2002 AFL Grand Final
|2002 AFL Grand Final|
|Date||28 September 2002|
|Stadium||Melbourne Cricket Ground|
|Umpires||Brett Allen, Mathew James, Stephen McBurney|
|Pre-match entertainment||Killing Heidi, The Whitlams, Kate Ceberano, The Human Tide and Mark Seymour|
|National anthem||Kate Ceberano|
|Norm Smith Medallist||Nathan Buckley (Collingwood)|
|Jock McHale Medallist||Leigh Matthews (Brisbane Lions)|
|Broadcast in Australia|
|Commentators||Stephen Quartermain & Anthony Hudson|
The 2002 AFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Brisbane Lions and the Collingwood Football Club, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on 28 September 2002. It was the 106th annual Grand Final of the Victorian Football League/Australian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 2002 AFL season. The match, attended by 91,817 spectators, was won by Brisbane by a margin of 9 points, marking that club's second premiership victory and second premiership overall.
The Lions had made it into their second consecutive Grand Final after finishing second on the AFL ladder behind Port Adelaide, and overcoming Adelaide and Port Adelaide in their early finals, shooting for back-to-back successes after their 2001 triumph over Essendon. Collingwood had reached the finals for the first time since 1994 and found their way into their first premiership decider since their 14th Premiership over the Bombers in the 1990 Grand Final. They finished fourth on the ladder, and not much was expected of them in the final month of the year. However, the Magpies upset minor premiers Port Adelaide by 13 points in a dramatic Qualifying Final at AAMI Stadium, earning a week's rest before beating an injury struck Adelaide side 13.13 (91) to 9.9 (63) in the Preliminary Final at the MCG.
Jason Cloke from Collingwood was suspended during the week after being charged for striking Tyson Edwards in the nose during their Preliminary final victory against Adelaide. This controversy dominated headlines during the week in the buildup to the Grand Final. Also in the week leading up to the Grand Final, Brisbane's Simon Black was awarded the Brownlow Medal.
In a tight and overly enthralling exhibition of AFL football, Brisbane withstood a brave challenge from Collingwood to win the 2002 AFL Grand Final by nine points, taking out their second successive flag. It was the first grand final to be decided by less than four goals since 1989.
The first goal of the match wasn't scored until very late in the first quarter - in fact it was the only one scored, by Collingwood's Anthony Rocca. This snapped Brisbane's VFL/AFL record streak of 253 consecutive quarters in which it scored at least one goal. It was the lowest-scoring quarter in a Grand Final since 1960.
In the second quarter, Brisbane looked like pulling away at half time with a late run of second quarter goals before Collingwood surged back in the third quarter.
It was goal for goal in the last quarter with a controversial goal umpiring decision going against Collingwood's Anthony Rocca not long before Brisbane's Jason Akermanis slotted a snap shot for goal late in the last term to drag the margin out by more than a kick. In the end it was enough for the Lions to hold on for back-to-back premierships. An enduring image of the game is of emotionally exhausted Collingwood players including Paul Licuria, Nathan Buckley and coach Mick Malthouse breaking down in tears after the full-time siren.
Nathan Buckley of the Magpies was awarded the Norm Smith Medal for being judged the best player afield, despite the fact that he finished on the losing side. This is only one of four instances of a Grand Final player having won a Norm Smith Medal without being on the winning premiership team. Visibly distraught at his team's loss, Buckley took the medal off and threw it as he returned from the dais to his teammates.
The selected teams as they were announced prior to the game.
|B:||26 Ben Johnson||14 Shane Wakelin||8 James Clement|
|HB:||15 Carl Steinfort||35 Simon Prestigiacomo||37 Ryan Lonie|
|C:||11 Shane O'Bree||5 Nathan Buckley (c)||9 Glenn Freeborn|
|HF:||1 Leon Davis||23 Anthony Rocca||19 Nick Davis|
|F:||10 Rupert Betheras||20 Chris Tarrant||25 Josh Fraser|
|Foll:||12 Steven McKee||17 Scott Burns||18 Paul Licuria|
|Int:||24 Tarkyn Lockyer||29 Heath Scotland||7 Jarrod Molloy|
|4 Alan Didak|
|B:||2 Chris Johnson||22 Chris Scott||23 Justin Leppitsch|
|HB:||6 Luke Power||15 Mal Michael||10 Marcus Ashcroft|
|C:||32 Shaun Hart||3 Michael Voss (c)||13 Martin Pike|
|HF:||1 Des Headland||16 Jonathan Brown||44 Nigel Lappin|
|F:||12 Jason Akermanis||11 Alastair Lynch||33 Darryl White|
|Foll:||27 Clark Keating||20 Simon Black||5 Brad Scott|
|Int:||43Beau McDonald||4 Craig McRae||8 Tim Notting|
|34 Aaron Shattock|
|Saturday, 28 September 2:40pm||Collingwood||def. by||Brisbane Lions||MCG (Crowd: 91,817)|
|Umpires: Allen, James, McBurney
Norm Smith Medal: Nathan Buckley (Collingwood)
Television broadcast: Network Ten
National Anthem: Kate Ceberano
|Rocca 4, Fraser 3, Buckley, Lockyer||Goals||Lynch 4, Akermanis, Black, Brown, Hart, McRae, Voss|
|Buckley, Rocca, Burns, Fraser, Wakelin, Lonie, Freeborn, Betheras||Best||Voss, Keating, Lynch, Lappin|
|Injuries||McDonald (dislocated shoulder), Pike (groin)|
|Licuria (kneeing Akermanis to the head in the third quarter), Burns (striking Brown in the second quarter)||Reports||Nil|
- In 1897 and 1924 there were no Grand Finals and instead the premier was decided by a finals play-off. In 1948 and 1977 there were Grand Final replays after initial draws.
- "Brisbane defeats Collingwood". Footywire.com. Retrieved 2008-02-12.
- 2002 Grand Final Match Report - Brisbane Lions Football Club website
- 2002 AFL Grand Final Scores - Nicks Collingwood page