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Terrific Tigers Tear Giants Apart

The Jubilation of Victory

Richmond destroyed a hapless Greater Western Sydney Giants to win its 12th Premiership flag in style. The 89-point margin was a true reflection on the complete dominance the Tigers had over the Giants. A tight first quarter that promised a competitive match, but Richmond was having none of that. The fierce and determined Tigers took complete control after quarter time and strangled the Giants with the manic brand of football that has made Richmond the best team in the competition over the last three seasons.

The Giants had performed brilliantly to win two tight contests on the road, but when Richmond asked the question for the third time, Greater Western Sydney simply had nothing left to give. The Tigers were hungry for the contest, determined to avenge a 2018 season where they were the best team all season but fell short after going out in the Preliminary final.

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2019 Premiers - The Richmond Tigers!

 Congratulations to the Richmond Tigers!

Winners of the 2019 AFL Grand Final

Richmond: 2.3 7.5 12.9 17.12 (114)
GWS:      1.2 1.6  2.7  3.7   (25)

Norm Smith Medalist: Dustin Martin
Attendance: 100,014
A full match report and photos will be available soon.

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Grand Final Background: Richmond vs GWS

Dustin Martin Straight Arm

There is an old adage in footy that a team has to lose a few finals to win one. it proved true for Richmond as they lost their first ever final in 1916 - a semi-final against Carlton. They then lost their first Grand Final to Collingwood in 1919. They lost again to Carlton in 1920 in a semi-final, but since there were only four teams eligible at that time, they were still through to the Grand Final which they won. They have since gone on to win another 10 premierships.

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Giants Stand Tall Again; Defeat Magpies

A Giant Victory

This was supposed to be a one sided affair. The in-form Collingwood taking on the injury hit and sixth seeded Greater Western Sydney Giants with the result surely leading to a Richmond vs Collingwood Grand Final, to the delight of the AFL and Melburnians. The only problem with this narrative was that the Giants didn’t read the script.

In one of the biggest surprises in recent Preliminary Final history, GWS stunned the locals by first taking a big lead, then by defending grimly when a late Collingwood surge looked like taking the Magpies back to the Grand Final in consecutive seasons. The end result shows the Giants winning by just 4 points, but so much happened throughout this game. A frantic last quarter, that a crowd of mostly 70,000 strong Collingwood fans were left as empty shells in a roller coaster of a final.

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Resilient Tigers Roll Over Cats

Lynch Goes Airborne for Mark

At half time in Friday night’s Preliminary Final against Geelong, Richmond looked to be in trouble. Just a year after failing badly in the same game against Collingwood despite being hot favorites, the Tigers trailed by 21 points and looked a shadow of the team that was riding a 10 game winning streak. Adding further doubt to any potential comeback was a shoulder injury to 2017 Premiership hero Jack Graham, plus collision injuries to Captain Trent Cotchin and star midfielder Dustin Martin that had slowed both players in the first half.

Geelong on the other hand was magnificent. The Cats were making a mockery of their label as underdogs, taking the game on and converting up forward despite missing key spearhead in Tom Hawkins through suspension. The half time scoreline seemed unlikely after the Tigers rallied in the back end of the first quarter.

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2019 Grand Final Parties Around North America and the World

Looking for an AFL Grand Final Party in your area?

You can reach all of our listings by clicking on the drop down box at the bottom of this article. (If you are reading this on the front page of our web site click to "read more" first.)

Are you hosting a party and would like to promote it?  Once again, AFANA is accepting announcements of Grand Final parties.  If you are hosting a Grand Final party and want AFANA to post it on our site, send us the details by going to: our party entry page. Plan to subscribe to the finals or GF on WatchAFL? Please support us by using our link. Venues please contact us at aussiefb[at)afana[ dot }com for a discount code to save 25%. We also recommend Dub Pies for fans and venues.

West Coast Eagles Win Thrilling Grand Final

Eagles Are Champions
The West Coast Eagles came from an early 29 point deficit and win a thrilling Grand Final in the last two minutes. For most of the second half, the game was nearly even. For the club, it was their 4th premiership in the 32nd season since they joined the newly formed national competition. Collingwood fought valiantly but in the end couldn't get that hand on the cup. Collingwood were out of the blocks early kicking the first five goals of the match.
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2018 Premiers - The West Coast Eagles!

 Congratulations to the West Coast Eagles!

Winners of the 2018 AFL Grand Final

West Coast   2.2 4.3 8.7 11.13 (79)
Collingwood  5.1 6.3 8.7 11.8  (74)

Norm Smith Medalist: Luke Shuey
Attendance: 100,022
A full match report is here and photos are here.

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2018 Grand Final Live on Fox Soccer Plus, TSN2, and WatchAFL in North America

The Premiership Cup

(09/28/18)(Ed note: From Fox Sports (US): "we will not be able to air the trophy presentation due to music clearance issues." They could not come to an agreement with Seven on the matter. US network coverage will end at the conclusion of the match.
(09/27/18)(Ed. note: Start time for all game feeds moved 1 minute to 12:24 AM EDT.)
(09/26/18)(Ed. note: Some guides are showing the GF coverage on FSP ending at 3:30 AM EDT. FSP advises this is currently correct, however they are working to resolve some issues and hope to return to 4:00 AM. Since there is uncertainty, we are leaving our listings at 4:00 AM for now until the situation is clearer.)(9/27/18: We have changed our listing to 3:30AM EDT pending further info.)
(09/26/18)(Ed. note: TSN2 coverage start time for pre-game changed to 10:30 PM EDT.)

Fox Soccer Plus (FSP) in the USA and TSN2 in Canada will carry the 2018 Grand Final between West Coast and Collingwood LIVE on Friday night / Saturday morning, September 28th / 29th. US coverage on FSP will begin at approximately 12:24 AM EDT Saturday. Coverage will continue until approximately 3:30 AM EDT Saturday concluding after the match. No other pre- or post-match coverage will be provided on Fox. FSP will air multiple repeats of the game. Set your DVR accordingly and add extra recording time before as the feed may start unexpectedly (most guides show the start time as 12:30 AM) and after so you don't miss anything if the match is extended due to a tie at the end of the 4th quarter!

Canadian coverage on TSN2 will begin with the pregame at 10:30 PM Friday and the game coverage at 12:24 AM EDT Saturday and run to 4:00 AM Saturday. There will be a repeat on TSN1/TSN4 on Saturday at 1:00 PM EDT.

If you have no access to either of the preceding options, the game will be live via the internet on WatchAFL (payment required, US$20) and you can sign up at this link. Use discount code "AFANA10" to save 10% (but be sure to enter the code before you begin the payment process and check that the on-screen price has updated). WatchAFL coverage will begin at 12:24 AM EDT however, they will have pre-match coverage beginning at 7:00 PM EDT and post-match coverage past 4:00 AM - all relayed on the Fox Footy feed area of the service.

Fans should check our TV Schedule page for full TV listings including any repeats and our TV Info page for more information on FSP, WatchAFL, and TSN2. Party venues should contact us for commercial subscription discounts. For those looking for parties, see our listings on our Grand Final Party page. (Note: the only live coverage in North America is via these outlets and they are available nationally via cable and satellite services -- see our TV Info page. Asking us if there are others will not get you a different answer because there isn't one.)

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Grand Final Comparison: West Coast vs Collingwood

Eagles and Magpies QF 3 Weeks Ago

This will be the first time Collingwood and West Coast will meet in a Grand Final. However, both do have recent Grand Final histories, albeit losses the last time either side played in a Grand Final. The Eagles lost to Hawthorn in 2015 and the Magpies lost to Geelong in 2011 after winning the replay the year before. Speaking of drawn matches, Collingwood and West Coast played against each other in a drawn Qualifying Final in 1990 with Collingwood victorious in the replay.

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