1999 AFL Grand Final

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1999 AFL Grand Final
The Melbourne Cricket Ground, where the 1999 AFL Grand Final took place.
AFL North Melbourne Icon.jpg
19.10 (124) 12.17 (89)
1 2 3 4
KAN 3.3 (21) 9.4 (58) 15.6 (96) 19.10 (124)
CAR 1.3 (9) 5.8 (38) 7.11 (53) 12.17 (89)
Date 25 September 1999
Stadium Melbourne Cricket Ground
Attendance 94,228
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
Network Seven Network
Commentators Bruce McAvaney, Sandy Roberts and Ian Robertson
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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.


Main article: 1999 AFL season

This was the Kangaroos' second consecutive appearance in a Grand Final, whilst it was Carlton's first since winning the 1995 AFL Grand Final.

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
Coach: Denis Pagan

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
Coach: David Parkin

Match summary[edit]

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
Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Final
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
Attendance: 94,228
Umpires: McLaren, Coates, Allen
Goal scorers: Kangaroos 4: Bell, Grant
3: McKernan
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

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