2009 AFL Grand Final
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Home TeamSt Kilda
Away TeamGeelong
Date26 September 2009
StadiumMCG
CityMelbourne
TV in Australia
NetworkNetwork Ten
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The 2009 AFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the St Kilda Football Club and the Geelong Football Club at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on 26 September 2009. It was the 113th annual Grand Final of the Victorian Football League/Australian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 2009 AFL season. The match, attended by 99,251 spectators, was won by Geelong by a margin of 12 points.

Background

Main article: 2009 AFL finals series

St Kilda entered the 2009 premiership season after having lost its Preliminary Final in 2008 against eventual premiers Hawthorn. The Saints' home-and-away season was outstanding, and they won their first nineteen games (the longest winning streak in club history) before losing consecutive close games in Rounds 20 and 21 against Essendon and North Melbourne. They won their final game and earned the McClelland Trophy for the first time since 1997. Their record of 20-2 is the equal-third most wins of all time, behind the 2008 Cats and the 2000 Bombers. They accounted for fourth-placed Collingwood by 28 points in their Qualifying Final, and won a hard-fought and low scoring Preliminary Final against the Western Bulldogs by seven points to earn their place in the Grand Final.

Geelong entered the 2009 season after two consecutive minor premierships and two consecutive Grand Final appearances: a victory against Port Adelaide in the 2007 AFL Grand Final, and a loss against Hawthorn in the 2008 AFL Grand Final. They won their four preseason games to win the NAB Cup, and their first thirteen home-and-away games. Their first loss came in Round 14 against St Kilda (who at that stage were also undefeated) by six points. Following that loss, the Cats entered a form slump, caused in part by several key injuries; their eight games from Rounds 14 to 21 yielded four wins and four losses, but only one of those wins (a 46-point victory against eventual wooden spooners Melbourne) was by a margin greater than one goal. Geelong won their final game comfortably to finish with a record of 18-4. They defeated a fast-finishing Bulldogs team by 14 points in their Qualifying Final, then comfortably beat Collingwood by 73 points in their Preliminary Final to advance to the Grand Final.

In the week leading up to the Grand Final, Geelong's Gary Ablett was awarded the Brownlow Medal.

This Grand Final was the sixteenth in Geelong's history, and the third in succession, with the club attempting to win its eighth premiership and second in three years. In addition, Geelong had the chance to become the first team to win an additional $1,000,000 in prize money (on top of the standard prize) for winning both the pre-season and regular season premierships.

It was sixth Grand Final appearance in St Kilda's history, the first since the 1997 Grand Final, with the club attempting to win its second premiership. Its only flag to date was won 43 years earlier in the 1966 Grand Final.

This was the first time that St Kilda and Geelong met in a Grand Final.

Pre-match entertainment

Mark Seymour from Australian rock band Hunters and Collectors performed "Holy Grail" on stage, followed by Jimmy Barnes and "No Second Prize". John Farnham then began "You're the Voice", joined later by Seymour and Barnes.

Match summary

The Grand Final was played in cold and wet conditions.

Match summary

The Grand Final was played in cold and wet conditions.

First quarter

Geelong started strongly, earning with two-goal advantage after just eight minutes. Though St Kilda soon maintained ascendancy in the midfield, partly through the influence of Lenny Hayes, they failed convert on the scoreborad due to inaccurate kicking.

Second quarter

In the second quarter, Geelong threatened to break the game open during scoring goals against the flow of play. However, three goals shortly before gave the Saints a six point half time lead.

Third quarter

After half time the ascendancy of the contest swayed much more evenly.

Fourth quarter

Geelong's Paul Chapman was awarded the Norm Smith Medal for his three goals and 26 possessions.

Scorecard

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Teams

St Kilda 2009 Grand Final Team
B: Jason Blake Zac Dawson Steven Baker
HB: Brendon Goddard Samuel Fisher Sam Gilbert
C: Farren Ray Lenny Hayes Nick Dal Santo
HF: Andrew McQualter Justin Koschitzke Clinton Jones
F: Stephen Milne Nick Riewoldt Jason Gram
Foll: Steven King Leigh Montagna Adam Schneider
Int: Luke Ball Raphael Clarke Sean Dempster
Michael Gardiner
Coach: Ross Lyon
Geelong 2009 Grand Final Team
B: Darren Milburn Matthew Scarlett Corey Enright
HB: Andrew Mackie Harry Taylor Tom Harley
C: Joel Corey Cameron Ling James Kelly
HF: Jimmy Bartel Cameron Mooney Travis Varcoe
F: Steve Johnson Tom Hawkins Paul Chapman
Foll: Mark Blake Joel Selwood Gary Ablett
Int: Brad Ottens Shannon Byrnes Max Rooke
David Wojcinski
Coach: Mark Thompson

List


St Kilda 68 – 80 Geelong
(9.14) (12.8)
Position Player Pos'ns[1] Goals
Forward Stephen Milne 11 0
Forward Nick Riewoldt 13 1
Forward Jason Gram 30 0
Half-Forward Andrew McQualter 14 0
Half-Forward Justin Koschitzke 9 1
Half-Forward Clinton Jones 15 1
Centre Farren Ray 11 0
Centre Lenny Hayes 24 1
Centre Nick Dal Santo 17 0
Half-Back Brendon Goddard 21 1
Half-Back Samuel Fisher 15 0
Half-Back Sam Gilbert 18 0
Back Jason Blake 10 0
Back Zac Dawson 14 0
Back Steven Baker 12 0
Follower Steven King 5 0
Follower Leigh Montagna 23 1
Follower Adam Schneider 10 2
Interchange:
Interchange Luke Ball 24 0
Interchange Raphael Clarke 13 0
Interchange Sean Dempster 5 1
Interchange Michael Gardiner 8 0
Coach:
Ross Lyon
Position Player Pos'ns[1] Goals
Forward Steve Johnson 9 0
Forward Tom Hawkins 8 2
Forward Paul Chapman 26 3
Half-Forward Jimmy Bartel 19 0
Half-Forward Cameron Mooney 10 2
Half-Forward Travis Varcoe 13 0
Centre Joel Corey 29 0
Centre Cameron Ling 16 0
Centre James Kelly 18 0
Half-Back Andrew Mackie 15 0
Half-Back Harry Taylor 14 0
Half-Back Tom Harley 5 0
Back Darren Milburn 25 0
Back Matthew Scarlett 15 0
Back Corey Enright 22 0
Follower Mark Blake 9 0
Follower Joel Selwood 24 1
Follower Gary Ablett 25 1
Interchange:
Interchange Brad Ottens 12 0
Interchange Shannon Byrnes 16 1
Interchange Max Rooke 11 2
Interchange David Wojcinski 13 0
Coach:
Mark Thompson

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Pos'ns stands for Possessions.