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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 was won by the Hawthorn Hawks, who beat the Sydney Swans by 63 points. Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge won the Norm Smith Medal for best on ground in the Grand Final, with a dominating midfield performance. It secured the second straight premiership victory for the Hawks.

The two teams finished first and second on the ladder in the 2014 regular season, and it was amazing to see such a convincing result in the last

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Sydney demolished North Melbourne to reach the biggest game of the year, while the Hawks survived a final-quarter burst from Port Adelaide to scrape in.

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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

Luke Hodge is an AFL great

Luke Hodge is an AFL great

by , 29 Sep 2014 Video

Wow, where to start? Firstly, credit to the victors. Just seven days earlier, I made it fairly clear I thought the Swans would not only win the AFL premiership, but do it with reasonable ease. In wrapping up the last match of the 2014 season, there are so many different angles and such a variety […]

Hawks a hit at AFL premiership fan day

by , 29 Sep 2014 Video

Hawthorn’s premiership stars nursed hangovers, but it was Sam Mitchell’s three children who played up the most at Sunday’s fan day. The 22 players that demolished Sydney in the AFL grand final were presented on stage at Glenferrie Oval, Hawthorn’s adoring faithful flocking to the club’s spiritual home. Captain Luke Hodge and coach Alastair Clarkson […]

Where does Hawthorn’s walloping sit in the list of AFL Grand Final margins?

Where does Hawthorn’s walloping sit in the list of AFL Grand Final margins?

by , 27 Sep 2014

Hawthorn’s 63-point thrashing of the Sydney Swans was a big win, there’s no doubt. It was comprehensive and entertaining, but in terms of the history of the competition, just how big was it, exactly? Well, it’s the biggest grand final margin since 2007, when the Cats absolutely thumped Port Adelaide by a margin of 119 […]

2014 AFL Grand Final: Luke Hodge wins Norm Smith Medal

2014 AFL Grand Final: Luke Hodge wins Norm Smith Medal

by , 27 Sep 2014

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge has claimed the 2014 Norm Smith Medal, after an impressive performance in the Hawks’ 2014 AFL Grand Final win. The Hawks led at every change on their way to an impressive 63-point win. Luke Hodge finished the match with 35 touches, 12 marks, four tackles and two goals. The win is […]

Hawthorn win 2014 AFL Grand Final 137-74 over Sydney

Hawthorn win 2014 AFL Grand Final 137-74 over Sydney

by , 27 Sep 2014

The Hawthorn Hawks have won the 2014 AFL Grand Final, beating the Sydney Swans by 63-points in front of 99,454 at the MCG. FINAL SCORE: SYDNEY 11.8 (74) HAWTHORN 21.11 (137) Josh Kennedy kicked the first goal of the match, but from that point on it was largely one-way traffic. The first quarter ended with […]

2014 AFL Grand Final: Half time score – Hawks 75, Sydney 33

2014 AFL Grand Final: Half time score – Hawks 75, Sydney 33

by , 27 Sep 2014

The first half of the 2014 AFL Grand Final ended with the Hawthorn Hawks leading the Sydney Swans by 42-points with a score of 75 to 33. HALF TIME SCORE: SYDNEY 5.3.33 HAWTHORN 11.9.75 Josh Kennedy kicked the first goal of the match, but Hawthorn were dominant throughout the first half. After a dominant first […]

Norm Smith Medal is about the best story, not the best player

Norm Smith Medal is about the best story, not the best player

by , 26 Sep 2014

One of the growing traditions of grand final day is being able to select the Norm Smith medallist. Heck, some people are even able to make a tidy sum of jellybeans through the fine art of gambling on it. The process of picking the winner is often a bigger story than the player himself. It […]

Buddy’s insult will cost Swans the flag

Buddy’s insult will cost Swans the flag

by , 26 Sep 2014

There is little to separate the Hawks and Swans. Both finished the home-and-away season with 17 wins, a percentage difference of less than two. Both clubs are finals-hardened, with three and four grand final appearances in a decade, both are lauded for their cultures, and both were viewed similarly by the umpires in 2014 (96 […]

Why the grand final needs to stay at the MCG

Why the grand final needs to stay at the MCG

by , 26 Sep 2014

Yesterday I read an article on The Roar that suggested it was time to shift the AFL’s showpiece event to another stadium should the top qualifying side be a non-Victorian side. Although there were some very valid points raised – i.e. the Swans, as minor premiers, are theoretically playing an away game on Saturday – […]

Time to move the grand final away from the MCG

Time to move the grand final away from the MCG

by , 25 Sep 2014

The Melbourne Cricket Ground has been home to the AFL grand final every year for over 110 years, bar one in 1991. With the sport becoming far more national than it was 100 years ago, should the grand final ever be moved away from the MCG? The Sydney Swans, who finished top of the premiership […]


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