Top 3 AFL Grand Finals of the decade

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Picture: Nicole Garmston

With the final chapter of the decade’s grand finals still unwritten, we look back on some of the great grand finals since 2010.

3. It’s a draw (2010)

2010 saw only the third grand final draw in VFL/AFL history. Collingwood and St Kilda went head to head for the premiership twice after the two teams could not be separated after the first grand final.

St Kilda had the chance to win the game late in the fourth quarter, and break a 44-year premiership drought. Stephen Milne was destined to kick the winning goal until the ball bounced through for a behind just as Milne was about to run onto it. 

The replay was played the following Saturday with Collingwood coming out on top by 56 points.

2. Sheed Steps Up (2018)

The 2018 grand final saw West Coast take on Collingwood. The game was a tight affair for four quarters. 

Collingwood kicked the first 5 goals of the match and lead by 12 at the main break. The game was decided by less than a kick with Dom Sheed kicking the sealer from the boundary with less than 2 minutes left.

The kick sunk the hearts of Collingwood fans, leaving Collingwood’s favourite son and current coach Nathan Buckley still chasing that elusive premiership. 

1.Top Dogs (2016)

The decade’s most memorable grand final was the 2016 grand final. The Western Bulldogs broke a 62-year drought after they defeated the Sydney Swans by 22 points in a spirited performance. 

The game was an arm wrestle until Tom Boyd kicked the sealer late in the fourth from the centre square to seal the victory.

There wasn’t a dry eye during the medal presentation when Luke Beveridge handed the Jock McHale Medal (awarded to the winning coach) to injured captain Bob Murphy.

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