1993 AFL Grand Final
Home TeamEssendon
Away TeamCarlton
Date25 September 1993
TV in Australia
NetworkSeven Network
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The 1993 AFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Essendon Football Club and Carlton Football Club, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on 25 September 1993. It was the the 97th annual Grand Final of the Victorian Football League/Australian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 1993 AFL season. The match, attended by 96,862 spectators, was won by Essendon by a margin of 44 points, marking that club's 15th premiership win.


This was Essendon's first appearance in a Grand Final since winning the 1985 VFL Grand Final, whilst it was Carlton's first since winning the 1987 VFL Grand Final.

At the conclusion of the home and away season, Essendon had finished first on the AFL ladder with 13 wins 6 losses and a draw, winning the McClelland Trophy after having been sitting in seventh position as late as round 11. Carlton had also finished with 12 wins, 6 losses and a draw (the two teams having played in a tied game in round 2), but finished just behind Essendon on percentage. Only one game separated Essendon in first position from Geelong in seventh position.

In the finals, the Bombers were defeated by Carlton by two points in the Qualifying Final before defeating West Coast in the Second Sem-Final to advance to the Preliminary Final. Here they came out of nowhere to win a game that had seemed out of reach when trailing the Adelaide Crows by 42 points at half time. The Bombers charged home in the second half in that game, kicking 11 goals to 2 to win by 11 points and advance to the Grand Final. Carlton, after their win over the Bombers in the Qualifying Final, defeated Adelaide in the Second Semi-Final to advance to the Grand Final.

Essendon caused a sensation during the week leading up to the Grand Final in omitting Derek Kickett from the team. Kickett had played every game of the season up to that point but had lost form during the finals series. Carlton were forced to make a late change when veteran defender Peter Dean was ruled out through injury.

Match summary

Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy played a second generation of 'Baby Bombers' for the Grand Final, with seven Essendon players - Gavin Wanganeen, David Calthorpe, Dustin Fletcher, Rick Olarenshaw, Mark Mercuri, James Hird and Joe Misiti - all being under the age of 21.

The Bombers carried their form from the preliminary final into the Grand Final against the Blues, with the individual brilliance of Michael Long being the most memorable feature. The Norm Smith Medal was was awarded to Long for being judged the best player afield, with 33 disposals and 2 goals.

Stephen Kernahan tried hard for the Blues with 7 goals, but his side barely threatened after being down by 5 goals at the first change. Essendon had thirteen scoring shots to three by the Blues in the first quarter to set up their win.


B: Gavin Wanganeen Dustin Fletcher Dean Wallis
HB: David Grenvold Mark Harvey Mark Thompson (c)
C: Rick Olarenshaw Sean Denham Paul Hills
HF: Mark Mercuri James Hird Joe Misiti
F: Tim Watson Paul Salmon Michael Long
Foll: Peter Somerville Gary O'Donnell Darren Bewick
Int: Chris Daniher David Calthorpe
Coach: Kevin Sheedy
B: Brett Ratten Stephen Silvagni Andrew McKay
HB: Ang Christou Michael Sexton Milham Hanna
C: Brett Sholl Greg Williams Fraser Brown
HF: Tom Alvin Earl Spalding Tim Powell
F: Rohan Welsh Stephen Kernahan (c) Brent Heaver
Foll: Justin Madden Craig Bradley Adrian Gleeson
Int: Mark Athorn Matthew Hogg
Coach: David Parkin



Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Essendon 5.8 10.9 16.11 20.13 20.13 (133)
Carlton 1.2 5.2 10.9 13.11 13.11 (89)

Goal kickers


  • Salmon 5
  • Mercuri 3
  • Hird 2
  • Long 2
  • Bewick 1
  • Calthorpe 1
  • Daniher 1
  • Denham 1
  • Harvey 1
  • Misiti 1
  • Wallis 1
  • Wanganeen 1


  • Kernahan 7
  • Welsh 2
  • Alvin 1
  • Bradley 1
  • Heaver 1
  • Williams 1

See also