Crows advance in thriller


adelaide logo fremantle logo finals 2012
The Crows have reversed a 29 point deficit to record a victory against Fremantle in a cut-throat semi-final on Friday night.

ADELAIDE 1.3 4.7 8.9 12.9 (81)

FREMANTLE 4.1 7.2 8.4 11.5 (71)

The Adelaide Crows have finally hushed all naysayers, coming back from a 29 point deficit to record an outstanding third quarter surge and hard fought 10 point victory at AAMI Stadium on Friday night.

Key forward Taylor Walker – often noticed only for his mullet and not his goal-kicking nous, was absolutely outstanding for the home crowd as they triumphed in front of 31,742 fans, marching onwards to a preliminary final berth against the Hawks.

Jason Porplyzia (23 disposals, 11 marks, 3 goals), captain Nathan van Berlo (17 disposals, 9 marks, 6 tackles) and midfield general Scott Thompson (27 disposals, 6 tackles) were also strong for the home-team, while Ben Rutten held a limp-looking Matthew Pavlich to a solitary goal after he dismantled Geelong in the previous week’s elimination final.

For the visitors, David Mundy (30 disposals) could hold his head high, while Michael Walters and Chris Mayne booted 3 goals each to add some potency to the forward-line.

Fremantle burst out of the blocks looking ominous, booting 4 goals to 1 in a first quarter that was nearly as damaging as their opening the week prior. Adelaide did their best to reel it in in the second quarter, breaking the strangehold of pressure that was their undoing in their qualifier against the Sydney Swans. Ross Lyon’s Dockers team had clearly learned from that and were trying to replicate it, but as Adelaide started to click, Fremantle couldn’t keep up.

With Ryan Crowley keeping Crows’ star Patrick Dangerfield very quiet, it was left to Thompson to lead the way and they managed to find time and space they hadn’t previously. Fremantle will rue a patch before half-time where Adelaide booted two quick goals – one to Porplyzia and one to Walker after the siren, to bring it back to 13 points at the half.

Crows Take Over

The third quarter belonged to Adelaide as Walker took the game by the scruff and made the Fremantle defence look foolish. Alex Silvagni, in key defender Luke McPharlin’s absence, was clearly not up to the task as Walker ran rampant, booting two quick goals and providing one of the plays of the night when he evaded three Fremantle defenders and gifted fellow forward Kurt Tippett one of the easiest goals of his career.

Taylor Walker stood up on the big stage, booting 5 goals and proving to be a match winner for the Crows.

Coach Ross Lyon defended his decision not to take Silvagni off Walker on SEN after the game, saying with the pressure lagging upfield it wouldn’t have made a difference.

The Walker show was not helped by two costly misses by Fremantle midfielder Stephen Hill when the game was at its tightest – first cannoning a running shot into the post and then missing a fairly elementary set shot from 25m after a free kick.

Adelaide took the lead courtesy of Matthew Wright just before three-quarter time, their first lead of the night. The Dockers seemed to snap back into reality booting the first two goals of the last as Fremantle surged, but Adelaide were able to hold on to ensure that talk of straight sets would remain a mere passing thought. Walker provided the icing on the cake with the Crows’ last two goals of the game, including the sealer with three minutes left on the clock.

The win was slightly soured by injuries to forward Jared Petrenko, left in tears after a shoulder injury when the game was nearly over, and defender Sam Shaw, who injured his hamstring and was subbed out early in the match.

This leaves the Crows with headaches coming into next weeks preliminary final, but for now they can do naught but breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy a hard fought comeback and well-deserved victory.

Fremantle’s 2012 campaign is over and their coach summarised the night for the men in purple perfectly:

That’s footy. If you don’t play for four quarters you miss your opportunity.


Adelaide: Walker 5, Porplyzia 3, Dangerfield, Wright, Tippett, Vince

Fremantle: Mayne 3, Walters 3, Ballantyne, Ibbotson, Fyfe, Suban, Pavlich


Adelaide: Walker, Rutten, Thompson, Porplyzia, Vince, Van Berlo, Smith

Fremantle: Mundy, Johnson, Walters, Barlow, Duffield, Mayne, Sandilands

Official Crowd


Disappointed Facebookers


Dockers Stun Cats at the ‘G

FREMANTLE 5.7 8.9 12.11 14.12 (96)
0.1 3.5 6.9 11.14 (80)

Fremantle have produced one of the most stunning first quarter performances in finals history, on their way to an historical 16 point victory over Geelong. They dominated the Cats from the outset by any and every measurement available, including effort and intensity.

Geelong’s work rate seemed non-existent. They failed to chase or work hard with any desperation when they didn’t have the ball, or to run hard to create options when they did have it. That’s not to play down how good Fremantle were. Their defensive pressure and organization was first class, and would have taken Geelong’s best efforts to penetrate. The Docker’s attack on the ball and commitment in the air was that of a side with genuine claims to make an impact this September.

Matthew Pavlich was a class above kicking three of Fremantle’s five goals for the quarter, and had it not been for a number of easy missed chances the 36 point margin should have been more.

The first 15 minutes of the second quarter was more of the same. The ball was almost exclusively in Fremantle’s front half as they pushed the margin out to 48 points. David Mundy was finding plenty of the ball and managed to find space in heavy traffic a number of times, and Michael Barlow also played a big part in Fremantle’s midfield dominance.

Almost unbelievably it took Geelong until the 18 minute mark of the second quarter to register their first goal.

Immediately it was as if the Cats collectively snapped their fingers and decided they would start doing the things that are mandatory to win finals – they started applying defensive pressure, hitting contests harder than their opponents, running hard to support one another… other words, all of a sudden they started having a go. By half time they had reduced the margin back to 34 points.

After the break the champion Geelong side that we’ve become so accustomed to watching in September came out doing what they do best. Joel Selwood and Jimmy Bartel stamped their mark through the middle, Paul Chapman was starting to look creative, and the Geelong forward line started to function.

The Cats kicked 3 of first 4 goals drawing the margin back to 21 points, and looked set to run over the top of the Dockers. However it was Fremantle’s response when challenged that was probably more impressive than their phenomenal start.

Matthew Pavlich and Hayden Ballantyne lifted and kicked successive goals, followed quickly by a goal to Michael Walters. Fremantle had thus far withstood Geelong’s best efforts for a comeback, and went into the final change 38 points ahead.

Geelong threw everything they had at Fremantle in the last quarter, and once again looked like they were going to run over the Dockers and produce another champion victory in September. They were running on top of the ground and putting the Dockers under immense pressure. When Josh Hunt kicked his second goal for the quarter, the Cats were back within 17 points with 10 minutes left of the clock.

Yet once again with the game in the balance, Pavlich showed his class with a side step around Tom Lonergan, and a beautiful goal to finish off Geelong’s season.


3- Matthew Pavlich

2 – Hayden Ballantyne

1 – David Mundy

: Pavlich 6, Ballantyne 3, Walters 2, Crowley, De Boer, Pearce
Geelong: Mackie 2, Hunt 2, Christensen, Duncan, Motlop, Selwood, Stokes, Vardy, Taylor


Fremantle: Pavlich, Ballantyne, Mundy, Barlow, Walters
Selwood, Mackie, Bartel, Corey, Duncan

Jonathan Simpkin replaced Jordan Murdoch in the third quarter.
Fremantle: Nick Suban replaced Leigh Spurr in the fourth quarter.

James Kelly (Geelong) reported for rough conduct on Tendai Mzungu by umpire Pannell in the third quarter.

Bannister, Pannell, Rosebury

Official crowd:
44,460 at the MCG

Unfamiliar Territory for Elimination Wary Cats

Geelong vs Fremantle

WHERE AND WHEN: MCG, Saturday September 8, 7.45pm
LAST TIME: Fremantle 16.9 (105) d Geelong 15.11 (101), round one, 2012, at Patersons Stadium

Reigning Premiers Geelong will kick off its sixth consecutive finals campaign at the MCG on Saturday Night when they face Ross Lyon’s defensive Dockers.

Coming from sixth this year, the Cats are in the unfamiliar territory of an elimination final after a superb five top four finishes.

They’ll be away from their home turf, with the currently re-developing Simonds Stadium being put on ice until next year.

The turf-disadvantage that Geelong faces at finals time will be a major motivational point for Lyon, having solidified his Freo side in a finals position after a superb finish to the year.

The Dockers missed out on the finals last year, but it all seems to be going right for them at the moment: Aaron Sandilands is back and in dominant form, and while they missed a potentially scinitillating Western Derby by leapfrogging North Melbourne, they face the reigning Premiers on neutral turf.

What Geelong Will Want to See:

The Cats have reinvented themselves this year under the tutelage of Chris Scott, with a host of younger bodies being introduced into the side to increase the longevity of some of the senior brigade.

With a long and arduous home and away season behind them, it will be up to the likes of Jordan Murdoch, Steve Motlop and Nathan Vardy to make up for the likely tired legs of Jimmy Bartel, Paul Chapman and James Podsiadly.

Despite Tom Hawkins missing out on the Coleman Medal to a rampant Jack Riewoldt last Sunday, he will relish re entering the stage where he made his name last year. Along with his captain, Joel Selwood, he’ll be crucial to kicking the Cats away against Fremantle.

Tom Lonergan and Harry Taylor will be required to be at their best to combat Matthew Pavlich and whoever Fremantle select as their second ruckman out of Jon Griffen and Zac Clarke.

This could be Matthew Scarlett’s last game in a stellar career, and the Cats will be looking to lift one final time to see him through.

What Fremantle Will Want to See:

Matthew Pavlich drew level with Hawkins in the goal kicking this season; also missing out thanks to Riewoldt’s last day splurge. The evergreen forward will have to be at his very best to help find the defensively-orientated Fremantle an avenue to goal.

At his feet, Hayden Ballantyne and Michael Walters will need to capitalise on the ground ball against a rather tall Cats defence.

After a spat with Scarlett earlier in the year, Ballantyne will be looking to revenge the humiliation inflicted with a big day out at the ‘G.

David Mundy, Michael Barlow, Nat Fyfe and Stephen Hill all form part of a varied and hyped Fremantle midfield. They’ll need to do what they do at a top level if the Dockers are any chance of causing an upset. Ryan Crowley was effective on Nathan Jones in last weeks match and will likely tag another Premier midfielder in Selwood.

Luke McPharlin is a huge loss down back after injuring his knee against Melbourne, so Zac Dawson, and whoever Ross Lyon throws his weight behind to replace their star centre half-back (be it Alex Silvagni or even the retiring Antoni Grover), will surely have a big job to do against Hawkins and Podsiadly.

The Fremantle press will have to be at its very best to lock down a fast-moving Cats midfield, and it will involve commitment from every Dockers play on the field.

My Prediction:

Geelong have done this before. September is as much a part of the annual working year as March is. Fremantle, on the other hand, are entering their fourth finals series in their short existance.

Ross Lyon coached St Kilda to five consecutive finals series, but guiding the Dockers through will be a whole new challenge. Chris Scott is a second year coach, but the cattle around him are seasoned and he’s held up four Premiership cups as a player/coach in a glittering career.

Geelong are a great side with some great players, but Fremantle have more than a bit of X factor about them. Having said that, the Cats should be simply too strong for a teething Freo and expect that to show for most of the match.

Geelong by 40.

Dockers book finals spot

FREMANTLE    3.4    7.8   10.12   13.16  (94)
RICHMOND       2.3   5.4     8.4      11.6    (72)

Fremantle have all but secured a place in the finals with a 22 point over Richmond at Patersons Stadium yesterday.

The win was soured by several injury scares to captain Matthew Pavlich, but they appeared to be nothing more than protective measures as the Dockers held a comfortable margin throughout the match.

Big man Aaron Sandilands made a surprising and successful return to the lineup after being named an emergency on Thursday night. Sandilands finished with 33 tap outs and 15 contested possessions.

The Tigers may not have been pleased with the appearance of Sandilands on the field, but Fremantle coach Ross Lyon claimed the late change was genuine, with Jonathan Griffin complaining of an injured groin in the warm up.

Sandilands had been missing from the Dockers’ side since round 11, so his return is a massive positive for a side now a game clear in eighth position.

Hayden Ballantyne and Pavlich kicked three goals each for the Dockers whilst David Mundy impressed in the midfield, with 32 touches, 13 of which were contested and five clearances.

The loss officially ends the Tigers chances of making the finals, leaving supporters to rue the costly losses that the Tigers had every chance to win. They will look forward to next season with optimism however, with stars like Trent Cotchin (32 disposals) continuing to show their value on a weekly basis.





 Pavlich 3, Ballantyne 3, De Boer 2, Hill, Mayne, Mzungu, Walters, Bradley
Richmond: King 3, Riewoldt 2, Deledio 2, Nahas, White,Edwards, O’Hanlon

Duffield, Ballantyne, Mundy, Barlow, Sandilands, McPharlin
Cotchin, King, Tuck, Grigg, Martin, White

Jon Griffin (groin) replaced in selected side by Aaron Sandilands, Mzungu (shoulder), Pavlich (corked leg)
Richmond: Griffiths (concussion)

Zac Dawson replaced by Nick Suban at three-quarter time
Richmond: Ben Griffiths (concussion) replaced by Brett O’Hanlon during the second quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Margetts, Findlay, McInerney

Official crowd: 32,721 at Patersons Stadium

Suns Brighten Betting Lines

Could the betting market be following the Weekly Punt? Only three value lines found this week but we only bet when there is value. It is the reason why this weekly article has shown you how to almost quadruple your stake in just over three months. 

The Weekly Punt is starting to really like the Suns now, beating the lines in four of their last six games. The play Melbourne whose off-field drama never seems to end with the lastest accusations of their tanking. The Suns will only add fuel to the fire if they are to beat the Demons this week; The +21.5 line this week for Gold Coast is our bet of the round given they should win this game.

The western derby earlier this year was a whitewash in favour of Worsfold’s team after been close in the first half. West Coast still has significant outs and recently not beaten any top teams and only just getting over the line against the Blues and Roos. Expect Lyon’s team to overturn the result with their superstar Fyfe back; Fremantle for the +17.5 line is a sure thing.

The Swans continue to pay out on the lines due to the market continually underrating them. Why this is so we do not know; what we do know is that we will continue to collect money of a team which is somehow flying under the radar despite been almost fully fit and on top of the ladder. The Blues still have significant outs and the -16.5 line for Sydney will be wrong for the 6th week in a row.

Current Betting Fund: $3,712.50. Total staked so far: $1,003.50


Melbourne v Gold Coast – Handicap (+21.5) – $200 @ $1.92 Sportsbet

Fremantle v West Coast – Handicap (+17.5) – $200 @ $1.91 Centrebet

Carlton v Sydney – Handicap (-16.5) – $100 @ $1.92 Sportsbet


(Bet is on team in Bold)

Odds correct at time of posting – check for latest odds.

Eagles Desperate For Derby Double

WHERE AND WHEN: Patersons Stadium, Saturday August 4, 2.40pm

West Coast and Fremantle will clash for the second time this year when they meet at Patersons Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Western Derby should provide a thrilling contest in which a win is essential for both teams.

While the rivalry between the two teams will bring out the usual ferocity at the ball, the four points that are on the line will play a much more significant role.

West Coast are one game out of the top four and are looking on the decline as their long injury list begins to take a toll. A win would keep them in touch with the second chance but a loss will make that task almost impossible.

This game is of equal importance to Fremantle who sit out of the eight on percentage. Winning their last four games has thrown them back into contention, however with the race so close this year dropping this game may be the difference between playing finals and not.

When they met earlier in the season the Eagles won by 48 points and dominated the Dockers. It was in that game where Ross Lyon began to really feel the heat in relation to his under performing game plan. However the Dockers seem to have adjusted and should put up more of a fight this time around.

Players To Watch

Beau Waters

While his first game back wasn’t a revelation, Waters showed last week in his second how good of a player he really is. When Waters is left free he is one of the best at getting to marking contests and killing them either through a spoil or a mark. If the Dockers leave him unopposed the will struggle to find a target up forward.

Nathan Fyfe

Fyfe returned from his shoulder injury last week and did not miss a beat, with the most possessions of any Docker on the ground. When he is playing Fremantle are a better team and he will play an important role on Saturday. He will most likely have to do so under the tag of someone like Scott Selwood.

Final Say

This game has all the hallmarks of another great Derby, both teams are playing a top eight standard football and are desperate for the 4 points. The Eagles have their backs against the wall with injuries and the Dockers will be looking for revenge.

Despite all this the game will come down to Fremantle’s ability to score. Ross Lyon’s game plan should keep them in the contest they just need to kick a winning score. However the Eagles class will be too much and they will be able to restrict Fremantle and replicate the scenes from earlier in the year.

West Coast by 24

Pavlich’s Purple Patch

FREMANTLE                                 6.1   8.14   14.18   18.24 (132)
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY  0.2     0.3      4.5     5.7 (37)

Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich has been the highlight of an otherwise dour and one sided affair at Patersons Stadium, kicking seven goals as the Dockers pummelled the Giants by 95 points.

In a match that was expected to be incredibly one sided, the Dockers didn’t disappoint, finishing the first term with a 35 point lead. Things could have gotten far worse for the Giants in the second if not for some incredibly errant kicking.

Fremantle kicked two goals 13 in a remarkable second term which could come back to haunt the club as percentage appears set to play a massive role in shaping the final eight.

Despite leading comfortably, coach Ross Lyon was clearly agitated by the play of the Dockers, who seemed lax in defence and at times too casual in the midfield.

It was never going to result in an upset today, but Lyon obviously believes the good habits sustained in a match like this could only be good for the club moving forward.

Speculation before the game that several club records were set to tumble proved incorrect on many fronts, yet Fremantle still managed to record its third biggest winning margin in the short history of the club. Also, somewhat embarrassingly, it was the second most points the club has ever kicked in a match.

They just have to hope that those behinds do not cost them a spot in the finals.


3 – Matthew Pavlich (Fremantle)

2- Luke McPharlin (Fremantle)

1 – Stephen Hill (Fremantle)

Pavlich 7, Walters 2, Pearce 2, Hill 2, Crowley, Johnson, Ballantyne, Clarke, Bradley
Greater Western Sydney: Bruce, Frost, Hoskin-Elliot, Ugle, Treloar

 Pavlich, Hill, McPharlin, Johnson, Pearce
Greater Western Sydney: Greene, Palmer, Bruce, Bugg, Treloar

Greater Western Sydney: Nil

 Cameron Sutcliffe replaced David Mundy in the third quarter
Greater Western Sydney: Jacob Townsend replaced Kurt Aylett in the third quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Fleer, Farmer, Ritchie

Official crowd: 28,767 at Patersons Stadium

A Giant Task

WHERE AND WHEN: Patersons Stadium, Sunday July 22, 2.40pm
LAST TIME: First meeting

It seems almost unfair to expect the Greater Western Sydney to take on one of the more daunting travel assessments in footy today and leave without being embarrassed on the field.

Unfortunately the Giants have begun to show signs of fatigue and their results have started to drop off in recent weeks. They were, for many, the highlight of the early months for season 2012, as their play exceeded all expectations. However, as the season has dragged on, their young bodies have tired, and with their first ever trip to Western Australia, it looks like things are set to become worse.

It does, however, present the Dockers with a wonderful opportunity for an all important percentage boost as the fight for the top eight intensifies.  At the start of this round, Fremantle are even with St Kilda and North Melbourne for eight spot, with percentage the only factor separating the sides. As it is now, the Dockers is the worst of the lot.

A match against the Giants should provide the perfect tonic for their sick percentage, and as much as we know that the Giants will battle and play their hardest, it is looking like another one sided affair.

Final Say

Fremantle and Ross Lyon are known for stressing on getting the defensive structures right first, but this presents an opportunity for them to open up the forward half.

The Giants would be content in remaining relatively competitive, but with a finals spot on the line, Fremantle really should blow them away.

Dockers by 129


B: Lee Spurr, Luke McPharlin, Adam McPhee

HB: Garrick Ibbotson, Michael Johnson, David Mundy

C: Tendai Mzungu, Ryan Crowley, Dylan Roberton

HF: Michael Walters, Kepler Bradley, Stephen Hill

F: Hayden Ballantyne, Matthew Pavlich, Matthew de Boer

Foll: Jonathon Griffin, Michael Barlow, Clancee Pearce

I/C: Paul Duffield, Nick Suban, Zachary Clarke, Cameron Sutcliffe

Emg: Jay van Berlo, Jesse Crichton, Peter Faulks

In: Nick Suban, Zachary Clarke

Out: Christopher Mayne (Calf), Greg Broughton (Back)

GWS Giants

B: Luke Power, Phil Davis, Curtly Hampton

HB: Steve Clifton, Josh Bruce, Tomas Bugg

C: Tom Scully, Callan Ward, WIlliam Hoskin-Elliot

HF: Rhys Palmer, Nick Haynes, Sam Frost

F: Gerald Ugle, Israel Folau, Mark Whiley

Foll: Jonathan Giles, Adam Treloar, Toby Greene

I/C: Kurt Aylett, Anthony Miles, Jacob Townsend, Nathan Wilson

Emg: Sam Darley, Shaun Edwards, Andrew Phillips

In: Kurt Aylett, Josh Bruce, Tomas Bugg, Jonathan Giles, Anthony Miles, Jacob Townsend, Gerald Ugle, Mark Whiley, WIlliam Hoskin-Elliot, Sam Frost

Out: Jeremy Cameron (Back), Sam Darley, Shaun Edwards, Jonathon Patton, Stephen Coniglio (Back), Taylor Adams, Devon Smith, Dean Brogan (rested), Chad Cornes (rested), Adam Kennedy (Illness)

New: Kurt Aylett (Nth. Ballarat Rebels U18), Gerald Ugle (Perth (WA)), Sam Frost (Sandringham Dragons)

Dockers Overrun Dees

MELBOURNE 6.4 8.6 12.7 12.11 (83)
FREMANTLE 3.2 6.5 11.6 18.9 (117)

Fremantle overcame a slow start to steamroll a wounded Melbourne team in the last quarter for their third win in Melbourne this season.

After trailing all day the Dockers kicked the last nine goals of the game, seven of which came in an impressive final quarter. This was complimented by the great defensive effort to keep the Dees goalless in the last.

Matthew Pavlich, Michael Walters and Michael Barlow were all able to add two goals each during the period of dominance. The Dockers controlled the clearances in the last quarter allowing them to lock the ball in their forward half, allowing Fremantle plenty of opportunity to hit the scoreboard.

Melbourne will be disappointed despite their valiant effort. After Sam Blease burnt Matthew de Boer and kicked a magnificent goal to extend the lead to 20 points with five  minutes left in the third quarter: Melbourne looked like winning.

However it seemed after almost that exact moment the toll of having Mark Jarmar subbed off at the start of the second term and being left one short after losing Jamie Bennell at the start of the third took its toll. From there the Demons essentially stopped and began to get beaten in every facet of the game.

The game was not all negative for Melbourne though, they started like a house on fire kicking six goals to record their highest first quarter score for the season. They were applying an immense amount of pressure on Freo without the ball and then opening up the game with it.

After quarter time Ross Lyon had had enough, he proceeded to shut the game down creating plenty of stoppages. His cause was helped by the Dees poor disposal out of defense which resulted in only four inside 50s for the quarter, luckily 2 were converted into goals and they kept their lead at the half.

The Dockers kicked the first three of the second half only to face the quick Melbourne reply of 4 goals. However it was form there that Fremantle took control of the game and never turned back.

David Mundy was the best for the visitors, he put in a four quarter effort and gathered a game high 27 disposals. This included 16 contested possessions, eight clearances and six tackles all of which were essential in asserting the Dockers midfield dominance in the second half.

He was joined by Pavlich, who finished with four goals after an excellent duel with James Frawley. He provided a contest all day which resulted in many goals for the small men. Luke McPharlin was a rock down back while Walters played the perfect small forwards game.

As for Melbourne Tom Mcdonald lead the way, the youngster was extremely impressive coming third man up and cutting off opposition attacks. Stefan Martin was also great, with Jamar out early he had a huge load to bear and he battled admirably. Colin Sylvia was also back to his explosive best breaking packs and kicking goals.

1) David Mundy
2) Matthew Pavlich
3) Michael Walters

Melbourne: Green 3, Martin 2, Bail 2, Bennell, Blease, Bate, Green, Sylvia
Fremantle: Pavlich 4, Walters 3, Ballantyne 2, Barlow 2, Hill 2, Pearce 2, Mzungu, Bradley, Mayne

Melbourne: T.McDonald, Martin, Sylvia, Nicholson, Frawley
Fremantle: Mundy, Pavlich, Walters, McPharlin, Hill

Melbourne: Luke Tapscott (groin) was a late withdrawal, Mark Jamar (leg), Jamie Bennell (Knee)
Fremantle: Antoni Grover was a late withdrawal

Melbourne: Mark Jamar replaced by James Strauss at quarter-time
Fremantle: Greg Broughton replaced by Cameron Sutcliffe in the third quarter

Top 10 Goals to Win The Game After The Siren

It’s the classic boyhood dream. You’re playing for your team. Grand Final. You’ve marked it. Siren sounds. You line up… GOAL!

You’ve won the premiership and you’re forever a hero. Although interestingly, in over 100 years of the VFL/AFL, not one Grand Final has been decided with a kick after the final siren.

There have been more than a few goals in other games which are both famous and infamous.

Karmichael Hunt makes his way to the mark.
Round 16, 2012 – Karmichael Hunt takes stock. Fox Footy

10 – Jeff Farmer – Fremantle v Melbourne, Round 8, 2002

Farmer’s first game against his former club, the Demons, was a tight one. Ultimately, Farmer grabbed his third after a free kick for a push in the back in the forward pocket after David Neitz landed on him. Farmer kicked the goal to spark jubilation among Fremantle supporters, but ultimately the Dockers would struggle while Melbourne made the finals.

9 – Peter Riccardi – Geelong v Carlton, Round 11, 2002

The climax to one of the most incredible quarters of football ever. Carlton were behind by 38 points with 12 minutes to play in the final quarter, but the Blues stormed home, incredibly hitting the front with just 26 seconds to play. Geelong managed to win the subsequent clearance, and a pinpoint pass from David Clarke saw Riccardi mark with under ten seconds to spare just inside the forward 50. Despite being an ugly mongrel of a kick off the boot, the ball sailed through for Geelong to snatch victory despite their final-term ineptness.

Richmond celebrate McMahon's Goal8 – Jordan McMahon – Richmond v Melbourne, Round 18, 2009

The support for this goal is an interesting one, as Jordan McMahon was cheered on to kick the goal as much by Melbourne supporters as by the Tigers. Melbourne needed to lose the game in order to help guarantee their finishing bottom and gaining a priority pick as well as the #1 draft pick, although Richmond were arguably the worse side. Compounded by some interesting coaching movements, such as the deployment of Brad Miller as a ruckman, and Melbourne still had the lead as a chip was kicked to McMahon dead in front. Siren goes and McMahon kicks the goal, delivering Melbourne both picks 1 and 2 in the draft.

7 – Paul Sarah – St Kilda v Richmond, Round 19, 1981

Controversy surrounded all of round 19, as the league’s umpires had gone on strike, forcing the VFL to replace them with country and U19 umpires for the round. On a freezing cold Melbourne day, with the wind swirling around Moorabin, the Tigers fought back against the wind in the final term to have the scores level with seconds to play. Teenage umpire Glen McKeeman, in his first VFL-level game, awarded a free kick to Sarah 15m out for an illegal tackle by a Saint. Sarah kicked truly, delivering a 6pt win to the Tigers.

6 – Karmichael Hunt – Richmond v Gold Coast, Round 16, 2012

After building a five-goal lead early in the game, the Suns were slowly pegged back by the relentless Tigers, but Richmond could not get themselves clear of the desperate Suns. With a tremendous fight-back, Brandon Matera kicked to rugby league convert Hunt 30 out on a slight angle and he kicked truly, delivering the Suns their first win of 2012 and damaging Richmond’s finals chances considerably.

5 – Justin Longmuir – Fremantle v St Kilda, Round 21, 2005

This was one of the many St Kilda-Fremantle controversies, as umpire Matthew Head was overheard on the flight home from Perth saying ‘now I know what it is like to win a game.’ The Whispers in the Sky match was marred by controversy as Fremantle came back in the final term. Longmuir marked truly around 30 out on a 45 degree angle and kicked truly, before charging and jumping into the Subiaco crowd to celebrate with the fans.

4 – Gary Ablett Snr – North Melbourne v Geelong, Preliminary Final, 1994

Ablett had been held by Mick Martyn all day, simply unable to find space or time. On this occasion, however, a snap from Leigh Tudor evaded the hand of Martyn and was marked by Ablett in the square. He lined up and kicked truly to put Geelong into the Grand Final.

3 – Billy Brownless – Geelong v Footscray, Qualifying Final, 1994

Geelong trailed after a Richard Osbourne goal very late in the piece. A quick pass managed to find Brownless 40 out in front, and his goal saw the Geelong faithful as well as his teammates erupt while he charged across the ground pumping his fist.

2 – Gary Buckenara – Hawthorn v Melbourne, Preliminary Final, 1987

Melbourne had made the finals for the first time since their last premiership in 1964, and had demolished North Melbourne and defeated Sydney before having to face the Hawks at Waverley. Against all odds, the Dees led late, and Hawthorn tried to go coast to coast to have Buckenara tripped right on the 50. However, an error from a young Irishman named Jim Stynes saw Buckenara receive a 15m penalty, and he duly slotted the goal, putting Hawthorn into the grand final.

1 – Malcolm Blight – Carlton v North Melbourne, Round 10, 1976

Blighty’s most famous performance saw North Melbourne come from nowhere to defeat Carlton. Blight kicked two goals in time on to put the Kangaroos within distance, but his final goal was special. Blight marked between 70 and 80m out (it was never officially measured) and, with the siren having sounded, hoofed a torpedo all the way home to score and knock off the Blues almost entirely off his own last quarter heroics.