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The 2023 AFL Grand Final took place at the MCG on Saturday the 30th of September, 2023 and saw the Collingwood Magpies defeat the Brisbane Lions in a four-point thriller for their record-equalling 16th Premiership

The AFL Grand Final is the number one professional Australian Rules game of the year and sees the league’s two premier teams face off in a Premiership decider.AFL Grand Final

Traditionally held on a Saturday afternoon in late September or early October the AFL Premiership Grand Final takes place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Victoria, and is officially the most popular Australian sporting event of the year.

The MCG has hosted the Grand Final AFL / VFL match from 1902 – 1941; 1946- 1990; and 1992 – now, meaning the game has been played at a different venue on just 10 occasions since 1898. In 2021 the AFL Grand Final was played in Perth due to COVID-19 restrictions in Melbourne.

Each season the AFL Grand Final winners are awarded the AFL Premiership Cup and Premiership Flag, plus every player in the winning team is presented with a gold Premiership Medallion.

The standout player deemed to be the man-of-the-match in the AFL Grand Final is awarded the Norm Smith Medal, named in honour of former Melbourne player and coach Norm Smith (1915 – 1973).

Since 2001 the winning AFL Grand Final coach is presented with the Jock McHale Medal, whose namesake is former Collingwood coach Jock McHale who holds the AFL Premiership winning coaching record of eight victories.

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2023 AFL GRAND FINAL RESULT

Collingwood Magpies 12.18 (90) defeated the Brisbane Lions 13.8 (86) by 4 points

  • Winner of Preliminary Final 1 vs Winner of Preliminary Final 2 
  • Winner: Collingwood Magpies
  • Result: Collingwood won by 4 points
  • Score: Collingwood Magpies 12.18 (90) – 13.8 (86) Brisbane Lions
  • Norm Smith Medal: Bobby Hill (Magpies) 
  • Date: Saturday September 30, 2023
  • Start Time: 2:30pm (AEST)
  • Venue: MCG, Melbourne

The two form teams of the season fittingly faced off in a thrilling 2023 AFL Grand Final at the MCG with the Collingwood Magpies narrowly defeating the Brisbane Lions by four points to secure their record-equalling 16th premiership. 

For the first time since 2019 Collingwood defeated the Lions, overcoming a few injury concerns to see Brisbane’s horror record at the ‘G continue with the runners-up having now won just one of their 16 matches played at the venue. 

The Norm Smith Medal went to Bobby Hill who kicked a career-best four goals during the Pies’ epic 12.18 (90) to 13.8 (86) victory in front of a capacity 100,024 spectators in a classic decider. 

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AFL Grand Final Results

There has been a total of 126 Australian Rules Grand Finals played out over history and the most successful clubs with a total of 16 Premiership wins are Essendon and Carlton whose latest victories were 2001 and 1999 respectively.

Collingwood are just one AFL Grand Final win away with 15, but they have finished runners-up more than any other club having been beaten in the Premiership decider 26 times from 43 appearances. The only AFL teams in the current competition yet to make a Grand Final appearance are the Gold Coast Suns.

The current competition as we know and love it was renamed the Australian Football League (AFL) in 1990 and most recently Hawthorn have dominated winning three straight AFL Premierships from 2013-15.

AFL Norm Smith Medal

The AFL Grand Final man-of-the-match is awarded the Norm Smith Medal.

VFL/AFL Premiership Winners

Club Name No. of Premierships Runners-up Grand Final Appearances Premiership Wins by year Runner-up years
Essendon 16 14 29 1897, 1901, 1911, 1912, 1923, 1924, 1942, 1946, 1949, 1950, 1962, 1965, 1984, 1985, 1993, 2000 1898, 1902, 1908, 1941, 1943, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1957, 1959, 1968, 1983, 1990, 2001
Carlton 16 13 29 1906, 1907, 1908, 1914, 1915, 1938, 1945, 1947, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1995 1904, 1909, 1910, 1916, 1921, 1932, 1949, 1962, 1969, 1973, 1986, 1993, 1999
Collingwood 16 27 45 1902, 1903, 1910, 1917, 1919, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1935, 1936, 1953, 1958, 1990, 2010, 2023 1901, 1905, 1911, 1915, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1925, 1926, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1952, 1955, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1966, 1970, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 2002, 2003, 2011, 2018
Hawthorn 13 6 19 1961, 1971, 1976, 1978, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015 1963, 1975, 1984, 1985, 1987, 2012
Melbourne 13 5 19 1900, 1926, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1948, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1964, 2021 1946, 1954, 1958, 1988, 2000
Richmond 13 12 24 1920, 1921, 1932, 1934, 1943, 1967, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1980, 2017, 2019, 2020 1919, 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1940, 1942, 1944, 1972, 1982
Geelong 10 10 18 1925, 1931, 1937, 1951, 1952, 1963, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2022 1897, 1930, 1953, 1967, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2008, 2020
Fitzroy (1897–1996) 8 5 13 1898, 1899, 1904, 1905, 1913, 1916, 1922, 1944 1900, 1903, 1906, 1917, 1923
Sydney / South Melbourne (1897-1981) 5 12 17 1909, 1918, 1933, 2005, 2012 1899, 1907, 1912, 1914, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1945, 1996, 2006, 2014, 2016
North Melbourne 4 5 10 1975, 1977, 1996, 1999 1950, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1998
West Coast 4 3 6 1992, 1994, 2006, 2018 1991, 2005, 2015
Brisbane Lions 3 2 4 2001, 2002, 2003 2004, 2023
Adelaide 2 1 3 1997, 1998 2017
St Kilda 1 6 8 1966 1913, 1965, 1971, 1997, 2009, 2010
Port Adelaide 1 1 2 2004 2007
Western Bulldogs / Footscray (1925–1996) 2 2 4 1954, 2016 1961, 2021
Fremantle 0 1 1 2013
University (1908–1914) 0 0 0
Brisbane Bears (1987–1996) 0 0 0
Gold Coast 0 0 0
Greater Western Sydney 0 1 1 2019