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AFL Grand Final

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 2014 AFL Grand Final will take place on Saturday September 27, 2014, with the opening bounce scheduled for 2:40pm (AEST).

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In the 2013 AFL Grand Final, Hawthorn defeated Fremantle Dockers 11.11.77 to 8.14.62 at the MCG in front of 100,000 fans, the tenth flag in the Hawks’ history.

Cyril Rioli of the Hawks (centre) celebrates during the 2013 Toyota Grand Final match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Fremantle Dockers at the MCG, Melbourne on September 28, 2013. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)

Defender Brian Lake was awarded the Norm Smith Medal for best on ground, and the Hawks were led by Jack Gunston’s four goals and Grant Birchall’s 26 disposals.

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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 of tickets available to the general public.

The largest-ever crowd at an 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.

Currently, both Carlton and Essendon hold the record for the highest number of VFL/AFL Premierships, at 16 apiece.

In 2012, the Sydney Swans recorded their second AFL Grand Final win in eight seasons with a 10-point win over minor premiers Hawthorn. Swans midfielder Ryan O’Keefe was awarded the Norm Smith Medal.

AFL Grand Final Articles

AFL: We will not raise grand final ticket prices

by , 18 Aug 2014

The AFL has placed a freeze on all ticket prices for September’s 2014 finals series. “We have listened to the concerns of football fans this year around affordability, scheduling and ticketing, and this is the first step in demonstrating the AFL’s resolve to address those concerns,” AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said on Monday in […]

AFL grand final under lights? A dark idea

AFL grand final under lights? A dark idea

by , 19 Feb 2014

Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury suggested yesterday that he would be open to a nighttime AFL grand final after attending the Super Bowl. I can see how this appeals to people and appreciate what a spectacle it could be, but I think it’s a bad idea. First of all, why throw 115 years of tradition out […]

Hawks to decide on Rioli, Lake AFL bans

by , 2 Oct 2013

Hawthorn have been given until Wednesday morning to decide if they’ll challenge the three-game AFL ban offered to Brian Lake and the one-match suspension of Cyril Rioli. Fullback Lake would risk an extra game if he challenged a striking charge for elbowing Michael Walters in last week’s grand final. Small forward Rioli would also risk […]

Time to expand AFL Finals to ten teams

Time to expand AFL Finals to ten teams

by , 1 Oct 2013

The 2013 AFL season offered us a once-in-a-full-moon scenario where the battle for a finals berth extended to the ninth placed team. Admittedly, there were still technically only eight teams competing in the finals due to Essendon’s disqualification but it presented an exciting run in to the finals for about four more clubs. What if […]

How Hawthorn built a Premiership-winning side

How Hawthorn built a Premiership-winning side

by , 30 Sep 2013

When Alastair Clarkson took over as Hawthorn coach at the end of 2004, it was all about building a team to have sustained success in September. Fast forward nine years and that has been achieved with two Premierships in six finals series appearances. In 2005 and 2006, it was all about rebuilding the list and […]

Hawthorn defeat Fremantle by 15 points to claim 2013 AFL Grand Final

Hawthorn defeat Fremantle by 15 points to claim 2013 AFL Grand Final

by , 28 Sep 2013 Popular article!

Hawthorn have held off a Fremantle comeback threat to clinch their second AFL premiership in six years, winning 11.11 (77) to 8.14 (62) in front of 100,007 fans. Brian Lake starred in defence, to more than justify his recruitment from the Western Bulldogs last off-season, captain Luke Hodge again showed himself one of the AFL’s […]

2013 AFL Grand Final: Hawthorn lead Fremantle by 23 points at the MCG

2013 AFL Grand Final: Hawthorn lead Fremantle by 23 points at the MCG

by , 28 Sep 2013

Hawthorn lead a wasteful Fremantle Dockers by 5.5.35 to 1.6.12 at half time of the 2013 AFL Grand Final, with forward Jack Gunston kicking three for the Hawks in the opening term. Gunston gave Hawthorn the lead inside four minutes after marking directly in front and from the edge of the 50 he kicked truly […]

2013 AFL Grand Final live scores, blog – Hawthorn vs Fremantle

2013 AFL Grand Final live scores, blog – Hawthorn vs Fremantle

by , 28 Sep 2013 Popular article!

The wait is over as we reach the pinnacle of the 2013 AFL season with Hawthorn locking horns with Fremantle in the big dance. Live scores and commentary of the 2013 AFL Grand Final begins from 2.30pm AEST. Hawthorn has made it into this year’s grand final after losing just three games in the home-and-away […]

Purple with envy for the AFL Grand Final

Purple with envy for the AFL Grand Final

by , 28 Sep 2013

Sitting in my hotel room, I look out the window to see the MCG glittering under the spring sunshine and feel nothing but jealousy. This time 51 weeks ago, I sat in the stats box at the G as an emergency, watching my teammates take the lead in a preliminary final against Hawthorn. Cyril Rioli […]

Why Hawthorn will win the AFL Grand Final

Why Hawthorn will win the AFL Grand Final

by , 28 Sep 2013 Popular article!

Get ready for another AFL Grand Final epic. This year’s decider pits together two teams that are poles apart yet both very, very capable. Hawthorn will be desperate to avoid consecutive losing Grand Finals being part of their legacy. Fremantle are seeking to leave the first premiership-winning legacy in club history. Hawthorn have been the […]


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