2007 AFL Grand Final

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2007 AFL Grand Final
A vision of play during the 2007 AFL Grand Final.jpg
Players in action during the first quarter of the game. Geelong would hold the lead for all four quarters of the game.
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Port Adelaide
24.19 (163) 6.8 (44)
1 2 3 4
GEEL 5.7 (37) 11.13 (79) 18.17 (125) 24.19 (163)
PORT 2.2 (14) 4.3 (27) 5.5 (35) 6.8 (44)
Date29 September 2007
StadiumMelbourne Cricket Ground
UmpiresStephen McBurney (3), Shane McInerney (30), Scott McLaren (11)
Coin toss won byGeelong
Kicked towardCity end
Pre-match entertainmentNatalie Bassingthwaighte, JET
National anthemNatalie Bassingthwaighte
Norm Smith MedallistSteve Johnson (Geelong)
Jock McHale MedallistMark Thompson (Geelong)
Broadcast in Australia
NetworkNetwork Ten
CommentatorsAnthony Hudson (Host)
Tim Lane (Commentator)
Michael Voss (Special Comments)
Robert Walls (Special Comments)
Malcolm Blight (Special Comments)
Corey Wingard (boundary Rider)
Andrew Maher (Boundary Rider)
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The 2007 AFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Geelong Football Club and the Port Adelaide Football Club, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on 29 September 2007. It was the 111th annual grand final of the Australian Football League (formerly the Victorian Football League),[1] staged to determine the premiers for the 2007 AFL season. The match, attended by 97,302 spectators, was won by Geelong by a margin of 119 points, the greatest winning margin in VFL/AFL grand final history. The victory marked Geelong's seventh premiership win, and ended its 44-year premiership drought.


2007 Brownlow Medal-winner Jimmy Bartel of Geelong (2008)

Geelong entered the season after finishing 10th in 2006. Geelong was the best performing side of the home and away season, finishing 12 points clear of second-placed Port Adelaide, with an 18–4 record and a percentage of 152.76, winning the McClelland Trophy. After opening the season with a 2–3 record, Geelong had lost only one game of its last 19 games: by five points against Port Adelaide at Skilled Stadium in Round 21 when Domenic Cassisi goaled with three seconds remaining. The grand final was Geelong's first appearance in a premiership decider since 1995 AFL Grand Final, where they lost to Carlton. Geelong defeated the Kangaroos in their qualifying final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground by 106 points, earning them a second week bye, before they met Collingwood in a preliminary final showdown at the MCG. Geelong won a tight contest with the Magpies by 5 points in front of a crowd of 98,002.

Port Adelaide had finished 12th the previous season, but rose 10 places to finish second on the ladder in 2007, with a 15–7 record and a percentage of 113.54. Port Adelaide had hosted reigning premiers West Coast Eagles at AAMI Stadium in their qualifying final, winning by three points after trailing all night. Having also earned a second week bye, they proceeded to the third week and hosted the Kangaroos in a preliminary final at AAMI Stadium, winning by 87 points. The 2007 AFL Grand Final was Port Adelaide's first since winning the 2004 Grand Final.

It was the first grand final fought between two teams that missed the finals the previous year since 1997.

Match summary[edit]

The grand final was a one-sided affair from start to finish. Geelong outscored Port Adelaide 5.7 (37) to 2.2 (14) in the opening quarter, with only inaccurate goalkicking preventing a greater advantage. They then kicked five goals in the first 12 minutes of the second quarter to extend the margin to 52-points, all but ending any chances Port Adelaide had. Seven goals to one in the third quarter extended the lead to 90 points, and another seven goals to one in the final quarter saw the lead balloon to a game-high 128 points, before eventually finishing at 119 points.

Geelong excelled in its defence – which had been the best in the competition all season – keeping the Power to their lowest score of the year. The backlines, led by Matthew Scarlett at fullback, repeatedly turned defence into attack, rushing the ball forward to support the forward line. Half-forwards Paul Chapman and Steve Johnson kicked four goals each and set up numerous others. Johnson was awarded the Norm Smith Medal for best-on-ground in the grand final after the Cats’ triumph. Chapman's day included a high mark over Port Adelaide captain Warren Tredrea during the third quarter. Key forwards Cameron Mooney (five goals) and Nathan Ablett (three) also performed strongly. Power players Kane Cornes and Domenic Cassisi performed reasonably well against Geelong stars Jimmy Bartel and Gary Ablett, Jr. respectively;[citation needed] however, Geelong was still able to dominate the midfield with Joel Corey, James Kelly, Joel Selwood and Cameron Ling all making solid contributions[citation needed] and Brad Ottens and Steven King both performing strongly in the ruck.[citation needed]

The match ended with Geelong winning by the score of 24.19 (163) to 6.8 (44), recording the greatest winning margin in AFL grand final history, 119 points. This broke the previous record of 96 points set by Hawthorn against Melbourne in the 1988 VFL Grand Final; it was also, at the time, Port Adelaide's heaviest defeat in an AFL match (this record was surpassed in 2011).[citation needed] Geelong’s 417 disposals was a new grand final record, while Port Adelaide became the only finals side in history to have more handballs than kicks.

The Cats’ win ended a 44-year premiership drought for the club. Their last flag had come in 1963, and since then the club had lost five grand finals. It was the first premiership won by a team from Victoria since Essendon’s 2000 victory. It was the start of a period of sustained dominance by Geelong, which saw it win three premierships from four grand finals over a five year period from 2007–2011.

As of the 2020 season, this remains the last grand final appearance for Port Adelaide. The success of the 2007 season proved an aberration, as the club's rise from 12th to 2nd on the ladder in 2007 was followed by a drop to 13th in 2008.

Norm Smith Medal[edit]

Norm Smith Medal Voting Tally
Position Player Club Total Votes Vote Summary
1st (winner) Steve Johnson Geelong 13 3,3,3,2,2
2nd Paul Chapman Geelong 10 3,3,2,1,1
3rd Matthew Scarlett Geelong 7 2,2,1,1,1

Steve Johnson was awarded the Norm Smith Medal for being voted as the best performing player of the match. He recorded 23 disposals, 9 marks, and 4 goals. Also polling were Paul Chapman (21 disposals, 7 marks, and 4 goals), and Matthew Scarlett (29 disposals and 8 marks).[2]

The voters and their choices were as follows:[3]

Voter 3 Votes 2 Votes 1 Vote
Steve Butler Steve Johnson Paul Chapman Matthew Scarlett
Josh Francou Paul Chapman Steve Johnson Matthew Scarlett
Danny Frawley Steve Johnson Matthew Scarlett Paul Chapman
Jake Niall Paul Chapman Steve Johnson Matthew Scarlett
Daryl Timms Steve Johnson Matthew Scarlett Paul Chapman


Geelong vs Port Adelaide
Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Final
Geelong 5.7 (37) 11.13 (79) 18.17 (125) 24.19 (163)
Port Adelaide 2.2 (14) 4.3 (27) 5.5 (35) 6.8 (44)
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Date: 29 September 2007 – 2:30 pm AEST
Attendance: 97,302
Umpires: Stephen McBurney (3), Shane McInerney (30), Scott McLaren (11)
Goal scorers: Geelong 5: Mooney
4: Chapman, S. Johnson
3: N. Ablett
2: Bartel
1: Ottens, Byrnes, G. Ablett, Rooke, Ling, Mackie.
Port Adelaide 2: Tredrea, S. Burgoyne
1: C. Cornes, Logan.
Best: Geelong S. Johnson, Chapman, Scarlett, King, Ottens, Mooney, Corey, Enright, Bartel.
Port Adelaide Tredrea, P. Burgoyne, K. Cornes.
Reports: nil
Injuries: nil
Coin toss winner: Geelong
Norm Smith Medal: Steve Johnson, Geelong
Australian television broadcaster: Network Ten
National Anthem: Natalie Bassingthwaighte


Port Adelaide
B: 2 Tom Harley (c) 30 Matthew Scarlett 8 Josh Hunt
HB: 4 Andrew Mackie 39 Darren Milburn 40 David Wojcinski
C: 11 Joel Corey 3 Jimmy Bartel 44 Corey Enright
HF: 20 Steve Johnson 21 Cameron Mooney 14 Joel Selwood
F: 35 Paul Chapman 23 Nathan Ablett 27 Mathew Stokes
Foll: 6 Brad Ottens 45 Cameron Ling 29 Gary Ablett Jr.
Int: 1 Steven King 17 Shannon Byrnes 9 James Kelly
33 Max Rooke
Coach: Mark Thompson
Port Adelaide
B: 36 Michael Pettigrew 28 Toby Thurstans 9 Jacob Surjan
HB: 25 Domenic Cassisi 30 Troy Chaplin 7 Peter Burgoyne
C: 3 Steven Salopek 18 Kane Cornes 15 David Rodan
HF: 4 Daniel Motlop 1 Warren Tredrea (c) 16 Danyle Pearce
F: 5 Brendon Lade 39 Justin Westhoff 33 Brett Ebert
Foll: 20 Dean Brogan 35 Chad Cornes 8 Shaun Burgoyne
Int: 10 Travis Boak 23 Brad Symes 44 Tom Logan
2 Darryl Wakelin
Coach: Mark Williams

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. ^ "AFL Tables - Geelong v Port Adelaide - Sat, 29-Sep-2007 2:30 PM - Match Stats". afltables.com. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  3. ^ "AFL Grand Final 2007 - Norm Smith Medal". Punters Lounge Forum. Retrieved 20 July 2020.