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! - swans4life2013

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.

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.

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

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2 Hawthorn vs Geelong 1989

Best AFL Grand Final ever in my humble opinion.

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."

Watch the documentary if you don't think this is the best grand final of the AFL.

Even as a Geelong supporter, I can say this s the best.

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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.

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

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.

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4 Collingwood vs Carlton 1970

The best!

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

Easily the greatest grand final ever

Absolute cracker!


This is the second best granny ever behind 1989. Will gradually make its way up the list

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6 Collingwood vs St Kilda Draw 2010

Such a nailbiter to watch St Kilda catch up to us but we won by sixty points the next game which kinda ruined the intensity of Collingwoods second grand final decider

I barrack for collingwood and I enjoyed both games but this probably more than the draw because it was keeping me on the edge of my seat

That was so annoying we gathered everyone for a draw

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.

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7 Carlton vs Collingwood 1979
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 - jonjonat

9 Western Bulldogs vs Sydney Swans 2016

The loudest, the most emotional just the best.

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

Waited all my life to see the Bulldogs win, Broke down in tears instantly as the siren sounded

I think eveyone was going for the bulldogs that day

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10 Richmond vs Geelong 1968

The Newcomers

? ST Joseph's vs South Barwon 2017

Goodbye grand final

The Contenders

11 Geelong vs St Kilda 2009

The toe-poke will never be forgotten

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

The ultimate Clash of the Titans! - Jazi17

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.

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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 - jonjonat

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 - jonjonat

13 Hawthorn vs Sydney 2012

Brilliant seesawing encounter

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

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!

Was lucky enough to be at this awesome girlfriend, the lead changed multiple times and as a Swans supporter I thought hawthorn might pull away early in the 4th but the Swans clawed it back and Malceski’s sealing goal was epic I’ll never forget it!

14 Carlton vs Richmond 1972

Amazing game - Richmond scored 150 points and still lost! - graham.clayton.906

15 Essendon VS Hawthorn 1984
16 Collingwood vs North Melbourne Draw 1977
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 - Flamesofsilver

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

Hawks won

18 Carlton vs Essendon 1968
19 Carlton vs Richmond 1982
20 Richmond vs Collingwood 1980

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21 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!

22 Essendon vs Carlton 1993
23 Geelong vs Collingwood 2011

The best two sides all season. Cracking contest for 3 quarters until the mighty cats wore them down! And you won't see 3 classier goals in a girlfriend (with a greasy pill) than those kicked by J.Bartel

24 Melbourne vs Essendon 1959
25 North Melbourne vs Sydney 1996
26 Essendon vs Melbourne 2000
27 Bulldogs v Sydney 2016

It was amazing

28 West Coast vs Geelong 1992
29 Melbourne vs Essendon 1950
30 Richmond vs Carlton 1932

It was on a Sunday

31 Richmond vs Carlton 1973
32 Essendon vs ST Kilda 1965
33 Essendon vs Carlton 1962
34 Essendon vs Hawthorn 1985
35 Hawthorn vs West Coast 2015
36 West Coast vs Geelong 1994
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