Grand Final Replay
A Grand Final Replay is a method of deciding the winner of a competition when a Grand Final is drawn. It is commonly used in football codes, particularly in Australian rules football, and most notably in the Australian Football League, where it has been used three times, most recently in 2010.
Australian rules football
Drawn games in the home and away season are recorded as drawn games in the ladder. However, until 1991, Australian football had no structure in place to break a tied finals game. As such, the teams would reconvene the following week to replay their game, pushing back the schedule by one week. This caused controversy in 1990, when a drawn qualifying final between Collingwood and West Coast meant the minor premiers Essendon had a two-weekend bye instead of one. Insisting that the extended layoff had caused their losses to Collingwood, both in the Second Semi-Final and in the Grand Final, the AFL initiated the use of extra time (5 minutes each way) to decide drawn finals, except for the Grand Final; Grand Final Replays are still used for drawn Grand Finals.
In the event that the replay is also drawn, extra time is played rather than playing a second replay.
The 2010 Drawn Grand Final raised debate about the practice of a staging full-length replay instead of playing extra time. After the game, the two captains, Nick Maxwell of Collingwood and Nick Riewoldt of St Kilda, both stated that they would have preferred an extra time period; Maxwell was particularly scathing of the arrangement, labelling it an "absolute joke" in an interview immediately after the final siren, but the full replay was not without its supporters, with Collingwood coach Michael Malthouse pledging his support to the traditional arrangement in his post-match press conference. On Monday 13 December 2010, the AFL commission discussed the possibility of introducing extra time to decide future drawn Grand Finals, but ultimately decided to retain the full Grand Final Replay.
Australian Football Grand Final Replays
- 1894, SANFL
- 1906, West Australian State Premiership
- 1919, SANFL
- 1931, TANFL
- 1948 VFL Grand Final
- 1958, VFA
- 1977 VFL Grand Final
- 2010 AFL Grand Final
In the 1977 decider, 20 minutes of extra time was played, this proviso was dropped for the following season. However, after two games were drawn in the 1978 finals series and hence necessitated replays, extra time was re-instated in 1979. In 2003, the system of golden point overtime was adopted, Grand Finals are now decided on the day.
NSWRL Grand Final Replays
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