Top 10 AFL Grand Finals In History

The Top Ten

1 Sydney vs West Coast 2005

I was so lucky to watch my Swans beat the Eagles to win their first premiership in 72 years! Undoubtedly one of the best grand finals the game has seen. Leo Barry's mark was the best moment of my life too!

Neither team deserved to lose. Both the Swans and the Eagles fought until the very end. Perfect example of what an AFL Grand Final should be.

I was angry to see my team the eagles loose but its still a grand final to watch twice, LEO BARRY YOU STAR!

How is this only at Number 2? Such a great game. What made it even better was that it was between two non-Victorian teams.

2 Hawthorn vs Geelong 1989

The pinnacle Granny. It had it all. Blood, sweat, tears, busted bones and punctured lungs. This is a standout number one. Two sides throwing everything at it. The ground was also swarming with hall of famers. Just one of those games you could go back and watch and still feel the nervous tension the whole way through. Best girlfriend in history.

Who could forget the Battle of 89? The high scoring thriller where Gary Ablett Sr scored 9 goals and it still wasn't enough to get the Cats over the line. By the final siren, the Hawks only had 13 fit players on the field. Scottish soccer player Ray Stewart watched the match, and even said "I would not play this game for a million dollars."

This is the game that, for the last 30 years, has made me never rule out a comeback when one team leads early. Add the hairstyles, and it’s a stone cold classic.

There have been closer Grand Finals on the scoreboard but nothing beats the gladiatorial spirit of 1989.

3 Sydney vs West Coast 2006

I was lucky enough to be at Version 1 -2005 and this one. Both great games but the sequel just tops the original.

It was a one point game and in the swans half the eagles could of lost it if dean cox didn't win the tap.

People always talk about how good the 2005 one was, but it was too low-scoring for me. This one is the best.

For me this was ons was the best and most exciting AFL Grand Final I have ever seen.The 2005 was also very good but a bit too low scoring

4 Collingwood vs Carlton 1970

Best b/c 3 reasons - golden era of footy, greatest comeback of all time, & Collingwood got done!

Oh Jesaulenko You Beauty!

Come on, you gotta vote for this man, it's the best ever

That piece of commentary still clear as day in my head...JESAULENKO YOU BEAUTY!

5 West Coast vs Collingwood 2018

West Coast vs Collingwood was great because of the nail-biting moments. Yes, the umpires favoured West Coast but it was still a great game.

Woow. To come from 5 goals down and then have it see-sawing - even at three quarter time for the first time in a granny since the 30s. Then Collingwood kick two to open the last quarter and then West Coast kick two and then that play leading up to that kick from Sheed to win it was just unreal.

Great comeback from the underdogs at the MCG. Close calls from the umps but they did well with their decisions. WCE fought back from adversity and staged a hard fought victory on that unforgettable day.

The greatest game since the 05 & 06 Sydney/West Coast grand finals. An epic game full of drama and excitement.

6 Collingwood vs St Kilda Draw 2010

For me this was the best AFL Grand final ever.
A real nailbiter.
I have watched AFL grandfinal every year since 1983 and this one was the best for me.

I was at the MCG for the first game. It was an absolute thriller. As soon as the siren sounded, the atmosphere around the stadium was incredible. It's a shame that the replay was boring and one-sided.

That was so annoying we gathered everyone for a draw

What a great Grand Final!

7 Carlton vs Collingwood 1979

What's better than beating Collingwood by 10 goals in a Grand Final? - beating them by 5 points in a Grand Final! Also, unbelievable tap from the boundary by Harmesy!
GO BLUES!

8 St Kilda vs Collingwood 1966

For a non St Kilda supporter I just adore this performance and near the end it's the best victory of all time even more the 2006 grandfinal with one point scored near the end of the game

9 Richmond vs Geelong 1968

1967 actually. A team without any finals experience winning.

10 Western Bulldogs vs Sydney Swans 2016

One of the greatest flags to be ever won by a football club. Riddled with injury for the entirety of the year they willed themselves to the grand final. Once they were there, they played like men possessed to make sure they didn’t let this opportunity slip. They didn’t let it slip and they battled it out with the swans in a thriller where they finally managed to break free from the swans in the dying minutes.

The jubilation and relief from the dogs fans could not be explained with words for words would not do it justice.

It was truly a special grand final.

To see the dogs be so underestimated and come out and win the flag and shock everyone, had the whole footy nation on its feet (unless you go for sydney). made all us doggie supporters proud.

Western Bulldogs & Sydney battled it out and it was very close until Tom Boyd kicked a goal and they were 15 points in front, then Liam Picken kicked an easy goal and put them 21 points up, then a point was scored on the siren. The Western Bulldogs ended a 62 year drought. The Western Bulldogs had last played in a Grand Final in 1961 making it 20,090 days or 55 years

Plenty of highlights: Dale's tackle on buddy, Boyds long goal, tight goals from Cordy and tom Boyd, J.J.'s running, Picken's mark, and many more. Credit to the Swans for a top effort, especially Josh Kennedy. Bevo's presentation to Bob will also be long remembered. A great and special grand final.

The Contenders

11 Geelong vs St Kilda 2009

Not the prettiest grand final but easily one of the best. Could have gone either way all day. Never had there been two clubs undefeated by round 13, so even mid season this was destined to be a thriller.
Unfortunately the weather played into Geelong's favour but nonetheless it was a cliffhanger till the end

This game was a classic the scores were so close and st kilda could of won bescause adam scihndier was gifted a goal and milne missed an easy one as well but in the end the cats won of the boot of chappy. It was a great match and a match I'll never forget. Chappys goal, scarllos toe poke, dawsons spoil, nicks determination, bartels effort on hayes tom hawkins poster IT WAS FANTASTICO HALA MADRID

Like its successer, this game would of been a draw if harry taylor didn't mark it at the end. Sadly this great mark was overshadowed by leo barrys mark 4 years prior.

The toe-poke will never be forgotten

12 Brisbane vs Collingwood 2002

Best game ever! The margin never once reached 10 points and best of all, the mighty Lions won back to back premierships.

It is the best game ever but not if you really hate consecutive premierships from a very overrated team hate or love collingwood this was one of the most unfair and robbed contests in history

One of the best performances in AFL history it will go down in history as one of the best Grandfinals of all time excluding the greatness of the 1970 and 1989 VFL grandfinals it is by far the best and greatest game of all time

13 Hawthorn vs Sydney 2012

Veiwers must of thought hawthorn would smash it after half time but no sydney was not done with they kicked the last 5 goals with one a snappy round the boddy in the last minute to give sydney a 10 point win! this was not like most grand finals either the leading team continued switching!

Really high standard of footy, one of few grand finals to be match of the year.

Brilliant seesawing encounter

Oh man, Nick Malceski's goal in the last minute was so good!

14 Essendon VS Hawthorn 1984
15 Carlton vs Richmond 1972

Amazing game - Richmond scored 150 points and still lost!

16 Collingwood vs North Melbourne Draw 1977

The last quarter comeback!

17 Hawthorn vs Geelong 2008

One of the great David vs Goliath games. Geelong fans saying we "stole" their flag for years afterwards, even as the hawks couldn't beat them again for five years. Game was won in the third quarter by a young prodigy called Cyril as well as an overweight ex-retired Stuart Dew, whose one great quarter more than justified his recruitment

Who doesn't like a bit of Cats vs Hawks?
As a Hawthorn supporter, at least I can say, I'm glad we finally got them again in 2013

Cameron Mooney's miss after the half-time siren was probably the funniest thing I've seen in my life!

18 Richmond vs Collingwood 1980

All tigers fans vote this

An absolute rampage!

19 Essendon vs Carlton 1993
20 Carlton vs Essendon 1968
21 North Melbourne vs Sydney 1996

The king got sit sit on that premiership throne

22 Fremantle vs Hawthorn 2013

It was the first time Freo made the grand finals ever, and they lost by 15 points. Hopefully they win it this year!

23 Bulldogs v Sydney 2016

It was amazing

24 West Coast vs Geelong 1992
25 Carlton vs Richmond 1982
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