2002 AFL Grand Final

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2002 AFL Grand Final
The Melbourne Cricket Ground, where the 2002 AFL Grand Final took place.
AFL Collingwood Icon.jpg
AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg
Brisbane Lions
9.12 (66) 10.15 (75)
1 2 3 4
COLL 1.4 (10) 4.4 (28) 8.10 (58) 9.12 (66)
BL 0.4 (4) 4.12 (36) 8.14 (62) 10.15 (75)
Date 28 September 2002
Stadium Melbourne Cricket Ground
Attendance 91,817
Umpires Brett Allen, Mathew James, Stephen McBurney
Pre-match entertainment Killing Heidi, The Whitlams, Kate Ceberano, The Human Tide and Mark Seymour
National anthem Kate Ceberano
Norm Smith Medallist Nathan Buckley (Collingwood)
Jock McHale Medallist Leigh Matthews (Brisbane Lions)
Broadcast in Australia
Network Network Ten
Commentators Stephen Quartermain (Host)
Anthony Hudson (Commentator)
Robert Walls (Expert Commentator)
Malcolm Blight (Expert Commentator)
Christi Malthouse (Boundary Rider)
Gerard Whateley (Boundary Rider)
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The 2002 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 28 September 2002. It was the 106th annual Grand Final of the Victorian Football League/Australian Football League,[1] staged to determine the premiers for the 2002 AFL season. The match, attended by 91,817 spectators, was won by Brisbane by a margin of 9 points, marking that club's second premiership victory and second premiership overall.


The Lions had made it into their second consecutive Grand Final after finishing second on the AFL ladder behind Port Adelaide, and overcoming Adelaide and Port Adelaide in their early finals, shooting for back-to-back successes after their 2001 triumph over Essendon. Collingwood had reached the finals for the first time since 1994 and found their way into their first premiership decider since their 14th Premiership over the Bombers in the 1990 Grand Final. They finished fourth on the ladder, and not much was expected of them in the final month of the year. However, the Magpies upset minor premiers Port Adelaide by 13 points in a dramatic Qualifying Final at AAMI Stadium, earning a week's rest before beating an injury struck Adelaide side 13.13 (91) to 9.9 (63) in the Preliminary Final at the MCG.

Jason Cloke from Collingwood was suspended during the week after being charged for striking Tyson Edwards in the nose during their Preliminary final victory against Adelaide. This controversy dominated headlines during the week in the buildup to the Grand Final. Also in the week leading up to the Grand Final, Brisbane's Simon Black was awarded the Brownlow Medal.

Match summary[edit]

In a tight and overly enthralling exhibition of AFL football, Brisbane withstood a brave challenge from Collingwood to win the 2002 AFL Grand Final by nine points, taking out their second successive flag. It was the first grand final to be decided by less than four goals since 1989.

The first goal of the match wasn't scored until very late in the first quarter - in fact it was the only one scored, by Collingwood's Anthony Rocca. This snapped Brisbane's VFL/AFL record streak of 253 consecutive quarters in which it scored at least one goal. It was the lowest-scoring quarter in a Grand Final since 1960.

In the second quarter, Brisbane looked like pulling away at half time with a late run of second quarter goals before Collingwood surged back in the third quarter.

It was goal for goal in the last quarter with a controversial goal umpiring decision going against Collingwood's Anthony Rocca not long before Brisbane's Jason Akermanis slotted a snap shot for goal late in the last term to drag the margin out by more than a kick. In the end it was enough for the Lions to hold on for back-to-back premierships. An enduring image of the game is of emotionally exhausted Collingwood players including Paul Licuria, Nathan Buckley and coach Mick Malthouse breaking down in tears after the full-time siren.

Nathan Buckley of the Magpies was awarded the Norm Smith Medal for being judged the best player afield, despite the fact that he finished on the losing side. This is only one of four instances of a Grand Final player having won a Norm Smith Medal without being on the winning premiership team. Out of respect for his teammates, Buckley took the medal off as he returned from the dais.


B: 26 Ben Johnson 14 Shane Wakelin 8 James Clement
HB: 15 Carl Steinfort 35 Simon Prestigiacomo 37 Ryan Lonie
C: 11 Shane O'Bree 5 Nathan Buckley (c) 9 Glenn Freeborn
HF: 1 Leon Davis 23 Anthony Rocca 19 Nick Davis
F: 10 Rupert Betheras 20 Chris Tarrant 25 Josh Fraser
Foll: 12 Steven McKee 17 Scott Burns 18 Paul Licuria
Int: 24 Tarkyn Lockyer 29 Heath Scotland 7 Jarrod Molloy
4 Alan Didak
Coach: Michael Malthouse
B: 2 Chris Johnson 22 Chris Scott 23 Justin Leppitsch
HB: 6 Luke Power 15 Mal Michael 10 Marcus Ashcroft
C: 32 Shaun Hart 3 Michael Voss (c) 13 Martin Pike
HF: 1 Des Headland 16 Jonathan Brown 44 Nigel Lappin
F: 12 Jason Akermanis 11 Alastair Lynch 33 Darryl White
Foll: 27 Clark Keating 20 Simon Black 5 Brad Scott
Int: 43Beau McDonald 4 Craig McRae 8 Tim Notting
34 Aaron Shattock
Coach: Leigh Matthews


Saturday, 28 September 2:40pm Collingwood def. by Brisbane Lions MCG (Crowd: 91,817)
1.4 (10)
4.4 (28)
8.10 (58)
9.12 (66)
0.4 (4)
4.12 (36)
8.14 (62)
10.15 (75)
Umpires: Allen, James, McBurney
Norm Smith Medal: Nathan Buckley (Collingwood)
Television broadcast: Network Ten
National anthem: Kate Ceberano
Rocca 4, Fraser 3, Buckley, Lockyer Goals Lynch 4, Akermanis, Black, Brown, Hart, McRae, Voss
Buckley, Rocca, Burns, Fraser, Wakelin, Lonie, Freeborn, Betheras Best Voss, Keating, Lynch, Lappin
Injuries McDonald (dislocated shoulder), Pike (groin)
Licuria (kneeing Akermanis to the head in the third quarter), Burns (striking Brown in the second quarter) Reports Nil

Team Stats (Bris) (Coll)
Kicks 198 193
Marks 87 64
Handballs 83 79
Tackles 44 73
Hitouts 48 27
Frees 16 24


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.
  2. ^ a b "Brisbane defeats Collingwood". Footywire.com. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 

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