2006 AFL Grand Final

2006 AFL Grand Final

infobox | above = 2006 AFL Grand Final

label1 = Home Team
data1 = AFL Syd
label2 = Away Team
data2 = AFL WC
label3 = Date
data3 = September 30, 2006
label4 = Stadium
data4 = MCG
label5 = City
data5 = Melbourne
headerstyle = background:#efefef;
header6 = TV in Australia
label7 = Network
data7 = Network Ten
header8= < 2005 AFL Grand Final 2007 >

The 2006 AFL Grand Final was contested between the Sydney Swans and West Coast Eagles at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 30 September 2006. The West Coast Eagles defeated the Sydney Swans by a single point, to record only the fourth one point Grand Final margin in the competition's history.

Match Summary

Another year, another classic between West Coast and Sydney. After a blistering first half, the Eagles held off the fast-finishing Swans to win a third flag, and their first since 1994, gaining revenge for the previous season's heartbreaking Grand Final defeat. It was the fifth consecutive match between the two teams to be decided by less than a goal, and the first Grand Final to be decided by a point since St.Kilda edged out Collingwood in the 1966 VFL Grand Final.

The match has been labelled as a 'classic'. [Jim Main, "Aussie Rules: For Dummies" (2nd edition, 2008) p 10.]

Grand Final Week

Brownlow Medal

The 2006 Charles Brownlow Medal Presentation was held at the Palladium at Crown Casino, Melbourne on 25 September 2006.The Charles Brownlow Medal is awarded to the "Best and Fairest" AFL Player of the year. It is selected by a 3-2-1 voting system awarded by the umpires of each match for the whole year (excluding finals). The winner of the 2006 Brownlow medal was Adam Goodes, the Sydney Swans utility who was playing in the Grand Final later that week.

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team1 = AFL Syd
team1 abbr = Sydney
team1 q1 = 1.4 (10)
team1 q2 = 4.6 (30)
team1 q3 = 8.11 (59)
team1 total = 12.12 (84)
team2 = AFL WC
team2 abbr = West Coast
team2 q1 = 4.2 (26)
team2 q2 = 8.7 (55)
team2 q3 = 10.10 (70)
team2 total = 12.13 (85)
venue = Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
date = September 30, 2006 – 2:30PM AEST
attendance = 97,431
umpires = Michael Vozzo, Brett Allen, Darren Goldspink
team1 goals = 3: O'Loughlin, Davis
1: Mathews, Roberts-Thomson, Goodes, Schneider, O'Keefe, Malceski
team2 goals = 3: Lynch
2: Embley, Hansen, Cousins
1: Judd, Armstrong, Hunter
team1 best = Fosdike, Richards, Kennelly, O'Loughlin, McVeigh, Kirk, Goodes
team2 best = Embley, Chick, Judd, Glass, Lynch, Selwood, Braun, Cox
reports = —
injuries = Sydney: Ablett (shoulder)
coin toss = West Coast Eagles
nsm = Andrew Embley
tv = Network Ten
national anthem = Brian Mannix, John Paul Young, Daryl Braithwaite and Shane Howard
time =

International telecasts

The 2006 AFL Grand Final was watched by a worldwide audience of close to 30 million people. The following television networks covered the event.

*Papua New Guinea - EM TV, Australia Network (live)
*New Zealand - SKY Sport 1 (NZ) (live)
*South East Asia - Australia Network (live)
*Middle East - Australia Network. Israel - Fox Sports Israel
*Indian subcontinent - Australia Network
*North America - United States - Setanta Sports North America (live), MHz Worldview (delayed). Canada - Fox Sports World Canada (live). See also AFANA.
*United Kingdom - British Sky Broadcasting (live)
*Ireland - TG4 (delayed)
*Spain - Canal+ Spain

Match scoring records

The 2006 Grand Final placed Sydney vs West Coast games further in the VFL/AFL record books for closeness, with the five most recent margins up to and including this game standing at 4, 4, 2, 1 and 1. With 12 points total difference across five games, Sydney vs West Coast comprehensively beat the previous five-game record of 19 points, set by Hawthorn vs Collingwood in 1958-60. They also became the seventh pair of teams in VFL/AFL history (and the second in 2006 after Geelong vs Western Bulldogs) to contest two consecutive one-point games.

These records were further reduced in the Grand Final rematch in Round 1, 2007, which was again decided by a single point, giving the pair the record for four games, five games and six games (5 points, 9 points and 13 points respectively), and positioning them equal second for three games behind Brisbane vs Port Adelaide (2 points, 1997-98) and Hawthorn vs Footscray (3 points, 1956-57).

The 2006 Grand Final also marked the fourth time in VFL/AFL history that consecutive games between two teams were decided by the same total scores, with both the qualifying final and the Grand Final decided by 85-84. This previously occurred between South Melbourne vs Melbourne (1903-04), St Kilda vs Collingwood (1913-14) and Melbourne vs Richmond (1954-55). On none of the four occasions have the goals and behinds tallies been identical.

Post-match presentations

The post-match presentation was carried out by Craig Willis, with the presentation of the premiership cup done by former St Kilda and Hawthorn premiership coach Allan Jeans.

Following the match, a couple of West Coast Eagles players were criticised for not shaking the hands of the young Auskick kids who handed them medals on stage after the match, possibly due to the excitement of the occasion. [ [http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,20509997-1243,00.html Think of the children, say fans] , Courier Mail, October 2, 2006.] In particular, Daniel Chick received the medal without handshaking and then held his medal to the sky, in reference to a mate who had died. [ [http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/footy/common/story_page/0,8033,20509234%255E19774,00.html Chick flick outrage] , Herald Sun, October 2, 2006.] David Wirrpanda later apologised for not shaking the hand of a young Indigenous Australian during the ceremony. [ [http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/footy/common/story_page/0,8033,20514705%255E19774,00.html David Wirrpanda sorry] , Herald Sun, October 3, 2006.]

ee also

*2006 AFL finals series


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