1999 AFL Grand Final
|1999 AFL Grand Final|
The Melbourne Cricket Ground, where the 1999 AFL Grand Final took place.
|Date||25 September 1999|
|Stadium||Melbourne Cricket Ground|
|Umpires||Scott McLaren, Andrew Coates, Brett Allen|
|Coin toss won by||Kangaroos|
|Kicked toward||Punt Road end|
|Pre-match entertainment||Human Nature|
|National anthem||Human Nature|
|Norm Smith Medallist||Shannon Grant (Kangaroos)|
|Jock McHale Medallist||Denis Pagan|
|Broadcast in Australia|
|Commentators||Bruce McAvaney, Sandy Roberts and Ian Robertson|
The 1999 AFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Carlton Blues at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 25 September 1999. It was the 103rd annual Grand Final of the Australian Football League (formerly the Victorian Football League), staged to determine the premiers for the 1999 AFL season. The match, attended by 94,228 spectators, was won by North Melbourne by a margin of 35 points (the second consecutive year in which the premiership decider was determined by that margin). It was North Melbourne's fourth premiership victory.
Kangaroos finished the 1999 home and away season in second position with 17 wins and 5 losses, a game behind Essendon, with the Western Bulldogs, West Coast, Carlton, Port Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney making up the final eight. Carlton had finished sixth with a record of 12 wins and ten losses, becoming only the second club (after Melbourne in 1900) to reach the Grand Final after finishing sixth on the ladder.
The Kangaroos progressed to the Grand Final after a 45-point win over Brisbane in the Preliminary Final, while Carlton progressed to the Grand Final after an upset one-point win against the heavily favoured minor premiers, Essendon, in their preliminary final. Consequently, the Kangaroos went into the Grand Final as heavy favourites.
|B:||28 Byron Pickett||12 John Blakey||4 Mick Martyn|
|HB:||15 Winston Abraham||11 Glenn Archer||13 Martin Pike|
|C:||7 Adam Simpson||26 Peter Bell||6 Shannon Grant|
|HF:||33 Brett Allison||18 Wayne Carey (c)||29 Brent Harvey|
|F:||24 Craig Sholl||31 Corey McKernan||19 Cameron Mooney|
|Foll:||16 Matthew Capuano||34 David King||10 Anthony Stevens|
|Int:||44 Shannon Motlop||23 Shane Clayton||35 John Longmire|
|30 Scott Welsh|
|B:||14 Michael Sexton||43 Anthony Koutoufides||39 Ang Christou|
|HB:||21 Craig Bradley (c)||1 Stephen Silvagni||23 Dean Rice|
|C:||15 Ben Nelson||7 Brett Ratten||18 Justin Murphy|
|HF:||29 Simon Beaumont||8 Lance Whitnall||5 Andrew McKay|
|F:||36 Aaron Hamill||22 Glenn Manton||12 Matthew Lappin|
|Foll:||24 Matthew Allan||20 Fraser Brown||16 Scott Camporeale|
|Int:||3 Kris Massie||9 Adrian Hickmott||33 Matthew Hogg|
|45 Anthony Franchina|
Carlton scored the first goal through Brett Ratten, but North Melbourne, who were without suspended defender Jason McCartney, also started well and led by 12 points at quarter time. Then, during the second quarter, ruckman Corey McKernan booted two inspirational goals, the first from 65 metres out and the second from a tight angle just a minute later. The Kangaroos were in control and went into half time with a 20-point lead.
North Melbourne extended their lead in the third quarter; Winston Abraham kicked an easy goal and Carlton midfielder Justin Murphy injured his knee. The Blues managed to reduce the Kangaroos' lead to just 13 points, but that was as close as they could get, as the Kangaroos added goals through McKernan and Shannon Motlop. Gradually wearing down their opponents through intense pressure and tackling, they led by 43 points at three quarter time.
The final quarter was simply a formality for the Kangaroos, eventually triumphing by 35 points. Shannon Grant of the Kangaroos was awarded the Norm Smith Medal for being judged the best player afield. Grant had come under heavy criticism for his performance in the previous grand final, which the Kangaroos had lost.
|Kangaroos vs Carlton|
|Kangaroos||3.3 (21)||9.4 (58)||15.6 (96)||19.10 (124)|
|Carlton||1.3 (9)||5.8 (38)||7.11 (53)||12.17 (89)|
|Venue:||Melbourne Cricket Ground|
|Date:||25 September 1999 – 2:30PM AEST|
|Umpires:||McLaren, Coates, Allen|
|Goal scorers:||Kangaroos||4: Bell, Grant
2: Abraham, Carey, Motlop
1: Sholl, Welsh
|Carlton||2: Camporeale, Lappin, Whitnall
1: Allan, Beaumont, Brown, Hamill, Ratten, Rice
|Best:||Kangaroos||Grant, Picket, Martyn, Archer, Bell, Capuano, Simpson|
|Carlton||McKay, Camporeale, Lappin, Rice, Ratten, Sexton|
|Injuries:||Carlton: Murphy (knee)|
|Coin toss winner:||Kangaroos (Punt Road end)|
|Norm Smith Medal:||Shannon Grant|
|Australian television broadcaster:||Seven Network|
|National Anthem:||Human Nature|