2000 AFL Grand Final
|2000 AFL Grand Final|
The Melbourne Cricket Ground, where the 2000 AFL Grand Final took place.
|Date||2 September 2000|
|Stadium||Melbourne Cricket Ground|
|Umpires||Darren Goldspink (32), Brett Allen (10), Hayden Kennedy (7)|
|Coin toss won by||David Neitz, Melbourne|
|Kicked toward||City Road|
|Pre-match entertainment||The Idea of North, Trish Delaney-Brown, Megan Corson, Andrew Piper and Nick Begie|
|National anthem||Bachelor Girl|
|Post-match entertainment||Mike Brady, Russell Morris and Rick Price|
|Norm Smith Medallist||James Hird (Essendon)|
|Jock McHale Medallist||Kevin Sheedy (Essendon)|
|Broadcast in Australia|
|Commentators||Bruce McAvaney, Sandy Roberts, Anthony Hudson and Robert DiPierdomenico|
The 2000 AFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Essendon Football Club and the Melbourne Football Club, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on 2 September 2000. It was the 104th annual Grand Final of the Victorian Football League/Australian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 2000 AFL season. The match, attended by 96,249 spectators, was won by Essendon by a margin of 60 points, marking that club's 16th premiership victory.
This was Essendon's first appearance in a Grand Final since winning the 1993 AFL Grand Final, whilst it was Melbourne's first since losing the 1988 VFL Grand Final. Essendon had completed the best home and away season in modern history, winning 21 of 22 matches, an AFL record (which would be equaled by Geelong in the 2008 season), winning their second successive McClelland Trophy. Melbourne finished the home and away season third with 14 wins and 8 losses.
In the previous week's Preliminary Finals, Essendon defeated an injury depleted Carlton who were missing Craig Bradley, Stephen Silvagni, and Anthony Koutoufides by 45 points, while Melbourne defeated North Melbourne by 50 points. The following Monday saw Melbourne's Shane Woewodin awarded the Brownlow Medal with 24 votes, ahead of Western Bulldogs midfielder Scott West and Adelaide midfielder Andrew McLeod.
Melbourne captain David Neitz won the toss and chose to kick towards the City/Members end of the MCG in the opening quarter. The first score of the game went to Melbourne. Neitz, from a very tight angle near the behind post on the Members side of the goals, kicked the ball into the far goal post resulting in one point.
The Bombers never looked threatened from quarter time and comfortably won its record-equaling 16th premiership by 60 points, after one of the most dominant seasons in VFL/AFL history.
One downside for the Bombers was an incident in which Melbourne's Troy Simmonds was hit high by Essendon's Michael Long, resulting in a 25-man brawl. Simmonds was taken from the field on a stretcher; nine players were reported on ten offences by the umpires.
Essendon's triumph would be the last by any Victorian team until the 2007 AFL Grand Final when Geelong won its first premiership in 44 years and was the last win by Melbourne-based club until Hawthorn's victory in the 2008 AFL Grand Final.
On this day the National Anthem was sung by Tania Doko of Bachelor Girl.
|Essendon vs Melbourne|
|Essendon||4.8 (32)||10.16 (76)||16.17 (113)||19.21 (135)|
|Melbourne||3.3 (21)||5.5 (35)||8.8 (56)||11.9 (75)|
|Venue:||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne|
|Date:||2 September 2000|
|Umpires:||Darren Goldspink (32), Brett Allen (10), Hayden Kennedy (7)|
|Goal scorers:||Essendon||4: Paul Barnard, Matthew Lloyd. 3: Blake Caracella. 2: James Hird. 1: Gary Moorcroft, Mark Mercuri, Michael Long, Justin Blumfield, Darren Bewick, Steven Alessio|
|Melbourne||3: Jeff Farmer, Stephen Powell. 2: David Neitz, Russell Robertson. 1: Brad Green|
|Best:||Essendon||Hird, Barnes, Caracella, Misiti, Wallis|
|Melbourne||White, Powell, Johnstone, Neitz, Walsh|
|Injuries:||Melbourne: Simmonds (concussion)|
|Coin toss winner:||David Neitz, Melbourne|
|Norm Smith Medal:||James Hird, Essendon|
|Australian television broadcaster:||Seven Network|
|National Anthem:||Bachelor Girl|
- 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.
- Gruber, James. "Surprise Brownlow medal winner (AM transcript)". ABC. Retrieved 12 September 2010.