AFL Grand Final 2016

The AFL Grand Final is one of the largest and most important annual events on the Australian sporting landscape. The AFL Grand Final is hosted at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and is historically staged on the last Saturday in September.

The 2016 AFL Grand Final is scheduled to take place on Saturday 1 October at 2:30pm (AEST). It will be played between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs.

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The 2015 AFL Grand Final was won by the Hawthorn Hawks, who defeated the West Coast Eagles by 46 points to claim their third consecutive premiership win.

As one of Australia’s largest sporting events, the AFL Grand Final has been a ‘sell-out’ for over two decades, and is well known as one of the most difficult events to obtain tickets, with only a small number available to the general public.

The largest ever crowd at a VFL/AFL Grand Final was 121,696 in 1970, when Carlton defeated Collingwood in what is acknowledged as one of the greatest AFL Grand Finals of all time. The match regularly draws television audiences in excess of 2.5 million viewers.

Hawthorn Hawks 2015 AFL Grand Final Premiership Flag

List of VFL/AFL Grand Final Winners

Season Premier Runner Up Score
2015 Hawthorn West Coast 16.11 (107) – 8.13 (61)
2014 Hawthorn Sydney 21.11 (137) – 11.8 (74)
2013 Hawthorn Fremantle 11.11 (77) – 8.14 (62)
2012 Sydney Swans Hawthorn 14.7 (91) – 11.15 (81)
2011 Geelong Collingwood 18.11 (119) – 12.9 (81)
2010 Collingwood St Kilda 1. 9.14 (68) – 10.8 (68)
2. 16.12 (108) – 7.10 (52)
2009 Geelong St Kilda 12.8 (80) – 9.14 (68)
2008 Hawthorn Geelong 18.7 (115) – 11.23 (89)
2007 Geelong Port Adelaide 24.19 (163) – 6.8 (44)
2006 West Coast Sydney 12.13 (85) – 12.12 (84)
2005 Sydney West Coast 8.10 (58) – 7.12 (54)
2004 Port Adelaide Brisbane 17.11 (113) – 10.13 (73)
2003 Brisbane Collingwood 20.14 (134) – 12.12 (84)
2002 Brisbane Collingwood 10.15 (75) – 9.12 (66)
2001 Brisbane Essendon 15.18 (108) – 12.10 (82)
2000 Essendon Melbourne 19.21 (135) – 11.9 (75)
1999 North Melbourne Carlton 19.10 (124) – 12.17 (89)
1998 Adelaide North Melbourne 15.15 (105) – 8.22 (70)
1997 Adelaide St Kilda 19.11 (125) – 13.16 (94)
1996 North Melbourne Sydney 19.17 (131) – 13.10 (88)
1995 Carlton Geelong 21.15 (141) – 11.14 (80)
1994 West Coast Geelong 20.23 (143) – 8.15 (63)
1993 Essendon Carlton 20.13 (133) – 13.11 (89)
1992 West Coast Geelong 16.17 (113) – 12.13 (85)
1991 Hawthorn West Coast 20.19 (139) – 13.8 (86)
1990 Collingwood Essendon 13.11 (89) – 5.11 (41)
1989 Hawthorn Geelong 21.18 (144) – 21.12 (138)
1988 Hawthorn Melbourne 22.20 (152) – 6.20 (56)
1987 Carlton Hawthorn 15.14 (104) – 9.17 (71)
1986 Hawthorn Carlton 16.14 (110) – 9.14 (68)
1985 Essendon Hawthorn 26.14 (170) – 14.8 (92)
1984 Essendon Hawthorn 14.21 (105) – 12.9 (81)
1983 Hawthorn Essendon 20.20 (140) – 8.9 (57)
1982 Carlton Richmond 14.19 (103) – 12.13 (85)
1981 Carlton Collingwood 12.20 (92) – 10.12 (72)
1980 Richmond Collingwood 23.21 (159) – 9.24 (78)
1979 Carlton Collingwood 11.16 (82) – 11.11 (77)
1978 Hawthorn North Melbourne 18.13 (121) – 15.13 (103)
1977 North Melbourne Collingwood 1. 9.22 (76) – 10.16 (76)
2. 21.25 (151) – 19.10 (124)
1976 Hawthorn North Melbourne 13.22 (100) – 10.10 (70)
1975 North Melbourne Hawthorn 19.8 (122) – 9.13 (67)
1974 Richmond North Melbourne 18.20 (128) – 13.9 (87)
1973 Richmond Carlton 16.20 (116) – 12.14 (86)
1972 Carlton Richmond 28.9 (177) – 22.18 (150)
1971 Hawthorn St Kilda 12.10 (82) – 11.9 (75)
1970 Carlton Collingwood 17.9 (111) – 14.17 (101)
1969 Richmond Carlton 12.13 (85) – 8.12 (60)
1968 Carlton Essendon 7.14 (56) – 8.5 (53)
1967 Richmond Geelong 16.18 (114) – 15.15 (105)
1966 St Kilda Collingwood 10.14 (74) – 10.13 (73)
1965 Essendon St Kilda 14.21 (105) – 9.16 (70)
1964 Melbourne Collingwood 8.16 (64) – 8.12 (60)
1963 Geelong Hawthorn 15.19 (109) – 8.12 (60)
1962 Essendon Carlton 13.12 (90) – 8.10 (58)
1961 Hawthorn Footscray 13.16 (94) – 7.9 (51)
1960 Melbourne Collingwood 8.14 (62) – 2.2 (14)
1959 Melbourne Essendon 17.13 (115) – 11.12 (78)
1958 Collingwood Melbourne 12.10 (82) – 9.10 (64)
1957 Melbourne Essendon 17.14 (116) – 7.13 (55)
1956 Melbourne Collingwood 17.19 (121) – 6.12 (48)
1955 Melbourne Collingwood 8.16 (64) – 5.6 (36)
1954 Footscray Melbourne 15.12 (102) – 7.9 (51)
1953 Collingwood Geelong 11.11 (77) – 8.17 (65)
1952 Geelong Collingwood 13.8 (86) – 5.10 (40)
1951 Geelong Essendon 11.15 (81) – 10.10 (70)
1950 Essendon North Melbourne 13.14 (92) – 7.12 (54)
1949 Essendon Carlton 18.17 (125) – 6.16 (52)
1948 Melbourne Essendon 1. 10.9 (69) – 7.27 (69)
2. 13.11 (89) – 7.8 (50)
1947 Carlton Essendon 13.8 (86) – 11.19 (85)
1946 Essendon Melbourne 22.18 (150) – 13.9(87)
1945 Carlton South Melbourne 15.13 (103) – 10.15 (75)
1944 Fitzroy Richmond 9.12 (66) – 7.9 (51)
1943 Richmond Essendon 12.14 (86) – 11.15 (81)
1942 Essendon Richmond 19.18 (132) – 11.13 (79)
1941 Melbourne Essendon 19.13 (127) – 13.20 (98)
1940 Melbourne Richmond 15.17 (107) – 10.8 (68)
1939 Melbourne Collingwood 21.22 (148) – 14.11 (95)
1938 Carlton Collingwood 15.10 (100) – 13.7 (85)
1937 Geelong Collingwood 18.14 (122) – 12.18 (90)
1936 Collingwood South Melbourne 11.23 (89) – 10.18 (78)
1935 Collingwood South Melbourne 11.12 (78) – 7.16 (58)
1934 Richmond South Melbourne 19.14 (128) – 12.17 (89)
1933 South Melbourne Richmond 9.17 (71) – 4.5 (29)
1932 Richmond Carlton 13.14 (92) – 12.11 (83)
1931 Geelong Richmond 9.14 (68) – 7.6 (48)
1930 Collingwood Geelong 14.16 (100) – 9.16 (70)
1929 Collingwood Richmond 11.13 (79) – 7.8 (50)
1928 Collingwood Richmond 13.18 (96) – 9.9 (63)
1927 Collingwood Richmond 2.13 (25) – 1.7 (13)
1926 Melbourne Collingwood 17.17 (119) – 9.8 (62)
1925 Geelong Collingwood 10.19 (79) – 9.15 (69)
1924 Essendon Richmond No Grand Final
1923 Essendon Fitzroy 8.15 (63) – 6.10 (46)
1922 Fitzroy Collingwood 11.13 (79) – 9.14 (68)
1921 Richmond Carlton 5.6 (36) – 4.8 (32)
1920 Richmond Collingwood 7.10 (52) – 5.5 (35)
1919 Collingwood Richmond 11.12 (78) – 7.11 (53)
1918 South Melbourne Collingwood 9.8 (62) – 7.15 (57)
1917 Collingwood Fitzroy 9.20 (74) – 5.9 (39)
1916 Fitzroy Carlton 12.13 (85) – 8.8 (56)
1915 Carlton Collingwood 11.12 (78) – 6.9 (45)
1914 Carlton South Melbourne 6.9 (45) – 4.15 (39)
1913 Fitzroy St Kilda 7.14 (56) – 5.13 (43)
1912 Essendon South Melbourne 5.17 (47) – 4.9 (33)
1911 Essendon Collingwood 5.11 (41) – 4.11 (35)
1910 Collingwood Carlton 9.7 (61) – 6.11 (47)
1909 South Melbourne Carlton 4.14 (38) – 4.12 (36)
1908 Carlton Essendon 5.5 (35) – 3.8 (26)
1907 Carlton South Melbourne 6.14 (50) – 6.9 (45)
1906 Carlton Fitzroy 15.4 (94) – 6.9 (45)
1905 Fitzroy Collingwood 4.6 (30) – 2.5 (17)
1904 Fitzroy Carlton 9.7 (61) – 5.7 (37)
1903 Collingwood Fitzroy 4.7 (31) – 3.11 (29)
1902 Collingwood Essendon 9.6 (60) – 3.9 (27)
1901 Essendon Collingwood 6.7 (43) – 2.4 (16)
1900 Melbourne Fitzroy 4.10 (34) – 3.12 (30)
1899 Fitzroy South Melbourne 3.9 (27) – 3.8 (26)
1898 Fitzroy Essendon 5.8 (38) – 3.5 (23)
1897 Essendon Geelong No Grand Final

AFL Grand Final Articles

Injury forces Aliir Aliir to miss AFL grand final

Injury forces Aliir Aliir to miss AFL grand final

by , 28 Sep 2016

Sydney Swans defender Aliir Aliir has been ruled out of Saturday’s AFL grand final against the Western Bulldogs.

Brave punter puts $375k on the Swans to beat the Bulldogs in the AFL Grand Final

Brave punter puts $375k on the Swans to beat the Bulldogs in the AFL Grand Final

by , 28 Sep 2016

There is a difference between having a bet, and being silly and if the line hasn’t been crossed by one punter who has put a ridiculous $375,000 on the Sydney Swans to win the AFL grand final against the Western Bulldogs, then it never will be.

You don’t need a Brownlow to win the flag, but it helps

You don’t need a Brownlow to win the flag, but it helps

by , 27 Sep 2016

The 2016 AFL Grand Final will be something of a rarity in that it will be just the third time since the turn of the millennium that the league’s ultimate fixture did not feature a Brownlow Medallist on either side of the field.

Get keen, footy fans, Roy and HG are back on the airwaves for the finals

Get keen, footy fans, Roy and HG are back on the airwaves for the finals

by , 27 Sep 2016

Australian footy fans are in for a treat this grand final weekend, with hilarious radio duo Roy Slaven and HG Nelson announcing they will broadcast the ‘Festival of the Boot’ for both the AFL and NRL deciders.

AFL premiership rankings: Dogs dare to dream

AFL premiership rankings: Dogs dare to dream

by , 26 Sep 2016

They weren’t meant to win three weeks ago. They weren’t meant to win two weeks ago. They weren’t meant to win on Saturday. How much longer can the Western Bulldogs continue defying the script?

Gary Rohan confident he’s 100% after knee scare

by , 26 Sep 2016

Sydney speedster Gary Rohan has full confidence in his knee going into the AFL grand final after he played unhindered against Geelong.

2016 AFL Grand Final fixture: Who plays who, where and when

2016 AFL Grand Final fixture: Who plays who, where and when

by , 24 Sep 2016 Popular article!

The Western Bulldogs will make their first appearance in the AFL Grand Final since 1961 against the Sydney Swans, after the two teams won their way through to the decider on preliminary final weekend.

Share around Giants’ grand final tickets, says fans association

by , 22 Sep 2016

The AFL fans association says any unsold GWS tickets to the AFL grand final – should the Giants make it that far – should be given to opposition and not added to the corporate allocation.

How to get tickets to the AFL Grand Final

How to get tickets to the AFL Grand Final

by , 20 Sep 2016

So you want to go to the AFL Grand Final? Unless you work for an official sponsor or know someone in the AFL inner-sanctum, be prepared to drop a lot of cash for the experience.

This year, a team can win the flag from outside the top four

This year, a team can win the flag from outside the top four

by , 23 Jul 2016

It has been well documented over the years that it is extremely difficult for a team to win the premiership if they do not finish inside the top four.


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