1995 AFL Grand Final
Home TeamCarlton
Away TeamGeelong
Date30 September 1995
StadiumMCG
CityMelbourne
TV in Australia
NetworkSeven Network
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The 1995 AFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Carlton Football Club and Geelong Football Club, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on 30 September 1995. It was the the 99th annual Grand Final of the Victorian Football League/Australian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 1995 AFL season. The match, attended by 93,670 spectators, was won by Carlton by a margin of 61 points. It was Carlton's 16th premiership victory, making it the most successful club in the league's history (a record subsequently tied by Essendon in 2000). The game also marked Carlton's sixteenth consecutive win and twenty-third win for the year overall, then a record.

Background

This was Carlton's first appearance in a Grand Final since losing the 1993 AFL Grand Final, whilst it was Geelong's first since losing the previous year's premiership decider. The Cats had finished runners-up in three of the past six Grand Finals, and were looking for its first flag since winning the 1963 VFL Grand Final.

At the conclusion of the home and away season, Carlton had finished first on the AFL ladder with 20 wins and 2 losses, winning the McClelland Trophy. Geelong had finished second with 16 wins and 6 losses.

In the lead-up to the Grand Final, Carlton defeated the Brisbane Bears by 13 points in the Fourth Qualifying Final, thereby earning the week off, and subsequently defeated North Melbourne by 62 points in the Second Preliminary Final. Geelong defeated Footscray by 82 points in the Third Qualifying Final before defeating Richmond by 89 points in the First Preliminary Final.

Match summary

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Carlton 4.5 10.8 16.11 21.15 21.15 (141)
Geelong 2.4 3.10 6.12 11.14 11.14 (80)

It was billed as having the potential to be a classic - the best Grand Final in years, when the top 2 sides of 1995 were due to clash in their first Grand Final. Geelong, runners-up in the 1989, 1992 and 1994 Grand Finals, looked like it had its best chance of winning a premiership since claiming the 1963 flag, after crushing Footscray and Richmond in the previous two weeks of the finals. Carlton, on the other hand, were the standout team of 1995 - the first team ever to win 20 home and away matches.

The Blues had 4 goals on the board almost before Geelong could blink, and even after the Cats wobbled through the last 2 goals of the opening term, the match was over at half time with the Blues dominating to lead 10.8 to 3.10.

The game will be remembered for the brilliant play of Greg Williams, who was awarded the Norm Smith Medal for being judged the best player afield with 5 goals and 31 possessions, and also of defender Stephen Silvagni in keeping champion Geelong full forward Gary Ablett goalless.

Teams

Carlton
B: Michael Sexton Stephen Silvagni Ang Christou
HB: Matthew Hogg Peter Dean Andrew McKay
C: Milham Hanna Brett Ratten Anthony Koutoufides
HF: Dean Rice Earl Spalding Matt Clape
F: Greg Williams Stephen Kernahan (c) Brad Pearce
Foll: Justin Madden Craig Bradley Fraser Brown
Int: Scott Camporeale Adrian Whitehead Glenn Manton
Coach: David Parkin
Geelong
B: Tim McGrath Ben Graham Michael Mansfield
HB: Brad Sholl Steven Handley Paul Brown
C: Aaron Lord Paul Couch Leigh Colbert
HF: Leigh Tudor David Mensch Shayne Breuer
F: Billy Brownless Gary Ablett (c) Peter Riccardi
Foll: John Barnes Liam Pickering Garry Hocking
Int: Grant Tanner Ken Hinkley Adrian Hickmott
Coach: Gary Ayres

Statistics

Goal kickers

Carlton

  • Kernahan 5
  • Williams 5
  • Pearce 4
  • Bradley 2
  • Camporeale 1
  • Madden 1
  • Rice 1
  • Spalding 1
  • Whitehead 1

Geelong

  • Brownless 3
  • Handley 3
  • Breuer 1
  • Couch 1
  • Mensch 1
  • Pickering 1
  • Riccardi 1

See also