the MCG. Hawthorn were just as good as they were in 2013-2015 that year, so you could say that the only team that defeated Hawthorn at their peak was 2012 Sydney.

You could say the same thing about Hawthorn beating peak Geelong in 2008 too, which was impressive as well.

Anyways, 2018 was a great GF as well so I’d have them a close second and 2008 as third on the list
 

RUNVS

Hall of Famer
Feb 28, 2007
45,206
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Sydney
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Sydney
So so far we have

1. 2018 - 21.3%
2. 2009 - 12.3%
3. 2012 - 10.7%
3. 2021 - 10.7%
5. 2002 - 7.4%

I do wonder if 2021 is being inflated though because it is the most recent Grand Final. Was a close game for a while but Melbourne flicked a switch in the 3rd quarter and made the Bulldogs look like an Auskick team.
 

Tarkyn_24

Supersuns’ Jilted Ex-Best Friend
Dec 23, 2006
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55,908
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Collingwood
2002.
Amazing contest and my memory says it went goal goal for a long time and then Voss and Akermanis stood up late to drag the Lions over the line.
Comfortably this in terms of games the Pies were involved in. All of 2002, 2010, 2011 and 2018 were superb games though
 

Proper Gander

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Feb 15, 2015
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So so far we have

1. 2018 - 21.3%
2. 2009 - 12.3%
3. 2012 - 10.7%
3. 2021 - 10.7%
5. 2002 - 7.4%

I do wonder if 2021 is being inflated though because it is the most recent Grand Final. Was a close game for a while but Melbourne flicked a switch in the 3rd quarter and made the Bulldogs look like an Auskick team.
I don’t think so. It wasn’t a close game (outside of a couple of minutes late in the third) but my neutral friends loved it for the sheer dominance of the last quarter and a bit and the standard of football during that time. Plus a train wreck has its own fascination.

I agree 2018 was great to watch though for the tension
 

GastevsBeard

All Australian
Aug 18, 2009
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Richmond
So so far we have

1. 2018 - 21.3%
2. 2009 - 12.3%
3. 2012 - 10.7%
3. 2021 - 10.7%
5. 2002 - 7.4%

I do wonder if 2021 is being inflated though because it is the most recent Grand Final. Was a close game for a while but Melbourne flicked a switch in the 3rd quarter and made the Bulldogs look like an Auskick team.

Agree re 2021

Up to mid third-quarter it was tracking as one of the great GFs. But a GF that finished in "Arcade Mode" can't be one of the greats