AFL Preliminary Review
Magpies v Tigers
Well, I certainly didn’t see that coming.
Collingwood kicked 5 goals in the 1st quarter. They led by 53 points at half-time. Richmond finally sprang to life in the 3rd quarter but it was a bit too late. The closest they ever got was within 21 points. This is the Pies’ first go at the Big One in 7 years. Mason Cox proves it is possible to go from the round ball to the oval one, he kicked three goals in the second term. Sidebottom had to be the star of the match with 41 possessions. Richmond’s banner proudly trumpeted ‘All aboard the Tiger train running express through September’. It looks as though the train broke down at Collingwood Station. Riewoldt was the Tigers’ player of the day with 5 goals. Howe did an ankle but is expected to be ok for the Grand Final. Collingwood played a focussed relentless game, just like the Pies of old. No more wobbles.
Collingwood 15.7.97 v Richmond 8.10.58
Demons v Eagles
What just happened…
If you were shocked by Collingwood getting up against Richmond, then no-one foresaw the Eagles wiping out the Demons by a massive 66 points. It was hard to watch. It was brutal.
Melbourne didn’t manage a goal until the start of the 3rd quarter. The first time a team had been kept goalless to half-time in a final since 1927.
The Demons bumbled and stumbled through most of the game. By contrast the Eagles were tough, slick and methodical. An absolute perfect example of teamwork.
The crowd set a new WA record for attendance, almost 60,000 rocked up to Optus Stadium.
This will be the Eagles’ seventh Grand Final. It’s going to be a cracker.
Melbourne 7.13.55 v West Coast 18.13.121
The AFL Grand Final starts at 2:30pm AEST
It will be streamed live on the AFL Live Pass mobile app.
Over in the SANFL,
North Adelaide narrowly triumphed over a magnificent Norwood by 19 points to become 2018 Premiers.
Did you know?
There have been two Grand Finals decided by a point.
West Coast defeated Sydney by 1 point in 2006.
St Kilda won their only premiership so far in 1966 by defeating Collingwood by one point.
Greatest Ever Grand Final Comeback
At the 1970 Grand Final, the half-time score was Collingwood 10.13.73 to Carlton 4.5.29, it seemed like the Pies were about to win their first premiership since 1958. But after the collision between Pies teammates Peter McKenna and Des Tuddenham, things took a turn towards The Blues.
Carlton won the second half 13 goals to four. It was a game right down to the wire, The Blues beat the Pies by a very narrow 10 points.
Biggest Ever Grand Final Winning Margin
119 points – Geelong 24.19.163 v Port Adelaide 6.8.44, 2007
Smallest Ever Grand Final Crowd
4,823 - Fitzroy v South Melbourne, 1899
Biggest Ever Grand Final Crowd
121,696 - Collingwood v Carlton, 1970
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