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September 24th, 2005

A great win for the Swans with a game-saving mark in the final seconds. And finally a reward for the South Melbourne faithful who’ve gone a biblical lifetime (threescore years and ten, with a couple over) without a flag. Tim Dunlop is similarly stunned.

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  1. September 24th, 2005 at 19:21 | #1

    At least, it was a close game.
    I rose from couch with excitement ,at one stage.
    Not seen in this household since Keating won.

    Those who watched have been spared from usual boredom.
    Sadly,not a saint’s win.
    Maybe god is holding that back for ‘the rapture’.
    But does he/she exist?

    Gosh,footy is so ……..deep.

  2. Matt Canavan
    September 24th, 2005 at 22:26 | #2

    I am not an AFL fan but I watched the Grand Final. Is the game usually so scrappy? Personally, I found it extremely frustrating and it reaffirmed (especially when compared with the scintillating form of the Wests Tigers tonight) why League is superior.

  3. September 24th, 2005 at 23:10 | #3

    Matt – Grand Finals are usually scrappy because desire overcomes order. The entropic power of excitement is a profound thing it itself, a kind of misrule moment each year.

    I don’t buy the history of The Swans as a transmogrified South Melbourne entity. I don’t believe that St Kilda can be based in Moorabin. Once upon a time we went to the footy on Sat’dee arvo and barracked for the kid in the butcher’s shop down the road.

    Those days are gone, and we shouldn’t pretend those mobile clubs are rooted in that. There is no continuity.

    Let’s celebrate the fact that AFL has absorbed the spirit of a new city, and the team has won. It brings Sydney closer to being actually part of Australia.

  4. September 24th, 2005 at 23:28 | #4

    David, “It brings Sydney closer to being actually part of Australia.”
    :) ot it could be that Australia’s gateway to the world just borged the south and west!

    Great game.

  5. September 25th, 2005 at 00:38 | #5

    It was a great game today. Pure desire. The ball was always in the hottest dispute. Sydney deserve this GF. They are the best team this year without a doubt.

    Matt – the game is not usually so scrappy – but when you are at the dying moments of the season – when the last two teams are in a rat fight over the final prize – then it is usually as intense as this – and intense is never pretty. In fact this was one of the best three grand finals in the last 20 years.

    It was a beautiful game.

  6. Peter Fuller
    September 25th, 2005 at 00:54 | #6

    I’ve just watched the last quarter again, after being at the MCG this afternoon. It was a superb match, the Swans deserved winners and the Eagles unlucky and brave losers. Sydeny have unquestionably been the best side in the comp for the past two months, and their intensity was sustained right to the finish.
    I’d argue that the game isn’t always as scrappy, but when it’s as close as this, and the two teams play with contrasting styles, that’s often the way. Sydney worked very hard to close down West Coast’s superior midfield. Judd, Cousins, Kerr (unfortunately injured during the game) and Fletcher are great players, and Sydney needed to restrict their space, which they did pretty effectively for the whole afternoon.

  7. Katz
    September 25th, 2005 at 08:33 | #7

    Matt Canavan, those habituated to the grim, uni-dimensional slog that is Rugby League could well misperceive that brilliant AFL Grand Final as “scrappy”.

    Yes, Australian Rules does require the ball carrier to dispose of legally when tackled, He cannot simply allow himself to be bulldogged to the ground without penalty.

    The WCE needed to break the ball free in order that their superb midfield could go to work on Sydney’s short, but enormously mobile defence. And during the third quarter WCE achieved just that.

    But in the fourth quarter, Sydney regained control of the game around the stoppages. The fascinations of that game were:

    1. How Ball (Sydney ruckman) got on top of the tiring Cox.

    2. Just how close the WCE got to breaking the ball out into the open enough times to achieve victory.

    And in the end Barry’s audacity applied the most emphatic of exclamation marks that ended it all.

    Keep watching Matt. You’ll get it soon enough. Then you’ll begin to understand just how dynamic the game is and how winning strategies in one era are losing strategies in another.

  8. observa
    September 25th, 2005 at 13:53 | #8

    Great arm wrestle match. The Swans looked like they had the Eagles measure at half time although WC started better. Historically the winner has had a key forward with ‘presence’. I’m thinking of LLoyd, Carey, Lynch, Brown, Tredrea and Hall here. However you really need an ounce of luck to win a premiership, particularly these days with the draft and salary cap making the comp ever tougher at the top. The Swans getting over Geelong and having Hall available for the GF was certainly extremely lucky. Having runner up Brownlow medallist Kerr go down in the first quarter and restricting the Eagles midfield rotations, may have cost WC the game too.(that must have been some horse needle Kerr got to get him running around in the last Q) How unlucky were the Saints with injury this season? Losing Hamill for the prelim was the last straw. For the Crows, losing Riciutto for their first final against the Saints, may have cost them a vital home prelim and a serious crack at the premiership too. Well done Swans.

  9. wilful
    September 26th, 2005 at 11:09 | #9

    Does the win for the Swans really mean anything in terms of penetration of the Sydney market?

  10. ab
    September 26th, 2005 at 12:54 | #10

    wilful,

    I think it’s possible that it will send AFL backwards in Sydney. Why? Because now the Swans have achieved the ultimate goal. I call it the ‘Melbourne Storm Effect’. Of course, I hope I’m very wrong.

  11. Ben Haslem
    September 26th, 2005 at 14:10 | #11

    David T, you wrote: “I don’t buy the history of The Swans as a transmogrified South Melbourne entity. I don’t believe that St Kilda can be based in Moorabin. Once upon a time we went to the footy on Sat’dee arvo and barracked for the kid in the butcher’s shop down the road.
    Those days are gone, and we shouldn’t pretend those mobile clubs are rooted in that.”

    So the thousands of South supporters at the G on Saturday should have stayed home?

    I support Collingwood yet live in Sydney, grew up in Canberra and have lived in Melbourne for just 3.5 years in Middle Park (Sth Melb territory) and Brunswick (Carlton territory).

    The Swans are a transmogrified South Melbourne because many of their traditional supporters feel that way and many new supporters seem to have (finally) acknowledged and embraced that history.

    There are generations of families who support the same club despite moving many many kilometres from the club’s heartland. They don’t stop loving a club or forget its history because they move and nor will they do so if the club moves.

    I bought my two-year-old boy a Swans jumper (I want him to have the chance to support his local team). If he becomes a Swans supporter I’ll explain the significance of the SMFC on the collar and tell him about Cazaly, Skilton, the bloodbath of ’45, the Lake Oval and the dark “Keep South at South” days.

    That said, I do miss the old VFL. As your posts alludes, they were special times. I’ll tell my little fella about that too. Cheers.

  12. September 26th, 2005 at 17:44 | #12

    lol… Melbourne Storm effect…. 100% correct.

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