Saturday, September 25, 2010

AFL Grand Final - It's a Draw

The 2010 AFL Grand Final between Collingwood and Saint Kilda saw 100,106 spectators crammed into the MCG. The weather was perfect and the football was hard and gutsy. My heart was beating strongly when the Saints hit the lead with only minutes to play and it was pumping with scores level as play ceased.

Is this an omen for Collingwood to win the grand final replay? They didn't win on that "Last day in September", as the AFL grand final day is known, back in 1990 when they played Essendon for their last premiership due to having a draw against the West Coast Eagles earlier in the finals and causing a replay. Since WWII Collingwood haven't won a grand final in September.

The captain from Collingwood, Nick Maxwell, was upset that a result wasn't forthcoming and that a replay must be played. He wanted the game finished and a winner decided. Whatever happened to "There's no next week" when it comes to the grand final?

That blew my bet on the game each way, I suppose. I had been joking during the week that with a bet on each team the only way I could lose was if there was a draw. And so it happened.

Looks like more drama after the siren as the changerooms for both teams were flooded due to a toilet pipe bursting, according to early accounts, and then the storm hit the commentary team at the top of the grandstand.

See you again next week.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Darn it. Gil