The version played after the siren might have been commissioned by the AFL especially for the granny. It's quite possible that all copies of the recording have been destroyed (apart from what was captured by the broadcast - which we all have copies of). Or perhaps the CD is sitting under a layer of dust at AFL House.
The club must have a copy lying around somewhere thenIt was used for the first 2/3 of the AFL season, at least for home games.
We switched to the current version in round 17, 1997 (the game we destroyed Richmond and ended Robert Walls' coaching career).
After that particular game, it was used in Melbourne for the PF and the GF, and once again for the 1998 GF.
On a side note, in 1998:
The semi final in Sydney used the generic Fable Brothers one (for some reason the SCG only used the generic ones in the late 1990's)
The Preliminary Final used the current version
The Grand Final had the same one as the 1997 GF
The club must have a copy lying around somewhere then
Weirdly I don't think the club took any interest in it or had any idea that anyone else did. I seem to remember a few years back when the whole "why aren't we the Mighty Adelaide Crows in our song any more " thing happened and the club was more or less just like "What are you nerds talking about?"Come to think of it, even if the AFL made it, surely someone at the club took an interest and requested a copy. Do the AFC archives have it? Anyone here well-connected with the club archivists?