2003 AFL Grand Final

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2003 AFL Grand Final
             Brisbane Lions Collingwood         
20.14 (134) 12.12 (84)
1 2 3 4
BL 5.5 (35) 11.7 (73) 14.12 (96) 20.14 (134)
COLL 3.3 (21) 4.7 (31) 9.7 (61) 12.12 (84)
Date 27 September 2003 (2003-09-27), 2:40pm
Stadium Melbourne Cricket Ground
Attendance 79,451
  1. 3 Stephen McBurney, #7 Hayden Kennedy, #10 Brett Allen
Coin toss won by Michael Voss (Brisbane Lions)
Kicked toward Punt Road End
Pre-match entertainment Christine Anu, Gorgi Quill, the finalists from the first season of Australian Idol
National anthem Christine Anu
Norm Smith Medallist Simon Black (Brisbane Lions)
Jock McHale Medallist Leigh Matthews (Brisbane Lions)
Broadcast in Australia
Network Network Ten
Commentators Anthony Hudson, Stephen Quartermain
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The 2003 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 27 September 2003. It was the 107th annual Grand Final of the Victorian Football League/Australian Football League,[1] staged to determine the premiers for the 2003 AFL season.

The game was played in front of 79,451 spectators, a smaller attendance than previous years owing to the construction of new seating at the ground for the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Brisbane won by a margin of 50 points, marking that club's third consecutive premiership victory and third premiership overall.


Brisbane had appeared in the AFL Grand Final for the past two years, winning both contests. Collingwood had competed against Brisbane in the previous year's Grand Final, losing by a margin of 9 points.

At the conclusion of the home and away season, Port Adelaide had finished first on the AFL ladder with 18 wins and 4 losses, winning their second successive McClelland Trophy. Collingwood had finished second with 15 wins and 7 losses.

The 2003 Grand Final had a unique build-up. History certainly repeated itself this year as Anthony Rocca, a Collingwood forward and thought to be one of the most important players in the team, was suspended during the week for an elbow to the head of a Port Adelaide Power player during the Preliminary Final. This suspension was thought to be a major blow to the Magpies' chances.

The build-up was further magnified due to the Lions' chance of being the first team since the Melbourne Demons in the 1950s to win three successive premierships. Collingwood had achieved this feat twice, winning four successive premierships from 1927-30. Attention was also focussed on whether the Magpies would avenge their close loss to the Lions in the previous year's Grand Final.

In the week leading up to the Grand Final, Collingwood's Nathan Buckley was awarded the Brownlow Medal, which was tied between Buckley, Sydney Swans' Adam Goodes and Adelaide Crows' Mark Ricciuto.

Match summary[edit]

The Lions dominated the Magpies and led throughout the match, leading 5.5 (35) to the Magpies' 3.3 (21) at quarter time. They stretched their lead in the second quarter, leading 11.7 (73) to 4.7 (31) at half time.

Collingwood fought back early in the third quarter, kicking the first two goals after the main break, but could not maintain their intensity and still had a long lead ahead of them at the last break, trailing 9.7 (61) to Brisbane's 14.12 (96). The Magpies were at risk of being absolutely humiliated as the Lions piled on six goals during the last quarter, but Collingwood saved face by scoring three late goals, reducing the margin to 50 points.

Final scores: Brisbane 20.14 (134) defeated Collingwood 12.12 (84).

Simon Black of the Lions was awarded the Norm Smith Medal for being judged the best player afield. Jason Akermanis kicked 5 goals for Brisbane.

With this win, Brisbane became AFL Premiers for the third consecutive year. They would go on to contest a fourth consecutive Grand Final in the 2004 AFL Grand Final, but would lose that game to the Port Adelaide Power.


B: 26 Ben Johnson 14 Shane Wakelin 8 James Clement
HB: 39 Matthew Lokan 35 Simon Prestigiacomo 13 Richard Cole
C: 6 Brodie Holland 5 Nathan Buckley (c) 37 Ryan Lonie
HF: 11 Shane O'Bree 34 Jason Cloke 17 Scott Burns
F: 28 Ben Kinnear 38 Tristen Walker 20 Chris Tarrant
Foll: 25 Josh Fraser 2 Shane Woewodin 18 Paul Licuria
Int: 4 Alan Didak 29 Heath Scotland 22 Rhyce Shaw
1 Leon Davis
Coach: Michael Malthouse

B: 2 Chris Johnson 15 Mal Michael 33 Darryl White
HB: 6 Luke Power 23 Justin Leppitsch 44 Nigel Lappin
C: 12 Jason Akermanis 3 Michael Voss (c) 13 Martin Pike
HF: 9 Ashley McGrath 16 Jonathan Brown 30 Robert Copeland
F: 4 Craig McRae 11 Alastair Lynch 36 Daniel Bradshaw
Foll: 27 Clark Keating 20 Simon Black 32 Shaun Hart
Int: 19 Jamie Charman 1 Blake Caracella 10 Marcus Ashcroft
14 Richard Hadley
Coach: Leigh Matthews


Saturday, 27 September 2:40pm Brisbane Lions def. Collingwood MCG (Crowd: 79,451) Report
5.5 (35)
11.7 (73)
14.12 (96)
20.14 (134)
3.3 (21)
4.7 (31)
9.7 (61)
12.12 (84)
Umpires: McBurney, Kennedy, Allen
Norm Smith Medal: Simon Black (Brisbane Lions)
Television broadcast: Network Ten
National Anthem: Christine Anu
Akermanis 5, Lynch 4, Caracella 2, Brown 2, McRae, Pike, Hadley, Black, Leppitsch, Hart, Bradshaw Goals Didak 3,Burns 2, Davis, Woewodin, Buckley, Licuria, Tarrant, Fraser, Scotland
Black, Akermanis, Voss, Lappin, Hart, Michael, Pike, Power Best Fraser, Burns, Buckley, Johnson, Licuria
Nil Injuries Nil
Nil Reports Nil

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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.