There’s more to the game of Australian Rules Football than just the AFL, so we’ve have gone deep into YouTube to bring you some of the awesome Grand Finals from the SANFL, WAFL, VFA/VFL, Tassie and NEAFL.
What better way to get pumped for today’s SANFL, WAFL and VFL Grand Finals than a trip down memory lane of the REAL footy.
1973- Glenelg 21.11 (137) def. North Adelaide 19. 16 (130) @ Adelaide Oval
In what many South Australian footy fans consider to be the greatest SANFL Grand Final of all time, the Glenelg Tigers defeat the North Adelaide Roosters by 7 points in an absolute thriller.
It would be the at the last Grand Final to be played at Adelaide Oval before the league moved into Football Park in 1974 (and returned back to Adelaide Oval in 2014).
This colour newsreel from the time captures the high scoring, high skill intensity of the game.
1978 – Norwood 16. 15 (111) def. Sturt 14. 26 (110) @ Football Park
Was it a free kick?
This is the question that has been debated by South Australian Footy fans for 40 years.
At the 29 minute mark of the last quarter, Norwood’s wingman Phill Gallagher is awarded a free kick in front of goal that gives the Redlegs the lead.
1990 – Port Adelaide 16.15 (108) def. Glenelg 13. 15 (93) @ Football Park
With the Port Magpies application to join the AFL denied that year resulting in the formation of the Adelaide Crows, this was one of the most controversial SANFL seasons of all time with some other clubs in the league calling for Port to be expelled for betraying South Australian Football.
Port would go on to beat the Bays by 15 points and the clubs legend Scott Hodges (who would go on to play at the Crows the following year) kicked his 153rd goal for the season breaking the record for most goals kicked in an SANFL season.
2017 – Sturt 7. 8 (50) def. Port Adelaide 7. 7 (49) @ Adelaide Oval
Poor old Port couldn’t take a trick in both the AFL and SANFL finals series of 2017.
The Power lost their elimination final to West Coast after Luke Sheuy kicked a goal after the siren in extra time and the Sturt Double Blues do the Magpies over by a point in the SANFL GF.
It was torture for Port Adelaide fans and schadenfreude for everyone else.
Sturt also won the under 18’s and reserves premierships on the same day. A fine effort.
1978 – East Perth 11. 15 (81) def. Perth 12. 7 (79) @ Subiaco
Led by the legendary Barry Cable, the East Perth Royals make the most of the rainy conditions at Subi in what is considered one of the biggest upsets in WAFL history.
1996 – Claremont 13. 8 (86) def. East Perth 12. 12 (84) @ Subiaco
With both sides fielding AFL players from the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle, the 1996 WAFL Grand Final between the Claremont Tigers and East Perth Royals had it all.
The Tigers would go on to win by two points with Chris Lewis, Todd Ridley and now Crows coach Don Pyke dominating for Claremont against a brave East Perth side.
2010 – Swan Districts 14. 16 (100) def. Claremont 14. 15 (99) @ Subiaco
In what could be considered one of the best individual performances by any player in a Grand Final, Swan Districts star Andrew Krakouer kicks the winning goal moments before the final siren to give the Swans the lead.
Krakouer had four goals, 40 possessions and won the Simpson Medal – The Best on Ground in the WAFL Grand Final along with winning the Sandover Medal (The WAFL’s Brownlow equivalent) that season.
Football was seen as rehabilitation for Krakouer who had previously served prison time for assault after his career with Richmond finished, he would be drafted to Collingwood for the 2011 season.
1971 – Dandenong 14.14 (98) def. Preston 13. 14 (92) @ Junction Oval
One of the most controversial Grand Finals in the history of the old VFA.
Dandenong won the game by six points, but the Preston Football Club challenged the result on the grounds that a free kick paid to Jim “Frosty” Miller before the bounce of the ball resulting in a goal was illegal under the rules of the game.
The result of the 1971 VFA Grand Final was not decided until the Wednesday evening, three days after the final siren that Dandenong was officially announced as the 1971 VFA Premiers.
1976 – Port Melbourne 19. 18 (132) def. Dandenong 10. 15 (75) @ Junction Oval
We couldn’t possibly do the VFA without some gold old fashioned biffo in a Grand Final. Here’s Dandenong’s Alan Harper giving legendary Port Melbourne forward Fred Cook one. The injury report from the 1976 VFA Grand Final is as follows PORT MELB: Cook (lacerated mouth), Brown (broken nose, lost teeth) DANDENONG: Miller (broken foot), Crane (groin), Harper (broken jaw).
Reports: PORT MELBOURNE -Haenen, for striking boundary umpire Walker (cleared)
Harland, for striking Harper (four weeks)
Dermott, for kneeing Harper (reprimand)
Holt, for striking Droscher (two weeks)
Allen, for striking Thompson (two weeks)
Thomas (trainer), for grabbing Harper by the hair (entire 1977 season)
Droscher, for striking Holt (two weeks)
Shinners, for striking Thomas (trainer) (four weeks)
Melai (trainer), for using abusive language (six weeks)
The game was played in front of a packed crowd of 32,137 at the Junction Oval. Absolute chaos.
1990 – Williamstown 16. 11 (107) def. Springvale 15. 15 (105) @ Princes Park
Considered one of the greatest VFA Grand Finals of all-time, Williamstown come back from 34 points at the start of the last quarter when Billy Swan (father of Dane, although if you ask a Willy supporter Dane is Billy’s son) kicked the winning goal for the Seagulls from 50 meters out with just under a minute remaining in what is one of the most exciting finishes to a Grand Final you’ll ever see.
1994 – Sandringham 11. 12 (78) def. Box Hill 10. 9 (69) @ Victoria Park
Sandringham coached by the late, great St.Kilda legend Trevor Barker come back from 4 goals down at three-quarter time to defeat Box Hill by 9 points in a thrilling finish.
It would be the last Grand Final under the VFA banner before the league was re-branded to the VFL in 1995.
TASSIE FOOTY LEAGUE –
1979 – Clarence 12. 11 (83) def. Glenorchy 11. 14 (80) @ North Hobart Oval
In front of a record crowd of 24,698 at North Hobart Oval, the underdogs Clarence defeat Glenorchy in a heart-stopping finish.
It would also mark the retirement of one Peter Hudson, who was playing for Glenorchy at the time.
The game itself is in the AFL Tasmania Hall of Fame.
2009 – Clarence 15. 11 (101) def. Glenorchy 14. 11 (95) @ Bellerive Oval
30 years after their thrilling Grand Final, the two clubs would meet again with Clarence taking home the spoils in was what a hard-fought Tassie State League Grand Final.
2014- Aspley 15. 12 (102) def. Sydney Swans Reserves 15. 10 (100) @ Graham Road Oval, Brisbane
Sit back and watch five minutes of one of the most thrilling finishes you’ll ever see in a Grand Final of any level.